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September 23, 2009

late wednesday night our yorkie, duke, had a seizure. (it is not uncommon for him to do this. it is a trait of this breed.)

i realized this afternoon i had not been watering my chrysanthemums in the back yard.

our beta fish just lays around the bottom of the bowl. it looks like he’s dead. i think he’s blind. and i have considered flushing him down the toilet. no, he’s not actually dead…he just looks so sad.

im sitting here tonight thinking…how on earth have my children survived??!!


34 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2009 12:30 am

    Have recently seen the British TV documentary about pedigree dogs which showed a Boxer having an epileptic seizure and a cocker spaniel in utter agony owing to a genetic breeding defect. Beyond words.

    Duke has my prayer today – as do the Hodges.

    And i don’t mean just because you are the Mom either! πŸ˜‰

    As for your kids survival – i’d be more worried about Brent being their male role model personally. The kids are too big to flush, can find their own water and have at least 50% of your genes.

    Mullets and Short Shorts and hoodies with no T is all i’m sayin.

    Oh, and that diet??? (for want of a better word) 😯


  2. September 24, 2009 2:29 am

    “The kids are too big to flush”….Yeah, I can’t do no better than that :-).

    • September 24, 2009 7:46 pm

      Thank you – but it’s: i can’t do no betterer than that… you Germans ain’t got no real good English! – i recommend ‘Y’alls Best Southern Grammama Checker’ for yer compudy-thingamajig πŸ˜‰


  3. September 24, 2009 7:09 am

    Ok, but you can’t be the reason for the seizure…the flowers and the fish…well, you know, you spend time on the kids and so something has to suffer…right? I mean, you’re not super-human! (Are you? I mean, if you are, then you have no excuse…) πŸ™‚

    • September 24, 2009 11:14 pm

      haha! right. somethings gotta give πŸ™‚

  4. September 24, 2009 7:13 am

    My friend’s mom often says, “Babies in the ghetto survive everyday- I’m sure *insert name* will, too.” πŸ˜‰

  5. September 24, 2009 7:14 am

    They really are the fittest then πŸ˜‰

  6. September 24, 2009 9:02 am

    They are self sufficient little buggers aren’t they?

  7. Bill Todd permalink
    September 24, 2009 9:50 am

    What do you want them to do, grow up all soft and whatnot? πŸ˜‰

  8. pokinatcha permalink
    September 24, 2009 10:31 am

    Yep, I’m with David. Survival of the fittest!

  9. September 24, 2009 11:13 am

    I had a beta fish a couple years ago who developed a huge tumor on his side. It was so sad, he had trouble swimming to the top to eat his food. 😦 We did ultimately put him out of his misery though.

    As for your kids, you must neglect all those other things to take care of your kids!

    • September 24, 2009 11:16 pm

      mandy, you should see this fish. it aint right. im thinkin of just flushing, seriously now.



  10. September 24, 2009 12:30 pm

    Speaking of neglect, where’s title of this post???

  11. September 24, 2009 1:46 pm

    i love mandy’s comment.

    when i first arrived in atlanta in july, i house/pet-sat for my new friends while they went on vacation. and i swear their beta fish almost died on my watch. his fins started to disintegrate and all he did was lay at the bottom of his bowl.

    i wondered what i could’ve possibly done wrong to make him get sick. although cathi was with me, so it was really her fault. (and i can already hear her now, conjuring up some way to blame mandy…)

    thankfully Twister survived. some fast googling pointed me in the direction of some anti-fungal meds and he sprung back to life. phew!

    • September 24, 2009 4:25 pm

      hahaha he has a fungus

    • September 24, 2009 11:19 pm

      alece – im thinkin i should send jack, the beta, to you then. yes? cuz i aint helpin him one bit.

      OR…you can come house sit for me. except, we’ll all still be here.

      yes. i think that’ll work just fine!

      • September 25, 2009 11:24 am

        sounds like a good plan!

        in the meantime, you might wanna address the fungus issue. i’m just sayin’.

  12. mandy perry permalink
    September 24, 2009 2:57 pm

    Ohh, In Progress. I love you! Thanks for the great laugh. You may not be great with animals or have a green thumb, but from what I know of you INs obviously you can raise some amazing kids!

    • September 24, 2009 11:20 pm

      thank you! youre one of the nicer mandys on this page.


      you want a fish?

  13. Heidi permalink
    September 24, 2009 3:01 pm

    You are an amazing mom… that’s what matters!

  14. September 24, 2009 4:15 pm

    i think the same thing every time i go through another house plant. how in the WORLD have i kept a puppy….or a husband….for this long?

    • September 24, 2009 11:21 pm

      so im thinking….i water (or not) the plants. the fish lives in water.

      maybe its something in the water??

  15. September 24, 2009 4:26 pm

    If I ever get a Beta fish, I’m going to name him Alpha just to be funny.

    I think you should name this blog post Alpha in honor of my future beta.

    or maybe your beta doesn’t have a name, so in honor of him you didn’t name the post either.

    And maybe he’s depressed because he has no name… no identity… nobody to clean out the fungus in his bowl…

    Poor nameless beta.

  16. September 24, 2009 4:27 pm

    At least he has fungus……….

  17. September 25, 2009 7:24 pm

    uhmm… what does fungus have to do with anything on that list? i think i might be missing something…

    now, let me say that if riley had a seizure, i would have a meltdown. can’t even imagine.

    one time a friend of mine was so sick of taking care of the fish her kids wanted and then forgot about that she set the bowl in the garage in the middle of winter so it would die from the cold. and then told the kids it died during the night. not kidding. here’s the funny part: she didn’t want to flush it while it was alive because she thought that was cruel, but had no problem setting it outside to die on its own. i never got that logic…

  18. February 23, 2011 10:20 am

    Good to Hear

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