Friday, October 18, 2013

Dog Training

As you  know  back in May Bubby got a puppy for his birthday. What started out as a cute little fur ball. 
 Has ended up the size of a small elephant.
Training has not been  the easiest task I have ever undertaken. He is stubborn and has a case of doggy ADHD. Now don't get me wrong I love my Dumb Puppy. Even though he has chewed just about everything I own. I figure mostly because he has no toys at all to play with (see above photo).  
After reading the Dog Training Basics All In One Start up Guide I picked up a few tips to help me with my struggle.  We had already been working on basic commands and he has been doing really well with Sit, Down, and Stay. He seems to be reward motivated and will do just  about anything for a treat or his favorite toy.  Although the book does not go into great detail on specifics it is a good starting point in helping you decide what training method  would work for your dog. 
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Smiles

I finally got a new camera YAY!!!!! I have been lost with out a decent one. Today I forced the  kids to take some pics since my Granny wanted to see some new ones. So here are my favorite ones that I just have to share. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

An open letter to my teenagers

Dear children that I once carried inside of my body, 

Lately I have noticed a few things  both of you seem to be falling behind on or just plain lacking in general.

Laundry:
Do not come to me and complain  that  you  do not have any shorts, shirts, underwear, etc. clean. If I have said it once I have said it 100 times I can't wash it if it is not in the hamper. I refuse to go into your room and look under  your bed for dirty clothes. Frankly I am afraid of the small woodland creatures  that  may live there.

Dishes:
Why oh why do we always have to argue over who will do the dishes. Do you like to eat? By the look of all the dishes in the sink  I would say that  you do. Did I not prepare you the delicious meal that sat upon those dishes? Should you not show your gratitude for that meal? From this day forward any arguments about dishes will result in my failure to prepare you delicious meals. The peanut butter is in the cabinet jelly is in the refrigerator, but do not complain  when you can not find a clean spoon.  

Bathing :
Soap is not optional. Do not exit the shower smelling the same way you entered it.

Ice cream:
If you eat ice cream and only leave a spoon full  in the corner of the container and I go to get some and find one bite left and then you argue with  me about how you did not eat  it "ALL". I will be forced to buy your most favorite ice cream and eat it slowly in front of you and not even give you one bite.

Trash:
If you throw something away and it does not make completely into the trash can and it falls on the floor "PICK IT UP"  If I have to pick up trash around the trash can one more time I will sign you both up to spend your Saturdays picking up trash on the side of the road.

Toilet Paper:
If the toilet paper in your bathroom runs out please go to the closet and get a new roll. The next time you go into my bathroom and take my toilet paper off the holder  and leave me stranded. I will be forced to purchase the cheapest, thinnest, roughest tissue ever made and I will hide my nice soft tissue.

Deodorant:
Here we have one extreme and another. Girl child. You do not need to apply the deodorant from your rib cage to your elbow. You also do not have to put it on just because you walk by it. I am thrilled  that  you are concerned with your personal hygiene, but I am seriously considering putting you into a 12 step program for your deodorant addiction. Boy child. There is no excuse for you not to use deodorant. You have been more than adequately supplied with  this wonderful modern marvel. If you do not start using it EVERYDAY on your own free will I will hold you down and allow your sister to paint you from rib cage to elbow with it. The choice is yours. 

I'm Bored:
If you don't get  out of my face with that  I'm bored crap. If you are bored clean something, read a book, play  the Wii, play  your DS, watch TV, get  on the computer, or my favorite go outside and go for a walk, walk the dog, play  ball with  the dog, play fetch  with the cat. Sitting up under me complaining your bored and expecting me to use my  mommy magic to invent something for you to do just ain't working. I wish I had time to be bored.

Cell Phones:
NO I WILL NOT BUY YOU A CELL PHONE!!!!!! When  you have a job and can afford to pay for a cell phone then you can have as many as you want. As long as you do not have a job you do not need a cell phone. 
Oh you need a cell phone to text people. 
Are these the same people your are chatting with on facebook, skype, and g talk? 
That's what I thought.

With Love, 
Your fed up Mother 


Monday, September 9, 2013

September Kindle Fire Giveaway

Kindle Fire September 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Costume Horns Giveaway

This time, Visionary Bri has partnered with Oonacat
to bring you the Costume Horns Halloween Giveaway!


AND

Halloween is fast approaching, so it's time to plan your costumes, now.
Oonacat makes custom horns that are lightweight and durable and
her work is the best costume work of this nature that I've ever seen.
Oonacat hand paints all of her creations,
and I have to tell you,
I've never been this blown away by my set of horns.
She really does some great work!
If you're looking for a cool accessory for stage, conventions, LARPs
or Halloween this year, then this giveaway is for you!

Check these babies out!


She even does ears!

For this giveaway, Oonacat has offered one lucky winner
their very own pair of medium - small horns
 Any style. No leather headband. Elastic band only.

I sent Oonacat a couple of photos for reference
of the kind of horns I'd like, and look at what she came up with
for me, Visionary Bri!


 They make me feel very satyr / wood nymph.

And just look at the detail on these little beauties!


Mine came on an elastic band and don't think I'd like the leather band.
The elastic allows me to get the horns very tight to my head
and a few bobby pins holds the elastic very snug.
I could dance and go galavanting about in the forest
and these little babies would not budge.

As far as the weight goes,
I couldn't even tell that they were on my head,
except for feeling the elastic.

Each one of Oonacat's pieces is truly a work of art.
 
Really, this is another one of those things
where the photos don't do them justice.
The attention to detail that Oonacat puts into these
is amazing.

Enter the giveaway now,
and let Oonacat help you unleash your imagination!
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Must be 18 to enter
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Wardrobe notes:
Makeup by Visionary Bri
Original necklace and hair jewelry by Visionary Bri
Custom Horns by Oonacat

Monday, August 26, 2013

Out of the mouth of Bubby

Miss Mootie is now officially an eighth grader. Today was her first day of school and it was bitter sweet. Don't get me wrong  I was ready  for her to not be "Bored" but I can  not believe how fast they are growing up on me.

Bubby went along with  us this morning  to drop off Mootie and stop by my mom's house. He was wide open with the can we go here and there and buy this and buy that. I had to tell him no I could not afford  to buy him anything today. He went on to talk about this new computer he wanted and this game and that game he wanted. I know it is hard for him to understand some things and money  is one of those things. I hate to tell him no all the time, but it is not cheap raising two  teenagers on your own.  We discussed the importance of paying the bills over buying video games. He looked at me and said the most profound thing. He said " Mommy God will take care of us and one day we will have more money, but right now God is helping other people that need help more than us." All I could say was "Your right Bubby", and it made me really thankful. Things could be a lot worse than they are.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

All I wanted was a Bath

It all started  with a thought.  Supper was cooked, dishes were done, and I was finished working for the day. All I wanted was a bath. A nice quiet bath with bubbles and smelly good stuff. As soon as I closed the bathroom door panic set in.  Puppy just  could not understand why I would lock him out of the bathroom. He barked and scratched at the door for a while. On top of that I pulled back the shower curtain and sighed. I had cut Bubby's hair  this morning and then he took a shower. Leaving behind in the bottom of my bathtub what looked like millions of tiny little hairs. I basically just  buzz his head with the clippers as short as possible with out him being completely bald. So I had to rinse and scrub all the Bubby hair from the tub before I could even think about getting in . I have hair in the bathtub issues. I have been known  to abandon mid bath if I see a floating hair. God forbid if one is stuck to me. Yes I have issues. Once I was satisfied with the hair removal I was ready. I was nice and relaxed and I see a paw under the door. Now Tater was in a panic because he could not get into the bathroom which drew the attention for puppy who had been quiet. So now I have puppy barking and scratching again along with Tater meowing and pawing under the door. Relaxation over. I looked on the edge of the tub. No razor. Really? I almost  yelled for Mootie and I remembered the door was locked. Sigh again. By this time I had gave up. I pulled the plug dripped across the bathroom floor to get a razor and took a shower instead. Once I finally  opened the bathroom I was bombarded by both cats and the puppy. I step into my room and I discovered why puppy was quiet for those few minutes. Egg shells crumbled all over my bedroom floor. We had waffles , eggs, and turkey sausage for dinner. He got into the trash can took out all 6 egg shells and chewed them all over my floor. Surprisingly both kids were oblivious to the goings on. Usually  the sound of the water in the bath tub sets off their  internal  Mommy  is doing something with  out me alarm, but not this time. Mootie saunters in a few minutes later and says " Do you see these egg shells in the floor?"  No I didn't see them. Then I noticed my bathroom door with  little puppy claw scratches in the paint. The valuable lesson I learned tonight was never close and lock the bathroom door while attempting to take a bath. I know I can't be the only one who struggles with finding 30 minutes of peaceful alone time. If anyone wants to donate a trip to a secluded island I can have my bags packed immediately. But now I must go vacuum.