This is not a post about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. There are already plenty of those, and since I was one of the early voters it’s out of my hands anyway. I’ll avoid making judgments today and wait for the wisdom of hindsight. Instead, this is a post about our son Sam and our dog Kodi. The events in this post happened eight years … Continue reading Election Day History
It’s amazing what heavy equipment can do. This weekend the excavator arrived, and the alders met their match. Don’t get me wrong: remnants of their roots are still lurking beneath the surface, so I know the war is not over. But I do feel like we’ve won round one of the battle. The hill out front is nearly ready for seed. Quick recap: here is … Continue reading Alder Slaughter… Success!
“When dogs go to Heaven, they don’t need wings because God knows that dogs love running best.” ~from Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant I pray those words are true, because today we sent Bailey to Heaven. The pain in my chest cuts clear through to my spine tonight. I didn’t know how hard this would be. Last weekend Bailey walked out to the fire pit, … Continue reading Profoundly Difficult
I’m worried about our old dog. Yesterday I came home and found her stuck half in and half out of her doggie door. It requires a slight hop to get through, and her back legs barely have the strength anymore. I helped her outside, where she struggled to squat and do her business. She typically prefers to be outdoors, but yesterday she wanted to come … Continue reading Yellow
In case anyone else out there wants to throw a bird-themed party, I thought I’d share a few ideas that we used to pull it all together. When Maggie initially picked this theme, I had no idea what we would do. In the end, we had more ideas than we could use! Designing the invitations is my favorite step in the party planning process. I … Continue reading Bird-Themed Birthday Party
We survived the bird-day party without too many ruffled feathers. Oh sure, there were a few bonked heads and plenty of tattling, and some odd moments (like when a little girl locked herself in the bathroom with a hijacked doll stroller). But but what can you expect when you invite 14 kindergarten girls to your nest? All you can hope is that you will learn … Continue reading For the Birds: Part II