Today in other news…Duke needs knee surgery…

Out of the frying pan into the fire is my life at the moment.

I will post only briefly today, because a) unpacking and organizing the house.  b)  Yannick, bless his heart is making repairs (already) haven’t even been here for twenty four hours, and my poor husband is fixing the work our contractor did.  The guy wants his final payment…I dare say, he’s not likely to get that.  Not with all the work Yannick is doing to fix what he literally damaged, and left damaged.  WTAF?  Like who does that?  I swear, my nerves are shot with this guy, I truly cannot deal with him, or his shitty, half ass “workmanship.”  c)  We have a dog emergency…turns out our sweet boy, Duke has somehow along the way between Saturday, and last night, torn his ACL and will require knee surgery.  Last night we took him to emergency where they made the prognosis, and today, we’re going to our vet here in Cali to get a third opinion.  Our Toronto vet, Dr. Matt, weighed in over the phone last night…saying there is only one good, sure fire way to fix a knee on a dog, and the way the vet at the emerg proposed to do it, apparently isn’t the way.

So heartbroken for our sweet boy, the bulk of his holiday at our Cali house will be spent recovering from his surgery…bless his little heart, he so loves to run along the beach, and all over our property.  I’m afraid it won’t go down for him like that this trip.  What a life, if we had only known.  I mean I don’t know why I say that, since what could have been done differently if we had known this would happen to him?  Nothing I’m afraid.  Life goes as it should, even for our four legged family members.

Hope you’re all having a better Monday than Duke and I are.




  1. All the best for Duke!

    As for the contractor: I hope you’ve documented the damages before mr. B started the repairs? The nerve of that cowboy builder (English term for incompetent contractor) is only rivaled by his belief that he’ll getnhis money……

    Hope you still get to enjoy Cali…..

  2. I don’t know why everything, good or bad, always seem to come in bulk. So sorry for Duke and all of you, what a holiday this will be, can only get better from here. Take a deep breath, try to relax, everything will be alright. Freezing rain for us this morning, staying put ’till it’s over, strange winter. Big hugs XX

  3. Oh Maaan! What a freakin bummer!!! Doesn’t it figure…just when you thought you could finally relax and enjoy your house in Cali; bask in the warmth and sunshine……then WHAMO!!!!!
    On the other issue. I hate contractors that do a half assed job. I’ve fired 2 in my dealings with them in my rentals. Needless to say, I have several Lawyers to deal with different issues, all of which have been in Asbury Park! With all my properties, that’s the town I have the most trouble with in both contractors and Tenants. Go Figure!
    Hang in there, have another glass of wine and keep feeding Yannick his Tequila!

  4. Oh poor Duke. Wishes for a quick recovery. Glad you’re getting multiple opinions. Dr . Boyd at CTVRC is a specialist in this so if you want another one call them. At least the warmer weather will be easier on recovery than snow and ice back in Hogstown

  5. Oh no! First, be thankful your husband has the know-how to fix the problems in your house. My husband is a wonderful man, but fixing things around the house is not his strong suit–hell, it’s not even a suit.
    Anyway, my sympathies are with you–we had a kitchen remodel that was a nightmare. Why can’t people do what they say? AAHHH

    Poor Duke. I hope your vet there knows the right thing to do, or at least a veterinarian orthopedist who does.

    I hope that this rough start does not dampen your holiday. I’m keeping you in my thoughts.


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