As I see it…

Fall is here

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Fall is definitely here. I was worried when we got these trees from Walmart that they would not grow and thrive. We planted them before fall started and watered them faithfully and it rained and i did see little buds but you never know. Now I can say I’m not worried that this tree will not live a long full shade giving and oxygen producing life. We have been trying to work on the yard to help the ecosystem of the neighborhood when other neighbors are cutting down trees, we are trying to lessen our carbon footprint by planting and using a rain barrel. I really like our house and all the things we can do to make it our little piece of earth. Our little piece of mind…

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This was the writing challenge from last week. I know it is late but I wrote it from my phone while riding in the car and I could not get the picture to upload correctly. So here we are…

When I read the challenge, it wasnt hard to come up with something to write about.
My mom passed away several years ago and afterwards i was given several of her possessions. Getting these items had its own overflow of emotions but this blanket wasn’t finished. She loved to do crafts and sew with her seemingly antique sewing machine. This was a crocheted afghan that she had marked up the pattern to make it how she wanted it to look.  When i got this box of yarn and pattern and squares of the partially completed blanket, I put it in a box and put it in the basement.

I would discuss with D every once in a while that I would like to work on the blanket and I even bought a book on how to crochet so I could work on it. When I talked about it she said she would say she is going to get the box and then she would change the subject to something we needed to do that day.

For my birthday, about 3 yrs ago, a woman from our church came to our apartment and rang the doorbell. When I opened the door, she gave me this gift saying “happy birthday”. I was shocked, as she was a friendly person from church but not really someone I would consider a really good friend to exchange gifts at birthdays or holidays so I was confused. She said  it was a gift really from D.

As I opened the gift, I could not stop the tears. It was my mom’s blanket, completed just the way my mom had created the pattern. Definitely, my most prized possession and a great way to remember my mom and it was definitely a great birthday gift.

Have you ever thought about what you would pick up if there was ever an evacuation or a fire in your home?  I think I would pick this up, after of course, my family, animals and pictures!

Miss Trouble Maker

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This little girl looks harmless and sweet but that is far from the truth. Lily is my first “child” and she was given to us at 8 weeks but she seemed like she considered me her parent. She wants to get out the door but from the beginning she has been an indoor cat. She has gotten herself into enough trouble staying inside so she doesnt need to go out.
Lily is the ninja cat as she has been called as she crawled into a part of the ceiling above the fridge and would only come out to the smell of canned cat food.
She is definitely a window cat and she gets so “out-of-sorts” when she can’t get in the windows because they are closed or blocked by an air conditioner.
Lily is very territorial- the whole house is her territory and if she wants to lay on the table she pushes everything off and looks over the edge at it on the floor.
This cat just looks at the dog and he looks away with his tail between his legs. She is clearly the queen of the house. She just tolerates the rest of us but she will always accept a good petting!

Still not a dog person…

I read or heard somewhere that dogs are pack animals and like to be with others.
That being said, our dog Bandit, does exactly what his name suggests, stealing everything in his path to run around with it and possibly cause people to run around trying to chase him to get said thing back from him. He may finally give it up if he is cornered or offered something he wants more or just because he is bored with having that thing, for now. In the process of being chased, he has run around the entire yard, through the dirt under the deck and gotten grass stains all over it. His most favorite thing to steal is pool towels because he can whip them around like long hair… Making that part up but that is what it looks like. We have to tell all our friends to put all their belongings in the shed so he doesn’t grab them and run.
I think another trait of dogs, especially Bandit, is running. He runs around with aforementioned items around the yard, runs around the yard to dry off after a dip in the pool AND the most annoying run he does is run away from us when coming in from the backyard. We have a gate to the backyard but the side door and porch are not behind that gate so if we open the gate for him to come in house, he needs to come out of gate and go around corner to get to the porch.  If you ever saw the movie “Up” you understand how distrcted dogs can be; “squirrel!”  Because of this, we usually will attach him to a leash to go around that corner because if he gets distracted, he will run after it or just down the street and over the neighbors yards. Well we have not learned our lesson because at times, Bandit is good and will go around that corner without incident but it is always when we are tired or late or already aggravated that he runs after something or nothing at all.
Last night at 11 pm, we were not amused when he did just that, got distracted by our outdoor cat, looked at D and made a break for it down the street. Dogs are quite fast. There was not catching up to him and i think he was playing a sadistic game of “hide and seek” because he disappeared for a while and didn’t move. We could not hear his tags jingling or see him running at all.
We went in the house planning to just leave him to his own devices until he found a way to knock on the door but then felt guilty that he might get hurt and we went back out to look for him, saps we are… He came home just as we drove down the street as if he was waiting for just that.

Weekly Writing Challenge: From Mundane to Meaningful

I copied the title to see if I can make the blog as cool as the title.

My blogs seem to be quite mundane, I recently looked at my blogs and there seems to be a lot of complaining. I don’t like to complain but that is what seems to be on my mind lately.

I think I do complain about things that are meaningful in one’s life, family, jobs, purpose in life. Today I am not going to complain.

I am waiting this morning.

The waiting

It is a warm morning on the way to being a day hot in the 90’s. I am waiting until my favorite eyebrow threading placeopens up as I am looking a little like a chick with a unibrow. I brought my coffee outside and see all the things in my yard that need to be done. The lawn needs to be mowed. I remember one of the first times my father let me mow the lawn on the riding mower. I

This is not me

thought it was the coolest thing since the frisbee and I never realized that to him, I was doing his chore and it was a way he could get out of doing it.  He hated mowing the lawn. I know why because we had 3/4 of an acre in our whole lot and a pool. The pool seemed like a whole lot more work than our pool we have in the yard. BTW, I need to pick up that iced coffee cup from Dunkin Donuts I left on the patio yesterday.

Our dog is a mix breed dog that is hyper like a Jack Russell Terrier (but he isn’t one), and he doesn’t usually sit still. Today when I came out with the laptop, he is laying on the patio next to me listening to all the noises back here. I can’t believe how many birds and other animals you can hear. He jumps at nearly every one. At least he doesn’t run and hide like he does when the fireworks go off.

It is a regular jungle.  I definitely feel like I live with nature. (It might be the weeds growing in the yard that are nearly a foot.)

Back to the waiting… Maybe I am waiting for the sunflowers to bloom…

My lone Sunflower

I don’t get much time to sit by myself. I would like to make this a regular occurrence so I can come and write. What am I waiting for? An exciting event or day? I just need to learn how to write about it to make it exciting!

Happy Pride!!

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Late photo phriday picture but tonight we, including our daughter, marched in the RI Pride parade with our work, Lifespan health care system. This bike was all decorated with colorful lights and rainbow flags. She did a great job in the parade and is always a hit!

Bandit

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Bandit, he looks like he is looking for the next piece of food

Dogs

Have you ever seen the movie “Up”. Well, there is a portion of the movie where someone invents this contraption that makes a dog talk and you can hear what the dog is thinking.  Well, it seems very appropriate to what I think of dogs and how they are very destractable. “Squirrel”

Anyway, my point is this… our dog B is learning to go in and out of the house to the backyard gate without a leash.  Most of the time, we find that he wants to please us and goes right from the gate, up the two stairs to the porch and door.  The other day though, he got distracted by something, whether it was a cat or a squirrel, I’m not sure. What I do know is that he thinks that all people and animals should love him and always want to play with him.  That isn’t always the case. Our cat, P, goes outside and B and P at times will wrestle.

When B got distracted, it was pitch black night out, nearly 10pm and he took off across the street and into the woods.  We only know a small portion of the woods as we put our lawn clippings and leaves in the woods but that is about it. We do know there is somewhat of a “sand pit” in there that the kids go dirt biking on.

D called into the house when this happened to get some assistance because he was not coming back when she called to him. A went out and the two of them went into the woods. Well, A saw there was something going on and she was supposed to be in bed but there was going to be none of that while the dog was loose.  I tried to tell her not to come near the woods but that was not happening either. I took her with me to look up the street to see if B wandered up there, along the way, we used my flashlight on my phone to look along the woods, but we didn’t see anything at all.  We could still hear the faint yelling by D and A as we were walking up the street.

After we got to the end of the street, we thought that was about as much as we could do.  We walked all the way back to the house, what do you think we found when we go to the driveway?  Yup, B, just hanging out and he came running to us happy as ever like he was thinking “Where have you been?”

I called D and A to come out of the woods and come back because our prodigal dog had returned!  There was no fatted calf for this dog, that is for sure!

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Today- I woke up later than planned. Today- the sounds of soft rain welcomed me up. Today- D is still sound asleep and A is in front of the TV. It looks like a dreary day but we are going to fill it up with fun and laughter.

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