While at the pet store the other day getting dog food, I happened upon a blue fish in a little plastic cup labeled Bill Cosby. Had to bring him home. Bill Cosby now lives in a bowl on our bedside table. So funny each time Otis comes in our room in the morning and evening saying “How is Bill Cosby?”. Best name. Hope he lives a long time.
Archive for the ‘life’ Category
We had a great Christmas. Last year we spent our Christmas in the ER for Otis’ asthma and it felt amazing and lucky to wake up Christmas morning in our home – healthy. Now that the holidays are behind us the glow and anticipation is sadly also gone. We’ll have my birthday to celebrate and maybe a few snowstorms to enjoy to get us through the dull cold of winter. With hibernation comes the winter weight as well. Stu and I justify this unfortunate happening by saying we need this extra weight to keep warm in our cold house on freezing winter days and nights. Ha, maybe but spring is right around the corner.
In less than twelve days it will be Christmas. It’s always a busy time leading up to this day – the busiest time for us with the shop. As a family, we’ve started traditions with the kids during the holidays. The advent calendar, the return of our holiday elf, making our candy houses, cutting down our tree, sewing an ornament each year, visiting the firehouse to see santa, caroling with Holly’s scout troop at the local retirement home, matching christmas eve pajamas, and the nativity play at Sunday School. Maybe you share some of these same traditions? It’s nice to have these moments with the kids. To see their utter delight and strong belief in the magic of this holiday.
A 1973 film of this classic story with music, narration by Shel Silverstein.
via Digby & Iona
“I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
“America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.” – Barack Obama, Nov. 7, 2012 Election night
Election Night, Nov. 7, 2012 (AP Photo/photographed by M. Spencer Green)
First Family, photographed by Annie Leibovitz in 2006
For the past two months we have been searching for a dog to adopt. After visiting a few local shelters and going through an arduous process for a dog with a rescue we finally found the dog for our family in the little town of Homer, New York.
It was a long drive but it was totally exciting for us and the kids – knowing we would be bringing home a new family member. We drove through the beautiful mountains and countryside. It was an idyllic setting. Country Acres Animal Shelter is set back on a country road in a beautiful hillside. There are chickens along the property and down the street from the shelter is a dairy farm. On our first walk with him on the shelter grounds we stopped to see the cows at the dairy farm – spotted black and white just like the cows, we decided to name him Moo Cow.
The kids are so thrilled with him. Stu and I have been watching and reading and learning tips from the dog whisperer Cesar Millan. We are trying to be good dog owners and pack leaders. So far, Moo Cow is very sweet and obedient and is really such a good fit for us.
Thank you, Country Acres Animal Shelter! We are happy to have found you and the new member to complete our family, our Moo Cow.
If you are considering adopting a dog and feel like the drive. Country Acres has some great dogs and puppies available right now for adoption.