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My old car was bleeding me. It was paid for, but in recent months I've spent more than the monthly car payment just to keep fixing whatever new thing was wrong. The last straw was when the engine light went on, and I had to take it in to get it fixed, spending over $200. The month before that was over $300 for a different problem. There was more work that needed to be done, but I was thinking.. um.. NO. I'm not doing this, and I don't want to be driving anything unreliable. So off to Carmax I went. Here's the new baby. A 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback.
And, I think my older dog Logan is finally getting used to the new pup, Rayne... either that, or he just wants to use her as a pillow. (She's only 3 months old.. yeah, she's going to be huge!) She's always wanting to play with him, but he's 13 now, and usually doesn't have much interest in childish games.. you can almost hear him scoff and think, "Go away, child."
Back to work on Monday.
Some of you may remember that this past October, we had to put my ten year old Belgian Tervuren to sleep because she was very sick. It was so crushing and sad for all of us. Over the past month or so my kids have been talking about wanting a new baby girl to love, so I relented, and we brought home our German Shepherd puppy today. She'll be three months old next week, all black, very sweet, a little shy still as she's getting used to us, but very friendly. And HUGE. Here are a few pics! Say hello to Rayne. :)
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Thanks so much to my friends here for your kind and comforting words over the loss of my beloved pet. It was a hard thing to do. She had been fine the week before, and when we took her to the vet after she'd shown signs of illness two days prior, we never expected to come home from that visit, with nothing more than a collar and a leash and broken hearts. We were with her when she was euthanized, sitting on the floor with her, the three of us just sobbing. She went quickly. It's very odd not having her here, and I know that will take some time to get over. I think aside from her death, what hurt most was seeing and hearing my childrens' grief. I wished I could take their pain away, it just tore my heart to see them so broken up over the loss of a dog they've had since they were five and six years old. But they wanted to be there with her, and my daughter will keep Hallie's ashes. Sometimes I wonder how nuts it is too feel so horrible over the loss of a dog, but then I remember how much they love us unconditionally, and then I don't feel so nutty.
I also want to thank anyone who voted for me in the Smallville Fanfiction Awards. I never expected to win anything. I mean, the couple I write for is not even a couple, and there are so many wonderful authors and stories out there in the Smallville fandom, that I never thought I'd have a chance in hell of winning anything.. lol But, WOW! I'm thrilled that Chlollie stories won in three major categories. I think that's an accomplishment for the 'ship, and says a lot about their potential as a supercouple. They are so much fun to write. I'm sincerely grateful to people that voted for me. Typed words written here can't begin to express how honored, and humbled (and shocked!) I feel. Anyone who writes fanfic knows that we do it for the love of it, so to be recognized for it, is just beyond-words wonderful to me. Congratulations tobella8876 for her Chlollie story "I'll Explain Everything When It's Friday". If you haven't read it... go. Now. And read. It's fabulous. Chlollie has so many talented writers, art makers, vid makers out there, that more of them need to be recognized for their work. Not bad for a couple that's not a couple.
Thanks again to my LJ friends. I'd hug each and every one of you if I could right now.