Thankful Thursday: A List

Happy Thankful Thursday!

We haven’t had a Thankful Thursday for awhile….seems like its time to spread a bit of gratitude. I have so much to be grateful for these days that I thought I’d make a little list instead of focusing on one topic like usual.

So, on today’s Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for:

My sweet little baby boy.

Sleeping more than two hours at a time.

Being able to drink coffee and wine.


Catching up with old friends.

My health, the spouse’s health, and a healthy little baby.



Springtime weather.

Simcoe and Barley.

Shopping for clothes that are my pre-pregnancy size. (I owe it all to hungry baby and working out throughout my pregnancy…I haven’t been able to workout since having the little dude so that must be what it is!)

The smell of a baby.

Supportive friends who have lots of good advice.

Singing the Beatles to rock my little man to sleep.


The idea of chopping off all my hair.

Not caring if the house clean.

Baby socks.

Quiet time with the spouse after the little man has gone to bed.

Google Reader.

Fresh Flowers.

What are you thankful for today?

Thankful Thursday: Woman’s Best Friend

Happy Thankful Thursday!

I hope you’re all having a lovely week! Today, I stumbled across a couple of pictures that I’d never seen before of my two dogs (my mom took them). I was instantly overwhelmed with love and gratitude (silly dogs meltin’ my heart and whatnot). So, I decided to dedicate today’s Thankful Thursday to my sweet pups, Barley and Simcoe.

Lately, being that I require a lot of rest time, my favorite thing to do is snuggle up on the couch with the hounds. Simcoe, the mastiff, (we call her Simmy) usually lets me lay my big, butterball belly on her and she props her giant head on my shoulder to sniff my face while I snooze.


Barley, the pug, curls up in a little ball and snuggles his head into the backs of my knees which results in restricted breathing for him and even louder snoring (that animal snores even while awake). Did you know that when pugs relax or sleep their curly tails unroll? It’s literally the cutest thing in the entire world.


Sure, like most relationships, we have our ups and downs. I’m no stranger to dog shenanigans and there are times when they just gross me out – they get into the most disgusting situations.

But, on this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the dogs that offer me company when I need someone to talk to during the work day (I bounce ideas off them when I work from home. They’re usually stunned silent by my brilliance…hoo-ha). I am also thankful for always having a cuddle buddy with when I need nap and never being alone because they follow me everywhere.

I know they’re thankful for us every time that sad animal rescue commercial with Sara McLachlan comes on while they’re watching tv. And I’m thankful that they are both ecstatic and overjoyed every time they see me, even when I’ve been gone for just a few minutes.

So, on today’s Thankful Thursday, give your pet an extra pat, hug, or treat to say thanks for their unconditional love.

Don’t have a pet? Well, you’re in luck! Check out the resources below to become a foster parent or adopt a furry friend who needs a home.

Larimer Humane Society

Colorado Pug Rescue

Colorado Mastiff Rescue

The Animal House

Puppy Love

It occurred to me yesterday that I haven’t posted any images of the puppies in a while. So, I had planned to provide pictures of their cute, furry faces with a big long story was about how great they are, how much I love them, and how I love to cuddle with them when we take naps.

But then, I called them inside for a quick photo shoot and my mastiff tracked mud all throughout the house, jumped on the couch, and tried to eat the pug. The pug attempted to fight back and melee ensued.

So, while I still love them, I definitely don’t like them anymore and will not be singing they’re praises.

Here’s a few shots of the mischievous mutts post-rumble…. you may think they look like angels but know that there are little devils behind those sweet eyes.

Mastiff PugOne looks happy, the other has attitude.

Happy Tuesday, folks! Hope you have a terrific day!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Well, it’s here!

The first snow of the season has arrived and it showed up in full force. Our neighborhood is a winter wonderland of white….and fallen down trees. For those not familiar with fall in Colorado, we have a gorgeous fall with red, yellow and orange trees full of leaves but we always, always, always get a huge snowfall before the leaves have dropped. The result – tree limbs snapping under the weight of our white, powdery, Colorado precipitation.

This morning, as I dragged broken aspen and twisted willow branches around my backyard into a pile, I let the dogs out to explore the new chilly terrain. I couldn’t resist sharing some photos with you because these two pups had me cracking up. Simcoe, the English Mastiff, (about 10 months old) LOVED the snow. Barley, the Pug, (almost 6 years) was not as impressed.

Not sure at first if this is okay.

Could he BE any cuter?
Crazy Snow Dog.
Hiding out under the deck (and our now-frozen tomato plants) where it’s dry. Silly pug.

Just a side note – I may or may not be listening to Christmas music while I type this. The holidays are just around the corner! Bah!

Hope wherever you are, you’re staying warm! Happy Snow Day from Colorado!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

Doesn’t Barley look like a little Pug Thug in that picture?

I hope you all remembered to wear green today! To celebrate St. Patty’s, I couldn’t resist dressing up my (obviously unhappy) pups this morning! Silly dogs (silly me). Further celebration plans include baking Irish Soda Bread and meeting up with friends after work for a St. Patrick’s Day toast. What are you doing to celebrate?

Real quick – today’s 30 Day Blog Challenge is to post a picture of something that has impacted your life recently. Well, see above. That cute pup in the bundle of green boa feathers has been a BIG impact. Not only do we expect her to eventually be between 130-150lbs but introducing this big lady to our existing tiny pug, in our tiny house, as a new member of our tiny family, has been quite the adventure!

Well, I hope you all enjoy your St. Pat’s – I usually reserve the toasts for Friday but since it’s such a special day (read: second Christmas), I thought I’d better find a luck o’ the Irish blessing for you all.

“May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live!”

Beannachtam na Felie Padraig!

P.S. Would really appreciate your nomination on the Women’s Health Blogs We Love Contest! A big Thanks for your time with all my Irish heart!

A New Blog & A New Dog!

Hello! I’m so excited to share my new blog with you….I hope you all find it enjoyable to read, appealing to the eyeballs and somewhat organized (at least more organized than my previous attempt at blogging)!

January was a fast month, I can’t believe it has already flown by! Is it really February 2011? Puh.

I spent most of January getting organized for the rest of the year, researching blogs, archiving and categorizing my old posts and……getting a new puppy!! Our new gal, Simcoe, is just the sweetest little English Mastiff. He he he, “Little.” Yeah, for like, a week.

Barley, our pug, is kind of jealous right now, but learning to love his little sister. They make quite the pair, huh?

Thanks so much for checking out my new space in the blogosphere. I hope you enjoy the new layout…tell me if you do! I’ve got all sorts of new widgets and gadgets for you to share your thoughts with me, other people and, well, that about covers the sharing options.

I’m hoping to post two to three times a week (a lofty goal, I know). And to get us started, I feel its most appropriate to start with the phrase that inspired this site:

“And as cliché as it may sound, I’d like to raise another round. And if your bottle’s empty, help yourself to mine. Thank you for your time. And Here’s to Life!” – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers

Thank you for your time!