Thursday, December 1, 2016

From cats to dogs

 Never mind that the Chinese calendar says this is the Year of the Monkey. 

At our house, it’s the year of the dog. After 40 something years of cat ownership, we’ve gone to the other side. Don’t get me wrong, My Guy and I still send each other cat videos, but for the sake of travel convenience we adopted a dog in September.
Mamie the wonder dog

       To our family – son with a cat, daughter with two – this is as foreign as if the parents had suddenly decided to take up Esperanto. On the plus side, Mamie is the least dog-like canine I’ve ever met.
      Her main focus in life is to sit next to me. She doesn’t play tug of war, chase squirrels, or gallop up to strangers. Although they were fascinated with her, I’m sure she was a deep disappointment to the three grandboys when they visited for Thanksgiving. 

          We continued the dog theme by bringing everyone to a local dog show. 

It was a learning experience for young and old alike. My daughter and I noticed that there is a definite wardrobe consistency for the women dog handlers – knee length skirts, flats, stockings. At first we wondered if the purpose was to highlight the dogs, but then the men wear slacks, so why not the women? No, it was a dog world thing. Kind of the way you can often tell someone is a teacher. We all get to look alike after a while. 

Note the anti-drool bibs

         We also noticed that the handlers often had dog combs stuck in their own hair and possessed the ability to pull a dog treat from unexpected places. And handlers of the slobbery category always had an absorbent cloth on the ready peeking out from their waistbands. 
Tired Newf or rug?


    Some of the owners were very friendly and happily stopped to chat with us and let us pat their dogs. We saw dachshunds and Dobermans, Pomeranians and poodles, but the Newfoundlands carried the day.

      There was a huge (in every sense of the word) contingent of Newfs there, not to mention a puppy of 12 weeks that was a ridiculously fuzzy black ball of cute.

 We all had a terrific time but we may not have done our daughter any favors. Both our son-in-law and the boys went home with anticipatory smiles and discussions of where their future Newf might sleep.  
The thrill of victory


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

If my refrigerator could talk

     If, through some unlikely series of events, a person had lost his calendar, all access to the internet or any other media, and had been living on an uninhabited mountain top, he would only have to check my refrigerator to know that Thanksgiving is coming.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


     Our son and delightful daughter-in-law are on their honeymoon, delayed a bit from their June wedding.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Porlocks and Snidgets

     Considering my husband’s pack-ratting tendencies, the day we ever have to move from this house will truly be enlightening. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Confessions of a Writer

My former high school English students have nothing on me. I’ve sunk to levels of procrastination they could only dream about.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016


For those of you concerned about my little dog Mamie, who was pining away for me when I went to a conference this weekend, this video of my welcome home proves that she seems to have bounced back just fine:
                 Rocket Dog