Tuesday, May 3, 2011

April Summary

Here's a quick summary of what I read in April and how I'm doing on my priorities list:

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
John Adams by David McCullough
What Good Is God by Phillip Yancey
Don't Sleep With A Bubba Unless Your Eggs Are In A Wheelchair by Susan Reinhardt
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Night Road by Kristin Hannah

This brings my total up to 31 books for the year; 10,013 pages read for the year; and $295.30 I've saved by reading books from the library, books I already own, or books I was sent for review.

I need to get back on track with several of my priorities: God, my health, and hobbies.  On the God front I need to spend less time sleeping and more time with God in the mornings.  I also need to keep working on finding a church.  My health, again, less sleeping in the mornings and more walking.  I've let myself get out of the habit of walking, which is sad for me and for Chief.  And I've been doing good with my reading and book blogging, but terrible with my crafting and home blogging.

I have been successful in keeping my house clean.  I got a new vacuum cleaner this weekend and I'm looking forward to putting it to good use.  Ok, maybe not looking forward, but it will be nice to have a working vacuum.  The areas that I have already cleaned are staying clean.  Dishes are being doing immediately, things are staying tidy, and I've almost conquered the laundry.  The guest room, Luke's office, and the basement still need work, but we're getting there.

Our little family update of the month:  A week from today we hope to have our fence complete and we can't wait to let the little boys have some room to run.  Chief and Dexter finished their big boy manners class and have both done well with their training.  We're still working on holding commands for longer periods of time.  Next month Chief will start his Canine Good Citizen class, where he will also get his therapy dog certification and Dexter will start his Agility classes. 

Chief got to stay on my parents' porch while we were stranded there after the bad weather.  Bless his little heart, he didn't understand why he was left outside when we were all inside.  But it was only one night and he survived being a porch doggy just fine.  His behavior was much better this time than the last time he visited and it helped that Dexter was at a kennel instead of on the porch with him.

Both puppies have developed some strange fears.  Chief is terrified of children.  He has shown no signs of aggression, but when he is approached by children, he tries to hide behind me or cowers with his tail between his legs.  He's also afraid of small dogs. 

Dexter has been greatly distressed by the arrival of the new vacuum cleaner.  Even if it isn't turned on, he refuses to leave his crate if the vacuum cleaner is in the room.  If he can see the vaccum cleaner, he cowers in the corner of his crate, tacks his tail between his legs, and cries.  It gets even worse if one of us touches the vacuum cleaner - he goes into a complete panic - barking and jumping.  We're trying to desensitize him to it, but no luck so far.  We've even tried putting his favorite treats on the vacuum cleaner while it's turned off to coax him into approaching it, but no luck so far.

I know the puppies are probably not that interesting to anyone but me, but I figure I only let myself post about them once a month or so, so I might as well get it out of my system!


  1. That's so funny that your big doggies are afraid of little things. Maybe they'll grow out of it?

  2. My 75 lb dog is scared of the dust vac and vacuum cleaner too. and the broom. I think he is a sloth at heart and is afraid of all cleaning mechanisms.

  3. sloth = slob. They're kinda the same anyways.

  4. I love posts about doggies.

  5. Hi Julie, I came by to see your blog, as Susan Gregg Gilmore had a link up on twitter. I hope you are all fine, guessing you are from Ringold GA. I'm following you now, and look forward to more of your book reviews. Come visit me, I review books and talk about my family and crazy life!