Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wordy Wednesdays

"You always sympathize with the underdog, unless the other dog is yours."

Monday, February 22, 2010

For the past 3 months this has been my view. Beautiful isn't it? Unfortunately, I haven't always been able to look at it that way. I admit that at times, the whole "greyness" of it brings me down. I am longing for flowers and tomatoes and my favorite color green. So much so that I have given myself over to complaining about it. But how productive is complaining? Not very. You always enter into it thinking that the whole "camaraderie" of complaining will give you good feelings. We will be united in our woes. But it just doesn't. So, what's a girl to do? Stop complaining. I decided that, part of my Lenten discipline this year will include NO MORE complaining. After all, the Lord wants to hear my praises... not my protests. He has decided to give us mountains of glorious snow and we are fortunate to have it. So, even though I may be feeling "blah" in my heart my tongue will not reveal that. And who knows? Maybe my heart will quickly catch up.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Tribute to Dear Departed Doggie Friends

Tonight my heart is heavy as we (the pack) are forced to say good-bye to two dear doggie friends.
Cesar Milan and his 16 yr. old wingman "Daddy" became an American institution. Daddy helped many dog lovers, throughout the world, to become more balanced leaders for their pack. And Daddy made the world aware that there is no such thing as a "bad dog..." only bad owners. Our pack's deepest sympathies go out to the Milan family in this most difficult of times.

Hamish was a sweet little lad from Scotland, and all of us in the blogging community will miss seeing his sweet face too.

If you can, visit Gail at with some kind words of sympathy. Many of us know the hurt of losing a sweet friend like Hamish.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spooning; Caught in the Act

This is how you know it's cold this winter! Instead of fighting Oliver for his place on the couch, Ruby cuddles up for body warmth. Yessir... it's a cold day in Virginia!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordy Wednesdays

"Rocky" the Bulldog
"Rambunctious, rumbustious, delinquent dogs become angelic when sitting."
-Dr. Ian Dunbar

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dreams of Summer

"There is nothing better, for the inside of a man, than the outside of a horse."

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wordy Wednesdays

"There is only one smartest dog in the world, and everybody has it."

Funny Orbit Gum Commercial

"Why are girls so mean to each other... it just doesn't make any sense?" This is what my son asked in the car yesterday. Frankly I had no good answer for him. It seems pretty obvious that Mr. "What the Franch Toast," is fooling around with Ms. "Lint Licker." So why are Mrs. "Bisccuit Eating Bulldog's" nastiest comments saved for the girl? And for that matter... why isn't the girl more considerate of the the truly offended party... the other girl? Hummmm?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

More Snow!

DAWG! I'm not complaining here but, I'm tired of the snow. I think the dogs are too. In fact as they sit in front of the fireplace dreaming right now, I think this is what they're dreaming about... I know I am.

Blogging for Bliss?

Am I a Mommy blogger? Well, yes I am... in that I blog and I'm a Mommy. But let's be honest, sometimes my life isn't all peaches and cream. Being a Mommy doesn't always feel like the best job on Earth and blogging isn't always blissful. Sometimes looking at all those beautiful, motivational, inspirational blogs out there makes me feel, well, inadequate. This is no pity party I'm putting on here. I think ya'll probably feel that way too sometimes. And I know I'm not inadequate. I'm just tired sometimes. And a little less than sparkly on most days. I mean, true confessions here, I find no joy in washing my dishes. I know some of you do and that's great but... And as much as I like my creative side, creative doesn't always pay the bills. Do ya'll know what I'm saying here? I too believe in contentment, but I have to work towards it everyday and sometimes it's a struggle. I also believe that contentment will only be found in the Lord. So, thank him that he knows me and loves me in spite of my daily doubts and fears. Can I get an AMEN? Therefore I hope to take this blog in a different direction. I want to talk real with you ladies and gents. Life isn't always blissful. But I admire all of you for working through it and producing beauty and talent to inspire me. And hopefully, I can somehow manage to inspire you as well. If not for my fabulous homemaking and crafts and perfectly managed life, then maybe with my honesty and candor.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hero Hounds

I am a huge fan of those heroes who defend us and protect the defenseless throughout the world. But I have to say I have a huge chunk of my heart dedicated to the fabulous fighting K-9. Their loyalty and bravery are far too unsung. The AP reports that Iraqi defense forces recently requested that more of these brave dogs, be rushed to the region for bomb sniffing purposes at security checkpoints. Roughly 150 trained K-9's will be sent to the region with 25 arriving this week. This comes in spite of a cultural belief, in the region, that dogs are filthy animals unworthy of intensive care and training. I say... kudos to these heroic dogs and their handlers! What say you dog lovers?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wordy Wednesdays

" You do not own a dog; the dog owns you."
Thank you Norman Rockwell. You are Americana. You were the voice for Rural America. Your contribution was great.

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