• May 21, 2014

    Top 5 Corgis on the Internet (So Far)


    Time for another top five, ya’ll!  Today, for your viewing pleasure, I have compiled a list of the top five corgi’s on the internet (so far).  Why?

    Because corgi’s are awesome.

    I’m sure I am a little biased here, but… seriously… have you ever seen a cuter dog than a corgi?

    Before we got Ollie (short for Ollivander), I spent hours looking at pictures and searching for puppies.  I was pretty obsessed and, I have to admit, that hasn’t changed much since bringing him home.  I love everything about him… his big ears, tiny tail, and playful personality make me so happy!  But, I know I’ve posted several pictures of Ollie before… so I have picked five other corgis that are pretty okay.



    Corg Life Comic

    This is a panel from my new favorite web comic: Corg Life.  The strips are made up of hilarious stories from the author’s life with his corgi pal.  The art is adorable and he perfectly captures life with a corgi!

    Stephen Fry & a Corgi

    Now, this picture, I love because I’ve never seen anything more British than Stephen Fry walking a corgi in front of Buckingham Palace.  The only thing that could make this better is if David Tennant was stepping out of the TARDIS in the background.

    Corgi LARP

    Ok, so this one is obviously photoshopped, and would not be nearly so hilarious without the foam weapons, but I am totally ok with that.  These pups look like they are having so much fun at the beach!  I guess there are frequent corgi gatherings at beaches, so this was just an amazing opportunity to have a little fun.

    Link Corgi

    And speaking of dogs being nerds… I can’t get over this little guy dressed as Link.  It’s really his dopey smile that gets me… don’t you just want to cuddle him?

    And last but not least, Corgi Flop!  Those little legs work so hard to get him into that water!  SO CUTE!

    There you have it!  The Top Five corgis on the internet so far.  With the exception of Ollie, of course.  He’s the top corgi anywhere.  For all time.  *grin*

  • May 14, 2014

    The Most Inspiring Woman I Know


    I’m thinking it’s been a little too long since I turned my focus towards gratitude and appreciation of the people and things in this life that make it all worthwhile.  So… that’s where we’re going today.

    Just last weekend America celebrated Mother’s Day and it’s had me thinking about the women in my life who have inspired and shaped me into who I am today.  There are actresses and musicians, artists and teachers, family and friends… there are human rights workers, psychologists, and history makers… even characters in books and stories, who have molded me and inspired me into who I am.

    In spite of how readily I can call to mind this list of inspiring women, it’s easy to take for granted the one woman who really made the difference in how I turned out.  To take for granted all the loads of laundry done and the dinners made; the millionth viewing of The Lion King and the late night hugs when I learned that middle school girls can be awful.  It’s easy to forget that someone had to drive me all over town to sell and deliver Girl Scout cookies.  And trick or treating.  And to get last minute supplies for school projects.  It’s easy to focus on the things I did when I was growing up, but none of those things would ever have come to fruition if I didn’t have my mom there, backing me up one hundred percent of the time.

    Good mom’s often do so much and get so little in return.  I know I’m not the only one who didn’t understand what I put my poor mother through until adulthood hit with its full force.  And I’m not even a parent yet, so I’m going to go ahead and assume that there’s a LOT more she did for me that I can’t even begin to understand.

    What I do know is that it was my mom who gave me a love of reading.  I watched her devour books, one right after another, and followed her lead.  She also gave me the creative, crafty side of myself and has always encouraged me to make and do whatever was beautiful and joyful.  My mom taught me the value of family and knowing where my roots are and where I come from.

    My mom always encouraged me to study hard and get good grades so I could go to college and do great things.  This last Mother’s Day, she revealed to me that, though she never went to college, she had wanted to so she could get a job doing the very kinds of things I am currently doing in my own work.  This revelation struck the heart of me.  You see, she never pushed or directed me in my study and career choices.  I never knew, until this weekend, what she had always wished she could have done.  But, here I am, doing what we both hold in our hearts.

    It is amazing to me that the things we love, the things we cherish, truly pour out from us – even when we aren’t talking or doing or being.  I guess it’s true that where your heart is, there your treasure is as well.  And when you’re a mom, I the things you treasure are bound to rub off a little.

    So, thank you, Mom, for rubbing off on me.  For shaping me, even when neither of us recognized what was taking place, into the person I am today.  I may not be perfect – or even all that good – but, I’m pretty sure most of what is good, came from you.

  • May 10, 2014

    Planting Day


    Oh man, I am running a little late this week.  What day is it?  Saturday?


    What can I say, I’ve been busy this week crying my eyes out over The Fault in Our Stars.

    So there.

    Seriously, though, if you haven’t read it yet, stop everything you’re doing and read it.  Maybe buy a new box of tissues first.

    But, real quick before you do that, let me tell you about the other thing I am SO excited about this week!  Today was planting day!  Last weekend, my hubby and I went out to the local gardens to buy some veggie plants so we can get our garden going.

    Usually, we try to get things planted as soon as we get them, but the weather has not been ideal for planting.  So, today when we woke up to sunshine and blue skies, we jumped at the opportunity to get some tomatoes in the ground!

    We’ve been planting tomatoes in our raised garden bed for 3 summers now and have always had pretty good success.  Last year, we tried a black heirloom tomato in a planter, but failed miserably.  So, this year, we decided to forget the fancy tomatoes and branch out and try for some eggplant.  I am so excited!!!  We are also trying out jalapenos this year, so watch for some salsa recipes this summer!


    I’m also happy to report that our strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are coming back stronger than last summer.  And, the plum and pear trees are starting to look promising too.  Hopefully we’ll get some good fruit this time around!


    Blueberries  Raspberries

    I find so much joy each spring when we start everything new and fresh.  We got rained out towards the end, but our garden is planted and it’s going to be amazing!  It’s a great feeling to bring something to life and make your own food.  I know it probably sounds a little hokey, but gardening is something my husband and I really love, and take pride in.  Also, I just really love to eat.

    Now, if I can just find a tree that will make chocolate bars and ice cream….