First, I want to wish both my sister Kimn, and my Aunt Susie a Very Happy Birthday! I remembered yesterday that I had birthday cards and gifts to mail out… So you’ll be getting them late – but better late than never, and since today is your birthday(s), I wanted to make sure to send you long-distance ((HUGZ!!)) and Birthday Wishes.
What is up with Google/Blogger these days? I keep getting these funky messages when I try to visit my favorite blogs:
Unless you click on the picture to see what it actually says, it’s hard to read – so I’ll help you out. It says: “We’re sorry… but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.” Unless I’ve turned into a robot or been taken over by zombies, how can manually typing in someone’s blog address be mistaken for an ‘automatic query’?
I ran into that one a lot yesterday, along with the one that says “SORRY...blah, blah, blah…try again in 30 seconds.” You know, trying to get caught up and get visits in around the blogosphere is a little difficult with those Googleblockheads in place. And don’t get me started on Blogger – I tried to leave a bazillion comments on Blogger blogs yesterday, and they kept getting eaten up! So apparently Blogger was hungry. Hopefully I’ll have better luck today and Blogger’s tummy will still be full from yesterday.
So last Friday was my bi-monthly grocery shopping day. Have I mentioned that Princess Nagger hates to go grocery shopping? Even though she had ‘the best day of her life’ riding in the ginormous blue shopping cart at Wal*Mart prior, she still drags her feet when I’m trying to get out of the house in a timely manner so we can get done early so we’re home before it gets blazingly hot outside. Luckily that’s the last time she’ll have to accompany me on the bi-monthly shopping for the summer, because she’ll be in school on the next one. Only one week from tomorrow…
She was in rare form (read: cranky, complaining, whining, crying, etc.). It didn’t help matters that our first stop, Wal*Mart, was a PITA – they haven’t been turning on their A/C this summer – you know, to conserve energy – so it’s always sweltering in the store. We finally get to the checkout without much incident
whining from the PN, only to have the woman directly in front of me spend no less that 15 minutes arguing over a 75-cent coupon. She had given the cashier a stack of about 20 coupons, and insisted that the cashier forgot one 75-cent one. So she was making the poor cashier check Every. Single. One. I felt sorry for the cashier and felt like pulling 3 quarters out and handing them to her so she’d be on her way – I was watching my ice cream and frozen items on the belt slowly melting in the heat.
On the way to/from getting our puppy from West Virginia, we saw this cafe:
Makes you wonder what they really serve there. Dog BBQ? Here’s what the actual cafe looks like (from the outside…what, you think we’d go inside? We had dogs in the car, people!):
Our neighbors vegetable garden has been growing like gangbusters this summer – makes a good argument for having a raised vegetable garden to keep away the pesky critters (like the ones that munched our garden to the ground). But our neighbors are totally cool – they’re sharing the wealth with us. She brought over a thingy of tomatoes Sunday evening:
If you look closely, you’ll see that Princess Nagger was trying to pull a prank and added one of her toy tomatoes to the pile to see if Dada would accidentally try to wash it and eat it:
The neighbor also gifted us an eggplant:
It’s a ginormous one:
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (Yaya)… Puppy Pictures!!! Introducing the New Puppy (for those that were wondering, he’s a Sable Sheltie aka Shetland Sheepdog, often mistaken for a miniature collie):Oh, but you want to know his name, don’t you? Remember how we named our Blue Merle Sheltie (who is now 9 months old) Travis Triplehorn Maxwell? We decided we needed to give the new puppy 3 names, too…so we’ve named him Rolex Clockwerk Cooper. Rolex, because they’re great watch dogs, Clockwerk from Sly Cooper, and Cooper from the same (as insisted on by the Princess Nagger, of course). So there ya have it. Travis was not sure what to think of him at first:
But now they’re fast friends. Elvis (our Wheaten Terrier) seems intrigued by him, too – and relieved that now Travis is harassing the puppy instead of him. Sunday night as I was switching laundry after midnight (yes, I know, I should have been sleeping – but the upstairs bathroom where the washer/dryer is gets extremely hot during the day, so I’ve been doing a load or two in stealth mode at night when it’s slightly cooler. You know, 80 degrees in the bathroom instead of 90-ish). The puppy started doing some pitiful crying in the cage downstairs, so I went down and cuddled him for a few minutes – after all, it’s his first night all alone without his siblings and other dogs. Then I decided to raid Princess Nagger’s toy box and found the perfect stuffed doggy to put in his cage with him…it seemed to do the trick!
Princess Nagger has been having a blast playing with Rolex – she’s made up contests for him specifically, and of course he’s been winning them hands down…or should I say ‘paws’ down… She snuck him upstairs just before bedtime Sunday night – hubby found Rolex sound asleep on my pillow, with Princess Nagger sound asleep face-planted on the bed next to him. Of course if I had been the one to discover this fun sight, I would have grabbed the camera before moving them to their respective beds. 😉Don’t forget to stop by the Un-Mom‘s place and harass her guest posters….I’m sure she’d appreciate it while she’s on vacation so her guests will feel just as loved as she is. 😉