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Lalagirl

Me-56 FWH-58 Married 37 years 9/2/2021 grown daughters-37 & 34 11yo GS,8yo GD&6yo. GD (DD37) and 9yo GD & 4yo GD(DD34). D-day #1 - 1/06; D-day #2 - 3/07 Reconciled! Construction Complete. Astra inclinant, sed non obligant

Covid Loss of Smell and Taste

Hi SI peeps,

So the VID got me last week. I was fully vaccinated late May (Moderna). Got it from the grandkids. Negative rapid test followed by a positive PCR two days later.

I was surprised when I got the call that it was positive - I felt great. Until 2 days after the call. Stale headache, low-grade fever, super tired. No trouble breathing, sat levels perfect.

Then Sunday, goodbye taste and smell. JUST. LIKE. THAT. GONE. I cannot smell ANYTHING - not even the dog poo I pick up! laugh I can "taste" sweet, salty, sour, spicy, but no flavor. It's really hard to explain.

It sucks and TBH, I'm scared and a little depressed. This is awful. I know it could be worse, but of course I HAD to look up how long it takes to get your sense of taste and smell back and I read everything from a couple weeks, to a month, to months, to never, and then when it does come back, everything smells awful.

For those of you who have had COVID and "took leave of your senses" laugh - what was the outcome? Honest answers even if not good, please and thank you.

11 comments posted: Thursday, September 9th, 2021

People Returning Pandemic Pets

I was just watching the news - animal shelters that were empty during the pandemic are now full. Not because of new animals entering, but because people who got animals during the pandemic are returning them because their lives are getting back to "normal" and they can't take care of them anymore.

Are people that fucking stupid? Did they think the pandemic would last forever? Do they think these precious babies are stuffed animals that they can just give away/toss aside when things get real?

We got a puppy in March. Before I brought him home, I already looked into doggie daycare/dog walker options because I knew at some point I would return to the office. That time has come (3 days a week) and he's set up for daycare and he really loves it. Is it cheap? No. But I would not have gotten the dog if I did not research the cost of properly owning one.

This does NOT include foster animals - foster families are awesome! That's what these people should have done if they were not going to make these poor animals a true part of their family. Now they sit in shelters not knowing what they did to deserve that.

[This message edited by Lalagirl at 8:24 AM, July 27th (Tuesday)]

17 comments posted: Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

It's Puppy Time!

On July 29, 2010, I lost my awesome GSD boy; he was 13. We had to have him euthanized because one day, he was unable to get up and had lost all of his bodily functions due to degenerative myelopothy. He had been slowly regressing over a couple years, but that one day, I saw in his eyes that he was ready. I wasn't - probably never would have been.

I swore on everything that the pain of losing him was so great that I would never be a dog mamma again.

The years passed - I had one grandchild when we lost our furboy in 2010; four more grandkids came with the last one being born in 2016. They took up all my time and energy (in a good way) and during the past 10 years I was happy and never really thought much of getting another dog. Then, my DD who does not live with us got an English Lab puppy, who is 2 now, and he has been so great!

Then late October 2019, shortly after my DD, her DH, 2 of my grandkids and their GSD girl moved in with us, our grandfurbaby crossed rainbow bridge when a sudden illness took her out at age 10.5. Her blood was no longer clotting. Their heartbreak once again sealed the deal that I wasn't going to get another dog.

Then COVID hit. I started looking at websites at GSDs and following doggos on IG thinking that would take care of my "dog fix." I resigned myself that I would be happy loving my grandfurbaby and other doggos from afar. Little did I know that DH was paying very close attention.

On Christmas Day, my DH gave me a present. A box with a stuffed GSD and a real leash in it. Inside was a card with a beautiful note congratulating me on being the "mother" of a solid black GSD puppy, who would be born in January and would be mine in mid-March! There was also a picture of the mother and father of the puppies in the box.

How could I say no?

In 4 more weeks I'll be a dog mamma again - I'll be honest, I'm a little nervous - GSDs are a lot of work, but I have plenty of help and we will have this little girl or guy professionally trained and he or she will serve not only a family pet, but as a service dog to help me when I have anxiety attacks.

Squeeee!

[This message edited by Lalagirl at 1:28 PM, February 19th (Friday)]

19 comments posted: Friday, February 19th, 2021

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

Christmas 2018.

So funny - The Fab Five just did not want to sit still for five seconds and take a Norman Rockwell type portrait. So here are the ones that we got - all adorable - gotta love them. And given that they are five children ages 9 to 2, and they had been opening a crap-ton of gifts (first from Santa, then from us), AND they ate sugar...it could have been much worse...lol!

Enjoy!

Finally - 2 yo DGD decided she was DONE. And 4yo DGD looking at her like WTH!

[This message edited by Lalagirl at 10:19 AM, January 10th (Thursday)]

7 comments posted: Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Lalagirls Wants to Party

7k posts (I just noticed that myself)....

Let's par-tay!

11 comments posted: Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

So...four of my fab five grandkids are in school!

Can you believe it?

DGS9 - 4th grade

DGD6 - 1st grade

DGD5 - Kindergarten

DGD4 - Pre-K

This little one (DGD2) is not yet in school, but she goes to daycare "baby school" 3 days a week...

9 comments posted: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

My Grandson - Time Flies Too Fast

Many SI "old timers" have "known" my DGS since the day he was born on June 25, 2009. He's the first of five awesome grandchildren (aka - "The Fab Five") and the only boy. I can't believe he's going to be nine! From roly poly baby with beautiful eyes and lashes to die for to handsome young man with beautiful eyes and lashes to die for...and his personality is just as beautiful...and I'm not just saying that because he's my DGS.

11 comments posted: Friday, June 8th, 2018

The Private Lives of the Tudors

Has anyone read it?

I'm about 25% through it and love it! One thing is certain - kings, queens, and all the court were not afforded much privacy at all. Especially kings and queens as they were the property of the people and were expected to produce heirs. People looked on as newlywed royalty consummated their marriages -- this was normal and expected!

It was also expected that monarchs hid signs of aging as perception was reality. Queen Elizabeth I put on gobs of white foundation, which ended up containing extremely high levels of lead.

Lots of really awesome detail about clothing, food, shelter, customs, etc., etc...

If you're not a Tudor-era enthusiast, don't buy it. It's definitely for us who love all things Tudor.

0 comment posted: Friday, May 19th, 2017

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

I love Easter pictures! Hope you love these as well!

The whole brood...DH, me and the grandkids (L to R) - DGD 9m, DGD 2.5, DGS 7.5, DGD 4, DGD 5.

Enjoying their day hunting eggs and being with each other.

12 comments posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Finally Got All Five Grandkids in a Picture!

Here's my lovely crew:

DGD 2.5, DGS 7.5, DGD 6 months, DGD 4, DGD 4 (will be 5 next month)....

Yes, the baby is falling in the crack of the couch...and DGD 2.5 is pissed off...but YOU try to get five in one shot!

10 comments posted: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

Some recent pics of my grand-brood

A few from Halloween (left to right) - DGD2, DGS7, DGD3, DGD4, and DGD4months

DGD4 - such a great big sister to DGD 4 months!

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DGS7 - finally lost some teeth!

DGD3 - first time away from mommy...going to preschool 2 days a week...and she loves it!

DGD2 - This pretty young lady is quite the firecracker..."willful"... I love her spunk!

9 comments posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

GS6 - "crazy hair day" at school

GD4 - in her St. Patty's Day regalia

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GD3 and her mommy

GD19mos. - our crazy girl! And one with her sister (GD3)

And last but not least - granddaughter-to-be (DD is 25 weeks, this pic is 23 weeks) - already a yoga master.

4 comments posted: Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

DGS 6 - starting first grade!!

DGD 3

DGD 2

DGD 1

Misc pix:

10 comments posted: Monday, August 10th, 2015

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

Some pics from the holidays...enjoy!

Peanut girl (just turned 2)

DD30 & the two, two-year-olds (one is hers, the other is DD27's - she'll be 3 next month)

GS5 & GD 4 months visiting with Santa (the two, two year olds screamed their heads off when we put them on Santa's lap, so that was a no-go)

Best big brother and cousin!!

The newest beauty - 4 months

My DDs' families:

Me lovin on one of my four angels:

Our Christmas tree - lots of stuff!

The whole brood - interesting photo shoot attempt which left the baby in tears.

Me & DH's pride and joy - the whole reason we have these wonderful grandchildren!!

7 comments posted: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Yay! Grandkid Pix!

DD 30's brood (DGS 5; DGD 23 months; DGD 10 weeks)

DD 27's DD (she will be 3 in February) - she is "Spidermangirl"

DGD 10 weeks - our little pumpkin and doing great with "tummy time"!

11 comments posted: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Funny Story...Gotta Love Two Year Olds

Preface: My 2.5 year-old DGD is learning about "stranger danger" in daycare and is learning what to say and do should a stranger approach her.

DD talking to DGD about Halloween etiquette:

DD: DGD, what do you say when they answer the door?

DGD: Trick or Treat!

DD: What do you say after they put candy in your bag?

DGD: I don't WANT your candy!

Oops...a slight mixup there . No worries, she had the whole "trick-or-treat/thank you" down pat on Halloween night!

6 comments posted: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Granddaughter Almost 8 Weeks Old!

And happy as she can be!

4 comments posted: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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