Sunday Ramblings & Sammy

snowy 2Happy Sunday everyone.  I thought I’d do a quick post with an update on Sammy and other things.  I sure hope everyone is having much better weather than we are.  It snowed again and it’s cold and there isn’t a whole lot of improvement for the week really.  It’s time for spring already and I’m pretty sure most people have had enough of winter already.  I want to see green grass and flowers and get to go outside without a scarf!  LOL.

Well, let’s see – Sammy is doing pretty well.  I don’t want to get too excited because my hopes have been dashed before but he hasn’t been sick now in twelve days which is good for him and he doesn’t seem to be getting as much tummy pain.  I’m praying that this means that the spaghetti/chicken diet is calming his tummy and liver down.  Since I started him on it he’s pretty much eaten every day and while it would be nice if he ate a bit more he’s still eating on a regular basis and seeming to feel good from it.  He’s also been more of a pain in the butt and started up with some of his old antics again which means he’s feeling better too and I’m ok with that.  It’s nice to have him driving me crazy again!  But I guess the blood tests will tell the real truth.  I’ll make an appointment in the beginning of April sometime and see what the vet says.  He told me the last time I was there that if Sam started going longer between getting sick and started eating better that it was a good sign so I’m pinning my hopes on that.  Please keep him in your prayers until his blood work is done and we see what’s going on in that little body of his.  I’ve got some pics of him at the end of the post for you.

What else – oh I missed my blogoversary again.  That’s the second year in a row.  It was on March 8 and it’s now been 6 years.  Wow, I can’t believe that I started this blog six years ago but I’m still really glad I did.  I still enjoy blogging and reading books and being a part of the book tours.  I have cut back this year on the spotlights and giveaways because I wanted to get back to reading and reviewing more.  We’ll see I may pick up on the spotlights again – depends on how things go with Sammy.  I think the biggest thing I’m grateful for when it comes to the blog is the great friends I’ve made.  I’ve made a few friends who I know will be lifetime friends for me – you know who you are – and that means more to me than anything else.  We share our lives with each other and most of the time I think they all know me better than the people I see all the time.  Then there are the readers of my blog who don’t necessarily comment but I know they are there and I’m grateful for them too.  It all boils down to the fact that I’m not going anywhere yet and I hope you’ll all keep coming by the blog and I hope enjoying it.

I’ve also been reading and knitting.  I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately – well I guess I’ve been listening to them.  I’m so hooked on audios right now.  I love them because I can still knit or play with Sammy or do whatever.  Right now I’m finishing up Tilt by Ashley Chappell for a tour stop tomorrow and it’s the second book in her Chaos series and I’m really enjoying this one too.  I just finished listening to The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal and I enjoyed it as well.  Next up to listen to is Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes that I’m really, really looking forward to.  Now for the knitting – I’m attempting my first sweater.  I bought some pretty sage yarn but I didn’t want to use it for my first try so I’m using a brown variegated one that I have a fairly big stash of to practice on.  I’m not too far with it though.  I’m just getting the back done and should be starting on the shaping of the upper part today.  Wish me luck.  Don’t be surprised if you can hear me cussing all the way to your house if it isn’t going well.  Here’s a pic of what I’ve done so far…



Geez I’m long winded today.  Well if you’ve stuck around this long here are the promised pictures of Sammy Bear – sorry the snow pics are a bit dark but it was gloomy and snowy outside and you can only lighten them so much.  Enjoy…


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Oh yeah!  A Snow Day!  Now this is what I call fun mommy!


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I love rolling around in the snow and washing my face.  Mommy doesn’t seem too happy though when we come in and I’m getting water all over the floor but it makes me happy so I’m sure it’s ok.


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What do you mean it’s time to come in???  NO!  I’m not done playing yet!


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Yeah I’m cute.  I know it!


Hope you all have a great week!  Let me know what you did with your weekend and what you’re reading!



  1. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea says

    Happy to see these updates on Sammy, and glad he seems to be improving as well. Cute snow pics, but enough snow…right? LOL

    Congrats on your Blogiversary – and that yarn is so pretty. Have a great week.

  2. Connie Fischer says

    Yes, Sammy, you are cute, Sweetheart! Auntie Connie is so happy that you are feeling better. We want good news from your bloodwork too. Fingers and toes crossed.

    Happy Belated Blogiversary, Darlene. Congratulations!

    Keep knitting. That’s gorgeous. I’m so jealous.

  3. Beth Hoffman says

    Excellent news that Sammy is doing better and back to some of his old antics! I’ll continue to keep him in my prayers.

    Six years of blogging? That’s amazing, Dar. Happy Blogiversary!

    Good luck on knitting your first sweater.

  4. Carl says

    Hi Sammy, you’re looking good. I’ve been wanting to ask how you’ve been but decided to wait till Mom posted. Glad to hear you’re eating regularly. Keep it up big fella.

    Happy Blogoversary Darlene.

  5. says

    So happy to hear that Sammy is doing better! Prayers for good news with the blood tests. He looks like he’s having a great time in the snow. He’ll be the only living thing in North America to be sad when it’s gone!

  6. says

    So good to hear Sammy is doing better. I love the pic with snow on his face. Like you, I’m tired of the snow and the cold. Enough already! It feels like January here in Montreal this morning. It’s great that you explore your creativity through knitting.

    Oh, and happy Blogiversary!

  7. carla says

    Love seeing Sammy, as usual! He is such a little character. Glad to hear he has been having good days. Will keep him in my prayers.
    Sorry about the snow, we are having snow again today too. It did all disappear and we had mud then that froze up and we had ruts.
    Looks like a good job on the knitting to me. Have fun knitting and playing and listening!
    Happy blogoversary! So glad you started and we got to meet.

  8. says

    awww Sammy! Glad to hear he’s feeling better. I will keep him in my prayers, I hope continues to get better and better. He is just too cute playing in the snow!
    The sweater is coming alone beautifully, happy knitting!
    How awesome has the Walking Dead been this season? I don’t want them to go to Terminus! I think it’s a trap!

  9. says

    Happy belated blog anniversary, Darlene! I am so glad you are still blogging–so many have left.:-( And thank you for the Sammy update. I continue to keep him in my prayers. Parker is still doing well for the most part. He has his moments, but overall, his medication and diet seem to have stabilized his health.

    Love the photos! I love the snow, but only in photos. I don’t know that I would enjoy living in it.

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