If we were having coffee

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this week we’ve been having ideas. Mine was to create a better cushion for our doggies in their beds. They have those usual doggie beds you get in the stores but the stuffing bunches up and they end up with parts that have nothing and parts that are all lumpy. So…I searched and looked and looked and finally found some memory foam meant for human beds. I bought some, cut it to fit and stuffed it inside.

This one shows the memory foam inside. Keep in mind, I doubled it because…well, I’m nuts.

This is the final product…so comfy!

And yes, our two doggies rested their fluffy tails on these cushions and loved them.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my hubby also had an idea. His came from a friend who told him that the thing to do nowadays was to have a back up wallet. As in, a fake wallet for when someone tries to steal your wallet, you can just give them the fake one.

Demonstrating his cunning intellect, my hubby thought this was a great idea. Never mind that he has never had someone try to steal his wallet. This was an emergency and needed to be done ASAP and he now is the proud owner of two wallets.

If we were having coffee, I’d warn you not to look at this unless you are ready; the video broke my heart.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5160363/Soul-crushing-footage-starving-polar-iceless-land.html

I’ll be honest and admit I cried, that it kept me up at night and that, even now, makes me worry about those beautiful animals, literally starving to death.

I know there’s little one person can do and my little contribution won’t do too much, but I found this grassroots habitat dedicated solely to Polar Bears; the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat and I had to give them some money.

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Aren’t they simply gorgeous?

A huge thanks to Eclectic Alli for hosting the coffee share.  And to you, my lovely reader for reading. Let me know how your week went!

If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you it’s been another very busy week. It’s something that we should expect, since we work with the public and it’s before the holidays, but somehow, it always takes me by surprise.

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If we were having coffee, I’d complain to you about my hubby. He is so hard to shop for! He has very wide feet and is not exactly gentle on his shoes, so he is in constant need of new footwear…that means slippers too. Well, none of the ones we’ve got for him are wide enough for his duck-feet or dignified enough for him. So, I got these…

He didn’t like them.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Little Leonard is still with the vet. They’re concerned about his eye and waiting to see how it heals. Poor little guy.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m still sniffling and sneezing. That cold I had last week seems to like me because it refuses to leave.

Hey, did you just use my napkin? Hm…

A huge thanks to Eclectic Alli for hosting our coffee share. And to you, reader for reading!

Life with one-person dogs

River is our second akita. We adopted him after we had Ocean because, according to my hubby the therapist, she was lonely. So, instead of one furry, fluffy dog, we now have two.

Akitas are an unusual breed. You don’t see them running about too often. They’re not eskimo dogs and they’re not labs…they’re a different sort of dog. And we knew basically nothing about them when we got them.

One thing the breeder warned us about is that akitas are ‘one-person’ dogs. Not knowing what she meant, we ignored her and headed home. It was only after we had the dogs that we started to understand.

Ocean is madly in love with my hubby. She cares for me, don’t get me wrong, but the love she has for Hubby knows no bounds. She cries when he leaves, can identify the sound of his car coming home and will smile if he so much as looks at her from across the room.

On the other hand, River is my dog. He follows me around the house like a shadow, gazes adoringly at me from the floor and hates it when I leave the house. He also has to be near me no matter where I go. That means that if I’m not quick and close the door, he’ll follow me into the shower.

We don’t have the largest bathroom in the world. It’s meant to contain a human being, not a massive akita. So, in the weekends, when I’m lazy and relaxed, River finds his way inside and I have to shower with him. As a result, my short shower routine turns into a long, drawn out ballet where I try to get clean while avoiding stepping on dog paws, tails and other bits.

Don’t feel too sorry for me. I usually also stop to kiss his furry head, pat him and explain to him what I’m doing with the blow dryer (River doesn’t like the blowdryer). This usually makes Ocean jealous and, if I’m not careful, she will also slip inside the bathroom, love for hubby notwithstanding.

Now two akitas in the bathroom is not a shower routine, it’s a disaster. It’s one of those things that we should have learned about before we got two of these fluff-balls. Still, we’re not complaining.

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Akitas don’t follow commands unless they feel like it, they can’t swim and they won’t chase a ball; but if you want a dog who’ll be your shadow, these guys are great.

If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee, I’d ask for a second. My head feels like a beehive and I can’t seem to focus. I think I might be sick…so it’s a good thing you’re on the other side of a computer screen. I don’t want you to catch it.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this week has been exhausting. It felt like a month-long instead of 5 days and the fact that my hubby was away for the weekend didn’t help my mood at all.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had the most bizarre experience yesterday. I was home, feeling sick with my two fur-balls (aka dogs) and I started to watch football.

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I can blame my illness on the fact that I suddenly wanted to watch the sport, I certainly haven’t ever watched it before when I was healthy, but the fact of the matter is that I watched the entire game…all two hours of it. Two. Hours.

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Obviously, I have some sort of mental disease.

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A huge thanks to Eclectic Alli for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. It’s one of those posts I really enjoy. Thanks for reading!

Little Leonard

First of all, be warned that I’m sick, my head is fuzzy, I can’t concentrate, so only the gods know how this post is going to go. As well, there are some pictures here that might be upsetting to those of you who are sensitive to violence against animals. Please be careful when you scroll down.

I had to tell you about this little puppy, Leonard. He was found by a passerby and he was really hurt. There were acid burns on most of his body and he was barely moving on the side of the road in the snow. Thank goodness a kind person found him and brought him to the local shelter where they took care of him and he started recovering. It was there that they named him Leonard.

I heard about him through the local news. Little Leonard is a rottweiler puppy that is now starting to act more like a puppy and less like a very sick dog and has won the hearts of pretty much everyone in the local shelter and the rural city council…and, of course, ours too.

I know those pictures look awful but he’s already doing better. The city council put his story on the news and basically everyone in this rural area called, interested in giving the little fellow a good home. They were simply swamped by offers (yes, I called as well, then wrote a letter and then emailed them…).

I don’t want to focus on how Leonard came to be hurt. I believe in compassion and understanding above all things but I can truly understand what James Herriot meant when he said:

“I could do terrible things to people who dump unwanted animals by the roadside.”

No. To think of how Leonard came to be this way is incredibly upsetting. So, instead, I want to focus on the fact that Leonard will have a lovely home and will recover. I want to focus on the fact that this community came together to help him and that someone went out of their way to pick him up and take care of him when he needed it most.

Maybe Leonard might even come to live with two fluffy akita doggies.

Oops

I had a cooking fiasco this weekend. I tried to follow a recipe but, for some reason, I thought knowing the ingredients was good enough and I never bothered to check the quantities. The resulting mess was incredibly healthy…but tasted like cardboard.

It was also really substantial. Undeterred, I decided to make it better…by adding more ingredients to it. Predictably, I didn’t so much make it better as make it larger. We now have tons of the stuff. So much I’ve started hiding it in the fridge to try and not show its true size.

On another, unrelated topic, wanna come over for dinner?

A great resource for writers

Publishing…and Other forms of Insanity has this great post with 27 Great Websites for Writers. I should mention that I originally found this post through Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog, another amazing, resourceful website for authors.

A huge thank you to both those websites for incredible support for authors!

If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we have snow…and our two akitas couldn’t be happier. I have yet to see them express that amount of happiness at the sight of us or food or their beds. Snow holds an incredible amount of glee for our two fluff-balls. They simply can’t get enough of the stuff.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that lately, work has been actually fun. I work with the public and while they can be demanding, contradicting and maddening, they can also be cute, endearing and hilarious. I had a week where I spent most of my time at work laughing. Laughter, in my book, is one of the best things.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that my lovely, British hubby is obsessed with a restaurant and we’ve been going religiously to it every weekend since September. After two and a half months of the same food, I’m starting to look like the menu. If he suggests it next weekend, I might kick him in the buttocks.

How was your week? Is there anyone you’d like to kick?

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