The Friday Five ~ April 22nd

Friday FiveThis week sped by and several things got accomplished. So I am pleased that it all went off without a hitch.

  1. I got our taxes done over the weekend and in the mail on Monday. It’s the first time I have done them alone (pretty much). I think my blood pressure was soaring.
  2. Wednesday found me getting my new crowns. They are wonderful! They feel like real teeth and my bite is perfect. So, I am one very happy girl. Despite the hit to my bank account!
  3. Heidi went in early on Thursday for her spay surgery. The Vet’s Office is some distance from my home, so I asked if I could just sit and wait in their parking lot. Since Heidi was first on the surgical list they said sure.
  4. So, I sat looking at the beautiful farm and all the animals. The Vet’s children came out to play and it was fun watching them too. The two hours sped by and soon they brought Heidi out. She was sleepy but happy to be with me. We drove home, I walked her a bit in my yard, and then she came in and fell asleep in her little bed.
  5. Tonight she had a little dinner and had her pain meds. She is happily curled up with me on my chair. Her little recovery suit is just perfect. So much better than the cone of shame.

278416850_10160116315551499_115961659644533700_nSo the week was busy, but in the end, everything went well and we have the weekend to recover.


There are certain times in one’s life when you have an incident occur that reminds you that you are no longer a young and nubile woman.

And so it was on Monday morning.

I was sitting here looking out of my slipping glass doors when I noted the winter grime on them. I figured I would get the bucket out, mix up some cleaner and wash down the windows on the outside. The sliders went well, but when I came to the back door I stepped up onto the door frame and was reaching for the nut to slide over to keep the screen door from closing when I lost my balance.

It happened so fast. One minute I was reaching up, and the next minute I was on the cement patio block ground!


I landed on the right hip, shoulder, elbow, and knee. Both hands seem to have gotten road rash as I tried to break my fall.

After landing, not very gracefully, I lay there for a moment. I mentally checked my mind to see if anything hurt in a crazy bad way.

I attempted to get up on my right side, but that wasn’t happening. I wondered if I was going to end up like the lady in the commercial. “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

So I rolled to my left and very slowly got to my feet. Both palms were bleeding and things were starting to hurt.

It’s now a couple of hours later and things are starting to hurt a wee bit more.

What hurts the most is the fact that I am not as steady on my feet as I once was. It makes me feel old.

So that’s my tale of woe. I’m actually lucky. It could have been a lot worse.

The Friday Five ~ April 14th

The Friday FiveDuring the week we had a visitor nearly every day. Of course each time we saw the Fox, my camera or cell phone wasn’t around. Finally, today Lili barked and I grabbed my camera and got a few pictures.

  1. foxFoxy!
  2. Fox 4Walking down my driveway!
  3. P4140044Look at the fluffy tail!
  4. Fox 3If I’d only gotten this shot I would consider myself lucky.
  5. fox 2But then Foxy turned and I got this picture. Well, it just made my Thursday, I will tell you!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a very blessed Easter!

This & That ~ April 14th

This is sort of a catch-up post as a lot has been happening, which has kept me from sitting down to write this out. But, here goes…

    • Lili’s left ankle is still a problem. There were two incidents today that exacerbated the injury, and she is once again limping about.

      2022-04-01_11-07-45Limping Lili.

      I still have the anti-inflammatory so she took a dose with dinner tonight, and I will go back to walking her only on a leash. My poor big girl.

    • On Wednesday I had a meet-up with my girlfriends. They’d been dying to meet my little love-puppy, and since it wasn’t raining, was not too cold, off we went to the meet-up.

2022-04-13_07-31-03On our way to the meeting.

    • To say that my little gang of ladies fell hard for Heidi would be an understatement! She was at her very best and flirted with each and every one of the girls!
    • Heidi is an amazing doggy. She will be 6 months old next week and yet she is already well behaved. Heidi can sit, down, roll to the side for belly rubs and sit at my feet. Next on my list is to teach her to shake paws.
    • On my way home I stopped and saw a friend at the Shipping Store. She was Arnie’s girlfriend. (And I even brought Arnie to see her before I took him for his last ride.) She is totally smitten with our new little Miss.

2022-04-13_07-31-59My darling!

  • The general consensus is that the world needs more baby puppies like Heidi.
  • Did I mention that Heidi got into some gross stuff the other day? She hates baths. So, since I needed a shower too, I readied the bathroom and brought her in with me. It turns out that she actually liked the nice warm shower with Mommy! This is good to know

2022-03-14_05-57-45Happy Thursday!


A few months ago, when I brought Heidi home, I admit that I wondered if there was a possibility that she would be as special as my three Dackel Princess pups had been.

All three of them had distinct, strong, and individual personalities. I just wasn’t sure that this little girl could be all that the others had been.

I’d been watching Heidi since her birth via videos and pictures.

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Newborn Heidi

I had felt a very strong attachment to her. One that I couldn’t exactly explain, without sounding like I was slightly daft, or losing my mind.

20220101_103357Meeting Heidi in person, on January 1st.

There was just something very familiar about her right from the start.

20220101_165726At the hotel in Nashville.

275970700_286186950260992_2288262838510515664_nMe & Heidi

But here we are. Heidi will be six months old in another week or so and it’s like she has always been in my life.

She follows me everywhere. and stays with me when I am cooking or doing laundry or the dishes. I teasingly call her Velcro-Dog.

Heidi is unlike any pup I have ever had. Her personality is sweet and loving. She is smart and watchful, and at the same time has a hilarious sense of humor. And when I fall asleep for a nap, or at night, she finds her special little spot on my lap, curls up and we sleep. Happily, peacefully, lovingly asleep.

I am so grateful, so very happy to have this wonderful little being in my life.


Happy 34th Anniversary to Us!

Today, Jack and I celebrate 34 years of marriage. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been that long. In the grand scheme of things, 34 years is like forever in a Hollywood marriage. And at my age (63) it certainly is a large chunk of time.


In our thirty-four years of marriage, we have had 4 White German Shepherds, Rex, Max, Fritz, and Lili. Five Wire-haired Dackels, Shubi, Greta, Arnie,  Anneliese, and Heidi, lived in four homes. One was a farm in Lyndeborough, NH; a very beautiful ranch home in Punta Gorda, FL; in a motorcoach here in Meredith, NH for 9 long months; while we built our current home, and lastly, this beautiful house, that Jack and I designed.

We had four children, between us. Three are living, and they have grown up to be really good people. We also have two of the most beautiful, and wonderful grandchildren on the face of the earth!

Marriage is never easy, even if you are married to your best friend. There are days you want to murder each other, but lucky for us, those days were few and far between.

Forgiveness is so important when you live with someone this long. People do stupid things, and if you can’t forgive them, then you are with the wrong person. I am the Queen of stupid things and I am married to the King of stupid things. So it’s a good thing we forgive and forget.

You will also find during a long-term marriage (or relationship) that there will be those days when your significant other just makes you crazy. Whether it’s how they are chewing their food, or even sipping their soup, you will sit there and wonder how you never noticed this before!

But then, there are those times when a little look, the warmth of a hug, or a gentle squeeze of your hand, will make you feel loved and safe. During my illness in 2017, when I felt like I was dying, I was so scared, and Jack just kept the home fires burning, cooked my meals, did the laundry, and did not allow me to believe that I was leaving this earth.

Likewise, not even six months after that, when he got the infection in his foot that led to the amputation of his toe, I made sure I was at the hospital each day. I brought him goodies to eat, stayed to speak with each doctor, and informed Jack, he wasn’t leaving me yet.

No, marriage isn’t easy, but the pros far outweigh the cons, and life would be, so lonely, without my Jack.

Even after all these years, Jack is still the first person I want to speak to in the morning, and the last person I want to speak to at night.

I made up a short montage of our life together using one of our favorite songs. I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Anniversary Jack!

The Friday Five ~ April 8th

Friday FiveWell, there goes the first full week of April. I can’t believe how life is flying by. Here are this week’s Friday Five.

  1. Our little Lake Waukewan is now ice-free. It is so wonderful to see the open water again! Soon we will see rowboats and small boats used for fishing on the Lake. Our Lake has life during all four seasons.
  2. Lili’s ankle is better. She is not happy that we have restricted her movements. The girl really is a running, jumping, leaper!
  3. I have had a slight cold this week, and I have tried to drink a lot of fluids and get my rest. Although truth be told, Heidi keeps me on my toes. Walks, walks and more walks.
  4. Our fox was back this morning. Here is a picture I took last summer.
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    Dear Lili told me with her barking and fussing. This isn’t the best picture, but as you can see we are still in very early spring. All brown and not too much green. I think she looks like she is expecting.
  5. Tomorrow, April 9th is our Anniversary. We used to go out for a fine meal each year, but I’m thinking that won’t happen. I am not sure exactly what we will do to celebrate. Maybe just pop a cork and have some champagne.


TBT: Grandma Honey & Papa Fred

Here is a picture of my Grandma Honey and Papa Fred. This had to be before 1968, as we are still at our Clipper Lane home. When I found this picture I had to share it.


I love this so much because they both look quite young and joyful. Papa especially is smiling happily. My guess is that they were 69 and 70 years old.

Notice how he has her by her elbow to escort her to the house.

They simply adored each other!

The Weekend Wrap ~ April 4th

The weekend wrap 2Despite my best efforts to have a truly quiet weekend, it turned into a pretty crazy one.

Lili’s ankle is still bothering her, so each time she needs to go out, I have to walk her on a leash. She weighs 77 pounds and is very strong.

So imagine trying to walk her and Heidi at the same time? Heidi may only be 16 pounds, but she is very strong and tries to pull you right off your feet!

Have you ever heard an old song, and then looked for it so you could hear the entire thing, and suddenly you realize that the group was one you really enjoyed back in the day, so you go to your music app and listen to all those tunes from your youth!

That’s what happened to me today when I heard “Share The Land” by the Guess Who.

Oh my goodness! What fun this has been!!

2905_the-guess-whoThe Guess Who.

My only observation is that some of these guys had better, thicker, and curlier hair than most women!

I am still concerned about Lili’s limping. I may give the doctor a call on Monday. I am thinking she may need to have it wrapped. Lili is not a good patient. She wants to run and jump and play, but it just wouldn’t be good for her.

This is my quiet week. I am grateful. I am not feeling 100% and need to just putter around the house instead of trying to do it all at once.

Have a great week everyone!

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The Friday Five ~ April 1st

Friday FiveAnother week is gone, and here we are April first. April Fool’s Day. This year there is very little to joke about so I’m going to pass on anything cute!

  1. Thursday saw me heading out with Lili to go to the Vet. Now darling Lili is not a good rider. She fussed and I could almost feel her blood pressure rising as we drove along.
  2. She has a fever, but thankfully no break around her ankle. The Vet is concerned that she could have Lyme Disease. Now, I vaccinate for this and always have, but new strains of the virus are out there. We will know in a few days if that is it. Meanwhile, she is on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. She is very quiet and just wants to rest. Good thing.
  3. The new hooks arrived for my bird feeders. I want to be able to hang them inside the trees making it tough for the Ravens and the Crows to raid the feeders.
  4. I also ordered new stripping knives for Heidi. My old ones are not working well and I hope the new ones will.
  5. There have been so many news stories lately that truly saddens me for mankind. There is no care or concern for others anymore. Somehow being rude and abusive to all others is supposed to be accepted. The old-aged Queen of England is being bullied by her grandson and his American wife. Chris Rock was slapped by Will Smith. And let’s not forget Ukraine. We just are living in a more unfriendly world and I miss kindness a great deal.
    Bruce Willis, one of my all-time favorite actors has been diagnosed with Asphagia. Now if some of those I mentioned above were handling Bruce, he would be blamed for his condition and made to suffer. Instead, Bruce’s entire family has rallied around him and they are trying to make the most of the time they have left with him. Everyone from his first wife and daughters to his second wife and their daughters. So perhaps not all kindness has vanished from this earth.