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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar

No one’s getting pinched around here…

Raider in green.

Roxie in green.

P.S. Don’t worry if you think the dogs look disturbed here. They soon returned to their regularly scheduled afternoon nap:

Resting together on the floor.

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In Which Raider Snuggles

17 Mar

We’ve had two visitors so far this week. It’s been wonderful.

Especially for the little dog, who went from this:

Poor little Raider snuggles alone.

To this:

Resting in the crook of an arm.

Another arm-snuggle.

Life is better when friends visit.

Preparing for Guests

14 Mar

We have company coming this week to stay in our office/guest room/craft room/basketball watching room.

The bed in our multi-use room is also known as “Roxie’s bed.” She spends a lot of the day relaxing protecting the house from her position at the foot of the bed, nestled into a quilt that I made a while back. Usually she keeps a shoe beside her, for company.

Having guests means that I have to wash the sheets because Rox’s relaxation techniques protective instincts add a fine layer of hair to the bed that I feel may put off some guests.

Roxie’s not a fan of the washing process.

Rox doesn't like this washing-the-sheets bit.

Roxie looks sadly out from the bed.

Relegated to the floor.

While Raider’s not really a fan of me spending time only photographing Roxie.

Raider invades the picture.

So Roxie, forced to spend time on the newly vacuumed carpet (rather than re-hairy-ing up those clean sheets), is left to sulk alone.

Ray says to play ball instead.

While Raider and I go to observe a higher calling.

(I hate to do this to her. She really really stresses about her bed being unavailable. But she is a dog. I mean, even I find all that hair a little gross. Sorry big girl.)

Choo-Choo Chair

11 Mar

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

We have two dogs, two people, and one couch. For most people, this wouldn’t be a problem. These people do not have our dogs. Our dogs have their own pillow, but our dogs do not like each other that much. They’d really prefer that only one dog was on the pillow at any given time. First dog on the pillow, gets the pillow. The other dog gets the couch.

And that’s where the problem comes in. You see, our dogs are not really the kind of dogs that curl up in a little ball to sleep. They’re more of the lounging type. The large dog can take up two full couch cushions without even stretching out her back legs. We need more seating.

(Please don’t say anything about disciplining the dogs. I don’t tell you to dust more often. Maybe our dogs need more couch space. You don’t know them. )

Thus, I have been after a chair for our living room. I’ve plagued Husband with dozens of pictures over the past few weeks. Conversations have gone like this:

me: Can I show you a few pictures of chair possibilities?

husband: I’ll look at 2.

me: But I have 6 to show you!

husband: Reduce your list to 2.

So I’d reduce. Husband would veto both. I’d start another list. But then, I got cleverer–er, um, more clever.

And I found a train chair. That happens to be a wing-back (my top choices were usually wing-backs). Trains are sacred in our home because Husband’s father is a train engineer. (Isn’t that cool?!?) So this chair was worth checking out. And bringing home.

So, after a trip across town, scaring a neighbor (I swore that the address was 1024–!), walking through what looked like a home straight from an episode of Hoarding, Buried Alive, $45 on a pretty good chair, 30 minutes of swearing as we gently wrestled the chair into my Civic, 10 minutes swearing as we roughly wrestled the chair out of the Civic, an hour scrubbing the chair with carpet cleaner, and a day drying in the sun on the balcony, I give you our new chair:

Roxie sits in the train chair.

The big dog made an appearance to demonstrate scale (she is about 70 pounds).

As I write this, the little dog is napping in the chair, the big dog is napping on the dog pillow, and Husband and I are lounging on the couch. Having another chair is great. The added bonus that Husband and I both agree on and like the chair just makes me smile…

And our decorate-as-we-go style continues…