Some News on Several Fronts…

Just look at that sky!

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and at those two beautiful collie doggers out there in the garden…

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and see how Nathaniel (left) and Pal (right) are reaching out to touch each other this year? Making a natural arbor across the front garden?

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and you can see the handful of tulips just starting to bloom under the crabapple tree (aka “Pal”) there in the shade.

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…but the real reason I went out there with camera in hand was to record the arrival of my first herb garden in many years… over there on the side deck… see the large shallow round pot filled up with herbs:

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…a closer look…

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Love it! Paul was up at Home Depot the other day and he said if I write them all down on a piece of paper, he’d pick me up the herbs I wanted. The list included

1) chives

2) basil

3) thyme

4) flat leaf parsley

What I got were two each of the chives, basil, “Thai” basil, and flat leaf parsley.

I guess he didn’t have his glasses with him and when he saw the “Thai Basil” he must have thought it was the “Thyme” I’d written down. Oh well… no matter.

I also want to get some tomato plants before too long, but it is still quite chilly here – although today has really warmed up a lot just since noon.

Then we have my little angel-face collie-dog enjoying life outside for the few minutes he gets out there:

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…and here’s some more color, not much but some…

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So, that’s our early spring tour around the garden…sort of. I love having the herbs out there now. We had homemade burgers on bulky rolls last night and I make a special sauce to go on the rolls and I covered the inside top roll with several of my new herb leaves and what a difference that made in the taste of that burger… yum.

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Now I don’t want to ruin the mood here, since we are really enjoying this sunny weather after that horrible winter we endured… but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that we got the results of the path report on Em’s tumor. Dog-doc said that it was malignant. Not the word we were wanting to hear. He also reiterated that he is quite sure he got all of it, that the margins were quite clear, and the path report also said that the margins were quite clear of it. But still, with the diagnosis of “malignant tumor” comes the expected fear and anxiety of a dog who probably won’t live out her normal life measured in years. She is 11 now and I have no idea how many more years we will be graced with her presence. I hope a lot.

As for our plan of action, per dog-doctor’s recommendations, we are going to follow the wait-and-see plan. We are not getting into chemo and radiation for her. He recommended we don’t. He said if it were HIS dog (and he is a dog person himself) he would do it this way. It’s not just the money that it would cost us, which would be substantial, but it’s her age of 11 and what it would do to her quality of life left. She seems fine right now.

She goes in on Monday to have her staples removed. So far she’s only been seen licking her wound a few times but hasn’t done any damage to it so we’re confident it will heal. Now if that nastiness that was inside her is just gone with the removal of the tumor, we will be one happy family.

So let’s hear it for that little girl who lives on the Hill, Miss Emmalee the collie dog! Hip hip hooray!


And a little cheer for her devoted brother Kip who won’t leave her side for more than a minute or two at a time! What a guy!


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13 Responses to Some News on Several Fronts…

  1. nina says:

    I read this as a very upbeat post. There isn’t a time were we dont have problems or issues. The good days are those where the resolutions are within our reach. Looks like Em was well cared for and your herb pot looks stunning! You’ll never get rid of those chives — they are the most hardy plant I know!


  2. WendyNC says:

    Bex, here in Golden Retriever land, the phrase “clean margins” is a cause for celebration. That’s the second best result around. Best wishes to Em for continued uneventful healing.


  3. Annanotbob3 says:

    I love your herb garden! Fresh things show us how old the stuff we get from shops must be. I think the choice you made for your Em is a good but sad choice. Hugs xxx


  4. Bex says:

    Karen – thanks for the info, and I went and found out… here are two pictures, the one on the left is what humans would see, and the one on the right appears to be what a dog would see:

    Cool. No reds, but at least some colors!


  5. Karen DiCicco says:

    Miss Em is so lucky you had her to the Vet and got the lump removed. She has a good chance at a normal lifespan for a dog her size, and at the very least, much longer than she had before it was found.
    Dogs do see colors, just not like we do.


  6. Eric Mayer says:

    Ah but dogs have a whole world of odors to revel in that we humans can’t sense. They probably wouldn’t even notice colors.

    Sorry to hear about that tumor. The word malignancy is one of the most frightening in the language. But on the other hand the doctor thinks it is gone and unlike a human Em won’t be worrying about it.


  7. Bex says:

    Yes, Bonnie, we named those two trees out front. Nathaniel because it’s a hawthorn tree and my cousin was Nathaniel Hawthorne, and “Pal” the crabapple tree for our (former) neighbor, called “Pal” Gambale who died on the very day we brought the little tree home to be planted… named it after him, he was a gardener by profession and a super guy.


  8. Bonnie says:

    sorry to hear about Mz Em. Did you name your trees?


  9. sandy freel says:

    WOW…lots of photos to view…thanks
    Love your pots of herbs to use in food.
    Lot and lots of prayers for Em…bless kip for hanging tight to her.


  10. Bex says:

    Yes, TT, she’s already a senior lady and thanks for the hugs. Sorry about your delayed spring… it is May the 7th – and by golly, everywhere should be starting to bloom by this date!


  11. Bex says:

    Maggie, I just said to Paul the other day, whilst gazing out the back sliders into the treetops beyond our property, that I am really loving seeing actual COLOR now as opposed to all that white, black, and all shades of gray that we had for so darn long this winter. Never any color, and now all the shades of green imaginable are just outside the window. I especially love the new baby leaves of yellow-green in stark contrast against the dark green of the pine trees, and all the other shades.

    I read that dogs don’t see color, that it’s all black/white/gray for them. I don’t know if that’s true or just an old wives’ tale, but I sure hope it’s not true. Poor things – how can a soul live an entire life without the wondrous colors of Nature?


  12. TopsyTurvy says:

    You’re way ahead of us when it comes to spring green. We must be at least 3 weeks behind you. We don’t even have leaves on any bushes, yet.

    Sorry to hear about Em’s tumor being malignant. All the same, if they removed an encapsulated tumor it could be that she’ll live out her normal life span with no problem. A collie’s normal life span is 10 to 13 years, so she’s already a senior.

    Sending you hugs. It’s always hard having a loved one ill.


  13. I envy the green!!!! The last of snow here is clinging, waiting for black fly season to begin before releasing its grip, LOL!


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