So glad that everything worked out…!

So glad that everything worked out…!

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2% Sass, 98% Mellow

This is what Lacey is like about 2% of the time…

And this is what she does the other 98%…

I’m not holding her back, she just can’t be bothered to go any more.  She was done.  When her off switch goes, it goes completely. It is pretty amazing how she can be running, fetching and playing one second and then just stop completely.  Her fleeting moments of sass just make me appreciate them that much more.

Oh and don’t mind Coulee at the end of the second video.  She does this thing where she likes to sniff where the ball has been… It is a tad bit neurotic, but she’s always done it, and I suspect always will.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Nice Lice photos

A few nice Lice images I found:


Image by Antonia Hayes


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all together now

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Summer Tastes So Sweet

We bought our little Red Haven peach tree back in early Spring.  It is not yet 6 feet tall, but it has given us 2 nice big peaches this summer! I call it the ‘Charlie Brown Tree’ because these big plump peaches were hanging off tiny little twig size branches, which has been quite comical to watch! We ate our first one just last weekend and WOW was it sweet! We are waiting for the last one to ripen. Shoudn’t be long now! Just has to have a little squish to it before we can pluck it :)

This is what our tree looked like when we first bought it. Lots of beautiful pink blossoms all over it.

Now it is full of leaves and giving us peaches already despite its age and height!

And here is the yummy peach we have left on a scrawny branch. We have to pluck it before our scavenging tortoises get to it! ;)

It’s like growing candy! :)

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Having A Party


Look everyone they’re here! let’s get this party started!

A Place to Love Dogs

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Some Facts on the Breed Temperament of Terrier Dogs

From the funny little pals to the more aggressive ones, terrier dogs definitely have wide spectrum of temperaments and dispositions that anyone would find interesting. In fact, any kind of owner would fit with the various characteristics that this breed can show. Beware though for some can be very mischievous while others can display timidity.

Terriers are primarily bred to help hunters in catching vermin, otter, foxes, rats and the likes. Newer breeds though tend to be so domesticated that they are now included in the companion and toy breeds.

As with many other dog breeds, terrier dogs have diverse characteristics that set one type from another. A number of owners find them as faithful in their families and are always ready to protect the home to which he has accustomed himself with. Distinguished excellent guardians, many dogs from this breed can easily determine well-intentioned strangers from those who mean harm.

This instinct to protect probably rooted from the earlier breeds which were originally used in bloody dog fights. Since the banning of this sport, many breeders resulted to producing more docile dogs for homes. Through innumerable cross-breedings, keen and protective terriers were produced.

Some notable terriers of this disposition are American Stafforshire Terrier or AmStaff, Airedale Terrier and Bedlington Terrier.

One of the major features terrier dogs have is their capability to respond well to training. In fact, some types are endowed with natural intelligence which makes them fit for obedience training and ring shows. Some terriers with this disposition need lots of activities that would challenge them mentally. Those included in this type must be given enough training so as to refrain them from being destructive out of boredom. Unlike larger breeds though with much intelligence, most terrier dogs will not make as much damage.

Some of this type also has the determination and dignified disposition that give them the air of confidence.

Some terrier dogs are fun loving and humorous in some sense. They are lively, frolic and gay which provide entertainment for their families and has become the favorites for many centuries.

Social terriers meanwhile should be given enough social environment so as to ready them as they mature. Most terriers with this disposition tend to dominate other dogs when they have come to their ideal age to assume authority. The bull terrier types could best display this temperament.

Surprisingly, some of the smallest terriers are among the toughest. Take the case of Cairn dogs. For their relatively small size and the stocky built, they still portray the disposition of being always ready when the need for activity arrives.

Many types of this breed though still retain the true terrier disposition. That is, hunting. Yet, significant with such dogs are their keenness to human companionship which make them both good ratters and affectionate pets.

Others still have the power, speed and endurance that many of their ancestors possessed. While some may be repressed due to domestication, many of them can manifest whenever the drives arise.

This breed is quite old. In fact, many of them had been existing since time immemorial. It’s not surprising that they have various characters that an owner can either detest or love.

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Retailers Misjudge This Year’s Must-Have Holiday Toy

True American Dog

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Nice Flea photos

A few nice Flea images I found:

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

Image by MissMalaprop
Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

Image by MissMalaprop
Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Savage Mountain Two

On the last day of my holiday, Ginger and I met Marei at the Deal PA Trail head to see the magnificent vista from the highest point on the Great Allegheny Passage – an image forever etched in my mind and a memory with so many, many meanings to me now.  
But the intent I thought was one last grand hike before the start of our non-stop, back-to-back two month tour turned out to be a ruse.  Sort of.  As we were rounding our second mile, it was time to rest and water the fuzzybutts.  The entrance to Savage Tunnel seemed an ideal place for respite but Ginger pointed out a bench under a shade canopy that was closer.  I was some twenty paces ahead of the girls and nearing the spot when I saw some of the engraving… something about dog and a 2 and some zeroes.  
“What the hell?” I was thinking, quickening my pace.  ”This is MY trail.. Who… What…”  And then it came into clear sight.  
…”Who did this?  Did you know about this?”  The two tricksters had caught up with me by that time and were giggling like a coupla school girls.  
My shock and surprise was down right and absolute and I couldn’t help getting choked up from the gesture.  From the depths, thank you Ginger and Marei for immortalizing our journey at such a special place!  
Hudson awaits…

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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My Style >> A Fall Fashion Challenge

I have something to share with you guys today: I love a good challenge.  So when Marshalls asked me to participate in a fashion challenge (adding ‘fashion’ to a challenge automatically makes it even better), I didn’t hesitate.  I was instructed to head to my nearest Marshalls store and shop for a head-to-toe look incorporating a top fall 2012 fashion trend.  I was given three trend categories to choose from: color, print, or ‘ladylike with an edge.’  There was one other guideline as well: make sure that the entire outfit totals around $ 100 or less.  Finding a head-to-toe outfit for $ 100 is kind of a feat in itself, but finding one that is also stylish and on trend seemed almost impossible (and admittedly made me a little nervous).  I decided to go into it without a plan, try on a whole bunch of stuff, and hope that I could somehow bring it all together. 

I’d actually never been shopping at Marshalls before and didn’t know what to expect.  The first thing I noticed was that they had a really (really) large selection of different pieces.  It felt a little bit like thrifting; it was fun to dig and treasure hunt.  I was also surprised at how many items I came across that were from high-end designers and/or clearly high quality.  Avoiding fast fashion (cheap, overly trendy clothing that falls apart) is something I strive for, and this little shopping spree was probably one of the first experiences I’ve had where I found a lot of very well-made garments for very low prices.  Marshalls had mentioned to me that their buyers are their ‘secret ingredient’ (that they literally travel the world searching for the best deals on stylish clothing and accessories), and I knew exactly what they meant when I headed into the dressing room with about two dozen items.

I ended up deciding to focus on color for my trend.  I absolutely loved the pops of mustard yellows and muted hot pinks on the fall 2012 runways this spring, especially when paired with dark greys.  Pantone even had three of these color hues in their fall 2012 fashion report (honey gold, pink flambe, and titanium).  I ended up discovering a really great pair of mustard jeans, a gorgeous over-sized hooded sweater in dark grey, and some super cute Steve Madden flats in bright pink.

Finding pieces in these color hues was my main objective, but I also wanted to incorporate some other fall  trends. Colored jeans are still really big this season, as are brightly colored ballet flats and flats with embellished toes.  Lucky for me, between the mustard denim pants and pink shoes, those trends were already covered.  Chambray is also one of my absolute favorite ‘big things’ right now because it’s so versatile and timeless, and I was really excited to stumble upon a very well-tailored chambray button-up top.  Another of my favorite current trends is tribal prints, and I fell instantly in love with a big, gauzy grey and white Aztec print scarf.  The scarf was the perfect find, because it added a little more neutral to a very bright look, added some print to a very solid outfit, and tied in the dark grey of the sweater. 

In the end, my entire outfit totaled $ 105. I was a tiny bit over budget, but I still successfully completely the challenge by staying around the $ 100 limit.  And I have to mention that this sweater is probably the most amazing find I’ve come across in the past few years as far as sweaters go.  I’m truly impressed by the quality and the knit work and the design itself, and I have a feeling that once the weather cools off, I’ll be wearing it on a daily basis.  I’m also still a little bit in awe at the fact that it came with a $ 34 price tag.  I would expect to see it selling for $ 200+.  Pretty cool.

Shirt, scarf, sweater, pants and shoes c/o Marshalls

Before I go, I have to say a huge thank you to Marshalls for asking me to participate in such a fun challenge.  I think I’m still a little shocked at the amount of goodies I was able to find for that amount of money!

I also have some good news for all of you…  You guys get to be a part of it too!  I’ll be giving away a $ 100 Marshalls gift card to one lucky Bubby and Bean reader who will get to go on a fall shopping spree of their own!  Make sure to check back next week for this very special giveaway.

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