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It’s Dackel Princess’s First Anniversary! So today my Thursday Thirteen is themed on this.

Thirteen things I have learned since I started writing on Dackel Princess.

1. One must always try to find the humor in ones day. Even if the event is the dog getting car sick in your lap!
2. It pays to proofread each post carefully. With the slip of a spell check a sentence that should have been totally harmless read “Fritz was so wonderful in the car after we gave him a tranquilizer, that now I will bed the Verterinarian for more.” (Can you see my red face?)
3. Although diets are never fun to be on, they sure are fun to joke about!
4. Dogs provide an endless source of both comical and heart breaking things to write about.
5. Husbands or signifigant others can do the same.
6. There is something about writing down your thoughts that helps to sooth the soul.
7. And there is something in the consolation of others that helps to heal you.
8. I have found I can write and tell the stories of my life and people are interested.
9. I have also found that I have a lot to say. (A surprise to me, but not to my family, who claim that I never am at a loss for words)
10. I’ve learned that I do not say good-bye well, but I can survive it. It just never gets any easier, does it?
11. That life is full of ups and downs and sideways! What is the most important is just learning to go with the flow.
12. The written word is wonderful, but sometimes a picture can say a lot more.
13. How grateful I am, each day when I write my posts and see that you all have stopped by to read, to look and to just say HI!

Thanks for making my first year as a blogger such a wonderful and happy year for me.


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***More German Odyssey Tomorrow***

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Thirteen Things About Hubby


This was taken during the summer of 1989. I’ve always loved this picture.

1. Today is Hubby’s birthday. I can’t tell you how old he is, but most children would call him ancient!
2. He was born in Boston.
3. He has the most beautiful blue eyes!
4. He loves to snow ski, hike with the dogs and fish.
5. He has a steely determination and once he puts his mind to it, there isn’t anything he can’t accomplish (okay, I have the childbirth thing going for me, but that’s about it).
6. He is 6 feet 4 inches tall. When we first started dating I had terrible neck pains from tipping my head up to kiss him (the neck muscles are nice and strong now).
7. If he hadn’t become a pilot he had once thought about becoming a Veterinarian.
8. He has had a White German Shepherd as a pet since 1963.
9. He used to own and operate a pick your own apple farm. He loves to cultivate fruit trees.
10. He speaks German as a second language and is always looking for people to practice with.
11. He has a great love of photography and taught me what I know about it.
12. He has a wonderful sense of humor.
13. He has a heart of gold and is always there for the people he loves. He is my rock.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!!


Thirteen Things I Really Love

I am just including on this list the things I love.( I could never in my life list all the people and animals that I love, as it would use up all my bandwidth for the next lifetime!)

1. Dark Chocolate. I know, I know, I know. I should put thoughts of this truly delectable evil stuff out of my mind and try to start day dreaming about carrots and celery, but I just can’t do it!
2. Flowers. Don’t ask me to grow them, I have a black thumb. However, I love them. The smell, the way they look, and the way I feel when I get them.
3. The feeling I get inside just before I see people I love again after being apart for a while.
4. When I get a card from someone for no reason. Just because they’re thinking of me.
5. A really good meal. Like the one we had on our anniversary. (You will note here that several of my great loves involve food! Which is why I am always on a diet!)
6. Pajamas! Soft cottony, warm, comfortable pajamas, and the time to spend relaxing in them!
7. Taking a jacuzzi! I love to lie in the hot water, with my eyes closed, thinking about nothing.
8. Watching fruit grow on our trees. I get the biggest kick out of watching the flowers bloom, and then the fruit develop right there on the tree. Then picking the fruit and making things like jam, sauces and canning the fruit. I can also add, eating the canned fruit in the winter. That has been a big thrill.
9. Watching my pups play. In my life watching these beautiful, selfless creatures romp and play has brought such happiness into my life.
10. Seeing something particularly beautiful that is only found in nature. Like the glacier I saw in Alaska, or the volcano in Guatemala, or the Old Man of the Mountain here in New Hampshire, before it fell from the mountains, or going mushroom hunting in Bavaria!
11. When something I do turns out well and makes someone happy. I am such a klutz and often I try things and they go so wrong. How happy I am when I try something and everything goes well.
12. Making a surprise and actually pulling it off. I love to give people wonderful surprises. I like the thrill of doing it and making someone feel special.
13. All the days I have been given in this lifetime. How blessed I am to have had all this time, with all these wonderful people and animals! Yes, all these days, make me very happy!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Janet
2. Elle
3. Shelli

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Thirteen Things about My Pets

1. My first pet was a Siamese cat named Smokey. He was a Blue Point, and a real sweetie.
2. I thought I was a cat person for many years, until I got my first White Shepherd puppy, Max. Then I got Shubi and I was hooked. Although I love cats, I discovered I am a dog person.
3. Max was 8 weeks old when we got him. He was from Tucson, Arizona.
4. He was the sweetest dog until he discovered he was a boy. Then he made me crazy until he went to Doggie Reform School.
5. I thought he just might eat Shubi when we brought her home. She wasn’t even 4 pounds! He was 128!
6. I needn’t have worried. Shubi took control and he adored her.
7. I never planned on getting Shubi. We were visiting our friends in Munich and I casually said we should get puppies together. The next day I owned Shubi!
8. She was the very best animal I ever had.
9. Max died at age 12 1/2 and Fritz came to us two months later.
10. 2 months later Shubi became ill. We were told she wouldn’t live long. So, I started a search for another wire-haired dachshund.
11. Greta arrived a couple of months later, and took control of the house.
12. Shubi passed away two years after the doctors told us she would. She was 10.
13. Looking forward to when Greta has puppies, gives me a lot of comfort.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)
1. Wendy
2. Shelli
3. Janet
4. Dr.GoofyGirl

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!