Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Turn around




It's been the summer of construction every where I turn....my house, the street I travel, the place I work... I just can't avoid it right now.    Case in point - the street that came through the middle of campus is receiving a major overhaul and is now closed.  Eventually, is will become a "plaza" - brick-lined sidewalks, plants, flowers and trees.  It really should be beautiful when it is done.  They were just installing the new sculpture when I was running across campus to a meeting.  I had just enough time to stop a snap a few photos.  One of my professor friends called it the largest revolving door!  lol!  (I like it, regardless.) 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Life as we know it



 

 

Oh sure, they look all cute when they are sleeping but I'm here to tell you - they were little hellions. lol!   All the puppies went to their new homes last night and it was a major feet getting everyone into the car and then getting all of our pups into their kennels before we left to head to the Pit Stop (our rescue group's headquarters).  When we got home after meeting all the families and helping with the adoptions and one home visit along the way - I looked around the living room/dining room and it occurred to me, it looked like a fraternity had used our place for one major party. What a complete mess (but no beer cups to contend with.)

Of course, I say all of this in jest.  We absolutely loved having this group, but how did four puppies create more work than the nine boxer pups combined?? 

After a couple nights of cleaning and rest, we will pick up our next group.  We must be crazy, right?  :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Conversations


Overheard while out to lunch one afternoon:

20-something professional young woman: "I give really good advice.  I, like, tell all my friends, I give really good advice because I like to give advice."

Also said by same girl:  "If you like a guy then he should really want to change for you."


I really wanted to go over to her table and give her some of my own advice.  It looked like the 20-something was mentoring a younger girl. (The younger girl was a teenager; I would have put her around 17 years old or so.)  And it wasn't hard to listen to their whole converstation since she was talking so loud.  I just wanted to pat her on the back and tell her, "NO, just no. Guys should not change for you, nor should you change yourself for any guy (or girl).  Being in a realationship should bring out your very best self and that was very different than what she was telling this young lady.  Sadly, I didn't say anything.  Some of us have to learn the hard way.  :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thought of the Day

I attended a funeral yesterday in support of Mike's mom and her significant other.  It was a full Catholic mass.  The woman who passed lived 90 years and died on her birthday. She had 5 children and had lived on the same side of town for most of her life.  She was a "south-side Italian" - which is quite redunant in this area. And if you know anything about Catholics, then you know there is no eulogy at a funeral mass. 

But as mass was ending, one of the sons stood up to sing a recessional.  And as he began he said a few words about the song that he was going to sing.  The song was called, "Stardust".  It was a song that he sung with his mother many many times.  (This particular son is a local celebrity of sorts.  He is a jazz singer with a beautiful voice and he sings at many local clubs.)  But the thing that stuck with me was how he talked about his mom.  He said she never judged him.  That she was a mom who loved her children and helped them to become the people they were meant to be.  He told everyone there - if they had children help them to find their own destiny and don't hold them back with their dreams, help them to find their own dreams instead.  This particular son is gay. 

I couldn't help but think, this woman was so ahead of her time.  She watched this wonderful man grow-up and become an amazing fellow and watched him find love with a wonderful man. She did all of this during a time when being gay was not a good thing - and can you imagine this big macho Italian family with a gay son?  All I can say is - What an incredible matriarch. 

And no post is complete without a photo... 
Little Boomer is the last of the lab puppies.  All of them should be in homes this weekend and a new batch will be arriving soon. 
 



Friday, August 15, 2014

More Puppy Love







I wish the quality of my photos was better - but in the world of dog - you don't have time for lighting or focusing.  You just snap when you can and then hope for the best.  And in case you were wondering how our dogs are doing with the foster puppies - I think you can see all is well in the dog house.  Or should we call our house 'Hotel for Dogs'?  Either one is appropriate.

Life is good, really good.  We are all recovered from the nine boxadors we fostered and every one of the pups is in a great home with awesome people.  In fact, we are on to the next group of fosters - the chocolate labs.  These guys have homes, they just needed a place to crash until they are spayed/neutered.  This group wasn't as big as the last group, just 2 little girls and 2 little boys.  Cute, aren't they!

Mike and I are really enjoying this whole foster gig.  Neither of us was sure how it would go, but we found out we love fostering.  The big thing everyone says and worries about is letting them go. But I have found - you can.  It's an awesome feeling to see the pups and to watch them find this incredible new home and a family that is so excited to welcome a new member.  It's funny what you think you can and can't do in life. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Dog Tired



Now I know where the expression, "Dog Tired" comes from.  I am EXHAUSTED.  These little guys are wearing me out.  A long nap this weekend seems like a MUST DO.  I bet by Monday almost all the puppies will be in new homes.  So just a few more days with an awesome litter.  I love all of them so much.  But I am also happy to see the families picking out a new member of the family.  Makes it all worth while in the end.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quote of the Day

 
“Forgiveness is allowing yourself to move on. Forgiveness is letting go of the burden of a grudge. Forgiveness is not allowing someone else’s choices to ruin your life. Forgiveness is acknowledging the imperfectness in us all, and chalking up mistake after mistake to being human…Those who never learn forgive will never have hearts open enough to truly love… because, one forgives to the degree that one loves.”
 
 
 

Monday, July 28, 2014

9 Lives / Puppy Love

Meeting the transport van for our foster pups!

This is our group!  Thank god we remembered the extra kennel!


One van arrives to meet a second van. 
Our pups came from Missouri and some pups were heading North to Minnesota. 

Little Piper saying hello!

George, Larry, Piper and Healy

Dog Pile!

Oh so tired.  I would be too - since we woke up at 3:30am! 

Mike loves his babies. 


Healy, Jack, Alex, Larry

Piper and Bennett with Breaker in the background. 

New to this whole fostering dog business, I like that I have a place where I can keep track of the dogs we have had and my thoughts on the whole process. 

So far, we managed to adopt out our first pup, Lolo to an awesome new family.  We did pretty good with staying detached enough to let her go but she was a little peach and fit in very well with our little pack.  Then we got Breaker, my fiance was a goner within minutes of meeting him. He is a funny pooch and from the minute he arrived, we could not imagine life without him. So Breaker stayed with us (foster failure.) 

And now, we have the 9 pack.  Nine, 8 week old, mixed breed puppies.  Did I mention, NINE! 

They are the sweetest babies and we have fallen in love.  They look to be some kind of Boxer/Lab mix.  Boxadors!  My favorites are the feisty girls of the group.  Two of them look like twins - the terrible twosome, Alex and Piper.  And the third is named for my niece.  (She insisted.)  They are much smaller than the male pups but - oh are they BIG with personality!  Because the group we work with adopts out many pups and adult dogs, we had to come up with some names for the file.  We went with a "Orange is the new Black" theme.  And surprisingly, most of the names fit the dog.  It's going to be hard to see my sweet girls leave. 

But life with the nine pack is crazy.  Just figuring out which pup is which is a challenge enough - so imagine trying to feed them?  Or get them all outside to potty?  Or when one pup decides to crawl out of the puppy pen that Mike built for them?  (That was Alex by the way.  She's a little bit naughty but you can't stay mad at her because she is a sweet girl who just wants to be with her people.)  Yes, it will be hard to let them go.  But we are happy to have them while we do. 

I guess with fostering you get to keep falling in love over and over.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dog Days




Poor Roxie.  She doesn't realize how big she has gotten.  She no longer fits in the chair.  Hope she is resting up because the puppies are coming!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pretty Little Houses




My old house obsession continues.  I just love the wrap-around porch and the color of this house.  I had to tweak the color a bit just so you could see the detail.  It's so simple yet a bit elaborate at the same time.  Each spindle has two or three colors.  Whoever pick the color scheme is a genius. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's Happening

In the midst of all the construction and deconstruction you will find some cool stuff. 
I was throwing plaster and dry wall into the dumpster one night and
I looked down to see this bus ticket in almost perfect condition.

 
This is how the sunroom looked before we really got going on the renovations. 
Mike had already taken out the middle wall before we started dating. 
And Roxie is in the background checking things out.   

This is the other side of the sunroom.  No plaster at this point - just the lath. 

And here's the room with no lath, no plaster, no nothing! 
We will add some insulation and drywall soon. 

Crazy, silly puppy is doing great.  He just loooooves his Roxie and just loves to torment the chihuahuas. 
(Not really, he just loves to play.)

Nephew playing some ball in the state tournament. 

Oldest nephew playing high school ball.  They just won a big game last night in substate. 
Too bad the temperature was well in the 100's. 
It was a blast none-the-less. 

It's been a busy summer to say the least.  Fostering dogs has been a nice surprise.  Didn't think we would be able to do it but we do.  And I love it.  This might be the thing I do after I retire.  We should be getting a batch this weekend.  And I do mean a batch.  PUPPIES!!  Eight of them to be exact.  Should be crazy and fun.  Crazy fun!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Foster Fail

Breaker - right after picking him up for the first time




Second outing with Breaker - we went to my nephew's ball game and Breaker just laid by my feet the whole time.

So this happened.  As we were sending our first foster pup off to her new home, a call came in to pick up a new pup. No other information was given to us.  We don't how old he is (although we think he is a few months), and no back story was given.  Since we were losing one foster, we figured we would pick up this guy and just keep him as our new foster.  Well....as soon as Mike met this little guy it was all over. He totally fell in love and we are just big suckers - so meet Breaker - our foster failure. 

We decided to name him "Breaker" because we were in the midst of having the electric updated on the house.  I call him, "heart breaker" and my nephew calls him, "breaker breaker 1 - 9."  We tried a few other names but our rescue group kept nixing each one because they already had a dog of that name.  So Breaker it is!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Welcome...Howdy....Hello

Front door/Living Room

Mike took out two single doors last week in anticipation of the electrical work we are having done.  The house used to be a duplex so we had two single entry doors in this space that had originally separated the two different apartments. 



We put up a big tarp to protect the living room as much as we could. 

And here is our new front door!  We wanted french doors that let in a lot of light.  They also lead to the small enclosed porch on the front of the house so it just made sense to us to have french doors.  They also have the little mini blinds built in so we can have privacy if we ever feel the need. 



We have managed to do quite a few small projects this summer and still have a few more to work on as well.  But the electrical work was our main project for this year.  It is such a big, expensive project and really is the linchpin to everything else - it was important to get it done as soon as we could.  And since the house is so old and had some questionable add-ons through the years, a few walls had to come down - it worked out pretty well in the overall scheme of things. 
 
So far, I love how things are coming together.