2020 has definitely been a year of change. There are so many issues in the world today, so much confusion. The tides are turning, and I feel that it’s all for the better of things.
Our daughter has been home from school since the end of March, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we have close friends/neighbors to associate with (some more like family), we haven’t been able to get out and do things like normal. After a while, it really gets to you. Seeing the same four walls all the time, walking in circles around the property. Not being allowed to get out and have fun. As is the case with everyone these days.
When our daughter started asking for a baby brother or sister to play with, we realized just how bored and lonely she was. My first reaction was “Um, NO!” lol. So we began to think of what to do. She needed a playmate. Naturally, our thoughts went to gettting a pet. You can’t pet a goldfish, a hamster is nocturnal and too fragile, and a cat is too full of attitude (and if it pees in the house, you’ll never get the smell out!). We were left with the option of a canine companion.
We looked online at shelters, trying to find a good match for our highly energetic and crazy five and a half year old daughter. We weren’t looking for a puppy, but rather just a young dog needing a home. All of the options we found weren’t doable for us, and we were beginning to give up hope. Then we found an 8 week old puppy. A very energetic puppy. We’ll consider this a “rescue” job, as the home it was coming from wasn’t really worthy of a dog.
So, meet “Flower”. She is a Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix. She is now 10 weeks old, and growing like a weed! And what a handful! Heeler’s aren’t like other dogs. They were bred specifically for herding cattle, and the way they do this is to bite at the ankles of the cows (hence the term “heeler”). They are a working dog. Which means they are overflowing with energy, and they need to be kept occupied, otherwise, they tear apart everything and everyone around them, lol. Needless to say, my patience and determination gets tested to the limits every single moment of every single day. This dog is not for lazy people.
Flower’s favorite pastimes include digging, chewing, pulling grass and weeds, attacking shrubs, bushes and trees, rolling down muddy hills, running in circles and chasing Olivia. Basically, if she can get her teeth on it, around it, or into it, she will!
From the very beginning we made sure that Flower socialized. She loves people and the attention she receives from everyone, and she loves other dogs as well! Many of our neigbors have dogs, and so she plays with them daily. Her bestest buddy seems to be a full breed Boxer. He lets her do anything she wants to him and he doesn’t fight back. Of course, he plays back, but he doesn’t hurt her.
Having said all of this, she is a pure joy to have in our family ❤ . While she keeps us on our toes (literally, so she can’t get to our ankles, lol), we can’t imagine life the same way as before she entered our lives.
In the midst of this challenging family addition, we also made the decision to homeschool our daughter this coming school year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the local public schools have been trying to come up with solutions on how to educate the kids. As it stands now, the kids will be educated online until September 8 (they begin on August 12), and then once September 8th hits, they will figure out if they will stick with online schooling, or if they will open up classrooms again, or a mix of both. Like so many other parents and families around here, we are concerned with how the public school system will choose to operate, and we are tired of waiting to see what happens. Plus, if they do open the schools, we don’t want our daughter to attend with the risk of becoming infected with the virus. We also feel that our daughter will receive a much better education being homeschooled. We tried the online thing for Pre-K, and it was just way too chaotic. Plus, our daughter had little to no interest in video school.
So, training a puppy and coming up with a homeschool cirriculum has kept me very busy (moreso the puppy training), and I’ve had no time at all for crocheting. I fell behind on orders, and have been telling people that I can’t accept new orders. Once we settle into a new routine perhaps I’ll be able to get back to work again, but for now, I will be focusing on only my family.
I don’t plan to ever close down Crochet On The Brain. Sooner or later I will be back to posting about what I’m making, publishing new patterns, etc. For now, I’m rolling with all the changes and accepting and embracing things the way they are now, and the way they will become. It’s much too stressful to worry about all the changes, both in my personal life and globally.
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Until Next Time,