Saturday, September 01, 2012



It is usually the soft gentle bump bump of a cold little nose on my nose that begins my day. It is always the very slightest of bumps.  The bumper want's to be absolutely sure she is not disturbing me. If I respond with a quiet 'no' the bumping stops, but if I respond with a whispered 'hey you' I am immediately smothered in slurpy smooches, a powerful wagging tail, & the most excited & happy little dog in the whole world. Pheebs somehow knows not to bother me in the night despite my rolling back & forth a half dozen times. Maybe it's a change in my breathing or a deeper sigh. Maybe it's a roll onto my back or maybe an arm up in the air, but whatever it is, she seems to know when I am waking up. Every morning begins the same. Every morning begins with the 'bump bump' of a cold little doggy nose & the rapid thump thumping of a happy little doggy tail on my bed. Darn nice way to start the day I'd say:))
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Nice feeling to flip the calendar this morning & see that long hot & humid month of August slip behind us. Don't have to worry about August again until next year. Bonus. September will slide by quickly after this long week-end. And, surprise-surprise......I found my annual RV check list's for loading up the rig. Found em right where I left em, right under a plastic bin filled with rechargeable batteries & chargers.


There really was no need for heading to town this morning but Pheebs had me half drove bonkers wanting to go for a ride in the Jeep. Made ourselves up a short list of grocery un-needables & off we went. She knows I generally pick up a sandwich in the supermarket Deli so that of course topped the list. Between the two of us we had that Turkey sandwich gone before we even got out of the parking lot. One of the items I picked up this morning was a box of aspirins. Upon arriving home I was totally surprised to find the bottle actually filled to the top with...........aspirins. This had to be a first!!  Usually, items like that contain two thirds cotton & one third product. Must have been a filling error on the assembly line & I'll bet Bayer has a full blown investigation going on as to how & where about 103 aspirins went missing.

GROANER'S CORNER:(( Jim Finn, the noted biologist, was stumped. He'd spent months studying the little green frogs in the Keefo swamp. The population, despite all efforts at predator control, was declining at an alarming rate.  Finally, Finn went to the chemistry department at his college to see if anyone there might be able to help. Tom Trom looked into the problem, and came up with a solution. The little frogs had succumbed to a chemical change in the swamp's water, and simply couldn't stay coupled long enough to reproduce. Tom brewed up a new adhesive, made from a dash of this, a zoss of that, and most critically, one part sodium.

"You mean?.... " Jim said when told.
"Yes," said Tom, "They needed mono-sodium glue to mate."

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))

- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)

- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward

- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.

- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.



  1. I was thinking of you this morning, Al, when I saw September roll around. That means October isn't far behind and Al and Kelly and the babies will be ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

  2. I know I'm glad to be seeing August in my rear view mirror. Now if September will just hurry up and cool off, I'll be a happy camper.

  3. OH BOY to the groaner.

    September finds us in this cute little town of Kanab. I'm always falling in and out of love with towns.

  4. Love the new header photo, makes me want to go bicycling. And yes, Pheebs is a sweetie pie for sure.

  5. Craig laughed t the Groaner!

    My mornings usually begin with a snuggle, but not from a dog (. ~))

  6. Yep time to start getting everything in order to head south.

  7. Wishing you a "Cool" September...
    Can't wait for your Fall Fotographs!!!
    Box Canyon Mark