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Hypoglycemia and the Super Feeder

01/20/2010

Lucy, the official mid-century modern life mascot, has hypoglycemia. At least that’s what some of my doctor family members have suggested. Her symptoms:

• vomits when she’s hungry and will eat grass or dirt first if it’s available
• got very weak & disoriented after a long walk (first instance)
• trembling (later the night of the first instance)
• seizures – she’s had 3, each one after bouts of exercise before meal time

I found this great resource on dog epilepsy that has suggestions for naturally treating hypoglycemia. It suggests 5 feedings a day—2 dinners and 3 snacks—with snack suggestions like fruit, veggies, crackers, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and cottage cheese.

In order to feed Lucy five times a day I ordered her an automatic food dispenser from amazon.com that I call the Super Feeder. It doesn’t make as much noise as I was hoping but she’s getting used to listening for the motor. Lucy’s hypoglycemia prevention schedule is:

• 7:00 am – breakfast: 3/4 cup dog food
• 10:30 am – snack: unsalted cracker with peanut butter
• 2:30 pm – snack: 1/4 cup dog food + milk bone
• 5:30 pm – dinner: 1/2 cup dog food
• 9:30 pm – snack: unsalted cracker with peanut butter

(She’s a 20 lb. cocker spaniel for reference.)

We’re on day 4 and so far no seizures, no trembling or disorientation, and she’s only vomited once (used to be once every 1-2 days). No word on how many pounds she’s gained.

Read more about Lucy here.

Look for another bathroom renovation update tomorrow!

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A Teapot, Short & Stout {MCM thrift store find}

01/19/2010

Not technically from a thrift store, we got this funky, mustard-yellow, wood-handled teapot from Stu on our trip to Cincinnati. (We met him at a thrift store so it’s almost a thrift store find.) This was one of the first things Jason spotted when we walked in the door.

It’s definitely vintage and the inside was really cruddy. It had some caked-on calcified minerals stuck to the bottom and insides. (I made that up but it was something hard and gross!) Thankfully my amazing, persistent, determined husband spent hours soaking, scrubbing, soaking, scraping and washing it until the speckled cobalt blue insides were restored almost back to their original mid-century modern glory.


Drive-By Shooting (MCM Architecture)

01/18/2010

Location: NW Nashville/Bordeaux


Phone Photo Friday

01/15/2010


Last Years’ Resolutions?

01/14/2010

Last year I made 5 New Years Resolutions. (Sorry this post is a little late.)

1. Get more exercise. (Moderate Success)

I did well until it started getting dark before I got home from work. I prefer to jog or walk the dog in the evening but we don’t have sidewalks so … I’ll start up again in a few months.

2. Commit to 1 hour a day for freelance. (Success!)

I’m pretty sure I’m averaging more than 5 hours per week although I don’t really keep track that closely anymore.

3. Memorize 2 verses a month. (Moderate Success)

I successfully memorized Psalm 103:1-19 but stopped there because it started taking too long to reinforce the first verses and keep adding new ones. Make sense? I enjoyed this but I’m not resolving to do it again this year.

4. Pray for 10 minutes a day. (Success!)
(focused 5 min. at 10am and 5 min. at 3pm)

This I did and has been a huge blessing. Not that it’s the only times that I pray, of course, but to always have those specific times for specific purposes has really worked out great. I’m adding 5 more this year. I have pop-up reminders on my computer and I stop what I’m doing for 5 minutes and then get back to work.

5. Read more books. (Fail.)

Why do I bother? This is NOT going back on my list this year. I’m just not enough of a book-reader to make time for it. I’d rather be doing freelance or laundry or crafting something with my hands.

How did you do with your resolutions last year?


Wise Words

01/13/2010


“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” — Psalm 103:2-5

On Saturday my cousin had a baby. On Saturday my uncle took his life. A birth and a death in the same day. One lifetime of full potential and one hopeless end to a sad life. I have a lot on my mind this week. I’m thankful for the never failing hope I’ve found. It makes all the difference.


Good thing we had bread and milk

01/12/2010

We had a “snow storm” last week in Nashville. Thank God it’s just about all melted away now. I may be a former Pennsylvania girl but there is a reason we moved South; I can’t handle this cold! I recognize those clouds …

It’s all about the layering. Seriously, for the past 5 days I’ve been wearing 2 pairs of socks, tights/leggings under my jeans and sometimes 5 or 6 layers on top (tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweater, 2 zip up hoodies …) Have I mentioned I HATE being cold??

Because it’s a novelty and this is the most snow Nashville has seen in the 6 winters we’ve been here, I did take quite a few photographs. I guess I can appreciate the beauty of it a little bit.

The frost on my car windows when the sun shines on in the morning is particularly charming.

There is a joke around these parts that anytime there are flurries in the forecast, everyone runs out to the grocery store to stock up on bread and milk in case they’re snowed in for days. It’s true – avoid gas stations and groceries stores!

I’m very thankful for the new down puffer coat I got for Christmas. Thanks Mom.

Cute rain boots – zero insulation but 100% water proof.

Ok. I’m ready for summer now. Bring on the heat!