Over and out

We are packing up and heading home this morning. It’s been a great weekend in Ptown and I’ve had a great time hanging with the BF Mano y Mano. This is such a wonderful place. I’m glad we’ve started coming back on a regular basis, and I already can’t wait to come back again.

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For a Blogger Buddy

Thinking of you, ReNude Pride

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Tea Dance Selfies w/the BF

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Hello from the Cape…as in Cape Cod…as in Provincetown (aka PTown) Massachusetts. I’m here with the BF for a “wives’ get away.” While our husbands are home enjoying the peace and solitude of having the houses and pets to themselves, we are suffering here in the sunny, 70+ degree weather, shopping, people watching, cocktailing, and all the other difficulties of being on a mini get away. Actually, the BF and the BFH just bought a condominium in Ptown, and the BF had to come up to do some moderation, housekeeping, and reorganizing (as they will be renting out the condo part of the time) so I selflessly offered myself up as travel companion and weekend company. I’m thoughtful like that.

While there have been no amazing finds or big purchases, the BF did gift me with this little addition to my (heretofore mentioned) Giraffe collection:


Henry Roderick Coleman, the HRC Giraffe, will be joining his Giraffe family as soon as I can get through this agonizing, torturous, painful weekend on the Cape. (He He He!)

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World Giraffe Day 2018

Today is World Giraffe Day so, of course, I must recognize the day.

From the website:

“World Giraffe Day is an annual event to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night (depending on which hemisphere you live!) of the year – 21 June – every year!”

What better way to recognize the day than to don my favorite giraffe shirt, made for me by Dr. Spo for a birthday gift 2 years ago. (I’m holding Morpheus, a giraffe buddy I received a few years ago while in the hospital recovering from surgery. I was basking in the wonders of morphine when I named him. Go figure.)

For those not in the know, aside from being a rabid comic book fan and dog lover, I am a collector of, and have great affection for, giraffes. The fascination started only 6 years ago, almost out of the blue, but my house has become giraffe central, as is evidenced by the following pictures I took this morning around the house:

So celebrate the day: put your neck out for someone, walk tall, dream big, and enjoy a tall drink!

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This is how Nature feels about “civilization” and its rules.

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Happy Doggy Daddy Day

To all my fellow pet parents:

Happy Doggy Daddy Day!

While I did not have a positive or healthy relationship with my own male biological parent (who is now deceased and not missed in the least) and I have never had the slightest interest in having (human) children of my own, I am a happy Doggy Daddy and feel immense (possibly unhealthy) levels of pride, love and gratitude for my canine kids. So for Father’s Day, I like to celebrate my pups for making me a proud puppy poppa by spoiling them with a special breakfast and extra love and attention. (Side note: which is pretty much how I celebrate them every day.)

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There was a time when I wanted to be out all the time. I wanted to be at the local bar or any event, I wanted to have plans with other people. And if nothing was going on, I wanted to have a party. The idea of a night home seemed so mundane and boring.

But I got older and my perspective changed. A night home or a weekend with no plans became a cherished thing. While I enjoy the occasional adventure or plan, I want and need my time at home with hubby and the dogs, enjoying the home and amenities we worked so hard to earn and obtain.

However, it became very easy to go to the other extreme, and I seem to have converted from an extreme extrovert to much more of an introvert. More often than not, I prefer and enjoy a quiet evening at home. When we do, on rarer and rarer occasions,  have plans to be out or spend time with others, it wipes me out and I need time to recharge.

Regardless, it is always nice to step outside of the mundane and routine, and it doesn’t take much to make the ordinary a little extra-ordinary. Tonight, instead of whipping up some baked chicken breast, steaming some vegetables, and eating dinner in front of the TV,  we decided we wanted the enjoyment of a slightly nicer dinner without having to actually tolerate strangers and traffic. To that end, we decided to stay home and bump dinner up a notch:

Jeffrey fired up the grill while I prepped some top sirloin steaks with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then a whipped up a Blue cheese cream sauce (blue cheese, cream, butter and Worcestershire sauce) and sautéed some Brussels sprouts in butter and garlic. We grabbed our J-pulse speaker, a bottle of wine and some dishes and set up out on the patio, where we enjoyed some Gothic Red blend wine, Puppini Sisters, and a pleasant summer evening dinner in the backyard.

Harvey looks on,  wondering where his steak is.


With very little effort, we managed to turn a mundane evening into a fun-dane evening.

Not too shabby.

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Poetic Ponderings: Ode to a Chipmunk

Oh chipmunk, oh chipmunk

How stolid you seem

Sitting so still ‘pon

My front porch deck beam

You seem free from worry,

Self doubt, and fear

You pause there so naked

Not finding it queer

You’ve no stress from working

At jobs that you hate

Nor suffer from coworkers who


You don’t long for living

In homes far abroad

You don’t stare in mirrors

Hating your bod

Health care and taxes

Don’t clutter your thoughts

You don’t have to vacuum

Clean johns or scrub pots

Your life seems so simple:

Forage feed and snooze

No drama no worries

No fog head from booze

Aside from a predator

Attacking, or two

I think I that I might quite

Prefer to be you.

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Despite knowing better, Jeffrey and I indulged in a cocktail tonight, even though it’s a “school night.” It’s been a loooong stressful week…and it’s only Tuesday!

While sipping on my Pear Cosmo, I looked over to see Rita staring at me. I couldn’t tell if it was judgement or jealousy coming out of those beautiful eyes (We have discovered Rita is fond of the taste of alcohol, so we have to be careful around her not to give her access to any.)

While she did not get a taste of tonight’s caustic concoctions, she did get some cheese, bacon, and chicken nibbles, so she made out pretty good!

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