FIVE! FIVE? FIVE! How Can It Be True?

Quinn eating his own foot

Quinn eating his own foot

My Calendar must be wrong but I know it isn’t… Quinn is five years old today! My little Splat! It seems like yesterday the little hell spawn was, well spawned!
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Hard to believe five years have gone by since the little monster landed on DH’s foot with a big splat! He’s made such an impact on our lives in five years and his poor Mother! Bless her heart, she walks around with an “I’m sorry, my son is so bad.” expression on her face. She agrees he is out of control!

so not fair!

Digging to China via the Sealy Posturpedic!

Five years, 25 pillows, 2 sofas, 2 mattresses, squirrels, possums, birds, and many more wildlife victims we will never know about! Not to mention lacerating his poor dear Richard’s kidney by jumping on his back in bed one morning. DH still refuses to discuss the pain, misery and humiliating invasive medical procedures!

He’s has definitely calmed down but we all, not one of us, trusts him! Yesterday, he grabbed one of DH’s dirty socks from the laundry and slept in the back yard with it… small price to pay, if he’ll leave the new mattress alone!

I have to admit, he thinks he’s My Big Boy and gives me lots of kisses and tail wags every morning. And if I try to sleep in, he barks in my face! He has been told sibes don’t bark, they howl but he is his own man.

Happy Birthday My Little Shit!

quinn in glasses

Quinn in glasses

We have a FaceBook Page and we don’t care!

As Siberian Huskies held against our will, we honestly don’t care what the human lady wants or does… as long as we get fed and have hugs she can do whatever she wants (like we could stop her). So, yeah, she made us a Page on FaceBook, like there is even a keyboard made for our lovely paws… hint hint…

So Like Us, don’t Like Us -we don’t care Us on FaceBook

Frigging iPads, or the tale of Quinn’s Woeful Saturday

What a lovely day Quinn thought Saturday morning, good day to take a run! Oh! Daddy is rising from the dead, whoop whoop! Wait! Where is Daddy going with the food lady?

Friggin iPads. Okay here’s the deal with iPads and iPods and iPhones IMHO: You do not need the expensive memory! Use your computer and backups to store music, books and photos… But, no -DH buys the mid range, extra memory iPad for $800. Then…

One evening in a far away land, (the garage) DH exits his chariot (the mistress otherwise known as ‘the porsche-bitch’) and fills his arms with things (milk (my fault), briefcase, lunchbox, and balanced (not really) on top: the iPad. Then while shutting the trunk, (bending over to do it) iPad sees a rare opportunity to fly away to freedom!

Sadly, iPad realizes, moments before and during hitting concrete floor: “WTF? Why did I ever think I could fly?”

Ipad hits concrete floor, bottom corner first and makes a crinkling-crackling sound as spiderweb-fractures spread across its embarrassed face!

Oh, Oh! DH says: “My Bad!”

I say: “Oh no! All my books on iBook and Kindle!”

For clarification: yes, I can read them on iPod but that’s like 50 words a page and a simple novel is like thousands of pages! And, it makes my hand go numb holding the little thing for so long inches from my face. DO I really need to complain? –My fault: old tired eyes!

Wait three months. Leave iPad in box -where it actually enjoys this punishment. WIth weeks left on warranty, drive to Apple Store in Greensboro, talk to genius. Joy! Joy! –they will swop broken for new for only $300, should buy Apple care for $99 because future drops are $49 each (you only get 2 drops though)

I notice new mini iPad is size of one book page and definitely on my ‘to buy someday’ list.

It’s 11:00 am and the next available time slot is 3:15pm. Did I mention it’s an hour drive?

So, off to P.F.Changs for a gin and tonic and calamari. Then, to Greensboro Farmer’s market, sampled amazing Chocolate Truffles made from goat cheese OMFG! I did NOT buy those delicious morsels! I know they are genetically predisposed to go straight to hips or belly! Bought gumbo ingredients.

Head back to Apple Store, 15 minutes early, where Mr Busy Genius was taking a break but another little genius jumped in to help… the new iPad slipped out of her hand and almost fell on the floor when she took it out of the box to activate! Um, these iPads are apparently like those mysterious (don’t ask don’t tell) slippery filled noodles found only at real dim sum restaurants.

Whilst waiting I grab a genius to ask if I can batch remove email addresses from the root using a wildcard@facebook.com command. I was told by Genius Couple: Perky Genius and Goofy Genius that Facebook is so convenient! I can put a app on my iPhone to access it, I clarify and they give me 2 smiles better suited for androids (no not the phones!)

May I have another, please?

May I have another, please?

Return home to endure w well-deserved tongue lashing  from Quinn, who barked at us for 10 minutes, here is a transcript of what he said several times:

1. Why did you have to buy the figging expensive iPad? Don’t you love ME?
2. Why aren’t you more careful! Don’t YOU love me?
3. Didn’t you realize the iPad was precariously balanced? Don’t you LOVE me?
4. For all that money you could have driven to a snowy place, got a hotel room and mushed us…  Don’t you LOVE ME?
5. Why did you buy vegetables and NOT dog cookies! YOU LOVE ME! Damit!

He was, of course, correct on all accounts. Sunday morning I made wonderful dog cookies as my penance (even though DH dropped the iPad)

Penance Dog Cookies:
1 can pumpkin
1 egg
1 cup corn meal
Lots of vile pea protein, we can’t gag down but dogs LOVE
roll out, bake 350 degrees, 25 minutes, use pizza cutter to make 1/2 inch nibbles squares

Snow is on the way! Yeah!

I wish there was some way to let the dogs know there is nearly a foot of snow on the way later today. In fact, it is ending at midnight, so I might be posting some rare midnight snow mushing -rare for North Carolina!

I am so very happy, can’t wait! I grew up skiing in NH and I am probably as happy as a Sibe when it snows!

Expect many good frolicking posts here this week!

This was a rare snow in 2009: 

My BFF, Tala, the inspiration for a character in my new novel!

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Too bad the snow on this blog is virtual and only on the page but that is the sad price we pay for living in North Carolina… well, one of many sad many prices… but this is the one that is most frustrating to our Siberian Huskies. We get a few snow storms each year but none last long and I don’t think we had any last year!

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I am writing in the screen room today with the dogs and all is quiet. The temperature is very comfy! As the sun sets, it is 70 degrees! Certainly not a December evening!

The neighborhood has been quiet. We have not had any roaming dogs since the neighbor’s pit bulls killed our other neighbor’s cat in my yard. My dogs have been so quiet I thought something was wrong with them but I have to admit that having stray dogs walk through the neighborhood had everyone’s dogs in a frantic state.

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As some of you know, I am a writer. I stay at home and write, I also try to keep my home in one piece and keep the dogs from destroying too much. I spent the month of November writing a new novel and competing in NaNoWriMo, which I won, yeah!

she is not even half done!

Tala is not even half done!


My new novel, The Last Daughter, is heavy with Norse mythology and my Siberians were an inspiration for one character, mainly Tala. The Valkyries of Norse Mythology rode winged horses, ravens or wolves from the battlefields to Valhalla carrying the brave warriors who’d died. My main character is a leftover Valkyrie, or so she thinks and she has a wolf for her sidekick.

Tala is not even half done!
The wolf companion, Carla (for lack of a better name), has been with her for two thousand years or so. This wolf can slip in and out of human form at will and is loosely based on Tala, my BFF.

I tried to imagine Tala as a human companion, charged by Odin with my care and protection. I also tried to imagine this character with many of Tala’s stubborn spoiled traits. It is a lot of fun writing, Tala must know something is up, since she has been hanging around with her head resting on my feet as I write.

I suspect Tala would take her job seriously, as she takes a few alpha chores now. For example, when the water bowl freezes, she will lick an access hole while the other dogs wait patiently, sometimes it takes forever! So, I spent much of November imagining Tala in a human form with her prey drive, her sense of humor and last but not least her sarcasm…

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