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Puppy genes!

Monday, November 18, 2013

We have the report on Shasta's breed. Just to remind you, this is what Shasta looks like. She's also tiny--15 pounds, and the tops of her ears just come to my knees:

And her lineage of her four grandparents?
1. Miniature pinscher--which I had guessed
2. Shiba Inu--which I can see now in her face, and
3. Beagle--which WTF???!!! I see NO beagle in this dog
4. Mixed breed, including toy/miniature poodle, Spanish water dog, Welsh Springer spaniel and a just touch of chihuahua

All leading to the question of WHY IS THIS DOG JET BLACK? Only the Spanish water dog is a black dog. The rest are mixed colors. Also, all these breeds are much larger--like, twice her weight at least--except the chihuahua.

Genetics are weird.

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JANETRIS 11/21/2013 9:12PM

    Looks full of energy! A nice looking pupster! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/21/2013 1:04AM

    What a little cutie pie!

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 11/18/2013 10:08PM

    Very cute dog and yes I agree.

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LKWQUILTER 11/18/2013 9:40PM

    Shasta is cute as can be. We have a rescue puppy and have no idea what his genes are. Have debated about finding out but finally decided we loved him for himself. LOL

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TATTER3 11/18/2013 9:07PM

    Too fun!!!

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HILLSLUG98239 11/18/2013 7:33PM

    I could never say no to those eyes!

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NATPLUMMER 11/18/2013 12:26PM

She is soooooooo cute!!

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4DOGNIGHT 11/18/2013 11:22AM

    Its fun to know though! Black is a mixture of all colors so maybe that is why. Carol

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Last post about cleaning...probably

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I ran errands yesterday while the cleaning crew was here, because I didn't want to watch the progress. I wanted the before-and-after effect. I wanted the Cleaning Fairies to have come.

I was delighted with the results. It is all so very wonderfully clean now.

I was so delighted, in fact, that after a short time my attention was completely drawn to the messes that I had just resigned myself to accept: that pile of paperwork that has no place to go; those bits of detritus that you could put away i you just had one more drawer....

The truth is, the equation for the number of drawers a household needs is always n+1, "n" being the number of drawers that the household has. Every time you manage to come up with one more drawer, somehow you fill that and need just one more still.

The solution to the problem was not finding more drawers, nor resigning myself to the messes. The solution was to reorganize a couple of drawers and get rid of some stuff we simply didn't need. And I did. To the tune of two large bags of recycling.

I still have one large stack of paperwork that requires me to actually *do* something with it, rather than the stuff that could simply be tossed. But it's corralled into one spot, and I will whittle my way through it in the coming days.

And there's the entire family room still do deal with, though the plan of putting away at least one thing every time I'm down there is actually making a small dent in the disaster.

I feel like I'm getting my life back on track.

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JANETRIS 11/16/2013 7:54PM

    I hope to get to that point soon too! Good for you! emoticon

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TATTER3 11/16/2013 6:49PM

    This is one of my goals....working on it daily!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/16/2013 5:30PM

    Jealous! That'd be me! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/16/2013 5:29PM


Before I got cancer, I had a goal of cleaning one shelf or drawer somewhere in the house each day. I've put that goal on hold while I go through treatment, but plan to get back to it once I'm up to speed. Even now, I will occassionally "do" one shelf or drawer. It really works wonders....a little bit at a time!

I'm glad you enjoyed the cleaning fairies!

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EBRAINK 11/16/2013 2:23PM

    WOW! That is inspiring. I think I may need to clean a drawer. (A small one, at least.)

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SATCHMO99 11/16/2013 1:11PM

    Well done on your perseverance, you WILL see the change, and that will inspire you to continue with the clean up/throw out/recycle.

I seem to be making lots of trips to the charity shop as I try to declutter before moving. I've got two months to go.

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HILLSLUG98239 11/16/2013 12:15PM

    I hope you're giving yourself a treat when you're done with this.

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Cleaning progress

Friday, November 15, 2013

I spent yesterday slavishly decluttering--because what's the point of a clean house if it's still full of junk? Now my entire upstairs is decluttered--on the surface, at least. Some of the closets and cabinets still need some work. But a girl can only do so much.

The family room in the basement is still a horror show--or maybe I should say a Hoarders show! My daughter's stuff is still all over down there, and I can't even begin to clean it up until those boxes are gone. But the truth is that we have about 3 bookcases worth of books down there that are just on the floor because we don't have cases to put them in. Hubby wants to build them, but that's probably two years down the line. So trying to clean it up is pretty hopeless right now. But once I get DD's stuff out of there, I think I will box up the books on the floor and stack them in the storage closet until he gets the bookcases done. (We have a large library of bookcases down there now, but they are all stuffed full. Hubby has a serious problem letting go of books. And right now I have 5 boxes of them in the back of my car to take to the library and donate! I love books, but I hate floor stacks. I'd love to have cases all the way around the family room and just call it a library, but until that happens, this mess is driving me crazy!)

Hubby will be leaving tonight for a weekend in Michigan. That means I get to just sit here and enjoy my pristine house for the whole weekend before he's back to make a mess. I'm absolutely thrilled by this!

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SATCHMO99 11/16/2013 1:14PM

    How about making temporary bookshelves from planks of wood and bricks?

Me and my DH are also book hoarders. I've managed to take all the fiction books to the charity shop. There's still a libraries worth of reference books, which he wants to keep.

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JANETRIS 11/16/2013 9:01AM

    AHHHH...what a liberating feeling! Enjoy lavishing in all the cleanliness!! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/15/2013 10:42PM

    It is hard to part with good books, that is for sure. I pared mine down a few years ago. It was really hard, but I am glad that I did it. I know the books I got rid of went to good homes.
Congratulations on your progress and enjoy your clean home and mini vacation!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/15/2013 6:20PM

    Enjoy it while you can!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/15/2013 1:07PM

    oh how awesome is that! enjoy your weekend emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/15/2013 11:49AM

    Yay for some progress!!

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Spring cleaning, 6 months late

Thursday, November 14, 2013

For my birthday last April, I asked hubby to have someone come in and really deep clean the house. That's finally happening tomorrow. Which means today I get to spend running around like a madwoman, decluttering the place.

Right now, it's a mess. Not a mess that most people would notice, hubby reasonably points out, but a mess to me.

And I can't say, "my house isn't *dirty*, it's just *messy*." No, it's dirty. If the dust bunnies get any bigger, I will have to give them names.

But when your life is screamingly busy, it's hard to make time to clean under the furniture and in the corners. And to remember to make decisions about every scrap of paper. It's easier to let things pile up.

Which is why it's awesome that someone is coming in to clean tomorrow. Because for them to do a good job, I need to remove the messes. The piles of books that are being donated. The papers that need a good going through.

When all this is done, I want my house to sparkle. And junk doesn't sparkle.

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OPTIMIST1948 11/17/2013 4:13AM

    Awesome. This post is inspiring on so many levels. I think we all struggle with junk...

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TEMPENATIVE 11/15/2013 1:11PM

    Iv been doing my spring cleaning in Nov too, but thats because in Arizona Nov is our spring; the long awaited pleasant weather is here, til May. emoticon
I had never lived in a house long enough to know you need to clean out under the fridge every couple of years-eeew!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/14/2013 9:15PM

    That's great that you are getting the deep cleaning done.

My house is getting gradually dirtier and dirtier since I've been getting chemo. I don't say anything to my hubby about it, I figure he has his hands full taking care of me. It will get cleaned later.

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TATTER3 11/14/2013 8:58PM

    I'm working on Honey's house. Wish I could get someone to come in...but it's too bad. Just enjoy! Happy Birthday!

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JANETRIS 11/14/2013 11:51AM

    AWWWW....what a liberating feeling to get it all together!! Enjoy... emoticon

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GARDENQE2 11/14/2013 10:26AM

    I think I will adopt your words as a new mantra: Junk doesn't sparkle!
Enjoy your clean house!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/14/2013 10:09AM

    Happy Birthday! I know, it's not today, but hey, go ahead and celebrate it since your wonderful gift is arriving! Enjoy that clean and decluttered home!

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4DOGNIGHT 11/14/2013 9:57AM

    Oh, you will feel soooo much better, and lighter. I finally got my new draperies and today I am decluttering the living room. Seems like my quilts and projects wind up spread over the sofa and on the DR table. today it will be clean.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Last night I had a craving for popcorn. Now, I have not made popcorn in over a year, and Erin may have had some Pop Secret now and then, but not in the last six months. So I dismissed the craving as unachievable and settled in to watch Marvel's Agents of Shield with Ferrett's head in my lap.

When the show was over, I got up and walked across the living room. There, in the middle of the carpet, was a single kernel of popped popcorn.

Undoubtedly, Shasta had nosed it out from someplace, carried it over, and abandoned it. But it was still eerily coincidental. And particularly effective, when watching a paranormal show!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/11/2013 8:19AM

    Popcorn isnt bad. Its all the butter that most people put on it.

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EBRAINK 11/9/2013 11:27AM

    Now that is a good dog!

My dogs barely respond to verbal commands, let alone psychic commands.

(Oh, and yeah, popcorn. Hard to resist...)

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JANETRIS 11/8/2013 9:07PM

    WOW CREEPY!! emoticon Way to make it through the craving!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/7/2013 11:46PM

    Haha! That's too funny!

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DOGLADY13 11/6/2013 2:00PM

    Yikes. That's creepy and funny all at the same time.

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SUGARSMOM2 11/6/2013 11:53AM

  strange isn't it ? maybe the smell of that one kernel was more then enough . ?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/6/2013 11:25AM

    That is funny!

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