Dog Sitting

In the last two weeks, I’ve dog sat twice. Once to Odin, my son’s puppy, while they went on vacation for 5 days. Odin is a little Beagle who is soft and cuddly.

Odin and Buddy (my #dawginthehouse)

And, once for Larue, my daughter’s one-year old, for 4 days. Larue is a rescue who is the sweetest non-dominant demeanor dog I’ve met.

Odin had psychotic puppy energy that frankly, Buddy wasn’t going to put up with. This made for a long 5 days.  This and the fact he isn’t potty trained yet. (Which reminds me – call ZeroRez Carpet Cleaning)

Larue and Buddy played and played which was so fun. Larue being the non-dominant dog she is, pees whenever she gets excited. She gets excited a lot.

Larue and Buddy

I dog sat twice, but it only takes one dog sitting favor, to remind me why I have only one dog.

Buddy is enough #dawginthehouse.

– Namaste

Biking is the bomb

Let me be clear, by biking, I mean pedal biking. Not Harley riding although I do have stories for another blog post.


I’ve been biking for exercise and mental stability for about 10 years now.  I joke that I like it so much because I get to sit down while I’m working out.  Ha!

The sights and smells from this particular ride through the city includes: 20+ flowering bushes, 2 deer, 3 squirrels, musty forest smell, fresh forest smell, creek water, and 1 bunny.

– Namaste

The Grandkids are coming (again)

Every three weeks I watch my daughter’s two children, ages 7 and 3. The older a helpful, smart girl and the younger the most energetic boy you have ever seen. I love seeing them and we have a special relationship that has developed because I can see them regularly. My daughter is a nurse so has to work every third weekend; and my son-in-law is a barber so weekends are his best money making days.

The kids come Friday right after I get home from work, and stay until late afternoon on Saturday.  I am exhausted by the time they leave and my place is usually a pit.

[Here they are dancing to Ju Ju on the Beat.]

Exhausted mainly because I catch up on the work-week’s sleep on Saturday, so that gets delayed a day.  My place is a pit, because I let them have as much fun as they can and I  am not cleaning while they are here.

I have another two grandsons in town – three years old and almost a year – but I don’t get to babysit them regularly.  It’s sad too, because they are carbon copies of my son. My son would love to have me in their life more, but I don’t think my daughter-in-law trusts me to watch them.  I try to devote as much time to them as I can by having them over to eat at my place with Dad and/or Mom.

Wait. I’m not done yet. I have one more grandson who lives a couple states away and we get to see regularly and at length when he does come to his dad’s. [Content for another post.]

I have the tendency to center my life around my kids and grand kids so much, I don’t have time to do things I like to do. Can anyone relate? This seemed OK when I was a mom, but now that my days are numbered, I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t me just copping out.  Hmmmm??? Thoughts?

– Namaste