Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween Weekend

Have a safe and happy Halloween and save some treats for me. If I come trick or treating to your door, what’ll I get?

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Can anyone give me one good reason for Joe Lieberman’s existence in the Senate?

On another note, I sincerely do not believe the republicans believe even half of what they are saying these days. They have lost their way and are now just determined to cause this Democratic President to fail, no matter what they have to do or say to make that happen. They realize their President, for the last eight years, was a total disaster and they feel if they can make this President fail, it will somehow redeem their party and its name.

Meanwhile all the nut jobs on the right are putting their party two steps back every time they do or say something. All this is going on and while it does, our country is being stymied on any progress we need to make. It is truly a shame that politics has become more of a sporting event than an event between statesmen.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Suckers and News Readers

Yes, I am still paying attention to things political but the funny thing is, I’m relying less and less on the cable news channels to give me reliable information. They all spend way too much time trying to be like their friends at Fox and be “fair and balanced”. They totally forget that we turn to them for facts, not for opinions.

This is the same group of cable news channels who fell for the Balloon Boy story, hook, line and sinker. They glommed on it without asking any sensible questions. They proved that Barnum was right when he said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. And who knew that so many of those suckers would be news readers on cable news channels?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Best 23 Years!

Yesterday, Mr. Pop and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. I have to tell you, those 23 years were the best years of my life without any doubt. I am so very much looking forward to the years to come if they are anything like these past ones have been. Damn, I’m a fortunate woman in so many ways.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Martini at Sanibel Island this summer

Hey, I like being an only dog! Don’t mess with success.

Since I crashed with the Pops about eight months ago, I have learned stuff. Before my dinner time, Pop will ask me what the big dogs say when they are hungry. I bark my biggest bark. Then she will ask me what the little dogs say when they are hungry. I whine like a puppy. Pop gets all happy and excited when I do these things. I get pretty happy and excited too. Seems Murphy used to know the same little tricks.

I have also learned to wait, sit, come and stay. When they put my leash on me to take me out I know to sit and wait until the door is opened and they say, “Okay”, before I step outside.

I may be a little dog but I see myself as a big dog in a little dog’s suit with a big dog’s brain to match. I’m no dummy and I prove it every day.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Emotional Flip-Flop? Perhaps

Since Mr. Pop is away on a two day business trip, last night it was just Martini and me here in the house. Fred the Cat was tucked away in his room snoozing. I had been playing with Martini until he ran out of fuel and was curled up by my side on the bedroom floor. Usually when he gets tired he crawls in his bed and he’s a goner. But for some reason he wanted to sleep beside me on the floor until I went to bed. I was looking at him all curled up and so content. Then a thought hit me out of the blue.

In Martini’s previous life he was the only dog until his owner decided to bring another little dog into the family. From that point on Martini was pretty much ignored and finally abandoned at the owner’s vet’s office. Does he remember that? I don’t know and no one does, but could I take the chance that he might? No, in my heart, I can’t.

After giving it serious and deep thought, I knew what I had to do. I withdrew my application to the Yorkie organization. It wasn’t fair to have that other little dog’s future tied up when another family might come along that could give her as good a life as I could. From what the organization had told me, the little dog was as good as mine when all her requirements were meant.

I feel that it might have been fun for us to have another little dog, but it wasn’t all about us. Martini’s life must be considered as well as the future of the other little dog. I have learned that when there are doubts, there are probably good reasons for those doubts. So yes, I had an emotional flip-flop but in this case I believe with all my heart it was the best thing to do for all concerned.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Her name will be Ginny but we’ll call her Gin, now all I have to do is find her.

I have been quietly looking around for another rescue Yorkie to be a little sister to Martini. I may have found one. She is an owner surrendered, under a year old, little dog. Her present foster mother says when they received her from the previous owner she was horribly matted and looked as though the owner had just cut chunks of her hair out with scissors, leaving her looking quite pitiful. She may have to be shaved down completely. But like your hair and mine, it’ll grow back.

They are going to spay her, have a couple of her baby teeth removed, and chip her before they will release her to a new home. The foster mother says the little dog loves to play with squeaky toys and other dogs. Sounds like a match so far since Martini loves toys and other animals. He would play with Fred the Cat, but Fred refuses to acknowledge that Martini exists.

Here’s something else. Martini’s third birthday will be November the 8th. That is about the time this other little dog will be ready to go to a new home. Martini might love getting a little sister for his birthday. What better way to make a Martini complete than to add Gin?

So now we just wait and wait and wait. Whatever the outcome, it was or wasn’t meant to be.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Martini’s Suggestion

When was the last time you cleaned your computer screen? Can’t remember? Martini has this suggestion for you. You can thank him later.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shopping Local is Better

Last Friday the security company finished up the security installation. When it’s armed, if any window or door is opened or broken, the alarm goes off. Then the monitor station calls here to see if we need police, firemen or both. The keypad tells us which part of the house has been disturbed.

Much to the astonishment of both Mr. Pop and me, I remembered to disarm the system before taking Martini out last Saturday morning. I did not cause a false alarm and so far so good, I still haven’t.

We did realize we needed another keypad in our bedroom. The first one is beside the kitchen door that we most often use when leaving in the car via the garage. So the company came back yesterday to install the second keypad. We were told in advance the second keypad would cost $200.00. When the installation was complete yesterday, I asked the installer if he could bill us because Mr. Pop had our checkbook with him. The installer said there would be no charge for the second keypad. I said, “No, we owe you $200.00.” He said, “No, there is no charge”. I said, “Is this an early Christmas present from your company?” He said, “Yes”.

Wow, a company gave us a break. I didn’t know that sort of thing happened anymore. Maybe that’s the beauty of doing business with a local company that has been in business for thirty years and has an excellent reputation. It just reinforces my feeling that if you can, shop at home from local merchants.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Books to Buy?

Within the next months Laura Bush’s book will come out along with her husband’s, Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s. Do you have any interest in reading any of them? I can answer that question with no hesitation. I didn’t trust any of those people before, so why would I trust what they have to say now.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oh Please, give me a break

CNN actually did a report yesterday about the President not including any women when he picks up a basketball game or when he plays golf on the weekend. I mean seriously, who the “duck” cares?

They did mention that he has a whole lot of strong women in his cabinet, but they are feigning concern that there are no women on the basketball court with him or in his foursomes on the golf course. Good to know CNN is so concerned about the really unimportant things going on in the country right now. One can only imagine what they would say if the President only played basketball and golf with women.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Who Would Have Guessed It?

A reporter interviewed Rush Limbaugh recently and asked him what was his goal with his show. He said it was all about the ratings. The higher the ratings the more he could charge his advertisers and ultimately it was all about the money.

So the suckers who are listening to him and believing every word he says are plainly and simply being used to make Rush an even richer man. Does he believe what he says? Who knows and who cares, his bottom line is that of any showman, he wants more big bucks and will do just about anything to reach his goal.

Now, does that surprise anyone? Not me, but I might think some of his fans might feel a bit embarrassed. Will they? I doubt it. Tea baggers seem to lack the gene that lets one know they have been had.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Were we Punked?

Okay, I was all excited yesterday to watch the moon bombing. As it turned out the whole experiment was a bomb. I’m wondering, were we were punked by NASA?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wanna See Something Special?

Watch this video of baby sea turtles emerging from their nest in the sand and making their way to the Gulf of Mexico. This video was made in the panhandle of Florida at Panama City Beach in August of this year. As often as I have been to the beach with Mr. Pop during turtle hatchling season I have never witnessed something like this in person. I don’t often use the word “awesome” but in this case, it’s the only word that fits.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Fatigue and Love

I have all kinds of fatigue these days. I have talk about healthcare reform fatigue. I have political fatigue and yes I have super fatigue resulting from right wing insanity.

Thank goodness for a nice home, a wonderful loving husband, a sometimes tolerable cat and an ever loving sweet little dog. Without these things, I’m pretty sure I would have gone crazy by now.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

PetSmart is like a candy store to me

I love to go to PetSmart! Back during the time when we didn’t have a dog, I loved to go there and pet other people’s dogs. Now that I have a dog, I love to take him sometimes so other people can pet him.

Last Sunday we went to PetSmart without Martini. We went to get wild birdseed and a toothbrush and doggie toothpaste. I’m gonna take care of this little dude’s teeth.

When we went in PetSmart one of the first things we saw was a rack of winter sweaters for all sorts of dogs. Yorkies are sensitive to heat and cold so I decided Martini must have a nice little white cable knit sweater for when our Florida weather cools off a bit. Winters down here are sort of like hurricane season, you never know how brutal or how mild they might be.

Okay, on to the dental supplies. After careful consideration and on the recommendation of our vet, we opted for the little toothbrush that fits on the end of your index finger and poultry flavored natural toothpaste. Our vet warned to never use human toothpaste on dogs.

On the way out of the store a couple of really cute toys caught our eye, then we chose the birdseed we needed. As we were standing in line waiting to pay, we turned around and behind us stood a large older man. I’m guessing he was in his late fifties. He was dressed in total biker leathers from head to toe. He had over his shoulder a leather and mesh bad. Inside that bag was a beautiful little shih tzu dog. The little dog had on doggie biker goggles. Naturally I had to strike up a conversation with this biker-dog-lover guy. He said his little dog goes everywhere with him on his Harley.

Outside in the parking lot, we watched this mature biker dude hop on his bike and he and his little dog dude rode off into the Sunday afternoon. Where else but PetSmart might you see something like that?

Monday, October 05, 2009

So who will be the first to bitch?

This past weekend the President and Mrs. Obama celebrated their wedding anniversary by going out for a nice dinner. How long do you think it will be before someone on the right begins griping about it and finds something wrong with their celebration?

Friday, October 02, 2009

Crazies Under lots of Rocks

Who is the craziest character, Michelle Bachmann or Glenn Beck? It's a tough call.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

And so it begins

The company will be here at nine this morning to begin their three day project of wiring up the new security system. We put Fred the Cat in the vet’s boarding facility because these men will be in and out of the house all day and in every room. Keeping an eye on Fred and Martini would be impossible and since I can keep Martini on a leash, the safest place for Fred is to board him.

Wish Martini and I well as we deal with our home invasion for the next three days. After that is all completed I’ll feel a hell of a lot better when I am home alone or have to leave Martini in his crate when he is home alone. I never thought in my life that I would feel insecure in my own home, but things change with time I suppose. You do what you gotta do to have peace of mind and protect yourself.