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Funny not funny   9 comments

Ironically, when Selena managed to shed her new GPS medallion yesterday… I couldn’t find it. 

Why have a GPS medallion if you can’t track it? Here’s the thing. When it’s in Bluetooth range, it syncs to my phone. I get alerts when either dog is out of range. And when they come back within range. And when synced, I can make the medallion sing. I discovered the loss only an hour after she shed it. And the last time it synced was somewhere around or near the house. 

Problem is, we went for a walk right around the time it was lost. I walked our route 3 times yesterday, alternately looking at my phone and looking at the ground waiting for it to sync. Nothing. 

But the battery lasts forever on these things, so we gave it another go today. Halfway home I’m looking at my phone and I realize, it synced 35 minutes ago! My keys synced 31 minutes ago so it has to be somewhere in the house or yard!

So I’m walking around the house watching my phone when sure enough, there it is! Sing for me, my little pretty! 

Silence. Then it’s lost again. Repeat five or six times in different areas of the house, then bam! I can hear it! 🎶 🎶 🎶 

Out in the yard, buried in the grass, quite near last week’s failed DIY. Found! Yay!

Still, sobering lesson on the usefulness of this app. Lost in my own damn yard. It has worked well when I lost my keys and remembering where I parked the car, but the dogs… not so much. 

Posted June 29, 2017 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

Saturday projects    7 comments

Mommy spent the better part of an hour last night in this

Was: crabgrass choked, nettles infested, out of control growth of mint. 

Now: clean slate

But we can’t afford any major garden undertakings this year, and Mommy *really hates* gardening and yard work in general. So what to do?

If left like this it will simply revert to that crabgrass choked, nettle infested, overgrown bed of mint. Don’t want to poison the soil to keep that from happening either bc maybe next year we could afford to have our landscaper replace with something nice. Also will have to be easy to maintain because our yardcare company doesn’t do “beds” just lawn, leaves, mulch and one-time jobs. And because,again, Mommy seriously hates yard work. 

And she had 7 red, itchy bug bites last night as a reminder of how much she hates it. (Gone now though. Baking soda and water: bestest cheapest anti-itch anti-bite paste in the world. Just saying)

Anyhoo… back to that photo

What to do? Should we just get some of that gardeners mats to prevent weeds (what is that stuff called?) and some mulch and call it a day?
Edit mid-afternoon: well, here we are halfway through. Seriously, this is turning into an Easy-level DIY fail. Anyway, almost 75 sq ft of “weed barrier” (how could I forget such an obvious name?) and two bags oof mulch. Bags said they’d cover ~10 sq ft area to about an inch deep. Obviously two bags were not enough. I’ll go back for more later. Right now I’m hot, I’m sweaty, I’m frustrated with the lack of customer service at Lowe’s garden center and it’s going to rain anyway.

I covered the edges of the fabric and put my other garden fail, the I-don’t-know-what-those-wild flowers-are-but-the-spring-daffodils-are-pretty plant box in the middle to sort of hold it down until I’m ready to brave the garden center again.
Seriously, my lawn guys must shrug their shoulders and laugh to themselves at my half-hearted attempts.

Posted June 24, 2017 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

Sunday Selfies   3 comments

Mommy here. Feeling particularly snarky this morning. So practicing some self-care by “art”-ing up our favorite selfies.  Love my schnauzer babies!

Then we better get out and walk before the weather turns on us. 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!



Miss Deita


Posted June 18, 2017 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

Thunder!   7 comments

Poor Rocky has the “thunder shivers”! We’re having a typical NC June with humid days leading to scattered thunderstorms across the the area. 

I don’t remember Rocky being afraid of thunder before. This seems to be a new behavior. I blame doggie day camp.

Rocky goes to camp twice a week. He’s such a social young boy who just wants to play with other dogs. Selena is not interested at all. So, camp is his outlet!

Rocky has learned excellent social etiquette from his fellow campers. Etiquette that translates to situations like joining Mommy at Bark in the Park game at Durham Bulls baseball. 

Bark in the Park! Mommy’s shirt reads, “DOGS because people suck”

And to Mommy and me dates to the local coffee cafe.

But going to camp twice a week also means he’s had to ride through thunderstorms at camp. They bring all the dogs inside, of course. I think he’s picked up on how his playmates react and has learned to fear thunder. 

Selena certainly doesn’t care. As poor Rocky shivers on my lap, Selena is zonked out at my side. Not worried one iota. 

Luckily, I held onto Checkers’ old Thundershirt! Deita couldn’t wear it because the compression hurt her back. But Rocky is wearing it now. I have it very loose since he has never worn it before. He’s still anxious (look at those ears, poor baby) but the shivering has stopped and his interest in what’s going on around him has picked up. Still glued to Mommy’s side though!

Posted June 17, 2017 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life

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