News, updates, and happenings with the Kragnes family: Phil, our Seeing Eye Dogs, and (me) Rebecca.

Update take 2.

I’m sitting out on my deck writing this trying to soak up some sun and energy. I have stuff I need to do but can’t seem to get started on it. So I thought I’d do an update blog entry.
The winter was long, and although I feel some improvement on some days, today isn’t one of those days. Meanwhile, Phil has been in severe pain from his thumb. He sees the hand surgeon Friday, after intervention from his primary doctor. He was scheduled for April 21, which was the soonest they could get him in, when he called. Sometimes going through the right channels is fruitful.
I’m looking forward to my birthday later this month, and I know Phil is looking forward to his in late May. He is supposed to get a birthday present with four legs, and fur, which comes with a leash and harness. I’m not looking forward to the almost three weeks alone and may ask friends to check on me from time to time.
Im feeling a little more vulnerable, because we’ve had a couple incidents to our property. Just yesterday, a text to Phil said a package was delivered to our house, but no package could be found. We had our reader double check before alerting the police. They came out to take a detailed report of the items in the package to turn over to an investigator who will see if our incident fits a pattern of crime in the area.
Sometime in late February our garage was tagged by gang members. For those unfamiliar with that term, gang members sprayed their symbols adding graffiti to our garage. We made the mistake of reporting the graffiti to the city. Officials sent us a letter giving us a deadline for getting rid of the graffiti. Luckily they were nicer by phone extending the deadline and giving us the number of a company which paints over graffiti as a big part of their business. They gave us a reasonable price to do the job, and as far as we know, our garage is back to normal again.
This winter Phil used Christmas money to buy more tools for his shop. He rearranged things to make it even more of a shop area. I can’t remember if I wrote about his hospitalization in late January due to his thumb and likely an infection in it, but he was motivated to get out by the arrival of his table saw. He had an appointment with electricians to put in another line, so the table saw wouldn’t turn off all the circuits as it did when we first got it.
Around this same time, we found new house cleaners which has been a real joy to have again. Having eyes on our place every couple weeks pays off. Just this past week, they disposed of a dead mouse we smelled but couldn’t find. We thought it was in the walls, but it was plainly visible near a vent. We just had new friends over for dinner and hope they didn’t spot the offending creature. I’m also glad Lancer left it alone, because I wouldn’t want him ingesting whatever poison our pest control used to kill them.
Lancer is doing well at work, and the home behavior is improving with a lot of diligence on our part. Paper towels have to be hidden, as do socks and gloves. I am unsure how he will react to another furry member of the family. He’s used to getting all of Phil’s attention right now, but his puppy raisers told me he likes other dogs. When I’ve had other dogs over, he doesn’t play with them, so I haven’t seen a lot of evidence of this thus far. We’re assuming Phil will get another German Shepherd, and Lancer had at least one good friend of that breed. 

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Comments on: "Update take 2." (3)

  1. Jeanie Vejil said:

    Rebecca, I’m glad Phil was able to get in sooner to see the hand surgeon with the assistance of his doctor.

    Winter? What’s winter, haha? We’ve basically gone from fall straight to spring with only maybe a dozen even decently cold days. It’s the warmest winter I remember in the 24 years I’ve lived in Houston. I want my winter back!

    Happy early birthday to you and what a wonderful birthday Phil will have getting a new pup finally. I wonder who his instructor will be.

    I don’t blame you for being uneasy with graffity having been done to your property. I hope it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to have it removed. Stupid people defacing property like that.

    It probably doesn’t make you feel too terrific either having had a package stollen from your property.

    Do you have a family member or a treasured trusty friend who wouldn’t mind keeping you company while Phil is away. Three weeks would be too much for me too. Please update us on Phil’s hand appointment and on his new four-footed furry friend when you have time.

    Hopefully, Lancer will be happy to have another doggie around and they’ll become great buddies. I’ve forgotten whether he is a Golden or a regular Lab. I have a small female black Lab named Garlyn who I trained with in September/October of 2014. She’s a real cutey and a great little worker. I had to have my retired yellow Lab/golden, Trudy, put down this past October due to sudden kidney disease and the lack of interest in eating. Some days, she didn’t eat until 10:00 p.m., and other days, she’d eat but very late in the morning. She just didn’t act like she felt very well. I missed her for several weeks, but thank the good Lord I had Garlyn to give me my doggie fix. I will never forget her. They made a pawprint of one of her front paws for me.

    If you get lonely, send me your phone number. My cell number is 713-865-6979, and it’s always on.

    Take care of yourself and enjoy your lights if you don’t feel like being outdoors.

    Jeanie and Garlyn

  2. I’m so sorry about the gang incident. That has to be so scary.

    I love reading your update. I was concerned I hadn’t heard from you in a long time.

    I’m praying Phil’s thumb heals completely and he has no more problems with that.

    I can’t wait to hear about the new dog. I sure hope you can get him or her in May.

    I so hope you’ll be feeling better now that it’s getting warmer and more sunny.

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