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I am totally convinced that dogs are the only creatures who have mastered the art of sleeping. As proof, I offer this photographic evidence of Mlle. Renee captured in my ongoing scientific canine sleep study. Today, she decided to doze next to my chair in my office as I worked on the computer.Today

Yesterday, she opted for a spot on my bed where she could catch the cool air from the floor vent in front of her.DSC00216

(I wasn’t sleeping, I was resting my eyes!”)

Sure, that’s why she carried her pillow onto the bed.DogDays




(Okay, beware the REVENGE OF RENEE the next time you fall asleep watching TV!)

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 17

The Origami Butterfly for Thursday … Day 17 -WhiteTiger


That right, I’m offering a fantasy butterfly of my imagination. OK, I had a sheet of folding paper at the bottom of my paper box that was covered with zebra stripes, and I decided to either use it or throw it away. So waste not, want not!

So I spent a good part of the day at the veterinary hospital with my faithful friend, Mlle. Renee. No problem, just a follow-up visit for last week’s ear infection. And she passed with flying color. (Renee is golden brown from head to toe with the exception of the white tip of her tail and her spotted right front boot of white with tan freckles. We had a long wait because the office was crowded. All the staff spoils her with pats, and naturally she works the crowd. The infection is all cleared up, and the swelling of her ear  caused by the broken blood vessel is almost all back to normal.The vet did discover that the point on one of her rear teeth was broken off and advised extraction before the nerve becomes exposed. (They could put a cap on it for about a thousand bucks, but he advised extraction.) And my wallet agreed!

And that was my Thursday!  And the weather is still amazingly cool for July!


While I was waiting for the vet, a woman with three little boys came in and the oldest climbed onto the dog scale  and shouted, “Mom, I weigh 50 dog pounds!”



30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack when Mlle. Renee was a young pup, she would play and frolic in the yard and explore everything that she came across or discovered.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In her first fall of living with me she discovered butterflies. They would land on the flowering plants in the back of the yard and she would race back to watch the float away. Just like her rabbit chases, she never caught a butterfly. But that didn’t stop her from running and jumping after them.

So my butterfly for Monday is for Renee  .DSC00142


This is an original origami butterfly that I designed myself and named in Renee’s honor.

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Weekend Days 12 and 13

Two … count them … two butterflies today!

SATURDAY – Day 12:DSC00138


SUNDAY - Day 13DSC00140

Together, I call them  OPPOSITES ATTRACT!  (Even though I bent the body of the yellow/orange butterfly when I taped it to the green background.)

I guess my medical care of Mlle. Renee is working. She almost back to her regular “happy dog” personality. I’ve found ways to washout her ears and apply meds without her objections. The swelling in her ear has decreased by half, too.

We have both been spend most of our daylight hours inside the house. We went from a spring-like summer for most of last week to regular summer temps of 97 this weekend.

Last night I tried to photograph the SUPER MOON, but with cloud cover this was all I could capture …DSC00134


Still pretty bright shining through the cloud cover. Maybe I’ll have better luck on the next one in August.

30DOC – Origami Butterflies … Friday Day 11

Guess what? I’m playing catch-up for two days of missed posts. This one is for the missed Friday entry for my 10 Days Of Creativity Origami Butterfly project.DSC00137


I thought it was a good choice because I received this year’s U.S. Postage Butterfly stamp.Butterfly Stamp

In case you’re wondering, the butterfly being honored is the Great Spangled Fritillary.

My Friday was rather busy. In addition to playing nurse-maid for my beloved canine companion (washing her ears out twice a day an applying healing medications), I had to go to my eye doctor to pick up my new glasses … get my hair cut and do some grocery shopping. Renee is being an angel about the medical treatment … except for washing her ears out. I have no problem getting the soap solution into her ear. But she shakes it out before I can wash out the ear. Her ear is getting better, and the swelling of the ear flap is going down. She’s also returning to her happy dog demeanor.

One of the things I went to the stupidmarket was to get some watermelon sticks for myself. While I was in the produce department I was conned by a sweet little old lady into sampling a Rainier Cherry. Rainier cherries are yellow inside and out, with just a bit of red blush on them, and exceptionally large. They are quite sweet, very firm and totally delicious!DSC00127And no, I didn’t buy that little dish of cherries!

I bought an entire bowl of cherries. DSC00129

Proving once again that life really is just a bowl of cherries!  (Groan!)

I moved on to the bakery department to pick up a loaf of sour dough bread where another little young lady conned me into sampling a bite of Oreo Gooey Butter Cake. (Hopefully, Gooey Butter Cake is a Saint Louis tradition with which you’re acquainted. I only bought a single slice.DSC00124

But I’ll be able to cut it into four brownie-sized portions that will last me four days. Then I hurried out of the store before I could be tempted into buying other treats for myself.

And yes, Mlle. Renee checked out my grocery bag as soon as I got into the house.  And she found nothing for her. That’s when I got her “See If I Let You Pour Soap Water Into My Ears Tonight!” look!

30DOC – Origami Butterflies … THURSDAY Day 10

Got a late start folding my Thursday origami butterfly. It was a very complicated fold, and I ended up refolding it several times.DSC00120

The Golden Aztec Swallowtail Butterfly.

Yes, it was a real bitch folding that Aztec design on the wingspan.

I also got a late start because I had to take Mlle. Renee to the vet today. I had made her appointment a week and a half ago because she had several vaccinations due. Then over the weekend she had a lot of problems dealing with the neighborhood pryomaniacs who were determined to send their entire month’s food budget up in a cloud of sulfurous smoke. I noticed that she wasn’t her usual happy dog self. Tuesday I noticed that she was scratching her left ear with her hind leg. Something only a dog can do. When I checked it I noticed  that her ear was a little puffy. This morning when I was getting her ready to go to the vet, it was a lot puffier.

The vet tech knew what it was as soon as we walked into the exam room. She had an ear infection, and in shaking her head and/or scratching her ear she had broken a small blood vessel. Her vet decided to treat it with meds for a week before resorting to surgical treatment which would involve splitting the ear flap in half. I also got instructions on washing a dog’s ear out and putting in the medication to treat the infection. It took two young lady techs to hold Renee to wash out her ears. Tonight, she let me do it all by myself.  Without a whimper, too! I felt like the kindly Dr. Kildare of the dog world. (OK, I confess, I was a food inspector with the U.S. Army Veterinarian Corps when I was in the Army in my younger days. And on the Friday Animal Clinic Day, I assisted the Post Veterinarian with treating the animals.)


After a half day at the vet hospital and several vaccinations, Renee was all tuckered out and spent the afternoon napping.

SUMER IS ICUMEN IN, or the not so sunny side up of yesterday’s summer solstice.

And to borrow a phrase from an old Scotsman … the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley!  In other words, while our summer solstice was supposed to be the longest day of sunlight, we had no way of knowing it.DSC00021

Because at 6:54 these huge black thunder clouds began blocking out all traces of sunlight in West Walnut Manor. And when it was pitch black at 7:00, a booming crash of lightning started one hell of a thunderstorm.DSC00022

Add a lot of wind to the mix that made the rain look like it was falling horizontally.


The local weather wizards noted that in an hour period anywhere from three to four inches of rain fell around the local area which caused flash flooding in a number of areas around town.DSC00024

I like to think that the camera flash illuminated a couple of drops of falling rain in the above picture. Or maybe it was just a flight of fancy to make up for the fact that the longest day of our summer was cut short by an hour and 29 minutes.

Mlle. Renee was no fool, she  headed for her basement storm shelter with the first rumble of thunder.DSC00020

And she didn’t come back upstairs until a little after ten when it was all over.  Renee is no dumb puppy — you don’t see her running around taking pictures of a thunderstorm.



“93̊ means siesta in dog speak!”DSC00008

So what did dogs do before AC?


So I stayed inside and downloaded all the pictures I took yesterday at the family gathering. It was your usual family type gathering …



filled with water gun duels, and grandfathers chasing little kids around the yard.WhatCrazyOldMenDo

Personally, I preferred wind chime gazing… SkyChimes

… and searching for humming birds HummingBird

among the exotic flowers.


And then, there is always …ReflectionsOnSemiSunnyDay

lawn ball gazing on a semi-sunny Sunday. Amazing! ‽ I photograph that lawn ball, that little blue guy inside is trying to take my picture.

Oh, well, just heard the weather forecast for the week and we’re scheduled for hot and rainy every day for the next week. Guess that means I have to get out after the sun goes down and mow the lawns again.

Just heard the kids up the block shooting off fire-crackers, and Renee was scratching at the backdoor to get inside. Fireworks!‽! Can you believe it‽ And it’s just the middle of June! Renee does not like bangs and pops around her. So I guess she will be staying inside until they send  all of next months food budget up into a cloud of smoke.

And I just remembered I forgot to celebrate her sixth birthday last month. Guess I’ll have to bake her a batch of pumpkin oatmeal puppy cookies.



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