RVery Best Nest

Come join Joe, Mallery & I, as we travel around the USA in our RVery Best Nest. God's Favor has been chasing us down, and we are enjoying all of His blessing's, that He has created for all to enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bees, New Car & Boat Ride

                                         June 15, 2015
I decided to call back another bee keeper and tell him that the bee retrieval attempt failed and why. (He had asked me to let him know since we went with the first bee keeper that called). He said he had another way that might work. Joe had already called a exterminator, so when they both arrived that day, we told the exterminator we were going to give the bees one more chance. John and a friend set up an old bee hive that had honey in it. They put a trapped door in it so when the bees went in to steal the honey, they could not get out. His hopes were that he could entice all the bees to leave there hive for easy honey and leave their queen. He said bees are lazy and will steal honey from other hives. His thought were that if all the bees left the queen, she would finally leave also. The trap was set, so we waited to see what would happen.

Joe and I have wanted a bigger car, and a SUV for a long time. With guest coming soon, there was no way we would be able to pick them up at the airport, luggage and all. We knew we wanted a 2010 Buick Enclave. Joe had done his research and that was the best year with the newest options and the least depreciation. He looked on the internet to see what the general price was for that year. The price ranged was from $21,000 to $23,000. We wanted the diamond white color, and found just what we were looking for in Indiana. Joe called but it sold in 2 days. It had low miles and was in the price range stated above. Then we found this gold mist just a hour from our home. It had average miles for it's age, but the asking price was $18,000 and we got it for $17,000 "as is". So far every thing is working great with it. We will see. 

We wanted this SUV because it has 3 rows of seats and the last two rows fold down for hauling. First thing we did was go to Petoskey, and buy our selves a new patio table and chair set for the deck. All four chairs fit in the back. This we could not have done with the Honda. We had to go back the next day for the table and two memory foam twin mattress for the bunk beds we had.

Mallery didn't like our new car for the first day, but she adjusted pretty fast after the first day.

June had a few cool days where I would put a blanket on Mallery after she would crawl into her kennel. She has no fat or muscle and is very boney, so she gets cold very easy. Many times she would come out of her kennel, blanket and all.

She would walk all over the place with her blankie until it fell off, or until her mom would help and get her princess robe off.

It was so nice to have a dinning table on our deck. We have ate outside almost every evening since. Joe would eat out even on cool days, but my food was getting too cold too, so we have ate inside a few days when the temperature drops.

Joe keeps saying, " We have a million dollar view". That I have to agree with.
After a couple of weeks, we finally took the boat out. It was a hot day, and when we decide to go the water was like glass, but by the time we got ourselves out into the boat the water had a bit more waves. Joe was happy boater!

Mallery not such happy boater. She is not a boat dog.
Mallery was very nervous, but she doesn't like it when we leave her, so we have no choice.

Me and my little best girl friend!

Most of the time I had to hold her real tight and tell her, she was OK and I would protect her.

It's not easy doing a selfie with one hand and a dog in the other, in a boat that is moving!

Joe is learning how to land the boat onto the new boat lift. It is not as easy as it looks with waves.We have been out 4 or 5 times now and he is getting more of the hang of it.

Joe is so glad I talked him into buying a lift cover. We just pull into the lift, and raise the boat with a button which activates the hydraulics, and lifts the boat. Once the boat is up, we get out of the boat and go up the hill to our home. Joe doesn't have to cover the boat like he would have other wise. Simple stuff!

We still have our lounging chairs in our dining room. Our dining room furniture has not arrived and our living room needs to be painted, before the furniture can be put in it..The plastic wall finally came down, but we still had plastic on the carpet, and boxes of stuff that needed to go in closets, that also needed to be painted.

In our mater bedroom, there are his and her closets. Both closet had paneling walls which made the closets very dark. I insisted we paint them before we moved our cloths in them. Joe did one closet  and I did the other. Then we moved our bed into the bedroom. This was a hard move for Mallery. All this moving of furniture is very hard on a almost blind dog.

After 3 coats of paint to cover the paneling, we finally got them done and moved our cloth into them. Yes we still have bed rails so Mallery won't fall out of bed.

Every day I spend many hours walking Mallery outside. On this beautiful day she walked all around our yard and then just sat down to enjoy the day. I sat down too, so she could enjoy herself.

Soon she laid her head down and took a nap. We enjoyed the day under the tree for awhile. I will be so glad when the fence is put in, which is now 3 weeks away. In the last 2 weeks Mallery started to do something very strange. On our walks she would raise her left front leg as far as she could raise it and then stretch her head way back. At first I thought she was having a stroke. She did this every time I took her for a walk. Of course this started on the weekend, so come Monday I took her to the vet. They wanted me to video it. Because she was not shaking all over, they though maybe she was having mini seizures, but not really sure. A few days later, Joe and I went to Traverse City for some shopping and to pick up an end table we bought last fall. We stop at a roadside park to let Mallery relieve herself and to have lunch. During lunch, Mallery starting having one of her episodes. I picked her up to calm her and I tried to get Joe to video her.

Everybody on the lake had their flags out for the up coming forth. Joe got out what we had. Do you see it!

A strange looking boat going past us, way out in the middle of the lake.

View of sailboats just east of our docks.

Mallery has had 1 major seizure now, with her violently rolling on the floor and her legs shaking. Now, I know they are seizures. The Dr. thought maybe her blood sugars were getting too low, so I have increased her eating and or snacks to 4 times a day. She is eating really good and seems to have lots of energy, but seems to be confused a lot or lost in the house. She wants to be with us all the time and is holding her bladder real good. We do keep her in a diaper for the few accidents that we have missed, because we don't understand what she wants. (When a dog can't find her way to the door, we get mixed signals). I have found some supplements online that has great reviews for seizures, so I am hoping they will arrive soon so we can start her on them. The vet can give her medicine, but the medicine can be very harmful to the liver and kidneys, which she already has issues with. Mallery has been fighting us a lot lately when we give her the fluid treatments. Because she is eating real good and has a lot of energy, I have cut way back on the treatments. I hope this is a good decision on  my part. She seems to know what is about to happen and does not want any part of it. I took her to the vet when she had the strange episodes and had them give her the fluid. The vet had a hard time holding our 5lb baby down to give it to her. She is even eating a supplement that she loved before, and had refused to eat when she got really sick with her kidney failure. Like I have said before, every day is different. Some days I think it might be her last, then she has a change for the good, and we carry on.  I believe God is answering my prayers to heal her enough so she can have time in her yard and neighborhood. 



  1. Hi guys, This post brought me to tears two times for very different reasons. The pictures of Diane and Mallery together on the boat are so beautiful and touching that I cried happy tears. Then reading about her seizers and her struggles in such detail is very hard and I cried tears of sadness. I continue to pray for Mallery and for strength for you and Joe as you face each day with your precious little girl not knowing what the day will bring. Peace be with you all. love Leslie +_+

    1. Hi Leslie, Sorry to be so slow at responding, but we have been crazy busy trying to get our house ready for company. You are so sweet with your thoughts and support. You are right, and I have the same emotions. Mallery make me smile with her sweet disposition, even though life is a struggle for her. Other days, I wonder if I am making the right decisions. Most the time she seems happy, so then I know I haven't given up on her, and am giving her the patience she needs during her last days, months or years. I believe God is blessing me with more time with her, even though she requires more time than ever, so that I can be ready when it is her time to leave. It is very hard to think of her not being with us. She has been such a huge part of our life. I know this time is preparing me to make it easier, if that is possible at all. I am sure since you have a sweet fur ball companion, you have been or will go through the same thing all of us go through when we have to say goodbye. Thanks again for your love and caring support through this difficult time of life.