Menard, Texas

Who’s ever heard of Menard, Texas? I had not or if I had, I hadn’t noticed it.

Last night we were watching a movie and it was supposedly filmed in Menard, Texas. Vince said “Do you know where Menard is located?” Nope . . never heard of it.

Weather

Weather

Vince was already in bed, before the thunder got here last night and I was looking at the radar. See Brownwood? Look south/southwest and you’ll see Brady. We go there fairly often. Look west and just a bit south of Brady . . there’s Menard. 

It was about 1:30 a.m. when I saw that and I wanted to wake Vince up and show him the map but I knew he would not be amused. Somehow, it’s ok for Rita to come scratching on the door at 2:30 a.m. and wake him up but he wouldn’t have taken kindly to me waking him up to show him a map. Oh well . . everyone has their favorites!  🙂

Rita and a Thundery Night

Bless her heart! Rita is so afraid of thunder and there seems to be nothing that will help her much . . or what might help her, I fear will also hurt her.

The Thundershirt works so long as the thunder isn’t horribly loud and doesn’t last more than 20 minutes or so. We’ve tried Benadryl with very little success. The vet gave us a prescription but it makes her so unsteady for hours! She loves being on the back of the sofa and the sofa isn’t against a wall. When she’s in a panic, she jumps down from the sofa, runs around the house, jumps back onto the sofa and up on the back of the sofa and I’m so afraid she’s going to fall off and hurt herself that I’m hesitant to give her those meds. I figure a little panic attack will end as soon as the thunder is over . . a broken bone or injured back or neck . . not so much.

I’m a firm believer that every dog should be crate trained. Since Rita came here as a young adult and had so many issues and we knew nothing about her past, she really flipped out when I put her in a crate. She was afraid and upset and not knowing if she related the crate to bad treatment in her past, I chose not to pursue the crate issue. Speck loves his crate and if he’s hurt, feeling bad or just not wanting to deal with us, he goes to his crate. Rita will not even go near the crate. If I could give her the meds and put her in the crate where I new she wouldn’t get injured, I’d do that but . . as of now, that isn’t an option. Once Speck is gone, I will try the trick we used with Speck — put a sheet in the dryer, get it nice and warm and put it in the crate. That’s what made him love going in his crate. Even now, 16 years after we did that, when I take clothes from the dryer, he will often run to his crate and I’ll often sacrifice a clean T-shirt or towel — anything warm — to toss in there for him

Weather

Weather

Last night, we knew the bad weather was coming. They said 9 p.m., then 11 p.m., then 1:30 a.m.  I can sleep through anything and Vince cannot so he went to bed about 10:30 p.m. I figured I’d stay up and keep Rita quiet so he could sleep. After about 1:30 when the weather looked like it might split and go around us, which it often does, I went to bed. I think it was about 2:30 a.m. when Rita woke Vince up scratching on the door. I would never have heard her but Vince kept saying “We have to give her something to calm her down!” I explained that the weather would pass and it would be quiet again in an hour or so but, if we gave her meds, she’d still be groggy 8 hours later and we’d be watching her every move so she didn’t get hurt. Vince got up and went and sat in the living room with her. He tried to sleep in the recliner but she was up and down, panting and falling apart!

It may sound cruel but my suggestion is for Vince to sleep with ear plugs.  No matter what Rita does during the night, it isn’t going to wake me up . . unless Vince wakes me up! Nothing we can do for Rita will help her, except giving her the meds and honestly, they don’t make her immune to the thunder, they just seem to make her groggy. She is going to pant and flip out, run around, up and down off the sofa . . whether we’re awake or not. My feeling is . . if I can’t solve your problem, let me sleep through it.

Rita is sleeping.

Rita Sleeping

Rita Sleeping

Speck is sleeping.

Speck Sleeping

Speck Sleeping

Vince is sleeping.

The only reason I’m not sleeping is because I have a road trip tomorrow and if I take a nap today, I’ll be up late tonight and then may be sleepy driving tomorrow so I’m going to try to stay awake and go to bed early tonight . . which almost never works for me.

More Weather

More Weather

Oops! I just looked at the weather and anyone sleeping better enjoy it while they can because we may have thunder again soon.

I would never wish away the rain here but I can wish for rain with no thunder, right? It’s weird because I love a good thunderstorm. Living in Missouri, it seemed with thunder came tornado sirens so I dreaded the thunder. Here, thunderstorms mean a little dog is scared to death. Will I ever get to enjoy thunderstorms again? Oh well . . I’ll take no tornadoes and a peaceful dog any day over a thunderstorm.

The Echo Dot

Technology has left me behind. There was a time when I wanted the newest of everything but now . . just give me something that works right, show me how to use it and let me keep it til one of us kicks the bucket. Getting a new phone, a new computer (evidenced by the fact that I still am using my overheating ancient notebook instead of the replacement Vince bought about a year ago), a car . . anything! I just want the one I’m used to and I don’t want to learn anything new. 

That was until I saw the Echo Dot at Amazon. Vince is usually more enthusiastic about techie things but he kinda turned his nose up at this. He’s apprehensive that it’s going to work the way I think it will.

Echo Dot

Echo Dot

I really don’t know fully how it works. Vince thinks it needs a “bluetooth device” nearby (a Fire, a phone) the entire time you’re using it. I believe he thinks it has that to run . . take away the device and the Dot stops. I think it needs a device just for getting set up and then it no longer needs a device nearby but you know who’s probably right and who’s probably wrong (Me! Always!).

Here’s where it first caught my attention. The under the counter radio/ipod player in my kitchen isn’t working. I used that not only for my music but it has a clock/timer on it. It seems I’m always needing more than just the stove timer in the kitchen.  Without music in the kitchen, I just don’t function well. During the day, I can use the whole house stereo but once Vince gets home, he doesn’t want to hear my music.  Most of the new under the counter type music gizmos are all bluetooth and my old ipod is not bluetooth. 

I have so little counter space and so few electric plugs . . don’t ask me why they put some plugs up over the kitchen cabinets and not enough down where a normal person would use them but . . my plan is to put some blue tooth speakers on top of the cabinets and plug them in up there . . not having them sitting on the counter or using one of my electric plugs. Then the Dot will be on the counter somewhere. It will be so nice to have a second timer, and I can see me asking the Dot questions all day! I’m thinking we should maybe get that 6 pack of Dots. If I had wifi in the sewing room, I’d probably do it for sure. In the sewing room, the computer is hard wired (or whatever you call it when you don’t have wifi!) I mostly listen to Pandora in there so I’ll be happy with that or Amazon Prime music in the kitchen. Just some kind of music!

For now, I ordered just one and I can’t wait for it to get here. They’re saying they’ll ship around October 20.

If it works like I’m hoping it works, I think these would make amazing Christmas gifts. I’m thinking even my dad would love one.