Casual Friday – 7/3/15

imageThe month of July has come up from nowhere and blindsided me.  Today July 3 we have passed the midpoint of the year 2015. It is the 184th day of the year with 181 days remaining until the end of the year. I do not spend my time counting down many things, but it is just mind-boggling to think we are more than half way through another year. When I was a teacher, in my mind the 4th of July marked the midpoint of summer vacation. I never really counted the days but it psychologically seemed to be significant.  Memorial Day seems to officially start summer, Labor Day seems to end it and in the middle is Independence Day.Casual Friday Boots

I plan to have a calm three-day weekend. I slept in this morning. Quite remarkably I didn’t wake up until after 8 a.m. Typically even when I plan to sleep in I am up by 7:00. I actually went to bed early last night so it is surprising that I slept that late. After showering, getting dressed,  and reading the newspaper while eating breakfast, I finished a book that I had been reading.  The rest of my day will be spent doing a bit of cleaning, stitching on my ongoing project and blogging.  Minus the cleaning, these are some of my favorite things.

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Casual Friday – 6/25/201

imageOn Fridays I join Aimee of Aimee Writes for Casual Friday, a post with “no structure, no prompts, no rules, anything goes.” Check out her blog and join us in Casual Friday if you would like.

Another Friday has rolled around. I have had five productive days at work, but it was one of those weeks where when one problem was solved two more cropped up to replace it. I woke up during the night twice this week with a work issue on my mind. That has not happened to me for quite some time.

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Top Ten Dog Names of 2014 – Tuesday Lists of Ten

List of 10I had a forced absence from the board because of work obligations so I have missed several weeks of my Tuesday lists.  I must try to catch up.

The last two lists I published dealt with dogs: 10 Favorite Dog Quotes and 10 Things Dogs Can Teach Us.  For my comeback Tuesday List of Ten I again have dogs as the topic.  This week I share the Top Ten Dog Names of 2014, as listed on

Top Ten Dog Names


  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Lucy
  5. Daisy
  6. Molly
  7. Bailey
  8. Maggie
  9. Charlie
  10. Sadie

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Dogs Can Teach Us About Life – A Tuesday List of 10

List of 10

Today’s edition of the Tuesday List of Ten is suggested by something near and dear to my heart, Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend. Could that be because they offer so much? This edition of the Tuesday List of 10 is:

Things Dogs Do That People Should Emulate

  1. Drink lots of water.
  2. Get lots of exercise to include long walks.
  3. Get plenty of sleep, take a nap when needed and stretch when you get up.
  4. Show your excitement and greet people with all the joy you can demonstrate.
  5. Explore your environment.
  6. Find out what you like in life, and then do it repeatedly.
  7. Accept love. There is great satisfaction in being touched and cuddled.
  8. Train the people around you and your life will be good.
  9. Be loyal without judging. See and hear and know everything and be trusted to not repeat it.
  10. Sometimes it is enough to just be there for someone.

I am keeping the list brief and to the point. I think no further explanation is needed.

What are other lessons that we can learn from the animals in our lives?

Happy Tuesday.

Dogs – A Words Crush Wednesday Quote

Both of my dogs have May birthdays. I am celebrating dogs this week, so I have selected a humorous quote about dogs:

I used to look at [my dog] Smokey and think, “If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking,” and he’d look at me like he was saying, “If you were a little smarter, I wouldn’t have to.”

–Fred Jungclaus



On Wednesdays I participate in the Words Crush Wednesday favorite quote challenge sponsored by Lisa Tetting on her blog Rebirth of Lisa.  Check out her blog and other quotes.


In the Dog House

imageHe is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.


I share my home with my sister Mary and two adoring, loyal fur babies of the canine ilk.


I have not properly introduced the two dogs who occupy my heart. I refer to them occasionally on my blog and I have been asked to write about them.

The living being (pet or person) who has shared my living space for the longest is Chelsey, a yellow Labrador retriever. Chelsey came to live with my husband, my daughter and me as a puppy. She was actually a gift from my husband to my daughter. My daughter had long begged to get a dog. Although both my husband and I had dogs growing up, we came from a country setting where there was a lot of space for pets. Keeping a dog in a city did not seem desirable to us although of course many people do it. But when a  friend of my husband’s decided to breed her yellow lab, my husband felt it was the opportunity to get the puppy my daughter desired. Chelsey thus joined our family.

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