Monday, May 4, 2015


Today, and actually for a long time leading up to today, has been very emotional.  I took Milo at 8:00 a.m. for the  surgery to remove his tumor.  I didn't sleep a wink last night.  With the warm weather the Midwest has been having, we've spent as much time outdoors as we can.  It's his favorite thing in the whole wide world.  Just hanging out in the backyard chasing squirrels or just lying in the grass sniffing all the enticing scents blowing in the wind.  This is an older picture of him that is just a favorite of mine.  Totally loving that breeze!

Dr. B. called about 1:00 and told me Milo was in recovery.  As big as the tumor looked from the outside of his thigh, it proved to be much bigger under the skin than he anticipated.  He had to make a six inch incision.  Isn't that incomprehensible on a dog that is as small as he is, just 26 pounds?  And the doctor told me he has 4-5 layers of stitches, that's how far he had to go down.  He's hoping he got most of the cancer cells, it was just impossible to go too far around the tumor with the little area on the poor guys thigh.  But he's okay, in the surgical area and he'll spend the night so they can keep an eye on the incision.  I'll pick him up about 11:00 tomorrow.  I think it's going to be terrible for him to walk, to lie even wag his tail.  I told Dr. B. that I want as much pain medicine that he can tolerate...I will not see him in pain.  I've moved the big chair he loves to lie in away from the wall as he likes to look out the window and bark at anything that moves, as well as the dining chair that he jumps on to harass the mailman.  He has to be still.  So that's the scoop on my BFF.  Sniff.

Another big project we had almost underway was having the front porch, sidewalk and driveway demolished and re-cemented.  This was a job we had put off for a very long time.  Our driveway looks like a jigsaw puzzle and the porch was crumbling on the sides.  In the city your house is situated about 25 feet from the main sidewalk.  It's above and beyond curb appeal, people walking by can pretty much count ever weed and 4 leaf clover in your lawn.   I can't live by others standards or 'keep up with the Jones',  yet we have a responsibility to keep up the value of the neighborhood.  Anyway...with rain predicted all week long, the crew had to postpone the job.  We're better off, Milo would have been freaking out over the noise and activity.  I hadn't thought of that.

It was a busy week now that I think of it...the three of them came for an impromptu dinner on Tuesday night.  I made a quick spaghetti dinner with a Bolognese sauce, a salad and garlic bread.  Thursday Emily and I had a little retail therapy at Homegoods and Hobby Lobby (I had a few gift cards from Christmas so it didn't cost me a dime).  I found a really cute birdhouse and a piece of metal artwork and a bright turquoise clock for the brick wall around the patio---pictures forthcoming.  We went to a communion party on Saturday afternoon and yesterday?  Well, I laid on my bed all day reading Little Bee and thumbing through a few magazines.  Heaven.

  My second article for the lake newspaper came out on May 1 and unfortunately I haven't seen it yet.  I have a dear friend who sent me the first paper and she's going to send this one.  It's so frustrating to have to wait to see it in print!  But it's such a wonderful opportunity, I take it all in stride.

Say a prayer for my Milo Guy, I'll be back soon I'm sure, with the rain and my canine infirmary rules! :)

Jane x


Vel Criste said...

Hugs to you Jane and to little Milo, I will pray for his recovery and comfort during this times. Good luck with the pavement/driveway job, and with the den too! Little Mary Clare is growing up prettier and prettier every time!

Unknown said...

Hope Milo gets well soon. What a doll your sweet baby is! Growing really fast!!

Take care. Sending positive thoughts your way.

Deserae said...

I will be praying that your sweet little Milo makes a speedy recovery!!!

Stacey said...

Poor Milo! I didn't know he was ailing with a tumor. Guess I missed a post. I sure hope he recovers 100%.

Your decorating is inspiring. We are doing a redo on our family room right now. Our soon moved a couple of months ago and needed a couch. We gave him ours which led to shopping today. Ugh....I don't like to shop for furniture.

Keep us posted and share more pics of sweet baby girl. :)

Donna said...

I'm so sorry about Milo, Jane! I know what a worry our fur babies can be, and we hate the thought of them being in pain. I will say a prayer for his quick recovery. What an adorable baby girl! How fun she must be! Take care, hope you get a good nights sleep!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH poor Milo...I know it is so hard to see them in pain. Hope he heals quickly and completely! Little Elsie is's so sweet to see your child as a parent...xo

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Jane, I'm praying for Milo, poor little sweetie, know it breaks your heart to him in pain.
Little Elsie is just adorable and so precious, they are such a joy, aren't they? Congratulations on your second article!

Jackie See said...

Prayers for your precious Milo. Love your blog! XxDazee

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Oh Jane,
Your Milo and my Max. The love we feel for our fur kids is boundless. With Milo's age he will hopefully pull through this difficult time of illness and grace you and your family with years and years of doggie antics and doggie kisses.
I feel so connected to you Jane, I agree about giving Milo pain relief after his surgery.
Your Grand is so sweet, absolutely precious at two months, Enjoy each precious moment before you know your Grand daughter will be in her teens, My Grands in a moments time seemed like poof they turned into teens!
Sending love and holding you in my thoughts,

Linda said...

Bless your heart! It's so hard when our furry loved ones suffer.
Loved the pic of your sweet grandbaby!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jane I am so sorry about Milo. I will keep him in my daily prayers.
Elsie is a little doll and I can't believe she has gotten so big. She is beautiful and I know how wonderful it is to see your son love that little baby so much. He sounds like a wonderful father.
I forgot to congratulate you on writing for the Lake newspaper. Oh how fun!
Well it's late and I have been posting all day today on two new posts. I need to get to bed as I have a doctors appointment in the morning so I can't sleep in.

So glad that spring has arrived in Chicago land - enjoy being outside.
Hugs dear friend.

It's me said...

Poor prayers are for him and for you f course...hope everything Will be Ria ...x!

Kathleen Grace said...

I'm hoping poor Milo makes a quick recovery! Poor little guy.
Elsie is so big! And such a beautiful little angel, I could just squish those cheeks. No grands for me yet but I am looking forward to that someday... I'm headed to the farmers market this morning for some flowers. I am so ready to plant!

Courtney@Golden Boys and Me said...

Prayers for your sweet Milo! I hope he feels like himself soon. Elsie is so so adorable, what a precious baby. Enjoy that beautiful warm weather.

primrosesattic said...

Jane I hope Milo recovers well and that he is pain free and comfortable with you at home.
beautiful picture of Elsie.

Rita C at Panoply said...

Poor Milo. I hope he does okay. Prayers!

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Jane, sending good vibes and prayers for sweet Milo. Nice to be outdoors again, weather has been warm here too. Beautiful Tulips blooming, sweet Elsie is adorable too.

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Praying for your sweet Milo. I hope he is comfortable and cancer-free very soon. Your Elsie is adorable!!

Theresa said...

Praying for Milo! I hope each day will get him back on his way to quick recovery! Sweet baby doll:) I know you are enjoying that little angel! Have a blessed day dear Jane, BIG HUGS!

Julie Marie said...

Prayers for sweet Milo dear Jane... I have been thinking of him so much... dogs are truly amazing and seem to heal themselves much better than we humans can... please give him big hugs and kisses from me, xoxo... Julie Marie

JoAnne said...

I sure hope little Milo recovers very quickly! Elsie is too cute and I'm sure you love seeing your son be so gentle and playful with her. I'm doing lots of yard work too - it's exhausting but rewarding as well. Your patio looks wonderful!

Betsy Brock said...

Prayers for Milo. I think our pets can stress us more than our kids sometimes!

That Elsie is a doll!

SImple and Serene Living said...

Saying a prayer for Milo. Hope all
goes well with his recovery. xo Laura

Brenda Pruitt said...

I'm so sorry, Jane. I know your dogs mean just as much to you as mine do to me. Will keep that precious pup in my thoughts and send good karma your way.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow / Sacred Eclectic said...

Ah poor Milo / hope he gets well asap.

The baby! She's grown so much already it is amazing! Adorable grin in her photo; love it! :)

Melanie said...

I was wondering where you'd been...hadn't heard from you, no blog post, no pics on good to see a post from you today. I knew yesterday was Milo's surgery so I was thinking about him and you. Poor pup with that deep incision. I hope that he rests well with lots of pain medication. Elsie is getting big so quickly - and what a little doll! Do you ever get to babysit her?

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Praying for sweet Milo. Hope he's recovering nicely. He's so lucky to have you. Love the sweet baby girl pic! Such a doll!

Beth said...

Praying for Milo and you. Tough times. Hope he is well very soon.
Little Elsie is adorable. What a smile! I know you're loving being a grandmother!
Best wishes with your projects. You have a lot on your plate, girl, be sure to take some time to relax.
I bought Girl on the Train as you liked it so much. Hope to start it this week.
Hugs and prayers, Beth

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I hope little Milo is feeling better, the poor little thing! I had a (benign) tumor removed from my thigh and it turned out to be WAY bigger than the Dr. thought. It was the size of a cantalope and had wrapped around my bone. It was very painful the first 2 days after but then I was OK. I even went out to breakfast with the drain still in, 4 days after surgery:) We are having summer like temps here in Pa. and it is great but I WISH we would have one year when we have some nice, Spring weather. Oh well, I won't complain cause I hate the winter! XO, Pinky

sweetbriardreams said...

I really feel for you over Milo. I do hope he is comfortable and resting. Please give him a hug from me! We have really got stuck into some re-decorating now and taking down wallpaper and replacing furniture. It's exciting and daunting at the same time. Take care. Chel x

bj said...

What a great post.
So sorry Milo is down for awhile but hoping he bounces back quicker than you think.
Such a cutie pie baby..and growing s0 fast.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hugs and more hugs to you. So sorry to hear about Milo. I will pray he does really well when you get him home to recover. Your little baby grand girl is tooo adorable.
Keeping good thoughts coming your way Jane.

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

:( as soon as I saw the title of this post I had to run over. I'm so sorry Milo had to go through that. He will most certainly be uncomfortable for a while, but soon he will feel better and hopefully the cancer is gone. You're a good mommy and the important thing is he knows he's loved and cared for.

What a doll your Elsie is! You must have to stop yourself from kissing those cheeks a million times!


Carla from The River said...

Hi Jane,
Sending love and prayers.

I am so excited for you with your writing for the Lake Newspaper. Keep us posted. :-)

xx oo

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm so sorry about Milo...bless his precious heart! It will be hard for you I know when he comes home. When the meds wear off you never want them to be in pain. My daughter's dog has had 2 surgeries and it's difficult to see them go through it. My prayers will continue for all of you.

Miss Elsie is totally adorable! Enjoy every moment ~ it all goes by so fast. Abby's been on my mind so much the past few days. I think of her daily but sometimes it gets really heavy missing her.

Your flowers will be beautiful! We have rain in the forecast all week as well.

Have a good one!

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh's always so difficult to see our furbabies uncomfortable and under the weather. :( I will certainly keep your sweet Milo in my prayers for a quick recovery so that he can jump back into his favorite chair to snooze. Keep the faith and know that he will come through this just fine!

xoxo laurie

RURAL said...

Oh Jane, I'm so sorry Milo has to go through all of this suffering. Poor little one, but I hope that he recovers quickly, and is up and about as fast as possible.


Bluebird49 said...

Milo's in my prayers, Sweetpea, and so are you. With all else going on, I know that's of the greatest importance!

Elsie is sooooo precious--I know K. is just as proud as a peacock!

I know there will be much snuggling with Milo to do...and you both will need and enjoy that. I know how concerned you have been for your fur baby. All us pet lovers know exactly what you're feeling!

I can't wait to get a glance at your 2nd article in the paper! So exciting!

We'll chat soon, I hope. I'm thinking of you, my dear friend!


Lulu said...

I am so behind with blog things, but I can't resist checking in to seek what's going on with you. Your chatty posts always make me feel like we are sharing morning coffee.

Susie said...

Blondie, I am so sorry Milo had to suffer. It's scary for him too. Your baby's picture is adorable. I love how she is sitting. Wishing you and yours a good week. Blessings for a great mother's day. xoxo,Susie

Barb said...


Keeping Milo in prayer....I promise.

I understand and know how important our furbabies are to us.

Happy Mother's Day.

Barb xo

Lidy@FrenchGardenHouse said...

Jane, ugh, poor Milo and poor YOU! I hope he is recovering, poor guy. I am sending you hugs, it's so hard when any child or pet has pain or health issues. Thinking of you sweetie! Xoxo

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry to hear about Milo. I know how scary this whole process must be. I hope that he recovers quickly and isn't in any pain. You are a good pet owner to take such good care of him throughout all of this.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh has she ever grown Jane! What a cute little granddaughter you have.
Sorry about Milo, hoping he is on his road to recovery now.
It's been 80's here and today, then down to the high 50's next week. Ugh. I like the warmth.
Hugs friend...can't wait for the end of May@

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jane, saying a prayer for sweet Milo and a full and prompt recovery.
Your little Grand is adorable and just look at that darling smile. So very precious!!
Have fun with the redos. Everything you design is beautiful.
Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day.
Hugs and Blessings, CM

Traci said...

Poor little Milo! I hope he makes a quick recovery. Elsie is just too cute! You're a lucky lady!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh, poor little Milo. I'm sending hugs and kisses and many blessings that he will heal and be well. I can't believe how big that sweet girl is already. Gosh, time flies! Best wishes, Tammy

Kim said...

Jane, I hope Milo is doing well.That was a big surgery for such a little pup. Elsie is beautiful. Babies are wonderful and our family has recently been blessed with two baby girls in a few short months. I adore spoiling them and as their great aunt, I am told that's my duty! ;)

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Hey Jane, hoping Milo is feeling better by now. That baby is gorgeous! Hope you have a Happy Mothers Day!

Elaine said...

Oh poor Milo. Like having a child you worry so much about them.

Hope he will make a speedy recovery!