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Lucy and Gavin

Lucy and Gavin

 If you can’t eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.

Wanna go out and play?


        I’m a mystery writer–read my ‘about me’ page to find out more.   Feel free to check out the excerpts from my Doggoned Mystery series and take a look at my favorite pictures of our garden and what was once our pond.  The Bull Pen page has pictures of our bullies and friends.   


Fabulous break in the weather

Cool enough last night to turn off the AC, turn on the whole house fan, and open the windows.

Even nicer tonight. Down to 63 degrees–great sleeping weather. This is like the Pennsylvania weather we used to have.

We’re supposed to enjoy this until Tuesday of next week where it will pop back up into the 90s.

Today’s Tee shirt


I find it amazing….

That I can accomplish absolutely nothing on a daily basis.

Yet, I don’t sit more than a few minutes at a time.

I am constantly on the move.

I only get about 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night.

Exhaustion is my constant companion.

Today, the laundry basket made it to the top of the basement steps…never did get it down to the washer.

Nope, because as I headed for the basement door, Gavin decided he needed to go out. When I brought him in, Lucy had to go.

Then, The Curmudgeon needed this and wanted that, and by the time I thought about taking the laundry down to the basement to wash it, it was time to get started on dinner.

Most days are another version of this.

Sigh… A beach, some peace and quiet, all alone even if only for a few days…


Lazy picture day











Good eats

It’s always a pleasure to discover, or in this case, rediscover a good place to eat.

G and I have been watching, what used to be a dive bar, get a facelift, and gain an entirely new and good reputation.

We decided to have lunch there today after hearing so many good things about the place.

We were pleased to find it lived up to all the good reviews. We had some delicious calamari as a starter. G had a steak sandwich and I had a Cubano. Find some recipes here:


The food was delicious. The service excellent, and the facelift amazing.

Today’s Tee shirt

Writer reality

This and that and all the rest

Weather is improving.

Cooler temperatures are creeping in and soon we can turn off the AC at night.

Wish we could open the house in the daytime but we have one of those neighbors who thinks everyone wants to hear his bass booming, window rattling loud music all the time. I like rock and roll, I am not, in the least, fond of his style of music.

Poor Lucy got into some mischief and ate a strap off a small flashlight.

Rather than wait and see if it passed and risking the possibility of her having some real trouble with it later, we gave her some peroxide to get her to throw it up.

She was not happy about it for two reasons.

  1. She’d just had her dinner and it meant no food until breakfast then.
  2. Like old Malcolm–she does NOT like to vomit. She clamps her jaws shut to try to stop it and will fight it for as long as she can almost passing out in the process (just like Malcolm).

Unhappily for her, we had success. Happily for us, the strap came up and we won’t have to worry about an emergency vet trip later.

Dogs….we love them fiercely.

0805161621Isn’t it morning yet? I’m starbin!!!

Finally, a break in the weather!

We’re supposed to drop to 71 degrees by 5 a.m. a definite improvement over the last eight days of terrible heat. The high for the day should reach 86 degrees and only feel like 89 degrees with lower humidity.

This is a good thing.

This means I can get some outdoor work done. With the heat and rain, the yard and gardens became sorely neglected. I now have tons of vines and tall weeds to get rid of over the next week.

I’m tired just thinking about it.

old gals still rock


Addicted to HGTV

Yes, I watch all the home improvement shows, the property buyers shows, and the yard and garden shows.

The Curmudgeon hates them.

I watch them when he’s in bed.

I also watch the Food Network shows.

Those shows The Curmudgeon will watch if I have it on when he comes down.

What do you watch?

Today’s Tee shirt


Still hot

dont feel like doing shitKeeping indoors in the AC these days hasn’t helped us gain anything in the fresh vegetable department.

You see, the squirrels have taken over the yard without us and the dogs out there to scare them off.

So far we’ve lost 8 tomatoes, 4 Japanese eggplants, 2 black beauty eggplants, and the little avocado plant I was just starting in soil.

It took FOREVER to get that avocado seed to root so I could plant it in the pot. The tiniest of shoots had barely begun the climb out of the pit when the damned squirrel got it. It chewed half the pit up and left the rest. Like he does with all the tomatoes and eggplants…eats part leaves the rest.

Makes me furious that he’ll ruin 4 tomatoes at a shot instead of just eating a whole one.

Another day under the heat dome

I've got nothing

We’re having a heat wave…

*Flops into chair.*

I wonder why that song keeps running through my head, no, not really. It is so steamy hot outside, I’d swear I was in the swamp lands of Florida or Louisiana.

The real feel temperature today was 105 degrees add to that 85% humidity and you have a recipe for disaster.

The Curmudgeon is, at this time, forbidden to go outside even with his ice vest on.

The dogs don’t want to be outside any longer than necessary.

I feel like I can’t breathe out there.

I’d be happier next to water.

Oh, never download the Zen Koi game on your phone if you don’t want a total time suck in your life.

Yeah, I did.


Sauna weather again

I feel bad for The Curmudgeon. This hot weather means there is no going anywhere at all for him. He’s stuck inside. Even with his ice vest on, the short walk to the car is too much for him. (I hope the weather cools down for his up-coming doctor’s appointment.)

The dogs cracked me up, they didn’t want to leave the AC today. Both were very quick doing their business each time.

Today’s Tee shirt

I hug my bull terrier

Whoa…it is hot and muggy

We had a few days of this crap.

I actually wouldn’t mind so much IF I lived in Florida, Alabama, or any other Southern state. It’s supposed to be this hot and muggy there.

This is not the South.

This is Pennsylvania. A real feel temperature of 100 dripping muggy degrees sucks here.

Yeah, it’s making the bad weeds grow fast and is killing my grass.

I’d rather move South and expect the heat and humidity. At least if I moved there, I would be near a beach. Muggy isn’t so bad at the beach.

noon on the beach

Today’s Tee shirt

I hug my bull terrier


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