Its Been an Exhausting Day

Two Cairn terriers asleep on the floor.

Just before this picture was snapped, I am sure I heard a whispered, “Mischief managed” and a light tap.  I bet if you check their pockets, you’ll find a particular map.


As you can see, my two have mastered “We’re so bored we’re going to die”.  They are frustrated because I have been at the computer too much this past week.  I am just so close to getting this blasted book done that I don’t want to quit now.  The book is trying to quit.  It is doing everything it can to commit electronic suicide, but I keep bringing it back from the edge. If I’m successful, I may have something to post about later this week.


Teen overalls with retro rooster design

Come visit my store where we are having a Springtime sale for young people!  Find a lovely assortment of both dressy and casual styles for boys and girls, including this pair of hand painted retro rooster designed overalls.


The Serenade


Cairn terrier sleeping in dirty laundry

I took my family for a walk.

It was so very long.

When I got home I ate a lot.

It was so very wrong.

Now in my bed I lie and toot

Until the church bells dong.

Birds fly through my noxious cloud

And quickly lose their song.


(Yes, it’s been another Alpo day.)


Cross stitched afghan with roses and bows on it.

Come and visit my store to find beautiful handmade creations on sale for Easter!   This rose afghan can be found here.

A Trail of Evidence

This is what I found after a suspiciously quiet moment.

Two gloves lying on the floor

Blue puppy is to blame for the gloves on the floor.

Terrier peeking around corner from his hiding place.

It wasn’t me, Mom.  You can clearly see it was Blue Puppy.

Toby loves Blue Puppy, but I am finding that he is the scapegoat for a lot of things that go wrong around here.  Things where Toby is somehow nearby….


Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Poopiter.

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

Poopiter is available at Amazon.   (Some people donate their copies to their local children’s libraries or the children’s ward at the hospital.  Kids love reading about naughty puppies.)

You’ll want to be caught up on the boys’ adventures before they start their next one which is coming up soon.  I have been working on this next book for a very long time, and it looks like I am in the final stretch.  Yeah,  I’m happy!

Visiting the Funeral Home

Picture of a funeral home

On Monday, the boys and I accompanied Grandma to the funeral home to say goodbye to another friend and neighbor we have lost this year.  (Well, we haven’t lost them.  We know where they are, but we can’t see them from where we’re standing.)

The pups and I waited outside while Grandma went inside to pay her respects.  While we were out there, person after person came out of the building and straight over to Geordie and Toby.  They had to greet and be greeted.  They told me stories of their own beloved pups – both those who had passed and those who had recently joined the family.  Every person left with a big smile on his or her face.

Children especially seem cheered and distracted from the grief around them when there is a puppy at the funeral home.  Maybe more could consider having therapy dogs on site for those who need the comfort.  I know I would want to visit the therapy dog.

Two Cairn terriers sitting in the grass.

We’re puppies.  We can fix anything!!


The sale continues at Needful Things of Salem.  Stop by to see what you never knew you needed until you found it here!

White eyelet dress with yellow sash

White eyelet dress with yellow sash

Perhaps this White Eyelet Dress is perfect for a little girl in your life?



A Little Bragging

picture of graduation cap

I just had to take a moment to brag about my nephew.  He got news this week that he received two scholarships to the school of his choice.  Now his entire education will be paid for.  (Yippee!)  In addition, he is an ROTC member, so he will be serving his country and community.

It is nice to hear about young people being rewarded for their hard work rather than hearing about bribes being paid for what hasn’t been earned.  Congratulations, nephew.  We are so proud of you!

Cairn terrier puppy chewing on door stop.

Geordie says:  It’s a good thing that all they gave at puppy school was certificates of completion.  Otherwise, I would have been in deep doo doo.


Come visit my store for the Springtime/Easter Sale!

Floral Gift Bag in pastel colors


Kitties and Terrier Screams

Watercolor painting of cat

Image not stolen.  I made it myself!


Frantic looking Cairn terrier

The kitties!  The kitties!  Can’t you see the kitties?

This picture was taken at a Halloween party at the pet store.  For some reason they decided to stage the photos in front of the kitty adoption section.  Geordie can’t hold in his excitement when a feline is around.  As you can see, his is not a happy look but a frantic one.

Some terriers have the “terrier scream” and my boy is one of them.  It is a very human sounding noise, as if a person were yelling, “Aaaaagh!  Aaaaagh!  Aaaaaagh!” at the top of their lungs.  Trust me, you get awfully strange looks when your dog starts belting out some of those.

Even now when Geordie is a very mature pup and has lost a lot of lung capacity to cancer, he can still shout out a terrier scream loud enough to break windows.

Kitties beware.


Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Poopiter!  It tells the illustrated story of Bitey and Toby’s first year together.  (You’ll want to catch up on things before their next book is published.)

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

Poopiter is available from Amazon.







Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?

Puppy sleeping in the back of a kennel.

I had to do a double take the other day.  Geordie was sleeping near the window, and  Geordie was sleeping in his bed.  Wait, what?

While this is Geordie’s bed, the usurping Toby likes to make it his own whenever he gets the chance.  Sometimes Geordie will cry until the little one leaves.  Sometimes he gives up and sleeps outside the door.  One time he tried to paw the puppy out.

I don’t know if Toby feels safer sleeping in his big brother’s bed or if he just likes to put his stank on the blankets so that Geordie can never escape him.  Either way, it is adorable.


Teddy bear next to green and white layette set.

Looking for a St. Patty-themed gift for the new little one in your family?  Consider this green and white layette set.  Painstakingly created by hand with needles so tiny they make your hands hurt just looking at them, this layette set will be sure to keep the youngster in your life stylishly and warm during chilly times.