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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Organizing Your Pets


No, I didn't exactly have this in mind. If you have one dog out in the yard, you probably don't care whether or not you are organized in this area. But I would advise you to take your poor dog to a rescue shelter and just buy a concrete dog sculpture. Because dogs are living, breathing creatures and they need their people.

I have 5 little ones that depend on me. There are dog toys, leashes, collars, flea and tick treatments, toe nail clippers, doggy toothbrushes, (my sister rescues Pomeranians so she has a lot more grooming supplies than I do), medicines, dog food, dog dishes, dog clothes (winter and summer), diapers and belly bands, etc.

I keep files on each dog. These file folders include the information on their microchips (their numbers, phone number, website, etc), all their itemized vet bills, rabies certificates, their adoption (purchase) papers. I have a basket in the refrigerator with their meds. I have a drawer that holds their grooming supplies and I have leashes on hooks in the coat closet. I have several pop up crates for travel.

For dog clothes I have a closet hanging sweater organizer. Each dog has 2 shelves, one for winter coats and one for summer shirts. I have a plastic box in the closet for dog costumes (for Halloween). I have a larger plastic box in the coat closet that holds their outdoor winter coats. When I put them outside I put a fluffy dog bed out for each dog on the patio in the shade. When I bring them in, I poof the beds to shake out any dirt or bugs and bring them in and stack them in a basket by the door.

You can use Google calendar to remind you when to apply their flea/tick treatments, when their annual vet visits and shots are due. I had to give one of mine medication twice a day for 5 days. I could have used Google calendar to remind me of that. Or use my cell phone to notify you. (Same with your own medications and doctor visits.) You can find pet management software. It ranges from free to expensive. If you have a rescue organization or are a dog show-er or breeder then a good software can really help.

The objective is to find ways to organize your pet supplies and accessories that works for you. Where do you groom your dog? Then that is the place to store your grooming supplies... a basket, drawer, plastic container? Medications should be kept in the refrigerator and you want it stored in such a way that children can't get ahold of it so top shelf in a clearly marked box. My traveling bags and pop up crates need to be close to the door. I have shelves in the garage and I place the crates in a garbage bag to keep the dust off of them. It's just a matter of pulling them out of the bag and popping them in the car. So think of how you can organize and store your pet supplies. Then remember... always put it back where it belongs! It doesn't do any good to organize and clean up if wreck your hard work by neglecting to put things back where they belong. And keep after your children and spouse to do the same. It's called training and they need to learn too. If you take the leash off it's hook and walk the dog only to throw the leash on the floor by the couch when you come back, what good did it do you to pick up earlier? And when you ask Junior to walk the dog and he can't find the leash because it's in the den on the floor beside the couch??? He's hollering, "Where's the leash?" and you can't remember where it is and everyone is searching for it. It's created chaos that you didn't have to have, so put things back where they belong.


















I use these to hold my dog food. Don't buy too much at one time because it can get stale and keep it in something that will keep it fresh. You don't want an open dog bag because it can draw bugs and mice.



Here is a good popup crate for multiple little dogs. I might have to look for one of these myself!

Grandmother and Granddaddy, Our Crown Jewels


Grandmother and Granddaddy back in the 1970's. In this picture, Granddaddy looked stern but the other photos show they were having a wonderful time. I love this photo of Grandmother's smile. We loved our grandparents (both sides) so much!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Butter

Next time you go to your butter dish and slice off pat, think of butter art! Yep, these photos are of sculpted butter!





















To the artists... wonderful job! I never cease to be amazed at what people can do with some skill and imagination!

Monday, July 05, 2010

July 4th 2010 Scrapbook Pages

























July 4th 2010

Stan's family always has a big cookout and party for the family on the 4th. This is the first time our nephew, Luke, has ever missed it and he would have loved to be here this time too. But he is in the Air Force and is serving in Iraq. But, Elaine brought her laptop and video cam in order to Skype with him. Here she is working on getting the connection.


Now, we have him online and he is sitting on the floor with his back up against his bunk as he holds his laptop with a builtin cam. Elaine twisted the video cam around so we could all get in and wave and talk to him.


Everyone crowded into the living room to participate and see Luke. It was so amazing to know he was around the world in Iraq. He moved his laptop around so we could see his tiny quarters that he shares with 2 other men.














It is so good to see him, alive and well, and talk to him. But it's so hard to hang up. Jenny, Luke and Lee are like my own children. They grew up next door and we were so close to them. So it's been as difficult for Stan and I as it has been for Elaine and Ronnie, for Jenny to be living away from home and for Luke to be in Iraq. When we see them, it's like an unseen umbilical cord attaches and our love goes back and forth. Then, when they drive away or we hang up the phone (or the Skype) it's a little painful to detach the umbilical cord. I've been pretty depressed the last couple of months and I'm sure there are 2 subconscious reasons... one is Jenny, Kyle and Brett are being transferred to Illinois and the other is Luke being in Iraq. I know they are all grown up now and don't need us. And I know they love us. But it's hard letting them go.

We had tons of food as usual. Stan made his hash but Eddie always grills hamburgers and hot dogs.







we had hash, hotdogs, hamburgers
cole slaw
potato salad
macaroni salad
baked beans
pickles galore
banana pudding
peach pie
blackberry cobbler
brownies
homemade chocolate ice cream



Kathi and Eddie have a great swimming pool. Since the gym was closed we went early enough for me to get in the pool and do my exercises. Our nephew, Logan, was a good buddy to little Brett and we all had our eyes on them.



























Katie was showing us the photos of her wedding dress. Kathi and Eddie took her to New York to buy a dress. It's lovely!


















Logan, Stan and Brett get back in the swimming pool








Brett is 1 1/2 yrs old and he's already ready to jump in!


















Jenny and Kyle were playing around and Brett just started laughing at them!




He was just squealing in laughter!




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