Friday, March 27, 2015


Him: Hey!  Guess what?  I think it's a free HBO/Showtime weekend!!

Me:  Uh, honey?

Him: yeah?

Me: You know with the Roku you have 6000 movies you can watch anytime you want... It's not 1985 anymore....

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Color me happy


One of the things I love about Arizona is all the bright colors you see everywhere. No one is afraid to use a bold color and to really embrace it.  And it's ok to have a little fun with it too!  I think the Midwest should consider this too - the winter is so blah.  Everywhere is brown and grey.  A funky bright chicken would be a nice contrast to all the bleakness.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Breaking

Enjoying a little Arizona weather in the middle of winter is one thing, but enjoying a little taste of it in the spring is a must! And Arizona did not disappoint.  Sunny and 80 degrees was perfect after such a cold winter.  Since the Mister opted out, I grabbed the BFF and we enjoyed a long weekend of hiking, shopping, eating and catching up.  Hiking was first on the agenda! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Food and Fosters

I don't usually have crazy awful Monday's but yesterday just about won that award! Trying to prepare for a short vacation and an impeding ice storm had me in very manic mood.  I was running around trying to get a bunch of things taken care of.  My car had a low tire which I suspected was from a nail in the driveway.  (There are many nails in the driveway at the moment, it really was just a matter of time.) And then while getting gas, I somehow broke the cable release to the gas cover. And to top things off.... our renter thought some kind of critter was moving into the townhouse with her. Oh, and don't forget the everyday stuff - not the typical start to a Monday for me.  Luckily, I had some great people around me to get through even the silly stuff. 

We also said good bye to our latest foster.  Otis went to his forever home last night.  We fell pretty hard for this little boy.  He got along with everyone at our place really well, not to mention he has such a great personality.  It could have been really hard to let go - but for some reason I didn't have any issues with this one.  I think I was just so confident with his placement that any nerves or sadness I would normally feel - just weren't there.

Right after we left Otis and  his new family, the Mister took me out to dinner at Dos Rios.  He was in the mood for some really awesome guacamole, (which they make fresh at your table) and I was craving some Queso Fundido.  So what started as a bit of a crazy Monday ended in the most perfect way! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

What a Weekend

Otis - 9 weeks

What a weekend.  What started as a quiet weekend - ended with a crash and a bang!

The Mister and I decided to celebrate a quiet Valentine's Day at home.  So we made an incredible dinner together on Friday night and just enjoyed being at home with the pups and each other.  He did surprise me by having a dozen gorgeous pink roses in the middle the dining room table which I was not expecting at all!  (Made my little gift of Skittles and a Diet Vanilla Pepsi pale in comparison.)  (Not to mention -We said no presents - siding was our present this year!) 

The quiet weekend continued with a early morning phone call on Saturday from our foster dog adoption coordinator which was odd.  After Mike's accident, we decided that we had to put fostering on hold for a little while because he has limited use of his right arm right now.  (We are still in the process of figuring out whether surgery will be required.  So no pups until Mike's arm is better.) UNTIL that call. She needed to move a foster dog to another foster home.  I have a hard time saying  no when there is such a need for foster homes. How much work would it be for one, tiny little nine week old puppy? So I said, yes.   The previous foster mom felt nervous because she didn't have a fence for this little guy.  We have a huge yard and a small side yard.  And I am a big fat sucker for a dog in need. 

Little Otis is adorable.  He doesn't seem to have a need to run like the previous foster experienced.  And so, we are enjoying this little guy for just a little while.  He will most likely be adopted very soon.  He already has a ton of applications - no big deal.

And then.... I got a phone call on Sunday.  From a former foster's mom.  One of our pups that we fostered who went to a wonderful family had decided they wanted to return her.  (WHAT??  Not this family???)  This was such an incredible match and I knew this family LOVED their dog.  Mom was sobbing when she called so it was hard to figure out what was going on.  (YES, of course bring the dog back to us.)  Everyone was called: Adoption Coordinator, Me (Former Foster mom), and the Rescue Director.  All of us were just stunned.    

As the saga continued through the evening, into the night and extended to this morning.... Mom was extremely overwhelmed and made a knee-jerk reaction.  I'm hoping the pup will be back with her family tonight.  Some training and some support should help them get back on track. 

Sigh... let's hope for some good vibes for everyone this week. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015


You know what is disheartening?  Watching two rescues engage in verbal warfare on a social media site. 

I am truly appalled that the rescue I volunteer for decided to publicly respond to a smaller rescue regarding a lost foster dog.  Apparently, the smaller rescue lost a dog.  (It happens.)  The dog was found later running down a highway by the bigger rescue. Ownership of the dog needed to be determined.  Said dog was eventually returned to the smaller rescue.  Simple enough, right? Nope. 

The health of the dog was questioned.  The time it took to determine ownership was questioned.  Volunteers on both sides decided to attack each other on this public forum.  I am truly appalled. 

Both founders should have enough common sense to know it doesn't do either rescue any good to air any grievance in public.  I have lost respect for both groups, to be honest.  And I am annoyed that volunteers took it upon themselves to attack the other under the guise that they are defending the other's honor.  There is no honor in engaging in that kind of behavior. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Other Happenings of the Week

I love a good snow storm once in a while. 
Right now it's like a winter wonderland. 

Willie and Willamina - our latest foster pups.
He looks like a wire-hair Vizsla and she looks like some-type of hound.  

Mike had an accident at work last week.  That was an interesting phone call to get. 
All is well - he is at home recovering as we speak. 

Around the neighborhood. 

Roxie is over the snow.  She would much rather snuggle up than play outside.

Driving in to work today.  2 feet of snow on top of your car??

See?  It's pretty. 
But when you are digging out your car under two feet of snow - not so much! Especially when you put a 24 inch scratch across the hood of your car. 

Winter wonderland - more on the way later this week. 

I cried when our fosters were adopted last week.  Sometimes it is hard to let them go. Even when you know they are going to awesome families.   

I think Breaker misses them too. 

Mena is living with a therapist and her mom is looking to train her as a therapy dog.  How cool is that?

It's been a crazy couple of weeks for me - between siding the house and seeing a construction crew every day for two weeks, working with the foster dogs and getting them adopted, dealing with Mike's accident and then a massive snowstorm - let's just say,  I'm hoping this week is a little quieter and a lot less eventful. 

And an After!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sneak Peak

It always looks worse before it looks better.....  

Contractor started work this week on the new siding.  It's totally surreal to Mike and I since we have talked about it for a while now.  Can't wait to see what an entire side looks like - it's a pretty big job so it might be a week before we really have something to look at.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Play Hard - Cuddle Much

Our foster pups caught a bug last week and slept for about 3 days. I was a little worried because we aren't used to pups (who are 4 months) who just want to sleep.  Luckily, it wasn't anything to be concerned with - they bounced back pretty quickly and now just want to playplayplayplay.  I snapped these pictures after a 3 hour non-stop play session.  They are the best cuddlers too!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Window Shopping - West End Salvage

One day over the holiday break, I had some time to kill before an appointment so I decided it was the perfect day to check-in with one of my very favorite shops downtown - West End Architectural Salvage.  I soooo love this place.  I can spend hours and hours in a place like this.  You might be familiar with West End because of their show on HGTV.  Now you can find them on DIY network.  Their second season just started last night.  It's always fun to see how Don and all his staff can transform a place.  
I discovered West End about 8 years ago right before they had moved into their four-story warehouse.  The first shop was big but nothing like the warehouse they have now. Take a look for yourself....