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Greyt News!

January 18, 2015

Back in my earlier days of consistently writing for Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, the owner of that blog–the fabulous Mama Kat–took notice of my sweet grey Cassie. We exchanged a few comments about our mutual love and affection for these graceful and loveable dogs. When I saw her Instagram feed explode this week with pictures of their adventures in fostering a retired greyhound, I was ecstatic!

Check out her IG account: @mamakatslosinit posted so many adorable pictures and very valid reasons on why everyone should adopt one of their own in a posted “30 Reasons Greyhounds are Gentle Giants…”

And now I will blow up my feed with a few pictures of our current greys, Crookshanks and Hedwig. They turned six on Dec. 3rd and we adopted them three years ago on January 14th, 2012. Enjoy!






Crook being stingy and not letting her sister have a bed


Crook giving me “crazy eyes”. “Not another picture, human or I will come get you!”


Heddie taking a break in one of the kennels. They rotate where they take their naps all day long. Greyhounds can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Having choices seems to make them happy.




Apparently I wasn’t showing them enough attention so they plopped on the hard floor without cushions to make sure I saw them.


Right after we picked them up from the kennel for boarding while we were in Hawaii. I missed them so much and they missed us! Not a great picture but it captures the energy in the truck.


Heddie “captured” a “rabbit” at the Faire and was doing a great bow.


Heddie greets a special visitor at the Faire. We work three weekends out of 5. The greys love all the attention they get from patrons. It is a great way to educate the public about greyhounds and adoption.


Crook demonstrates that even the most royal of hounds can get a little goofy. She was in a full-on cockroach for a patron.


Much more regal. I love Crook’s custom martingale collar by Needlenose Neckware. I looked for current shop information but her FB page hasn’t been active since 2013.


crazy eyes again… this time in a cockroach


Sweet sisters. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone that they’re naked (without collars) or we’d get in trouble and have tons of people messaging me about how unsafe it is to have them without their collars.



Writing Workshop: Oct. 2

October 2, 2014

2.) What were you blogging about last year at this time? How have things changed?

One year ago today… I was writing about the closing of USMMA. I was preparing for and ran in my first 5K at a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I gave my opinion about the Captain Phillips movie. I had a snarky Friday about my overwhelming schedule. And I ended the month writing about being replaced as favorite daughter-in-law.

USMMA has reopened and their football season has gone uninterrupted this year. Too bad we lost the Secretary’s Cup game to the Coasties. Oh well.

I just ran a 5k today in preparation for this year’s Making Strides. My time was about the same. It was brutal. What today showed me is that even if I am not feeling my best (real achy today) I can still bang out 3.1 miles and not give up. I have to run 5K on Monday and then taper down till the race on the 12th. P.S. If you’d like to sponsor me, send me a message and I’ll tell you which team to make a donation to.

I still haven’t seen Captain Phillips but on the flight to Hawai’i the Chief watched it. I preferred to watch Winter’s Tale and another movie I can’t name off the top of my head.

My schedule is just as overwhelming and even more so as I am now subbing twice a week if possible. It is taking some adjusting to both personally and as a family. At least we don’t have the added issues of a crazy team mom or a lousy school team experience to compound things. I just hope I can make it to Nov. 15th without a nervous break down. Nov. 15th is my first no-activity weekend since Aug. 30th. I am sleeping in. Sleeping in and having pancakes.

Being replaced hasn’t been so bad. My BIL finally popped the question and the Girlfriend is now the Fiance. She went with us to Hawai’i. She and I shared a cold. We enjoy the company of the other. In fact, as we were saying good-bye at the airport, I said to her, “You’ve survived two trips and a cold with us.” She replied, “And I still like you!” I gave a knowing grin, “You’re one of my favorite people.” “You’re one of mine too.” (Yes, Mama Kat, I probably do need to write that post about traveling with 13 family members…)

We’ve decided to be bad together–I’m ticking off my MIL by not having a party for the Chief and instead arranged to go on a double date with the BIL and Fiance and she is ticking of the FIL because said double date is to go see Spamalot without the in-laws even though the FIL hinted that they might would like to go. I may be in extra hot water because the Chief has not been to see his mother yet. He’s been home 12 days now… this never happens. But the Fiance and I both get points for insisting that the FIL does not have to go down on Friday night to the time share to just turn around the following morning to pick up the MIL and the Fiance’s mother… we’re big girls and can check ourselves in. Turns out all the elder people were relieved that we “thinking of them and coming up with a solution.” Unfortunately the Chief will be missing the frightening festivities because he has to go to training out of the country and will be gone 9 days. 😦

So much has changed and yet so much hasn’t.

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Writing Prompts for Oct. 2nd.

1.) September 29th is National Coffee day. How do you like your cup?
2.) What were you blogging about last year at this time? How have things changed?
3.) Your most favorite (or lease favorite) fall fashion trends.
4.) Throwback time! Share an old photo and tell us about it.
5.) List your top favorite things about Fall.


Writing Workshop: This Ain’t Starbucks

November 29, 2012

1.) Friends are on their way to your house for a coffee date…what kind of afternoon can they expect with you?

Bring your own coffee.


I don’t drink coffee. My friends know this. Also, most likely anything I serve will be store-bought if I waited until the last minute or the Chief isn’t home. If the Chief is home and I’ve asked him to whip something up, it will be good. He often refers to this as “Extreme Entertaining” because I will often only give him a couple of hours notice.

The Friday before Thanksgiving I had a few people over for brunch. I set out the instant coffee and the coffee maker but I had no takers. They either brought their own or they enjoyed the apple cider I also set out. And if the Chief hadn’t busied himself making little appetizers of chicken and apple sausages, we wouldn’t have had a protein at this little brunch. LOL It was all desserts! Not that there is anything wrong with that.

I’ve never liked coffee. When I worked at McD’s I did the morning shift. I made the coffee in the industrial machines but I always hated the smell. I have since been given a recipe for an iced coffee punch concoction that I will drink. Thankfully it is made with decaf so I can enjoy it in large quantities. But otherwise, nope, no coffee for me. I prefer hot chocolate or tea, iced or hot.

My friends also know to expect me to be still cleaning. On this particular day I was still in my gym clothes, still cleaning. But you can read that rant about cleaning my daughters’ bathroom … and no, the Mom Guilt is not working and we have moved to threatening she can’t go on a mission trip (I am actually threatening to not let her go serve others? This is so wrong!). But hey, my friends were all 45 minutes late so it’s all good. And I guess I didn’t have too much gym funk on me–or at least they were all polite enough not to say anything.

The Chief and I actually got two or three coffee makers as wedding gifts. I’d have to say we managed to regift all of them within 7 years. It was our first Christmas in this house and we were still hosting the annual shin-dig but by the time we were working on the desserts it was discovered we no longer had a coffee maker! Gasp! So my sister’s best friend, either a few days later for our anniversary or the following Christmas, gave us a really nice coffee maker with express instructions “Do Not Regift!” It sits dutifully under the counter, waiting for the coffee drinkers to use whenever we need it. My dad and my FIL will be in charge of making coffee when we have big gatherings. I guess I better remember to add creamers and fixens for my New Year’s shin-dig. It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a large gathering so I’m a little rusty.

But at least I still have the coffee maker.

The Prompts:

1.) Friends are on their way to your house for a coffee date…what kind of afternoon can they expect with you? 2.) Ask your child to draw a portrait of you and share it with us. (Inspired by Scary Mommy) 3.) Write a post, poem, or story that somehow incorporates the word: Sparkle 4.) Tell us about the last thing you Google searched…what did you learn? 5.) List your top 7 favorite Apps!

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Writing Workshop: Dream Castle

March 15, 2012

1.) Share your favorite part of your child’s bedroom.

DH got the plans to build bookcases that resembled houses and castles for T1 & T2. The first was the house. We have great pictures of T2 actually being small enough to climb in it and claim it as her own even though it was in T1’s room.

A little later DH made the castle version for T1. We decided to commission friend and artist Izzy Saylor to create a fantasy fairy tale for this castle. I believe the result is a truly unique piece that will always be in our family. Even when T1 did the room make-over for her 11th birthday the castle bookcase remained in the room–in spite of the fact it had nothing to do with the new grown-up decor.

Because there are so many pictures I am going to include them here in a gallery format. The poor quality of the pictures is truly my fault (and my camera’s) and not Izzy’s.

If you would like to see more of Izzy’s work, go to her Etsy shop. Izzy is also the artist I commissioned to make my fewterer’s garb (hound handler renaissance costume for the rest of you). She truly is a multi-medium artist with amazing skill.

The other thing I like so much about this piece is that DH built it and added the fleck-stone paint. T1 & T2 along with the children of a friend got to paint the inside walls and I got to paint the drawbridge.

As I said, I hope it gets passed down for generations.

Writing Prompts:
1.) Share your favorite part of your child’s bedroom.
2.) It happened at Disneyland…
3.) Incorporate the following line into a poem of your own: “Catching air with my fingers” (inspired by Buttered Toast Rocks
4.) Are you feeling brave? Ask your child where babies come from and share their answers.
5.) Write about the last time you laughed until it hurt…what happened?

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