know how I say “friends… can’t have too many”?

Well, here’s a link to one our many friends … Carrie at Violet Cottage. she’s awesome in so many ways.

of course, we’re not friends with everyone – no one we know has one of these yet!
boo was positively impressed by the red one we saw over near the sprint repair store yesterday…

from following a link from facebook took me here – not a sentimental dirge about Louis C.K.’s poignant note that bringing home a puppy is just a promise that you’ll be sad in a few year. No, it’s patton oswald on jason statham. wow.

but truth be told, even if I knew the truth of Louis’ sentiment, I’d still do it all over again. even the sucky parts. I realize how much our friends came to our aid that night, and through the years since. really making it ok for us, as ok as we could be. hate to think how it could have gone down. so tell a friend how much they mean to you over a pumpkin latte this week – when it’s all damn fine. they might not be able to hear you between the sobbing otherwise.

miss ya girl. hope you’re finding what you’re sniffing for!


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”

oh yes, I shouldn’t be too surprised…

so boo loves her phone – got it back in Feb, and just is really happy with it.

I picked up a sleek new (free) phone yesterday after the hot water tank went kaput. don’t ask – I needed something ‘good’ …

so tonight I figure ‘hey – the update for her phone has been out for a few months – I’ll make her’s just like mine’…

except mine still works as a phone. her’s is a bit of a brick. good thing she doesn’t remember the last time I broke her phone.

hey – has it been 4 years since we saw the house we ended up buying? why yes – yes it has.

wonder what blue thinks…
she might have to nap on it…


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”

Do we have to leave?

“I’ve tried salad in my life!” – the emphatic reply of a nearly 6 year old boy…

Rocket on his back, almost turtled – chew toy making him so happy…. until Stewie’s around, whence Rocket starts to nibble on Stewie’s head!

the joy of a 3b/2b for $150K (with carport!)

Sunshine through the leaves, a rainy Sunday, fresh cool air….

too many pictures, lots of fun at Troika Music Fest…

from alicia:
you must all run out right now and check out Two Ton Boa. my hair LOVES durim. my hair is all bouncy and full. it’s kind of scary.

45 minutes and 24 months…

time marches forward, blue makes sleeping noises (that are very cute) as she lays curled up in her bumper bed in the living room.

typical things happed – dinner from a driver thru, a movie on the tv, no laundry and no picking up, napping with the pup, hope for more tomorrow – more of things and actions and hope.

my sense of grief is pleasantly absent. loss, yes, and deeply missing the ever so perfect chits and chats that only a mom can have with you. but the pain and pangs are less, and less frequent.

for that I’m very happy. but i still miss ya ma. miss ya a lot.

love ya lots too.


barking sets you free…

that’s what I think blue thinks. At least in the morning…

All along the watchtower vs. discussion on Ohio’s AG going after BoA for fraudulent papers served to court re: foreclosures. NPR says there’s been 200 million foreclosures – aren’t there only 350 million of us? wow…

live music, good music, friends doing what they love, creating art. is the creative ‘gene’ a switch those of us who don’t like cleaning up after making messes that gets left in the ‘off’ position? how do you take a bucket of vinyl scraps, a 3 foot by 2 foot piece of plywood, and come up with a ‘full moon over a field’ artwork? I can’t see the path, but that’s one of the fabulous pieces I saw last night. Astronaut on a horse. Picture of the deep end, water looking like shit, yet sunny and appealing in it’s composition. A stature of a chihuahua taller than boo! Watercolors of studio headphones. all so very cool, very creative. I just pondered them for a while. then we caught Betty rocking out with North Elementary. As always, I hate it when I finally catch something totally fabulous about 2 years late. Let’s hope it’s the first of many shows of theirs I’m able to enjoy.

fall has come and with it a certain relaxation, or release of held breath, as the seasons turn. Looking forward to bundling up for the winter? Hmmm… a proud citizen of hiber-nation! 😉

well, I listen to the birds chirp as the sun rises, I look out on our campaign sign in the front yard, think about things I’d like to do over the next few weekends, and will probably end up taking a nap with boo.

It’s what blue would do. Will do. Is doing?


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”

an example of our hopetimism …

a night at the debate…

personally I find most all politicians to be vile; talk the talk, find ways not to walk the walk – it’s why Ross perot having the white house in texas, or the fine libertarian idea of clearing our federal debt by knocking down the IRS building, and selling chunks for $10 each seem like not-the-least-implausible solutions; has anything else ‘rational’politicians have done helped fix things?

so much noise, so much hatred, and things somehow manage to get better along the way.

Want to go to a rally on the 30th? It’s in DC. We’re gonna restore sanity.

wonder if I’ll be able to borrow this –

for the drive up.

well, as long as we have a nice sunset

we’ll be able to make it back to our cute blue…


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”

oh the places – did I mention glamping?

Doggy sweaters and heated mattress pads – really, the best way to slip into the change of seasons!!

So here we are – Tuesday already, but the happy feelings and smell of smoke from the weekend hang in there with me. And I’m ok with that. It was cool to roll into work and have a ‘story’ to share of good times, fun, visiting Asheville, and genuine joy about all of that rolled together!

Just got some pics from Declan of his new little boy – wow. Congrats sir Declan, always new those years with Quincy would lead you down the right path – just remember, Cormac probably won’t fetch very well. ride about in the truck probably just fine though.

We’ve been …

ah – the joy of an almost formed post.


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”

oh, the places we have gone

So, the weekend is over and our first experience with glamping has passed. All have survived, and much fun and happiness was had.
Glamping, you say? Glamour camping! though not as much glitter as I presumed would happen, a lovely cabin by a lake, with ducks and geese to startle and amaze the younger campers to our left, and slightly agitate our pups was provided, and we brought the PIZAZZ!!!!

A late Friday departure gave us a fairly late night around the campfire, with tasty steaks created by Morgan and Beth. We brought charcoal lighter fluid and blue!
Saturday saw us up and chilled and happy, then post brunch, off to Asheville!
Sunday was again a lovely morning, with packing and heading home, sadly.

what – did blue enjoy?
why yes – yes she did.


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”