I’ve been away from this blog for a long time, again. Sorry to my followers and the one’s that follow.

I have had some computer issues lately and had to have it worked on. They had to reinstall Windows, which means that I have to relog into all of my accounts. When I logged into this one, low and behold I had a notification that this is my 6th year anniversary of the site. I thought that was a weird coincidence.

There really hasn’t been a lot to post about anyway. She is continuing to do well with the medications that were prescribed for her. We did add a glucosamine and chondroitin chew which she loves and seems to be helping. She is more puppy like again.

I have been working way too much, but right now the daycare where I substitute had some teachers quit and they fired two, so they are 5 teachers down, I’m the only sub, and they can’t find any replacements. Some schedule interviews, but didn’t show up. People just don’t seem to want to work these days.

Otherwise, things are going well. Mom is doing much better than I expected after dad died. The anniversary of that is coming up on the 16th, so we are both a little more emotional than usual. The holidays are different this year, but we are making the best of it.

Tired after a long run

No promises, but I will try to do better. I hope you are all doing well and have a great weekend.


I’ve been MIA for a while. Sorry. I try to do better, but seems that “life” steps in and changes my plans.

Anyway, I couldn’t let today go by without posting a couple of pictures of Tippy. Today marks 8 years since I brought her home. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been that long already.

She is doing good, but I did find out a couple of months ago that she has a hypoactive thyroid and some arthritis in her back. She’s doing great on the medications they prescribed for her. I’m very thankful. But was hard to hear those words, “Well, at her age….” already.


To celebrate, we took a walk into the neighbor’s field and then she got her favorite treat, a nearly empty peanut butter jar.

Yumm. I love peanut butter! Thanks mom!

Tippy and I hope you all are doing well.


As I started to work one day a couple of weeks ago, I topped over a hill on my driveway and saw that a fairly large, dead tree had fallen across the driveway. Great. I really didn’t have time to do the sensible thing and get my Gator and log chain to pull it out of the way. So, I decided to see if I could manhandle womanhandle it just far enough out of the way for the car to get by.

First try, it didn’t budge. Next time I pulled a little bit harder, and it at least moved a bit. Being that the third time is supposed to be the charm, I pulled as hard as I could and it moved! I got it pulled around into the middle of the driveway before it got stuck. Well, shoot. I tried one more time before giving up and going for the mechanical help. It rolled over and I was able to get it out of my way.

I took these pictures on my way home. Since I was in a hurry, I didn’t get one of it across the driveway that morning.

Later that evening, I was sitting on the couch and noticed, through the trees, that something was “moving” in the driveway at the top of the hill. I looked closer and saw that it was Tippy’s tail. I couldn’t hear her, but knew from the way her tail was periodically, tentatively wagging, that she was afraid of something and was probably barking at it.

We have neighbor’s that ride their 4-wheeler in the field next to the driveway and they also ride horses. I know that Tippy really dislikes the 4-wheeler and I’m afraid she might spook the horses when they are riding. She has seen the horses by themselves and don’t bother them. But, I don’t know how she would react with people riding them.

I got the leash and walked to get her, not knowing what I was going to find. I nearly laughed out loud when I saw this…

From Tippy’s point of view and the way the tree was laying, it looked a lot like a land loving Nessie or some other nefarious creature. I had to put her on leash and walk her down to it before she realized what it was and calmed down. Bless her heart. I don’t blame her for being leery of it. I haven’t had a chance to cut it up yet and I still get a little startled when I top over the hill.

I didn’t get a picture of Tippy’s interactions because I was too worried about what it was. So, here is a cute picture of her waiting to go for a walk into the neighbor’s field later.


Last night, I accidently hit the lid of my laptop, making a weird noise. Tippy came running to see what was going on, but she was sure that the noise had come from the garage. Based on her looks and actions, this is the conversation that ensued.

“Tippy. It was just me. I hit the computer. See?” as I tried to imitate the sound.

“But mom. I’m sure it came from the garage. I believe you think you know what it was, but my ears are much better than yours. I really need to check it out.”

“Tippy. I promise you. It was the computer.” I pleaded.

“We really need to check, just to be sure.” she said as she looked toward the door.

“Okay. Come on.” I gave in because I knew she wasn’t going to give up.

We walk over, I turn on the light, and open the door. She stood in the doorway, listening and looking around.

I don’t see anything.

“You were right. There was nothing there.” she says as she turns around to go nonchalantly back to her spot on the couch.

I was glad that she let me know she thought something was awry. I do think it is funny that she won’t give up until she checks it out herself. She has done something similar before, but it usually involves a lot of barking. It’s really bad if someone on TV knocks at the door. Even though the TV is not in the same direction of the garage, she runs to it, barking. (This is the door where most of our visitors enter. There is no door bell, so they have to knock.) I have to let her inspect before she is satisfied that no one is there and all is well. She really is a good dog.

I gave her a treat for posing for the above recreation – I didn’t have the camera handy last night. This the only way I can get her to look at the camera.


Mom and I went to visit the neighbor’s and the puppies today. I know dogs grow fast, but I was surprised at how much bigger they looked today than when they were born just 8 days ago! Esther, the mom dog, is being really good. Ms. A. said that she was really protective of them the first couple of days. Now she could care less if you bother them and is already getting tired of feeding them. Bless her heart.

A lot of the spots we thought were black are actually partially brown, more so on the first born. I think I like that better than solid black.

The face of this one is too cute. I can’t decide if it looks like a little polar bear or an old man.

When I got home, Tippy was very inquisitive as to where I had been and why I smelled like puppies.

Then, I noticed another sign of Spring. My periwinkles are blooming. I guess it’s time to get the leaf debris off of them.


When I got home from my Sunday morning visits with the neighbor and my mom, I turned Tippy loose and told her I had to change clothes and I’d be right out to go for our walk. When I walked back into the kitchen, I spied her looking in the back porch window. She literally looked me up and down to see what clothes I had put on.

Great walking outfit. Let’s go.

Upon walking outside, she came bounding off of the porch, looking at me expectantly. She has gotten used to me waiting for my Garmin phone to synch with the satellites. When it does, it makes a buzzing sound. As soon as she hears it, she takes off, knowing I won’t be far behind. Sometimes, I think she is a little bit too smart for her own good.