Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One Word Wednesday


Monday, July 29, 2013

Things I enjoyed over the weekend

Glenn is waging war on the gophers-- again, still -- this time with an emergency flare stuffed down hole.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lazy Sunday morning

"There's that darned kitty!  I should go show him who's boss."

"But, it's so nice here leaning up against The One Who Feeds Us.  She needs me to keep her feet warm."

Friday, July 26, 2013


I've got exactly nothing to post today -- no new photos, no funny stories, no nothin'.  So, I'm stealing the following poem.   Darby's "Grandfather" in Maine sent it to me the other day.  I love it.  I don't know nothin' about copyright laws.  I have a feeling I'm supposed to get Mr. Shelton's permission before posting the poem here, but since I don't profit -- monetarily, anyway --  from this blog, I'm going to take the chance that he won't ever find out and won't mind if he does.

If I Were a Dog
by Richard Shelton

I would trot down this road sniffing
on one side and then the other
peeing a little here and there
wherever I felt the urge
having a good time what the hell
saving some because it's a long road

but since I'm not a dog
I walk straight down the road
trying to get home before dark

if I were a dog and I had a master
who beat me I would run away
and go hungry and sniff around
until I found a master who loved me
I could tell by his smell and I
would lick his face so he knew

or maybe it would be a woman
I would protect her we could go
everywhere together even down this
dark road and I wouldn't run from side
to side sniffing I would always
be protecting her and I would stop
to pee only once in awhile

sometimes in the afternoon we could
go to the park and she would throw
a stick I would bring it back to her

each time I put the stick at her feet
I would say this is my heart
and she would say I will make it fly
but you must bring it back to me
I would always bring it back to her
and to no other if I were a dog

"If I Were a Dog" by Richard Shelton, from The Last Person to Hear Your Voice. © University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.

"I would say this is my heart" -- sigh. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

For no reason

I'm posting this cropped photo for no reason other than there's something about it that makes me smile!

With all the craziness -- and goodness -- in this world, I think that's reason enough!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Black and White Sunday

Today we are participating in the Black and White Sunday blog hop hosted by You Did What With Your Weiner, Dachshund Nola and My Life In Blog Years.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Where we've been

So we haven't been here on the blog for a couple of days because we've been having fun with my niece and her family who drove over from Phoenix.  Glenn went to Comicon with them and they all came back this year talking about dressing up next year.  I'm having nothing to do with THAT plan.

We had a great time with the four of them and my sister -- take-out dinner from a favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant, an early birthday party for a little miss who will be 8 years old in a few days, and lots of good conversation.

Two girls sacked out (captured by the crummy iPad camera)
This girl really likes the boy.

It was nice having more than two occupied chairs around our dinner table.
Flowers cut by the birthday girl.

They headed home very early this morning -- it's better if possible to drive through the desert in the fairly cool morning hours.  

Our house is very, very quiet without them. 

The dog-girls are catching up on the sleep they missed the last couple of days! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

One word Wednesday


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tarantula Tuesday -- No Corgi Content

Look -- if you aren't afraid of big, hairy spiders -- at what Glenn found in our driveway when he came home yesterday evening:
They are quite common out here in the foothills outside San Diego, but we've only seen one other one in the nearly 16 years we've lived here.

This one lost a leg somehow but was able to scurry around pretty well. 

They don't spin webs, but live in abandoned rodent holes or other tunnels.  Because they eat things like pillbugs and other insects, we're glad they're around. But, while it's fun to see one every now and then, I'm glad they usually keep to themselves!  Glenn used a broom to gently help this one off the driveway into the bushes (and away from the garage door!)  

Monday, July 15, 2013

Not much to report

The weekend passed without much to report from here in very southern, Southern California.  The weather has been hot and muggy.  Generally, mugginess is not something we Southern Californian's experience and we generally do not enjoy it when we do.  But, weather that feels muggy usually produces pretty sunrises and sunsets.  And sunrises and sunsets are nearly all my camera captured this weekend.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

{these moments}

{these moments}

a friday ritual.

photos - no words - capturing moments from the past week.

simple, extraordinary, (or ordinary) moments.  

moments I want to pause, savor and remember.

inspired by Soulemama

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

The last few days