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can't you see the sunshine….

How’s the yard looking?

Very well, that is so nice of you to ask… Except for a difficult 10 days of 90 degrees plus dry weather in MAY, it is been a fairly decent Spring. A good bit of rain. Sometimes too much. But more or less spread out.

The bee balm is being a little pushy, but the day lillies held their own. I’m real pleased with them and the blue salvias.

The butterfly bush has finally gotten settled in (only took two years!). It is doing well this year.

This is where the ramp from the deck ends, at the back of our condo. The hydragenas in the pots were $5 half dead ones from Lowes. They have perked up and are about to bloom again. My friend, Jim, gave me the vinca in the two pots in back.

Here’s the deck. Doesn’t it look great! It is so nice to sit out there. Guppy now sits beside me in the blue chair. I’m waiting until she starts expecting her own glass of wine….

I finally figured out something to do about the ugly telecommunications post.

I relocated some of the elephant ear forest and the flamingos… much nicer looking than the ugly box.

I am aware that we are fortunate to have this space, the time and the means to be able to indulge in something that is just pretty. It does provide me with a huge amount of enjoyment and the activity that I look forward to every year.

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Gosh! It’s HOT!

Guest Post by: Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

I was really glad that She Who Must Be Obeyed washed the deck. It was really nasty. You know I sit on it.

It is much nicer now. And She has finally finished with all those plants. At least that is what She says. I’ll believe when I see it. Seems like for months now it has been “oh, look at this plant.” Oh, I’m going to buy plants. No you can’t go!” Oh, don’t eat that plant!” “Quit whacking the plants with your tail!” Blah blah plants….blah blah plants. Seems like a lot of money that could be spent buying fun dog toys was spent on PLANTS! Not to mention all this time she spent on PLANTS! And now watering…. I don’t like it when she is throwing a hose around.

So I just get all comfy and there She is “Let’s go out and sit on the deck!” Doesn’t She realize how HOT it is!

I’m just gonna have to start dropping hair again! Don’t ask me to leave the nice cool house!

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Warm Weather

Guest Post by: Guppy, Luck Dog 3

So glad that it is here. I get to sit outside on the deck every morning. But I think the squirrels have multiplied! There seem to be a lot of them now.

April was real busy. I went to dog school and my extra walking classes. I graduated.

And I had to go to the vet. Then She got all busy cooking and cleaning because folks came for Easter Lunch. That was fun. Then She started moving everything around in my room and cleaning. I couldn’t drop hair for a whole week. And then we had a cousin visit! I like cousins. I think that She Who Must Be Obeyed has a few cousins but not all of them come to visit. This was a girl cousin on her Momma’s side who is 4 years younger. This cousin came to visit them when they lived in Italy. On Saturday, they all went running off to see things and were gone a long time. I didn’t like that but I sure did like visiting with them. The husband is real nice too.

I hope they come back again.

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Look at this

Guest Post: By Guppy, Lucky Dog 3

I’m gonna get She Who Must Be Obeyed to sign me up for this. And wes got to start trainin’. She is just too slow and always holdin me back when I see a squirrel.

This must be the prize if you come in first.

I might need to rest up before we start training

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Will it ever end?

Guest Post by: Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

March is an awful month! All that basketball. Will it ever end? I mean that is about all My Ben and She Who Must Be Obeyed do is watch basketball games on TV. They stay up late. Get all excited! She yells at the TV. Really!

If that wasn’t enough, I am going to dog school again. Repeating the same class. She told me that the teacher had called and asked me to be part of the class because I was such a good role model. So I agreed to go. More dogs in class this time. A beagle and his room mate some sort of stubby hound type, a real low rider. And this ditzy little fluff bit that yaps. And my new BFF, Nova. She is a very pretty German Shepard. Very classy. But she knows how to have fun. Anyway, at the first class, since I was supposed to be helping with the class, I was just pointing out to this Lab puppy how he was doing sit all wrong and everyone got all upset with me!!!!!!. So I hid between the shade and the window and just looked out the window for a while. Then when everyone had calmed down I watched the class for a bit. Then that silly lab puppy couldn’t figure out how to walk around so I had to try to explain it to him. And everyone got all upset again! The teacher brought me over some toys. So even though other dogs had touched them I batted them around a bit. Finally all the other dogs left the room and I thought we were going somewhere fun to play. But I had to wait and wait for She and the teacher to finish talking. BLAH BLAH BLAH! So we went outside BUT ALL THE DOGS WERE GONE! Well, that was it! I just sat down and refused to move. I was so upset!

She was a little bit upset with me. And now everyday we have to do homework. And on Saturdays I have to go out for ‘pack walks’. So I can learn how to walk past other dogs without getting upset. You know, all I want to do is be a dog for a bit. When I first arrived at Saving Grace and filled out my questionnaire, I checked that I wanted a family with kids that would play, and a big couch and a fireplace. And what did I get….two old people who can barely move, no couch and no fireplace! Ohhhhhhh But I have made the best of it. I love them with all my heart and protect the house they are gone. So I guess I’ll try to control my outbursts.

The nice thing about March is that I’m sitting out on the deck more.

I have been working on these new black patches.

I think they look real nice when they finally grow out.

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Winner Winner

Ben won a gift certificate from Wayfair

Getting paperwork notarized

There was a bit of paperwork that had to be notarized and shipped back and forth but we managed to do it. Then we spent considerable time ‘shopping’. It would have been nice to have had this 18 months ago when we needed more things. We didn’t really need anything but decided to upgrade and then donate the old.

Old on left, new on right

So we got a new electric tea pot. We have also ordered a new toaster to replace the small one in the back right corner but it hasn’t come yet.

We moved over a service for 4 of stainless flatware which we had ‘bought’ using loyalty points from Esselunga (do miss Esselunga). I am really glad we moved it. It is a nice heavy set and would have cost a good bit to have replaced it. But it was a European set, meaning no teaspoons and only for 4 folks. So we have been augmenting it with Ben’s collection from

Ben’s collection

you guessed it, assorted airlines. From his days of being and international business man and flying business class all over. So we added another set.

It is not as heavy as I would have liked but you knew I couldn’t resist it. And of course we upgraded something for Guppy

Considering her new bed

A new bed. Her old one got moved to the small amount of floor space in front of the TV and she seems to still be using it. Since our floors are so cold I am not surprised. I am not sure I will be able to get it away from her to donate.

Thanks Wayfair!

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I was a house guest

Guest Post by Guppy, the Lucky Dog 3

For New Years Eve Ben and She were invited to their friends Jim and BK’s place at Lake Gaston. And I got to go too! We have been up there before but never spent the night. This time we spent the night.

It’s a long ride. And I was nervous all day, before we even left. Since I wasn’t really sure what was going on. But anyway, this time I only threw up in the car one time instead of twice. And then only a little bit. Probably because I hadn’t eaten anything all day, on account of being nervous and all. And it was rainin…. it seems to rain a lot here.

We finally got there and She had a nice glass of wine and I had somethin to eat. Since it was rainin we didn’t miss the sunset. I made small talk with our host Jim before dinner.

Look! He laughed at my joke…

So they ate dinner. After dinner I showed Jim and BK what I would do with all those squirrels that they have living up there in their yard. Sheweee, the place was just full of squirrels! Jim and BK were tuckered out so they went to bed before the big celebration. I stayed up with my Ben and She.

I was gonna tell Jim a story but he was already tucked in bed with his book

I had a whole nice couch to sleep on. I slept a long time. In the morning, all the doors have big windows to look out of so I didn’t have to wake anyone up to watch early morning squirrel TV. That was about the only program that was on. You know I like to watch early Morning Dogs and in the afternoon, 5 O’Clock Dogs, when dogs are out walkin with their people. But I guess you can only watch that in the city.

Anyway, I had a big time. She said I was a good guest. I hope we get to do that again.

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The Standoff

Thank goodness for doors and windows. This happens several times a day. Fortunately Guppy does not bark at squirrels, instead staring them down.

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Basketball!

My favorite thing about winter has started. (actually started a few weeks ago but without cable we don’t see as many games until the regular season starts) This is one of the bonuses of moving back to the US. Watching ACC basketball.

Of course I was more than upset that the first game I could see, UNC and U of K, UNC lost. Really!. But it is early in the season….

Fortunately, you know who, could care less about basketball so I was able to watch without being distracted. Ben learned a long time ago that unless on the verge of death, needing anything during a basketball game was a bad idea.

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Scaldaletto

Guest Post: By Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

I don’t know what that word Scaldaletto means.  I’m hopin’ it’s nice since She has taken to callin me her little Scaldaletto.  She says She used to have one in Italy and She misses those.  Her bed, which She only lets me use when She doesn’t want it, is right next to the windows.  It’s usually kind cold up there so  I’m guessin’ that She likes it when I get it all warm and toasty for her.  Always happy to be of service.

I’m a little scaldaletto…

Today, she forgot to feed me.  It was almost 11:00 before I got breakfast.  I almost had to call Saving Grace to come get me.  And She and Ben went out at night this past week!  I should get double bones for having to work over time.  I mean!  Really!  I spend all day protectin’ the house from squirrels and then they go out and I have to sit up and protect.  That cuts right into my quality nappin’ time.  They went to see a movie at the library, Crazy Rich Asians.  Came back all happy and laughin’.  I guess they had fun so I suppose it’s okay.  Long as they don’t make a habit of it.

It snowed here last week.  Boy was that fun.  She didn’t let me play in it though.  But I walked around in it enough.  Had to stick my nose in to tell where those pesky squirrels had been.  And I sat on the deck a little bit but it sure was nice to come inside.  

I’m seein’ lots of Chewy boxes on porches but not one on our porch.  I’m thinkin’ I might not be gettin’ any new toys for Christmas.  She says I really might not need any.

I don’t know how She figures that.  Those red ones always end up under her bed so I only see them about once a week and then BOOM they escape under the bed again.  Or maybe I throw them under there.  

Well, She says I’m being too whiny.  And that I am a Lucky Dog and should be grateful.  So, I guessin’ I am.  

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