What’s Up with Team Blue – Still on Part Time Hours – Heatwave – Making Dog Food and More

What’s Up with Team Blue – Still on Part Time Hours – Heatwave – Making Dog Food and More

What’s Up with Team Blue – Still on Part Time Hours – Heatwave – Making Dog Food and More

By Patty L. Fletcher and: Chief Seeing Eye® Dog Blue

Sunday June 30, 2024

Moon Phase Waning Crescent

Good morning, everyone.
I hope you’re all doing super duper on this Sublime Sunday.
Here, though we’re continuously blanketed in a nasty heatwave which doesn’t seem to want to let go, Blue and I are doing fairly good.
Blue has had some sickness, but he is much better now. He ought to be, I’ve been cooking for him, and he loves it.
I began doing it when he was having stomach issues. Boiled ground Türkiye, Rice, Green beans, carrots, and green peas. I’ve had to do some research on how much of what to add, so I don’t mess up his calorie intake, but now that I’ve it figured out, and I see how well he is doing, I’m not sure I’ll go back to regular dog food. I want to talk to my vet and maybe also reach out to The Seeing Eye for council as well. Blue has been dealing with itching, heavier than normal shedding Nausea, and strange stool but all of that is dissipating and I’m wondering if some ingredient might have changed in the food he was eating, or if he possibly developed an allergy to it. All I know is he seems better than he’s been in about a month. My biggest worry is making sure I have the calorie intake correct, proportions, and of course, vitamins. But I’ve talked to a whole lot of people who are doing what I am and so I feel confident this can be done correctly.
I cook a week’s worth at a time, store it in an airtight container in the frig and it’s just a matter of measuring it into a bowl, heating it up and putting it into his dish.
Honestly, if this works out, I think both Blue’s health and my budget will be much improved.
If you’re out there reading this, and you’re making dog food, please make sure to leave a comment in the comment section here to let me know your Experiences and if you’ve any knowledge to share, please do.
Blue is just a year or so from becoming a senior, he weighs approximately 74 pounds, he is 26 inches at the shoulder and 30 inches at the top of his head. He’s a big boy.
Here’s a picture of him sitting. You can see how big he is just from that. I’ll try and drum up a pic of him standing later, but this gives an idea of him.

Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms.

The first thing people said to me when I shared this, the first ever picture of me and Blue was, “Geez, he’s tall.”
I love big, tall dogs, so Blue was perfect for me, and I knew it the moment I touched him.

Anyhow, I’m still on part time hours. Let me just say, that getting a new computer during the ACB – American Council Of The Blind Convention was not a great idea. The keyboard on this Laptop works differently than any I’ve had before, and to my dismay I deleted information I needed both days I was to volunteer and those in charge were displeased. I didn’t blame them but at the same time, I was truly struggling. Lesson learned. I just didn’t think the keyboard would be so strange. I didn’t even know I’d deleted them, that was the most frustrating part. I’d never have waited until the last minute to request information again if I had known. I suppose day one should have taught me, but I appear to be a slow learner. I hate when I disappoint people, and I heard that frustration in the voices of those I called on for help and I felt pretty down on myself the rest of that day. But as I say, today is yesterday’s tomorrow and tomorrow is another day, so life moved on, and I put it away. I also sat down with the keyboard help on and worked on putting lock dots onto the keys that were in such strange places. I will not make that mistake a third time. So, Universe, go find your chuckles elsewhere.

As mentioned in the beginning of this post, the heatwave we’re dealing with is quite hideous. We’ve no good place to sit for there is little shade in our yard. So, we have been visiting with neighbors in the evening after sundown. I’m going to have to go in search of a chair this payday and hope I can find one I can carry in and out. We have a neighbor who will pick up anything not nailed down and take it, so I don’t dare just leaving it outside when not in use. She also stands naked in her bathroom with the shade open behind her, and due to the reflection in the mirror neighbors say they get a disgusting view, 🤢 Ah but there’s a story for another day.
As I was saying, the swing I always sat on is broken and there is no sign of it being fixed. What we really want there is a bench or table and chairs or benches with a cover. There is a gazebo at the top of the hill that gets great shade at different times of the day, but the lady who lives in the apartment directly in front of it has put her personal rockers, and decorations there and treats it as if it were her own front porch. When you ask the manager he says, “Well, there’s another around behind the office.” Yes, there is, and they have it sitting on jacks. It’s so high you cannot get up on it unless you’re very able bodied. Duh? You dumb ass, this is a complex of elderly and disabled. Besides, why should she be allowed to take it over?
That, however, is not really the point. The swing needs replaced with something safer and easier for elderly and disabled to use. The swing moves when you stand or sit, if you’re not careful it goes right out from underneath, and now that it is broken it’s even more unsafe.
I don’t know what’s wrong with those who manage this place they give no consideration to the people they’re dealing with. Most have special needs, and those are not properly addressed here at all.
Ah well, nothing to do about it. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, but I’m telling you this is not where I want to land up. I can do better, deserve better and I’m damned determined to have better. I have made some great friends here though, and if I do indeed move, I hope to retain them.

In the meantime, life goes on and I’m working on the second draft of The Blended Lives Chronicles: A Battle of Choices II and am about halfway through the read. I’m going to take a few days to do this and to catch up on the work I got behind on this past week. I hope to have a summer surprise for you all sometime over the fourth of July holiday weekend. Standby for a great new newsletter coming to Patty’s Worlds this week.

For now, I need another cup of Brew, Blue needs a belly rub and I’m certain there are chores waiting for me as well.
So, this is Team Blue saying, “Keep your nose to the ground, and your tail waving at the sky.”

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