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Chronicling the lives of the Kramer beagles and their hard-working domestic help.

Archive for February, 2013

We can help. Really!

Posted by laurie on February 28, 2013


My sister wanted to come out when I got out of the hospital, but since she and her hubbie Rick had already planned a visit this week to coincide with a weekend wedding in northern NJ, I told her no. I managed fine and it’s great to have them here now. Yesterday Nancy and I went on a successful reconnaissance expedition to located the Trader Joes near of Princeton. And today we’re going to New Hope in Pennsylvania to do a little shopping. Rick will stay home with the boys. Both Nancy and Rick have been helping out with the cooking, and just look who has stepped up to the plate to assist them!

Posted in Friends & Relatives, Sherman & Stanley | 16 Comments »

Good enough

Posted by laurie on February 27, 2013


The Cool-a-roo is inside for the winter and when I tidy the living room I put the dog bed on top of it. Stanley prefers it on the floor and it’s fun to watch him pull it off. He doesn’t always complete his task but he soldiers on, undeterred.

Posted in Stanley | 20 Comments »


Posted by laurie on February 26, 2013


My parents moved to Florida while I was in college and I’ve spent many vacations in the Palm Beach / Boca Raton corridor. This was the first time I went to the west coast, and I just loved it. We went to this beautiful place called Little Gasparilla Island. It’s about 10 miles long and you have to take a ferry to get there. This is the bay that you cross and that’s the island in the distance.


Once you’re there you get around on golf carts. No golf course, just miles and miles of beautiful beaches. I was SO happy to be in the warm sunshine on the beach.


Parts of the beach are covered in shells and it’s impossible not to pick them up. There are also shark teeth to be found. You can find half a dozen in just a small area. They are old, as in millions of years.


You don’t see sunsets over on the east coast. We saw three gorgeous ones.

We went directly to Audrey’s house from the airport to pick up the boys. She wanted to borrow Sherm for a little longer and I told her that we’d trade for Buddy, but we ended up keeping our own beagles. Audrey said they were good boys, and that they’re welcome to come back when Phillip and I go to Jamaica in April. Thanks, Audrey, Kevin, Buddy and Holly!

Posted in Laurie & Phillip | 10 Comments »

Open for discussion: February 25

Posted by laurie on February 25, 2013

Posted in Open Discussion | 17 Comments »

SPF 30

Posted by laurie on February 22, 2013


The boys hang out on the couch with me most of the day but early afternoon they migrate to the kitchen where the sun comes streaming in.

Speaking of the sun, Phillip and I are winging our way this morning to sunny Florida for 4 days. We’re visiting friends who have a condo on a little island off the west coast. We weren’t sure I’d be up for the trip but I am and we’re looking forward to the warmth! Sherman and Stanley are staying at their friends Buddy and Holly’s house. Thanks, Audrey and Kevin!! I’ll post an open discussion on Monday and will be back on Tuesday. According to the surgeon, my wound will be completely closed by then!

Posted in Sherman & Stanley | 20 Comments »

Bartles and his booties

Posted by laurie on February 21, 2013


Harper sent me this the day before all hell broke loose, so I’m just getting to it now. Bartles loves his booties!

Posted in Guest DD | 24 Comments »

Sorry, this restroom is taken

Posted by laurie on February 20, 2013


My niece and nephew like to post pictures on Facebook of their kids in the tub or on the potty. This is the best I can do.

Yesterday I took a 40-minute walk on the canal. At about 30 minutes I started to look for places to sit, but I managed to walk the entire way back. I started driving on Sunday and can do so with no discomfort. I see the surgeon today and am waiting for the bills to come in. My insurance is very good, so I’m more curious than worried. Anyone care to take a guess? ER visit, surgery, 6 days in the hospital, 3 in rehab, visiting nurse and so much more.

Posted in Stanley | 26 Comments »


Posted by laurie on February 19, 2013


Kim writes:

Rusty Bob Jackson crossed Rainbow Bridge on February 2, 2013 – where he was joyfully met by his brother, Ian Hunter Jackson who preceded him passing in 2004. Rusty lived a charmed life having been found by his father Roy Jackson 13 or so years ago while Rusty was dodging cars on a busy lunch hour in front of HEB. His new daddy snatched him up and carried him to the car where his new mommy, Kim Jackson waited anxiously. After eating a couch, recliner and various other household items over the next few months, Rusty settled in with the grace ad good cheer that only a beagle can impart to those around him. His favorite pasttime was of course eating. Rusty never passed on a bowl of anyone’s food from the Vet’s cat bowl to the bowls of his siblings. He enjoyed napping on the back of sofas and squishy chairs as well as a favorite sunny spot where he dreamed of chasing rabbits and squirrels.

Rusty’s talents included a chocolate eyed stare that was irresistible, unconditional love to his family, and a heart so big that nobody could resist his charm. He is missed by his family and will always be in our hearts. Well done Rusty. Good job boy.

Posted in Guest DD | 32 Comments »

Just a little to the right

Posted by laurie on February 18, 2013


Kathy came over on Saturday to give Phillip and me massages. You might remember Phillip telling you that she massaged my feet when she visited me in the hospital. Which was by far the nicest thing that was done to my body that week! Naturally, Sherman had to get in on the action. Stanley walked around and under the table, absolutely and completely confused.

Posted in Friends & Relatives, Phillip, Sherman | 11 Comments »


Posted by laurie on February 15, 2013


This is Roz Sherman, I believe you’ve met her before, she’s on the Township Council with Phillip and is always a big hit with the boys. I had two guests yesterday who were less than enthusiastic, so I sat on the little couch holding both of them.

I went to the wound care center yesterday and came home without my vacu-drain! Just a regular bandage now, and I’ll be able to take a shower (and remove the bandage) just before the visiting nurse comes every other day to put on a new one. The same nurse as before so the boys will have to go into the bedroom, but changing it will take much less time than the other.

Posted in Friends & Relatives, Sherman & Stanley | 30 Comments »