Toby…Ya Got Me!

Yesterday a nor’easter named Toby hit our little burg.  He wasn’t too bad.  Enough for a snow day at home but not so evil as to be extremely heavy wet snow.

I was giving my dramatic reaction to Hurricane Schwartz’s SNOMAGEDDON!!

We shoveled out last night about 9 pm.  It was still snowing but we wanted a fighting chance for the morning commute.  The car wasn’t too covered this morning.  It was about another 3/4″ to clear off.

Puppy was wondering where is this elusive Spring she kept hearing about.  She is not much of a lover of precipitation in general, lol.

We have some really neat homes near us.  This is one of my favorite to take pictures of in the seasons.  It is like a Thomas Kincaid painting when it snows.  We survived our 4th nor’easter this winter/spring.  Yay us!


There Really Never Is Enough Time

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 I lost a great friend and companion…Mickie Schmenkman.

Mickie came to us at the age of 8 weeks old.  Boy was she a handful.  Very quiet the first two weeks.  I always believed that was to lull us into a false sense of ease, lol.  After that she was hell on four feet!

She was a fast little dog.  Easy to potty train and usually listened but loved to chase rabbits.

She bonded right away with her sister Willow who was 2 years older than Mickie.  Willow was even-tempered and a perfect complement to Mickie’s energy level.  Willow never got angry with her when she would jump all over her.

When Willow passed away in 2014 it was just Mickie.  Being the princess was right up her alley, lol.   She was born to be a diva 🙂

Later in 2014 she welcomed a new sister Tara.  Mickie was much older now and the tide had turned.  She was the older one and Tara was the high energy girl.  It never stopped Mickie from running around acting like a lunatic younger puppy.  They became best buddies.

No matter what they were side by side.  They both tolerated my dressing them up for holidays.  Mickie began to slow down and age was just beginning to show on my old gal.

I remember a few years ago when Mickie was barking and jumping around like a lunatic.  A neighbor said to me…’Don’t worry she’ll grow out of the puppy energy soon’.  She then asked how old Mickie was and I told her 9 years old.  The neighbor then said…’or maybe not’, lol.

Mickie began to sleep more and more.  She had a host of medical issues but she kept going.  Tara was very caring toward her.  She would still try to get the old girl to play with her.

Even on her last day she was a beautiful girl filled with love.  I know in my heart she is now running free and enjoying her pain-free existence.  I know I’m a better person for having loved her.  We are all sad and are trying to deal with the void our lives have now.  It’s not easy.  When my life was at its darkest moments, it was Mickie who held me together.  She gave me the will and determination to move on…mostly because she was a diva who wanted 100% attention.  Just what I needed to get out of my head and back into living.  I owe this little dog a lot.  My life…no our lives together was good.

Rest my little Nana.  Until we all meet again on the other side.


Winter’s Mean

We are finally getting a break from the Polar Vortex/Arctic Blast mess from the last two weeks.

Winter is cold but rarely this cold.  It was 5 degrees with a windchill of -7.  This is Pennsylvania…not Minnesota!

We had snow, ice and freezing rain.  I’m pretty sure we have hit every type of precipitation there is to out there.

We even were able to make artwork from the frost that grew on our storm door.  The truth is out there people!  It was so cold that we didn’t go out much at all.  The dogs hated it and so did we.

There was even a snow day.  In Adult that  just translates into work-from-home.  I tried to drive to work but the roads were very dangerous.  It just wasn’t worth it.  My boss thankfully called and said stay home as I was going back home, lol.

One good thing we did discover was the laundry room is long enough to play Cornhole.  It was nice to have an outdoor activity to do indoors, lol.  We had to move the snow shovels and boots but good time had by all!


A Beautiful Weekend

What an amazing weekend.  I’m tired but it was worth it.  The sun was shining, it was warm (86 degrees) and very low humidity!  Hurrah!  Our friends let us use their pool this weekend while they were away so that just added to the greatness of the weekend 🙂

I got to finish the book I was reading and start a new one.  It is turning into the summer of “Murder, She Wrote”, lol.  I enjoy Jessica Fletcher…it’s a weakness 🙂

Millie and Tara enjoyed the sun pool side too.  Tara’s not a fan of the water (or any water for that matter) but they both had a quick dip in the cement pond.

To top off the festivities we decided to make our own pizza.  Pizza Bagels are the best.  Who knew.  They were so yummy!  It’s definitely the way to go!  Now it’s time for a little rest but wow! what a weekend 🙂

p.s. Yes I know my grammar is atrocious.  It’s part of my charm 🙂

Why I Loath ABC Network

So my taste for TV has dwindled a lot lately.  I watch a select grouping of shows.  Most of them have completed their series runs and that has left voids in what I watch.  If I watch TV now I fill in Netflix, Food Network, HGTV and Law and Order re-runs.  This is sad because I used to love watching a list of shows.  Now I’m like Blah.

Downward Dog – CANCELLED

I loved Downward Dog.  It was cute, funny and lovable.  Who couldn’t like Martin and Nan?  They were a sweet team.  The storyline was evolving with each heartwarming episode.

Who could forget Martin’s observations on life.   Like when he’s banished to the Prison Yard.  Martin has an arch nemesis, Pepper the neighbors cat.  This is hysterical.  How about being the Garbage Dog?  The time he tore apart Nan’s house when left alone.  What dog owner couldn’t relate?  The fact that Martin has a voice is amazingly fun.

There are rumors that this Show is being shopped around to other networks.  I sure hope someone picks it up because I was so excited to watch Season 2.

I’m tired of violent TV Shows.  I’m tired of remakes of remakes.  I’m  tired of humorless “comedies”.  ABC Network, you have nothing to offer me.  I’ve given up on Once Upon A Time and I’m pretty sure that was the only other show I was watching on your crappy network.  You broke my heart when you dumped All My Children and One Life To Live…this just makes me loath you even more!

Happy 241st Birthday America!

On July 2, we visited the Keith House and Graeme Park.

Since the Declaration of Independence was actually made on July 2, 1776 it seemed like a good thing to do visiting a part of Colonial History 🙂



It was hot and humid but was worth the visit.  The Keith House housed both American and British troops during the War of Independence.  A lot of History passed the grounds of Graeme Park.

On July 4th I hung out with the Puppy and got our Patriotic look on!

Fireworks, bbq, family and friends…it was a great long weekend!