Tuesday, July 31, 2012



1.  I feel like this chair could start talking at any given moment... I want to take it home with me.

2. This year's pug on a pool table shot... See last year's photo here.

3. Do you know how many pictures I have of my dog peeing???

4. Lily likes to eat her veggies - stuffed broccoli and cauliflower.

5. Though Sabrina's deer antler was a little more interesting.

6. Carey moved one of the love seats to block the steps so Brother wouldn't go down... turned out to be a good napping spot for The Dad and Bud.
7. Hey... that's MY toy!  ;-)  The pups are so good - sharing all their toys with each other.
8. We are going to have shirts printed with this saying: DIABETES DOESN'T GO ON VACATION...neither does High Blood Pressure.

9. We had a visitor last night...
10.  I questioned this bear I saw in the woods but he didn't seem to know a thing about it.

Monday, July 30, 2012


I always seem to bring my girls with me wherever I go... I did Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons business class in 2010 but was distracted so I thought I would do a refresher and go over my notes... Working on Tascha's drawing class and learning so much from such an excellent teacher...  I'm so happy that even though I'm overwhelmed in Life Book I decided to do this one too.  Going to start on Suzi Blu's girls - yay! And, if that wasn't enough, another refresher on Me Ra Koh's videos. Haven't watched those in ages. They are some of my favorite girls.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


This is what I call not bringing a lot of stuff with me. I actually think I did a pretty good job!

Saturday, July 28, 2012



I forgot about this movie... one of my favorites.

Friday, July 27, 2012


I didn't do a TOT this week because I was sick so I'll do five on Friday tonight.

1. The opening ceremonies were lovely and now the Queen is a Bond girl.

2. My monster and me...

3. I wish people and the media would just "remember the victims" without patting themselves on the back for remembering the victims. Everyone wants acknowledgement for what they are doing, don't they?

4. A group of friends photographed themselves in the same position and location every 5 years for 30 years... photos here. Nice job, boys.

5. Indeed.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I would love to know how many times those words came out of my mouth. It's a lot - that's for sure.  Lily likes to get her beauty rest.  I usually have to beg her to wake up so I can get her outside.  It's not very easy especially when you have appointments and she needs to get up and all she does is roll over and give you the "just five more minutes" look.  All the dogs were sung to... Lily has her own special song... which starts out:  "wake up, wake up you sleepy head... it's time to get out of bed... so much to do - so much to see... let's go explore just you and me."  Anyway, did you know you could change the message on the alarm on the iPhone? Even though I've never changed my screensaver from RoseBud on the beach walkway in OBX - I had to change my message to the song. Unfortunately, it doesn't get her up any faster!

I was sick so I just posted yesterday's post... check it out if you like hard boiled eggs. ;-)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I saw a link on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try... I hard boiled eggs in the oven.

This was the second time I did it and it works pretty well... My eggs were organic and brown and not very big....  I used a mini muffin pan for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. I may have been able to do it for 25 minutes.  I did get a few little burn marks. If you've never done it before - I would give it a try. Here's the link: hard boiled eggs in the oven

Tuesday, July 24, 2012



I had to relinquish Rudy the Fish today... in return I got one of these!!!  My own Spirit Shaker.  They have always been one of my favorite things ever.

Monday, July 23, 2012


She doesn't care about cleaning or cooking or paying the bills or doing yard work or working or going to appointments.  It's all about her baked potato and sea horse and all the others she takes out of her basket.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I've been sketching a lot today... trying to keep up with this class...though instead of working on my side views I went off on my own and started on some monster girls.  I'm easily distracted.  ;-)

Some more of my girls here.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


I was working on lesson two of Tascha's class this morning and drew this girl...

She made me think of an old photo...

I always liked that dress.

Friday, July 20, 2012


I went for my radiation marking and simulation today... got my first tattoo!  Actually, two of them!  I tried to get them to do RoseBud's paw print or some stars but they wouldn't do it.   There was one stubborn stitch too that just wouldn't come out so the doctor pulled it out. It wasn't really bothering me but I could feel it and it was preventing me from healing completely. I got to choose from a lovely selection of smocks...

There are ladies that make these - like this group. I chose a fancy one - it has lace over the velcro strips. It will be my shirt for every session... it's like my very own scrub top. ;-)

Thursday, July 19, 2012


I've never done this before... I kissed her goodbye and left The Bud sleeping in bed while I went to an appointment! Here she is at 6:30 am...

...I came home to her here at 9:30 am. She didn't even hear me come in.

I never thought I would be that long but she seemed to be ok nonetheless...though the poor thing probably woke up and wondered where I was!

I felt a little guilty so I took her for a ride to check for packages at Chrissy's and we went to the post office, the bank and to get iced tea at McDonald's and she got her nails done too!

She loves going on adventures in the car... though most of the time she's doing this.  ;-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I have a very early morning tomorrow and I'm going to bed... No time to talk. Here's a picture of a piggie sleeping in a sweater and socks. No reason. Just thought it was cute.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012



1. Well, Katherine...  you were a little ahead of the times with taking pictures with your eyes, girl.  Have you seen Google's Project Glass?

2. "Truth sits upon the lips of dying men..." Mt Lebanon magazine posted a story on Facebook about a self written obituary of a guy in salt lake city... it made me think about a lot of things... co-dependency, confession, love, truth... we'll get to all that later. There's a lot going through my mind.  Obituary and memorial video on the funeral home's website... click here.

3. I really wanted to have a Christmas in July planning party for "Pinterest Christmas" which is up for the theme for this year. I guess that's not happening. Maybe Christmas in August - early September? ;-) If you are wondering... 160 days.

4. Did I post this... The Wampug Strikes Back video??? It features Chubbs the pug - click here to watch.

5. Because of Pinterest I think everything should have a Scroll to Top button that pops up in the lower right hand corner.  Just saying.

6.  The babushka with pug dog wooden block was my very first purchase from Tascha Parkinson a couple years ago and it is also my phone case.  I've been collecting her prints since then and am so excited to be part of her first online class. She posted some of the class sketches on her blog today. I really need to start framing all of these. I just don't have any place to put them! Aren't they the cutest things ever???

7. The Dad picked up his car last night... of course as soon as we got home and pulled in the driveway he realized he left the garage door opener in the OLD car... It was too late to go back so I went and picked it up today but I wasn't able to get his parking pass that he called me this morning about - YES... left that in the old car too!  He realized it too late, though, and the car was already brought to auction this morning so hopefully they grabbed it in time. The salesman called over there and left a message.  I give up. SMH.

8. I felt like I was in the movie The Big Year today at the Target in Harmerville...  I went from parking space to parking space to get a photo of this guy who finally went up to the pole with some friends.  It looked like a crow with a yellow beak... Crows have BLACK beaks, right, so what was this guy???   He was hanging around with two other birds - both crow like/black beaks... I think all the yellow beaked ones are british birds? I can't seem to download my little camera on either computer now so these are pics of my camera screen taken with my phone. I'm confused.

Here's the other guy over on the other side of the pole...

9. Did you see this video of a coyote and a mountain lion crossing paths???

10. I was thinking about a black squirrel we saw in Toronto once.  I need to find those pictures. With all the other creatures that come visit me in the back yard - I have yet to see a squirrel. This is my friend -  the white squirrel - from Dixon House.  I wonder what ever happened to him.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Rudy was on a hunger strike.

Note to pet owners - this means YOU, Chrissy... never change food during a stressful situation such as a sleepover.  Rudy was NOT liking his new (never before tried) food his "sitter" was given. I was in a bit of a panic. I'm not entirely sure if he ate the last couple days... it's hard to hand feed a fish.  And by hard I mean impossible. I tried. The food would just sit there and he would eventually run into it and knock it to the bottom of the bowl and I don't know if he ever got to it - it's the same color as the rocks... I was afraid to feed him too much in case he did eat when I wasn't watching... He just didn't seem to like it at all. I went to Elmers today and got him his normal food. I think he likes them because they are "perfectly size." He chomped it right up. Nom, Nom, Nom.

I got your back, Rudy.  Well, your fin.

Love The Rudy Fish.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


I had to clean out The Dad's car today... it was a mess... and kind of still is but I give up.

Maybe it's not bothering me so much because I have a messy car... not as messy as another car I once came across in the driveway but we'll save that for another day.  Anyway, I "misplaced" the cap to the car charger thing awhile ago. I searched for it the other day... I found 7 ponytail holders and 10 pens under the seats.  I would bet anyone that there are a few more pens hiding somewhere too. I did find the cap!

The Dad actually started cleaning things out of his car this morning (by taking everything out and putting them in bags to go through later) so I didn't have that much to do... he took out bags of salt he carries around...a bunch of cds and maps... a life hammer still in the box, random pieces of unwrapped candy, a few pencils, a baguette, receipts, some unknown pills, some tools... Yes. I said baguette. Everyone discovers loaves of bread in their car when they are cleaning it out, right?  Totally normal. ;-)

Saturday, July 14, 2012



Started Tascha's class. It's getting a little sketchy around here tonight...

Friday, July 13, 2012


I was going through some of Lily's summer clothes and accessories and had her try on RoseBud's concert outfit... she didn't want to have anything to do with the pants! She preferred to chew them actually.

She's more the kind of girl that goes into her boyfriends's closet and pulls out his shirt and grabs a cute belt and wears it as a dress. She's cool like that.
Is she cute or what?!? ;-)

For photos of RoseBud click here.

...the space between your heart and mine is the space we'll fill with time...
 Love the Buds.  ♥

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I was there today and yesterday... same time - same place.  I'm becoming a regular at a certain bar...

My laptop just died and wouldn't do anything...it ended up being the battery so that needed to be replaced... by the time I got it home there wasn't much life left so I hooked it up to the power cord and no green light.  Really?!?  ;-(

When I went back today a sea of blue shirted smart boys greeted me at the door and checked me in and ALL of them tried to figure things out before my actual appointment... turns out there's an issue with the power supply anyway so they swapped out mine with two new ones - even my old one - which being the hoarder that I am... I still had with me!

...and all was well in the land of Apple.

Thanks to the boys in the blue shirts today...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


The Dad bought a car tonight. I think he was more interested in telling jokes and asking the salesman to come over for dinner on Friday than actually looking at cars and making a decision.

Does anyone else buy a car without even driving it let alone getting in it? He does.

Thankfully George met us there or I probably would have had a meltdown in the middle of the showroom. I needed one sane person there to balance out the craziness.

We have to pick it up later... I didn't even bother to bring his car because I haven't had one minute to empty it out or clean it (which could take me days) and, of course, I have no idea where the title is anyway and no hopes of finding it.

Shout out to American Idol, though... your advertising dollars worked. ;-)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


TOT- TEN ON TUESDAY - this and that... nothing deep.

1. For those of you with pups - FYI...

2. I'm not a big fan of Cracker Barrel's food but Cara and I were on our way to walmart and testing out Suri (that's what I call her) and next thing I knew we ended up in New Stanton... I ordered a side of pancake.  Everything is better with a side of pancake.

3. I found a bunch of my girls in a folder... my monsters are crying. ;-(
4. I've spoken about my obsession with marshmallows - not sure if I mentioned my fascination with band-aids.  My faves are mickey and hello kitty.  BTW - did you know they make hello kitty dial soap? The Dad is going to love it!

5. We looked at houses here... check out these two bears wrestling in the front yard of this house!

6. No secret I'm a target over walmart girl but I do like walmart because you can find unusual things... like this. Luckily, I only buy organic eggs. ;-)  It took me a second to figure out if it was real!

7. The groundhogs haven't been around as much... I did open the door the other day, though, to let the bud out and a baby (who was a lot bigger) was on the porch... the mom was close by under the swing again. I thought they were eating the tomatoes but they weren't.. a family of bunnies has come by now. This is one of the little ones.

8.  I love this evil owl!  Watch video here

9. Did you know yesterday was national sugar cookie day? I didn't know that off hand but found out when me, Chrissy and Glo were greeted with cookies when we went to oakmont bakery for lunch.  They tasted just like McIntyres rainbow cookies.... I was so mesmerized that I actually liked something from there I forgot to take a picture.  Anyway, today is national teddy bear picnic day... I had a good pic for that too but just realized I can't get it to it because it's on my laptop which officially DIED!!!

10. I'm rediscovering all my old pictures still... I stopped here. We never should have made her continue. ;-( 
I'm wondering if she's been coming around... The Lily Bud has been barking again for "no reason"and I had a strange dream of her and mum and these other people I don't know. I couldn't read my writing and can't remember the whole thing... 

I found these though while I was going through the photos...hiking in Mingo Creek - 2008 I think. Look at my little pup off leash with the big dogs...
I've been looking for the full size file of this because I wanted to print it big.

Love The Bud!

Monday, July 9, 2012


Impromptu picnic yesterday... The Lily Bud loves The Twin!