Three Sisters…


…and one of them is now part of our family:

Last Wednesday I posted a photo of dog supplies and while responding to comments I let out the news that we adopted another dog. Since we do consider our dogs family members I thought I should make a bit of an official announcement here. Visit Cricket’s ‘About’ page to find out more …

05/12/11 Changes And Gas


Tonight I got my first laptop because of the computer problems which have actually been going on for months. I haven’t spent a lot of time using it…checked email and Facebook, installed Chrome and Photoshop. I’m not a technophobe but I think I’ll be asking the kids a lot of questions in the next few days.

I did bit of shopping with A and C this afternoon. It’s still difficult to believe that I have an 18 year old son who will be graduating from high school in less than a month….

I stayed up late for a reason: the tan dog has had absolutely horrible gas all day. It got to the point where the easy-going husband said There must be something seriously wrong. I have never smelled anything so bad come out of a living thing before. It’s so bad that she’s sleeping with us instead of the youngest daughter. Pit bulls are indeed vicious: they attack with tail wagging, kisses, and toxic farts 😉

03/25/11 Photo Friday


Nandy is laying on the couch in a spot chosen to get both the most sunlight from the front window and the best view of mom. The sun is deceptive though: the current temperature is 32°.

Earlier this morning I got the phone call I’d been hoping to avoid: apparently the ‘probably nothing’ is actually ‘a something’. A bunch of words: Doctor B’s office…biopsy results…precancerous…30-40 minute procedure…as soon as possible…[pause]…are you okay? Am I okay? What kind of question is that? But she was kind and only doing her job so I replied yes and then thanked her for calling. How’s that for irony?

So I now have an appointment on Monday. Since then I started laundry, cleaned both bathrooms, vacuumed, tried to eat, paid bills, filled out some school paperwork, swept the kitchen, took a shower, caught up on blogs and emails, got a few things ready for the oldest’s birthday on Sunday.

The solar-powered pit bull stares at me with her big brown eyes: mom, I love you, come snuggle with me. She has the right idea. I will.

03/01/11 Sharing The Back Seat – Part 3


Outside of reading and music-which seem to be a recurrent theme in my family-N’s blog title says it all: Game Freak 17 (I will let the ’17’ remain a mystery). N plays the family Wii, has a Nintendo DS, and our Playstation 2 lives in her bedroom. Birthday and Christmas wish lists are usually topped with games. She has an amazing memory and often surprises us with quotes from books, things that happened on a specific date, etc. She has a strong dislike for tomatoes, although we tease her about liking ketchup, salsa, and spaghetti sauce. I think she will grow up to be quite an ambassador for pit bulls or rescue dogs in general. She absolutely loves our dogs, especially Nandy.

I’ll admit I was nervous the first time N rode the bike. She’s my youngest and what I describe as tiny; at ~80 lbs Dan has commented that he both doesn’t feel her weight on the bike and that he actually can’t see her in the mirrors! While the other girls can wear my gear it’s all far too large for her.

Here is the last of my girls, then and now: