Things That Make Me Smile: Real Doors, Visits & My Misfits

I’m having a hard time putting a decent post together lately, so here’s what has made me smile lately in 369 words.

The New doors/window at the GA house. These are the new fangled type of door that come equipped with Hinges and get this: they swing open and then if you’re feeling crazy, they also swing closed.

Here they are in all their glory. We decided to do a single fixed pane in the center and doors on either side. This was before my painters came in to work their magic so, it’s raw wood here.

Coach is modeling with the before: FAKE doors. It’s hard to get a good pic with no glare, but you have a fabulous view as soon as you walk into the front door through the screened-in porch area and now even more so with less wood/door area. The single pane goes almost to the floor behind the sofa.

Did you notice Callie up there curled up in Lillie’s little bed. I’ll never NOT think that is adorable.

Serendipity. As I was writing this post this morning, my painters let me know they finished the painting yesterday.

Last weekend both of our girls came for a visit and it was so wonderful. I wasn’t referring to them as the Misfits; the pups are my misfits. They swam in the pool, Coach grilled a big lunch, we visited and laughed. Mattis the Husky loves to swim and this enticed Lillie so much that the little turd jumped in the pool and Good Lord, SHE CAN SWIM. I had no idea! We can fully assume that she was peeing while swimming since she does it all.the.time.

Speaking of my little tinkle-er. This photo from our last trip to GA makes me smile. Max is not a fan of other dogs and I think that makes Lillie want to love him even more and even lay ON him. I can almost read his mind and it’s full of four letter words.

What do you mean your dog doesn’t wear a diaper? It’s ALL the rage with rescues who were never potty trained.

So, what is making you smile lately? Humans? Dogs? Fully functioning home parts?


My Stint As A Mermaid Princess Dolphin.

A few weeks ago Coach’s Mom and Step-Dad came to our neck of the woods and spent a week at our little rental condo; they were ready for a change in scenery and they brought our Great Niece Kinsley with them for the visit.

The Coach and I had dinner with them one evening and then another afternoon I went over to swim with Kinsley and give my In-laws a much needed break. Not sure if ya’ll know this, but 3 1/2 year olds are busy people.

Have I told you today about my obsession with porpoises? Well, it’s still early, but I am OBSESSED. I can see 18 in one day and I’ll squeal with delight each and every time. So, it’s no surprise that when I saw one from the window just before dinner, I stopped what I was doing/saying and ran out to visit with my new best friend.

Can you sense my disappointment when it disappeared into thin air? I’ve named him Dolphin Copperfield. I would like to have a gold ribbon because it took all the freaking self-control in the world to NOT jump in and frolic with him.

Back to the human part of our visit…

Me: Kins, do you want to swim in the pool with Aunt Suzanne?

Kins: YES!

Please picture a huge, empty pool with just the two of us, a lone noodle and an occasional pelican.

I was not fully prepared for the amount of imagination that I needed to pack with me for this visit.

We were mermaids.

We were dolphins.

We were mermaid princess dolphins.

We fell asleep while floating.

We sang songs about falling asleep while floating.

We wondered if the pelicans ever pooped in the pool.

We decided to not put water in our mouths, just in case.

We were princesses who could point our fingers and turn things into ICE.

We were princesses who could point our fingers and turn things into HOT LAVA.

I paused for a moment wishing I really had those powers. Suz, Let It Go, Let It Go.

Do you think Kins would be happy with 30 minutes of frolicking around with her Great Aunt Suz?

Hell to the NO.

An hour and a half later, I said your Aunt Suzanne needs to get out of the pool because her fingers and toes are turning into raisins. This of course, brought on eleventy questions about how is that even capable of happening?!

It’s all butterflies and rainbows until The {elder} Mermaid Princess Dolphin was done with the pool and the {mini} Mermaid Princess Dolphin was NEVER going to be done with the pool.

Needless to say, there was some complaining, moaning, big exhales and pouting involved; It dawned on me that someone really needed a nap.

And when Kinsley ALSO started to whine, I knew our imaginative swim session was really over.


Home Again, Home Again. What’s A Jiggity Jig And Will I Injure Myself?

First, thank you all for the anniversary well wishes for the Coach and I. We had a nice time together in GA. On our actual anniversary I think there was a lot of house stuff that needed our attention. I hope that one day, we might go there and actually find ourselves bored. We ended the day with a nice dinner at a local restaurant and in the morning the Coach bid me adieu as had to head back home for a last minute business meeting.

In theory I might have also departed that day or a few days later, as we drove separately, but my girlfriend Kelly needed some Suzanne time. She had just put down her beloved boxer Milo, quit smoking (YAY!) and was stressed from her husband who spends too much money. Can anyone relate? She flew in the same day that the Coach left for home and we had some much needed girls time for the next 6 days. My excuse for being MIA in the blog world.

Who knew I’d love short dogs that also have actual tails?

Kelly and I spent our days walking the dogs, (always with the dogs) shopping for items for the new bedroom/bathroom, puzzling, reading, watching and arguing over what birds were what, and generally laughing. At the end of each day after we ate dinner, walked the dogs, showered then retreated with the pups downstairs (the terrace level=fancy for basement with lots of windows) where the big tv is located. We watched the entire three seasons of The Kominsky Method on Netflix. Have you watched it? I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as I don’t love Michael Douglas, but it was suprisingly funny and touching. There was a lot of laughing happening and also a few tears because that is how we roll.

I arrived home late last night and I’ll spend the next few days playing catchup and cleanup; I ended up being gone for 19 days; that’s a long time to let sh*t go here. I promise, I’ll visit all my blog friends soon!

Did you miss me? WHAT? Not even a little?