Sunday, January 15, 2017


The fire is out and the only damage was to the stove pipe and my throat. The dogs were oblivious to anything except that HeWho was doing a lot of banging outside and it was bedtime!!

Here is your Eddie fix for the day. As you can see, he has totally won over Cujo! Toni Louise still growls at him, but I have caught her sleeping next to him a couple of times. She still tries to act like he is an intruder, but she growled at Martha, the boy cat, when she thought he was getting too rough. I suppose she figured that he is here to stay, so she might as well get with the program.

The stovepipe has been replaced and we even had a fire in the stove yesterday. A very sedate fire. Just added a log at a time and let it smolder. HeWho likes to stoke a fire was on his best behavior yesterday. It was all his fault, after all.

He seems to think that he should stuff the belly of the stove before we go to bed. If you could program the fire to burn only one piece at a time, that would work fine, but fires have minds of their own. Sometimes you can't get one to start to save your life, and other times, the fire wants to consume everything. I keep trying to tell the man, but he is not listening. Maybe now? Well at least until the next time.

Today brings other problems. The sewer is backed up. In the back of the park, so no indoor messes to clean for me. Still, it has to dealt with and we all know I don't do electrical problems or route sewer. Payback for not listening to his wife?

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Icy weather kept everyone indoors. Spent the day aimlessly watching TV. I did cook, we ate and continued watching TV until bedtime ..... or what should have been bedtime.

I happened to look out the window, the only window in my "sitting room", which used to be the kitchen, so the window is small. I saw sparks drifting down and mentioned it to the man of the house. "Oh, it's just ice crystals." he says to me like I am dim of wits. "Really, I don't think it is, unless they are orange and look a lot like sparks OF FIRE!"

It was a toasty 80 degrees inside, and he had just stuffed more wood into the inferno in the stove. I was removing another layer of clothing in protest. He finally witnessed a spark with his very own eyes and stepped out to investigate. Turns out, I was right! The stove pipe that was right next to the house and on the roof was on fire.

Outside. The fire was outside, so I need someone to tell me why HeWho stokes the fire decided to use the fire extinguisher INSIDE. I am pretty sure the chemicals in that thing are not good to inhale. From there he went outside with another fire extinguisher and mounted the ladder he leaves set up all winter (for just such events as this) and mounted the icy steps. Everything is icy out there. The concrete sidewalk, the grass, everything.

The extinguisher did not put the fire out and he resorted to carrying pitchers of water and dousing the pipe. Then he took some tools outside to dismantle the smoking pipes and toss them to the ground. In the meantime I am trying to breathe and have to use my inhaler. My eyes are burning and I am assured to not sleep, thanks to the big hit of albuterol I inhaled. My head aches and I am just plain miserable.

Think maybe now he will listen to me when I tell him not to stuff the stove so full of wood? Or when I tell him I see sparks?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Play With Me!

It was downright balmy outside and Eddie wanted to play. He tried to engage Cujo in a game of chase, but Cujo chose to go inside with Toni Louise. But Wall-E is such a good boy, always eager to please. 

"Play with me!" begs Eddie. How could you turn your back on this sweet baby? You can ask Cujo and Toni Louise. Didn't seem to bother them one little bit.

Wall-E obliged. It was really hard to get a good picture. Wall-E played with him for a good while, flipping him over and chasing him. He carefully bit him gently and never complained about the sharp little teeth that bit back.

Wall-E is such a good soul. He really likes to make my life easier. He did the same with Toni Louise when she came to live here. And again with Martha, the boy cat. He was very patient with Cujo, as well. Maybe the other two adult dogs here should follow the good example Wall-E has set!

I shamed the unfriendly pooches and Wall-E got extra treats today. I whispered in his ear that he was my favorite ..... and not to tell the others.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Eddie Goes To Sam's

Yes, I am that crazy dog lady. I like to take him with me. He likes to go with me. And face it, have you ever seen anything so darn cute?

His coloring matches the purse. If he is quiet, nobody even notices he is there. He was quiet for the most part, but then started to whine. I realized he must be thirsty and bought a bottle of water and was given a styro cup.

This is when the crowd gathered to watch the tiny pup drink water from a cup. All the oohs and aahs made it hard to get the items we came for. Then Eddie wanted to be held. He tried to hide in my hair, then he decided to chew on said hair.

Finally made it to the check out and Eddie watched intently as the items moved along on the belt and were reloaded in another cart. I wonder what he was thinking while watching. Back in the car, he readied himself to take a nap on my chest and I think he may have been a little disappointed that we had another stop to make before the trip home.

Walmart. We needed water again. This time we left with 13 gallons of water. A 5 gallon, a 4 gallon and 4 one gallons. I will never run out of drinking water again!! I probably will, but not if I can help it. The trick is to put the empty bottles in the car and buy the water BEFORE you need it.

While in Sam's, HeWho had a hankering for a Diet Coke and bought a giant cup of Dr. Pepper for me and a bottle of water for Eddie. I could have shared with Eddie, but it was nice that he thought of me. I felt compelled to drink it and this is why I needed to use the facilities in Walmart.

HeWho pays headed to check out and I headed to the bathroom, Eddie in my arms. HeWho was in the check-out lane did not offer to keep Eddie. It has been a long time since I have had to take care of business while holding a baby. I managed pretty good for an old lady, having done this many a time as a young mother. I was okay until I needed to pull my pants up and get myself presentable! I should have taken a picture of little Eddie in his purse hanging on the back of stall door. I was terrified he was going to try to jump out, so taking the time to take a picture was out of the question.

You will just have to take my word for how adorable he looked. Little guy was all tuckered out and slept all the way home! He peed gratefully in the parking lot while we unloaded the car and then went in to be welcomed home by Wall-E and Cujo. They sniffed him all over to make sure it was, indeed their puppy. Toni Louise growled at him and then tried to jump into my arms. Martha, the boy cat joined in the welcome, and Eddie received all the attention gracefully.

While in Walmart, headed to the restrooms, I was stopped by a woman enchanted with Charming Eddie. It was a strange encounter. She kept asking to hold him, but he shied away from her touch, so I declined to relinquish him to her hands. These hands of hers kept trying to lift Eddie out of my arms, and when I walked away, she followed me. She kept asking questions; how much did he cost, where did I get him, where should she get one for herself, how much does he eat, does he bite, how big will he be ..........

I finally escaped into the produce section, not wanting her to catch me with my pants down (literally) and steal my baby!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Napping Is Nice ......

I would love a nap. I was just dozing here in my chair, with various sleeping dogs draped across my body. In a haze of sweet contentment ...... and HeWho procrastinates decides to fix the back door. It has needed fixing for well over a month and, while I am thankful that he has finally decided to fix it, I am also a little annoyed that he chose this very moment to do so!

I was up early this morning, potty training on my mind. I was in a light sleep and when I felt Eddie stretch then stand on his stumpy little legs, I scooped him up and took him outside. I stood waiting in the wind while he searched for a good spot. Cujo went out with him, as well as Martha, the boy cat. I don't like for him to go out alone. The crows and vultures that fly over the park are much bigger than him and he would look like a tasty morsel to them. I was pretty sure that Martha would kill anything that tried to take him. You will recall that my big cat killed a crow last year and that crow was as big as the cat!

I made a quick trip to the bathroom and went to the back door. Eddie and Cujo came running. I think they were trying to run in a straight line, but the wind was so strong they skewed off-course and at one point, little Eddie was airborne! Both dogs scooted back to the bed and looked expectantly at me for a lift up. I obliged and we crawled back under the covers. Cujo went immediately to his chosen spot and snuggled against my leg. Wall-E poked his head out from under his covers to give me a brief lick on my hand and Eddie settled down on my chest.

Eddie must like to heart my heart beat, as this is his favorite place to sleep. Getting back in bed is part of our winter routine and this is when Toni Louise gets her "mommy-time". She has been sorely lacking since Eddie arrived and this morning she wanted to make up for lost time.

She settled down next to me and carefully inspected my face, paying close attention to my eyes. Toni Louise is an eye-ball sniffer. She is not shy about her hobby, either. She will get down to business rather aggressively, but she is actually quite gentle with her technique. I just lay there and let her have her way with me. She gets as close as she can without actually touching and begins sniffing at my chin. It tickles and makes me want to giggle. She only sniffs, no licking is involved.

After she finishes, she presents her face to me. Maybe she would like for me to imitate her and inhale her face, but I don't. I use my fingers and massage her sweet little face carefully, then use a tissue to clean her eyes. We don't like eye creatures to build up in the corners. This done, she lays her head on my shoulder and I run my fingers through her fur and tell her how much I love her.

Usually, or before Eddie, we would get up and start the day after this love fest between woman and dog. Today, Toni was just beginning her routine when Eddie popped his tiny head up to see who was beside his mommy. Then, of all things, he wanted to join in. Toni was appalled! This is HER time and she is not one to share! I tried to rub her back and face, but she was growling the entire time.

The growling made Eddie start barking. Once he starts, he seems to enjoy the sound of his own voice. If any of you have ever had a dachshund, you will know that their bark is not the little yippy bark. It is a deep throated, full fledged bark. They sound like a Doberman. So, the barking woke HeWho and Wall-E. Wall-E actually threw back the covers and came out to see what was going on. Toni was indignant and is not speaking to me. Cujo stayed under the covers next to me throughout the incident, safe in the knowledge that he could bear no blame for the ruckus. He has been acting a little smug all day. Wall-E, on the other hand does not like interruptions of the harmony that comes with established routines. 

It has been a busy day. I put the puppy pad on the floor and showed it to him. He immediately picked up one edge to chew. I told him "No" and put down again. He walked away to the pile of chew toys that decorate the rug in the center of the room. He nestled in among them. At one point, he sauntered over to the puppy pad and peed! I praised him and made a big fuss, telling him he was such a good boy. He accepted all the accolades and promptly pooped on the rug.

This is not going well. He had the same expression on his face when I scolded him that he had when I praised him. Really not going well. He looks so much like my Sweet Emmy Lou, but he seems to be channeling his inner Oscar. Oscar was a little tyrant. But he loved me as much as I loved him. And he knew he was loved and never minded a good scolding, he just ignored it.

I sure would have loved a nap .....

Monday, January 9, 2017

I Will Never Sit Alone

Charming Eddie has charming little paws. Actually I am so smitten with every inch of this little guy. No longer shy, our little Eddie has been embracing his inner Oscar!

Potty training is not going well. At all. We go outside and he runs, he plays, he hides from me. We come in, he poops and pees on the floor. He has no shame. Just like Oscar had no shame for 17 years. I have tried scolding and he actually nipped my nose while I was shaming him.

Today, I will be sloshing through the snow to the shed to dig out the kennel. This will definitely be trying for all of us, since Eddie likes the sound of his own bark and whine.

 Sleepy Eddie. On my lap. Wall-E and Cujo always share my affections when I sit down in my chair. Eddie has discovered that he is the only one on the floor, playing. He wants in on the napping in the chair.

He decided his spot should be right in the middle of my lap, leaving no space for my laptop. Cujo is okay with this, but he is not relinquishing his space. Wall-E sniffed indignantly and stalked off to sit in the recliner of HeWho leaves his clothes from the day before.

Wall-E has rearranged the dirty clothes to create a nest upon which to nap. While I am balancing my laptop on the right arm of my chair and twisting to one side. I need a bigger chair! HeWho has a chair and a half, I don't. Maybe we should swap??

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Food Inspiration

So, on the trip to Walmart, while strolling down the aisles, chatting with my puppy ..... I encountered several clearance items and tossed them in my cart. Seems I am unable to walk away from a good deal. I bought cookie dough. Really, I cannot figure why I did this. I made so many cookies, I broke my mixers. I do not want any cookies.

But, it was such a good deal! 75% off. The big family size rolls of sugar cookies and peanut butter cookies. After all the Christmas cookies, who wants cookies? I was cleaning out the fridge last night and happened to take a look at the expiration date. Great Scotts Value, I only have this month to eat this crap!

I had been thinking about making a cream pie to use up the three containers of Cool Whip in the fridge. Seems someone forgot she had them in the fridge and kept getting another one out. Cool Whip is to plain desserts what cheese is to hot dishes created out of leftovers, you know. HeWho has learned not to question what he is eating, is happy with disguises on his entrée, as well as his desserts.

I had already gone through all the pudding mixes on hand and had settled on coconut cream. I still had some toasted coconut left from the coconut truffles I made. I had seen a piecrust in the freezer, so I was all set. Then I started cleaning out the fridge and everything changed.

That pie crust in the freezer will keep just fine, the toasted coconut has a long shelf life, as well. That jar of lemon curd will expire next month, though. The cookie dough is weighing heavy on my mind, too. And, I am out of milk ......

What to do, what to do. I am NOT going out in this weather for milk. But, look, I have almond milk ....... So, I squeezed out a chunk of sugar cookie dough into a pie tin and smushed it down to make a pie crust for my lemon pie. Then I was struck with inspiration! I grabbed another pie tin and made a peanut butter crust. I have a chocolate pudding mix and I have more than enough Cool Whip.

Just so you know, the almond milk worked just fine with the pudding mix. I smeared the lemon curd on the cooled crust and topped it with lemon pudding and, of course, Cool Whip. It turned out really good. HeWho loves chocolate and peanut butter was so happy! He liked the lemon pie, too. I still have cookie dough left and I will be sharing theses pies with others, so we will absolutely need more dessert this week!

Here is Charming Eddie and his favorite toy.

Charming Eddie loves his big brother, Cujo. Cujo looks out for Eddie when they go outside. Toni Louise still growls at him. She can hold a grudge!