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601st Friday Blog Roundup

Truman is almost back to normal.  He is eating again, voraciously, which means he is pooping again, excessively.  He is back to his old tricks, like turning over his food dish (well, aren’t you a clever one!) and fighting water bottle (that old nemesis).  Though he seems to now be deaf.

I noticed he wasn’t responding to his name.  He’s usually pretty good about jumping up when you say his name or the word “cookie.”  I waited until he was asleep and then stood behind him clapping and shouting.  He didn’t wake up or flinch.  Which makes me think that he may be deaf.  I’m not sure they have actual hearing exams for rodents.

But his head tilt is gone (mostly), and he’s walking easily.  And did I mention eating?  If he were in charge of the world, there would be unlimited green beans.


Thank you for all the kind words on my blogoversary.  Sometimes I think that I keep writing because I’m so terrible with change that it extends to all things.  Which means you are bound to still find me here 10 years down the line.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

The Empress and the Fool has a non-apology for her absence from her blog, a breath of fresh air — full of honesty — about her space.  I especially love this line: “Hello to you, sister-friends. I’m terribly sorry for your grief, as I know it all too well.”  I just really loved this post for its frankness.

My Path to Mommyhood has a post about including ultrasound pictures with an announcement.  She wonders if this was done prior to Facebook announcements, or if ultrasound pictures were — at one point — a private image for close family.  She admits that the reason the image is such a trigger is that “once I had a picture not too different from that one, and it was all I had to cling to when I sobbed and sobbed after the dream was lost too soon.”  The post made me think.

Lastly, as a fellow Googler, I loved The Road Less Travelled’s post about looking for her 8th grade teacher and learning he was gone.  It’s a really sweet post, eulogizing him in a way that she never got to do while he was alive.  It’s a cautionary tale of Googling, and having to be okay with whatever we find.

The roundup to the Roundup: Truman update.  Blogoversary thoughts.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between June 17th and June 24th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 TasIVFer { 06.24.16 at 8:29 am }

I am thrilled that Truman is almost his normal self. Are you worried about hear loss? How much do you think it might bother him?

2 loribeth { 06.24.16 at 9:15 am }

Thank you, Mel — I guess it goes to show the lives that teachers touch and the influence they have long after you leave their classroom(s). I was actually quite sad about it for a couple of days afterward, which seems strange since I haven’t seen the man in well over 35 years.

Glad to hear Truman is doing well!

3 dubliner in deutschland { 06.24.16 at 9:37 am }

Oh I’m so glad Truman is almost back to normal, what a fighter!

4 a { 06.24.16 at 10:05 am }

Glad to hear Truman is doing better!

5 Justine { 06.24.16 at 10:31 am }

So glad to hear that Truman is better, though sorry that he seems to be having trouble hearing! 🙁 Hope he continues to mend …

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.24.16 at 7:47 pm }

I do plan to still come visit you here 10 years from now <3.

And I'm so happy to hear that Truman is back to pooping excessively!

7 SuzannaCatherine { 06.25.16 at 9:22 am }

So glad to hear Truman is doing so well. I’m sure your Vet was instrumental in that, but I think it was you and your family ‘s love and constant care that brought him back. He’s a lucky little fellow.

It’s a bit sad that he seems to have lost his hearing, but I’m sure he’ll adapt. I once had a Doxie who was profoundly deaf. She was the happiest little dog on the planet. We communicated with simple hand signals and touch. Sometimes a “disability” is in the eye of the beholder. With the love and care y’all give him, he’ll be happy and content I’m sure. Please give him a little pat on the head from me. ?

8 torthuil { 06.25.16 at 8:28 pm }

Aw, thanks to Jess for sharing my post on Jemima. I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted, so I appreciated her post about looking forward to the summer. It can take some effort to find things to look forward to amidst uncertainty and the reality of not having everything you want. http://mypathtomommyhood.blogspot.ca/2016/06/microblog-mondays-something-to-look.html?m=1

9 Jess { 06.26.16 at 11:19 am }

Oh, hooray for Truman being in a much better place! The clapping and shouting made me think of Helen Keller, because the last thing we read in my co-taught English class was “The Miracle Worker,” and after having a high fever/infection she went deaf…surely that could happen to guinea pigs too? Thank you so much for including my post in the roundup!

10 Mali { 06.27.16 at 1:53 am }

I’m so pleased Truman is recovering.
I’ve been slack on the blog reading this last week, so sadly don’t have any suggestions for second helpings. It’s always good to read the posts though, and one of the first things I do on a Saturday morning is (still in bed) read your Round Up post.

11 Jessica { 06.27.16 at 4:30 am }

Pets age like us. Hope Truman manages with his health.

12 Cristy { 06.29.16 at 5:55 pm }

I wonder if the infection impacted his middle ears? Would make sense with the head tilt (vertigo) and now he hearing. Hopefully that clears up. Poor guy.

This one for the second helping. Again and again. https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2016/06/a-life/ the second helping. Again and again:

13 Jess { 06.30.16 at 11:24 am }

My picks for second helpings:

Just a beautiful post, Mel, that resonated in so many ways.

Loved, loved the things learned through the adoption process, and then how those same things applied to entering the world of publishing.

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