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My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

January 26th 2014 2:35 am
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Good morning Merlin my ever so sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another very hot day, no cloud and virtually very little wind, it was quite cool last night thankfully. As soon as I got out of the shower this morning I began to sweat, its really nasty Merlin, I don't think you would like to run around today. However, Molly and Spud are doing their usual attacking each other, those two never cease to amaze me. Bella and Hobo were in the house chilling, if they do go outside they probably find a tree to lay under and go to sleep. I can't say I blame them to be honest.

Mia is unwell again, I think she might have to have grommets put in her ears. She was screaming this morning and making herself feel even worse. The poor little mite is always sick, I really feel sorry for her.

I heard from Mike again, it looks like he's getting himself sorted out and has made quite a few friends. He hasn't said what he does over the weekends, he cannot afford to go to the pub too often at the moment, he needs to find a job first. He did go for a pint and he said that the prices for a pint is about the same as here in South Africa.

When Dogster make their changes Merlin, I don't know if I will be able to write in your diary any more, if I cannot Merlin please remember that I haven't forgotten you. I will never forget you my boy, never in a million years.

I love and miss you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

January 25th 2014 1:17 am
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Good morning Merlin my ever so sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another hot day today, there's no cloud in the sky as far as I can see and there's no wind whatsoever. It rained last night which cooled things off quite a bit, but then it became extremely humid in the early hours of the morning. Molly cuddled up last night, she laid alongside me, her back pressing into mine. She was snoring her little head off and quite content, but then later she decided she had enough and laid on the floor. I don't think today would make a good run and play day for you my boy, its simply too hot. All the dogs apart from Molly are indoors, Molly as usual is exploring, when I can't see her I get worried, I never know what she gets up to when she's out of sight.

I finally heard from Mike yesterday, it appears he's getting along quite well, although he's still getting himself sorted out getting the correct documentation and getting registered at various government places. He did say its very cold, with sleet, hail and snow. I did warn him about the weather, I wonder how long he will be able to handle it. Mike has hooked up with a young lady already, although he says they are just “friends!” I saw a picture of her, she's got bright red hair!!!! But she is quite pretty I must admit. Mike is a good looking fella and quite tall, so I think he is going to attract the girls no problem. I wonder what they make out of his accent, part South African and part Essex, although when he gets annoyed he breaks out into a London accent.

I suppose its time that you went and had some fun with your buddies.

I love you and miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

January 23rd 2014 11:55 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

It's very overcast this morning, its cooled things of quite a bit but its very humid and sticky. Last night was extremely hot again, I was only woken up once with the heat but I was awake before 6am. It might make a good run and play day for you, but even though its over cast you would still need to be careful of heat exhaustion. For some reason even Molly and Spud are a bit subdued, they aren't running about like they usually do. It looks like we are in for a storm, there are some very dark clouds overhead. At least it will cool things off a lot more.

Mike has been in UK now for a week, and he still hasn't answered my email to let me know how he's getting on, whether he's found a job or not or found out what he is able to claim for while he looks for work. His mum hasn't been crying lately but she looks extremely sad, she misses him big time, when she's sad it makes me miserable as well. I'm fed up looking at her miserable face all the time. I just wish she would pull herself out of it. When you were here beside me you always knew when I was unhappy because you would sit beside me or lay your beautiful head on my lap and wouldn't leave me. I am so grateful for your gift of love, loyalty and devotion Merlin, more then you could ever know. It was you that pulled me from the dark place, you pulled me from the abyss that I was falling into, you saved my life Merlin. Thank you my boy.

I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I love and miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

January 22nd 2014 11:53 pm
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Good morning Merlin my ever so sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another day like yesterday, extremely hot, very little cloud and no wind, not even a slight breeze. Last night was also very hot, so much so the heat woke me up again soaked in sweat. Usually I don't like winter, but I'll be glad when winter comes this year, this must be one of the hottest summers we have had. Its nasty.

I sent Mike an email on Sunday asking him a few questions, its Thursday and he hasn't answered me yet. I know he's probably busy, but I am wondering if its a case of “Out of sight, out of mind.” It would only take him 5 minutes to answer my email. I am rather disappointed to say the least.

I sat outside yesterday evening for a little while with your mum and Mia. Mia was playing in her little playground really enjoying herself. That playground has got to be one of your mums best idea's yet, Mia really loves it, she plays for hours having all manner of fun.

I am looking at a photograph of you when you were a tiny puppy, oh Merlin you looked so cute and sweet, its one of my favourite photographs of you, me sweet little boy.

I suppose its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

Never forget Merlin just how much I love and miss you.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

January 22nd 2014 12:04 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its even hotter today then it has been for the past week, last night I woke up soaked in sweat, and next month it gets hotter. Its been so hot I haven't been outside in over a week, I love the heat but this is simply too much. There is no wind whatsoever, its so hot I can hear the heat, which might sound silly, but its true. Today would definitely not make a good run and play day for you, the heat would knock you over. Yet, Molly and Spud are outside doing their usual, Bella came indoors immediately, I have no idea where Hobo is, he's probably chilling out somewhere nice and cool.

It appears that Dogster is closing its community pages down, the sad thing is friends won't be able to contact each other or view each others diaries. I hope that you will be able to see yours my boy, as talking to you here brings me closer to you.

Well your mum wasn't in tears this morning over Mike, I know she still misses him as badly as I do, I hope that she is realising that its all part of raising children and that one day they will leave the nest. Having said that, its still very difficult to let go.

I suppose that its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I love and miss you so much Merlin, please never forget that.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

I love and miss you so much Merlin

January 20th 2014 11:26 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Today is the same as yesterday as the day before and days before that, no cloud a bit of wind but nothing much, its not too hot at the moment, but I bet its going to get very hot later on. Last night was quite nice, the temperature dropped and there was a nice cool breeze coming in through the bedroom window. I woke up once last night, it was so nice and cool I sat up for about half an hour and then went back to sleep. I've got my desk fan on medium speed, which does help a bit.

Your mum was almost crying again this morning, I know how much she misses Mike, I miss him just as much. Right from when he was a baby he and I were so very close, he followed me everywhere, then as he grew he began to bond more and more with his buddies and we did less and less together, but there were times which I enjoyed where he and I would mess around in the garage, now I've lost that. Yes I am extremely sad that he is no longer here, but he has to find his own way in life. I can only hope that one day he will come back, if not to live, but on holiday for a few weeks. I really hope so.

I'm looking at one of your photographs right now Merlin, so handsome and absolute perfection in every way, majestic and commanding. When you barked, people took notice.

I suppose its time for you to go play with your buddies.

I love you and miss you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

January 19th 2014 11:50 pm
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Good morning Merlin my oh so sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another day like yesterday, no cloud, no wind and getting hotter. This morning was quite nice when I woke up, there was a fresh breeze coming in though the window, so nice. I don't think it would make a good run and play day for you, not with the high temperatures. Yesterday was so hot we couldn't sit outside, it was nasty Merlin.

Your mum is still very upset about Mike, she grabbed hold of me yesterday and sobbed her heart out on my shoulder. I know its hard Merlin, but Mike had to find out for himself if he could cope in the UK. Its very early days yet, he's still got to find a job so he earns enough to pay his rent and put some money away to buy a car and then run it. He's lucky in a way as he has at least one good friend there who's going to help him so he knows he's not alone, plus his Godmother only lives a couple of hours away and intend to meet up. That will be so nice for him. To be brutally honest I don't know if I will ever see him again before I die. I hope I can see him at least once more before that day comes. I really miss him.

Well I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I love you and miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

January 19th 2014 12:28 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another day like yesterday, no cloud and no wind except for a breeze just rustling the leaves in the trees. Its very hot in my study and very humid, I've just come out of the shower and I am sweating already. I really don't think today is a good run and play day for you, even Molly and Spud are indoors as its too hot outside.

I got a couple of emails from Mike my son in UK, he quite likes where he is living, he said that the people there including the landlord are very nice people. Your mum is still very upset, all she has been doing is cleaning, she's on her hands and knees right at this moment washing the floor. I guess its her way of coping. Mia is trying to help, bless her little heart, but even Mia can't raise a smile out of your mum. Its going to take time for your mum to accept that Mike is no longer here and cope with it. I miss him big time, we were always messing around doing something, now I can't be bothered to do anything except watch TV. But, life goes on.

Mia's dad is here for the weekend, I really don't like the man, neither does your mum, he's a manipulator, but he doesn't get anywhere with your mum, he hasn't tried it with me because he knows he will get short shrift.

I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I will never stop loving you or stop missing you my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

January 18th 2014 12:01 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another hot day, no clouds in the sky and very little wind, its going to be another hot and sweaty day, not a good run and play day as you could end up with heat exhaustion.

Mike my son has landed in UK, he sent me an email yesterday saying it was a good but long flight, he was exhausted so it was only a short email, but I am glad that he landed OK. I bet he's fast asleep now, its 9:30 here in South Africa, so its 7:30 in UK so he should be snoring his head off. It takes a couple of days to get over a long flight so I doubt if he will be doing much today, maybe going to meet his friends mum and step dad, or perhaps going for a pint in his local pub. Your mum hasn't stopped crying since Mike left, I'm close to tears myself but I am managing to hold it back. The thing is Merlin, Mike had to go, if we had held him back he would end up resenting us. My mum and dad stopped me joing the RAF straight from school at 15 and I resented them, as soon as I was old enough to join without their permission I joined up. I resented my mum and dad for not letting me go in the first place, I resented my dad until the day he died and I haven't seen my mother for almost 30 years, so I don't know (or care) if she is alive or dead. Its an awful thing to resent your parents, and I didn't want that to happen with my son.

Well I guess its time for you to go play and have some fun with your buddies.

I love and miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My boy Merlin

January 16th 2014 11:26 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

I am so sorry about yesterday, Mike had just left and I was feeling so low and devastated that my son has left to go to UK. When your mum came home from dropping Mike off at the airport she cried uncontrollably, she is so worried that she will never see him again and that he won't be able to cope on his own. Only time will tell Merlin. Your mum was extremely quiet this morning, she is still so upset. I'm still upset but managing to hide it, I hope and pray to God that Mike will at least come back here on holiday next year.

Mike should be landing any minute now at Manchester airport and then its a two hour drive to Chesterfield where he will be living, thankfully he has got a friend who will be helping him settle in and point him in the right direction with all the things he needs to do. I have told him that if he feels he has to come home he hasn't failed. The problem with Mike he can be very lazy and he cannot think on his feet. He will really have to buck his idea's up. Thos move could be a blessing in disguise.

I'm sorry if I am venting on you Merlin, I just had to get this off of my chest.

I do love you and miss you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 
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