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Thursday, October 20, 2016


The Winds Are A-blowin'

While we are still experiencing temps in the 90's here in paradise, the heat is "different".  Not as blazing and delightful in the evenings.

Mornings?  Guess what-when the girls ask to go out at 6:15 we've moved from blazing heat to dark, gusty and a real nip in the air.

In fact this morning our walk was more of a guided push!

My friends had to move up their time due to work issues and I had to go to a doctor's appointment, so the girls and I didn't actually go out until 9:30.  It was easily about 78 outside.  The bad part of our walk?  Well, the winds were going strong at about 35 MPH!

We were greeted by howling and blowing gusts that literally pushed us across the street.  While the directions kept changing the blowing was still strong enough that poor Lucky kept hitting into Sunshine and I was just trying to keep moving in an upright position.

I know you're all wondering why I didn't just bail and go back in the house.  I can tell you these wise words that I've heard during an "Angie's List" commercial:  A tired dog is a good dog.

The girls love getting out and they NEED it!  They smell every shrub and tree trunk to garner all the neighborhood doggy news.  They also do their business along the way, adding (presumably) to the gossip chain.

Once home they both share the water bowl, kiss Pepper and they either share the couch here in the office or the blanket on the floor.

Because the weather has changed, Steve and I used one of his days off this week to shop for winter coats.  Not for us, ours are busy gathering dust in the closet, but for the pups.

Now it's true, Lucky has a wardrobe going on after having her almost 4 years.  She has a thin hoody, a cute bright red sweater with white puffy trim and a fleece hoody.  She loves the red one the most.

Since Sunshine is new to our family she didn't have anything to keep her warm during those few weeks when the temps both dip and the wind is bitter.  So this brought on the shopping trip on her behalf.

We checked out the usual spots:  PetSmart, Petco, Wal-mart and then we walked into Ross Dress for Less.

It was there that we found quite the array of sweaters, sweatshirts and coats.

We picked out matching ones in the appropriate sizes and were heading to the cashier when I realized that something important was missing from these items:  leash holes!  How were we supposed to hook the girls up for walks without the leash holes?

Of course this meant going back to the racks of doggy outfits.  All the dang sweaters and sweatshirts had this oddity!  Then we found them-matching pink puffy jackets with gray fleece linings and snaps.

Personally, being the one who's going to be dressing them, I'm not really excited about the snaps, but these will keep the girls warm during our walks this winter.

When we got home we tried them on.  We did Lucky first, as she's experienced in what's "hot" in outerwear for Chihuahuas.  She was thrilled!  Big smile on her face and was prancing around Sunshine.  Then it was Sunshine's turn.  Poor baby cowered-she thought it was some sort of punishment.

Then she realized that they were both wearing these "things" and stood a bit straighter and walked around the house as well.  Once we knew they fit we removed the jackets as it was actually 82 in the house. 

No sense pushing our luck.  They will be walking during our brief foray into the cold winter weather in style.

For now the matching puffy pink coats will stay in the laundry room waiting for the day when the temps drop clear into the lower 60's and the wind chill factor will actually put a need for those cute puppy clothes.  Until then, oh my goodness, the girls will continue to walk the neighborhood in a state of total undress.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Finding Spaceman & Martian for Jackson

Jackson loves anything space and we found this couple!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


We have Different Definition of. ..

Going potty to the pups is vastly different from what I had a vision of them doing m  

What a Difference in 3 Weeks

Three weeks ago Steve and I added to our family.  We adopted an adorable little Chihuahua mix that has added so much joy to our lives.

We already have no memory of what life was like when our fur babies only totaled two!

Sunshine still has some 'accidents', but she's as sweet as could be and both Lucky and Pepper love her, a lot.

Pepper has decided the best place to sleep in either right next to her tush or on top of her.  Unlike Lucky who once asleep doesn't like to be disturbed, Sunshine actually seems to like having Pepper be that close!

Lucky has deftly taken on the role of "tinier but older sister" to heart.  She bosses Sunshine around in the yard. The other night, during the last potty break of the day, Sunshine hopped the 3' retaining wall and was more interested in finding the lizard that lives there than doing her business-well, Lucky started "talking" to her and seemed to be telling her to get out of there and get with the program.

Her ears perked up, she jumped down and followed Lucky to the exact spot designated and did her thing and ran to the screen door.

Right now, I'm sharing my desk chair with Pepper and Sunshine is right next to me licking his head.  That and cleaning Lucky's ears and eyeballs seem to be her favorite way to show affection to her siblings.

The double leash is working quite well.  Sleeping arrangements on my side are fixed so that all four of us have a spot, while Dad gets the other half of the bed to himself.  Don't know why they don't wish to sleep on that side, but we all seem to get along and get through the night.

We've also noticed some new things:

Lucky takes after her mom and is NOT a morning being. 

Sunshine is a morning being along with her brother.

This means that while Sunshine wakes up with chasing and playing on her mind, Pepper doesn't quite want to share his toys (this is his time to bat those tiny tennis balls all over the house) and Lucky is a complete grump who growls her speech basically telling both of them to leave her alone until she's had a chance to have her food and "coffee".

I totally commiserate with Lucky.  No one wants to be conversing with me the first hour I'm up. 

Honestly, I'm not sure how I'm so pleasant at water aerobics at 9 a.m. without the very needed food and beverage. 

Life is full of love and laughter.  Nothing quite a fun as watching the dynamics of a family change for the better, no?

Monday, October 10, 2016



Look hard! Girls are cuddling

Thursday, October 06, 2016


Actually Enjoying a Movie

Yesterday Steve and I saw Snowden.  A "made from real events" movie.  Docudrama if you will.

It was exactly what this journalist likes in a movie:  entertainment, interesting characters and to learn something.

It also had a "scary" factor to it.  It was true-developing the story of Edward Snowden, the uber smart IT man who worked for the government and exposed the information telling of how Big Brother was watching over us all.

I don't want to spoil the movie (as much as you can on real life events) so I'm veering over to what made this a good fit for an afternoon date:


Honestly, I can't say that about many movies lately.  Sully, which we saw when it came out was another movie that was inspiring and interesting.  Batman vs. Superman was NOT.  There were other in the "why bother wasting the silver on this?" category, but they aren't even worth my remembering their name.

Steve has always loved movies.  When we met he managed a movie theater just for the perks. 

There's a bit of a problem here-he doesn't care how bad they are!  In truth, I swear to you all, his Netflix account must have some sort of filter that reads "movies awful enough for Steve" and then sends them to our address.

Out of 20 movies, I may sit through one from start to finish.  A few others find me heading for the bedroom in search of something on Discovery ID or Food Network, Home and Garden, etc...

He convinced me one time to sit through a movie about a man who could make goats faint (I kid you not).  Had a very high profile cast.  The movie SUCKED, big time!  When it was over I had managed to work about a dozen Sunday puzzles in a book I had.  He actually asked if I enjoyed it!

My reply?  "There's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back."

He didn't exactly like it, but once on he committed to finished the piece of dreck.  After all, "Look who's in it honey."

For most people going to the movies is a delight-not so for me.  Even in the "fancy-schmancy" theater we go to with the reclining seats, they all kill my back, neck and hips.  I have to prop my knee on my purse.  All in all, seeing a movie is quite literally a royal pain in more than just my rump.

So take my review for what it's worth.  If I came out asking more questions, googling for answers and suggesting it-you may enjoy this rather talk/thought-provoking bit of cinema.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


Meet Legh Townsend!

This month's senior profile is about a very wonderful woman!  Author, artist, grandma and great-grandma.  Find her story starting on page 2:

Saturday, October 01, 2016


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