Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wednesday odds and ends

Last week a surprise package arrived at our house with goodies for me and the dogs--all the way from Arizona! Thank you Parsnip for the lovely gifts and for your thoughtfulness!

A pretty windchime for the porch!
The dogs playing with one of the two toys sent for them. There were also yummy chicken treats included in the box that they love!

So it's officially summer break. I still can't believe that in a few weeks I'll be starting my fourth year at the school. I feel so fortunate to have such a great schedule these days, with summers off. I don't have any big plans for the summer. If we can resume most normal activities (with precautions like face masks, social distancing, etc) I'll be satisfied with that. 

My book club will be meeting later this month for the first time since February. I've really missed those women! The book for this month is The Gown by Jennifer Robson. It was a fictional story of two women who worked as embroiderers for Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown. This book was.....okay. The writing was kind of thin and the ending was predictable. It was a quick easy read, though. I also went ahead and read the book we'll be discussing in November, The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. It was trashy fun, like a soap opera, and a good mindless summer read. It would be perfect for the beach. I also downloaded a copy of The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England the other day, thinking I might enjoy it after my Phillipa Gregory kick last year. I'm halfway through and to be honest, I doubt I finish it. It's really kind of boring, and all the names start to run together after a while (particularly Henrys and Richards) and are difficult to keep straight. Oh, well. It was only $1.99 to download it onto my Nook app so at least I wasn't out much money.

We're still seeing lots of birds at the feeder, including the pair of Painted Buntings. We've also been spotting small rabbits by our back fence! We see them almost every day lately. I've taken to putting out leftover (wilting) salad greens and chunks of cucumber whenever I have them for the rabbits to enjoy. The other night we saw a deer run through our neighbor's yard, and this was dead on the road near our house:

A harmless corn snake. We're not sure what happened to it.

So that's about it for today. We're still spending lots of time on our porch, enjoying the (still relatively cool) summer weather and all the birds and wildlife. Speaking of which, let me show you how spoiled my dogs are. We were out there the other day, and tried to get the dogs to come out with us. But it was a little bit on the warm side, and they preferred to stay inside where there was a/c....except they wanted the door open so they could look out which also let out the cold air:

Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled!




28 comments:

  1. Isn't Gayle the sweetest, most thoughtful person! I love those pictures of Ginger and George. I understand spoiled pets as we have two very spoiled cats. But they are our babies, aren't they!

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    1. Gayle is a treasure. She's been a wonderful friend to me over the last several years. My dogs are spoiled rotten, but they bring us so much joy that I don't even care!

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  2. The dogs make me think of my mother, chastising a child for wasting electricity. Your poor pups would be in or out, at the end of her very authoritative finger. Thanks for the picture; you improved my day enormously.

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    1. "IN OR OUT!" is something I heard frequently as a child! Haha. Our spoiled dogs don't care a fig about wasting our electricity. They both need JOBS! :)

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  3. So happy that you still have cool weather. It was 90 last night when I went to bed. Today last time I looked 105. We are in an Excessive Heat Warning all of Southern Arizona. All we see is the red on our weather map.
    Happy you but most of all the Gud Dugs liked their treats. I try not to send gifts out but sometimes I do, I want to start sending out more notes like I used to. Trying to clean my distroyed stuido and as I find these small treasures in boxed ready to go. I am now sending them out. That little glass chime was a housewarming/Birthday gift. So Much for being on time.
    Adorer last two photos just wonderful.
    parsnip

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    1. That was so sweet and thoughtful of you! I don't care about a birthday gift being late. I'm touched that you wanted to send me a gift and it's appreciated whenever it arrives! George loves the toys, and occasionally Ginger will play with them to humor him...as long as she's in the right mood.

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  4. The boys are looking very good. Keep spoiling them, it suits them.

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    1. They're living large these days! I love those dogs to pieces.

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  5. That glass wind chime is a beauty, it looks a gorgeous shade of blue in your photo. Parsnip knows what your Gud Dugs like. That is funny how your dogs like the cool of the A/C but insist on the open door so they can see out!

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    1. Yes, the dogs want to hang out with us on the porch, but they like the cool air. Haha. Spoiled rotten.

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  6. Loved the fourth picture with George peeping round the door frame. I would be tempted to crop that photo so that you only see George's head. It's very hard to believe that you are entering your fourth year at the school Jennifer. It seems like yesterday when your retail position at the mall was often causing you such unhappiness - wondering if you would ever get out of it.

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    1. I have another photo of George peeping around Ginger's head that's pretty adorable. Maybe I'll post that one soon. Thank you Neil!

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  7. I was thinking the same as YP.
    As for pets, they are there for us to spoil, aren't they! I remember how I was forever being my cats' handmaid, but they more than rewarded me with their unconditional love and affection.
    The corn snake incident has me guessing. It could have been run over by a car, but doesn't look like it. Maybe it was caught by a bird of prey and then lost mid-flight, wriggling free and then falling to its death on the ground.

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    1. You know, we were wondering about a bird of prey, too. We have Barred Owls living around here, and the other day we saw a Cooper's hawk stalking our bird feeder. So it's very possible!

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  8. Like our cats when we try to close the Doors to the terrace... or a window to the terrace. Half in half out. Spoiled. And adorable.

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    1. Half in half out! Yes! Haha. We're all just servants to these crazy pets! :)

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  9. I tried to listen to an audio version of The Gown. I couldn't finish it.
    I, too, went through a Philippa Gregory phase. Recently I just read a book (audio version) called "Wife After Wife" by Olivia Hayfield. It's sort of a modern take on Henry VIII's marriages and although it was not great literature by any stretch of the imagination it was fun. You might see what you think about that.
    Your doggies look so happy. And why shouldn't they?

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  10. Just love the looks the dogs are giving you. Seriously. Who needs words? :)

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  11. Ha! That is SO doglike. They're probably thinking, "WHY are you out there where it's hot? Come inside already!"

    I enrolled in a medieval history course when I was in college. I thought it would be fascinating and it was immediately revealed to be quite dull. I dropped the class! (The only class I ever dropped, in fact.)

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  12. Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled, what an understatement. I find it funny people complain about snakes and quite often will kill them, and then piss and moan about having to put mouse traps out. You'd have they'd know by now that snakes eat mice.

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  13. The wind chime is beautiful.

    I see “guilt” looks on the faces of your pups.

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  14. LOVELY wind chime! the parsnip is a good person.

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  15. How sweet of Parsnip to send gifts! I've read some of Phillipa Gregory's books and enjoyed them, but I don't want to read all of them. My daughter gave me an autographed copy of one of her books several years ago. Phillipa's book and her name written just for me are on the mantel.

    Love,
    Janie

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