Well, it has been a while since I was here. Lots of things have happened and not the least of which was the snow storm of the year! We were on vacation in Jamaica at the time and I know you are saying 'Awwwwwwwwwwwww, that's too bad.' Yes, we had to extend an extra 3 days due to airport closures, plane cancellations, etc. Fortunately, we were able to extend at the place we were staying so we didn't have to pack and move. Then we had to get home to a neighborhood which had just been dug out. Our house is in an area with one road in/out so if it doesn't get plowed no one can get out and no one can get in. We were lucky to be out and not trying to get in....at least not right away. After several days the plows arrived and got rid of most of the snow from storm #1 but then snow #2 hit and that took a few more days to clear. By the time we arrived home the area was plowed right down to the pavement and except for our driveway everything was clear. We were able to clear the driveway with the help of a neighbor and his bobcat. I wish that was the end of the storm but alas it was only the beginning. The worst storm for us was yet to come. On Monday the 15th we went to pick up our precious poodle, Lexe, to find her in distress. She was so weak she could barely stand and the woman who had been caring for her was as surprised as we because she had been fine right up until that morning. So, instead of taking her home we took her to the Vet where they ran some tests, x-rays, and ultrasound and determined that she has a mass in her spleen which in almost every case is malignant. This was a very bad diagnosis and will ultimately end her life. The Vet said she might have a few days or a few weeks but that ultimately it will be fatal. So, we brought her home and are pampering her to pieces. I wrapped an ace bandage around her middle to compress her belly and spleen area to protect it and to keep it from rupturing. I've made her a purple healing blanket to dissolve the mass and do meditation mantras to focus the healing properties of the universe on her. So far she is doing just fine and continues to amaze us with her alertness and energy. She is getting scrambled eggs and sausage in the morning and being very spoiled. I'm hoping a miracle will occur.