Sunday Matters: Oh, What to Say?

Sunday Matters

I’m in a weird mood. I can feel fall edging summer out and it feels glorious but then school started and we are back to having homework “conversations”, driving you-know-who back and forth and your basic running around. Plus, I usually have my garage all organized by now. I tend to use summer for that but it didn’t happen this year. I like to have it all squared away before the Halloween stuff comes out. I’ll work on it.

The other night though, my uncle and his wife were visiting Vegas and headed our way for dinner. That was a very nice visit and it broke up the week in a good way. My weeks can be so routine sometimes.

Right Now:

Today is a slightly different schedule for us because youth group is not meeting so we can all attend a beach baptism event at one of the local beaches. I’m all for going to the beach and some of our students will be baptized so it will be a good celebration.

This Week:

The Girl tries out for volleyball this Monday and Tuesday. The first game is 8/22 and I need to know if I should reschedule her orthodontist appointment or not. This last minute stuff gets to me.


Honestly, I have not been reading this week. I’ve carried my books all over the place thinking I’d read them but nope. I am stuck on one book and it’s affecting my reading overall. I need to ditch it or push through it so I can move on.


I feel like watching horror movies. Does that mean the R.I.P event is about to start soon?


I’ve made a lot of things with rice. Chicken with rice, chicken pineapple bacon sausage with rice, tacos with rice. It’s just easy and it’s what I can make when my daughter takes all my greens to make a smoothie.

Grateful for:

Cooler weather. It really hasn’t been cooler during the day but it’s been cool in the morning and I can tell that soon it will be fall and this oppressive heat will be leaving us.

On another note, the Otter Pup has developed a fear of flies. Has anyone else dealt with a fly phobia? I know this is a result of the bees flying out of our chimney last year but these are flies and she is terrified and quaking in her boots. If one gets in the house, we all have to drop what we are doing to take care of it or she will not stop shaking. Any ideas?

18 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: Oh, What to Say?”

  1. Poor sweet pup…no clue what to do about that! I guess it’s just your time to get busy and scheduled again…even without the garage the way you want it. We are still working on the basement!

    1. Last week we sort of tried the exposure thing out but she was crippled with fear. Of course, we don’t have a fly issue once summer is over. It’s all the watering of our yard during the summer that presents a problem. I hope that by next season she forgets about her fly phobia.

  2. Which book are you stuck on? That’s painful when that happens. I’m midway thru Handmaid’s Tale and think the TV series is following it pretty closely so far. Not sure about your pup’s fly phobia — never heard of that. My dog tries to bite bees on the lawn which alarms me. I wonder what the vet would say about the fly phobia? Is there any way around it?

    1. According to Google fly phobias are common in small breeds. My vet will prescribe sedatives but I don’t want to go that route.

      The book I am stuff on is A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass.

    1. I am a two-timer with books so I’ve been reading another book at the same time but it’s even affecting that one. I will most likely push through it. It’s a review copy so I feel that I owe it that much.

  3. I had a dog that was afraid of fly swatters. She hated the sound. Is it possible your dog is similar? She sees the flies and knows the swatter is coming out. I’m not really sure what you can do about it.

    School doesn’t start here until after Labour Day. Though it’s starting to feel fallish just the same.

    1. I thought of that. She is a rescue and whenever I roll up a magazine she gets a little skittish so I figure her previous owner used it in some fashion with her but we tend to use traps for them. She isn’t even afraid of fireworks, just flies.

  4. Poor pup 😦 My fingers are crossed that the phobia magically disappears. Which book are you stuck on? I hate when that happens. You probably need to give up reading it and start something else. Hopefully the next book will capture your attention. I wish Fall would hurry up already. I am so looking forward to it. Summer is just too hot and humid this year – I’m tired of it already. Hope you have a great week!

  5. Poor Otter Pup! I wonder if exposure therapy works with dogs like it does with humans. When you kill the flies, show them to her. Of course her brain is like that of an 18 month old so she may not get the connection. I say ditch the book you are reading; there are too many good ones out there to let one stifle the flow!

    1. She is very happy when I kill a fly. If that is the only one in the house and I managed to get it then she immediately bounces back. But if not, then she continues to shiver and hide. One time some people came to the door and like 6 got in!! She was beside herself and it took me over 90 to get rid of them!

      I am seriously considering ditching the book. I hate doing that though because it’s a review copy.

  6. Poor Otter Pup! I’m not certain what you can do about that though.

    How were volleyball tryouts?

    Rice is good. I have to figure out how to adjust meal planning now that we are down a mouth. It’s weird.

    1. She just got word today. She made the team AND she is the only freshman to make high school theatre too. She is going to be beyond busy but Volleyball is only a fall sport so there’s that.

      1. Congratulations to her! She will be busy but it will be good. It will force her to manage her time. I don’t know if it was the same with E but Connor always performed worse in school when he was between activities. He was so used to being busy that he couldn’t adjust to not having much to do after school.

  7. One of my kids used to be afraid of flies but we, eventually, could rationalize that fear away. Not so easy with a dog! Poor Otter Pup!

  8. poor otter pup. I hope all is well now; I’m a bit behind on reading posts. Vacations breaking up this month for me…house renovations continue as we near market time. 🙂

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