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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.

millie-tongue-out-in-the-leaves-lr

This was just a few days ago when I was outside helping dad get the last of the leaves out of our yard. Today it looks like a winter wonderland. We got about 8 inches of snow the past couple of days and boy did I have fun doing zoomies in the white fluffy stuff! The temps are going to be above freezing for the next few days so all the white stuff should melt soon.

I’m sorry we haven’t been around to comment much the past few days. Our grandma had a minor operation (of course nothing is minor when you are in your 80’s) so our mom has been busy helping her and being with her at the hospital the past few days. Don’t worry too much because our grandma is home now and doing well but since she can’t drive for a few weeks our mom will be her taxi and personal shopper for a while.

I heard that we aren’t having a big bird for Thanksgiving but we are having a pork roast with all the usual trimmings so there will be plenty of left overs for us too.

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HugsfromOTWDebButch-2

Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Today we are joining our Blogville friends, Hailey & Zaphod (visit their blog to see the blog hop), in sending all the hugs we can to The Three Little Pugs, their Mom Deb and Dad Butch. As many of you know Butch had an accident at work a couple of weeks ago and has been hospitalized since then. To add to the stress Deb’s mom is currently battling breast cancer. We just want them to know that all of us are here for them and wish we could be there for them too.

Millie is going to kick things off by showing her technique.

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

Now it’s Walter’s turn. Here he is giving our Angel Grandpa Chuck a hug and kiss too.

I loved giving my Grandpa a hug and kiss.

I loved giving my Grandpa a hug and kiss.

If we were in Iowa with you we would smother you with hugs and kisses. Of course we would be very gentle with Butch since he is hurt.

As our mom said, one of the saddest things about being Blogville residents is that the only support we can lend someone in distress is our prayers and comments. If we lived nearby we would be sure to lend our support by keeping the pugs company while their mom Deb was visiting their dad in the hospital or bringing a meal to your family.

We hope the Stella Rose, Angus Mac, and Maggie Mae won’t mind us sending these hugs to their pawrents. We are sure when their dad comes home he will be smothered with love from them too.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. When you were a kid did you ever watch TV shows like The Adventures of Superman and wish you had super powers like him? I know I did. Of course I really wanted to be Samantha from Bewitched. Just a wiggle of her nose or a blink of her eyes and everything would be better.

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We’ve all had someone or somepet in our lives that has suffered from some sort of health problem and wished we could do something to make them better. Here in Blogville there is always somebody in need of our Power of the Paw support. If we had those super powers like Samantha did we could wiggle our noses and make everyone better. Sadly we know that isn’t possible so we do what we can by putting our paws together, saying prayers or sending all the positive vibes we can.

Recently one of Blogville’s residents shared with us about a young girl that has been battling a mysterious health problem. Just like with our pets it can be more upsetting when a child has health problems because it is difficult for them to understand why things aren’t normal. I’m talking about Macey the granddaughter of the author of the Three Little Pugs blog. If you haven’t been following Macey’s story you can go here to read a little about what has been going on.

Macey the Super Girl!

Macey the Super Girl!

A couple of weeks ago Macey had some scary tests coming up and I wanted to do a little something to help her get through it. Being the crafty person that I am I fired up my sewing machine and created a  cape for Macey to wear whenever she needed some super powers. It’s made of fleece on the outside and the backing is a fun cotton print.

Bam! Pow!

Pow! Zoom! Zap!

I hope the cape helped Macey feel stronger during her tests. The one thing I do know is that she will know that people all around the world are worried about her and hope she feels better soon.

Super M

Super M

The cape is in her two favorite colors, purple and pink. It was a challenge sewing the “M” on the cape with the stretchy fleece fabric. I used a tight zigzag satin stitch and had to be careful to make sure it didn’t go too wonky.

Another challenge I had was figuring out the correct size for a 6 year old girl. Of course I used my friend Google to help me. I found a few patterns and put them together to come up with my pattern.

Super Girl with Super Cape

Super Girl with Super Cape

I used Velcro at the neck to allow for easy on and off. As you can see by the above picture it fits her great and even allows for her to grow a bit and still fit her.

Pretty package for a pretty girl

Pretty package for a pretty girl

I wrapped the cape in purple and pink and included a funny get well card with a pug on it.

Not sure what they're giving you... but I want some! Get well soon!

Not sure what they’re giving you…but I want some!
Get well soon!

I enjoyed making the cape for Macey and seeing her smile in her pictures made me smile too. If you don’t already know The Three Little Pugs you should go visit them and say hello. You could also include some encouraging words for Macey as I know her grandmother shares them with her. Get well soon Macey!

Super Macey Cape

Super Macey Cape

 

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Today would have been my parents 57th wedding anniversary.

February 1, 1958

February 1, 1958

I want to share with you a couple of things. First a video I put together (with the help of a professional videographer – thank you Kelley) for my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. The video is a bit long so I will understand if you don’t watch it all and yes, that is my voice narrating it.

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The next item I want to share is a very cute poem a friend of my parents composed for their 50th anniversary.

A Golden Voyage by Greg Livadas

Chuck first saw Claire at the Buffalo station
She was lugging a mixer, some automation.

Right then Chuck offered his help
He picked up that mixer and let out a yelp.

Their journey began that day near the trains
Their love for each other to this day remains.

They visit their children, Colleen, Cindy, Paul,
Five grandchildren too, they’re getting so tall.

Claire’s passion for teaching never did wilt
Her favorite hobby is making a quilt.

Chuck always enjoys watching lacrosse
He’s happily retired so reports to no boss.

He drives on the highways delivering blood.
Once while ballooning he fell in the mud.

The Fourth of July they’re at Town Hall
Selling church popcorn for one and for all.

Chuck as a pilot, he had so much fun
And Claire got a ride, but only just one.

They travel the world, enjoy a good tour
Seeing new sights is the big lure.

Alaska, Sodoma, they’ll never forget
Especially in Italy, the in-ground toilet.

Chuck wants to win the lottery, please!
While Claire is content with some Limburger cheese.

This couple is watching each other’s backs
That’s why their marriage has remained on the tracks.

So happy 50th, to this husband and wife
I’m so glad you’re both a part of my life.

Just a couple of days ago Greg updated the ending of the poem:

Seven years later, Chuck’s journey on earth ended
It’s doubtful the hole in our hearts will be mended.

He lived a great life, even died on his terms
The love from his family and friends do affirm.

His legacy now blooms as bright as the dawn
As long as we remember, he’ll never really be gone.

Thank you Greg for a wonderful tribute to my parents and allowing me to publish it here.

I also wanted to thank all of my readers for your wonderful comments over the past few days. It has warmed my heart to know so many of you are thinking of my family during this difficult time. I can’t thank all of you individually so please know I am grateful. I am hopeful that I can get caught up on all that has been happening around Blogville and get back to commenting and a normal life soon.

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It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of my father Charles S. Welch.

Grill Master Chuck at Work

Grill Master Chuck at Work

Yesterday morning my father died peacefully in his sleep. This past week has been a whirlwind of family and friends sharing together with dad. He was in good spirits joking as usual right up until he fell asleep on Sunday night.

Chuck with his Chair cushion

Chuck with his Chair cushion I made for him

He was at peace with his final journey and I was so glad he spent his final days in hospice care. The entire staff made it easier for him and our family. I cannot thank the team at the Leo Center for Caring enough.

Visitation will be Friday, January 30th at Paul W. Harris Funeral Home in Irondequoit, NY from 4 – 7 PM and a memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31st at Seneca United Methodist Church beginning at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Seneca United Methodist Church, 121 Scholfield Rd., Rochester, NY 14617; Project Glory Home, C/O Annie’s Angels 1500 Portland Ave. Rochester, N.Y. 14621; CRU 508 Dewey Street Royal Oak, MI 48067 or give online; Leo Center for Caring, 1500 Portland Ave. Rochester, N.Y. 14621.

Thank you so much for all the words of caring we have received over this past week. Knowing so many of you were think of and praying for my father has meant a lot to me.

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Hi everyone it’s Millie & Walter here. We have been absent from Blogville for the past week because our mom has been away from home most of the day everyday (and she doesn’t work!). Some of you may have heard from the POTP blog that our Grandpa is very sick. We thought we would give you a brief update and maybe for some of you this would be the first you are hearing of it.

Grandpa your moustache tickles!

Grandpa your moustache tickles!

Our Grandpa was admitted to the hospital a week ago and our mom has been spending her days visiting with him and family. At first it appeared to be a recurrence of the internal bleeding he suffered in September but it was discovered he has very advanced terminal cancer.

A kiss for Grandpa

A kiss for Grandpa

Today he was moved to hospice care at the Leo Center for Caring a part of the St. Ann’s Community. Our mom says this is a wonderful facility and it is the perfect place for what our Grandpa needs right now. Mom says that pets are allowed to visit but she doesn’t think we have the right manners for a visit and that Grandpa is very fragile at this time.

Please cross your paws and keep our Grandpa and our family in your thoughts and prayers. We love our Grandpa very much and are very sad that we will never be able to see him again.

Mom is trying to read your blogs and says it has been a good distraction from all the chaos and sadness of this past week but hasn’t been able to comment much since she is reading on her Kindle. Thank you all for your understanding of our absence at this time.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Thanks so much for your good thoughts, prayers,crossed paws and vibes coming my way. Yesterday went more smoothly than I had imagined. A very big thank you to my mom for hanging out with me at the hospital all day so Charlie could entertain Millie & Walter at home. I have to give the most of the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital an A+ rating for making my day go so well. I’m only taking off a slight bit for whoever is responsible for putting these things on me because…

ECG monitor pad

ECG monitor pad

last night I discovered two of them still stuck to my left side and this morning I found another one on my right side! LOL! Of course I’m just kidding since there really was no harm done. I chalk up my inability to feel them to my use of drugs to ease my pain.

My foot is wrapped with cotton and an ace bandage.

Cindy's post surgery foot

Cindy’s post surgery foot

The incision was made on the left side of my leg where they took out some muscle and nerve for testing. My skin has a bit of an Oompa Loompa color from the antiseptic stuff they use on you before the surgery. I’m at about 24 hours post surgery as I write this and doing well. I will be able to shower tomorrow with a bag on my foot and can take the wrap off on Friday.

I’m supposed to keep my foot elevated as much as possible, not walk much and take stairs only when I’m up to it so for the past day and for at least a couple more I’m holed up in our bedroom. That means that Charlie and the pups are waiting on me hand and foot.

A little to the left Walter...that's better...thanks.

A little to the left Walter…that’s better…thanks.

And I mean that literally! LOL!

So the only issue I have had with this whole process is that when I met with the surgeon for a pre-operative appointment he did not tell me any of the restrictions I would have post surgery. One of the main ones is that I’m not supposed to drive until he clears me and according to the receptionist at his office that won’t be at least until 2 weeks from yesterday when my follow up appointment is to get my stitches out! He also gave me no clue that I wouldn’t be able to get around my house much afterwards so it’s a good thing I don’t live alone. I guess I didn’t realize how deep they would be going and that my leg would be wrapped up so I couldn’t even put shoes on. The moral of this story is to ask more questions about how you will feel after surgery when talking to your surgeon.

Overall I’m doing as good as can be expected. I’m trying to not take the heavy drugs and have switched to just ibuprofen (which seems to be working fine). Please keep your paws crossed and the good vibes coming my way so I don’t have any complications down the road and that the doctors will be able to use the biopsy to help with the neuropathy.

I am mostly using my Kindle to read blogs since sitting in bed with the computer on my lap isn’t that comfortable so please excuse me if I don’t comment much for a few days. Millie & Walter also have their paws crossed for the many other Blogville residents both human and animal that need some good vibes coming their way. Thanks for all you have sent our way too.

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