Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A day in my life


It's 6am when my alarm goes off.


I wipe the sleep out of my eyes and stretch a little.

Reaching for my phone, I see my good morning text from John and I wish him a good morning too.

Then it's time to open the gate to let Mini and Bubba downstairs to go outside and maybe snuggle a bit. 

As I head upstairs, I'm reminded that I need to finish up my hallway project.


When I get to the top, the sun is rising.


Soon, it'll rise before I even think about waking up and I'll miss it.


 I contemplate this as...

 I feed the pups, 

brush my teeth, 

and start up the percolator.

While it heats up, I watch and listen to the birds happily chirping away outside at the bird feeder.

Within minutes my first cup of coffee is ready.


I take it over to sit down in my little breakfast nook and notice the sunlight changing in my kitchen.


The phone rings and it's John calling me.


We chat for a few minutes, while he's getting ready for work, and pretty soon he's off and running.


Afterwards, 

I hop in the shower, 

get dressed, 

and it's time to call my mom for our morning chat.

We hang up eventually and by this time the sun is shining brightly.

It's time get on with my day.


I might snap a few pictures around the house...


turn on the news, 

check my email, 

visit some blogs, 

and maybe post something myself.


Then it's time to eat my breakfast...


and wash the dishes.


After that, 

I run downstairs to put on my makeup, 

make my bed, 

and throw some laundry in the washer.

Then it's back upstairs to check my list of chores to see what else needs to be done.


As I get to work, Bubba and Mini do their jobs of barking and sleeping ;)


 Around 11:30 or so, I eat my lunch...


and then get back to my chores.

This time of year, I like to go for an evening walk in my neighborhood with Bubba.


Poor mini has to stay home these days, because she's too old now.

She doesn't seem to mind though.

I think she enjoys the peace and quiet of not having to listen to Bubba bark at everything ;)

Anyway....

Before I know it, it's time to start making dinner.


There might even be a cocktail poured ;)

And as always, my ever faithful companion is staring at directing me.


John calls after work and I clean up the dishes and then relax while we chat about our day.

He has to get up early, so we eventually say our goodnights and I settle in with Bubba to read a book or watch a movie.


Sometime around 10:30 or 11pm, it's time for bed.

I pour myself a glass of water, brush my teeth, kiss the pups goodnight, turn off all the lights, go downstairs, set my alarm, get cozy under the blankets and fall fast asleep.

It's not always the same though.

The next day might involve...

 going to the grocery or hardware store, 

visiting with one of my friends, 

a trip to see John, 

or my family down south. 

Annie, my very busy daughter, could actually be home for once ;)

Alex, my son, could be coming home for a visit.

Maybe John and the pups are up here, 

or we could be going out on one of our adventures.

Sadly, it might end up being a day filled with tragedy.

Although, I certainly hope not.

But perhaps, it's just a regular day, like this one.

There's one thing that never changes though.

I'm always grateful to wake up in the morning and go to bed, alive and loved.

Isn't that all that really, truly matters?


I think so :)

xo
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Monday, March 27, 2017

In the mood


Most of the time, Bubba puts up with is willing to pose for a picture.


But then there are days...


when he just....


isn't in...


the mood.


Miss Daisy the lap dog always seems to be in the mood.


Or maybe she just puts up with her humans...


most of the time.


Beebee on the other hand is usually moving too fast to get a picture.

Unless you happen to have food.


Mini, the ol' girl, doesn't move too fast these days, so it's pretty easy to get her to pose for the camera.


Particularly with food around ;)


Lucky boy doesn't really seem to care either way, especially if he's sleeping.


Anyway, I tried and tried, but Bubba wasn't having it.

Later on though, when we went outside to sit on the front porch, I thought he might be in more of a posing mood, so I brought along my camera.

After all, it was a beautiful Spring day.


Hmmm.... still not interested.

At least not in having his picture taken.


Miss Daisy was, but she looks a bit dubious, doesn't she?


Lucky boy struck a pose too.


Even Beebee, the speed demon, held still long enough to pose again, with her brother.

There might have been a squirrel or a bird involved ;)


And then finally, after trying all morning, Bubba agreed to strike a pose.

Kind of.


Stubborn boy.

;)


A little off subject...

When John brings the pups up here, I hide most of the toys, so Beebee doesn't eat them all in one day.

But, this time I had forgotten about one of Bubba's favorite toys.


If you look closely, you'll notice that he's on top of the cabinet.


He's up there, because I rescued him from an untimely demise, and put him out of the reach from Beebee 'the dog toy killer'.


Now that all danger of being eaten is gone, Yellow Dog is back in the 'safe chair', safe and sound.


And all is right with the world.


In fact, Bubba was so happy that yellow dog was safe, he decided to pose for me, once again ;)


Awww...

Thank you for putting up with me, my sweet boy.

Momma loves you, no matter what.

xo
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Featured


I know I posted today already, but...

One of my dearest friends, Michael Lee West, just featured me on her blog....



Today.


If you don't know her, you should.

Not because of the beautiful feature she wrote about me, but because she's absolutely wonderful and a true friend.

I'm a bit prejudiced though, so you probably need to go find out for yourself.

Just saying ;)

Now skedaddle on over there and visit her.

xo 
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Encyclopedia Britannica


Many, many moons ago, the internet didn't exist.

And, because of that, there was no such thing as Google.

I know!

It's hard to remember, right?

For you youngsters out there, it probably sounds like the dark ages.

But, I promise it wasn't that scary.

If you needed to look up the meaning of a word, you used something called a dictionary.


But, if you needed to look up something, like say... the history of France, you had to use something called an Encyclopedia.

en·cy·clo·pe·di·a
inˌsīkləˈpēdēə,enˌsīkləˈpēdēə/
noun
  1. a book or set of books giving information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and typically arranged alphabetically.

The most well known, as far as I know, was the Encyclopedia Britannica.


I grew up with a set, as did many generations before me.

In fact, it's been around since the 1700s.

Sadly, the last set was printed in 2010.

In all, there were 15 editions.


I have wanted my own set for years, since the 1970s set I grew up with got tossed out with the invention of Google search.

I'm not saying who tossed it, but you know it wasn't me.


Anyway, John and I like to peruse craigslist for treasures and he came across a set of 1926, 13th Edition, Encyclopedia Britannica.

Not only was it a full set, but it also came with it's own cabinet.

Can you believe it?!


I was so excited I could barely contain myself!

And do you know what that sweet man did?

He bought it and carted it all the way up here.


The insides are still perfect.


But since the books have suede covers and they aren't in the best condition, we had to be pretty careful putting them in the cabinet.


And now it's living in my den and I'm in love :)


In other news...

John and I went digging again and I found my first two bottles!

Well, to be honest, I found the spot and John dug them out, but still...

Anyway, here's one:


 and here's the other one:


Fabulous, right?

I thought, because John found the encyclopedias, that all of the bottles we've found together would be perfect for the top.


As we find more, I'll add those too :)


Every time I look at it, I smile.

And it makes me happy.

All thanks to John :)

xo
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