Workflow, Disrupted

Wilma, cone, office

I have a nice routine. I get up early each morning and start the coffee, then feed Wilma and let her out. After that, she and I sit together in my office and write for a while before getting on with the business-y parts of the day. I get a lot of writing done that way, as I told you in last week’s post about workflow.

We haven’t gotten much done this week, however, because Wilma had surgery and she needs extra care. It’s been a disruption in our routine.

“Isn’t that so, Wilma?” I ask her. She’s seated on her tuffet beside me as usual, except—

I’ll say.”

—her voice echoes slightly, because she’s wearing a cone. She’s staring at me, waiting for me to fix it.

“You’re doing a good job of keeping still and letting it heal,” I tell her.

“It would heal a lot faster if you’d let me lick it.” She continues to stare.

“The doctor says no.”

“The doctor is a ass.”

An ass, Wilma.”

“Dickens joke.”

I’m trying not to get frustrated with her. After all, she’s the one with the cone on her head. She’s the one who can’t go on walks. For me, that would be the equivalent of being forced to stay home and wear cones on my wrists. I’d be unable to type, wash, or do anything except hold the TV remote. And watching TV during a presidential campaign is about as much fun as breathing mud. Yet if it meant I could be healthy, I’d do it.

“Don’t worry, sweetie. Life will get back to normal when you’re better.”

“More walks?” she asks.

“Yes. And sunbathing in the back yard. And chasing squirrels. And freedom from the cone. Wilma, the doctor might have saved your life.”

She continues to stare for a moment, then gives in and lies down, allowing the air to cool the sutures on her belly.

“It’s a nice life,” she says. “I love Dr. Ass.”



  1. Jilly Bennett - July 29, 2016 @ 11:25

    Beautiful! Beautiful story, beautiful writing.

    • Petrea - July 29, 2016 @ 12:09

      Thank you, Jilly!

  2. Lowell - July 29, 2016 @ 11:40

    Ah, Wilma came to that “I get it,” moment when she realized her life was really pretty good and going to get better because people cared about her. What a sweetheart and I love the dialogue…she speaks quite well for having a cone over her head!

    • Petrea - July 29, 2016 @ 12:10

      Like all of us, Lowell, she can be petulant at times. But she’s a smart person and a good communicator.

  3. TheChieftess - July 29, 2016 @ 11:58

    Love, love, LOVE your Wilma dialogues!!! And I nearly spit out my coffee when I read “And watching TV during a presidential campaign is about as much fun as breathing mud.” I’ve begun to feel like I’m drowning in it all!!!

    • Petrea - July 29, 2016 @ 12:33

      In my adult life, all presidential campaigns have been far too long and dragged out. I guess it’s the nature of the beast.

  4. William Kendall - July 29, 2016 @ 12:14

    Poor Wilma!

    • Petrea - July 29, 2016 @ 12:36

      She agrees with you!

  5. chris - July 29, 2016 @ 13:44

    I see wee-wee pads…How long did it take for the humiliation and frustration of the cone to calm down? I bet Wilma is thinking p.i.t.a.
    Her look says it all..

    • Petrea - July 29, 2016 @ 16:02

      We used the pads to protect her bed not from “wee-wee,” but from a wee bit of blood from her wound. All gone now except the humiliation and frustration.

  6. Barbara Cooper and Watson - July 29, 2016 @ 15:54

    Brave Wilma! You wear the “Cone of Courage”. Get well soon sweetie.

    • Petrea - July 29, 2016 @ 16:02

      Wilma says thank you, Barbara and Watson!

  7. magiceye - July 29, 2016 @ 20:03

    Wilma looks so cute!

    • Petrea - July 29, 2016 @ 20:51

      Thank you, Deepak. She’s a pretty girl.

  8. Shell - July 30, 2016 @ 02:01

    I’m glad Dr Ass made Wilma all better. You really have a gift for dialogue, Petrea. And you’re smart. Though definitely not a smart ass! Hugs to you and dear Wilma and I hope she’s cone-free soon.

    • Petrea - July 30, 2016 @ 09:43

      Thanks, Shell. Wilma is smart, too, and we enjoy our intellectual discussions.

  9. Lowell - August 3, 2016 @ 07:55

    Hi Petrea. Thanks for your comment on Ocala! I’m hoping that Wilma has fully recovered by now and is able to go on walks with you and chase squirrels and she can get rid of that damn cone! 🙂

    • Petrea - August 3, 2016 @ 09:38

      She’s meeting with her health care professional today, and we’re hoping he gives the go-ahead. Thanks, Lowell.

  10. Irina - August 10, 2016 @ 03:34

    Girls, you make a remarkable duet.
    Great text.

    • Petrea - August 10, 2016 @ 09:03

      Thank you!

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