Plady - I have no idea what the best thing to do about the dogs is. We had a sweet golden retriever for 11 years but she drove me crazy/. We got her when she was a puppy and I was smitten - and then right when she got into the nippy, exasperating older puppy phase I got pregnant with ds and was vomiting 24/7 for 8 months. I had little patience for the dog and h wanted a dog who would just "hang out" - not a puppy! She mellowed out but I was extremely allergic to her so couldn't touch her without breaking out in hives and the dog hair EVERYWHERE for those 11 years was awful. We were dog free for a couple of years before we brought our lhasa-poo home. I wasn't allergic to her, she didn't shed, she barked a LOT but was so sweet I forgave her. I know a lot more about what I can and can't live with when it comes to dogs than I used to. We are still paying down our vet bill from November but someday I want another one. Well, now actually, but we can't afford it and this would not be a good time to bring a puppy into our family Have you tried talking to Naughty Dingo?
nic - glad you had such an amazing run this morning. Have you tried looking for replacement KA attachments on ebay?
The compromise we have been able to reach with the heat is that the furnace is programmed to kick in when the house is 18C instead of 16C and h is responsible for bringing wood in. I don't risk hurting my hands by carrying logs but we are still using the stove every day. I like the heat but I am always congested and my breathing is not great. I bought myself a small electric blanket the other day so that I am not so cold at night and that helps. At least if I am not battling the cold all the time my immune system has a better chance at dealing with all the allergens in the house. Ideal? Far from it but that seems to be the name of the game around here these days. I miss our old house with its radiant heaters. My ideal would be to have those again and a gas fireplace. Maybe someday.
1jooj - glad you found some walking friends
JayGee - I go on reading jags like that and I love it when I am in one! I am reading too much for school these days to feel like pleasure reading but someday there will be time for that again.