We drove out to a farm to pick out our new family puppy. We selected the breeder specifically because they only have one litter a year which made us feel slightly better for abandoning the SPCA, which is where we found our last (AWESOME AND SORELY MISSED) dog, and what I still feel guilty about not repeating. We’ll be back for our next dog, SPCA!! Or Humane Society!! But my daughter was equal parts desperate for a dog + terrified

I think magic and logic are on opposite sides of the same coin. At least for me. Over the holidays, my brother-in-law did a card trick a number of times that enchanted us all. For the first few times I watched, I did nothing but enjoy the sheer magic of the trick. After a couple of runs through, I began to puzzle through how it worked mathematically. Since I’m no math guru, this was a short and ineffective exercise that

This little devil dog of mine is now a year old, and I love her beyond reason.   We decided to resurrect the kibble cake recipe that we fixed for her 1/2 birthday, and she seemed to be pleased.   Happy Birthday, Lexi. Our family wouldn’t be complete without you.

It was a simple and logical request, but it has led to some navel-gazing on my part. Prior to my being a mystery reader for Anna’s third grade class, I answered some standard questions so that the teacher could have the students guess who the mystery reader might be. One of the questions was, “What was your favorite book in third grade?” Well, I agonized over that question because SO MANY! HOW WILL I EVER CHOOSE? And I finally narrowed

She may be interested in renovating. It might be that she has a calling and is just trying to pursue her dream. I definitely think her second calling is to pursue a career in gardening, but that is a story for a different time. But the renovating or the desire to change her environment to meet her needs seems to be a drive of Lexi’s. She’s done this on many a tail-tucking excursion in the house. She rearranges furniture and

Stupid dog. Stupid stupid stupid dog. Yeah, her face is unbearably cute. But her insistence that she can tell time is not cute at all. GOD! Now that the joyous exuberance that accompanies the day where I get an extra hour of sleep has faded, I’m left with my normal feelings of sadness and hopelessness as I stare down months of short days without enough sunshine and ridiculously cold temperatures barely warm enough to support human life. I hate this