This little unnamed guy grabbed the small branch Dharma thought was a toy and ran up a tree. What a horrible photo… but still too funny not to share.
Bad Squirrel: 1
Barkbox day is a HAPPY day around here. Although Gracie doesn’t get nearly as excited as Dharma, she’ll pick a toy from the box after Dharma has chosen her favorite.
Yesterday, UPS arrived with the new bedding I ordered from Macys. Excited to have a new look, I pulled off all the old bedding to wash and replaced it with all the new stuff. I took a photo…
This morning, I awoke to the sound of a dog throwing up. Anyone want to guess what Dharma hit with vomit?
PS. At the foot of my bed are 2 of the most amazing dog beds ever (Coolaroo). Dharma still prefers the human bed at night.
This photo may be awful, but the subject is adorable. Don’t you agree?
The bed she’s sleeping on is a Coolaroo — and if you have a dog, you NEED one. Not expensive, is supposed to be easy on joints, is cooler than other pet beds, and Dharma and Gracie approve. So much so that I had to get a second one to accommodate.
Dharma and Gracie love their Barkbox packages. They even know which box belongs to them when it arrives every month. They loved the zebra, snake and more from this month’s safari themed box — but Dharma keeps going back to that zombie squirrel from October.
Here’s hoping you have someone to cuddle that you love as much as Dharma loves her favorite toy.
Growing up with an older brother, both of us knew how to pick our battles. While I was the baby and that gave me the upper hand with Mom for most of our sibling altercations, Mom also knew Scott most often times was in the right and I was being the younger, pain in the butt sister.
My favorite brother played this to his advantage, of course. I can still hear, “MOM! Shelley is touching me!” That phrase always resulted in adult intervention and typically meant I was told to stop whatever I was (or wasn’t) doing.
Then, Scott would laugh and point at me behind Mom’s back, gloating in the satisfaction that he had prevailed in the current battle.
We sort of looked like this…
Dharma LOVES BarkBox! She knows the difference between an ordinary delivery and when the box delivered belongs to her (and Gracie). My favorite brother shared a photo on Facebook of his puppy with a toy from this month’s delivery at his house — a cute little blue airplane with clouds.
My Dharma got this…
I’ve had the same email address for at least 15 years; therefore, I’ve gotten on more email lists than I can count. The process of emptying my spam folder and deleting the occasional marketing message that makes its way into my inbox is a pain and is time consuming.
Today, an email slipped in and caught my attention from friend and speaker, Scott Friedman, (http://scottfriendman.net). The font was funky and the header read, “Celebrate 2017 With 10 Workplace Celebrations.” I couldn’t help but read it even though I don’t have a typical workplace.
One of the 10 celebrations — and the purpose of this post — was called, ‘Snap a Happy.’ Every day you take a photo of something that makes you smile and compile an album. What better place to compile a happy album than right here?
So here goes… a photo a day for 2017 of something that brought me a smile. Even if I don’t have time to write a post, I can share a photo… right? I hope you play along at home!
Summer is my favorite time of the year. At least, it used to be when I had a pool. I’ve found that without water in the backyard I don’t know what to do on weekends other than sweat or stay inside. We don’t grill out nearly as often — we don’t enjoy evenings outside even. While some get ‘spring fever’ for a car… I’m seriously thinking pool over here.
Dharma, on the other hand, is satisfied without a body of water to get into — she’s happy when it just rains…
My puppies walk through a closed-in porch to go outside. When they want back in, they expect the door to open for them immediately. But it’s not like they’re chained to a doghouse in knee-high water, or stranded in the hot sun with nothing to drink — still, poor Gracie looks like she’s auditioning for a part in one of the ASPCA commercials that make me cry every single time (so I’m NOT linking to them here either). Sometimes I let them stay out there long enough to smear my door’s window up with nose prints.
There’s apparently a hidden treasure trove of messages that Facebook hides from you. They’re messages that are most likely sent from someone not on your friend’s list. My favorite brother sent me the link last night — and I’ve seen others sharing it today within status posts.
I primarily use FB on my desktop computer and to check this out, you need to be on your phone. I didn’t have any hidden messages, but it seems we lost a couple speech inquiries and more on another FB account because of this.
The lesson here is two-fold. Check your hidden FB messages more often than once a year, but most importantly… don’t use FB to send a message to someone if you’re not “friends” — and especially if you’re sending a business message to a personal account.
So much talk about pit bull terriers! Some claim they are vicious and dangerous around children, while others claim they’ve gotten a bad rap and are sweet animals. Because I’m not 100% certain which side I believe, I don’t own one. Although I think they are a gorgeous breed, I have a granddaughter. Not knowing is not worth it.
When it comes to dogs, I ‘get it’ that some breeds are simply more aggressive than others and pet owners may also contribute to their pet’s aggressive behavior by poor treatment and training/non-training. But that isn’t always 100% accurate either. My Libby, (now resting in box in my office) was a labrador. Labs are known to be friendly and goodness knows I did nothing to make her aggressive… but she was. More protective than aggressive — but she would bite. She was the true alpha dog.
And speaking of alpha dogs… I think I have another one.
Have you noticed the overwhelming number of articles that have a number in the headline/title? You know… like, The 7 Creepiest Abandoned Places in (and Around) Louisville, and 9 Ridiculously Easy Weeknight Pasta Recipes? Books utilize the concept too. For example, 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry and The 6th Target (Women’s Murder Club).
It is said there are five, high-level headline types:
Studies show that headlines written utilizing a number resonate more with readers — as much as 15% more than 2nd place, ‘addresses the reader’ headlines. I guess I agree, even though I feel saturated with lists and more lists. Having said that, allow me to share the ONE reason Dharma loves Valentine’s Day… fuzzy teddy bears!
I need to go Christmas shopping but at the end of every single day I make an excuse to wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow, I have to maneuver 2 dogs to the vet (which will undoubtably require patience and strength — neither of which are my strong points) so I KNOW I’ll have an excuse to wait until at least Friday. Time is running out and we have next to ZERO percent chance of snow for my favorite holiday. I’d be all merry and bright with just a small flurry or two but Mother Nature isn’t cooperating this year.
It’s official. I have the holiday blues. 🙁
PS. On the bright side — the chin hairs aren’t mine.
Posting this photo today that I took last weekend because Dharma is growing so fast she’s already bigger now.
Something else that grows like a weed? A fib. (A fib is a really kind way to say a LIE, isn’t it?)
Your friends and family will love you anyway if just tell the truth when you screw something up. When it comes to a business interaction, you’ll get a better result if you simply tell the truth and ask for help.
A liar deceives himself more than anyone, for he believes he can remain a person of good character when he cannot.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich
Make it easier on everyone else, but especially yourself, and simply tell the truth.
Sometimes when you try too hard it comes off as insincere. At least it does to me…
ME: Would you kindly explain how this will alter my monthly bill?
Company Chat Responder: I will be more than happy to explain it to you!
Company Chat Responder: It will be a real honor!
A REAL honor?? And then, it got better…
Company Chat Responder: By the way by part of AT&T and me I want to wish a marry Christmas and wonderful day, please do not hesitate to chat with us again!
Maybe it’s just me being my grumpy, bah-humbug self — but c’mon now. While I think it’s pretty cool the wish mentioned Christmas instead of some politically correct ‘happy holidays’ sentiment, I still wanted to type in SCREAMING CAPITAL LETTERS… it’s MERRY Christmas. MERRY… not MARRY.
I guess trying too hard is better than not trying at all. This girl doesn’t care one little bit if she pleases anyone but herself. She doesn’t try at all.
The Christmas tree is up at my house but this year is not merely a repeat of previous holidays. I had to buy a new tree this year… my Martha Stewart special lasted only 2 years. And Dharma is so destructive that I didn’t feel “safe” pulling out my collected ornaments. My (now 33 year-old) baby’s “first Christmas” ornament is pretty special to me and I simply didn’t want to chance finding it chewed and discarded after the holiday season. So my new LED tree has just plain ole’ ornaments this year…
With a selection of colors and display choices (flashing/firefly/etc), I thought I’d just share a black and white rendition and let you guys pick whatever color you want. When I pick, it’s purple every single time. Evidently, everyone else thinks the “P” on the tree remote stands for “PINK” (not purple) and switch it to something…. ANYTHING else the second my back is turned.
If trying to monitor a puppy during the holiday season (so everything remains somewhat intact) isn’t enough — I have this five-year old granddaughter. Kids LOVE remotes, you guys. Between remotes for the TV, the AppleTV, the fireplace, the cable box and more… it feels like I’m almost always looking for a remote to something. And when I find the remote I’m looking for? It doubles as a pretend cell phone and rings often.