Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Day Gone To The Dogs

It was supposed to be a dog day.  A day for the dogs.  "Let's take the dogs to camp!" She said.  "It will be their day!"  She said.  "It'll be fun!" She said.

So we all loaded into the car, well... 2 cars actually.  I tried to wipe the smile off my face as I breathed in the fresh country smells and as the wind whipped the fur back from my face...  but it was a no-go.  The smile stayed.  I was a happy camper.  Camper.  get it?  BOL!  I was a camper!

When we got to camp it was business as usual.  (And yes, we both had business to do in the piles of brown leaves where mom scolded saying it was hard to find and why'd we have to evacuate the moment we got there??)  ....   Until a couple of pit bulls tried to bully Ellie May and me from two campers down.  We were having no parts of it though.  You should have seen my lil' niece Ellie!  That girl ran full speed as far as that rope would take that long and lean black body of hers and she came face to face with those ol' pit bulls and gave them the what for!!!  I'm pretty sure she scared the barks out of them cause they were quiet after that.

We walked, and walked and walked.  The cookie carriers suddenly became cookie carrier carriers as we savored the smells along the way.  Ellie girl was like - let's go-go-go while I was all about -  let's stop and smell the roses dog pee.

Ellie May and me got along just fine.  I felt obligated to share my water bowl and treats with her (especially after she was successful in intimidating the neighborhood bullies which gave us so much more peace about being there).

We sat and rested and occasionally got tangled together and needed our peeps to free us...  but it was fun.

 That camp air was awesome.

The smells...  ahhhhhhh the smells...

And the cookie carriers trying to steal our thunder and be cuter than us...

But really, we didn't care much.  We were in it for the smells.  and the food.

And speaking of food, we had steak for supper!  Seriously!!  Ellie May said she'd never eaten steak before nor had she ever gone for a walk!!!!  Wow.  Poor girl.  I was glad to share my day at camp with her.

We were both dog-tired when we got home.  I could not move. No, really.  I could not move.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Day I Ran

My neighbor is missing.  He ran away from home a little over a month ago.  His name is Ollie and everyone is looking for him.  I mean, everyone!!  Even mom - she always says when we are outside. "Keep an eye out for Ollie."  An eye out?  She wants me to take my eye out?  How will that help?

My pack is strange.

Anyhoo...  If you happen to see this guy call the number there and for cryin' out loud don't chase the poor guy!  He's scared enough as it is.

I remember the day I ran away from home.  It was a warm spring day (BF) (BEFORE FENCE) and mom had me tied to the clothesline out back.  I decided to play Houdini and I magically became separated from my restraints and voila!! I was free at last!

I ran like the wind!!!~!  Soon I heard the frantic voice of mom calling my name!  "Gracie!  Gracie!!!!"  I could tell she was losing it.  (she does that a lot, ya know..  BOL!)  Finally, she spied me laying by the front door.

"Where have you been?  Why did you run?  How did you get loose? !!!!"  Interrogation began.  Seriously, mom.  Do you really think I'd run out in front of traffic like you insinuated I might would do?  Psssshhh  

So that's my story.  Of the day I ran...   all the way around the house.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Walk Away From The Cookie

Gracie, the blog's yours from this day forth.  Create in it a masterpiece...

Alrighty then!  Thought you'd never give it up.  I'm so ready for this!  Just got my hair done and after spa day, a pumpkin cookie! 

Cookie Rules AKA Ways to Have fun with the Rest of the Pack:

Rule #1  Pretend that you do not like the cookie
Rule #2  Walk away from the cookie
Rule #3  Never forget about the cookie
Rule #4 Go back when nobody is watching and eat the cookie
Rule #5  Watch the rest of the pack search under pillows and rugs for the cookie... never knowing if the cookie will show up again ...    did the dog really eat the cookie?  Will it be beneath my covers tonight?  Oh where oh where did that pumpkin cookie go??  BOL!
Rule #6  Repeat

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

#TBT on #TUE

Graduation pics...  seemed like so long ago.

Oh my!  It was so long ago!!



And to All a Good-Nite

Monday, October 2, 2017

Blah Blah Blah

It's the time of year when work gets busy and I must say I am so ready for busy after an unusually slow summer.  And so I'm doing all I can marketing-wise (short of dressing up like an ear and parading back and forth down the highway), to remind people there is no better time than  now to take care of their hearing!


Some days, I think maybe another vacation is in order.  The world oftentimes seems like it's upside down ~ kinda like this little house we passed by a while back...

So many horrible things happening in the world.  The tragedy in Vegas reminds us of how uncertain our days are on this earth.  And of the evil and unrest that lives in the hearts of many - in what we like to believe is our own safe country.   Call me crazy, but maybe we have too many freedoms?  Just a thought.

Gracie, what do you think?

I think I need a ride in the Buick.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tradition and Change

Ahhhh, tradition.

There's nothing like finding something or some place that you truly love and repeating it year after year after year.

The tradition of going to 'our' little chalet in Berlin, Ohio every September on our anniversary makes the death of summer a tad bit more bearable.  

Can you believe Gary and I have been married 15 years now!!  I will not lie and say it has been easy peasy...  I have concluded through my 62 years of life (39 of them being married years) that marriage is give and take.  Sometimes you give more than you take.  There are days as well that you take more than you give.  It's not all butterflies and flowers and a la-de-da life.  But to respect and honor the contract of marriage in which one has previously agreed to - is a good thing and eventually results in all things good.  On the tough days you just have to suck it up buttercup, regroup and always go to God for counsel >  And that's my take on marriage.
Speaking of all things good....

Amish Country, here we come........

A panoramic view of most of our chalet...  downstairs is another room with a pool table and tv.

Our celebratory 15th year spent in Berlin Ohio was ahhhhhhh-some.   As always.

We shopped the Amish gift shops, went to two different huge flea markets, ate wonderful home cooked meals, enjoyed our quiet time in our wooded chalet, and laughed out loud when we attended the Amish Country Theater (where I was pulled up on stage for some really crazy audience participation...  more on that in a later post).

I am so very thankful that once again we were able to make this trip!

Meanwhile...  back at home...  Gracie was left in the care of my daughter Lindsey who stays at our home throughout the day.   But at night Gracie is alone.  It has always been the best way.  Until now.

We have a camera set up in our living room so we can watch her while we are away.  She was plainly stressed out - tearing the house apart!  Howling!  Barking into the night air!

At that point, I was stressed out too.  And so...  late on evening #2 of our being absent from home...  I called Lindsey and threw away my concerns of having Gracie co-habitate with the wild, crazy, energetic and wonderful black dog Ellie (Lindsey's dog) and said "please rescue Gracie!

Gracie will tell you the rest of the story...

Yea.  Gracie here.  This is how it really went down.  They left me.  Yep, they up and left me all alone to fend for myself.  No food.  No water.   very little food and water.  No interaction with any living breathing creature.  Lindsey and the girls spent most of the day with me, then at the time when I needed them most when it was dark and scary, they left me all alone!!!  All alone, I'm tellin' ya!  And so.  Yes.  I will admit I did get into dad's coffee filters and ripped them all apart and threw them all through the house.  And my toys.  Man did I scatter them around and yell at them!  I needed to get someones attention and I kinda figured they'd be spying on me through that little eye that sits on the fireplace.  Sooooooo  I did what I had to do.  I thought for sure they'd send Lindsey down to spend the night with me.  Instead, she took me home with her.  And I had to put up with black dog Ellie.  She's such a punk.  I don't find that feathery long tail of hers swooshing into my face amusing at all.  And how she shows off when someone throws a ball!!!  Hey, punk... I used to be able to catch a ball like that too.  Just wait till you get to be my age.   Anyhoooo  when all was said and done I must say I really enjoyed my time at Lindsey's.  Got to sleep with the girls in their room and they treated me like a princess.  According to mom, I will be going back there and she will never let me home alone again.  Mission accomplished.  #GracieGetsHerWay

 Hey, did I tell you I turned 13 last week?  Yep.   And life is good.

Monday, September 18, 2017

You're Welcome, Gracie

Grandparents day came once again, and we managed to 'adopt' two more grand-boy's whose grandparents couldn't make it.

Our boy Jake is always so considerate of others.  He wants to make sure everyone feels wanted.  Did I mention he's a great soccer player too??

So while the girls are all about dance and gymnastics,  Jake tears up the field with his gift for sports.

And in the chill of the evening we cheer him on...

Business has been a bit slow over the summer...  but picking up nicely after my latest newspaper ad.

Who loves camp??  Gracie does!!!  She loves the smells the walks the getting tangled around the picnic table, the face outside the car being beat by the wind on the way there.

I feel like I'm running out of things to blog about!!  So I'm going to try to go deep into my creative mind and see if I can come up with something of interest.  Y'all must be bored to tears by now.

So, for your entertainment, I share this work of art by yours truly created on my mini iPad.  

Your welcome, Gracie 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Summer Fun In The Sun

Summer is winding down and last week a brief visit to Ocean City, Maryland was in order.

Day #1 I twisted my back and could barely walk without severe pain for the rest of our stay.

Other than that, it was great!  We stayed at a different place this time.  A hotel near the boardwalk.

The kids loved it and I'm pretty sure most of the adults enjoyed themselves.

The kids had such fun playing in the sand and ocean waves...  that I think instead of Disney, we will do a repeat of this years beach trip next summer.  Only longer.

And hopefully....

Next time....

I won't hurt my back.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

~~ THE WALL ~~

Meet my new toy, Chippie.

See that piece of wood there...  just outside my bedroom window?  Well...  that's where Chippie likes to play.

Chippie hides underneath the wood and and we play hide and seek.

Problem is, he's too quick for me.

And so I wait.  and back and forth I pace....

I give mom and dad the stare that says let me out.....

I don't really have to pee, like they think.  I just need to play with Chippie.  Problem is, when I come close to catching him I hear "GRACIE NO!" and then it's back inside for me.

 Chippie likes to hide beneath the dirt underneath the deck.  I know this to be true because the other day I found him!   As hard as I dug into the dirt beneath the deck,  Chippie dug even harder and deeper  ....  and  I was oh-so-close to hearing that squeaker inside of him....  and then I heard those haunting, nagging words that go right through me....


I waited inside.  And when they finally left me go out to play with Chippie...  There was a WALL!

Thanks Dad.  For building the wall and taking away my fun times with Chippie.  You are a kill-joy.
#DonaldTrumpAndDadAreTooMuchAlike  #DogsNeedToys #NoWall