Monthly Archives: February 2014

Don’t Forget…

All entries must be received by March 8 for the Second Annual Isabella Dog Biscuits Short Story contest –

2014 Writing Contest Flyer Final 1It’s only 1000 words. Show me whatcha got!


Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Writing



Music on Friday

If I read one more story about how great it is to be a woman today I just may go postal out of sheer frustration. One more story about how “she deserved it,” one more picture of a beaten kid, one more rich, white dude complaining about how his life sucks because he has to pay child support. Gaaaahhhhh!

Here’s some Jo Dee Messina. She says it like it is…


Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Music, Stuff that Pisses Me Off!


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Share Your World – Week 8

It’s Wednesday again (where are the days going?) Time for another installment of Share Your World brought to you by Cee’s Photography.

This week’s questions and answers:

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

I would donate the $100,000 to domestic violence shelters in my county. If I had to give it out to individual people I would visit those shelters and give stacks of cash to women and children who have been devastated by abuse to give them a chance to get out on their own.

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

I want to have interesting stories to tell about a life well lived. Or cautionary tales. Lots of cautionary tales…

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

Dark salted caramels. Every day. All the time. Who needs anything else?

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I’m from Oregon – we don’t use umbrellas. The Grunden’s rain jacket hangs by the door, where it can drip onto a towel. This time of year it never seems to get completely dry.


Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Memes, Share Your World



Your Help Is Needed

Your Help Is Needed

If you can join me and help Merry keep her house, please do.


Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


Monday Morning Madness

My eyes snapped open before the alarm this morning. I couldn’t breathe. My heart started to race as I tried to drag in some air around a huge obstruction. Raising my hands to my throat, I encountered a mass of fur that wasn’t there when I went to sleep. It felt like a hairy snake and immediately began to purr. Seems Revy decided to sleep across my neck, sprawled out with his belly resting right on top of my windpipe.

This shouldn’t have been possible, seeing as how I’m normally a side sleeper, but obviously the new bed is comfortable enough that I turn onto my back at the same hour Revy decides to start his wake-up routine. Threat of suffocation is, evidently, the latest in a long line of tactics designed to steal my sleep and get kibble into his bowl in the least amount of time. Guess this means I better not drink before bed or maybe I won’t wake up in the morning.

Spring is in the air and it was a very busy weekend. Thursday, Friday and Saturday saw me awake at 0530. Wide awake and listening to the birds outside. Revy is beside himself with joy. Apparently, his training methods are finally paying off and breakfast is being served on time.

I sewed up a bed for the dog, low in the center with a soft, raised edge, something I thought I could use as a training tool to make her be still instead of barking and having a fit when someone approaches the trailer. You know, train her to act like a Real Dog? As you can see, it was not received as planned:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERARevy finds it perfect – a fort to defend against canine insurgents, a bathing platform and soft bed to sprawl upon after racing around like a maniac. The dog has been exiled to whatever small space she can find:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA The good news is that the furniture is finally arranged to my liking and the silver insulation has been removed from the windows, letting in the beautiful Spring sunshine. Of course, the brisk Spring breezes now have easier access, but one has to take the good with the not-so-good, no?



Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Cats, Dogs, Happy, RV Living


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Share Your World – Week 7

It’s Wednesday – time for another installment of Share Your World brought to you by Cee’s Photography.

This week’s questions and answers:

What is your favorite couch potato activity: readings, watching movies, watching sports, napping, anything on TV, computer games, play cards, or other?

I love to sit on the couch and knit or read, but I’ve also been known to watch TV and movies and nothing beats a nice nap on a Saturday.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

Pizza from scratch is one of my favorite meals to make. Hard to believe I haven’t made a pizza in over a year! I like roasted garlic, fresh spinach, chicken and lots of cheese on top.

What is is favorite genre of movie or book?

Drama, historical and documentary for movies, the same for books with the addition of thrillers, some humorous horror and amusing biographies.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake first?

Nope. In fact, you can just leave the frosting off! A very thin layer of frosting is fine, but not the gloppy stuff that stains your teeth and tastes of Crisco. Blech! In fact, I’d really rather have a croissant or a toasted piece of home made bread with butter.


Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Memes, Share Your World



Another Busy Weekend

Is there any other kind?

Awana came over and I instantly commandeered her van to haul a new mattress and “bunky board” back to Towanda so I can at last have a Real Bed! I haven’t slept in it yet because surely poor Awana deserved that pleasure more than I did – I ask her to come over for a little R & R and then proceed to drag her all over the county for my own ends. The project is finished and I’m quite happy, though. I also rewarded her with many episodes of Dexter and lots of tea and knitting time, so I hope it wasn’t too bad 🙂

More projects to come!

Sabu and I went to the dog park on Friday between work and knitting class and found it flooded. She went for a swim and had a great time. Awana and I went back yesterday and conditions hadn’t changed:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe park slopes down 3 or 4 feet towards the fence, leaving maybe 2/3 of it high and dry. On Friday there were geese swimming here. Inspired by having an audience of two, Sabu began to wade out towards the fence:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAGetting her knees wet didn’t seem impressive enough, so she kept going:


And kept going:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAnd finally found herself unable to touch bottom:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAIf you’re guessing that I waded in to save my stupid dog from her folly, you would be wrong – it was cold and starting to rain. I walked away and she remembered she knows how to swim. She wasn’t happy about it, but what choice did she have?

Towanda smells like wet dog, but we all survived. Sabu is due at the dog groomer’s tomorrow and now the groomer will have to earn her fee 🙂


Posted by on February 17, 2014 in I totally Rock!, RV Living



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