The Airedales Sense A Trip

And they were correct. a car trip was about to begin.

The only thing is they were not going to be included on the drive from Ohio to Pittsburgh.

They saw the luggage.

They felt the excitement.

The kids were putting on shoes and coats and leaving the house. With suitcases and pillows and backpacks.

It was a trick to get them out of the car so we could be on our way today.

Pepper, Penny and Charlie at the Farm on a Snowy Sunday

Saturday night after the anniversary party, we spent the night at the farm in Crestline. There was blowing snow, drifting across the roads. The roads too bad to drive back to the city in the dark.

Sunday morning we had a nice breakfast and watched Chuck blow and plow the quarter mile drive to the main road. Charlie has fun watching and the dogs were in and out.

Then Charlie bundled up and went outside-tried his hand at shoveling-  but not for long.

It was too cold.

 My camera lens fogged up with condensation from the temperature change, outdoors to indoors. 

Tidying Up

Tidying Up is on Netflix at Laura and James’ house where I’ve come to spend the weekend. Penny the Goldendoodle is mesmerized, watching Marie Kondo.

Have you emptied everything in your closet and drawers onto the bed and decided, item by item if it sparks joy?

As His Parents Left For a Wedding

Charlie (3 1/2) watched Laura and James pull out of the driveway and head to a family wedding last Friday the 27th. Mary and I stayed and played with Charlie.

He didn’t cry. Penny watched by his side.

I’ve posted similar pictures of the same scene. You wonder what’s going through his mind. A little wave.

Maura Texted a Night Pic

Granddaughter Maura (just turned ten) texted me a night photo of a Christmas house. For the blog!

Last night, after Steve and I grabbed a bite, we drove through a neighborhood in search of a few more photos to add to Maura’s.

It’s dark so early now as we approach that shortest day of light.

Here’s the house in Columbus Ohio that Maura sent.

Thanks for the good idea, Maura. What a lot of colorful decorations!

Below are a few Pittsburgh houses, mostly taken from the car except for the snowy animals. I had to get out.

Therapy Dogs Guest Blog

My friend Joanne sent this photo from Florida

”Here’s what I met when I was at the Council of Aging yesterday to drop off auction donations.  A little group of therapy dogs tired out from their weekly gig bringing joy to the residents …. their names are Juan Pablo, Ricco Suave, Penelope and Magnolia…..”   Photo and text by Joanne

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Mother’s Day Greetings

In the ongoing effort of cleaning up the third floor earlier this week, I found a stash of postcards and greeting cards, some handmade by my kids, written or scribbled upon and saved. Saved by me cause I couldn’t bear to pitch them. Even a dot matrix computer printer card, made by the kids for me. A folded page of Murphy the Airedale’s inky footprints before any of the grandkids arrived and then I found a card with the addition of “baby” when Anna was expected.

Numerous photographs, too.

Happy Mother’s Day greetings, a partial collection.

Me as a young mother of 3 in 1983Me with the kids on way back to Germany in 1985 at Christmas after Aunt Bobbie’s wedding in Kansas City.

My mother as a grandmother holding Mark in 1977, Fort Knox, KY

Christmas 2017. Me with five of my grandchildren

Finding my place in the world of motherhood.

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Petey Goes to the PGH Marathon

Petey was walking on the sidewalk along the PGH Marathon route ( with Jacob).

I said what everyone probably always says to Jacob- “Oh my goodness! “Little Rascals Dog!” (filmed in the 1930’s as it turns out, YIKES)

Jacob graciously allowed me to photograph Petey AND told me how he found Petey in an animal shelter.  Petey has a Mickey Mouse Mark on the top of his head and Jacob used to have a dog named Mickey.

A forever home for Petey is a very happy story.  Lucky dog.

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Best Dog Ever

Beloved. The Weekly Photo Challenge.

Murphy.  The Airedale Terrier. A member of the family. Missed by all. RIP.

 

The grandchildren have grown up significantly since these photos were taken in June 2012.

 

Murphy the Airedale Terrier Tenth Birthday Blog

 

Murphy the Airedale – A Family’s Best FriendRest in Peace beloved Murphy