Cupid’s catnip laced arrow hits a dog. What happens?

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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My subject is: Cupid’s catnip laced arrow hits a dog. What happens?

It was submitted by: http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com/

TV shows everywhere stopped airing and suddenly a news bulletin flashed on the screen. Reporters faces, respective to their cities, appeared on the screen.

“We have a breaking news story just in time for Valentines Day. All over town dogs and cats in shelters are barking and meowing to get free of their cages and cuddle with each other. Let me clarify, they don’t want to be with their own species. No, each dog wants to find a cat and each cat wants to find a dog.

Reports are also coming in from various households that the same strange pairings are happening there as well.

There is no need to panic or call the police or fire department.

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We have millions, yes millions of tweets and posts on Facebook about this very subject. people are using the hashtag #LoveIsLove. Even households without both a dog and cat are reporting that the opposite species is sitting outside their house begging to get in.

Others are posting that the fur-members of their household who have barely tolerated each other are suddenly best friends.”

There is no apparent harm to the animals or their humans. Rather once the cats and dogs are paired up  and cuddling, they seem to be happy. Perhaps love is really in the air on this Valentine’s Day or maybe Cupid made a big mistake. Either way it all boils down to Love is Love.

Please send in your pictures of your cats and dogs cuddling. We not only want to keep accurate records, but we must admit, they are just so cute.

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Funny Friday January

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
(http://dinoheromommy.com/)

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1.  Wait? What are we drinking?

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2.  Daddy if you just smile, she’ll stop taking pictures.

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3.  This better not end up on Facebook.

      It won’t, I promise.

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4.  “See, Mommy. I drank all my hot chocolate. Can I have more?”

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5. Tony’s inner thoughts…Shoot, I got caught. I forgot to take out the old toys, remove the soda from the table, and put the shovels away. Maybe if I don’t look at her she won’t notice. Quick, tell her you made her organic hot chocolate, that might distract her. 

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Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

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Fly on the Wall January

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ doesn’t want to take the bus to school anymore. He said some of the girls were being mean to him and not listening to the bus driver. He rather spend more time with his Daddy anyway. Tony will drive him in following the car drop off rules. In the nicer weather they can all walk in with Bonus! It’s a Daddy and AJ win!

I hear a whine and see Bonus standing in front of AJ’s door. She wanted him to get up so she could play with him.

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Daddy cleaned some of AJ’s sheets and animals. AJ was so happy to see how Daddy left them for him.

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Two buddies enjoy the sun’s rays from the safety of their warm place on a cold day.

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Who knew dryer balls could be a fun toy. I discovered this with Balboa. I tried ti out with Bonus and she loves them too. They are hard so they make for great teething and gum cleaning. She’s quite persnickety and picky when it comes to food and toys. I plan on buying another pack of four dryer balls. She looses her mind trying to keep them all in the right place…which makes for great exercise on cold winter days.

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AJ was sick with a bad cold. He was up all night coughing and blowing his nose. After some serious medicine, he finally slept. When he woke up I went over to him to see if he was feeling better.

His hand goes up and waves me off. “No, don’t come over to me. I’ll call if I need you.” Feeling dejected, I went into the bathroom to do my eye makeup. AJ gets a rag, wets it, then cleans off all the dried boogies off his face.

When I come out of the bathroom, he is reading to Bonus. Guess she is allowed to come over to him. I am so happy he’s striving to be independent, but sad he doesn’t need as much of my help as he did before.

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If Only

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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My subject is: You can choose one thing that will happen in 2016 that will rock your world, what is it and why did you make that choice? It can be a dream or a nightmare come true.

It was submitted by: http://www.southernbellecharm.com

What big change do I want to happen? I want to win the lottery! Yes, you read that right. It may sound like a selfish and typical, but it’s my wish and I’m sticking with it.

If I won the lottery, I’m talking about a few million after taxes, I’d plan on LOTS of things. First off, I would pay off all our debt and start fresh. Then I’d buy a house in the town and school zone we live are already living in. When I say buy it, I mean buy it outright so we’d never have to worry about a mortgage payment. Then I’d dump a huge sum of money into AJ’s college fund.

Once that was settled, I’d give money to both sets of parents for all their help and to both my sister and sister-in-law and their husbands. I’d give money to my two nephews and niece to help build up their college funds.

I would also invest. In what? Well I’d have to sit down with a financial planner and figure that one out. Would I keep working? Maybe, maybe not. If I had lots left over I could buy some properties, fix them up and resell. Or I could keep working and add all that money to our retirement, AJ’s college fund, and finally go on all the trips we wanted…including a family trip to Italy.

I am sure everyone I know will have their hands out for money. I am sure no matter how hush-hush I keep it, people would know we won and would think of a million reasons to borrow or ask for money. We would be easy targets for others and it would be easy to spend it all on things we always wanted. It would take budgeting and serious will power to keep with our plans and not blow through the money and be left in debt again.

Funny Friday December

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

funny friday2222Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Follow me home (http://followmehome.shellybean.com).
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  1. “OMG, Earl don’t stop. Keep on driving.” 

 

2. “Hey, Could I get a lift?”

 

3. “Pssst. You up for a fun time, good looking?”

 

4. “Darn it Sharon. The llama escaped again. I told you they were up to no good.”

 

5. The tour guide turns to the guests. “Now we are coming upon a new species of  llama. He also helps Rudolph, Santa, and allt he other reindeeer. His butt lights up, which helps Santa see what he is doing in his sleigh. 

“Puuuulease!” snorted Gina. “Like we are going to believe that nonsense.”

Suddenly the llama turns around and the tour bus is illuminated with red light from the llama’s butt. 

Pictures snapped and ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ can be heard. The magic of Santa lives on! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Follow me home (http://followmehome.shellybean.com)

Measurements of Merriment (http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com)

Southern Belle Charm (http://www.southernbellecharm.com)

Baking In A Tornado (http://www.BakingInATornado.com)

Someone Else’s Genius (http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com)

Confessions of a part-time working mom (http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/)

Not That Sarah Michelle (http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com)

Spatulas on Parade  (http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/)

The Bergham Chronicles (http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/)

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Fly on the Wall December

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

Participants:

  • Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 
  • Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad
  • AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

What did AJ say????

Do you want to La La and Pop Pop to pick you up from school on Friday?

shrugs and causally says. “Yeah, okay.” As if he is doing them a favor.

After Tony changes the light bulb in the bathroom. “You did a good job, Daddy.”

Please go the bathroom as he walks to hi bed for bedtime.

“No, I don’t have to go.”

“I think you do. Prove to me I’m wrong.”

With lots of complaints he storms off to the bathroom, yells at me, then pees. He then looks at me and says. “Guess you got me.”

“Teddy Bear is 81 today. How do you write 81 Is it an 8 and a 1?”

“Yes.”

“Good. Great, thanks!”

Tony left the TV on twice in the bedroom. Anthony yelled at him. “This is the second time you did this. I’m tired of shutting it off for you.”

Trying to look for a show for AJ on the PBS kids app on ROKU. AJ is getting mad at me.

“Go up, Mommy.” sighs “No, to the left, Mommy.” another sigh “I keep telling you the name of the show.”

When I finally find it I realize it was there in front of me the entire time.

“Mommy, is your brain working today?”

 

We love the Elf on a Shelf in our house. We make our own rules. Scooby Doo is not mean or mischevious. He doesn’t report on bad behaviors. He loves to play hide and seek with AJ and report all the good things AJ does back to Santa. It’s just a fun tradition we have in our house, one I hope we hold onto for a long time.

Maybe one day AJ will hide him on us…that’s when he can be mischievous and naughty.

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AJ and Bonus love each other. She is always happy to see him and he loves to play with her. She’s so calm, gentle, and perfect for his wild and loud boy-self. He is learning how to be calmer and what she likes and doesn’t like. He is learning not to leave any clothes, shoes, or toys out because she’s a little thief.

She is learning how to play with a wild boy, who to listen to him when he reads books and cuddle with him in bed at night as Mommy rubs both their backs.

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Mommy’s Payback

One morning while at Whole Foods…I did this and so not ashamed.

Tony was off with AJ, getting a drink for him. I’m walking around with a full cart trying to find them when I see Anthony drop a glass drink. I make sure it’s him, see Tony look at me, then walk away leaving hubby to deal with it.

Later on Tony yells at me. “Why did you do that? You just walked away.”

I shake my head getting ready for my payback.

“First of all you walked into the store with us, then walked off without a word. Ten minutes later you appear eating a sandwich and a drink in your other hand. You never asked us if we needed anything or told us where you were going. You only throughout about your self. Now when AJ drops something and you have to deal with it you want me to help. I don’t think so. Payback is a bitch, right?”   I might have thrown a few f-bombs in there for good measure.

December Use Your Words

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using… sunshine ~ lot ~ bounty ~ I thought so ~ love ~ stamina
They were submitted by: http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

What a great combo of words. Therefore I feel terrible that I have not done it justice.

I am totally stumped about what to write. I feel like every idea I have just fizzles out and loses all creativity. I had lots of ideas, but couldn’t expand past the initial thought. I wanted to write about commuting to work, bring a mom, cooking dinners, love for my family, and blogging. Each idea was met with me just staring at the screen in utter blankness.

There are days I have a bounty of ideas flowing from my brain that I need to write them down before I forget. Those are the moments when it takes stamina to keep typing, because the ideas are coming at warp speed. The feeling of just writing and getting my thoughts across is beyond awesome it brings a smile to my face and sunshine to my soul.

My creative side is just saying, “Write and don’t stop writing.” So that is what I am doing. When I do stop, I see it. I have something for this post. While it may bot be creative, inspiring, funny, or emotional, it’s all written and the muse is smiling and now saying, “I thought so.”

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

A Recent Surprise?

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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My subject is: what is a nice surprise that you recently got?

It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch

Well I had a few ideas for this post but changed it at the last minute. Why? Well we have two new additions to our family.

I kept pressuring hubby that we needed to adopt another dog for AJ after our sweet Balboa passed away over a year ago. We knew it would be hard to adopt because of our small apartment and wild boy, but an opportunity arose.

My BIL knew a guy who runs a dog rescue and Tony took the trip with him to see if there were any adoptable dogs. Turns out there was.

He didn’t come home with one dog. NO! He came home with two dogs! TWO! That’s right two rescued and bonded rat terriers. Two dogs that were rescued the day before Thanksgiving. Two dogs that were set to be drowned because they were leftovers from a puppy sale. Two dogs that have made my son happy.

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Did hubby tell me he was adopting two dogs? NOPE. But he said he couldn’t leave one behind, he said Rambo looked miserable without Bonus. Having two dogs changes EVERYTHING. Having two dogs who are somewhere under a year old changes everything.

We have to

  • start crate training again
  • start command training
  • rearrange our schedules

which sucks with two dogs…but I am determined. Does anyone have any advice or tips? 

I am stressed and sick, but know once this crazy stage is over the outcome will be grand. Our son will have two dogs who he grew up with. He is already calling them his brother and sister. I know months down the road he will be happily playing with them in his room or we’ll all take long walks and maybe even teach them really cool tricks.

I’m hoping once the training stage is over they will be okay to lay on the couch when we are not home. The tough part is that I doubt they were ever spoken to…which is going to make command training even more difficult. As of yesterday I have taught Rambo to sit and Bonus follows allong not wanting to miss out. Of course he still looks for a treat, but consistency will make it a habit and soon he will sit because I told him to.

I told AJ that eventually we can train them with all sorts of commands and even have them do tricks. AJ wants to teach them, as if they are his students and he is the teacher. I told him that is a possibility in a few months time. 3text

Funny Friday November

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

Funny Friday | www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Confessions of a part-time working mom (http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/)

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1.  This is the last time I ask my husband to make dinner. 

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2.  Spaghetti????? I thought they were fondue sticks! 

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3.  This will be a future Facebook post from me when AJ is a teenager…

“AJ just texted me this picture asking for help. He is not sure how to boil spaghetti? Where did I go wrong?” 

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4.  Mom fail: I was so tired I started to make spaghetti. Three hours later, after eating Chinese take out, I walk into the kitchen to find this. Thankfully, the stove was off the entire time. 

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5. Welcome to new members of the husband training class. Today we have a picture for you. Before we tell you what happened we want you to think about it for a few moments.  

After two minutes had passed, the instructor asked the husbands what they thought had happened. Each of their responses were plausible but far from the truth. Some there was an accident and the family had to run out or kids were being bad and mom needed to leave the kitchen to yell at them. One man thought dinner was interrupted because the wife was turned on and wanted him.

“You are all wrong. A husband, who has learned his lesson, made a comment to his wife while cooking. He said ‘We are having spaghetti for dinner again?’ The moment he said it he knew he had made a fatal mistake.

The paramedics found him covered in pasta sauce with ten dried spaghetti sticking out of his mouth. Several had cut and pierced his gums and tongue.

Let this be a lesson to all of you. Do not make comments about your wife’s cooking.”

One scared man asked “So what do we do?”

The instructor smiled at him. “Excellent question. We will discuss some options for that, as well as, what we as husbands should be doing in the home since we are living there too.”

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Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

  • The Bergham Chronicles (http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/)
  • Follow me home (http://followmehome.shellybean.com)
  • Measurements of Merriment (http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com)
  • Southern Belle Charm (http://www.southernbellecharm.com)
  • Dinosaur Superhero Mommy (http://dinoheromommy.com/)
  • Baking In A Tornado (http://www.BakingInATornado.com)
  • Someone Else’s Genius (http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com)
  • Confessions of a part-time working mom (http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/)
  • The Momisodes (http://themomisodes.com)
  • Spatulas on Parade  (http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/)

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Fly on the Wall November

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 16 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

 

Participants:

  • Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 
  • Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad
  • AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

What did AJ say????

Walking in from a birthday party that Daddy took him to. He runs up to me with doughnuts in hand. “Daddy got me the munchkins, but here’s the thing.” with hands up in the air gesturing away “I only had three bites of cake.”

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While in the bathroom I hear AJ say. “Aaaaah pooping is great.”

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“I wish every day was a half day.”
“Why?”
“So we can come home and have fun.”
“Sorry, but that’s life. We all have responsibilies. I wish I could stay home and still get paid.”

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“You need to leave your socks on, it’s cold.”
“No, my piggies need to breathe.”

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AJ woke one day at 5:30. WHY? Well he’s an early bird, but that’s a post for another day. That morning he said he needed to get up so he could work on his invention-a double pencil. He taped two pencils together and used it to draw and erase. What he was drawing was pretty cool and he was excited he could erase even faster with two erasers. I wanted to ask how he was going to sharped them…then was afraid he might try to invent a double sharpener.

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AJ was being silly and not listening in karate. He told Sensei that he missed his Daddy who is always at work.

Sensei replied, that his daddy works so AJ can have the things he enjoys. He should thank his daddy for working. Before Sensei could finish, AJ blurts out….”My daddy is stronger than you.”

Sensei held  back a laugh, smiled, and said “I bet he is.”

I got glasses for driving and watching movies at a distance. I always wanted glasses, I know I’m weird. Maybe in a few years I’ll need to wear them all the time.

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AJ had three half days at school for parent-teacher conferences. One day I left early, the day I had to meet with the teacher. I told AJ we would have a lovely mommy and son lunch date. I really enjoyed that time with him. I told him we have to do it more often.

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