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For many years this blog was a mish-mash of every thought that popped into my head. Now I’m cleaning it up so this is the old stuff I’m not focusing on anymore.

What is a Flower Frog?

Art Pottery Frog-shaped Flower Frog

If you’re not into floral arranging or antiquing you may have never seen a flower frog.  Flower frogs, or floral frogs, aren’t amphibians that hang out in flower pots, they’re actually a floral arranging tool that secures the stems of flowers in the base of your vase or other display vessel.  Flower frogs can be…

Conquering Mocha Icebox Cookies

I conquered a fear tonight – I’m not talking something profound like coming to a peace agreement with spiders, or nimbly climbing up to the rooftop via ladder, no, my fear was icebox cookies.  They’re one of those recipes I’ve bookmarked and pinned and yet skirted around the edges of ever baking. Why are they…

Learning Dog Personalities

I have been taking the lessons from The Heartbeat at Your Feet by Lisa Tenzen Dolma to heart since I finished the book (review here) a few weeks ago.  This weekend I had the opportunity to work with Bogart alone to see if I could get a better insight into his personality.  I’ve always treated my…

Think Like a Dog to Be a Better Human?

Finishing this book really got me thinking about the mutts that share my life. Plenty of books get me excited about a craft, or cooking, or canning or transport me away into someone else’s story, but this book was very different. It shook up everything I thought I knew about training and disciplining my dogs.…

Found Treasures at LADD Library

“One moment you may be trapped in a maze of despair so thick there seems to be no hope of ever finding your way back to the place where you were happen or at least happy enough, and then you stumble around a corner and find yourself in a different world. Taking one step down…

Bogey Update – Healthy and Sassy Dog

When Bogey first joined the family he was a pretty skinny 46#. (Flashback: The New Dog: Introducing Bogart (Bogey) He’s leapt well beyond that and is up to 70+ now.  He’s a good-sized muscular dog with a tail like a battering ram that is in no way under his personal control.  He can chew through…

Ponderings

It’s one of those days where you stop and evaluate. Somehow these days always involve some article or another out of ‘O’. I don’t know if that means that reading ‘O’ is a necessary component to my personal growth, or a disruptive force. Most likely the former – if we don’t self-correct our course in…

The New Dog: Introducing Bogart (Bogey)

That’s Bogart. Meet Bogart, also known as Bogey, Bo, or Booger.  He’s not new, new – he’s been a part of the family for nearly two weeks now, and he’s starting to really settle in. No, we didn’t mean to bring home another Rottweiller (mix).  I’m still not quite sure how it happened.  We had…