It is still and somewhat dark outside. Yesterday we had a brief spat of rain.

My poor Japanese Maple’s leaves are burned and weary. I think the tree is ready for cool weather so the leaves can fall off and call it a season.

It is now beginning to thunder. That low menacing growl that prefaces a summer storm. And suddenly it’s pouring outside.

Charlie isn’t feeling well today. I haven’t even tried to give him his medication.

He threw up yesterday once and again about 5-6 a.m this morning, and he has a bit of diarrhea. Plus he seems a bit weak and confused.

I took him to acupuncture this morning but this was the day they only do laser therapy on his neck.

Dr. Poteet saw Charlie last week for x-rays. But maybe he needs blood work done.

I’m worried about my Charlie boy.

I just called the vet’s office and made an appointment. They had someone cancel so the vet will see Charlie at 3:30.

Oddly he hasn’t been coughing at all.

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I’m still watching “Shetland” on BritBox. I’m well into the series now.

The show is set on the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. The isolated setting is quaint and picturesque.

It is an engrossing series right off the bat. And it becomes even more so once the series transitions from episodic to serialized storytelling.

Everyone I’ve talked to who has watched Shetland loved it.

I’m reading a book called “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty. I tend to like her books.

She wrote “Big Little Lies.”

Summary:

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are there to lose weight. Some are there to get a reboot on life. And some are there for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests.

But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer. Or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

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  1. I hope the vet was able to help Charlie out today. It’s hard when our fur babies aren’t feeling well. We’re watching Shetland also. I think we’re on season 4. I my opinion it’s a well done show…. and the characters are easy to like. I love that Jimmy is good at his job but he is also a very fair [person.

  2. Brenda,
    I’m praying for your “Charlie boy.” It’s so dreadful when our pet/babies are sick. Hopefully, he just has a slight tummy ache.

  3. I have bought all the books of Shetland by Anne Sleeves and own them on audio as well. They are a lot darker than the series but well worth to own.

  4. I hate to hear sweet Charlie Boy is not feeling well. I know each day is a struggle for the both of you. It’s so hard to see our loved ones be sick whether human or animal. Sometimes even worse with our pets in that they can’t explain things to us and we have to go by our own observation. Praying for him to be well and you relieved of the worry. I know all of our times are limited but while we live I pray for good health. My grandmother used to say if you have your health you have everything. I used to think hmm but now at 71 I know how right she was. When you’re healthy the posse are endless. Now I think ok today I can do that, not today or can I afford to hire this out and get it done. I love your Charlie and I hope he feels better soon and you get to keep him 100 more years. Stay well, rest & be safe.

  5. I am so sorry Charlie is feeling poorly. Hopefully lab work will point in a direction for a treatment to help him feel his best. It’s so hard when our babies are not feeling well. I am going day to day with my 19 yr. old cat, so I
    Know how worrisome it is. Some good days, some bad days. Will be thinking of you both!

  6. I just noticed your blog on Dewena’s sidebar and I was interested in your mention of Shetland.
    I’ve read Ann Cleeve’s Shetland books and some of her Vera books. I really enjoyed the series and I heard Ann speak about her first visit to the islands. My grandfather was from Shetland and I have visited a few times. The scenery is magnificent and the way of life quite different from ours in Canada.
    Your little dog is very sweet. I hope he gets well. N
    Now that I’ve discovered your blog, I shall visit and read your past posts.

  7. Hugs to sweet Charlie. I stumbled upon the British series, “A Place to Call Home” and was immediately drawn to it. I think there are about 6 seasons – great for binge watching!

  8. Shetland does look good – thanks for the recommendations, programs and books. I appreciate your recommendations so much.
    I hope your little boy gets better soon – so good that you can get him in to the vet today. It is so agonizing when our furry ones aren’t well.
    Mary

  9. I enjoyed Reading Nine Perfect Strangers, as I have all of Liane Moriarty books. I also read The Arrangement, a book that you posted, and I thoroughly enjoyed that as well. I would never have found it otherwise. Please post more book recommendations if you can. Seems we have the same taste in books.

  10. When I find something I enjoy watching, I tend to binge watch it periodically for as long as I can still locate it either on Youtube, Hulu or Sling TV. I love Monica Mangan’s series that was sponsored by Lowe’s where she helps homeowners do a weekend reno or update – a bedroom, a bathroom, a small kitchen, a living room. She goes through a five step/project break-down process and she makes it look easy – if you know how to use power tools, that is. LOL – they scare me to death. Getting a power lawn mower when I bought my first house was a big scary deal for me. I finally ended up with an electric mower – easy to operate, I don’t have to fuss with gasoline, oil, air filters, spark plugs, and I’ve used them ever since. Now they have cordless battery-powered models that you just charge up, but after using once since 1986, I’m a pro at whipping the 50 foot electric cord around 🙂 I go through phases. Right now I’m in “lets get some stuff done around the house” phase, so I’ve been watching (yet again) oldies but goodies that motivate me like “Sell this House” (originally on A&E), Desperate Landscapes (DIY Network) – both on Sling TV), and I’m two-thirds of the way through (once again) watching The Unsellables with host Sophie Alsopp on Youtube, a show from the 2000s after the real estate market crashed. I am still amazed, even watching these episodes for the 3rd or 4th time, that people put a house on the market for sale in filthy, banged up condition with junk sitting all around their rooms, and expect it to still sell for top dollar! It has been heat index dangerous outside all week with the dew point (humidity) at the “OPPRESSIVE” in big red letters level, with some (maybe) relief tomorrow with a “cold front” and some rain coming through, and over the weekend. We’ll see. These days weather forecasts are not very reliable around here, conditions can change so rapidly, much more than they used to. My nephew research meteorologist, who specializes in what I call “high atmospherics” because I can never remember the technical terms he uses to describe what it is he studies, says it’s because those “systems” way way up in the whatever-o-sphere have gotten unstable due to global warming. He’s scared for the future of our world, frankly, and that scares me. It’s too bad we live in such a deliberately “keep yourself ignorant and everything will be just hunky dory” mode these days and deny science along with every other thing that helps us make sense of the world we live in. Arggghhhh, I think I’ll go back outside and chase the chipmunk away again, the little bugger. I think he baits me on purpose, and laughs at me from underneath rocks where I can’t get at him. Already worked up a sweat and showered once before 9 a.m. after pulling weeds on my hands and knees out of the front lawn and putting down an application of weed ‘n feed (from 8:05 to 8:58 a.m.), may as well go out and do it all over again in the backyard!

  11. Shetland is a good show.It’s one I have to sit and watch so I don’t miss anything. The scenery is interesting especially when they show some of the remote areas. Season 5 is on our local PBS but they skip a week or 2 during their fundraising period

    Charlie is such a sweetie. I’m glad you were able to get an appointment this afternoon. I know you are worried.

  12. Good morning Brenda, I am sorry Charlie is not feeling well. It is so hard when our pets are sick. Love on him, spoil him and know that you are doing everything you can.

    I have not watched Shetland but you have me intrigued. I might have to check it out, I don’t watch tv but if you think it is really good I will investigate it.

    Have a great day!

  13. Thanks..will try Shetland! Currently hooked on The Chateau Diaries on You tube…my favorite thing right now!
    I hope Charlie recovers from this…pets are SO much a part of us…
    Very hot and humid here in PA, but we’ve had some rain…

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