Saturday, December 31, 2011

Is it just me?

While the rest of my family slept, I took a walk on this last morning we'll be in Virginia. The dogs were upstairs sleeping with their parents but it seems I had a Corgi along with me, anyway. Even one with a tail.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. ~Joey Adams

Happy New Year from the Janssen and Warner Cardigan Welsh Corgi Clans!

Knitting with my grandson-dog

The floor is nearly done. The house is still torn apart but Bailey and I took a break yesterday evening.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The past three days

As always seems to be the case when we come visit Erika, we've filled our days to the MAX with activity.

Christmas Day, and the flight here from San Diego is something of a blur at this point. Then came the last minute revival of a fairly recently abandoned idea to replace the flooring in Erika's and Christian's kitchen--and the whirlwind of activity that created. Dinner and "Yankee" or "Dirty Santa" gift exchange with my nieces and their families ended our first full day here.

At 5:30 the next morning we set out for Gettysburg and a tour of the battlefield. If you go, consider the option of a guide who joins you in your car -- actually drives your car and takes you wherever you want and answers as many questions as you want -- for less than the price of three group-tour tickets. (That way you get to ask as many stupid questions as you want without having to listen to the stupid questions of people unrelated to you!) From there we headed east through pouring rain to Lancaster -- antique stores, a Pennsylvania Dutch pig-out dinner and a night at The Kitchen Kettle Inn which we highly recommend. Yesterday, the sun came out, the wind picked up and we drove through the "Farmland" outside of Lancaster stopping at still more antique stores, covered bridges, and for yummy food.

It was a great trip and one we look forward to taking again because for all we saw and did, there is still so much more to see and do!

Today, Erika and Christian are off to work, and Glenn and I are here finishing the floor and putting the kitchen back together.

But first, here are some photos from the last three days: (I'm still learning to use the Blogger app on my iPad. For some reason, the photos below are not displayed in the order in which I uploaded them. I can't figure out how to rearrange them and if I don't stop playing around with this and start helping Glenn with the kitchen floor, I'm gonna be in the dog house. Come to think of it, tho', with Bonnie and Bailey to join me, that might not be such a bad thing!)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Like his sister

So, I was so busy blabbing on about the new floor we're helping Erika put down in her kitchen, that I didn't tell you anything about my new grandson-dog.

Bailey was a little shy when we first met. He didn't FRAP with joy when he met Glenn and me like Bonnie does when she sees me. But of course, it wouldn't be fair to expect him to be that way at first. Interestingly, Pumpkin met someone new a few weeks ago and was just like her brother was with Glenn and me -- polite but a bit reserved. (Darby, on the other hand, has never been stand-offish with people. Dogs, of course, are another issue!)

There's another way the gorgeous Bailey boy is just like his sister; he has taken a real liking to Glenn!

We're off to spend a couple days in Pennsylvania and will be back with some good photos of Bonnie and Bailey after that.

P.S. Sammy, I really miss your sister -- my velcro dog Darby -- and my Pumpkin girl, but I know Emily is taking good care of them!

Testing the Blogger App

I created the last post using the BlogPress app on the iPhone and this one using the Blogger app on my iPad.

I think I like the Blogger app better.

P.S. I am helping with the floor, not just taking photos and blogging about it. Glenn and Erika had to make another Home Depot run and I'm playing while waiting for them!

New floor

Glenn and I flew across the US yesterday to celebrate Christmas with Erika and Christian...and we're helping them put down new flooring in their kitchen today!

Bonnie and Bailey are doing a great job helping.


Mostly, they are staying out of the way, but when necessary, they swoop in to lick up crumbs from under and behind things.

Darby and Pumpkin are back home on the West Coast with house/dog sitter, Emily. They don't know what they are missing!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from Bonnie and Bailey!

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As you can see, the farting reindeer gets a lot of use around the holidays.  It was sent in a package to me while I was still in college.   It was supposed to be a gag gift from my dad.  He thought I'd have a good laugh and then throw it away or conveniently lose it.  Of course like all unintentionally fantastic gifts, I loved it.  It sings Deck the Halls and that was my favorite Christmas song when I was a kid.   The farting part makes it even better.

Bailey is not too sure about the farting reindeer.  Bonnie had a similar reaction her first Christmas with it.
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Bonnie could really care less at this point.  :)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!

Love,

The Virginia Corgis and Family

Merry Christmas!

Something tells me they wouldn't have sat together on Santa's lap, either!
 
Pumpkin has a hard time looking the camera in the eye.
Darby has no trouble looking the camera in the eye! (Lois, you're right -- she is very pretty!)
  
Merry Christmas from Darby and Pumpkin!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The ones that got away

I'm pleased with a lot of the photos I've managed to take of my dog-girls. 

But, for all the fun shots I've caught, there are many that have gotten away.

I caught this shot of Darby cleaning the dishwasher for me, but the one of her jumping OVER the open dishwasher door (I kid you not!) so she could run outside after Glenn and Pumpkin got away.  

I caught this shot of the table-riser centerpiece on our beautiful kitchen table, but the one of Harry leaping onto the kitchen table then jumping over the centerpiece as he ran away from the dog-girls got away. (Thank goodness he didn't leap over the candle -- he would have singed his belly fur!) 


I caught this shot of Harry running out the door just as Pumpkin ran in, but missed the one of Pumpkin trying multiple times to pull a too-wide stick through the too-narrow doorway.  (The stick finally broke and she was able to get inside with the smaller piece.)  

I'm always on the lookout for good blog fodder and I keep my camera handy all the time, but still there are those fish photos that manage to get away!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Warners

Only have a leg shot of Mr. Warner with a Warner dog.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This living room aint big enough for the both of us...


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As you can see, my misfit Bonnie dog is a bit LOUD while playing.   My mom says that she was the loud one with Darby, but that now Darby is the loud one with Pumpkin.  Hmmmm....

Monday, December 19, 2011

I can't help myself

Living with Darby and Pumpkin has taught me that I'm lucky I only had one child.  I love both of my dog-girls, but...  I can't help recognizing that Darby is smarter, quicker to learn and more athletic than Pumpkin who is prettier, more playful and more even-tempered than Darby.  If they were human children, I think I would struggle constantly with how to acknowledge the strong points of each girl without slighting the other.  I think it would be very difficult.

Another time, I'll tell you some stories about how smart The Darbs is, but for now, I'm going to show you how pretty Pumpkin is. 




I'm glad my dog-girls can't read! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bi-Coastal Occupy the Couch! movement

The Janssen Clan will not be shown up by the Warner Clan's fervent embrace of the Occupy the Couch! movement.







Saturday, December 17, 2011