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Archive for March, 2012

This and that

Posted by laurie on March 30, 2012

Susan in DE take note, here is photographic evidence that Stanley is not always “on”.

Nancy In AZ asked a few questions. “What’s in Phillip’s garden?” to which the answer is the hot tub. No garden this year. She asked when is Phillip’s next video, and that actually might be soon. The other night Uncle Bob came over while Sherman was sleeping. Phillip got the camcorder, Uncle Bob sat on the floor, and they woke up Sherm. There was much joyous celebration. Nancy’s last question was what am I reading. At the moment I am between books, catching up on the pile of The New Yorkers. My last two books were just wonderful. Somehow I missed reading “A Wrinkle in Time” growing up, and thought it was just fantastic. And I highly recommend “Defending Jacob” which is a courtroom and family drama. A compelling page-turner. says this reviewer.

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Open for discussion: March 29

Posted by laurie on March 29, 2012

Carol, Eddy’s Mom asked: “How did you choose the boys names? (or were they already named?) There seems to be an ā€œSā€ pattern, aside from sweet Clayton.”

Phillip and I debated beagle names for several years before we had any (beagles). He was a huge fan of “Ruprecht,” a character in the movie “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” I was dead set against it. When we brought home Clayton we decided he was perfectly named (for the NJ town in which he had ended up in the shelter). A year later Spenser joined us and we thought that name was great, too. Scooter started his life with us as a foster beagle so we used that for several weeks. After we decided to keep him, I tried to rename him Sherman, but he really was a Scooter. Jump ahead to the new guys; I got to name Sherman and Phillip got to name Stanley (conceding defeat on “Ruprecht”). I’m not sure if the “S” thing was intentional or not. A few people have told me we should adopt a “Sheldon” after the character in The Big Bang Theory.

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Ask away

Posted by laurie on March 28, 2012

I’m having some writer’s block and thought it might be useful to solicit questions from you and turn my answers into future posts. So ask away, anything goes. Thanks!

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Open for discussion: March 27

Posted by laurie on March 27, 2012

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Push over!

Posted by laurie on March 26, 2012

Phillip and I were ensconced in the closet on Sunday, pulling out summer clothes for our upcoming trip to Jamaica. There was no room for the boys so they settled into the crate. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them like this. Phillip had to close the door briefly while I went downstairs for the camera.

Look at those cute ears. They should help you through this Monday, I’m sure.

P.S. Phillip made the crate!

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More fun with sticks (and branches)

Posted by laurie on March 23, 2012

I saw a woman walking a big yellow Lab the other day. The dog was carrying a stick in his mouth that must have been four feet long. Just trundling along, maybe even whistling for that matter, I couldn’t be sure. So, so cute.

He runs with scissors, too. Though not in his work clothes.

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Open for discussion: March 22

Posted by laurie on March 22, 2012

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Try this at home

Posted by laurie on March 21, 2012

The bad news is: I have to mow the lawn. The good news is: I have to mow the lawn!

Yesterday morning, as usual, the boys went outside after breakfast. After a couple of minutes Stanley started to bark. And bark and bark and bark. Too much barking at 5:30 and I didn’t even know where he was because it was dark. “Oh, what the heck,” I tbought, “I’ll give it a try.” I opened the living room door and yelled “STANLEY! TREAT!” And to my amazement he came tearing back into the house a very happy and (still) hungry boy. A beagle miracle!

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Open for discussion: March 20

Posted by laurie on March 20, 2012

Someone commented on an older post yesterday. His beagle is named Charley. HIS name? Stanley Sherman. Get OUT of here!!

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Have you seen my loofah?

Posted by laurie on March 19, 2012

It’s spring here in New Jersey and this weekend we did some spring cleaning and bathed the boys. Honestly, I don’t remember the last time they had a full bath. They haven’t needed one. Now they are soft and clean and have forgiven us. They are very easy to bathe and surprisingly don’t do the post-bath twenty laps around the house like the other boys used to do.

Not to worry, this was pre-bath. There was nothing foul that I could see. Don’t you wish you could have a beagle’s sense of smell for a few hours? I would just love that. Maybe just an hour and half, though.

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