Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year!

     Welcome 2014!

I hope you all have a great NYE!

See ya tomorrow!



How to murder a murder of crows.

For some odd reason this didn’t publish last night.

     Any ideas would be welcome.  We have a murder of crows, they live in the cemetery and they hang in our yard.  They are going to be the death of our dogs.

     They’ve been leaving ‘gifts’ in the yard.  The damned garbage pickers keep dropping bones of every sort into the yard.  Gavin is quick to grab them and has never in his life dropped anything out of his mouth when we’ve told him to drop it.

     So far he’s 2 to our 5 but each one he succeeds in getting could mean a zipper surgery for him.  It seems that no matter how careful we are on checking the yard he manages to find them.

     How does one murder a murder of crows?

Many crows in a dark tree at New Orleans Squar...

Many crows in a dark tree at New Orleans Square in Disneyland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Whoohoo dogmania!

     HPIM3434     Patty played fuzzy grey burrito yesterday, until Gavin decided he wanted to play and jumped on her.

     HPIM3382     Then it became wrestle mania.

You all have a good one!

Aren’t all houses money pits?

     The Curmudgeon woke at six in the morning yesterday to the strong odor of oil burner exhaust.  I didn’t smell it because, due to his MS,  I sleep in another room and I always sleep with a window open.

     He hit the emergency switch, shutting the furnace down, and called the furnace repair shop.  They sent someone over directly.  A few hours later he handed The Curmudgeon a bill for $714.00.  There went a quarter of our savings.

     The front porch is in dire need of repair, the windows on the back porch need replacement, both the back and front doors need replacement, The yard needs repair, the pond filled in and the area leveled, and at some point, I need to get painting…

     You all have a good one. 

English: This is an oil furnace used for home ...

English: This is an oil furnace used for home heating in the US, this model was made in the 1970’s and is still in use today (2006). Română: Centrală termică de pardoseală folosită pentru încălzirea unei locuinţe din SUA; a fost fabricată în anii 1970 şi este încă în uz (2006). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is it March yet?

     I’m sure I am not the only one who faces the holidays with a heavy heart.  There are many of us.

     I would rather skip right from my favorite Halloween to St. Patrick’s day.  Just hop over the four months and land the day before my birthday.  January and February can go  away since they are winter months.

     March, I love March because it holds the promise of Spring and my birthday.  Not that we actually celebrate my birthday or anything, which we don’t, I just like it.

     April I hate, because we lost my dearest sister then.  However, now that I’ve started a yearly ritual on that day to celebrate her love and life, it doesn’t stab the heart as hard.

    You all have a good one.  I still have some lost ones to mourn over the next week or two.

candle reflection





Yeah, not in the best of moods these days





A picture… or two


Gone but not forgotten


Nice day

     Yay!  65° yesterday!!!  All the snow is gone!  Even the dogs are pleased.

     Other than that, it was a quiet day here at Casa Doggonnedmysteries.  The Curmudgeon had a restless night, couldn’t sleep in the afternoon, and I hope that doesn’t make his walking bad tomorrow.

     I, on the other hand, slept like a baby with my new CD player playing my sleep CD all night.  Color me happy.

     You all have a good one!


Cell phone crazy

     I know I’ve said it before, but I hate cell phones.  I do not want to be connected to the entire world 24/7.  However, with The Curmudgeon’s health I am beginning to think I have to get one.  Looked at ZTE Awe N800 (Virgin Mobile)…Thoughts?

     I will use it so seldom that even paying monthly seems silly to me.  Although I am beginning to see it as a necessary evil.

     I find all the phone models and crazy expensive plans frustrating.  My last cell phone I used so seldom and forgot to buy more minutes for so long, they shut it down.

     The phone store clerks are no help at all since they are most likely on commission and want to sell me the most expensive phone and plan as possible.

     Honestly, if I could find a phone plan where I could get what I want for super cheap, I be doing cartwheels.  No, The Curmudgeon has a flip phone with the data shut off, does that answer your question?

     You all have a good one.  I think I need someone with me who knows the ropes…

English: New Mobile Cell Phone Technology

English: New Mobile Cell Phone Technology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simple shopping manners some people need to learn

     I swear there are people out there that never go grocery shopping until Christmas.  They are the same people who never shop for gifts until Black Friday or Christmas Eve.  I am so glad I no longer work retail.

     Some of us go grocery shopping when we have to go, every week or so, not just because it’s going to snow or there’s a holiday breathing down our necks.

     Therefore, if you are one of those people who only grocery shops once a year, here’s some simple shopping manners you should learn. 

  1. Remember you are not the only person in the store, keep your eyes on your surroundings.  No one wants you to barrel into them or to block an aisle for a good ten minutes while you stare at the merchandise and don’t hear or see anything else…like people trying to get past you..
  2. So what, that you haven’t seen Junie since last Christmas, it doesn’t mean that for the next thirty minutes you should carry on a conversation and completely block two aisles while remaining oblivious to the people who would like to get past you, or reach for something directly behind your fat ass.
  3. If I’m impatient with you it’s because you are wasting my time, I don’t want to be here and would like to get finished.
  4. Seriously, if you can’t sing.  Don’t.
  5. Do not cut in line because you only have ten items and I have a cart full.  You are NOT entitled to special treatment.  And don’t bitch when everyone applauds after I tell you that in a voice that one can hear all over the store.  No, I don’t need a megaphone.
  6. Look all directions, including behind you, when you go to pull your car out.
  7. Remind me to make sure my cupboards and freezer are fully stocked by December 15th next year so I don’t have to leave the house and deal with idiots until after New Year’s Eve.

     You all have a good one!  Happy Winter Solstice!