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Thursday, June 30, 2011


  My alarm doesn't wake me up at the preset time of 4:00 am. I am awake ten minutes before it goes off and I get up. I am working early today. Because I am up a little earlier than I need to be I decide to do a few chores around the house before getting ready for work. Our house does not have an inside doorway into the garage, so to do laundry I have to go out the front door and then into garage thru its door. I am folding a load of towels when suddenly there is a big bang on the garage door (the big roll up door). It has been slammed by something on the outside. I freeze. Do I go outside?  Do I ignore it ? I listen and hear nothing or no one out there. My imagination. Of course not. No choice but to open the door and see whats up. So I slowly open the door, step out side and suddenly out of the shadows is WILLIS. Our black collie. He is happily dancing around as if to say ,"Look at me Mom, I am outside, yippee"! Shoo, that was scary, I give him a big hug and march him back into the house. As we are making our way to the door I ask him if he let Ben our other collie out as well, just as he turns to look down the driveway hear comes Ben prancing towards the house, all happy happy happy.

So, Willis loves Doors. Not The Doors as in Jim Morrison, but, wooden doors, glass doors, metal doors, plastic doors any kinda door that opens. Willis has figured out how to open and close doors. He recently began shutting himself into the bathroom. As a precaution so he wont have to spend the day trapped in one of the two bathrooms I have taught Ben how to open the doors when Willis is whining to get out. We made a game of me and Willis in the bathroom and Ben on the outside. We call to Ben and he has to push the door open and everyone gets rewarded. Problem solved.

This was working great. Now I wouldn't have to worry about Willis being stuck while I am away at work. One day I am reading in the living room and I hear Ben do his "inside" Bark. He does it again and again. I go to investigate only to find both my boys now shut in the bathroom. :(     So much for my rescue plan.

Funny dog. He can now open the patio door, front door , and bathroom doors. Only a couple months ago when we first got him we had to bribe him to use his doggy door. My how they grow.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011





STAY ,STAY ...good boy

My Boys

Come on Mom , beach beach beach

scooch over guys

winner gets to ride shotgun on the way home!!

WOW , now thats a lot a water

wheres Ben?

This way Willis, come on

Taking a break

Can we go now

You go that way, and I'll go this way

Happy Happy Happy


Tuesday, June 7, 2011


     This has been a very sad week. I have lost two friends. One was my best friend from high school. Kim Grant. She died of a heart attack on May 14th. We had lost touch with each other over the years but occasionally we would hear bits and pieces of news about each other and "our gang" from school. Face book has definitely played a part in keeping us updated. Kim was a great person, she was always faithful to her friends and warm and kind to everyone. I'm so sorry she is gone.
     Friday another wonderful person died. Olimpia Ortman. She was a co-worker and friend. Her faith was unbelievably strong and I am praying that her family will find the courage in knowing that.
     will miss both of my friends and find comfort knowing that some day we will meet again in Heaven.