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National Puppy Day

Although our girl is far from a puppy at 13 years old, she will always be our sweet pup. We couldn’t have found a sweeter rescue dog than her and we are so lucky to have her in our lives.

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Just the Two of Us

Dave and DJ are in Boston for the weekend. DJ is looking at Lassel College which is right outside of Boston.  It is a very small liberal arts college and hopefully a good fit for him.  From what he has told me so far, he loves it and it is near the top of his list so fingers crossed he gets in and we get some great financial aide 😉

In the meantime, Drew and I have a whole weekend with just the two of us, (and Emmy Lou of course.)  He is enjoying the photo prompt activities I have been doing as well and today’s word, “Powder,” was one we decided we would find together.  We started off our day with brunch at the Parkwood Diner.  He was going to order waffles so that he could get them covered in powdered sugar – his idea for the photo, but at the last minute he decided to choose a lunch instead of breakfast so that shot was out.

We talked about all of the things we could do with our day and we decided to spend the rest of the day at home watching movies, playing board games and catching up on the book he is reading for school, “Freak the Mighty.”  While we were driving home, we were passing my favorite cupcake store, Gigi’s when we looked at each other and said, “Should we?” Drew suggested we just might get a powdery picture if we went in there so we might as well!  There were no powdery cupcakes though, and since we couldn’t leave without a couple of mini cupcakes for dessert…we bought a few.  As I went to pay, he pulled out his own money and treated ❤ Now we have dessert for tonight.  Can’t wait.

We pulled into the driveway and right in the middle was a huge pile of broken ice.  Crushed actually into what else…a powder! It was waiting for us right in our own home.  Drew got the shot ready, and I took a photo right there with my phone.


Now we are getting ready to make some popcorn, turn on a movie and settle in for the rest of the night.  I love these days!

Don’t Criticize

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Our town has an on-line bulletin board called, “Maplewood On Line.”  It has calendars of upcoming activities, advertisements and a discussion forum with hundreds of conversations going on at once.  I used to check it regularly, but unfortunately, it often gets quite negative and turns into a complaining forum and I dislike all of the negativity so I don’t read it as often as I used to.  I very rarely respond to a discussion, but will chime in once in awhile if a question is asked about something positive going on or for recommendations for places in town.

Yesterday, a local pet rescue start up, Furry Hearts Rescue, posted that they were looking for a photographer to volunteer their time to take photos of their animals for their Petfinder page.  The message was simple,

Are you a photographer, or know anyone who is? We are looking for someone with photography skills and their own quality camera to volunteer for Maplewood’s new Furry Hearts Rescue. We are setting up our Petfinder page, and need photos of our wonderful adoptable animals! Great opportunity to add a 501(c)(3) organization to your resume, and animal photos to your portfolio!
I didn’t care about the resume part or my portfolio, I just wanted to give my time to help out these animals who just need a home.  We rescued our dog and I jumped at the opportunity to help other animals get the same chance as our Emmy Lou got.  It was her photo on a rescue dog website that drew us to her!   I called up, spoke to the owner and since we both had the time, I went there and took just a few photos to start.  The big storm from yesterday knocked out power limiting how much we could do for the day.
As I followed this post on the message board, I began to get angry.  Some people were commenting negatively about their request for someone to donate their time.  I could not understand why it should bother a person if someone wanted to help out another person for free, expecting nothing in return.  This rescue is entirely run by local volunteers, and all of their funding comes from donations. Those donation goes entirely towards neutering and spaying, vaccinations, checkups etc. and materials like blankets, food bowls, toys, etc. No one is profiting from this other than the animals.
People were writing that volunteers, (like me) are “devaluing the profession.”  I finally had to “speak up’ and responded to the thread writing,
I am not sure why, if someone wants to donate their time, this should be stirring up so much negativity. If someone is asking for help and you are able to offer that help, and have the time to do it, why wouldn’t you. It makes me sad to think that people wouldn’t. The point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on. That is why I offered to do the photos for Furry Hearts Rescue. I expect nothing in return.
While the thread still remained negative, it started to draw out more positive comments as well – which sadly were ridiculed by more negativity and I appreciate all of the positive comments scattered in among the negative ones.  Another person has  even offered his time to take more photos and I thank him for that.
I never understand why people have to be so negative.  Honestly, it is the old mantra, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  Why did these people even feel the need to comment on this thread.  It was started out as something that could be so positive.  If you don’t want to be a part of it, stay out of it.
In the end, if this thread has done nothing else, it has spread the word and made people aware of this new rescue organization and the needs of all rescue organizations and that is a good thing.

Fortunately and Unfortunately

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Unfortunately, about two years ago, our son Drew experienced two concussions.  Due to these, he was sidelined from sports and school for quite some time.  He had to limit all activities including television and computer time as well.  During this time, he started researching dogs.  Until then, he had never shown much interest in having a pet.  Fortunately, as he began to recover and get more time on the computer, he expanded his search to rescue dogs and that is how we found our sweet Emmy Lou.

Emmy Lou is the perfect dog.  We have no complaints and she is an integral part of our family!  Unfortunately, she is quite old, and like a little old lady, she can’t always make it through the night without needing a walk and this week, she has woken us up at 3:30 everyday needing to go out.  Fortunately, she wakes us and doesn’t have an accident in the house!!

Unfortunately, today it was my turn to get up with her at 3:37.  After taking her out for a quick walk, I wasn’t able get back to sleep.  Because of that, I was checking my email rather early  when I saw that there was an email reminding me to activate my new debit card.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember receiving a new debit card.  I searched through a few piles of mail but still couldn’t find it so I checked my current debit card and realized that it expires in two weeks!  Fortunately, there are representatives available 24 hours a day at Wells Fargo, so I was able to take care of it very early this morning and a new debit card is on its way.

Fortunately, today was Puppy Spa Day.  Emmy Lou HATES the vacuum so we can only use it when she is out for a walk or at the puppy spa getting a hair cut.  Fortunately, with her out of the house, Dave was able to get a lot of vacuuming done.  He also got some organizing taken care of and fortunately, he found the debit card!  Unfortunately, since I already called about it, the card is now voided, as is the one in my wallet –  which I absentmindedly tried to use when I tried to pay for dinner on my way home. Fortunately, I had the “emergency credit card” in my wallet. While I realize that sushi is not normally what I’d consider, “an emergency”, after being awake for nearly 17 hours, I felt fortunate that I was even able to think straight at that point!



Happy Day


I have been writing a lot about “the little things” lately.  Maybe it is because it is Summer.  I am relaxed and work is over for now, or maybe it is because Dave is back to work…but whatever it is, lately I just feel happy and that is a good thing.  We just celebrated our 20th Anniversary.  The kids are healthy and happy.  I love our little dog.  The plans for fixing up the house are starting to fall into place.  Despite our difficult year, we all seem to be moving on – even my dad and brother.  Today, I could not help but smile as a yellow butterfly circled around me no less than six times while I was taking Emmy Lou for a walk.  Whether or not it was trying to tell me something – it made me think of my mom and Francine and even though I miss them, it gave me more happy memories.

Tonight I am looking forward to meeting a group of girl friends for dinner.  I have not seen them in awhile.  We all went to high school together and live fairly locally, but like everyone else, our busy schedules get in the way so it has taken some time to get us together.  When I came across this quote this afternoon, I felt it was perfect to sum up my day.  Lots of little things have really made today a happy day.  I hope you are having one too!