Adjusting Isn’t Always Easy

14 thoughts on “Adjusting Isn’t Always Easy”

  1. Hi, Beth! Sending you prayers and hugs… poor Sweet Pea. 😐 Remember she is over 84 years-old in people life… like we mere humans who easily become disoriented and moreso as we age, she’s uncomfortable.. She’s lucky to have loving and patient parents. As for waiting for goods and products… we purchased an entertainment center in January of this year… it was delivered in April – damaged. We received the replacement pieces two weeks ago!. The world is topsy-turvy and still waivering in the grips of this crazy pandemic. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your family making new memories with moments that have you laughing until you cry. 🙂 Miss you!

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    1. Hi Reenie! So lovely to hear from you (always!). Sending the hugs and prayers right back at you. You’re right…Sweet Pea is getting up there in age and I think she’s finally showing it. We are doing our best to ensure she isn’t too stressed, but this move really threw her. We are hoping she’ll eventually relax and enjoy her new digs. Regarding your entertainment center…what a pain!!!! I’m glad you got it all sorted out, though — eventually. 🙄 Miss you, too! Take good care! 🧡

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  2. Nice to hear you are getting settled in. I think movie references are Star Wars and How Stella (whoops, I mean Beth) Got Her Groove Back. We had an elderly Mini Schnauzer who got so she couldn’t make it through the night. For our new pup, we got her used to pee pads, so she will use that if it is pouring rain (because she is made of sugar and can’t seem to stand getting wet apparently). LOL.

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    1. Ding, ding, ding!!! You were the first to name the movies! 😊 I wish that we had done what you are doing with your pup (training to use the pee pad). It would have come in very handy during the bitter cold winters in NJ and on those rainy days and nights. It would have been really helpful when we flew from the US to Portugal (oy). Oh well…sigh…live and learn.

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  3. In his last year, Coobie would not come outside on the deck even if Chris and I were sitting at the table 5 ft away with the door wide open. He would stand at the threshold, looking outside but never coming out. I believe this was due to his failing eyesight and that the change of brightness from inside to outside was difficult for him to adjust to. Coobie would shudder if the sun caught his eyes, like in dappled sunlight. The vet explained with cataracts, they get a starburst pattern in their eyes which is probably very scary.

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    1. Thanks, Christy. We only notice hesitation when she’s at home. When we are out she’s just fine. It’s the strangest thing. Happily, she’s getting just a little bit more comfortable every day. Just this evening, I took her out and she wanted to walk around the block. We are just going to to our best to give her the time she needs to adjust and make sure she’s comfortable with all these changes. ~Little Coobie…he was such a sweetheart. 💚 (Sending you and Chris loads of love…can’t wait to see you in October! 😁)

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  4. So, I had a horse once that apparently had never experienced a black top road with the white shoulder lines or the lines in the middle. He would sidestep like a Tennessee Walker for a hundred miles before he’d cross that line! Anyways, how’s about if you put a floor mat over the tracks so Sweet Pea has no idea what dangers lie beneath? Our Pom, Finnegan doesn’t care for the track that is attached to our hidden screen. He’ll put his lil front paws up and wiggle his butt until he’s confident he can propel himself up as fast as he can. I’m also very into decorating my home so I definitely feel your frustration there! As far as posting EVERY Friday…woman give yourself a break! New life, new experiences are very exciting and wonderful for you to share. BUT don’t let it become a “have to”! We won’t, ok I won’t hold it against you!

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    1. Hi Brenda! We did put a mat over the tracks as one of our early solutions, and while it helped her a bit, she’s still not a fan of crossing over onto the balcony. We’re hoping she’ll eventually get over it (literally and figuratively…HA!). Thankfully she’s not the size of a horse so we can conveniently pick her up and move her. (Finnegan sounds adorable. Our little fur babies can be endlessly amusing in their approach to life’s challenges.) As for posting every Friday? It’s absolutely a self-imposed deadline and one I don’t mind. If nothing else, it motivates us to get out there an explore Portugal, which we’ve had to put on the back burner due to the move. However, tomorrow we’re heading to a place you would NEVER believe is in Portugal and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Please stay healthy and take care!

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      1. Oooh!!! Sounds exciting! Looking forward to your next adventure! It’s crazy here with Covid again. I’ve had several friends with “break through” infections. How’s it there?

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      2. Yeah…we’ve been watching what’s been happening in the US. I’m so sorry to hear your friends have been sick. I hope their illnesses weren’t too severe and were able to recuperate quickly since they were vaccinated. We often forget that the vaccines are not 100% effective, which is why Won and I still wear our masks whenever we leave the house, even though Portugal has fully vaccinated 70% of the eligible population (as of Aug 18). In Portugal, the recent spike and associated infection rate, nearly all related to the delta variant, has been dropping due to the swift actions taken to address it. For example, you must show that you been fully vaccinated (for at least two weeks), have had a negative COVID test within that the last 48 hours, or had the disease within the last 6 months to dine indoor at a restaurant. Everyone thought that would be the death knell for restaurants, but it ended up increasing the number of people dining out because they felt safer doing so. With the vaccination rate so high a lot of the restrictions are being lifted. Won and I are flying to the US in October, and to be perfectly honest, I’m nervous. I feel safer here. 😌

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  5. We have three miniature Schnauzers. Sometimes, I feel guilty for what we have put them through to move from the USA to Portugal … and then to different homes in different places within Portugal. Thanks for sharing your experience(s), Beth. From transporting pets to and through Portugal, to the need for veterinary visits and additional inoculations than we’d been used to, we need to recognize the changes they’re experiencing as they move with us … and be concerned about their “creature comforts!”

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    1. Three!! Wow, you have your hands full (but, in the most fun way!). Like most dog owners, we would do anything to make sure Sweet Pea is comfortable, safe, and as happy as possible (like the time we bought a 3rd seat for her when we flew from the US to Portugal 🙄 https://fromportugalwithlove.blog/2020/01/16/stay-calm-and-carry-on/). I seriously didn’t think this move would impact her so much, but we are doing everything possible to mitigate and minimize her anxiety. I’m sure she’ll eventually adjust and adapt over time – we are already beginning to see some small indications of this. She’ll get thought it, after all, she’s terrier tough!

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  6. Hi Beth,
    I hope you, Won and Sweet Pea soon sleep through the night. My dog recently wants out at 4AM. Again no ignoring her, or else! Soon the smells and environment may become her new normal, one hopes.

    Your search for furniture and mirrors reminds me of an episode from the the early 1980’s BBC show, “Rumpole of the Bailey”. Rumpole’s wife, “she who must be obeyed” aka Hilda, was on the prowl for a hearth rug for the front of the fireplace. When she finally obtained it, all Rumpole could do was essentially grunt! I laughed out loud to your comment to the shop owner to let you have the display mirror, as after all, the replacement would be there in only 2 weeks. Cheeky!

    The supply chain in the USA is so chaotic – ceiling fan ordered on 4 month back-order, appliances up to 6 month back-order. The housing market in the USA is intense, houses selling often in 24 hours, offers $10k’s over list and often appraisal gaps “waived” so buyers must come up with the difference between purchase price and appraisal.
    Leslie

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    1. Nice to hear from you! Although, I’m sorry to hear that you are also experiencing early morning wake up calls (groan). The whole supply chain debacle is really annoying, especially on big items that are kind of important…like kitchen appliances, dining room tables, and couches! (Grrrr…my blood boils every time I think about it). There’s nothing to do, but be philosophical about it, but I have a hard time relaxing into my new home with such large, obvious gaps. 🙄 I will admit, that it is some what comforting to know I’m not alone in this frustrating situation, but also super stressful to know that I’m competing for resources with 1/2 the world! The housing situation in the US is insane. I’m glad we’re not in the middle of that right now. I hope you aren’t either! Take care and be sure to stay safe and healthy.

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