Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dogs Make The World Go 'Round


I'm recovering from emergency surgery and my girl, Sandy, has not left my side...literally..for 14 days. 

Dogs make the world go 'round. Thanks, girl.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Love My Girl

Always by my side. Love my girl. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Crazy, Twisted 4-Legged Baby

 Look how she lays on the couch. Almost always. It's her spot. 

 Her twisted spot. It's her own special yoga pose. It looks so messed up, doesn't it? Crazy girl. 

I love my four-legged babies, crazy and all. 

This is a screen shot from my phone. I am reading (for the 2nd time in a row) a book on the Kindle app. The book is titled, "Present Over Perfect. Leaving Behind Frantic For A Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living " by Shauna Niequist. 

I have about 25 screen shots on my phone from this book. It's life changing for me. I know that sounds super corny, but, if you could know me, you would know it's true. 

Seven years later and I still love my blog. :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Tweetle Beetle Beach Dogs

Packed them all in. 

For an evening stroll at the beach. 

I take every chance I can get to be with these growing-up-way-too-fast boys of mine. 

No matter how much of a tall, dark and handsome man he becomes, he will always be my baby. 
(and, of course, I have his permission to write that.)

Why are family selfies so hard to take? It's like building a rocket ship, I'm telling you. 

Buddy doing what he does best...embarrassing himself, all in the name of attention. 

Don't think they realized they were almost in the same pose at the same time. 

My beach bunny, Sandy. She was so easy to take a picture with. I didn't have to force her or hold her at all. Seriously. Easy as a Sunday morning. Ha!

This video shows just how difficult it can be to get both dogs to sit still for a photo. It's always like a Tweetle Beetle Battle. If you don't know what that is, then you don't know Dr. Seuss and I'm offended. :)

In addition, I just want to convey how bad Sandy was at the beach. She was so hyper, out of control and stubborn. Buddy, of course was an angel. He's allowed off leash and he listens (when he can hear completely) and is how all dogs should be. Sandy? Ugh. I love her so much, but she is a HAND FULL of a bottle full of puddles.

Very well, then
Mr. Knox, sir.
Let's have a little talk
about tweetle beetles....
What do you know
about tweetle beetles?
When tweetle beetles fight,
it's called
a tweetle beetle battle.
And when they
battle in a puddle,
it's a tweetle
beetle puddle battle.
AND when tweetle beetles
battle with paddles in a puddle,
they call it a tweetle
beetle puddle paddle battle.
When beetles battle beetles
in a puddle paddle battle
and the beetle battle puddle
is a puddle in a bottle...
...they call this
a tweetle beetle
bottle puddle
paddle battle muddle.
When beetles
fight these battles
in a bottle
with their paddles
and the bottle's
on a poodle
and the poodle's
eating noodles...
...they call this
a muddle puddle
tweetle poodle
beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.
Now wait
a minute
Mr. Socks Fox!
When a fox is
in the bottle where
the tweetle beetls battle
with their paddles
in a puddle on a
noodle-eating poodle.
THIS is what they call...
...a tweetle beetle
noodle poodle bottles
paddled muddled duddled
fuddled wuddled
fox in socks, sir!
Fox in socks,
our game us done, sir.
Thank you for
a lot of fun, sir. 

 ©Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss. All rights reserved. 


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Inside Dog House?

Look at this amazing cottage dog house! It is designed and built by a company, Designer Dog Houses.

What I would love is to have something like this insider the house. It would look beautiful in the right room. Forget a crate! Have an inside dog house. 

I love all things cottage and a dog house in that stye is perfection. 


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tahoe Dog and Stuff

I was in Tahoe last weekend and I drove past this dog. He was just hanging out, in front of his house, with no human and no leash. Just sitting in his Tahoe driveway being awesome. 

This is my "I'm so happy to be in Tahoe, even thought it's South Lake Tahoe and overcrowded with people" look. Can I just say that I'm not understanding all the red in my hair as I get older. My mom must be sprinkling red hair fairy dust on me from above.

I got to go to Tahoe with this guy, my youngest son. He had a soccer tournament and we had to stay in the South Lake location But, we first drove to Tahoe City and visited our favorite places before we continued on down and around the lake to our hotel.

In case I've never mentioned it before, "I love Tahoe". 

"In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned, into the road I'm on."

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mama's Ragamuffin

My poor little Buddy is pitiful. This was him this morning. 

You see, every morning, I have bread with my coffee. Once I get to the couch (yep, that's where I eat it. Don't judge.) he and Sandy are my captive audience because they love bread and they know mama shares such bread in the mornings. Well, only the crust, but they don't know that. They think it's something special. :)

But, today, I didn't have bread. Why? Because this week I've been incredibly ill and haven't been to the store to buy my special wheat bread that I love more than anything. So, this morning, I only had a banana and then went to sit down with my coffee.

When I looked down, this picture is a snapshot of what I saw. Not only is Buddy pitiful because he's sitting there waiting for bread that isn't coming, he's also in such a sad state of hygiene. When I saw those soulful brown eyes, I said, "oh, my poor Buddy, you need a bath and a haircut." He didn't budge. He won't budge. He will just sitting there. Staring. That's what he does best.  In fact, the longer I talk to him, the longer he will stay, just staring at me, infinitely. Forever.

Even though I sometimes like that he's my little ragamuffin,  a bath and haircut are in his immediate future.

Happy Friday! 

As my oldest son would say..."let's get it." 

Monday, May 9, 2016


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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

 Happy Mother's Day! 
Today, I wanted to pose for a few pics with my 4-legged babies. 

 When we do try to pose for pictures, it always ends up being a crazy time, as they don't understand what we are trying to do. When I get down in the floor, Sandy thinks it's playtime!

And the end result can sometimes be hysterical! 

Hope all the mamas out there are having a good day. I went to breakfast with my sister and nephews and took a nap and not it's off to the movies with my growing-up-way-too-fast sons. 

Like every day, I'm missing my mom today. I've been dreaming of her a lot lately. Not sure if she's trying to tell me something. If so, I hope it's the winning numbers to a Powerball Lottery. :)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Saturday!

Hope you find your own sun spot to bask in today.  

Ok, so where I live it's lightly raining, but you get the idea.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pre-Easter Beach Fun!

 I was in the middle of a perfectly beautiful Saturday, just being at home and enjoying the weather, a clean house and, I must admit, a catnap on the couch. In the morning, I took this picture of my kitchen window as I thought it looked so amazing in the sunlight. Isn't it pretty? Makes my soul happy. 

Then,  I saw this picture posted to Facebook by my sister. Her update was, "It's the perfect beach day. Blah Blah Blah".She has a very kind boyfriend, who treats her like a queen and they are always doing something fabulous and this picture shows exactly what I was missing out on.  No, not the drinks or the being courted part. But the beach part!

 So, I loaded them up. All of them!

I texted the lovebirds and told them to stop being embarrassingly happy and leave Margaritaville and meet us at the beach for sunset! So, they did.

Buddy was so happy to see Titi. 

So were the boys and I. 

We walked the dogs. With Sandy we take turns because she is such a handful. Buddy, of course, gets to run off-leash and I have to say that I've never seen him more happy, more alive or more spunky. He was like a brand new dog. It was so rewarding to see him relaxed and running like a puppy!

We decided to take pictures and this is what you get with a 14 year old photographer, while you are trying to corral two crazy dogs for posing. 

We did get a good one with our sweet baby girl. 

Only to feel guilty upon seeing Buddy was running to us from behind as to not be left out! This is when the above-mentioned corralling took place. We tried to get both dogs together for a pose, but, you see how that turned out.

We did manage to get both dogs to settle for this picture. Of course, Buddy is just staring at me, like always. This impromptu get together was a great way to spend an evening. Family is everything.

And, of course, we were not disappointed with the grand finale and the real reason we made the trip.

Sandy was so exhausted she wedged her head behind Lucas' back so she could fall asleep. I need a bigger car.

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