Saturday, September 22, 2007

Val's 2nd half of Getting to Know You Quiz

 Hi Everyone:
This is the 2nd half of Val's "Getting to Know You" Quiz.
Play if you like.  (The blue are my answers)  Leave me your URL or email me.
25. Ever been in a fight? verbal ones.  Maybe some
    small physical ones when younger,but I am calmer with age! LOL
26. Are you wearing nailpolish? no
27. What time is it? 9:25 AM
28. Innie or Outie? Innie
29. Ever used a Ouija board?
as a teenager (I think they
    are ridiculois.)

30. Sweet or sour?
mostly sour
31. Sun or Moon? moon
32. What shoes did you wear today?
  Beige Crocs while ironing in basement earlier.
33. Favorite eye color of the opposite sex?  dark brown or bright blue
36. Time of day you were born? 6:30 PM
37. Do you know your blood type? 0 negative
38. Do you know how to kill a zombie? I am clueless here.
39. Do you smoke?  NO
40. What would you spend 5,000 dollars on right now if
      you were handed it?
  Probably spend $2000 on a shopping spree & pay off a small credit card!  If any left, save it!
41. Who is your favorite musical artist?
good old Glenn Campbell
42. Which animal(s) remind you of yourself? Woof
43. What's your background on your pc?
My son Tim and I.
44. Did you grow up in the city or country? Think it's called a town for me as it was not even 1000 people.
45. Would you ever consider going on a reality tv show
      if offered a large sum of money?
Price Is Right or Millionaire, no talent show for this chic either.
47. What's one thing you're really good at cooking? Tacos
48. Kisses or hugs? Hugs!
49. You have 10 dollars to spend in the dollar store..what
     do you get?I don't like dollar stores, so I would probably buy wrapping paper and then get out of there quickly.
50. Slurpee flavor? Don't really guess I have one, sorry.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Val's quiz--My first 24 questions and answers

Val's First 24 Questions-Getting to know you/me... 
 1. Are you taller than your mom? I am about two inches taller than my Mom (& I am only 5' 2"!!) was.
 2. What color is your shower curtain? Glass shower door upstairs, downstairs bathroom has blue fishies all over the shower curtain, and the waist basket,  etc.  Cuz I love to swim, you know.
 3. What is the closest thing to you right now that is red? 
    A little computer keyboard dusty thingie!
 4. What is your ring tone? 
  It is some classical type music, LOUD, too! LOL
 5. Does anything hurt on your body right now?     
 mostly back and neck.
 6. What color is your favorite pillow? 
It is a oversized big head (king sized) but thick pillow, white.  Has a pink case on it right now. But you can't see it as I have my pillows with the shams in front of the pillows that get used. The shams match the quilt on the bed.
 7. What is your favorite video game? Me, do video games?  You've got to be kidding!
 8. Had a nap today?  I tried but it didn't work out, guess it wasn't meant to be!
 9. Gold or Silver?  That depends on my mood. I like both!
10. Is there an animal that creeps you out?
Yes!  Mice and then birds!
11. Who was the last person you rode an elevator with?
It's been so long I am not sure, but I think I was alone.
12. Did you go ice skating as a kid?  Yes, but I spent most of my time in the warming house as my feet always froze.  (I think I had Raynaud's syndrome even then but it wasn't ever diagnosed until I got into my 30's.
13. Ever have stitches? I have had stitches from cuts (I fell out of the car as a child) & from car accident or two.  And many, many (too many times) from all my surgeries.
14. Favorite non-alcoholic drink?
You know me, Diet Caffeine Free Diet Coke!
15. How long ago did you hug someone?
When I was trying to take that nap, I hugged Teddy, our Bichon Frise dog.  Kaycee (my Maltese was sleeping on her blankey on the rug (acting aloof) lol
16. What's something you want to do before you die?
Get rid of some of my anxieties, or learn to cope with them better. (Be comfortable in my own skin.)
17. Have you ever caught something on fire? Yes, an oven mitt and I burn my hands all the time in the toaster oven.
18. Have you ever seen a ghost?  No, except for the movie Ghost, lol.
19. Have you ever seen northern lights? Yes
20. Do you know how to use chop sticks? No, but I wish I did!  (Maybe that's something else I should put under what I want to do before I die.)
21. Name something good that happened today.  I heard from a friend who's been ill that I've been worried about!
22. What room are you in? My dining room/computer room.
23. Are you worried about something you can't control?
     Who me worry?  Yes, I am the queen of worriers.

24. Do you take daily medications? Unfortunately I take several daily medications, like 5 or 6.
If anyone would like to play along, leave your URL and I'd love to read your answers, too.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Remembering Our Collies


For 21 years, we had collies.  These were the years our son Tim was growing up.  First we had Michael, "Mike."  Tim named him Mike..  (Tim is our only child.)  Mike was the perfect Collie.  He was just like Lassie.  He was a sable colored beautiful Collie.  He was also the best dog we have ever had in our 45 years of marriage.  He left the yard only once, and got into the neighbor's garbage, my husband Dave disciplined him, and honestly I can't remember him over disobeying in any way again!  We let him outside without tying him up, and we had no fence at that house.   He never left the yard or our driveway!  He never barked at things or people.  He just stayed in the house, and when he went outside, stayed in the yard!   Neighbors and friends all told us we'd never get another dog like Mike again, but we didn't believe them. We thought that's just how collies naturally came.  My husband, Dave, use to have an old Van that he'd take Mike on errands with him in.  He always left the van  sliding door open and told Mike to stay as he went into neighborhood stores. Mike ALWAYS did, too!  (This was not at big shopping centers or huge malls.)  Mike had to be put to sleep due to serious health problems at age 10.  Right before Christmas. That was the saddest Christmas we ever had.  Tim wrote a story about Mike, and my Dad read it outloud before we had our Christmas Eve celebration.  (Tim was about 13 or so then.)  There was not a dry eye in the house.  Oh, we missed him so much. 

About 2 months later both my husband Dave and I had been searching the want ads for another Collie, but we didn't tell each other. When we did talk about it, we said, "Oh, it's way too soon to get another dog."  I was working part time at the time, and Tim was in school and after school activities.  We didn't know if it would be fair to get a dog who would be left alone that much.  However, it was only a matter of time.  One night I came home from work, and I was honestly not too surprised to see another Collie pup.  I had said we were getting a girl this next time, and so I excitedly greeted the new puppy, saying, "her" and "she."  Well, it turned out "she" was another "he."  His name was Joshua Joe.  Dave and Tim found him advertised in the paper. The people that had him had a little one year old and the wife was again pregnant. They loved Josh, but said he was too active for them with their little children.  This Collie was not naturally docile, or "perfect."  He was a wild guy as a puppy!    But in time he settled down, and when he was out of his puppyhood, he became a wonderful dog as well.  (Though not as obedient as Mike had been, he was still a great dog and we loved him!)  He lived for 11 years.  We had to put him down due to a variety of things, arthritis in his hips and back legs, and etc.  It was horrible. We did not get another Collie.  We had gotten our first Bichon Frise, (my soulmate) Jessica Sue.  She had brought old Josh back to life for a while, but Collies just have a shorter life span than little dogs.  It was time for Josh to go.  Still, always, I remember the Collies and so does my husband Dave and our son Tim.  When I read this article.  I had to share it along with my story of two wonderful and beautiful dogs we loved and will always remember.  We know that they are at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us.  Together, along with some of our Bichons who we lost in the years that followed, we will then go (hopefully) into Heaven. 

I hope you enjoy this story, I did.



by Angela Walker

      It all started when I was scrolling through an online classified site.
      I normally just conduct a search by typing COLLIE in the search bar.  On this day, I had the time and decided to scroll through all the ads when an ad titled DOG LEFT TO DIE, in a neighboring town,
caught me attention, so I click on it.
      The ad was posted by a concerned citizen who for days had
watched a Collie standing or laying on the side of the road waiting
for his owners, who had obviously dumped him, to come back for him. She stated he was mangy and very emaciated and that they should be ashamed of themselves for leaving such a devoted, loyal, forgiving dog to fend for himself.
      She hadtried several times to catch him but every time she got
close he took off.  I emailed the poster to find out the specifics.
      The very kind lady emailed me back to say that she had posted
the ad the day before and thought that he had not survived the
terrible storms the night before because she had not seen him.  She
had searched several times that morning and around noon.
      I emailed her back and told her most strays will come out of
hiding in the early morning or late evening hours when it is cooler.
At 8pm that night she replied to say she had seen him again on a
different street but he was obviously on the move now, looking for
      This was wonderful news.  Now we knew he was still alive.
      By 8:30 that night two other Houston Collie Rescue volunteers
and I had come up with a plan -- we would meet the next morning and scour the neighborhood.
      We met the next morning and decided to take one vehicle.  We
turned down the street where he was last seen.  I was looking on one
side of the street, and the two other volunteers, Barb and Virginia
were searching the other side.
      All the sudden, Virginia spotted him standing on an empty lot.
We all get out of the vehicle and formulated a plan to catch him.
      When we first got out of the car he took off running from us.
So, I went straight toward him while Virginia and Barb came at him
from the very far side of the empty lot.  I had canned dog food on
the plate and Barb said, "Call him Laddie."  (For some reason,
everyone names their Collies Laddie or Lassie.)
      I started calling him, telling him what a wonderful, pretty,
precious boy he was.  I sat down on the ground with the food at arm's length and kept calling him in my baby, happy voice.  When he got a foot away, he slinked down to the ground and crawled to the plate on his belly.
      I then gently touched the top of his head and with the other
hand slipped the leash over his head.  Once he finished eating he
pranced to the car.  I was almost in tears.
      Thiswas my first stray dog rescue and I know they won't always
be that easy.  He was tired of running and was so hungry I think he
was ready to be caught.  He gave us all Collie kisses before we
loaded him in the kennel for the ride to Virginia's, who will foster
      I believe it was God's will that we rescued this baby.  Why did
I scroll through the ads, instead of narrowing my search?  Why was it so easy to catch him with the kind citizen couldn't?
      He will have to complete heartworm treatment before he is
adopted, but we will see him through that.
      From this day on he will have the life that every dog should
have but unfortunately, far too many don't.

             -- Angela Walker    <karasaunt at>


Our Grandson, Jack's Christening!

I thought you might like to hear about our weekend. We went to be sponsors for Jack's baptism this last weekend. Our son Tim and his wife Patti, and grandson Jack (Jonathan David Kenyon) live in Cedar Rapid's IA.  Days we spent with Patti, Tim and also Patti's Mom a lot of that time.  We did stay at a motel as Tim & Patti's house is really SMALL.  Jack is now 4 months old.
It was a beatiful Christening. Patti got Jack a special Christening Onsie on EBAY.  It had his name embroidered on it, in gold. (It was white.)  He had a little Christening blanket with his name on it too, and the baptismal date on all this, also.  He had on little white socks,
and he was quite the little man.  He was good.  He cried just a little when the Pastor put the water on him.  He also cried a bit during the church service but not for long, and it was nothing major! 
The baptism was the very first part of the service!  Patti did the nicest thing, she got up toward the middle of the service at church, walked down to me, and handed me Jack, asking me if I wanted to hold him.  I was so touched by this, I almost cried. I am a sentimental sap anyway, you know.  Then we had communion and were up and down, etc.  And Jack wanted to be held upright, not like I had him when he was sleeping.  He really is too heavy for me to hold standing up for very long. Jack is 14 pounds they say.  I am not supposed to lift more than like 15 lb, but I am not use to holding him while standing!(because of my back, and my neck.)   He is is so long now, too!  April, Patti's Mom, could see I was trying, and not able to get him "upright",  & so she asked me if I wanted her to take him for a minute.  I didn't want to say yes, but I didn't want to drop Jack on the floor either, so I nodded my head yes.  I thought that was just so nice of her.  I hope Patti and Tim don't think I didn't want to hold Jack; I just couldn't do it that when we were doing the long standing stuff.  We all had our chances to hold him all weekend long. It was cloudy when we went into the church.  But by the time we came out the sun was shinning and it turned out to be a beautiful day.
We are honored to be Jack's sponsors!   We got Jack a Savings Bond. I also got him a  LITTLE pewter thing to hang from the mobile in his crib (it says, "On the Day that you were born, the angels danced.)"  And I truly believe they really did!
Patti had a reception at home after church. Lots of goodies and everything was just so nice!  Also, we got to meet some more of her family.
Patti's Mom, April, brought over her dog, Agnes,(her Maltese) for a while on Saturday (don't ask me why).  She looked exactly like our Maltese, Kaycee!  Could be her twin!  We fell in love with her. They both weigh about 8 lb. Agnes is only 3, and a bit more active than Kaycee. 
Patti and Tim are very involved in the church!  They go to a Bible Study as well as church.    This is like a dream to me.   I know Jack will be in Sunday School, and they will meet other young parents and that's great.
Also, I told Dave WE ARE going to get back into the habit of going to our church here regularly again. In the past, it meant so much to me. We have somehow become sporadic in our church attendance. Even so, people from church will come up to me and will say how much they  have missed us both.  This weekend "inspired" me to go more regularly.
Ps  Did I mention that Jack has two teeth?  Two right in the bottom front!  They are so cute! Well, I just might be predjucdiced but Jack is adorable and handsome.  He is a very good baby!
Pss Hey, you all know cameras aren't my thing. but I will try to get some pictures of this event on here soon!
PSSS  This time we were left our dogs with our groomer Jill.  (She dog sits, too). They have nice white blankets in their little kennels at night there!  She had sent me a 1/2 price gift certificate for grooming BOTH dogs! Wow!  That was cool!  No one around here does Teddy like she does.  She's good with Kaycee's cut too, but Kaycee is not hard to do cutting her short. She just has long hair on her tail and on her face and head.  Kaycee's STILL got her little pink bow in  three days later!  She usually won't stand for keeping bows and "stuff" in her hair! Ted has a a little bow tie sort of thing on his collar.   Ted has lost a couple more pounds.  Maybe we'll get him down to normal yet!  The dogs were happy to see Dave when he picked them up, but not wildly so like when they get left at the veterinary kennel.  Jill kept them both for the what she usually gets for dog sitting one- $40 a day I think.  But the vet clinic charges aoubt $30 for both, and they stink and are wild when they get out of there.  They weren't like that.  It was almost like one of my friends calls doggy "Camp". They get to get out and play and eat, etc. Whenever we go away and the dogs get left somewhere she always teases me and asks me how Ted and Kaycee liked "camp."  Well, Jill may not be quite like "Camp", LOL but she treats them very well and they got walked and attention several times a day!  Nice! (Pricey, but nice)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


 Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...They MUST be real places, names, things...NOTHING made up!  If you can't think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. Once you're done, forward on to friends and back to the person who sent it to you.

This is a lot harder than you think.

Now Go! Put your url in my comments section so that I can read yours!

State Your Name: Merry              

 1.  Famous singer/band: Marty Robbins

 2.  4 letter word: milk

 3.  Street name: Mulberry Lane

 4.  Color: Muave

 5.  Gifts/ presents: Money

 6.  Vehicle: Mercury

 7.  Items on a menu: Meatloaf

 8   Boy Name: Michael

 9.  Girl Name: Meredith

10.  Movie Title: Murder For Hire

11.  Drink: Manhattan

12.  Occupation: Medical Assistant

13.  Flower: Mum

14.  Celebrity: Marilyn Monroe

15.  Magazine: Money Magazine, (Modern Romance, LOL LOL)

16.  US City: Minneapolis

17.  Pro Sports: Mud Wrestling (I don't think this counts but I was desparate.)

18.  Reason for being late for work: MAD

19.  Something you throw away: (Dave has accused me of throwing money away.)  I don't.  I SPEND IT. (LOL) I do throw pennies away, I hate 'em.

20.  Animal: Moose


Monday, September 3, 2007


Hi Everybody!  Some jokes I wanted to share with you! Enjoy, hope you haven't seen them before. 

Hugs to All of You!



Hell's in bad shape 

There was a fence that divided Heaven from Hell. One day God notices that the devil's side is in pretty bad shape. It is falling down, badly in need of paint, weeds growing up around it, etc.

So, God hollers over the fence, “Hey Satan, why don't you fix up your side of the fence?”

Satan hollers back, “Why don't you mind your own business.”

So God says, “I'll hire a lawyer and sue you if you don't.”

The devil replies, "Yeah, right. Where are YOU going to find a lawyer?"

Jack's Last Will and Testament

Jack has died. His lawyer is standing before the family and reads out Jack's Last Will and Testament:

"To my dear wife Esther, I leave the house, 50 acres of land, and 1 million dollars. To my son Barry, I leave my Big Lexus and the Jaguar. To my daughter Suzy, I leave my yacht and $250,000. And to my brother-in-law Jeff, who always insisted that health is better than wealth, I leave my treadmill."

Baste a turkey

A State Police colleague of mine once received a call from a woman who asked him how to baste a turkey. After a stunned moment, he, being a fairly good cook, described the procedure. Then he asked, "But why would you call the State Police to find out how to baste a turkey?"

There was only a slight hesitation before she replied, "Well, you knew, didn't you?" and hung up.

Too Late, He's Long Dead

The orthopaedic surgeon I work for was moving to a new office, and his staff was helping transport many of the items.

I sat the display skeleton in the front of my car, and had fastened the seatbelt around it to stop it falling over. I hadn't considered the drive across town.

At one traffic light, the stares of the people in the car beside me became obvious, and I looked across and explained, "I'm delivering him to my doctor's office."

The other driver leaned out of his window. "I hate to tell you, man," he said, "but I think it's too late!"