Saturday, January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!!!


It seems like all we do lately is apologize for being MIA.  And that's what it seems like we need to do again. We had a wonderful Christmas despite a few glitches.  It was wonderful to see our human brother and family.  Chris, Anni, and Jaden arrived on the Tuesday of Christmas week and stayed until Christmas night.  Jaden had a big basketball tournament in Austin, TX that started on Monday.  We made the most of our time together and had lots of fun.  The peeps all went to the Game Show Battle Rooms.  They were divided into two teams, the guys v. the gals.  They played simulations of The Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, and The Price is Right.  The gals won!!!  They said it was so much fun.  They were nervous because of Covid, but they had a private room with lots of hand sanitizer:)  Mom says it felt like she spent the whole time cooking since they didn't go out to eat.  But one night they had bbq takeout from Jack Stack's.  That made it a little easier on Mom.  Then right before Christmas Eve dinner was about to begin with a big ham feast, the kitchen sink had a major clog.  Horrors!!!  Everyone insisted they switch to paper plates.  Mom was mortified, but at least it makes for a good laugh for years to come.  Thankfully the plumber managed to come around 9:00 p.m. and cleared things up.  Mom was left with a lot of messy pots and pans and silverware to wash.  But it could have been much worse if the plumber couldn't come until after the holiday.

Then one of our human sisters had gone to Orlando with her husband and the two grandsons.  They left the week before Christmas and were scheduled to come home on Christmas Eve.  Well, sister got up that morning with a sore throat and was really stressing about whether she had the dreaded virus.  It was too late to get a test.  We have to be very careful around Dad with that virus because of some health issues. So sadly they decided that it was best if they didn't come over for Christmas.  We face-timed with them, but it just wasn't the same.  But the good thing is that once tested, she found out she was OK.

The other glitch to our holidays is told below.

Hmmm, what's happening here? The BIG crate made its reappearance Thursday.  It has been in storage since Misty had her two knee surgeries.  Now, please understand that in his 10 1/2 years, Lightning has NEVER NEVER NEVER gone voluntarily into any crate.  And here he is, much to Mom's surprise, relaxing and enjoying himself.

Hey, what's the big deal about a kennel?  Timber seems to think it is a pretty good hideaway too.

Wait a minute - we bet you were expecting to see Her Majesty Misty next.

Hey, Misty - don't you want to have a turn in the kennel?  Duh, NO WAY, she says she spent way too much time in there after not one, but TWO big surgeries.

Well, the reason the crate is there is because her cyst removal happens on Tuesday. The vet has said that it is going to be a much more challenging procedure than he initially expected.  You see, the nasty cyst decided to get bigger and bigger and it burst Monday morning. What a disgusting mess!!!  Misty had to make another visit to the vet to be sure it was not infected.  That is when the vet decided that the cyst may be a lot deeper than he thought.  He is also concerned about having enough skin to close the incision.   He talked about some procedure where he will use skin from her back near her tail; he pokes holes in the skin to make it more stretchable to reach the wound.  He won't know exactly what will be needed until he gets started. What does all this have to do with the crate?  Well, you know our Mom worries about everything and tries to anticipate everything. She thinks Lightning and Timber may be drawn to the wound out of curiosity and decide to lick it.  So when Misty comes home and isn't under Mom's eagle-eye watch, she will be penned in the kennel:(  AND she will have to wear her cone. She is coned now because the popped cyst bothers her enough that she tries to get at it.

Sheesh, I have been in this silly lampshade for about two weeks now.  (Mom adds that Misty has been very good about wearing the cone) Today we have single digit temps, freezing rain, sleet, and a trace of snow.  As you can see, my lampshade cracked in the cold. Mom used some duct tape to try to keep it together until I can get a new one.  We DO have a comfy cone, but I don't like it as much.  I may have to wear it for a day or two if this one cracks any more.

We missed commenting on almost all of your blog posts for over a week now, but we did get Mom to share them with us.  We thank you all very much for the numerous and beautiful Christmas cards we received and for all the holiday wishes.  We will let you know how Misty does after her surgery.  She adds that any and all POTP is welcomed.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber
Pee Ess - we know we still have that Christmas look, but Mom needs to search her files to replace our header:)


  1. Yikes on the clogged sink.

    Poor Lightning. They look so miserable in the cone of shame. It's needed though.

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  2. Happy New Year! We're glad to hear your visit with the relatives went well and that all are healthy. Our paws are crossed for Misty and her surgery. Our mom has experience with dealing with having to have a wound heal as an open wound. That might have to be an option if the vet can't stretch the skin for sutures. If you want any advice please feel free to ask. Don't ever worry about not being around when you are spending time with family. We all understand that family comes first.

  3. Well I'm glad most of Christmas was good, but dang, poor Misty. We're all sending our most powerful purrs and prayers her way. Pleae don't be concerned about visiting us, just take care of your special girl Misty. Happy New Year from all of us.

  4. I will be praying all goes well with Misty. I wish you all a happy and healthy new year! XO

  5. Wow! You guys had a hectic Christmas! We send your Peeps some serenity and calm, especially with the issues with Misty's cyst. We will send purrayers and healing purrs. Thanks for stopping by to wish us a Happy New Year! Life is an adventure that's full of wonderful destinations and sometimes events that can seem not so wonderful. We are wishing you many beautiful memories made in 2022. Here’s to another year full of joy, laughter, and unforgettable memories! Love Marv and Mom

  6. Sounds like Christmas was busy but good. Hope the cone survives, lol! POTP for Misty and we hope recovery is quick. Good luck! Oh, and Happy New Year!

  7. That sounds like a fantastic Christmas with everyone working together. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

  8. Please never worry about not writing enough, we love hearing from you whenever you get a chance. I'm glad you had a good Christmas, and my fingers are crossed for poor Misty. ๐Ÿคž

    Much love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. Oh gosh, what a lot you have had going on.
    Gail and I wish you a Happy New Year and one that is eventful only in a good way.
    And we are sending a ton of POTB across the Pond for Misty.
    Toodle pip!

  10. Happy New Year to all of you! Poor Misty. That sounds really unpleasant. We hope the surgery will go smoothy and that nasty cyst will be nothing but a memory very soon. I sympathise as I have been on very limited activity myself since my sudden TPLO surgery last week, but at least I haven't had to wear a collar!


  11. My goodness! What a busy busy holiday you've had and while it sounds like a lot of it was "bumpy" you did get some holiday fun and visits with family. So sorry about Misty though - sounds like her cyst is a lot more complicated than thought originally and we sure hope everything goes well. Glad to hear she's handling the cone's to a perfect surgery and healing after.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

  12. Happy New Year to all of you. I am glad that you mostly had a good Christmas, but sorry to hear about Misty's cyst. I hope the op goes well and she makes a good recovery.

  13. Bummer about the clogged sink but it sounds like despite that upset, you had a wonderful Christmas with family. We send you tons of AireZen and POTP and positive vibes, Misty!

  14. Misty I'm so very sorry to hear about the cyst bursting and causing all kinds of trouble.
    You can 100% count on my to be sending you lots of Purrs on Tuesday.
    OMDs thank goodness your human sis tested negative. I cannot imagine having plumbing problems just before a big family meal. Many years ago on December 26 when favorite sis and BIL of Angel Madi were here our hot water heated turned into a cold water right after their showers. Thankfully the plumber came the next day.
    Hugs and Purrs Cecilia

  15. I am happy to see you all looking well, even if you are not well sweet Misty. those awful cones are so miserable and I am also happy to hear you are doing well with it. Prayers for your surgery and don't worry about comments or leaving your decor as is... just get through all of this crazy stuff and lets hope this will be the last of the crazy for 2022. Beau does the same thing, the crate is there and has not been used in years, but he sometimes napps in it with the door open.. love you guys, be careful in that cold snow and ice. we will be waiting to hear

  16. Dear Misty, I forgot to say I will be praying for your cysts removal, that it will not be as deep as feared and will not require a skin graft

  17. Best wishes for a good start to the New Year with a surgery without complications!

  18. We're purring for Misty's surgery to go well and for a great 2022. We have had Christmas day plumbing issues in the past too. It's not fun.

  19. Charlee: "Happy New Year to all of you from all of us!"
    Chaplin: "We're sorry to hear about Misty's cyst! We Hipsters send lots of purrs her way for a successful procedure and a quick recovery!"
    Lulu: "And I send fluffy tail wags!"

  20. What a crazy Christmas for you all! We're sending purrs and prayers for Misty and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  21. Sending healing prayers and wishes from all of us to Misty.

  22. Hari OM
    Oh for crying out loud - this, one of the most impawtant posts of the year, for some reason did not reach my reader and I only just found out about the schemozzle with Misty via POTP for Blogville!!! Thanks to Miss Cecilia for making sure we all go alerted - and I am of course sending every ounce of POTP I have available!!! So glad there was fun and games (chosen and unchosen) to keep everyone entertained over the festives... and I sure hope to hear very soon how everything goes with that surgery. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  23. So sorry to hear about the plumbing issue-never a good thing but especially during the holidays. May the surgery go well for dear Misty. Sending loads of POTP for her recovery and best wishes for 2022.

  24. That sure was an exciting holiday, not necessarily of the wanted kind, BOL!

    We are sending our best POTP for Misty.

  25. ohmygosh! what an amazing group of things to be happening at the end of the year.
    that is the Only good thing about it perhaps... that it is at the End of this scary/horrible year!
    maybe it can all be resolved now and All of you will be able to be Well and to Rest and Recover!
    and you too Mom. the wonderful caregiver needs rest! XO

  26. Your holiday was much more exciting than ours. Mom knows about those bursting cysts. Both Pylon and Morgan had them. They sure are messy. We're crossing our paws that the vet is wrong and the cyst just pops out without any stretching issues. Anyway in a couple weeks everything will be good as new and Misty will have great stories to tell the others.

  27. Wow, you guys were busy! We are sending Misty our best wishes she can get away from that dang cone.

  28. We send puurayers and POTP for sweet Misty ! We owned several Elkhounds over the years (when we were younger) and know they can be prone to that kind of thing too, so we include some Moose Magic.

  29. Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers that all turns out fine for Misty, so that she also can have a wonderful New Year๐Ÿ™... that we also wish for all of you๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

  30. May the operation go very, very well. Love to you all and Misty.

  31. Oh my, so much going on, when it rains...good wishes to Misty in her surgery and that she has a good recovery. Christmas this year is seems was nuts for everyone, we all have to make the best of it, right?

    Your friends Rosie and Redford

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•`Happy New Year!!

    We will without a doubt be sending lots, and lots of POTP and my best of vibes for your most special girl tomorrow, and for you too that the day passes quickly and without too much worry. Let us know!

  33. Oh, Misty...I've been MIA, too, since losing Wolfie, so I am very behind on reading posts. I am so, so sorry about your cyst and having surgery. Here's lots of healing thoughts coming your way! Hugs... xoxo


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