Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Dino trouble

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night.

Ooh, says Holly. Avenues of naughtiness I've not yet traveled.

Five more minutes, please, she asks. I'm doing some research. So let's see ... toilet paper, glue gun, ceiling fan ...Brilliant!

Hey, Food Lady! Do we have any glitter at the house?


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Watch Holly Grow - Month Nine

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A cold, but gorgeous, winter day here in southwestern Ohio. As we prepare to close out the year and begin a new 2015 chapter in our life stories, we pause to capture one more moment in time.

Presenting Miss Holly at nine months.

And speaking of capturing moments in time, I've designed a photo collage of the weekly puppy photos we've taken of Holly since she showed up here last March.

From weeks eleven through twenty-nine, we can see the surprising changes as this tiny girl grows from an adorable cotton-puff to a beautiful creature. We started monthly photos at eight months.

Watch Holly grow, y'all.

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This photo collage is also on the
  Dog Hair is a Condiment Pinterest board
in a larger and easier to see format.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Good Stuff Journey 2014

There's no glory in living a life of regret. That's what I've been saying lately as life changes whirl about in my humble world.

Because we all choose to make risky choices, right? Even a calculated risk sometimes just doesn't work out the way we had envisioned. Maybe even took us back a step or two. We knew all that going in. But people ... what if it did work out?

What if?

Wasn't it worth just taking the chance at it?

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Because good sh*t happens to,you know.
And so at these roadblocks, we tighten our seatbelts to go rambling on to discover what happens on the Plan B path.

I find that it's not the risks I've taken that I regret later. Instead it's what I didn't do. Whether it was out of fear of the unknown, being too settled in my comfort zone, or simply doing a crappy job of not planning ahead, in the end it's the gray cloud of What If that comes to haunt me.

Oh sure, I could toss out a handful of for-instances. Stuff from missed deadlines to not snacking before going to the grocery. But that's not what's on my mind today.

I'm thinking about the 2013 Good Sh*t Jar.

With a rinsed out sauerkraut jar and some colorful scraps of paper, I recorded all the wonderful things that happened to our family during the year, no matter how minor the happy event.

We opened the jar on New Year's Day 2014 to read the notes. Dozens of slips of paper were stuffed in the happy aura inside that jar. Not one negative thought to spoil the bunch. What a way to begin the year.

So today I admit a regret of omission. I didn't start a 2014 Good Sh*t Jar.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Reindeer games


Hey, Food Lady, says Holly. Santa called. He wants me to come over to play reindeer games with Rudolph.

I can go, right? The Cat told me Rudolph has a big red glow ball that I can play Keep Away with. He says Rudolph loves this game.

I need to get back in good with Santa. I think this is just the thing that'll do it, too. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Role model

Hol-Lee! I call. Here!


Time to go inside! I say, as if she can connect these words with an actual command. C’mon, we have to get to work, kid.


Here! I repeat. Because I’m hopeful like that.


Darn it, puppy.

We got us a bit of an attitude problem this week. Holly loves to come to work with me. She just doesn't like to leave the pet park to do it.

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