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Postcard #31 “Favorite Photographs from Many Sundays”

Posted on March 22, 2012. Filed under: Dogs, Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Buttery smooth and so so sweet!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the past few Sundays- enjoy!

A worm from the Hulett-Reynolds Free Range Worm Farm and Boston Terrier Project

Just looking at this picture makes me hungry for some sugary goodness!

Emmie, John and Lillian

Next time you're in SF go to Q (on Clement Street) and have an omelette of your own!

Lucille at the beach

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Postcard #30- “Thirty Things I Love + One More”

Posted on February 4, 2012. Filed under: Dogs, Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , |

This is my favorite tree to camp under- I love to wake up in the morning and see it

Lillian's Lovely Lady Toes

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To celebrate my 30th postcard, I have randomly listed 30 things I love the best:

1. Taking my dogs to the dog park

2. Ice cubes. Like I said before:  party in your glass

3. Frosted sugar cookies

4. New socks

5. New shoes to go with the new socks

6. My nieces and nephews

7. Driving around Napa with my sister Teri drinking hot chocolate from 7-11 or a ginormous ice tea from a can (depends on the season), just shooting the breeze and maybe going to Target if I’ve been especially good. Being free-range with Teri is just the best!

8. Beets- all vegetables, really. I had a great conversation with a friend (I promised him that he would remain anonymous) about how beets turn everything red (if you know what I’m sayin’)

9. Changing chords quickly while I am playing the banjo (okay, so I am not that fast at all, but I’m working on it)

10. Watching Lucille swim- that dog paddles like she’s being chased by sharks!

11. Hearing my sister’s children call my Mom “Grams” it is pretty sweet and kinda heartwarming and it makes me feel guilty for trying to get them to call her “Me Maw” (but not that guilty)

12. The way my dogs are so happy to see me when I come in the door and it doesn’t matter if I’ve been gone all day or 5 minutes- they are always happy to see me

Lucille

13. The way my students are so excited to see me and it doesn’t matter if I’ve been gone all day or…

14. When someone calls me “friend”- I just love that!

15. The way compost smells

16. Camping under my favorite tree at Strawberry Music Festival

17. My family

18. Cake with lots of frosting

19. Going to Zumba with my friend Cheryl and making her laugh (did I mention that I’m not coordinated and she is?)

20. Sundance Books- they have a huge selection of books and cards, plus I can bring my dogs in while I browse

21. My husband’s laugh

22. Practical jokes that are actually funny and don’t involve water, farm animals or mail order brides. Earlier this month, I came home to find a 1971 Dodge camper van thingy in my driveway. I named it Big Red and began making semi-serious plans about where I was going to take it camping. Red was so big that it blocked out the sun, had a funky smell and I was scared to drive it because it was such a beast. I was the proud owner for about a day and half until the real owner came back for it. It now lives in front of his house and I hear his neighbors are not happy about it.

This bad boy was mine for about 13 hours...I love you Big Red!

23. Spring, summer and fall

24. Chubby kitties

25. When Clementine curls up on my lap- I feel like I’ve won a huge prize and that’s pretty great

26. The grilled cheese sandwiches my Mom makes me- they are so good!

27. The way my Dad thought I was pretty great

28. The finger picks I wear for playing the banjo

29.  When Lillian puts her long lady toes on the heater vent to warm them up- that dog has some freaky long toes!

30.  Sleeping in on the weekend and not having Walter jump on my head nineteen thousand times

Just one more- which makes this one really # 31- taking the day off and having coffee with a friend (Thanks, Ruby!)

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Postcard #16 “What Dogs are Good For”

Posted on May 15, 2011. Filed under: Dogs, Postcards | Tags: , , , , |

Postcard #16

Dogs are great. They have cute tails, wet noses, and they love to explore and play ball all day. With all these good things, I had to wonder, what other things are dogs good for?

Imagine you’re reading a really interesting book and the phone rings or you suddenly get so hungry you think you might faint if you don’t get something to eat right then and there. You hate to lose your spot and you can’t find a bookmark and you know if you flip the book over with the spine facing up the pages will be splayed open, the crabby Mrs. McClousky, the local

A drawing of Mr. Wiggles- you can tell he was a hero

librarian will yell at you the second you bring it back because she just knew that you didn’t use a bookmark even before you turned in the book.

What can you do? This is where your dog comes in super handy! Use her tail as a bookmark: simply leave the book open to the page you’re on and gently place it over her tail. Your dog will happily keep your place until you are ready to resume reading. Make sure you give her something equally interesting to read because she might get bored waiting for you and want to read the book you left on her tail (which could be a problem).

 Winter is a fun time of the year, but as you know, it can get really cold, especially when you left your scarf on the bus. Worry no more! You can wear your dog as a scarf (this is best with a small dog). Your new pup muffler will keep you toasty and warm while you ice skate, build snowmen and have a spunky snowball fight. But watch out: your new scarf may treat any treats that you are trying to enjoy yourself.

 You’ve heard about Lassie, right? What about Rin Tin Tin? But have you heard about Mr. Wiggles, an exceptionally brave 20 pound Boston terrier who led a group of explorers safely out of the Congo in 1927? Originally brought along as a lap dog, Mr. Wiggles proved that size is not a factor when it comes to being courageous. For his valor in the face of danger (poisonous snakes, swampy swamps, and icky quicksand) Mr. Wiggles was awarded “The 1927 Canine Bravery Award.” After presenting himwith the prize, President Calvin Coolidge was quoted as saying, “Mr. Wiggles is certainly a mighty mighty terrier as well as a role model for all dogs.”   When you and your dog are on a walk, don’t be afraid to try a new route because you know your dog can be just like Mr. Wiggles and guide you out of many dangerous situations. Another little known fact: dogs are great at map making, reading maps and neatly folding them.

 The list is endless; all you have to do is use your imagination and your dog can be anything you want or need it to be, except typing (they just don’t know how to spell).

Calvin Coolidge was a huge fan of Mr.Wiggles' heroic deeds

 
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