Later this morning, I have an appointment at the periodontist for a dental implant. Most folks would run screaming from the idea of this, but I welcome it ... I'm to that point with this loose crown of mine. It's a front tooth, this is the third crown in this location, and the dentist is pretty certain that it's loose this time because the root is cracked. I expect to come home later today with my head in a sling.
I know that Ruby will be here to comfort me when my anesthesia wears off. She is such a love! I never have to worry about where she is, because she's within a step or two of me at all times. This makes it been really hard to try to get decent photos of her. I'm working on it.
Right now, she's snoozing in her crate. I have never had a dog with a crate before, and it's been a learning experience for me. It's a great sense of security for me, knowing that she's confined and can't get into things and hurt herself when I'm not around. Oh the other hand, I now have a new decorative element in my family room bay window.
The cats think that they have a new place to nap. I have pulled both Alice and Maggie out of Ruby's crate multiple times during the last few days. Ruby defers to the cats (good dog!) and we don't want the cats establishing territory in Ruby's safe place.
Right now, Maggie is napping in her primary spot ... in the south-facing window behind me, watching the birds outside.
The DC Big Flea is this weekend. I love this show, but I am not planning to go this time. There's nothing that I need, it's a bit of a drive, and I'm planning a very low-key weekend ... since I have no doubt that my head will be throbbing.
I read on a blog yesterday that Eddie Ross is in town this weekend and that he will be leading shopping tours through the show ... at $50 bucks a head. Am I the only one that thinks it's insane to pay someone to show you what kinds of bargains are available at a flea market? I don't care who Eddie Ross is or what reputation preceeds him ... I can find my own bargains, thank you very much. Besides, his first tour starts at 1:00 on Saturday. The best bargains will be long gone by then. (Do you think he preshops the place so he can 'find' things when he has his entourage in tow?)
Sorry ... that was catty. It just bugs me to think that there are folks out there who think they have to follow someone else's lead to do something that they are quite capable of doing themselves. If you need to shop with someone, grab a friend and make a day of it. Admission to the show is $8, and you'll have $42 extra dollars to spend on treasures. (Here's some free shopping advice ... Be sure to visit one of my favorite dealers in Aisle H, Booth #412 under the balloons. She told me yesterday that everything in her booth is half price.)
A much closer to home place for me to shop for great stuff this weekend is Shumate's Auction in Warrenton (only a half an hour up the road from me.) If my head will cooperate, I plan to be there on Saturday. Kathy, the owner and auctioneer, puts together great auctions and there are definitely bargains to be had. For example, I bought a pair of these beautiful English chairs for a ridiculously low bid at her last auction a few weeks ago.
Our friend Janet scored this dresser. I wonder what it will look like once she works her Annie Sloan Chalk Paint magic on it?
On Monday, I will be shipping out the first rose orders of the season. This early spring weather has awakened the nursery roses earlier than I expected, and I quietly put my 2012 rose inventory up on the web site last week.
Because most of last year's cuttings failed, I have far fewer roses available than I usually do. This first batch was about 150 plants, and I have about 75 more in the greenhouse that aren't ready for their new homes quite yet. I usually start the year with about 750 plants, so this year's 225 is pretty disappointing. The plants I do have are large and healthy ... I'm trying to concentrate on 'glass half full' point of view.
I should stop stalling, get up from this couch, and hit the shower to get ready to start my day. My appointment is at 10:00. My periodontist is awesome, but I could probably still use whatever good thoughts you can send my way.
Edited at 1:30pm to add: I've been home from my appointment for a little while now. This procedure was almost a piece of cake ... didn't feel a thing after the first sting of the needle. I have most of the feeling back in my face now. Earlier, it felt like I was numb all the way to my earlobes, which is a good thing for dental work. The periodontist couldn't place the actual implant today, so I have a bone graft, some stitches, and a tooth on a 'flipper', just like the little pageant girls wear. This wasn't what we hoped for, but at least I'm not bothered by that awful loose crown anymore.