Lowri - Whew, it has been quite a week. Last Friday morning, we went down to help MC and Story have babies. Story said she wasn't quite ready, but she kept TM and MC on pins and needles. Every time, TM thought about leaving, Story would start nesting harder. This went on all day and night. TM got up every couple of hours to check on Story (we kept the bed warm for her). At 5:30 on Saturday morning, TM got up to check for the last time. No Story. Nope, not in the room. TM was freaking as she had taken Story out to potty at 3:30. She was afraid she hadn't put the gate up and Story was somewhere in the house. She went over and woke MC up and asked if she had Story. Yes, she did. Story was unhappy at being in the whelping box all by herself, so MC brought her into her bed. TM went back to sleep.
Kevin - Of course, when MC got up, we told TM we should get up too. She snarled at us! We had to stay quiet on the bed for another hour. It was hard!
Lowri - TM decided to go to the store for some stuff as it was obvious that she was going to be there a while. Nope. It had snowed overnight - on top of the half inch of ice that was already there. She ended up blocking the drive. A couple of hours later, she and MC came back out and shoveled and chipped ice. Finally, TM got out. Of course, when she got back from the store, she got stuck again.
Kevin - Story had one of MY babies while they were out digging. By the time TM came back from the store, there were two of my babies. I kept trying to sneak a peek, but no one would let me. TM went back out to shovel and chip some more and my third baby was born!
Lowri - All in all, Story had seven puppies. She is being a great mother. There are five boys and two girls.
Kevin - They are BEAUTIFUL! Well, I hear they are beautiful <sigh>
Lowri - Sunday morning, TM packed us up and we left - after more digging, chipping and cutting of brush for traction. When she got out of the driveway, she cheered! When we finally got to PR's place, we only got halfway up the driveway because of all the snow. PR got the tractor out and raked all the ice. We FINALLY got up to the house. It was a long weekend.
Kevin - And the week just kept on going! When we got back to town, it was to a puzzle. The hot water was working, but only at half stream. The cold water was working fine. Once TM got to bed, she figured out that a pipe was broken. There wasn't anything she could do right then, but she didn't sleep a wink all night. When she got up yesterday, sure enough, water was flowing out from under the house (it hadn't been the night before). She got the water turned off (the utility company did it for her) while she was at the CPA's place. He was doing her taxes (lots of bad words).
Lowri - TM couldn't find a plumber. Apparently they are all very busy right now. Finally she got a hold of her favorite guy. He couldn't come yesterday. TM cancelled all her clients for yesterday and today. Today, she called the plumber again. He can't come until tomorrow - unless it snows. If it snows, it will be a couple of days. We are expecting 3 to 5 inches tonight.
Kevin - We have TM all to ourselves! For a whole week! It is great. TM bought lots of water, so Lowri and I have plenty to drink. You don't need to worry about us at all.
Lowri - Since she can't work, she has started replacing the floor in the whelping/sitting room. We are trying to help. It will be nice. Puppies will have a hard time damaging it. It is the same kind of stuff she put in the kitchen only this looks like oak flooring.