july 23, 2017

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“When your spirits need a lift, think of the virtues and talents of those around you—one’s energy, another’s modesty, the generosity of a third, something else in a fourth. Nothing is so inspiring or uplifting as the sight of these splendid qualities in our friends. Keep them always in mind.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

 

when cats are present

 

Wally and I had a house guest yesterday. It was a special treat to entertain someone of the canine variety. Bianca AKA Binx AKA Little Dog AKA The Snake Slayer spent the afternoon with us while her mom, Crystal Heis, took Mr. Boyfriend out for his birthday. Friends of Crystal know Binx really well. She’s notorious for the number of snakes she kills. Some years back there was a healthy nest of garter snakes in Crystal’s garden. She kept a tally that year, and the next and the next, until word got around the snake world that Little Dog’s kingdom was not open to them. Binx’s fame grew; her hunting prowess became legendary. Chipmunks weren’t safe, and no cat with half a brain dare tread through her territory.

 

my legs are too short

 

Binx hasn’t been well lately, but that didn’t keep her from being keenly interested in Leo and Lily after they made their way downstairs thinking the house was dog-free; lulled into a false sense of security when they heard Wally go out the back door. Binx wasn’t fast enough to give chase, but she was plenty energetic to keep them treed, as it were. There they remained until she finally needed a nap. When she wasn’t occupied with the cats, she was a great helper with the wedding photos. She’s extremely photogenic herself, and might be the world’s most photographed snake slayer. Naturally. Wally and I were honored to have a star in our midst.

 

cats are tiring

may 3, 2014

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela

 

high-five
high-five

 

It was one of the most beautiful Derby days Kentucky has ever had. The temperature was perfect, the sky spectacular, and the people the very best. I had my third Derby party. Thanks to Stacy Yelton, Annie Bassoni, Sandy Davis, Deb Chenault, Crystal Heis, John Lumagui, Greg Davis, Vanessa Oliver, and Riley, Eric, and Heidi Morrow, it may have well been the best yet.

 

cornhole sundown
cornhole sundown

 

We played cornhole in a yard as green as it was bug-free (always a plus).

 

learning to spell
learning to spell

 

The sidewalk chalk was the best $2 I’ve ever spent. Riley reduced grown women to a gaggle of squawking grannies. We had a blast playing with him. I think he might have had fun, too.

Cinco de Binx
Cinco de Binx

 

Bianca, AKA Little Dog, was the hit of the party. Good thing she exited stage left before Riley arrived. I’m not sure we could have stood that much excitement. It was a perfect day capped off by my taking the pool with California Chrome’s win. Life is so very, very sweet to me, and how lucky am I to have such smart, sweet friends as these? Pretty darn lucky!

april 28, 2012

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Never let your past experiences harm your future. Your past can’t be altered and your future doesn’t deserve the punishment.” ~ Unknown

the snake killer

Today I got to play Auntie Ko to The Snake Killer, also known as Bianca, also known as Little Dog. BFF, Crystal Heis, had to catch a plane before the boarding doors opened so, I happily lent a hand. I started my day with Little Dog. It was a great way to start a beautiful day.