Monday, April 23, 2012

Have You Seen My Garden?

Okay, so it’s not really a garden, it’s a few pot plants but I like to think they are the start of our landscaping and gardens. We’re going for simple, modern and stylish as much as possible! We also want to make life as simple as possible so nothing that needs lots of caring for!

I can see lots more trip to Bunnings in the future and loads more hours flicking through pictures on Pinterest for inspiration!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hello Autumn Weather

Brrr, the warmer months are definitely behind us and the cooler weather is here! This morning we woke to a light foggy misty out our bedroom window and scrabbled to put on warm socks and even warmer dressing gowns. Snuggles was shaking from the cold too, so it as on with her jacket to keep her warm!

This will be the first time we’re in our house during Autumn/winter so it will be interesting to see just how cold it will be. We don’t have a heater or a fire place but that might change by the end of the cold season if we’re freezing!!!!

Hello Autumn weather and goodbye mowing the grass every other week!!!

In other news, check out our new feature pots that we bought for our front door. We plan to try and keep those plants alive and when they grow, shape them into something (if we’re clever enough) like a ball or twisty shape!

We’ve got a big list of projects that we’d like to do around our house during the year. Some are big like getting a garden shed put in, maybe fencing the block and raised garden beds and some are small like magnetic stoppers on the wet area doors, brighter lights and indoor decorations. Whatever our project is, we’re having so much fun making this house a home and coming up with new and exciting ideas! Who would have thought a house could be so much fun (and some much expense lol!)

All Snuggled up!

New Feature Pots! We love them!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Snuggles Update

I’ve been very reluctant to write on here about Snuggles because she has been quite unwell but today we got some really good news that she’s improving so that’s prompted me to write a little post about her because I love her so much!

As I wrote about back in February Snuggles was diagnosis with Cushings but about 2 weeks after starting the medicine Jeff, Mum and I noticed that she seemed to be losing her eye sight. We were warned by the vet that the medicine she was taking was very potent and we had to stop it right away if she got any weird symptoms. We stopped the medicine and took her in to the vet asap the next day. This was the worst vet appointment yet and after he did a couple of tests he told us that she’d developed diabetes (which is a complication of Cushings in dogs and had caused her cataracts to grow really fast and cause her to go blind.) We talked a little about what could be done and went home quite devastated to think about what we wanted to do.

It was a long shot but we decided to put her on insulin twice a day along with her cushing medicine to see if we could get it under control. Neither of us or our vet were too confident that it would be successful but we all agreed that we had to do something (and I certainly wasn’t taking the only ‘other’ option.)

So for almost the past 2 months I have been giving Snuggles two insulin injections a day along with her cushings medicine. It’s not quite as simple as just giving her the medicines as we have to monitor her closely, make sure she’s eats the same about of food twice a day, make sure she eats all her food before we give any insulin, get up early everyday to give her medicine at the right time, collect urine samples every 4 days and continuously communicate with our vet as we test at home and he advises us to put the dosage up to help her improve.

Today she had a re-test at the vets and he was extremely impressed with how she’s looking and that the glucose in her urine is very slowly but surely coming down YAY! She’s still got a long way to go, many more dosage changes (two changes just today) and lots more tests but all is looking very positive!

I know our Snuggle dog won’t be with us forever (though I wish she could) but I’m extremely grateful for every single extra day I get with her and the fact that she’s not feeling unwell at all and has so much energy! No one could give you as much love as she does when you first walk in the front door!!!!!!

Go Snuggles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Easter 2012!!!!!