Mavis’ Surgery and Books

Our little Mavis girl was spayed on Monday and it was a tough day. I cried leaving her at the vet that morning, and I cried when I took her home. She did great throughout the surgery, but was super scared and shaky when we brought her home.

Cocker spaniel puppy after spaying surgery

She’s doing a lot better now, and I think the hardest thing for her is just resting instead of playing all the time like she’s used to. The vet told us to keep her activity level to a minimum and have a cone on her for 14 days. Eek! I bought her an elk antler to chew and play with to keep her busy, but I know I’m going to have to get creative with things for her to do to keep her from running around the house!

We also put a smaller cone on her since she wasn’t able to eat or drink without someone holding the dish for her. It’s a lot to handle with checking her stitches each day, giving her medication, and keeping an eye on her, but we’re glad the surgery is done and over with now!

Cocker spaniel puppy with cone and elk antler

Doesn’t she look like a little walrus with her elk antler? Also, that’s her “mommmmm, play with me!!” face.

Okay, onto books! I have kind of been in a reading rut lately, and I’m not sure if it’s just because I’ve been busy, or just haven’t found any good books since I finished The Magnolia Story and What Falls from the Sky.

I’m currently reading Present Over Perfect and enjoying it (though I don’t agree with the author’s view on baptism, salvation, and a few other faith-related things). It’s definitely inspiring me to take more time to just “be” instead of do, if that makes sense.

Present Over Perfect book

I also just picked up Grace, Not Perfection and Fitness Junkie, which are totally different but sound equally interesting!

I received a surprise package in the mail from Rach recently, too. She sent baby books for our daughter! I totally cried while reading them (I guess crying is just my thing lately!) and was thanking God for such a sweet friend.

Christian baby books Mama Love You So, Found Psalm 23 and I Prayed For You

One last thing in the category of books. I found a sermon notes journal on Amazon for a great price and I am loving it!

I’m definitely one to take notes during church sermons and really enjoy going back and reading them throughout the week. I usually just use a plain notebook, but this journal has really upped my note taking game!

Sermon Notes Journal

I think that’s everything for today. I was looking through my pictures for this post and came across this one below and it totally has me wanting Starbucks.

It was a decaf vanilla latte. Something about their foam, with the smooth espresso and vanilla flavor just gets me. Yum. No other coffee shop makes lattes like Starbucks! They’re always spot-on, every. single. time. but also come with the price tag for that type of quality, haha. Definitely a great treat from time to time 🙂

Starbucks vanilla latte

Do you have a go-to order or favorite drink at Starbucks?

Have you read any good books lately?

Pet Sitting

I’m a member of, a website that connects care givers (like baby sitters/pet sitters) and people seeking them. I got a call  on Saturday, and was asked to pet sit two dogs and a cat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.


The reason I was asked to stay for nine hours each day was because the dogs were getting spayed on Monday, and the owner wanted someone with them just in case something would happen while he was at work.

I was feeling a little bit nervous on Tuesday morning because I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve done pet sitting for a few years now, but I’ve never had to watch pets that had just undergone surgery. I’m happy to report that all went well (so far–I’m still pet sitting as I write this post, lol)!

I’m pretty much in love with the pets! They are all so calm and loving.



Because I’m pet sitting mostly for the dogs, the owner said he wasn’t too worried about the cat. In fact, he didn’t even tell me its name. He said it wasn’t friendly, but I did get a chance to say hello.


On Tuesday, the dogs slept most of the day. I took them outside to go to the bathroom a few times, gave them medicine, and fed them.


Today (Wednesday), they’ve been much more alert and perky!

The pet owner said I could use his Dutch coffee maker. SCORE.

PicMonkey Collage2

So what have I been doing all day? I’ve been hanging out with the pups, reading, and working on a final paper for my internship (which I just finished–woo hoo!).

Overall, this pet sitting gig has been amazing. I find looking after animals extremely rewarding, especially ones who just had surgery. I’m making sure to give them lots of extra love and (gentle) cuddles.

PicMonkey Collage

What do you find rewarding?