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Being kind vs. not
Saturday, June 17, 2017      16 comments

Here I sit - enjoying a beautiful summer morning from the sunroom and thinking about the impact of little things. My older dog, Riley, is trying to nap on my lap but the bird songs keep getting his attention. For him, they require him to be "... Read more
Brody bits in which Brody speaks
Saturday, June 10, 2017      13 comments

Brody here... for those of you holding your breath - you can exhale now! (Oh.... the only one not breathing was probably just my Human Mom.) We passed the first phase of the therapy dog evaluation. Mom says the rest will be "easy." T... Read more
Brody bits in which he is getting ready for his big test
Thursday, June 08, 2017      9 comments

It's official - my dogs have become the center of my life. Since adopting Brody last fall, it seems my plans are built around walking the boys, going to classes/vet/groomers, taking Riley on therapy dog visits, and preparing Brody for the big t... Read more
Enjoying a rainy day anyway... in photos
Monday, May 29, 2017      13 comments

Here we ( my 4yo and an 11mo dogs, aka "the boys", and I) are inside looking out at the rain... still.. again. It's been a soggy two months in the neighborhood but nothing like the last week or so and, from the looks of the forecast, the week ... Read more
Brody bits in which we are trying new eating habits
Wednesday, May 10, 2017      10 comments

We're trying some new meal time habits around here. It's been a bit comical... Now Riley (the 4 yo petite doodle) is a picky eater. He manages to maintain his slim figure all on his own. He is even particular about treats. It's so sad to se... Read more
Good things do not come easy
Friday, May 05, 2017      24 comments

Another one of life's truths - things like easy and fair are not guaranteed. Blame genetics, bad habits, emotional crutches - whatever. Now move o... Read more
Brody bits in which he is learning to "wait"
Wednesday, April 26, 2017      12 comments

Not a lot of progress on my healthy goals. Frankly, I'm dithering, going in circles, self-indulgent, going the easy route- take your pick. I need to learn the lessons I'm trying to teach my Brody. We're just finishing up what will probabl... Read more
Progress: making better choices
Friday, April 21, 2017      13 comments

Since recognizing my perfectionist tendencies a few weeks ago (after all these years... seriously or maybe they've just gone past the healthy range in recent years !?!?) I have been reflecting on the causes of frustrations which trigger me to t... Read more
Brody bits in which Brody watches the SP spinner
Wednesday, April 19, 2017      11 comments

The boys and I have developed a very "bad" habit and it goes like this: After our morning walk around the block and then breakfast, we sit together while I drink my coffee and check in on all things Sparkly etc. on my laptop. Now when I sa... Read more
Brody bits in which Riley is very naughty
Tuesday, April 18, 2017      11 comments

Friday was a beautiful, sunny day. The boys and I, armed with a carrier full of coffees from our fav drive-thru donut/coffee chain, headed out to my DS's to spend the morning with my niece, 15mo great-niece, and nephew. My great-niece li... Read more
Saturday, April 08, 2017      17 comments

Mom was taken to the hospital Thursday night after following her doctor's very specific orders at her Wed appt. regarding her need/use of nitroglycerin tablets. After three tablets call 911 which they did. I missed the "excitement" and numerou... Read more
A perfectionist? Me?? You??
Monday, April 03, 2017      18 comments

To pick up where I left off a blog or two ago... for years, I had laughingly said that food is my drug of choice. So when I saw a book called “Food: the good girl’s drug” by Gold mentioned here on SP, I was drawn to it. It isn’t the first art... Read more
Brody bits in which he came home from the groomers... well, naked.
Saturday, April 01, 2017      11 comments

No April Fool's joke here and no photo either. I won't humiliate Brody by documenting how he looks today. But take my word for it... he's almost hairless except for his cute little face and ears. So why did my wonderful groomer shave him... Read more
Brody bits in which he gets a glowing reference from his doctor
Wednesday, March 29, 2017      9 comments

My two dogs - whom you have probably met through my blogs or at least seen by my name here on SP - continue to bring a great deal of joy into my life. Pet owners "get it." Sometimes others don't. I have a family member who doesn't. And someh... Read more
Pondering perfection
Wednesday, March 29, 2017      10 comments

Haven't had a lot to say lately. But my mind has been going full speed pondering some major issues. One of which is perfection. Right off the bat, let me say I know it isn't humanly possible. But I'm afraid that some of us internalized it so... Read more

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