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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell

Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
Carrell is well educated and has the background for a book like this. I learned a lot and enjoyed finding out all the Shakepeare lore. According to her "Author's Note" in the back of the book, a lot of the clues are true and this could have made for a wonderful story. Unfortunately, I didn't think Carrell pulled it off. I got confused in all the machinations and there were a lot of out-of-the-blue resolutions that were too convenient. Miraculous! The characters didn't sleep or rest according to the book and yet, jet-setted back and forth across the globe, which made them seem a little like paper dolls instead of flesh and blood. How they happened to get fake passports, plane tickets, suitcases full of clothes, money within an hour or two? How did Ben just happen to always be there (despite the "chip" in an antique brooch, I mean, every heard of logistics)? Every where Kate Stanley went, there was another clue that fell into her lap and people willing to help her. Ben, Athenaide, the Jimenezes, Roz, Dr. Sanderson, Maxine Tom, the Vergers, Mrs. Quigley, etc, etc... all handing out free clues and direction. It just fell too easily. Doors opened no matter what time of night or day they approached them. Like magic! And there were so many characters: Delia Bacon, Sir Frances Bacon, William Shakespear, William Shelton, William Turner, William Stanley Earl of Derby, William Herbert Earl of Pembroke, Philip Herbert Earl of Montgomery, Mary Pembroke Countess of Pembroke, Earl of Oxford, Sir Philip Sidney, King James, Earl of Suffolk, Earl of Northhampton, Theophilus Lord Howard de Walden, Ben Jonson, Thomas Shelton, Jem Granville, Ophelia Fayrer Granville, Dr. Fayrer, Mrs. Folger, Frances Howard, Francis, Nicholas Hilliard, Christopher Marlowe, and I could go on. As you can see, with all the characters (and many with the same first names) it was easy to get confused. I read through the whole book but floundered. Sorry, Ms. Carrell.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Alcohol And The Christian

Isaiah 28:1-8
1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower which is on the head of the fat valleys of those who are overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the Lord is a mighty and strong one, like a hailstorm, a destroying storm; like a flood of mighty waters overflowing, He casts down to the earth with the hand.
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trampled under foot;
4 and the glorious beauty, on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the first-ripe fruit before the summer; which the beholder of it swallows up while it is yet in his hand.
5 In that day Jehovah of Hosts shall be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, to the rest of His people,
6 and for a spirit of judgment to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn back the battle to the gate.
7 But they also have sinned through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way. The priest and the prophet have sinned through drink; they are swallowed up by wine; they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness; no place is clean.

Ephraim was a son of Jacob (Israel) and, therefore, became a tribe of Israel. The land that was assigned to this tribe in Canaan (the Promised Land) was a fertile area. Ephraim's name came from fruitfulness, their soil was very fertile and the products were abundant and the best; they had a great many "fat valleys." Samaria, was it's city on a hill, on the head of the fat valleys. Their country was rich, fruitful, pleasant. Their harvest was corn and vines.

But what God had given as a blessing, they had perverted and abused. Using it to fuel their debauchery. The good land He had given them and the blessings of the harvest He had bestowed had been used to provide food and drink for debauchery. Becoming gluttons and drunkards, having drinking contests, cheering each other on in shameful drunken parties.

Ephraim was notorious for drunkenness and excess just like we think of New Orleans (Mardie Gras), Ft. Lauderdale (Spring Breaks), Las Vegas (What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas), etc. Big drunken parties where anything goes. People come from all over to get drunk and do what they normally wouldn't do. They behave shamefully and are egged on by those around them. Laughing, jeering, mocking, saluting, toasting, rewarding those who drink the most. Drunkards make fools and dumb brutes of themselves, either behaving ridiculously or being a mean drunk who is dangerous to themselves and others. There is no sound judgment, no wisdom, no quick reactions. Which is why drunks drink and drive. They have no sound judgment. They make stupid decisions because alcohol has addled their brain. And when they drive they can't make quick decisions and react in time which causes accidents. Alcohol fuels domestic violence and innocent spouses and children are hurt emotionally and physically by the drunk. Alcohol starts quarrels and blunts their perception of danger so that they fight and brawl like ally cats.

Alcohol breaks people. It overcomes them and brings them into bondage. They become addicted, bound by their desire for alcohol. It rules them. They have to have it, their body screams for it. It's constantly on their mind. "How can I get it? What can I do to get it? Where can I drink it? How do I get away with it? How can I hide the fact that I drank alcohol? Where can I hide the bottle? What can I do to placate my loved one so I can continue drinking?"

If they don't get it they get angry, resentful, mean. Then they get sneaky and they lie. Then they get desperate and begin pleading and begging. They will resort to theft and violence if need be. They will do what they never thought they would do. Shameful, sinful things in order to get to the alcohol. Their lust for alcohol controls them.

They may think that they aren't as bad as so-and-so, they aren't in the gutter like whosis, they don't drink every day, they won't ever get that bad, they won't lose their job and their home. Sometimes I wonder if the AA meetings don't have a few in every meeting thinking those things as they smugly look on. But alcohol has already bitten them and every alcoholic is the same whether they want to admit it or not. They may drive to the meeting in a Hummer and wear a silk suit but they aren't any better than the drunk that rolled in out of the gutter. It's just where they happen to be in the alcoholic walk of life. Every alcoholic will lie, will hide, will be sneaky, will try to placate and say whatever it takes to sooth their hurt loved ones. And every one of them is controlled by alcohol and could lose everything in blink of an eye. They are led captive by it, and the captivity is more shameful because it is voluntary. They do it to themselves.

2 Peter 2:12-22
12 These people (the unsaved), like irrational animals, are mere creatures of instinct that are born to be caught and killed. They insult what they don't understand, and like animals they, too, will be destroyed,
13 suffering wrong as punishment for their wrongdoing. They take pleasure in wild parties in broad daylight. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceitful pleasures while they eat with you.
14 With eyes full of adultery, they cannot get enough of sin. They seduce unsteady souls and have had their hearts expertly trained in greed. They are doomed to a curse.
15 They have left the straight path and wandered off to follow the path of Balaam, the son of Bosor, who loved the reward he got for doing wrong.
16 But he was rebuked for his offense. A donkey that normally cannot talk spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet's insanity.
17 These men are dried-up springs, mere clouds driven by a storm. Gloomy darkness is reserved for them.
18 By talking high-sounding nonsense and using sinful cravings of the flesh, they entice people who have just escaped from those who live in error.
19 Promising them freedom, they themselves are slaves to depravity, for a person is a slave to whatever conquers him.
20 For if, after escaping the world's corruptions through a full knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled and conquered by them, then their last condition is worse than their former one.
21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and turn their backs on the holy commandment that was committed to them.
22 The proverb is true that describes what has happened to them: "A dog returns to its vomit," and "A pig that is washed goes back to wallow in the mud."

The fact that we are Christians means we should know better. We are warned. The Holy Spirit within us and the Bible warn us. We should behave better than the world so as to bring others to Christ. We don't need to give God a bad reputation by our bad behavior. We know better and should give a better example. The Holy Spirit within us is whispering constantly telling us to go to the right or to the left but if we ignore His leading, we can follow our way straight to disaster. This is our fault, not God's fault. God sent Jesus to die for us and set us free from sin, but, too often, we return to our vomit or our mud hole. God wants us to be set free from sin but we love our sin too much. It has a hold on us.

There are plenty of stories in the Bible about how drunkenness led to disaster. See Noah in Genesis 9:21; Lot in Genesis 19; some of the Kings of Israel (Hosea 7:5)

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whoever goes astray by it is not wise.

Proverbs 23:29-32
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has fighting? Who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who stay long at the wine, those who go to seek mixed wine.
31 Do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it gives its color in the cup, when it goes down smoothly
32 At the last it bites like an asp and stings like an adder.

Eph 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit,

In Isaiah 28, we see that God brought judgment against Ephraim. He was completely just in taking away their plenty. The plenty that they were so proud of fades like a flower. Here today and gone tomorrow. He used the King of Assyria to take them captive and they lost everything.

Matthew Henry's Commentary:
"He shall throw it down to the ground, to be broken to pieces with a strong hand, with a hand that they cannot oppose. Then the crown of pride, and the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under foot (Isaiah 28:3); they shall lie exposed to contempt, and shall not be able to recover themselves. Drunkards, in their folly, are apt to talk proudly, and vaunt themselves most when they most shame themselves; but they thereby render themselves the more ridiculous."

The inhabitants of Ephraim were so proud of their land and their richness. They did not glorify God and give Him the praise due Him but were proud of themselves. They thought their wealth was by their own hand. Then they began to abuse their God-given wealth by using it for the lust of the flesh, in drunkenness and partying, in perverted pleasures. Rather than repenting and turning back to the Lord, asking his forgiveness and trying to live in ways that please Him, they rejected God and followed their own heads and it led them straight into bondage and the horrible consequences of their sins. None of this was what God wanted for them. It was not His will for them to be slaves to sin and have ruin on their heads. He provided the way out for them through Jesus and warned them through His Spirit and His Word.

You can be a Christian, be saved and a lover of God, and still be a sinner. We all are. We still have to struggle against our human nature. All of us are weak in some area or another of sin. For some, they have an addictive personality and struggle against alcohol, drug, gambling, gluttony, smoking, sex, etc. For some, they are weak in sexual areas and struggle against pornography, homosexuality, adulty and fornication. For some, they are weak in faith because they are normally timid, afraid, insecure. For some, they are weak with their mouths. They curse, or gossip, or speak negatively, etc. They have a hard time keeping their mouths shut or under control. Just because we have a weakness towards a sin, does not mean we can stop struggling and just give up to it. "It's just the way I am." God knows how horrible the consequences can be and He knows how miserable we will be when we become so bound up in our sin. He doesn't want that for us. So He tells us to struggle against it. We may fall, but He forgives, so keep struggling against it. Don't give in to it. It will cost you in ways you don't want to know about. You don't want to go there. It's horrible and the longer you continue on in that sin, the harder it is to ever get out.

We can be understanding to a sinner because we all have weaknesses and we can relate to how hard it is to overcome our sins. We all have one thing in common...we are sinners saved by grace. But understanding and being kind to a sinner should not give the sinner license to continue on in their sin. On the contrary, Christians should continually try to lead the sinner back to Jesus, to repentance. Because we love the sinner, does not mean we encourage them to continue sinning because that is the road to certain destruction. What kind of love is that? If we truly love them, we will do whatever we can to stop them and turn them back to the road to life and freedom from sin. We should do this lovingly and not in a mean spirit. We should also be cautious about enabling them. For instance, giving money to a drug addict is enabling them to buy more drugs. When dealing with someone you don't want to step in the way and try to be their Holy Spirit. That is God's job. If you are constantly getting them out of trouble or trying to take on their burdens...you become the one they depend on and lean on. You have become their Holy Spirit and this is not your job. You cannot do what only God can do. Only God can reach their innermost being and bring about the changes they need in their life. And only God knows when and how and where they can be reached. For some, it is at the bottom of the pit. And if we keep stepping in to keep them from this disaster...we may be prolonging their misery. If I had a deep wound, I would much rather go to the doctor and endure the pain of stitches and sting of a antibiotic so that I can get well quicker and be strong again. But some of us allow our wounded loved ones to linger with festering wounds because we don't want them to endure the pain of stitches and sting of antibiotics. They are dying slow deaths. We are really causing them more pain. And, yet, co-dependent loved ones still keep stepping in to try and prevent them from feeling any pain, hoping they will get well without any pain. Parent's who pay bail money to get their son out of jail for DUI; wives who take the calls of creditors in order to protect their husbands so they won't drink due to the pressure; children who lie to teachers at school so they won't be put in foster homes and separated from drunken Mom and/or Dad. All these are ways that enable an alcoholic or drug addict to continue on in their sins. And the cycle of misery continues. There are also very hard situations such as who takes care of the grandchildren when their parents are so addicted that they can't be relied on. If you take the children, you are enabling them to continue in their behavior and which will most likely bring more unwanted children to your door and, yet, if you don't, the innocent children suffer. I don't pretend to know what to do in all situations. This is why I say pray, pray, pray and let God lead you. God knows what you should do in every situation so let Him lead you.

I don't have a problem with alcohol. There are some who can drink occasionally and responsibly. I've been one of those. But I also know that you never know who has that weakness for it. If you never take the first drink then you will never have to discover you are one of those and have to begin that horrible, life-long struggle with it. If you don't take that first drug, you will never be addicted. I've seen first hand how awful addiction can be and what it can do to those you love. It's not a pretty picture. But God can redeem any situation and can help you if you repent and turn to Him. He wants to set you free and He wants you to walk in freedom and victory!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Stylish Desk

I found this stylish desk online. This supersonic desk with pink formica and chrome is great!

In just the right room, this desk would really shine!

Here are the other things I would put in the room with this desk.

Add this modern etagere on a big wall with the desk in front of it.

On the other wall I would use this modern screen for a sculpture effect. The chair here would be good at the desk.

This flower power rug would put some of the pink and brighten it with the greens.

I would add this beautiful mirrored chest with a pair of these white chairs on either side of the chest.

I would put this lacy hanging lamp either over the desk or over the mirrored chest.

Here are some mirrored occasional lamps to put on the desk and on the etagere.
Now add some pink and green and white and chrome accessories and this room would be done!


Christians are people and even though we are eternally saved and are being saved daily (from ourselves, from our sin, from our circumstances, and from satan), we are still human. We still make mistakes and poor judgment calls. That doesn't make us hypocrites, that makes us human.

The only perfect human was Jesus. Even when we walk an aisle to an altar and profess faith in Him, we don't immediately become perfect. We are washed clean of our sins and we are given His Spirit to dwell in our hearts. The rest of our lives, though, we are to spend growing and becoming more like Him.

The Holy Spirit is our "Helper" to help us on this journey, our compass to keep us moving in the right direction. The Bible is our map showing us the path and serves as a guidebook to warn us of rough terrain or hostile natives. It instructs us as to how to handle treacherous and dangerous challenges we will encounter along our journey.

Plus, we must continue to keep ourselves clean along this journey. You know how when you walk through red mud it just keeps accumulating on the bottoms of your boots until they get heavier and heavier until it's hard to walk? Occasionally, you have to stop and clean your boots off so you can keep on going. That's the way it is with sin. Even though we were forgiven when we were first saved, we are still humans who will continue to fall into sin from time to time. Therefore, we must continue to ask for forgiveness as we sin (clean the mud off so we don't get bogged down with that sin). This forgiveness flows freely from God to his children, like a pure clean shower. Then we can continue our life walk refreshed and renewed without the weight of sin bogging us down.

And as we walk, we must continue to submit ourselves, our decisions, and our direction to God so that we can walk closely and in tune with him. Not all of us do that. There are those who may accept Jesus as Savoir but not as Lord. This means they accept His free gift of salvation but then don't give him their life in return. (This is a hypocrite). They wear the name "Christian" but then don't allow Him to be Lord over anything; so they continue to drink or smoke or gamble or womanize or curse or whatever. They won't give Him their marriage or their job or their tongue or their TV. They don't want Him telling them how to run the show. But then they wonder why their life is a failure, why they can't overcome certain temptations or why they stay sick or depressed or hurt all the time.

But when you allow Jesus to be LORD over your life, you give Him the right to run every part of it. Some people have no problem giving Jesus everything when they are saved. Their lives were so terrible and so messed up, that they give it all to him freely and unreservedly. But others have to learn to give him their lives, piece by piece. He has to teach us and show us how He can make that part better than we can. It's like prying a nasty, sticky lollipop out of a child's hand. We are afraid we're going to lose our sweet thing, all we see is that He's trying to take away our lollipop. But what He really wants to do is take away that nasty thing and replace it with something far better and safer for us.

-by my sister, Melinda

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Respect Vs. Contempt

Our pastor had another wonderful sermon this morning based on Malachi 1:6-14.

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My fear? says Jehovah of Hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. And you say, In what way have we despised Your name? 7 You offer defiled bread upon My altar; and you say, In what way have we defiled You? In your saying, The table of Jehovah, it is a thing to be despised. 8 And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And if you offer the lame and the sick, is it not evil? Bring it now to your governor. Will he accept you, or lift up your face, says Jehovah of Hosts? 9 And now entreat the face of God, that He favor us. This has been by your hands, will He lift up your faces, says Jehovah of Hosts? 10 Who is even among you who will shut the doors, and you not kindle fire on My altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says Jehovah of Hosts. I will not be pleased with an offering from you. 11 For from the rising of the sun even to its going in, My name shall be great among the nations; and everywhere incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure food offering. For My name shall be great among the nations, says Jehovah of Hosts. 12 But you are profaning it when you say, The table of Jehovah, it is polluted; and its fruit, His food, is to be despised. 13 You also said, Behold, what a weariness it is! And you have puffed at it, says Jehovah of Hosts. And you bring plunder, and the lame, and the sick, and you bring the food offering. Should I accept it from your hand, says Jehovah? 14 But cursed be a deceiver; and there is in his flock a male, yet he vows it, but sacrifices to Jehovah a blemished one. For I am a great king, says Jehovah of Hosts, and My name is feared among the nations.

Pastor Barry pointed out we can say we revere and love God but our actions merely show Him contempt. The Jews used a word for contempt. It is racah, derived from a root meaning “to spit.” It meant vain, empty, worthless. In Malachi 6:13 you will notice that God says they have “puffed at it”. Other translations say, “huffed”, “snuffed”, “sniffed in contempt”.

God tells us what He wants and what is right. In His Word, we have His Will revealed. And, yet, we don’t follow His commands, we follow what is convenient to us at the time. This shows how vain and worthless our words are. If I say I love my husband and then ignore his wishes and do what I want anyway, I have shown him little respect and it reveals how shallow my “love” for him is. If he says he loves me and yet his actions are all about himself and what is convenient for him, then it reveals how little “love” he really has for me. It’s the same for God. We can talk a big talk, go down to the altar, weep and wail and, yet, when it comes to following God’s ways, His commandments, His instructions, His directions…we just do what we want to do anyway. This shows how shallow we are and our actions are proving to God how little we really think of Him.

To “snuff at it” came from a metaphor taken from cattle which do not like their fodder. They blow strongly through their nose upon it; and after this they nor any other cattle will eat it. Another translation says “sniff in contempt”. Without saying a word you can indicate your contempt by lifting your nose and giving a sniff as though something smells bad. It’s the body language of a snob who feels that something is beneath them and odious to them. It’s something to despise and look down on. Then there is the “puffed at it”. Have you ever asked your husband to take out the trash only to have him huff and puff and roll his eyes? Have you ever asked your child to pick the clothes up off the floor in their room only to have them huff and whine, “Mmmoooommmmmmm…I don’t want to.” We you insist they get louder and louder as they huff and puff to let you know that they may be doing it but it is under duress. They are mad about it. Well, how often do we do the same thing with God. When His Word tells us we should read His Word and pray every day. Do we huff and puff and roll our eyes and whine that we don’t have enough time? Do we do it anyway but with the huffing of anger. When His Word tells us that premarital sex is wrong do we sniff in contempt and pretend we know better and do it anyway? When He tells us not to swear and use dirty, vulgar language do we snuff in our words and blow like the cows do in their fodder and let the filth flow anyway like the drool from the cow’s mouth?

The goodness of God is that His Word is not a “killjoy”. He doesn’t tell us something just to ruin our good times! He has good reasons for it and it’s for our benefit. It will bless us and keep us from many troubles. But, even if it didn’t benefit us at all, we should be willing to obey Him because He is God. And as God, He is worthy of our worship, our love, our obedience. It is an honor and a priviledge to be a child of God. He has blessed us and saved us. He is a good, wise, righteous, loving Father. Anything He asks of us is small potatoes to what He has done for us and is going to do for us.

Malachi 1:13, “You also said, Behold, what a weariness it is!..” The priests had begun to resent performing the work at the Temple of God. They had begun to be tired of the inconvenience to themselves. Basically they were saying, “I’m sick and tired of this.” Consequently the service at the altar is a burden or a trouble to them, whereas this service ought to be regarded as an honour and a privilege. It’s all in their attitude. They had lost a grateful and thankful heart. They had acquired a selfish, lazy heart. God’s service was irksome, and therefore they tried to get it over with by presenting the most worthless offerings.

God would rather they close the doors of the temple and stop everything than to give Him halfhearted praise; meaningless liturgy; puny and sick sacrifices. It’s a waste of everyone’s time!

God deserves the best, NOT THE LEFTOVERS! It’s all about Him! You give a lot of whooping and hollering, jumping up and down, money, time…all for a football team. But, for God, you sigh because you have to go to church again, and you sit silently in the pew taking a quick nap. You give 8 hours a day of your best work for a company and a paycheck. But, for God, you huff and puff when they pass the plate around and you never give your time to volunteer. You’ll volunteer only when it’s convenient. You pay your taxes but you have a hard time with tithing. You give only when it’s convenient to you.

Our pastor was saying that we must be committed to God and His Ways rather than just do what is convenient for us. We may get by for awhile but convenience always costs more in the long run.

He gave us some great examples and here is one of mine. Let’s say that I buy a brand new Chevrolet. I don’t read the manual, I don’t put gas in it because it’s not convenient to stop at the gas station. I don’t have the oil changed and I don’t keep the tires up because that takes too much time and money and isn’t convenient. I’m not treating the new car right and yet I expect it to run perfectly. One day it stops on the side of the road. I get very angry and get out and kick the tires and swear and pitch a fit and have to walk home. From then on I tell everyone what a terrible company Chevrolet is because their car didn’t run. As though it had nothing to do with running out of gas because I DIDN’T WANT TO STOP AND GAS IT UP! It’s my own fault and yet I would run the Chevrolet company down.

Our pastor said that we often do this with God and His commands. We don’t listen to Him, we don’t read His Word. We don’t obey Him. If it’s not convenient and we don’t want to do it, then we go on our merry little way doing our own thing and when we get in trouble, we get out and curse God, kick the dust, pitch a fit, throw in a few “poor me’s” and turn away from God and walk home. Then, everyone hears about how God didn’t do this and God didn’t do that and it didn’t work for you. A lot of times, it’s our own fault but we blame God. For instance, God tells us to take care of our bodies but it’s not convenient and we don’t want to so we overeat, or smoke, or take drugs. Then, when we get heart complications, lung cancer or become so addicted….whose fault is it? It’s not God’s! God tells us that homosexuality is evil and to be avoided but so many refuse to listen to Him. And then they wind up with sexually transmitted diseases and sexual addictions and whose fault is it? God tells us things for a good reason but we ignore Him. We treat Him as though He’s some old-fashiond, little Grandmother with Alzheimmer’s Disease. We do what we want to do and then find out…there are consequences that He was trying to save us from! We treat Him with contempt and look down on Him as though we were God and not Him!

We should be committed to Him, we should check our attitude, we should repent of doing our own thing and disobeying His commandments, we should obey His Ways. This will not only bless God but it blesses us and saves us from a lot of heartache.

Now Here Are Our Dogs!

Here is our little Spunky Monkey. He is a red Miniature Pinscher who had a head injury as a puppy. He is blind, deaf and may not have his taste and smell. He is also a little off balance and whirls. He gets along real well. He sure is a beautiful little Min Pin if it weren't for his handicaps. He has big ears but he keeps them straight up like he's suppose to.

Here is our little black & tan Miniature Pinscher...little Miss MoneyPenny! Notice her glossy coat?

See the 2 cowlicks on either side of her little bottom. Spunky has them too!

She is pretending to disembowel a rat instead of a pretty pink bunny!

She has a beautiful profile and nice markings. But her ears fold.

Our newest baby is Persephone, a tiny Italian Greyhound. She is the sweetest thing and the others adored her at first sight.

Here is Dresden's first sight of his new little sister. Notice the difference in size?

Capo loves to snuggle with Sephy and Spunky.

Capo shows Dresden affection by chewing on his ears and giving him duck nibbles.

Here they are on my bed.

I don't often see a naked Dresden. My dogs are always wearing something. But it was a warm spring day and he enjoyed running around in the sunshine naked for once.

On this cold, but sunshiney, day I had their housecoats on with an overcoat on top of that. I only left them outside for about 1/2 hour since it was too cold for them.

Here is Capo on a late Fall day. Spunky is in the background and you can just make out his two cowlicks on his bottom, on each hip bone.

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