A few nice greenies images I found:
The call came yesterday evening, when I was sitting on the couch trying to block the sounds of the upstairs neighbor’s daily dance exercises out of my cranium. He or she was dancing to “Firework” on this fine evening, jumping up and down to the beat on top of my head.
Do you ever hate (jump) walls so paper thin (bump)
Like the ceiling’s bout (smash) to come caving in (crash)
Neighbor you’re a piece (thump thump) of work- (thump thump)
C’mon let your ear (tap tap) drums burst – (splat splat)
The cacophony was such that we almost missed my husband’s phone ringing.
We have been waiting on pins and needles to see whether or not our home loan would be approved- these days, even the most squeaky clean amongst us are are subjected to dissection, dismemberment, and CSI levels of antemortem scrutiny at the hands of a troop of pencil pushing lending assistants who hem and haw and question your integrity while you sweat under the lamps. We’re down to the wire, having been pushed to the limits of our deadlines by Thanksgiving and apathetic paper pushers.
We put an offer in on a house a couple of weeks ago. Strangely enough, it was in neither Ticky Tacky Town nor Crazy Town. It was somewhere in between, a place I have yet to really be able to describe. It’s suburban but quiet, with a yard for the dog and lots of trails nearby. The house just kind of showed up on Redfin one day, the previous buyer having fallen out of escrow. And there it landed in my inbox, the exact sort of place I had wanted. Did I mention quiet? We went and looked at it, I fell into a state of infatuation, and we decided to move forward.
The offer is the easy part, these days. The rest of it, the piles of papers and hoops to be jumped through, now that was the fun part. In the midst of all of this, tense and brittle, I of course started to panic. Remorse set in. Did we do the right thing? Is Apollo going to mark up the place? Will Koa even want to move back in with us after being spoiled at Grandma’s for two months? Should we have waited to try and find just the right casa by the beach after all?
Hoping to assuage my doubt, we ventured back over there last weekend to revisit the neighborhood, me hoping that something would jump out at me to underscore the fact that I had chosen the right place to relocate my family for the next two decades. After all of this drama and stress, I wanted to really be sure.
We wandered over to the shopping center, me eyeing the grocery store with interest. Is it a good grocery store? Does that pet store next to it carry Apollo’s special food? And as we drove by the pet store, me twiddling my thumbs waiting for something to jump out at me, something jumped out at me.
About 15 somethings, to be exact.
I rubbed my eyes. 15 Goldens in festive wear.
On the day I was trying to convince myself that this town was my kind of town, the local Golden Retriever rescue shows up at the local pet store to spread some holiday cheer.
So some of you know me better than others, but in terms of the universe trying to send me a sign that this is a place I’d be happy, a gaggle of Goldens in holiday regalia materializing in my moment of doubt is the Dr V equivalent of a deity in a grilled cheese. Signal duly noted, universe.
Maybe I should call our new digs Golden Town.
And the call, of course, was to update us that yes, we were pretty much approved, though of course there were just a few more people to review the documents and another 5,000 or so pages to sign. But so far, so good. Which pleases me to no end, as I’m quickly approaching the “bang a broomstick on the ceiling” phase in my upstairs neighbor relations.
I’m not someone who gives a traditional “welcome wagon” gift. Years ago, I was famous for taking a bowl of the cereal, Lucky Charms, to new move-ins in my college area.
So when I found out this morning that a dear friend was just diagnosed with a nasty blood cancer, lymphoma, what did I do? Well, first I cried. Several times throughout the day, in fact, as I told my co-workers about it.
But then I thought, well, she has dogs and cats. I’m not ANY good at taking meals. But I can take her some dog food?! Right?! I mean, I *am* a rep, I get the stuff at cost. Maybe I could boost my sales just a bit so as to dedicate a little bit to keeping her in dog and cat food.
And I can run. By the way, in case you didn’t know, I run marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It’s their Team in Training program, which was started 20 years ago by a dad who lost his beautiful daughter to leukemia. I blog about it over at http://SheCanRun.wordpress.com.
Anyway, we do what we can do. God bless her.
MY DOG TOM LOVES GREENIES TREATS HE GO’S CRAZY FOR THEM ITS FUNNY HOW HE LOVES IT
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Do You Know Your Pet’s Holiday Plans?
The holidays are a busy time. For a brief couple of months, there are parties to plan and attend, decorations to take out of storage, gifts to buy and wrap, and family to endure. There is a lot going on, but you’re not the only one going through it – so are your four-legged friends. The holiday spirit can pose many dangers to your pets.
Trees: If you set up a tree in your home, you know that it’s loaded with things your pet will find interesting: lights, glass ornaments, tinsel, ribbons, etc. Make sure that you set tree decorations high enough to keep your pet from reaching them. Tinsel and ribbons (in which cats are particularly interested) can cause choking and intestinal blockage. Pine needles can puncture intestines, so keep the area clean. Secure the tree to the ceiling from the top in order to keep it from falling should your pet be truly determined to access those high-up decorations.
Lights: The danger with holiday lights is clear: risk of electrocution. Even if your pet isn’t ordinarily a chewer, new and interesting things in the home may persuade them to make an exception. As with your tree decorations, ensure that decorative light strings have been securely anchored into position and out of your pet’s reach.
Plants: Many common holiday plants, such as poinsettias, lilies, holly, and mistletoe are poisonous to both humans and animals. Because as humans we generally avoid eating household plants, we may forget that having them accessible to our curious pets can pose the hazard of poisoning. Keep them out of your pet’s reach, or if at all possible, substitute them with a silk or plastic version.
Other decorations: Some other hazardous decorations include: lit candles, snow globes (which may contain toxic substances such as Salmonella or antifreeze), spray snow, potpourri, and ceramic knickknacks. The same principle applies; make them as inaccessible to your pets as possible.
Food and Drink
Chocolate: The stigma around chocolate and dogs has been around for so long that some believe it might just be an urban legend. In fact, chocolate is toxic to both dogs and cats. Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid similar to caffeine. When humans ingest theobromine, we experience a slight increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and sensitivity of the nervous system. Our pets cannot process this alkaloid as efficiently as we can, so the same effects are multiplied. The increased heart rate alone is enough to be fatal. Of course fatality depends much on the amount ingested and the size of the animal, but even small amounts in a large dog can cause intestinal distress (vomiting and diarrhea), seizures, and dehydration. Keep anything with chocolate in it sealed and away from your pets.
Table food: Guests may be tempted to feed old begging Fido some of their plate’s leftovers, but do what you can to discourage it. Table scraps can cause stress to your pet’s sensitive digestive system, and in some cases cause pancreatitis. Do not feed your pets food from your table, and ensure that you and your guests do not leave plates unattended.
Alcohol: This goes without saying, but those delicious holiday cocktails should be kept away from your pets. As with theobromine, cats and dogs do not process alcohol with the efficiency that we do. Even small amounts can be harmful, and can go so far as to cause respiratory failures. Keep those drinks in your line of sight and do not leave them unattended.
You may be under a lot of stress knowing your in-laws are on their way from out of town, but your pets have it worse. Holiday gatherings thrust household pets immediately out of their usual comfort zones. Dehydration, intestinal upset such as vomiting or diarrhea, and “accidents” in the house are known reactions to animal stress. Make sure your pet has a safe, quiet place to go in order to escape the chaos. Have an off-limits room with the door open, many dogs enjoy the den-like seclusion of a plastic crate. Take small moments away from your hosting duties to attend to your pet – soothe and calm them alone with your voice. You will also want to ensure that your pet is registered and wearing proper, current I.D. in case they bolt out the door while guests are coming and going.
Save yourself from expensive vet bills, painful pet behavior, and all of the other traumas that come with an unhappy pet by taking the time to make your home as safe for them as possible. Should your pet ingest a toxic substance, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP. Safe and happy holidays to you and your pets!
Jay Acker heads up a team of writers producing safety training courses and other materials for business customers. They make safety training kits, courseware and safety posters for www.safetyservicescompany.com.
Getting pats from Marlin.
Waiting for me to put the camera down and pick up the toy.
Lacey out in front (I edited out her big noggin in this one.)
Our “usual” formation.
I’m pretty sure I’m taking a picture of Lacey and Coulee is dropping a toy at my feet.
This one cracks me up. No one is looking in the same direction.
Some cool plaque images:
Image by Mundoo
Plaque marking the opening of the observation shelter at the top of Mount Wellington
Image by Mundoo
Plaques at Milang Railway Station display
I’m a lamp person you guys. It’s true. When I was growing up, my mom was adamantly against overhead lighting, and instead dotted each room with table and floor lamps. Her reasoning was simple: lamps make spaces more cozy and visually calming. At the time, I may have thought she was a crazy lamp lady, but now I get it.
Recently I posted about our plans to redecorate our living room in more neutral tones, and one of the things I was careful about when rearranging was to strategically place lamps in areas I wanted to highlight. The image above is one of my most favorite corners of our house, thanks to a comfy chair with oversized cushions, lots of books, and a special drawing of our sweet Bubby dog. I wanted that area to be nicely lit in the evening, so placing a lamp there was a given. And although using lighting to create a nice ambiance in that corner was my motivation, I like the fact that the lamp itself also works well when it’s not turned on. It flows with the rest of the decor, and allows the speaker on which it sits to blend in rather than stand out. (Let’s face it – speakers aren’t exactly the most attractive objects on their own). I’m of the opinion that if you choose the right lamps for your space, they can act as pieces of art that add to your decor – whether on or off.
While my living room features lots of grey, white and black (including the lamps), I also absolutely love the way a vibrant lamp can add a pop of color to space. Our bedroom has an awful lot of beige going on, and I’ve been thinking that adding a couple of colorful lamps could really brighten the room (and possibly even add enough cheer to assist in my attempts at becoming more of a morning person).
While scoping out colorful lamps for the bedroom, I kind of fell in love with the new Color + Plus™ coordinating lamps and shades over at Lamps Plus. There are over 60 color choices available, and you can choose from either white shades or striped shades in coordinating colors. I really like the fact that they’re handcrafted (on site in California), as well as the fact that each lamp is showcased along with a Pantone swatch or paint color chip. There is nothing a design nerd like me appreciates more than getting an accurate representation of color. I think my favorite is either the Cherry Tomato colored base with Circle Rings shade (here) or the Gecko colored base with a crisp white shade (here).
What about you? What are you favorite ways to use lighting to enhance a room? Do you have a lot of table and floor lamps in your home?
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