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Fifteen Days ‘Til Christmas

Bells ring, people sing

The Christ has come!

Gladness lights the hearts of man

As Jesus’ birth brings love and hope.





Christmas eve at home

Welcome to our home this Christmas season!





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This is sweet Mandy in her Christmas sweater. She passed away this August unexpectedly, even though she was almost seventeen years old. We miss her terribly – she was one sweet doggie!





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Mr. Snowman is glad it’s snowing!

In Memoriam – SparkyRipple 1999-2013

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Sunday morning our dear pet, SparkyRipple, died.  She was fourteen years old,  and being a German Shepherd mix, that is a ripe old age for a dog her size.  But it still doesn’t help ease the grief of losing such a sweet pet.  Now she’s gone to cross over the rainbow bridge where Sushi, her dearest friend, will meet her.

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When Sushi passed away in 2007 Sparky was so forlorn and sad.  In 1999 when I left Arizona to go to Florida to await the birth of my grand-daughter and to help her mom for the first four months I  really missed our two dogs, Armstrong and Mandy.  So as a surprise for my birthday, my daughter gifted me with a pomeranian named Sushi that we had seen the week before and I had absolutely fallen in love with her .

A week or so later I received a call from my husband back in Arizona and he gave me the shocking news that someone had put a dog in our back yard – a German Shepherd mix!  We had never had a big dog for a pet, so I tried to talk him into taking her to the animal shelter but he just couldn’t do it – he really liked this little-puppy-about-to-be-a-big-dog.  In the end, we kept the dog and named her SparkyRipple – Sparky for short.   So he also was given a dog for a birthday present (we have birthdays just five days apart).  I left having two dogs and came home owning four!

When Sushi and I drove back to Arizona we had a wonderful bonding experience.  She enjoyed traveling as much as I did! The first week home Sushi got along with Armstrong and Mandy right away – Mandy was just a little bigger than her and Armstrong, our only male dog, kept to himself.  But Sushi showed a great interest in Sparky from the beginning.   She’d get really excited and want to play with Sparky but was a little afraid of her big size.  Slowly though she would inch closer to Sparky when she was laying down.  Pretty soon Sushi would go all the way up to her and give her a kiss.  They became best of friends, and as I said, Sparky really grieved when she died and the few times that she would come in contact with a little dog she’d become excited and would want to play and have the same type relationship she had with Sushi.  She had this desire until last year when Sunnie came into our lives.  Sunnie is our white and orange cat who was born and raised outside with dogs the first two or three months of her life.  So she had absolutely no fear of Sparky and won her heart right away.  After that, Sparky’s motherly instincts were satisified.

In the beginning of February Sparky started limping on her left front leg and I took her to the vet.  The vet examined her, all her tests were okay; she said Sparky had severe arthritis and put her on an Ansaid med.  It became a little better in a few weeks but then returned and I had a appointment to go back to the vet’s this week.  Her entire left leg became swollen and she definitely wasn’t feeling well Saturday night.  When I awoke at seven Sunday morning I went to the balcony overlooking the family room downstairs to see if she was in her bed, but she wasn’t, so I went downstairs to see where she was laying.  There she was, laying on the tiled dining room floor, the first room I would go into after coming downstairs.  After moving her back onto the carpet in the family room I stayed with her and she passed away about an hour and a half later.

But,

Sparky’s Spirit lives
In me, in Roy and Mandy
She was such a joy!



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Pink and Orange Today

I think a touch of orange cat will suffice for Orange You Glad It’s Friday – check it out for more touches of orange! Sunny just kills me the way she sprawls out on top of the furniture.

I’m sharing with Paint Party Friday and Pink Saturday since I’ve finished my pink butterfly key rack; and have included the finished version and the pix from last week before it was grouted. Which do you like best? I think probably because there was enough paint detail on the before-grout version, I could have done without the grout.

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Here We Go! – Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Prompts for this Sunday’s Scavenger Hunt are: Recycle; Auto; People Watching; Park; Basket.  For more fun scavenger hunts go to Ashley Sisk’s Scaventer Hunt Sunday.


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This is a pair of old Bakelite salt and pepper shakers inherited from my husband’s mother. They go back to between the 1920-1940s and have just sold on eBay – so recycled!


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Has anyone seen this before? It has two little dolphins in it and when it’s  plugged in and turned on it slowly rocks up and down, and the little dolphins ride the waves back and forth! After being stored for a few years I misplaced the power pack – tried two or three that I did find but none worked.  But when I was packing up our little Christmas tree with it’s power pack it dawned on my that maybe the Christmas tree power pack would work (seeing that they were both generic – made in China –  and not Sony or some other brand name.)  Voila’! It worked! Now I must remember next Christmas where the power pack is!

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IMG_5145-001 I haven’t taken too many photos this week, but took this one of my angel statue in the backyard with little bricks around her and the yellow garden hippo creating my small little “park”. 🙂

People Watching

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Waiting for the big day!

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“Help! I’m caught and I can’t get out!


Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Orange or Pink


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month



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This is a practice set-up for a high tea my ladie’s group is putting on in December.  I’m working on creating a harmonious arrangement of mixed pieces of china, cups and saucers.



Cozy

Sunny can look comfy cozy just about anywhere she sprawls.




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Halloween is almost here! Twenty-five years ago I dressed like Dolly Parton (with the help of some large orange balloons stuck in strategic places). It was so much fun dressing up for Halloween where I worked – and then on to Halloween parties afterward.


Linking with Ashley Sisk at Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

It’s Sunday already! Time for the scavenger hunt – and find something that will represent the following words: Candid; toys; any of the five senses; batteries; and half.

Candid

This is Sparky and her first (or second) favorite toy – but this is a candid shot believe it or not.

Toys

At first, Sparky’s toys were going to be my subject but I went into my office (which I don’t use regularly) and spotted all my bears and Elmo in the chair  – aha! There’s my toys setting on a pile of papers I will get to some day, some day, some day.

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One of the five senses – Taste

Here is my Thanksgiving dinner last year.

Batteries

We’ve always kept our batteries in the refrigerator, supposedly because they last longer.  This is our wet bar frig, and oh, that O’Doul’s beer has been there  for several years.  When Mom was about 97  I switched her to non-alcohol beer since she couldn’t remember how many beers she had drank – and that could really cause problems! I guess I hold on to the beer for sentimental reasons?? or just haven’t got around to throwing it away 🙂


Half

Half a banana
Is better than none at all
Just make it the top


Scavenger Hunt Sunday Scavenger Hunt Sunday – everyone welcome!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Mandy – Poetry – a Cyhydedd Hir

A Mini-Challenge for Sunday ~ Cyhydedd Hir – pronounced cuh-hée-dedd heer.

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She is a sweet thing
Managing to bring
Joy to make me sing
Mandy my dog

Her sport is the ball
Running down the hall
Waiting for my call
Mandy my dog

She jumps up and down
When coming from town
She acts like a clown
Glad to see me

As she gets older
I wish to hold her
Since time is shorter
For me to see

UPDATE:  Sweet Mandy passed away a year to the month later.  She is so missed!

 

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