Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five For Friday 7-24-15

Happy Friday, Everyone!

What a week! 

I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching this week for the Five For Friday Linky. Yay! It's been a while and I'm excited to share. 


Today I want to introduce to you four of my favorite doggies in the whole wide world.

Meet my furry babies, Nia, September, and Maxwell. They are my friend's doggies and so I'm their Auntie Lori. Nia is the big sister of her newest little sister and brother. She has another little brother named Charlie, but he got too aggressive for his neighborhood and had to go live with another family on a farm where he could run and be free. 

This picture is priceless. These dogs are so good. They do not bark nor shed and they're hyper-allergenic. Nia is a little shy but she loves getting any attention she can get now that she has a baby sister and brother. She has to be the big, mature and responsible sister so I try to spoil her up whenever I get the chance to see her. 

Little sister September tries so hard to be big like her sister, but Nia is so gentle and patient she just lets her jump all over her all the time. Max is quite reserved and loves to snuggle on his mommy's lap all day. I could go on and on but I will reserve the doggie mush for another day. 

You see, my husband does not care for dogs, nor any animal for that matter, so I must take my love for dogs out on these furbies any chance I can get. 

And then there's Bud. Ahem. That's short for Buddy, A.K.A. "The Budster," my sister's [and mine, too] fur baby.

I was with my sister when she went to adopt Bud from Mollie's Rescue. He picked her to be his mommy and he's been the most loyal, affectionate, and spoiled dog in the whole wide world. When he looks you with those beautiful brown eyes you can see through to his soul. Such a gentle big guy.

My sister said that I could be Bud's second mommy since I'm not allowed to have a dog of my own and I gladly accepted. 

Who wouldn't though? 

I get to have a dog that I don't have to walk or feed, but to love and hug and get love and hugs in return whenever I see him. HA! 

No really, I don't get to see Bud too often because he lives way down in NC and I live way up in VA. But when we do get to see each other it's love at first sight. I miss him so much and I know he misses me too. Sigh... 

I will be blogging more about my fur babies. Stay tuned.

Today at summer school I volunteered to sit in for a teacher who was going to be late because she had spilled a whole tall cup of coffee in her lap while driving to school and she had to go home to change. 

While I was sitting with the class as they were having their silent reading time, I came across this book on the teacher's reading table. I'd never read Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber. You may have heard of it.

This book quickly became one of my favorite children's stories. It's about a boy who gets invited to sleep at his next door neighbor's house and has a big decision to make. I won't spoil the ending for you if you haven't read it. 

If you have read Ira Sleeps Over, now would be a good time for you to reread it. It will give you all kinds of warm fuzzies. Click on the book cover above to hear it read on YouTube. 

This week marked a milestone for my husband and me. We got to celebrate another wedding anniversary, 30 years! Yippee!

We had planned to spend the day sight seeing in Richmond, but the area where we live was under a heat advisory. We were experiencing temperatures above 100 degrees when the heat index was added. 

So we changed our plans and enjoyed a quiet dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Afterwards we ordered some new cheese cake flavors to take home. Lemon meringue and carrot cake cheese cake. Can you say...heaven?

I also got to attend my friend's graduation from University of Phoenix which was held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. 

I was so proud to celebrate this accomplishment with my friend. She's been through so much this year. She deserved all the attention as a reward for all her hard work despite her circumstances.

This was my first time ever in the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards (NBA) and Mystics (WNBA). Nice! 

Finally, here is a slide from one of the presenters, Rachel Lynette, at TpTVegas2015. This quote has been my motivation for changing the way I've been blogging and viewing my products since returning from the conference. How enlightening, refreshing and freeing it's been. 

Blogging is so much easier now. :-)

How's your week been?  Link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for your Five For Friday. 

Love and hugs,


  1. I really like Ira Sleeps Over-- this was a new title for me. Thanks for introducing it to me!

    My Bright Blue House

  2. Thanks. Yeah this title was new to me as well. Upon doing some more research I discovered that it is actually a classic. Rightfully so. It's a great read. Thanks for checking it out!


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