Friday, 26 November 2021

A busy but nice week

        Posing for the camera

If last week was a funny old week this one has been a strange and busy one for us. Tuesday hubby went for his booster jab and thankfully he hasn't had any bad side effects apart from a sore arm. His jab was given at our GP's surgery and it wasn't the hassle that going for mine on a business park was. We have had different vaccines and that's the reason for the different places and reactions I expect.

Wednesday was Tilly's dog grooming appointment at the new to us place but prior to going the groomer phoned and gave me the opportunity to reschedule the appointment but I chose to go instead. After Tilly had been groomed she closed the shop for ten days as her husband had tested positive for covid although her test had proved to be negative. I figured we have enough antibodies to be immune and I hope that is the case but I'm not worried. Tilly had needed the grooming session as it had been quite a while since her last appointment elsewhere. I am happy with the new place but the groomer did say Tilly was nervous and frightened. She'll be going again to have a pre-Christmas pamper to get her used to going there. The staff are really nice, friendly and professional but I did feel sorry for them as they were having a stressful day having to rearrange about forty appointments she said.

While Tilly was with the groomer hubby and I went to a nearby bar and restaurant and enjoyed a delicious meal. We both had sirloin steak and chips and hubby exchanged his mushrooms for my onion rings. We both had desserts and mine was a raspberry pavlova, hubby had a chocolate brownie both with ice cream. I can't remember the last time we'd enjoyed such a nice meal out. While we were eating our meal we noticed a diner and his dog leaving the place so I asked the waitress if it was dog-friendly and she said it was in the bar area where we were seated but not upstairs in the restaurant. We'd been asked if we'd pre-booked but we hadn't but they didn't mind that particular day with it being mid-week and quiet and the weather was dreadful but we will definitely return and book in advance next time.

Yesterday  the car had to go in for a full service and annual MOT. The staff at the dealership are really nice and normally they give us a lift to a nearby town and come and pick us up when our car is ready to collect. Having Tilly with us we decided to use the bus, a first for Tilly and she was really well behaved, sat on my knee as good as gold. The only thing I bought was a jumper for Tilly as I figured she would feel the cold having been so recently groomed. She was wearing her coat but I'd bought that about four months ago and it's slightly too big. I bought a medium size coat thinking she would grow into it but she's now somewhere between a small and a medium size dog. Anyway the medium jumper seems to be a better fit than her medium size coat so it won't need to go back. We were able to take her again and have a meal although this was a a different town. It was lasagne, salad and garlic bread for me, gammon, egg and chips for hubby. The car passed it's MOT with flying colours so that was good but not entirely unexpected as we barely travel any long distances anymore. The staff told us they would have been able to drive us into town in our car and collect us in our car when it was ready so that's good to know for next time. One of the staff chatted to us for quite a while, showed us a photo on his phone of his slightly older and almost identical black cockapoo and it was clear he adored his girl as much as we love Tilly.

So it'll be Tilly's penultimate training session tomorrow and the week after that her fancy dress do. Her outfit has arrived and it's very nice but I've not tried it on her yet. Fingers crossed for a good fit and a restful week next week.

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  1. Awww, Tilly looks so cute in her jumper. Archie definitely feels the cold after he's been groomed, nice for him in summer, not so much in winter. Glad you managed to get out for something to eat, your meals sound lovely and it's nice to know of dog friendly places you can go when you've got Tilly with you. I got rid of my car a few years ago and Mick has a company car so we don't have to go through MOTs now but I was always on tenterhooks when my car was being tested as it was an old car. It very rarely needed anything doing though, probably because it didn't get driven very much. Anyway, you can settle in the knowledge that your car has passed for another year now.

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    1. It's bitterly cold here this week sand I don't want her to catch a chill. There's quite a choice of dog-friendly places to eat and what a blessing to be able to go out for an occasional meal and not to leave her home alone which would stress her out. The car is a necessity for us as there is only a circular bus route where we live and it only comes three times a day up here serving town and hospital. We don't have much mileage on the car and have had no problems whatsoever since we bought it from new so it doesn't make sense to trade it in, just keep it in good working order.

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  2. It sounds like you've had a nice week even though it was busy. Good news that the car passed its MOT with no problems, the staff at the dealership sound really helpful and accommodating. The meals sound good although I don't think I'd be willing to swap my onions rings if I had them :) The photo of Tilly is lovely, she looks more like a spaniel there and I love the red jumper - I've always liked black and red together. I hope the training session goes well tomorrow and I can't wait to see her in her fancy dress outfit :)

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    1. It's been good to be able to go and have a couple of meals out and we've enjoyed them. Hubby doesn't like mushrooms but I love them and let's just say I like onions but they don't like me! They're really good at the dealership and didn't mind Tilly going in the showroom while we waited although Tilly barked if anyone came too close, she was protecting us in her own way :) It had to be a red jumper and struck lucky as it was the only one in the pet shop, I think it does suit her. I'm hoping her fancy dress costume will fit as it's really nice and soft and that's all I'm saying :)

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  3. Sounds like a lovely week with nothing going wrong - they are always welcome!

    I hope Tilly will eventually be less worried at the new groomer. Is there any way you could take a book and stay - obviously keeping well out of the way but where she could see you? That might lessen the anxiety?

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    1. Everything went to plan this week with no hiccups.
      This is definitely the right grooming place for Tilly and although there is a seating area the groomer advised I didn't wait for her as Tilly would know I was near and it would upset her more. I'm confident she'll get used to it, there's always two groomers to one dog, one to cuddle, one to dry and one to groom while another keeps the dog calm. They don't use cages like the last place did and I didn't like that when she was already stressed. Never had a use a groomers before and it's important it's not stressful for Tilly, she's a happy little dog apart from this part of her care.

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  4. From Ann via Bloglovin'
    ann hyde
    • 9m ago
    "Tilly you look spendid in your coat, I see it even has little leggie bits" 💕

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    1. Those little leggy bits are cute but not sure about the straps at the back. I've taken those off for now as it doesn't matter if the jumper rides up in the house. I think she doesn't mind wearing a jumper so that's good.

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  5. Tilly looks all ready for Christmas in her red jumper! Sounds like you had a nice week, even if busy. I enjoyed reading about your meals out. I haven't been brave enough to eat out, yet; only comfortable with bringing food home to eat. :) Hope Tilly does well at her training session, tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Tilly does look very festive :) We certainly did enjoy our meals out, I can't remember the last time we did that. I decided a while ago that I was not going to be afraid of going out after everything we have been through last year. I know the virus is about and it's not going away but life is for living. I could very well have not survived while going through months of cancer treatment last year during a pandemic but I'm here and alive. I know of people who died last year and I know I have been very fortunate. I don't mean to seem harsh but it's just the way I see things x

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  6. A positive week. You're becoming a 'lady who lunches' :) I'm glad you've been able to enjoy some meals out and perhaps you can take Tilly with you to the bar another time.
    Red is definitely her colour :)

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    1. I like that, a lady who lunches :) No alcoholic beverages this time but maybe another time with Tilly. Red is definitely her colour and the groomer put the pink bow on her collar...I think she looks gorgeous :)

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  7. Certainly a busy week. Glad Tilly got to her new groomers & the car its MOT without any hiccups. Our 2 cars are well used, "old " (the Morris Minor)& oldish, but luckily DH can do a lot of the basic stuff himself other than the computerised bits on the X-trail which we need to pull the caravan. We sold my little darling when he retired and I still miss it so much. We basically never eat out, except when in UK with DH's family, but your luncheons sound nice. Cold weather & jumpers......about what are Tilly's measurements as I've offered to Cassie (a friend's little poodle) a coat, so I'll do another one too. TAke care & hugs.

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    1. That's very kind of you to offer to make a jumper for Tilly, I'm very touched that you would do that for us ❤️️
      That's the thing with modern cars they're all computerised now and nobody tinkers with them anymore not that my hubby was ever able to do that anyway. Your Morris Minor will be a classic car no doubt, not that I know anything about cars either.
      It's been lovely to go out for a meal again but sadly I think covid restrictions are about to come back again so we'll have enjoyed the meals out while we could. Take care.

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