They’re only trying to help

In preparation for our move, there’ll be a lot of purging and packing, but right now I’m sick with some malady–at least it’s not ebola–so I’m not in the mood for filling boxes. I was working at my desk when I glanced into the dining room and saw Sarah Beth and Gina Ann pushing something around. I couldn’t figure out what toy it was, so I finally walked in there. It wasn’t a toy. It was an old painted box they’d removed from my bookshelves and managed to open.

“You don’t know how to read!” I told them. “Much less read Tarot cards.”

I put the box on a higher shelf, thinking, No big deal. Later, I could tell they were arguing over something, so I went into the living room, where I found this.

It’s what’s left of a coaster from Sloppy Joe’s from my trip to Key West back in 1987. It was in the box with the Tarot cards. And though I thought it was a nice memento, apparently the wieners thought I needed to get rid of it.

“We’re helpers!”

Good thing all my dolls are already off site in storage.

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Button Sunday

Autumn may be my favorite season, but I don’t think I’ll be sorry when October is behind us.

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Snoopy Saturday!

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I couldn’t love them more…

…if they were mine. It’ll be hard to put them on the van to Colorado in a few days, but I know they’ll do great. Don’t let those big sad eyes fool you. These are some of the happiest dogs I’ve ever met–silly, inquisitive, affectionate, playful. I wish they could be adopted together, but I know they’ll be fine no matter what–dachshunds just need people of their own to love.

Sarah Beth and Gina Ann

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Photo Friday, No. 418

Current Photo Friday theme: Translucent

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It’s definitely real now

We close on the sale of our house the first week of November. Then we lease it from the new owner until we move into our future house–I just handed over earnest money and option pending checks–after mid December. We won’t be in the new Compound and unpacked by Christmas–but we just may be able to ring in the new year there. Everyone here is excited!

I don’t have photos of the new place yet, since I don’t think the current owner would appreciate me traipsing through it with my camera. But of course I’ll be flooding this blog with pictures sooner or later.

Meanwhile, you know what keeps us busy.




Between us, Tom and I gave these three their freedom rides out of the pound, though we didn’t foster them. They’ve all left for their new homes in Colorado.

One day I picked up these three and let them hang out at our house for a few hours until their foster mom could come get them.

Graham, Phil, and Darby definitely filled Craft Night with puppiness. They just left for Colorado today.

And for the last week, we’ve been taking care of these two toy-hoarding, chow-loving miscreants.

Gina Ann and Sarah Beth will travel to Colorado next week. You can see how stirred up they keep Margot and Guinness.

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A tapestry of rich and royal hue

There are the families we’re born into and the families we make. My life has been enriched by both. Sometimes my friends’ families become part of my life, too, and always their families’ stories are ones I love to hear and remember. Sometimes it’s my family members who bring their friends into my life.

Even when I can’t be with you, your joys are my joys; your sorrows are mine, too. I love you.

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Button Sunday

I think one of my favorite RNs was trying to send me a message by leaving her ID badge behind one transport day. Time to get that shot!

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Snoopy Saturday!

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Photo Friday, No. 417

Current Photo Friday theme: Autumn Color

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