Training to Kennel; Estes Park CO

We are trying to get our two dogs to kennel. We would like to be able to take them on trips.

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Buster on the top has never been kenneled and he is nine years old.

Nicky on the bottom was kenneled when she was small until she became completely house broken.

Now we are trying to get them to sleep in their kennels. Last night was NOT a good night.

Remember when you brought a new born baby home and he cried endlessly. Yep, that is what happened last night. I got up and yelled at Nicky to be quiet at 2:30 AM; then Buster barked until he almost lost his voice. Finally at 4:00 AM I got up and let them out. They went outside then zoomed to their beds in our bedroom. Not another peep until this morning.

We went and bought another wire kennel for Buster hoping that if he can see out more he might calm down. We will try again tonight. As with a baby, I believe we are in for some long sleepless nights until they are trained again. If you have any tricks please let us know!

We did go on a vacation a few weeks ago. I know, everyone says how can you go on a vacation when you are retired. A vacation is AWAY from home. Somewhere different. We spent our first night in Loveland, CO. Because of the floods of last year the 36 Hywy is not open yet so we had to take 34 Hywy from Loveland.

The next morning when we woke up to leave; someone had backed into my car. The desk clerk saw it happen and took the gentleman in and got his insurance and copy of his driver’s license. The insurance was canceled. Long story short they found him and he says he has new insurance. I pray he does so I can get my $240.00 copay back for having my bumper replaced.

We had a wonderful time. I wanted to see the Elk and got to see many of them. Listening to their bulging for their harem and watching the bulls practice their fighting. It is amazing how they get right in the front yards of houses and walk right down town and into the lake area.

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We drove up into the Rocky Mtn. National Forest Park and got a lot of beautiful shots of mountains and the fall trees. The photo of the orange mountain I caused by the sun rising. I got a beautiful photo when we went to the meadows one morning to see the Elk herds.

My photos are on my laptop and I have not transferred them to my desktop yet.  The photos below are not mine, they are put on Facebook by artist and Estes Park. They say to share them so I have. Makes you want to go up doesn’t it?

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We drove to our hotel one day and seen a black bear in broad daylight in the trash can outside our room. He was about 200 lbs. Beautiful. Didn’t get a photo but I wanted to hug him! ha ha

The weekend we went to CO my son and his wife moved to Kansas City. It is really strange to not be able to drive to Park City and see them. We have yet to go see their new home. Wish is why we are trying to get the dogs trained. They have two dogs and two cats. So it would be a pretty full house if they aren’t kennel trained!

Have a great week.

Random thoughts for Thursday

I read blogs of other bloggers everyday. I can’t really say what my obsession is other than I like to see what other peoples lives are like? Does that make sense? Some write about their farm life, cooking, their children and their pets. Many are authors who write blogs and sell their books on media and hard copies also. Some are spiritual in nature and I read but have to be careful because sometimes the things they say are not to my belief as I read the Word of God. Some are very funny and I get a chuckle that I am not the only klutz around.

I have wondered if my blog ever touches anyone, is it boring or do people really enjoy reading it. I try to make mine a varied blog. Some of travel, my fur babies, my kids, news items, things that happen to people I know and try to make it worth reading.

The other day I wrote about not being a good cook; well today I am going to say I don’t like to dust. When we moved to our new downsized house we had to get smaller furniture to fit the smaller rooms. We went off light Oak to dark wood. OMW (oh my word) you can dust it every day and the next you could write your name in it.

So I will see if it helps but I bought table runners and place mats from LTD Commodities that say Live, Love and Laugh. I put a table runner under the TV in the living room and one on my long dresser in the bed room. I already have one on the white cabinet in the living room (which really we have 3 (two are stacked) – they are used as cabinets as I have an 8 x 8 kitchen. You put a stove, dishwasher and Ice Box in there and you don’t have any cabinets for storing can goods or cereal). Oh, back to my story. I put place mats on both of the end tables in the living room and on the night stands in our bed room. Now I can dust the edges and shake the runners and place mats when they need it. I also leave 4 placemats on our kitchen table which is also dark wood.

I found a photo of the white storage cabinets but please excuse Nicky, she is a photo boomer.

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Hubby sold his 1993 C4 Corvette a week ago. I know he didn’t want too but he just felt it was time. He has enjoyed it for several years and it was time for it to find a new home. He also wanted his R/T truck to get to set in the garage. We only have two garages here where we had 3 oversized ones at the other house. He has always wanted to take a trip to Alaska so maybe he will use the money for that. He deserves it for giving up his baby that he put so much work (and $$$$) into. Bye to his loved corvette:

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We need to get our dogs more “social” because we want to eventually travel and will need to take them with us. Up to this point when hubby would take Nicky for a walk he would end up carrying her back home (30 lbs.). She would freak out at everything. So we took them to the Exploration Center – across the bridge to the Indian Center then across the other bridge to the Veterans Memorial Park. I let them say HI to Grandpa’s brick on the WWII Memorial (I put one of each paw on it and said Hi Papa), I am sure he was laughing in Heaven if he can see us. Then we went back the same way. Nicky freaked out at first at every person that passed and Buster tried to go in the river after some ducks. But it was a good day and they enjoyed it.

Have you ever heard of half price books? I bought 18 books there yesterday of Karen Kingsbury. They were each .99 cents but one which was $1.49, of course you have to pay between $2.99 and $3.99 shipping per books but that still only adds up to like $5.00 for a soft or hard back book. I want to read all her Baxter and Flannigan books so that is what I ordered. I already had a few but paid much more for them. Check it out:

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Well, until next time have a great week and try to keep warm or chilled – depending on you part of the country! Crazy weather.

It’s not a HOME without FUR-KIDS

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People either like animals or they don’t. We have always had dogs, I got my first when I was about 6 years old. She was a Springer Spaniel named Tippsy. My love affair with dogs and cats have always been there. We have two fur babies in our home – those of you that read me know about Buster my Yorkie and Nicky our Snozdoodletez . Sometimes I think she doesn’t have much upstairs; right now she is digging on the desk mat trying to get through it. She does it often. Someday she may learn that it does her no good, but I doubt it.

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This is Nicky – she is like a huge Teddy Bear. She was laying by me on the sofa and I picked her up and held her to me with my arms around her. She just put her paws over my arms and thought “this is okay”! So I got my camera and took her photo. She is truly a mess.

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This is Jack, Jack is my grand dog – here he was bored and trying to get his mom to play with him. We went over today and his “papa” took him out in the back yard and played his favorite game – ball. Jack LOVES to chase the ball. He is a Border Collie and was adopted from the shelter. He is the most gentle and sweetest dog in the world.

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This is papa with Jack and Nicky. Nicky is very jealous of Jack. She doesn’t want him playing with her master. She pouts and gets depressed and hides. She doesn’t play well with Jack.

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This was my attempt to get a photo of Buster and Nicky. If Buster sees me get the camera out he will look down. He does not want his photo taken. Seriously, I don’t know what his problem is. He will look sideways, down, up or turn around if he sees the camera come out. Makes it very hard to get a good photo of him. Buster doesn’t do much but sleep and eat, he loves to eat. He knows EXACTLY when it is 3:30; that is his dinner time. He also knows when it is time for treats. He lives for his food.

Well, that it for today – I just wanted to share my babies with you. Have a great weekend.

Fresh Poop.. and REALLY?

What? Why would I say something like that? Least of all blog about it.

My dear hubby took his dog Nicky out to check the mail and she was smelling something and would not come when he called her. She then laid her head down and rolled in something – yep – fresh poop some other dog had left in our yard. She will roll in and on anything be it bugs, bird poop, frogs or just a smell of cat pee in the yard.

Well this is what rolling in poop will get you:
Bath time

She wasn’t too happy about a bath. Once she got out though it is amazing what energy a bath can give a dog. They run and play and roll around on your clean carpet. Here she is wanting me to put her on the bed – awww – NO!
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This whole time Buster is trying to be invisible; if he can’t see you then you can’t see him, right? After all, he didn’t roll in anything.
Buster trying to hide

Since I wouldn’t allow her to lay near me earlier, she was happy when I finally allowed her on the foot stool. She is laid on one ankle and had her head on my other ankle.
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Customer Service Sucks – or lack there of

On December 13 I ordered and paid for a copy of Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12. As soon as the credit card cleared they sent me the download information. Awesome, my Christmas present and I could play with it early! (See you are so excited when you get something you want, then….it is like a kid getting something for Christmas and there are no batteries or bolts/screws included.)

I worked on and off the rest of the month of December until yesterday trying to get it downloaded onto my PC. It would download the “downloader” then when I clicked on the .exe file it would go for a while then give me a notice that a file was missing that was needed to download the application. REALLY?

I went to the Adobe website – looked through all the HELPS, I tried all the helps – they were useless and since I only had 30 days to get a refund I FINALLY found a number last night to call. The wait time was over an hour – so they gave me the option of having them call me back. I put in the information they wanted and waited. I sat with my phone right beside me with the copies of my purchase.

After an hour I looked at my phone – they had called and left a message FOUR TIMES. My iPhone had not rang. One thing I found is if you are on voicemail on an iPhone and it tells you to push a number you can’t get to the keypad without losing the call. REALLY?

My hubby was right beside me, I had him call me – it rang. I took his phone and dialed my whole number with the 1 – area code – phone number. It rang….. I could not believe it, REALLY?

I called them back and this time it was a two hour wait and did I want them to call me back. Sure thing! So I left my info again. They did call this morning and we got it taken care of with no problem.  Refund going back on credit card.

Now the REAL problem: When companies get so big they have a two hour wait to help people and you can’t find help on their websites it really gets my dander up, you know? I had even emailed them several times asking for a disk to be sent, they never replied. I could never get on one of their “live chats” as they were always too busy and hung up on me.

You go to their websites and they have so many products that you have to spend a LOT of time just to find your area you need. Then it doesn’t work. It is like why do I try? I may go to Sam’s Club and get it and put it on with a disk as I had ask for. I used to really love Photoshop Elements (which is a shorted version of Photoshop used for scrapbooking). However, since Adobe bought it, it has become nothing but a headache even to get into the program and work on it. I will have to chew on this awhile.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. The good news is I cleaned out my sock drawer this morning and only have the socks in there now that I really wear. How many of you can say that? ha

Have a great day.

January 2014

Happy New Year 2014

I retired January 3, 2013. What I have I been doing since I retired? I read 36 books last year. I love books – I can get so involved in a book; for a time I leave all else behind. The characters in the book become part of me, I get drawn into them. I envision the city, or cabin, or where ever the story is being told. I picture what the character looks like, is wearing and even her walk. Even as a child I always had a strong imagination and wrote a few short stories.  I am sometimes sad when I am done as the characters don’t leave my mind for a bit. As I said they became a part of me and I them.

It is time for me to go through my book shelves and sale or donate some of my books. There are some I have read several times but it is time for others to enjoy them. The local library is always glad to get them. My books look brand new, I believe that someone took the time to share the story and put it on paper then I should take care of it and protect it.

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Buster and Nicky

My fur babies have been spoiled by my being home all the time. Buster; the Yorkie, has a built in alarm. He can tell you right on the dot when it is 3:30, as that is when they get fed. However, since being off he seems to think that every hour on the hour after dinner he should get a snack. He doesn’t of course but he sure tries to convince me to get him one. He weights 8.2 now.

Nicky on the other hand has grown into a chubby girl, she is about 27 pounds.  It took awhile but they have finally begin to lay in their beds when I am working on the computer. It was a trial at first they wanted me upstairs. She is still the lover of attention. She wants beside you and your hand on her.

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I have started cleaning up my craft room; you couldn’t really tell it by looking at it right now. I have sold a lot of stuff and have more to sale. I am now doing the Becky Higgins “Project Life” scrapbooking. It is folders with cards to write on and you put your photos in. You don’t have to decorate a thing if you don’t want too! It does have pockets for treasures that you might want to keep. Comes in several core kits, protector sheets and album colors. I might actually get some done this year! Below is one of my pages of when we were in Estes Park a couple of years ago. We were going in this past fall then they had the floods.

Project Life photo page

Project Life photo page

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If you are a praying person, I would like to ask you to remember two of my friends Billie and Karen in your prayers. They both have cancer. Karen had it once before but it has came back and she is not doing will with the meds. Billie just found out and I don’t think they have planned her treatment yet. They are both wonderful Christian ladies and it is so hard to believe that my friends are getting this dreadful disease. We don’t really think we are “that” old, you think of older people getting sick like this but we are in our 60’s. Thank you in advance for your prayers.

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Before I go I want to share a photo with you. It is not me but I can sure see myself in this little girl. She is adorable and that is exactly how I feel in the morning – with my coffee cup in hand.

This could so have been me! And is every morning. I just love it.

This could so have been me! And is every morning. I just love it.

Family Christmas Cards

How is your family about getting a photo taken for Christmas cards? I am an avid photo taker and would love to have a nice family photo to put on our Christmas card. Nope – my family doesn’t agree.

I get the groans and faces whenever I even take my camera out. How am I suppose to do a Project Life or Scrapbook pages of my adult kids when they won’t allow me to take photos?

I took photo’s of their recent birthday and posted them in my blog – you would have thought I posted photo’s of them on the “throne”. (Though I did take some when they were three.) Even my Yorkie turns his head if he sees me get the camera out – that is the truth!

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Family photo 10-6-12

December 6, 2012 Last Family Photo
I guess at a wedding you are expected to have your photo taken. So we did, yet that was a year ago!

Family Photo 2006

Family Photo 2006

Keathley and Morris Family
I love this one as it is the last group photo we took before I lost dad in 2010.
We took a photo in 2006, may I add this is the serious one, the other they were acting goofy! lol
Although truthfully I like the goofy one as did all my co-workers.

I guess I could get all Patriotic and use this as our photo:

Last six Presidents

Last six Presidents

How ever there are a couple in there that I would remove. You think?

Of course we could always use the fur babies on our card:
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After all they seem to show more affection than the other two real kids do… ha ha

Yeah I get a little depressed over it sometimes – like Nicky does when Jack comes to visit (Jack is my son and daughter-in-laws dog).
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Or I could use the photo I had done by a lady at Bass Pro – which hubby wasn’t too happy about:

Bob and Sandy  We don't look very happy do we? ha ha

Bob and Sandy
We don’t look very happy do we? ha ha

If you stop to think about the truth of it – Christmas isn’t about family photo’s it is the birth of Christ. That is what we need to remember – JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
So I will forget the photo (unless I luck into one at Thanksgiving dinner while we are eating tacos).

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