May 31, 2011

Gary's Saturday continued

Last Saturday you may remember that we went to see out nephew & his wife ... also Gary's bestie mate Oscar the pug.

For a treat we decided to take the dogs to the dog park..Gary's favorite place. he loves swimming, running and generally all things doggy related...Oscar tries to keep up, but that Pug face holds him back and soon he's snorting for air.. meantime Gary has forgotten that his best mate is there and is whoring out with the other dogs...

Gary's heaven.. water, and other dogs sprinkled with liberal numbers of tennis balls!

He looks like we could be friends... Oscar who?

Two of Gary's best things in life.. water & tennis balls


And return!

It's ok guys..I'll stand outside and throw the ball.. you just relax in the shade!

Break for a pant...

Oscar the pug... very brave!

You just relax Cole.. ok?

Tennis balls everywhere !!

New friends!

Why won't anyone play with me?

I can keep up honest!!!!!

Gary and his new friend... even with those long legs Gary could out run him!

Mummy's boy!

End of day.. Oscar has had enough, but find air-vent very soothing....

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May 30, 2011


Do I look bruised to you?.. If so it's because I was cruelly tagged by Jewell over at Really Wait What, and it hurt, I have had to apply cream and everything... women these days, so violent...

Anyway, apparently one of the rules to this tagging lark is that you can't tag back.. I mean come on.. that makes it tough for a girl with five friends...

But I shall give it a shot...

Oh and there are rules... so don't try and make up your own....

Rule #1 - No Tag Backs  (sticks tongue out at you)
Rule #2 -You are supposed to tag 8 people (you'll see if you go to Jewell's blog that she is incredibly lazy!)
Rule #3 - Answer the questions...ugh!  I've copied both sets from Jewell you can pick which ones.. but don't cheat by mixing.. I will know and I'll hunt you down !

And now the questions.....

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
I'd have tried to foster a better relationship with my brother instead of being jealous of him while I was growing up..

What movie/TV character do you most resemble in personality?
Penelope Pitsto...heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllp. 

If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?
As I'll never get the chance I can say Sarah Palin right?...and this from someone who can't vote here...

Name one habit you want to change in yourself.

Describe yourself in one word.

Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word.

In one sentence, why do you blog?
My friend (who I'm tagging) said she loves watching me blog.. laughing along with myself... so I guess that's why...

Here are the questions from the other tag....(requires 8 people be tagged)

     Who’s listed at #1?
     Say something about #5
     How did you get to know #3?
     How about #4?
     Leave a message for #6
     Have a lovey-dovey message for #2?
     Do #7 and #8 have similarities?

And now for the unsuspecting bloggers who I'm tagging... big hugs, but pull your finger out and get back to it will you!

Brahm, Alfred lives here
Anne, The Day After Yesterday
Duane, Duane Scott
Crystal, Crystal goes to Europe
Nicki, Nicki Woo The Home Guru
Alejandro, Raising Amelie
Kara, Scattered joy

By the way if this is some crazy pyramid scheme and I have now given Jewell $1,000 of my hard earned cash I apologize profusely and can provide her address via email !!!!!

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May 25, 2011

What dogs do when you are out

Had to post this that my sister in law sent me... hilarious...

What do you think your dog gets up to whilst you are out?

I know what Gary does....he sneaks out by the pool and goes to sleep!

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May 23, 2011

Gary's Saturday day out...part one.. the journey there

Saturday was a super fun day surprising our nephew for his birthday... it was fab when he opened the door and saw our faces.. his face was a picture... we're sneaky like that.

Anyway it was going to be a long day, and as nephew's pug Oscar is Gary's best friend, of course we had to take him with us..

The journey to Gainesville,FL where Cole and his wife Kerri live, takes about two hours... and we had to stop to buy Cole a present at Gander Mountain.

Note. If you are on a time crunch (we were) do not let husband go into Gander Mountain alone.. big mistake for which Gary and I paid for by sitting in a hot car..

These next few blogs will be picture blogs... I'm lazy like that ..but on the flip side I do have some great pictures... that and my nails are so long I can't type!!!


Regal Gary waiting for his Daddy

Is it me or does Gary sit strange?

Waiting waiting

Is it time to go Mommy.. I'm bored

I'm watching... I can't see him yet

Cole's dog Oscar, Gary''s best friend


Cole & Kerri... delicious lunch at BJ's Brewhouse

A rare photo that hubbie actually didn't censor!

Kerri trying not to look bored as Cole talked basketball

Free dessert as they messed our order up...
Tomorrow (or when I've had my nails cut) a trip to the dog park!

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May 19, 2011

The end is nigh.. finish the projects!!!

With the end of the world approaching Saturday...

"Judgment Day" is approaching. Fast. The world, as we know it, will end May 21, at least according to the now-ubiquitous prophecy posted on more than 5,000 billboards, posters, fliers and digital bus displays across the country.

I think it was probably time to finish that project we started 4 weeks ago.

I don't know how it is in your house but projects seem to drag on here... there is a burst of activity and energy at the start which gradually wanes...

Anyway our front porch has been a bit of a 'nothing' space since we bought the house 4 years ago.. except for a few nice plant pots it was just some poured concrete slab, and stained at that.

Hubby and I decided that a nice coat of paint would be in order to cover the stains.. that is how the project started. Poor Anne even got dragged to Home Depot whilst she was on vacation (and didn't we hear her moan about it..jeeesh!)

The project (still underway) manifested into homemade railing, painting, hanging flower baskets and jasmine growing up center on a fancy metal piece of art...

How far has project got...

Well its built (after a lot of swearing mainly bought on by cutting wood outside in 96F temps, and being surrounded by swarming love bugs (see below), the screw holes are filled however the structure is two tone at present... wood in the middle, lots of patched white holes waiting to be sanded so I can paint them, and each end is painted. Fancy metal art rests against wall collecting dust, and front porch looks like building yard. Bring back the stained concrete I say!
Hubby hard at it

Posts in
Half way along
Gary keeping watch

Anyway tomorrow I am determined to continue with the monster.. I mean if the world is ending I don't want to be sent downstairs for having a unfinished porch.. I hear they are picky like that!...

I shall be wielding the sander, so if you hear of some nasty accident in central Florida with a power tool, it was probably me...don't be surprised if I somehow manage to sand off my eyebrows!!..and then I shall at least finish the painting... The Love bugs are gone now so wont stick to the paint.. bring it on I say...

For those of you that don't know what a Love bug is....

"Love Bugs are small flies that are in the process of mating when they swarm over the roads. So usually there are two individuals: the large one is the female and the small one is the male. The female usually gets her way and she drags the male around with her."

They don't bite.. they are just gross.. appear in May and September normally and leave crap all over the front of the car...At least someone likes them...
Endless fascination with the Love bugs
Anyway... where were we before you distracted us with little black bugs....

Don't you normally play tennis on a Friday Clare? (I hear you mumble).. well I would except I managed to slice into my index finger on my right hand with a mandolin.. and I don't mean the musical instrument (as my Mother thought, bless).. I think that I should of had stitches as it was what is commonly known as a gusher.. but I soldiered on and now just have a big gash in my finger.. I heal quick, and luckily had copious amounts of butterfly stitches here.. I don't know whether I'll pass the fingerprint exam next time I arrive back at immigration though.... The best bit, Hubby didn't even notice the blood in the pulled pork... (joking!! ..I have to say that as Sarah came for tea that night!!)

 What project do you need to finish?... answers on a postcard please..(or you can just leave a comment)

I'll give you a railing update next week.. assuming we are actually all still here ...

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May 17, 2011

Haircuts sir? that will be $55

If you read my previous post you will have seen that Gary was in serious need of a hair cut. When your dog is being mistaken for a small bear it's time..

So it was off to Petco.. I've tried him at other places, but he likes to go here for some reason, so Petco it is.

'Hello Mrs Jones... are we doing the regular cut on Gary, teddy bear face etc?'


'Oh, what would you like?'

'Scalp him, all his face, his ears, his face..and make sure you do his tail, you've left it the last three times and it looks like a duster'

'Will do... special whitening shampoo?'

'Are you saying my dog is dirty?.. grey is the new black you know....'

Anyway 3 hours later and I was back...and yes they scalped him.. $55 and I probably could have achieved same look with hubby's razor!.. they even took his eyelashes.. poor Gary..he looked most ugly.. although I made sure to tell him I still loved him..can't have a dog needing therapy!!!


Check out my skinny little tail


Eyelashes starting to grow back 1 week later

Sarah says I look faster now...

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May 15, 2011

All good things come to Anne end....

Did you see what I did there, I amuse myself sometimes!!.

Blogging from bed today as after a little procedure I was told to bed rest... no problem I can cope with that, and hubby made me spaghetti and fetch and ran for me... good hubby !

Anyway the blog title obviously implies that her holiness (Anne) has departed now.. it went so quick.. I hardly noticed she was here apart from the extra empties in the recycling this week.. (I did wait out in the beating sun on Thursday to make sure the refuse men knew they weren't mine !)

I took her for a last Southern meal...where she correctly identified that half the restaurant looked like they were about to clock out at any second (if you catch my drift)... I said it must have been half priced Thursday...and for once I didn't have a coupon!

The Cracker Barrel... don't go around 11pm on Thursdays!

Lady Muck!

A little morgue like.... don't know who the weird one in the corner is!

One last holiday pose
Back home and we just about got her packed... but her case (well mine really.. she's had since she bought too many toys for Issy the 1st time she came) was bursting at the what does a good host with no suitcase straps do.. she breaks out the duck tape... All Anne could do is moan until I reminded her it could have been the silver type.. or worse still her case could be busted open at Gatwick with her dirty smalls on full view (yack)....

said case with black duck tape!
The sight of a case got Gary worried, he thought it was me leaving and was very sulky..
Gary in serious need of a haircut!
Cunningly I had got Anne to the airport on time for once (a slight white lie on the plane departure time !!) and we had time to spare. We had had a great time and I was a little teary, but the sadness was dulled by some excellent cocktails...(although pricey!) and a couple of last poses from Anne...

Just get on the plane already!

The cocktails!
What a fab visit and I can't wait to see her again... ( I think she's already booked her & Issy in for October)..

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