So, obviously I´ve been away. You see, we had two weeks off that didn´t go as planned. We knew they would be rather busy with a weekend in Munich visiting my family and another weekend hosting a get together with my husband´s family, but, you know. Still plenty of time for some rest and relaxation.
Unfortunately (or, in hindsight, luckily) Ludwig injured his paw during our stay in Munich. We took him to the vet, who wasn´t so concerned about the paw but the cardicac murmur he noticed during the general examination. Once we were back home we did further tests, and it turned out Ludwig has a heart condition, one with a rather bad prognosis. However there was a minimal invasive surgery that could help, but it could only be performed in Munich. As there is not much time to lose with that sort of condition, the surgeons were able to fit him in their schedule four days from when i first called. So after said family weekend with 12 people staying at my house (yep: 12), we took a nap and then packed our dog into the car for another trip to Munich. To cut a long story short: Everything went well, and he now has a normal life expectancy, which is a definitive improvement compared to the "a few months?" prognosis before surgery.*
So, whew? A bit more worries and stress than I would like in a holiday. But we´re so so glad that Ludwig is doing fine. SO GLAD. Plus, we were still able to have a few very relaxing days at home with great weather, and we have a weekend at the coast coming up in two weeks. So I won´t complain.
Back to the regularly scheduled programming then! Speaking of which, I don´t think I´ll do monthly features of the walled/vegetable garden any more. Both are over their peak. Maybe a late autumn wrap up though.
But, as autumn is near, I think it´s time to turn this into an interiors blog again. I have lots of house projects lined up. For example, I am itching to do further work on the kitchen - new shelves, a backsplash, and I have an idea for the floor... Big plans! Almost makes me forget that winter is coming. Sigh.
*We´ve seen lots of raised eyebrows over the fact that we decided to do a costly surgery... for a dog. I don´t really have an answer to that. I just know that it wasn´t an option for us to see our dog perish over the next few months, not if we can avoid it. As for the money, part of it will be paid by Ludwig´s breeder... and our part is more or less worth that dryer we´ve been saving up for. Guess what, I am happy to live without a dryer for a while longer if I can have a happy and healthy Ludwig running around.