Thursday, May 31, 2012

I promise I didn't forget Bailey's 2nd birthday...

I promise I did not forget my sweet boy's birthday.  This picture, among many others was taken to document the day.  Bailey poses so well it wasn't hard to get some beautiful early evening outside photos of him and Bonnie.   This picture captures everything I love about him.   He is smart, gorgeous, enthusiastic, funny, and a total cuddle bug.  He wags his tail with such gusto it's hard not get into the excitement with him.

Unfortunately for my computer, the plug that makes it run was broken, and I could not upload or post ON his birthday.  I hope he (and Leda) will forgive me for the delay.  :)   Thank goodness for the power of Amazon Prime... my new charger came today allowing for this post.  

Happy Birthday Bailey Butt!  Your Mom and Dad and sister Bonnie love you very much,  your grandmother and grandfather and California sisters love you, and so does your Arkansas mom and all your brother and sister pups!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One Word Wednesday


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday, Pumpkin Pie!

Leda is more permissive than I am.  Imagine, letting her drive at that age!

When the ear that came to us upright started falling, we tried to right it.  Maybe it was weakened by the EMF's from the TV remote she stole too often!

The girl has always liked bones and liked corralling them all for herself.


I love this photo. 

She was built like a little tank when she was tiny.

Her favorite spot, then and now.  (Ignore the laundry hamper, please.)

A very typical look of hers. 

They rarely do this now, but do share the same side of the sofa every evening. 

A good nickname for the Pumpkin-girl.



The ear was starting its fall at about this time.

Looking for the remote.

Wasn't she a sweet baby?

Gotcha day!

Leda and the Pumpkin-girl.

First mom, forever mom.

Pumpkin and Bailey -- it's his birthday, too! 

I love this photo.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Lil' Shitski!  We love you!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Decoration Day

While I knew the holiday we now call Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day, I didn't know much else about it, so I turned to the internet.  Here's some of what I learned.
Memorial Day is set aside as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  In May of 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, Decoration Day was established by the Grand Army of the Republic as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  The date -- May 30th -- is believed to have been chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

 There are many stories about the actual beginnings of the holiday and several cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of the holiday, but on May 26, 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation recognizing Waterloo, New York, as the official birthplace, based on records of ceremonies held in May of 1866 -- two full years before the Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration day.    "On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May."  You can read more about Memorial day herehere, here, and here.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of the day,  the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000.  It asks all Americans to pause at 3 p.m., local time,  "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps." 

I think the people who died in service to our country would like the compromise this National Moment of Remembrance gives us.  Surely after giving their lives for this country, they wouldn't want us to commemorate their sacrifice by wearing sack cloth and ashes.  I can't help but think that most of those men and women are smiling down on our exuberant American ways of celebrating -- our parades, boating parties, backyard picnics and best of all, our escape from our usual work.  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Warning -- no Corgi Content

The other night when I let the girls out for the last time before we headed upstairs to bed, I noticed how very pretty the patio was looking with roses blooming and lights in the tree (put up for a party last summer and now a permanent fixture) and I had to share.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Find the good in everything

I can't tell you how traumatized I am by the tick I found on my Pumpkin-girl the other day.

But, one of the things I'm trying to do lately is find the good in things -- stressful or sad situations, difficult or annoying people, or blood-sucking, disease carrying, disgusting arachnid-type creatures -- I'm working hard at trying to find the good because I think it will lead to a happier and more peaceful life for me.

But, it just ain't workin' as it relates to ticks.

A few quick spins around the Internet produced only these "good" things to say about ticks:  
  • "As parasites, ticks spend their lives feeding on the blood of other animals and consequently can be detrimental to the fitness of individual organisms and can help keep populations of some animals in check. "  You can read more here: 
  • "They're good at causing damage," he said. "And causing injuries. They have a role in limiting the host population on which they feed."  Read more here.
I've learned that a good thrashing in the washing machine won't kill the rat-bastards (I'm borrowing that expression from our friend Art who uses it to describe the gophers who challenge him regularly) but that some time spent in a VERY hot dryer, might.

I've also learned that of the 800 or-so varieties of ticks, only (ONLY?) 100 carry disease.   And what lovely diseases they are, too: 
Frankly, the effort to find something good in the fact that my sweet Pumpkin girl was attacked by a hideous, blood sucking, parasite resulted in very little. 

Just about the only positive I came away with was learning a new way to kill them:   “You can rip them in half, put them in a jar of gasoline.”

 The Country Western singer, Brad Paisley is better at the "finding good in things" thing than I am.  He came up with this song:


Thursday, May 24, 2012


A tick!

Found firmly attached to my sweet Pumpkin-girl's ear!

The ear that stands up nicely like it should!

In 25 years of dog ownership, I've never seen a tick,  much less had to pick one off one of my dogs or cats! 

Since moving to this house 15 years ago, we've never even used flea medication on our animals because they've never had fleas, let alone TICKS!

Our vet says they are flooded with calls about ticks.  People in my Bible Study class last night said their animals are covered! And the local PetSmart has Advantix hidden away behind locked doors because gang members are stealing the (breathtakingly expensive) stuff and bootlegging it!

What's our world coming to???

P.S. The article I read about removing ticks said to have ready a bottle with alcohol into which to deposit the nasty creature so you can be sure it is dead. Evidently, the hideous creatures don't squash very easily and when they do, any bacteria (dear Lord!) that they are carrying is easily dispersed.  Why, tell me, was a creature as disgusting as this ever created? Surely God made a mistake?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

And I thought I was pretty cool

I thought I was pretty cool walking two dogs using a splitter-type leash with a clip for each dog and one lead for me.

Take a look at these people:

Obviously, none of those dogs are Iditarod-participant-wannabes like these two:

And, unlike these two, they all agreed to go in the same direction!