Sunday, June 23, 2013

An update on the pack

And when I say pack...

I do mean pack.

We have ten nine right now.

We do have a home for one, thank goodness. She went earlier this week.

Sweet Daisy.

She was abandoned in our old neighborhood and we took her in. Her new forever home is with a woman who I work with.

She is awesome.

She has kids.

Daisy will love it.

I just hope that the family's current pup accepts her.

It is ultimately up to the dogs, of course.

I also mentioned the three kittens.

We call the little girl Clementine.

And the identical twin boys "LB" and "DB".

They are so sweet.

We have had them about a month, and they have grown so much. They are fully weaned and eating kitten wet-food on their own now.

Feeding times are always a little bit of a frenzy, but it's cute and I have to admit... They are adorably cuddly when it's getting near dinner time.

It has been such a blessing as well to watch their personalities develop and begin to see the differences in the dynamics of the litter.

Clementine is so much bigger than her brothers, but she is also a sweet-heart and loves to sleep the day away in your lap.

LB and DB are so much a like it's incredible. They are little menaces when they team up, and sometimes their little yells during fights catch your attention.

And rather than break it up, I think it's almost too funny to watch them sit across from each other and bat their paws back and forth.

Rarely do they make contact with each other, but occasionally there is the butt-wiggle and a pounce, and then they run off to different sides of the room.

The miracle of life is great. God is good.

We will have them fixed at 3 months and then start to find the right homes for them.

Let's hope for no foster failures like the Cubster.

Who is wonderful, and fat.

He might as well be called Garfield.

And then there's Gracie, who hides most of the time.

It's hard to catch a picture of her, but I will post a recent one when I have it.

Then there's S who turned 4 the first of June.

She's adorable and lovely.

There is also LG and LuAnn. They're my goof-balls, but that's not a surprise.

LG is getting big, fast. It's hard to believe she was smaller than the other pups at one point.

I can't wait to see how big she gets!

Then there's my little side-kick, GS.

She almost caught a lizard once on one of our solar lights, and since then she is convinced that there are lizards living there.

Every single time we go outside she immediately goes straight to the same light and doesn't leave it until we all go inside.

She makes us laugh.

Side note... We have a look-alike competition coming up, and are looking for good ideas. Feel free to suggest some in a comment!

So that's ten. I think. Correct me if I'm wrong. I tend to mis-count often which can lead to the occasional funny scenario.

But it all works out and we do sleep well at night.

Well, we did when we had working AC.

More on that later.

Happy Sunday, and be sure to enter the $500 Tory Burch giveaway if you haven't yet!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DIY Coffee Table - Repurposed Camp Trunk

A few weeks ago I was browsing aimlessly on Pinterest, and I saw a coffee table that I loved. Someone had found an old antique trunk and was using it in their living room.

I apparently didn't pin this, but I do remember saying this aloud to MP.

He remembers too, which is like a miracle.

But anyway, last week my Mom came to visit.

She drove to Florida from Missouri.

Crazy, yes I know.

The reason?

She had a car load of furniture and goodies to bring me.

I love everything my mom has added to my home over the past years, and I cannot believe how blessed I am to have someone so generous but also do detail-oriented and creative to help me decorate.

My favorite thing from her haul this time?

She had refinished my old camp trunk.

She had made me a coffee table.

And not from just another piece of furniture.

This trunk got me through 8 long summers away from home.

I lived out of that thing.

The memories associated with that trunk will stay with me forever.

She surprised me, knowing that it would mean the world.

That's what I mean about her having an eye for the little details.

She also remembered that I had been planning to paint an old desk I had found blue to match my living room turquoise and blue palette.

That energizer bunny of a woman also brought paint to finish that as well.

She also painted an old book case as well.


Did I mention how blessed and thankful I am to have her eye for detail to help decorate?

Thanks again Mom!

Later this week I will post all the pictures of what we accomplished for a little half home tour.

So stay tuned!

And in the mean time, be sure to enter the giveaway if you haven't already!

Also you can always follow us on Instagram to stay completely up to date!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Real women (insert verb here)

I first wanted to say hello to all of the new followers!

So glad you've decided to follow lil old me, and I hope you decide to stick around!

I can't believe how many of you have entered the giveaway so far, I'm so excited to find out who wins! Don't forget to enter if you haven't! The giveaway ends June 28th. Thanks again to Neely and Stephanie for hosting!

I have never been good at transitions so I'm just going to say we're moving on now.


Have y'all ever noticed that a lot of people in blog-land seem to be paired up?

A lot of us bloggers seem to either live with our man, or you might be married, or there's just that special guy in our lives.

Regardless, there seems to be for a lot of us that person to (presumably) help out with the "manly" chores.

Like taking out the trash, cleaning up after the puppy, installing closets or hanging pictures. Mowing the lawn.

But, doesn't it feel good sometimes to do those things yourself?

I posted this photo to instagram the other night, after I had spent over an hour mowing my lawn.

We recently moved and this was the first time I've had to mow the lawn, and the first time is always tricky, figuring out what works and what doesn't which maze is best to weave.

It was also thundering the entire time I was mowing and so I was going as fast as I could trying to get it done before the pending monsoon.

I also had the pleasure of finding out that there is not an outlet on the outside of my house, and my lovely mower is electric.

I had to plug the extension cord into an outlet in the kitchen and there was not once, not twice, but (probably) more than three times that the pups unplugged my cord.

I was convinced almost every time that I had done something to break the mower. And I'd look over my shoulder at the half mowed, half forest looking lawn and want to cry.

I just wanted to get it done and over with.

When I finally finished, I was drenched head to tow.

Before I move on let me paint you a picture of the outfit I sport while I mow: Tall socks pulled over cropped pants and long sleeves, a scarf and glasses: I'm terrified of bugs.

So I basically stripped down, lit myself a celebratory cigarette (so sue me) and I snapped this photo literally seconds before the monsoon came.

Moral of that long-winded story?

It sometimes feels good, no great to accomplish tasks like that all by yourself. Hence the title of the post... Real women .... Insert your choice of verb here.

For me?

Real women mow their own lawns.


Hang their own pantry shelves.


Hang their own wall art.

When MP arrived a few hours after I had finished, and even though the sun had already set, he said he could tell that I had mowed and that it looked great.

The next morning you could see the spots I missed. But, we'll talk about that another time.

Happy Tuesday y'all!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

$500 Tory Burch Giveaway!

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Happy Monday!

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

I'm alive... I promise!

Hello everyone!

I promise I am still alive!

I realize it has been just entirely too long since I last posted, but if you have been following along on Instagram, you know things have been busy!

Just after my last post was published three adorable baby kittens appeared in my life and they took a lot of my time. Add to that, moving 10 animals 45 minutes away... Things were a little crazy around the Paws Household.

But no fear, I am back and with a vengeance! I have the perfect little blogging area in my living room so I can still be in on all the action, and I'm so excited to share it with you all as well as USE it!

I also have something very special coming up in the next few days! So stay tuned, and I promise, you will have your fix of Fur-children galore soon enough!

Until then, to tide you over...

And if that wasn't enough, be sure to follow along on Instagram for full access to our lives!

Also, be sure to check back tomorrow for a big surprise!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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