Being the CBO (Chief Blogging Officer) and a tech hound, I’m posting our final wrap up for 2023. The year had a rough patch or two but overall, it was a pretty good year. Yesterday, we updated our sports achievements for the year, today I’m covering anything else worth remembering. All of us love going back over the year as we find things we completely forgot about. Hope you enjoy our month by month look back.
January was cold and frozen in 2023, nothing happened. February, life started to get busy. Bailie took a trip out to see the jumbo snowman. This snowman was on the news all over the country, and our Bailie posed with it! How fun to have so much snow.
Next up our little brother Nelson had surgery on both of his eyes for an uncommon condition. It went really well, and he had no issues post surgery. The worst thing was having to be in a hard plastic cone for ten days, 24/7. Day two he destroyed the cone and from then on it was held together with duct tape. We think it was harder for the family than it was for him, but we all survived and Nelson’s eyes look great!
North Carolina was our first road trip of the year. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned as far as driving. For the first time ever we rented a vehicle which we will NEVER rent from Avis again, and probably never rent any car again after that! Day two of the trip a tire blew on the interstate. It was hours of waiting, back tracking and switching cars only to get another lemon. They had the nerve to try to charge us big money for the second car they gave us that had a bad tire too. Mom had to fight with them for about a month before they dropped it. We were very thankful we had our navigator along to help us with everything.
We all added new states to our lists, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Nelson also added Kentucky to his list. Virginia had the best welcome center, maybe one of the best we have ever been to! Who doesn’t want to find some LOVE?
In April I ended up at the rehab vet for my limping issue. I’m happy to say, since I had the laser treatments and I am getting my injections once a month, my limping has disappeared. Since I’m only seven, we are especially happy I’m doing well. Every six months I will go back for a follow up but I don’t mind as they have the best liver treats ever!
Remember the Mallard family? Mom found the nest in April when Bailie went diving under our bay window. After waiting and waiting for like a month, the ten eggs hatched, but Mama duck wasn’t the best. All the little ones marched across our lawn and fell into the drainage system. The police spent a long time trying to get the little ones out of there. As far as we know eight of them were rescued. Hopefully mom won’t come back next spring.
In July Olivia and Nelson headed up to Moose Lake for a nose work lesson. They found another giant Adirondack chair for our collection. Emma found the first one years ago, and we continue to pose on them when we see them. A few more were found on other small trips in 2023.
This year Olivia and Nelson took in the sunflower fields. They had a great time and took a lot of pretty photos. It is a fun place to see, I hear, as I am the only one who hasn’t been there yet. Last year Bailie and Nelson got to go.
In September, Nelson got back into the show ring. It is not a lot of fun in our opinion. Mom doesn’t show him anymore, she has others show him. This year a friend was visiting from the Netherlands and she showed him twice. Both times he earned two more points. Now he has six points towards his Championship Title. Mom finds showing boring and very unfair, but since the process has started, they will continue. Hopefully they will find enough GBGV’s to get his two majors so he can finish his title soon.
While in Missouri for the dog show, they found out the Air BnB they were staying at was right off of Route 66. Mom, being directionally challenged had no idea until she saw the mural.
Bailie and Nelson visited the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed. It was rather shocking to say it takes place in one place, but is filmed in another.
We ended the year losing our cat bro Bert. His health had been declining the past year, but the last two weeks were really fast. He was a real pest, and he made Mom crazy, but we all miss the guy. Bert was more dog than cat. Life without any cats is different as we have all grown up with cats and Mom has had a cat since she was seven. For now we will stay cat free, but maybe one day Mom will get a kitten. Time will tell.
That’s our final wrap up for 2023. Now we are looking forward to a new year and to see what all 2024 will bring.
I’m joining my friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.