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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Have it your way…

After The Quintet ate, I let the older ones out into the backyard for potty time and took Mr. Deeds out front since there is light and it is easier to see if he is projecting the required items. It … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Only one assistant is present

This is an unusual scene: The Quartet has abandoned me and is napping in the bedroom while Deeds is napping just behind my chair. It’s 51 degrees but cloudy. I’ll take the warmer conditions without the sunshine. Not much on … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Tuesday is a wrap

It was a semi-productive day but I won’t claim any prizes for trying to overdo it. The seven hours of teaching would have been longer but several students were out. Deeds continues to get the “awws” when students see him … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Always do your best… energy!

I love folks who have energy. Not just physical energy, but mental energy, emotional (the good kind) energy, spiritual energy, and creative energy. The mental and creative energies are my favorite. Mother not only modeled the five energy categories, but … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday, bright & beautiful

A beautiful day has joined us, complete with sunshine and 45 degrees.  I love it! Deeds was a hit with the Sunday students, both in-person lessons and Zoom lessons. Deeds loved the attention and was especially interested in the singing … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Deeds’ introduction to studio lessons

Deeds got to meet his first students tonight and he seemed quite interested in everything going on with the lessons. He also heard the piano for the first time and he was especially enthralled. Here are some photos of Deeds … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: So far, so good!

New puppy in the house? So far, so good. At 5:30 AM, he decided instead of sleeping snuggled next to my shoulder, it was time to play by nibbling on my chin. There was no persuading nor commanding him to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Deeds discovers a spoon

Actually, Deeds sat patiently watching Erma play with her spoon. When she noticed she was being observed, she dropped the spoon near him. With the spoon moving challenge conquered, Deeds has since moved on to other things.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Puppy in the house

Yes. There is a puppy in the house! Last night, Laura came over to meet Deeds and we spent several hours just watching the antics of The Quintet. She got to see, firsthand, the extreme neediness and jealous natures of … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Good deeds or Good, Deeds?

Well, this is the big news… we have a new member in The Haasienda. For a number of months, I’ve been considering adding to the crew. This coming year, I will have aged dogs of 14, 13, 10, and 10. … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Fireflies in the Garden

Fireflies in the Garden BY ROBERT FROST Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies, That though they never equal stars in size, (And they were never really stars at heart) Achieve at … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday, February 3rd

It’s a brisk morning with the sky already filled with light. The nearly forgotten sunshine is a most welcome visitor. Tuesday evening, I set out the trash container for Wednesday’s haul away, as well as my big white office chair. … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: President Lincoln’s new elephants

When we were on vacation in 1968, a major summer storm thwarted our evening plans so my parents turned on the television and we watched the movie, THE KING & I, based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. I was … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Welcome, February!

It’s cold but we’ve had a healthy blast of sunshine and blue skies. It’s been a semi-productive day and I managed to squeeze in a few naps. Make it a great day!

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Doggie dining with clean plates

Even when we had guests, usually friends of the boys, joining us for dinner, we set our cleaned plates on the floor for Flyer to lick clean. One friend assisted me with clearing the lunch table and taking the plates, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Frosty Monday

We just had a strong snow shower move through the area, covering everything in a nice thin sheet of white.  It doesn’t feel too cold, but the heavy dark sky makes it appear so. OMEA was a success, and I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The last day of January 2023

It’s moving in at 7:30 AM and I am already showered and dressed, and the dogs have been fed and pottied. At 7:50 AM, I will drive Mama Kay to her post-operation doctor’s appointment where she will hopefully be permitted … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Posing four dogs… I don’t

Folks are always asking me how I get The Quartet to pose for their group photos. Easy answer… I don’t. The pooches pose themselves. It usually comes to this: I am photographing one or two of the beasts and the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday, January 28th

It is a bit warmer today at 45 degrees and five more notches to climb by mid-afternoon. The sky is dull, but I will still take the warmer temperature. I am feeling a bit better, today. Yesterday was a battle … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: John McCrory of Scotland & Indiana

John McCrory is my 6th great-grandfather. John McCrory BIRTH: 1778, Scotland DEATH: 30 Jul 1868 (aged 89–90); Fayette County, Indiana BURIAL: Glenwood Union Cemetery, Glenwood, Rush County, Indiana, USA John McCrory was born about 1778 in Scotland where he grew to manhood. Emigrated … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Erma’s previous owner reaches out

The big topic on social media is the impending snowstorm arriving in The Miami Valley within the next twenty-four hours. It really won’t impact me for travel purposes, except maybe Thursday morning when I take Mama Kay to the hospital, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: What a snowstorm!

The big topic on social, the news, and basic chatter was today’s snowstorm. Last evening, schools began closing by 5 PM. I think these closing notifications, some arriving during students’ lessons, was a great motivator. Well, when I checked outside … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning

Thursday morning delivered the lightest dusting of snow. The day promises to be cold and grey. Hopefully, in about six weeks we shall begin to see hints of spring and that will do my heart a wonder of good. I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Surrounded by love

Several photos of The Quartet. Bailey snuggling with me. Later, Bailey snuggling with Chief while the pooches nap in my study.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The end of the week…

I packed a lot into my Thursday and all in all, it was such a good day. Mama Kay breezed through her foot surgery. We were at Sycamore Hospital for less than three hours. Before taking her home we ran … Continue reading

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