I am not sure I can sleep on it

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How is it that we fall into a pattern that is both comforting and annoying at the same time? Yes, I know, we all have habits that are both good for us and bad for us. The battle against the bad for us is often overwhelmed by the battle of what’s bad for us. Why do we like thing that are bad for us? Wait, that is a topic for another day…

Anyway, I have been sleeping with this one thing that is bad for me. Rather, I may not be sleeping enough because it is sleeping with me. The bad habit to which I refer is sleeping with the dog on the bed. It is both comforting and annoying at the same time!

I once had cats that slept on the bed. It was nice and all, but I found I had adjusted the way I sleep for them in fear that I would wake or disturb them. As it turned out, after I kicked them off the bed, I slept better when the weren’t on the bed. So, I kicked them off permanently and they no longer even think about sleeping there.

But now there is little dog that has wormed it’s way into my heart and it now sleeps on the bed. I say little because it isn’t big. It’s a Shih Tzu, so it needs help to get onto the bed and back off the bed. But, for a little dog it sure takes up space! It likes to sleep right up against you and it kicks and squirms and wiggles and licks and scratches and snuggles…there is a little comfort in knowing it is there. One, for a small dog it produces a huge amount of heat! So it can keep me warm at times. I have also discovered that it doesn’t ever go to the bathroom on the bed. When it stays in the living room and sleeps on the couch at night, there have been times where it will go to the bathroom in the house. If it is on the bed, there are no accidents and in most cases do I rarely have to get up to let it out at night. It’s weird that way.

Anyway, it is getting to the point where I don’t really want it on the bed any longer because I have noticed the old habits with the cats have come back. I am more worried about disturbing it than how it has affected my sleep habits and pattern. So, can I sleep with it any longer or do I need to continue to sleep on it and not rock the boat?

What do you think? Do you have similar issues at your house? Do you sleep with pets and how does your slumber suffer because of it?

Keep it down!

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Happy 4th of July. Happy Independence Day. Happy “we gave the Brits a middle finger” day. Whatever you call, it should be happy.

Let’s chat about this holiday for a second. Well, two things on this holiday. It is such a contradictory holiday in the US these days (and I am not even talking about the political stuff).

First, we, the people, are supposed to be free and have independence, right? Yet, on this holiday you can’t hardly “blow crap up” because everything is banned and illegal. That’s right, I live in one of THOSE communities that say, basically, “if it leaves the ground, it’s illegal.” WTH? Independence Day and I can’t celebrate the hell out of it by blowing crap up the way I want to??? How is that independence? No one really enjoys sparklers (unless you tape the together and make a big explosion out of them) and no one really likes those fountain things that spew bright colors. People want big booms, I cannot lie.

Second, can we keep it to just one day? For all the holy hell, can we keep the loud noises and disruption of sleep to just one day and night? It’s not Independence Week or Independence Month. It is a day! Let’s just do it for the dogs…it scares the heck outta them. It is hard to put the dog out into the yard so it can take care of business only to have random explosions and loud noises going of for a week before and after the holiday. I guess we probably should do it for the vets too (thought I never heard anyone from the Greatest Generation complain about the holiday before. But really, let’s just do it for the dogs. Well, and me because I am tired of finding the dog cowering behind the toilet in the bathroom.

Happy Independence Day!

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THAT neighbor…

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You guys, I have one of THOSE neighbors.

You know, that neighbor that seems to have no sense of time and makes noise at all hours of the day and night.

When he first moved in he got dogs. They bark at all hours of the day, all day long. Well, to be fair, just one of the dogs barks. The other one seems to be able to maintain control of his barking. I secretly think maybe the other dog gets annoyed at the barking like I do.

He put in a hot tub in the back yard. Great, I like hot tubs. But, he has friends over and then they laugh and talk and drink and smoke and seem to have no idea what time it is. So, late into the night there are people talking next door. Again, not a bad thing, but during the summer our windows are open and can hear everything, which means we are awake when he is awake.

Now, since it is summer and the days are longer, he thinks that he needs to use every daylight hour available to him. We live in the city, not on a farm, so there are more neighbors around than just me. Yet, this morning there was hammering, an air wrench, and a chainsaw…all before 6:30am. Again, our windows are open in the house, so we’re all up at the crack of dawn.

Dude, get a grip! Let’s have a little decency when it comes to noise pollution.