So your partner/friend/relative has trouble breathing. Best to go to the doctor, ring for an ambulance or go to hospital-whichever is quickest. You pack a hospital bag. Take over all functions until your partner is in hospital.
You drive your partner and take him/her to the doctor. Listen to the prognosis.
Check visiting times.
Bring favourite fruit. Ask what to bring for the next visit(s), if allowed e.g. electronic devices, books/magazines/papers, change of pyjamas, food (healthy) etc.
Ask if your partner wants visitors.
Tell friends/relatives whom you wish to know.
Carry on as normal. Complete your necessary activities. Follow your usual routine between visits.
Care for yourself-Eat properly as you need strength and energy.
Ensure you have enough sleep for good well-being.
Feel proud that you’re coping and positive.
Feel reassured by the sympathy of others.
They’ve gone out/gone away. We’re the replacement. How do we cope? What do we do? Do what we did with our own children? Time moves on. Fashions change. The young and fancy free become loving parents.
Respect the parent(s). Ask for a time-table, if there is one. Ask what food to give and how much. Ask if there are any behavioural problems and how they handle them. Ask what toys/games/tv they like. Ask if there are any rules.
Give the child/children smiles, hugs or kisses. Make them feel secure. Be positive not negative. Give praise when it’s due. Follow what they know. They will accept you. Their parents will thank you. All will be happy.
CYPRUS-an island in the Mediterranean sea
sunny most days
Mediterranean plants thrive
historical remains influenced by different invaders of the island e.g. Mycenae, Crusaders, Phoenicians, Venetians, Ottomans
rustic in parts
picturesque vineyards, mountains and beaches
Meze of assorted small dishes (vegetables, meat and fish) is tasty
Botticelli’s painting, The Birth of Venus, used the view of Aphrodite’s rock, near Paphos
different weather every day
smart sports complexes
garden centres with an abundant variety of produce
huge choice of branded and non branded shops plus market stalls
historic destinations abound from pre-history
large choice of indoor entertainment
multi ethnic cuisine
changing picturesque countryside (moors, estuaries, mountains, coves, valleys, hills, beaches, forests, gorges, rivers, lakes, woodland)
small country so easy to tour
We Great Danes see tiny ones. We want to catch them. It’s hard. They move on the walls and up there as well as down. They’re so fast. We smell them under the wood things that go squeak when she goes into another place.
Maybe this is where the mosquitos enter.
Me-Our geko visitors keep mosquitos away. I grow basil near outside doors as they don’t like the smell. On a hot summer evening we spray lemon (citronella) on our skin. This works well. Of course there are the can sprays and plug- ins too plus mosquito nets and fans. Shutting window and doors helps although fresh breezes are then kept out.
A partner’s birthday looms. Sinking feeling. What do I buy this time? Suggestions. Ask. Not impressed. Tells me to give a surprise. Cost? Gives me the price. I look up online. Good birthday presents. Some original ideas. Don’t think they would be appreciated. IDEA-ASK OTHERS. Someone suggests a brilliant idea which we used rarely. No present, just a local night away with buffet dinner and buffet breakfast included in the price. Research on-line- the place, availability, cost. Now check. No surprise as no sulks wanted on the special day. Birthday person loves the idea and is happy to go ahead! Two brains are better than one so don’t be afraid to ask someone!
What can we put inside?
Uhum, are they going away? We Great Danes don’t mind. As long as they leave us peanut butter filled bones. Who will wake us up? Ah, Peter in the place by our trees. We like him. He pats us through the fence.
We Great Danes, Stellar and Venus, like to look after them. When I hear a dog bark, a pigeon, a zzz thing, a nee no nee no nee no, people, I bark. My bark is big like me! Why? I dunno. Maybe I want to help him and her. Venus doesn’t hear much but she barks when a thingy’s moving. We do this lots. He and she look at us. They look cross.
Can we jump?
Me-When we chose our dogs we wanted qualities like being good with children. However Great Danes are excitable. They bark at sounds. However we can control this a little by distracting them or making them lie down. Lately, the barking has increased. The other day our pet food shop had one sac of dog biscuit (we add a little to their bones and raw food diet, BARF) for working dogs who need plenty of fuel for their activities. Our dogs are older now and only walk or swim once a day. They are not working dogs. The result of the new dog biscuit meant Stellar and Venus became extra “fussy”. They barked and wandered around as if looking for something. Of course they don’t need extra energy.
What’s under the bush?
Danes should have three ribs showing to keep their weight correct. So I vary the amount of their biscuit. I removed the working dog biscuit from Stellar’s food. Her barking has almost gone. Venus is still eating the biscuit so she is still “fussing”. Hopefully, the pet shop has sacs of our usual dog biscuit again!