It’s been a crazy whirlwind of a week and the next coming months are proving to show no form of relief! With that said, posts will probably be few and far between. I’ve got weddings and out of town trips and craziness all around coming up!
We took Klaus in for a vet visit to figure out what was going on with his foot. Our first thought was either a sliver or a bite that was bothering him which he made worse by licking it. We could prevent him from licking it when we were with him but he would lick and chew at it while we slept or if we had him crated while we were gone. We didn’t want to wrap it up because he would chew it off and probably eat it! I was pretty diligent about applying ointment to stop the itch but it was pretty apparent something else was going on. Appetite was good and he was still drinking but I could just sense he was not his usual Klaus self……..
Sharing a vehicle proves interesting when trying to fanangle last minute updates in plans so it was a few more days before we could get him in to the vet. I began wondering if he was having an allergic reaction to something as he was starting to get little hairless patches on his snout. It’s farmers’ market season and we’ve been bringing home lots of fresh veggies- all stuff he’s had before but could the green beans have been the culprit?….
I was trying to go back through the week to see what had changed/happened. The TOTW food recall happened. We got a new bag until we can slowly change his food over- but that would have been a GI issue. We stuffed his Kong with fresh fruits and veggies- all food stuffs he had had before with no issue. Did he step on glass? Did he get bit? The vet asked us to do an epsom salt soak which was utterly impossible with just me home. I tried soothing it with cotton balls soaked in the solution. It seemed to be working but it was evident he needed to wear the “sock of shame” pretty regularly until we could be seen.
Two antibiotics and some ointment later- to the tune of $120, it was concluded his nail was possibly broken and it was infected farther up the toe. If it was in fact broken it would grow out so no worries there. He was given an anti-histamine for his snout and the ointment for his toe can be used on the hairless snout patches as well. The anti-biotics for the infection has steroids in it so our plan to get him neutered now will have to wait a few more weeks until everything has worked itself out of his system. He has been leaving his toe alone and the infection appears to be clearing up- even just a couple of days into the meds. All I could think that happened was one of the days he was so happy my sister had come home, that he injured it then. He gets super excited, grabs a toy and either runs into his crate or jumps up onto the couch. There was one day he slid into his crate but didn’t make any sort of sound to indicate what he did hurt!
At least he’s feeling better and is on the road to recovery. Sometimes it just feels like it’s never ending with him! Always getting into something. Always making us worry!
My sister and I have been really busy crafting in preparation for an event I did last year called The Funky Flea. I only sold artwork last year and I had questioned whether I would do it again because people showing up assumed they could haggle down my prices. I make my living off my art! Would you haggle with your brain surgeon?! Because we had set stuff aside for a garage sale anyways- we thought we’d bring both. So this year we will be selling, art, crafts, and crap- with all proceeds from sales going to Klaus’ hip fund!
That is just a little taste of the jewelry we’ve been making. Mostly pins and necklaces. I have to get some of my prints printed out. I had begun felting Klaus fur acorn ornaments- but that option seems to be a bust in the store so I’m not sure if I will spend much more time on it. People are really grossed out by it but everything is cleaned- twice even! The garage sale crap needs to be priced which I’m dreading. I don’t know how to price such things. I want to sell everything but I don’t want to give everything away either. We shall see how it goes.
Saturday I took my sister to a local chocolatier. She isn’t a huge chocolate fan but I think I may have converted her! While my husband feels the need to check out EVERY coffee shop we find while visiting a new place, I have to visit every chocolate place. I like Lune Chocolat so very much. The owner is imaginative and clever with his combos and is oh so generous with letting me try new things. For mother’s day he had a four pack with a violet truffle and a rose truffle that were soooooo delicious. I tend to like the weird flowery herby ones. The pink pepper rosemary is still my ultimate favorite. He let me try a Bangkok one which had lemongrass and ginger in it, and a hint of spice that hit you after. He was also making an Elvis one- chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. I am going to come clean with everyone- I HATE CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER TOGETHER! I know that makes me un-american but I just can’t do it. His truffle however was so amazing, and who is going to turn down an artisan crafted chocolate?! NOT THIS GIRL! He had made a post on Facebook about bbq beef truffles the other night but they were closing by the time we realized what was going on and it was a bit of a trip for us. I was able to snag the last two the next day. He is also coming up with a chicken wing one for a father’s day four pack. Sounds weird but I trust him.
Right by the chocolate place is the Manlius Swan Pond which had been in the news when some stupid jack ass kid smashed some recently laid swan eggs. Word on the street is he was also arrested just last night for driving 109 mph! What a classy awesome guy. The town really rallied together when the eggs were smashed. Local businesses paid for a surveilance camera and their nest was rebuilt on a floating raft in the center. I remember back a long time ago when I was younger, some crazy guy showed up and shot and killed a ton of birds. That pond has had its fair share of tragedy. But the good news is the swan laid more eggs so hopefully some beebee swans will be paddling about!
I’ll leave you guys with a photo that pretty much sums up my weekend- chocolates, macarons from The Sweet Praxis, and fresh strawberries from the Regional Market.