Whatnot – Week 3

Chloe in her Christmas sweater.
The Otter Pup stole that wrap from Rudolph in case you recognize it.

Look who’s here to bring you a little Christmas cheer! The Otter Pup!! Many of you know we call her that because when she was rescued as a puppy, she spent so much time on her back begging for belly rubs that she resembled an otter. Her formal name is Chloe. You can find her on Instagram!

Chloe isn’t too happy with me at the moment because she had to get her shots yesterday. She is a little sore and I think she thought she was going to the park when I took her which she quickly realized was not the case. Dogs are so smart. We tried a new vet because her old vet suddenly wants to charge for an exam when one is not needed. We walked into a place and got her shots done in five minutes but even though the place is new she STILL knew it was a doctor’s office.

It’s midweek and I finally feel like the stress and anxiety I’ve been carrying around is beginning to wane. I find that I do not tolerate minor irritants all that well now. My threshold was much higher before but now one or two things go south and I am ready to stick my head in a hole like an ostrich. Anyone else feel like that?

We watched A Charlie Brown Christmas the other night and I guess I never paid attention to the details before but what Charlie Brown says about Christmas really hits home this year. Applies to 2020 perfectly!

I have a work Zoom party tonight, a Zoom Happy Hour for book club on Thursday, dental appointments and then I hope we can visit a new park this weekend. My city has a plethora of parks and we decided a couple of weeks ago that we’d pile the pup into the car and visit each one. Some have been really quite nice with walking trails and the like.  I wasn’t much of an outdoorsy person before COVID but I am now. I have to be outside each day. The pup does not complain!

Well, I’ve gone on too much. I hope you are finding some happiness in the little things because it’s too easy these days to slip down into depression. Plus, it’s getting colder now. Just be good to yourself and give yourself permission to do things differently this year. I am using 2020 as a free pass to get out of a lot of things that I am just not up to doing and that’s okay.

Keep reading. Light a nice fire or a favorite candle and stay cozy.

7 thoughts on “Whatnot – Week 3”

  1. Chloe is SO cute!! I’m terrible with minor setbacks or inconveniences these days as well. When I was a single parent, taking courses and working 2 jobs I took it all in stride. The easier it got the easier I got annoyed – go figure? 8-10″ tonight – so excited for a white Christmas.

    1. That’s a lot of snow. Many places are getting hit right now. It’s a cool 46 degrees here.

      Chloe is the sweetest little pup. We’ve really enjoyed our walking adventures of late. I don’t know what we will do once I return to work. It will be awhile but she has gotten so used to our long walks.

      I still have shopping but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I am just not into it this year and the numbers are so high here I just can’t even imagine braving the stores.

      I am just feeling so off. We should all just take a pass this year. I think it’s allowed.

  2. I love that you’re visiting all the parks with Chloe! Dogs are so great for getting us out to meet neighbors and exploring new areas.

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