So far, so good for this first week of Back to School. Princess Nagger is getting acclimated to the requirements and classes with the Virtual Academy, and Little Dude has been on his best behavior for this first week – no phone calls or notes from the school! Woot!

For those that don’t know, he’s our adopted son who has been diagnosed with ADHD, ODD and Anxiety. We’re still figuring things out – as is he – but making progress. One day at a time!

It’s time once again for some Friday fill-in fun, the perfect way to wrap up the week and kick off the weekend! 

From Ann of McGuffy’s Reader:

“The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts!”

And away we go! Here are this week’s statements with my fill-ins:

Week 18: September 9, 2016

1. I can’t wait for the new season of… oh so many shows I’m looking forward to on television! Let’s see, right off the top of my head, The Blacklist.


Hello?! James Spader! Plus the rest of the awesome cast. But James Spader!! He plays Raymond Reddington, a.k.a. ‘Red’. The show (and James Spader!!!) were the inspiration behind the naming of our new puppy – you guessed it, his name is Raymond Reddington:


I’m also looking forward to Blindspot – if you haven’t seen it, you really should check it out, because it’s one my hubby and I won’t miss:

But at the top of my list (and Princess Nagger’s list) is Once Upon A Time:


Can. Not. Wait for the magic to return.

2. In my home, the back fence needs to be repaired. When we bought this house 2 years ago, we only paid attention to the fact that there is a fence, because it was one of the deciding factors in our search for a house, so the dogs can run free when it’s time to do their business. They like that better, as do we. 

The fence, however, has been here awhile – there are sections where the bottom portion is starting to get wood rot, and some panels are warped and loose, plus the gate into the backyard is sagging and warped, so opening and closing it to get in and out of the backyard without going through the house is problematic.

Especially because it encourages the hubby to leave the gate open, so when I let the dogs out through the side garage door, I have to be quick if the gate needs to be closed. As we’re pricing out the cost of materials to replace/rebuild the fence, I ran across an interesting concept, concrete fences:


Isn’t that cool? They have so many different styles and designs, and when it comes right down to it, not a huge price difference from a treated wooden fence. It would also last way longer, and be easy to maintain. I’ll let you know which direction we go.

3. I thought I lost my mind, but it’s still there.

laughing4. Once, I found… the very last red dinosaur that Princess Nagger was hoping Santa would bring her for Christmas 2009. This, of course, was after I’d already gotten the green version, which I had to take back to Toys R Us and hunt down the red one she’d spied at Target.

They were all out of stock, of course, considering it was very close to Christmas, so the hunt was on. Luckily I tracked one down and Santa was a star that year, garnering this reaction:


Worth it.

That’s a wrap! Hope you join in the fun! As a side note, we were off camping last weekend with absolutely positively no internet connection (believe me, I tried – even had my Karma with me to try to connect) so I’m way behind making the rounds for last week – I’ll be rectifying that later.





  1. Wow! That fence makes ours look boring! Let us know what you do! In the past, storms have taken out parts of our 6′ cedar fence, but we need it for the dogs, so…we keep it maintained. I love your picture of your Princess.
    Thanks for being a part of Friendly Fill-Ins! Hugs!
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

  2. I stopped watching Once… and now I wonder if I should go back and pick up where I left off? I think I am too far behind now. I had heard they killed off Hook and I was just like… “no! No!. NOPE!” but now I hear that might not be true…?? But still a bit salty about them playing with my heart like dat! LOL
    Why why is there always that ONE gift who need a bloody miracle to find? So stressful.

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