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I got to visit the Princess Diana exhibit today.  It’s a collection of some of her clothes (including THE wedding dress), some of her toys and other mementos from her childhood.  And the largest collection of condolence books that I’ve every seen.  Geeze, one whole room was filled with nothing but the condolence books that were filled when she died.  There was the handwritten text of her brother’s speech at her funeral, the handwritten sheet music from Elton John.  I’ve been a Princess Diana fan from day one and this was something that I was NOT going to miss.  The exhibit also included some of the Spencer family home movies from when Diana was a child.  It was pretty interesting to see that they taped and photographed the same kinds of things that my family photographed.  Some of the photos in the albums looked alot like some of the ones in my family photo albums.  
The clothes were beautiful.  The wedding dress was just gorgeous . . . and I looked at every bead and every sequin.  The 25 foot train was unbelievable.  I can’t imagine walking around in something that big.  As beautiful as they were, though, they just didn’t look the same hanging on the dress dummies.  
I couldn’t believe that she’s been dead almost 10 years.  From the looks of the lines at the exhibit, she’s still as popular today as when she was alive.  This exhibit started in February and will run through the middle of June.  It was an hour and half wait to get into the exhbit and then it took about another hour to go through the various displays.  I’m tired and my legs hurt from standing in line for so long, but it was worth it. 

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The Rest of The Story

It was wonderful to be off work on a Wednesday.  Since I was making the special trip to new Super Wal-Mart, I decided that it was going to be a "me" day and I was going to do what I wanted when I wanted and the only time constraints were that I wanted to be out of the house by 10 a.m., had to be back within 5 hours to let the dogs out, and I had a nail appointment at 7 p.m. 


I got up when Hubby’s alarm went off.  (Which meant I got an extra hour of sleep.  I usually get up at 5:30 a.m. and he gets up at 6:30 a.m.)  Let the dogs out, gave them breakfast, sent Hubby off to work, paid some bills, made myself breakfast, did the dishes, took a shower and got ready for my big excursion. 


I hit my goal of being on the road at 10 a.m.  Had to run a couple of errands and made it to Wal-Mart at 10:30.  Wandered around Wal-Mart until 1:30 and then went home. 


For some reason, Luci decided that she was going to be my shadow all day yesterday and wouldn’t let me alone for a minute.  Normally she doesn’t pay much attention to me if I’m home.  She’ll either play out in the yard by herself or go upstairs and hang out with Blacky.  Yesterday, though, she followed me everywhere I went.  That made me happy because I thought we finally might be bonding and I’ve missed having a shadow.  (Goldie was my shadow when she was alive.  She was always right by my side.)  Luci wanted to try some of the chicken fried rice I was having for lunch (I didn’t give her any), she barked at me when I was trying to surf on the computer, and when she thought I was ignoring her barks, she started pawing at me . . . and then put her front paws on my right leg and stood up on her hind legs so she could bark in my ear!! It was so funny that I had to stop what I was doing because I couldn’t stop laughing and because I had to do something (anything!) to shut her up.  I wonder if I should explain to Luci that I already have partial hearing loss in that ear and barking in it isn’t going to help.  


After we played fetch for a while – she seemed tired and stretched out under the tree to rest – I came into the house to mop the kitchen floor and the mud room floor.  As soon as she heard the broom on the mudroom floor, she had to see what I was doing and would not leave me alone.  Any other time, she’s as far away from me as she can get, but for some reason yesterday she was under my feet all day.  I wonder if it’s a one time thing or is she really getting attached to me and is going to be my new shadow.  After I finished moping the floors, we went back outside to play fetch again until I had to leave for my nail appointment.  By the time I left at 6:30, she was asleep on the living room floor next to Blacky.  She was so cute  that I didn’t have the heart to put her in her crate when I left. 


Blacky was glad that I was home, watched TV with me while I ate (he didn’t beg for any of the chicken fried rice), came outside and played fetch with us for a while, then spent the rest of the afternoon upstairs.  He doesn’t like the sweeper and always runs and hides when it’s out.  Once he saw me bring the sweeper back upstairs, he came outside with me to play fetch with Luci.  


After the nail appointment, Hubby and I had supper and watched TV.  Luci was still right by my side all night long.  I sat on the floor with her on my lap and Blacky’s head on my right leg.  That’s getting to be the new routine.  


I had such a great time yesterday that I might have to take more vacation days in the middle of the week. 


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A Vacation Day At Wal-Mart

Yes, you read that correctly.  I took a vacation day yesterday to go to the Grand Opening of one of the new Super Wal-Mart stores to open in my town.  Okay, I know that a lot of people see Wal-Mart as an evil corporate monster, but I like Wal-Mart and I’m excited to have one fairly close to my house. 


First, a little background.  Hubby and I have lived in our house for 16 years.  When we first moved to our end of town, there was a small Meijer department store close to the grocery store that I went to every week.  After a couple of years, Meijer built a large superstore on the other end of town and closed the one close to my house.  There also used to be a Lowe’s close to our house.  But they also built a large superstore on the other end of town (across from Meijer) and closed the store close to my house.  Since Meijer and Lowe’s relocated, every other type of store and restaurant imaginable has located a store on that end of town.  Wal-Mart, Best Buy, PetSmart, Panera Bread, Quizno’s , White Castle, Home Depot, Target.  If it’s in our town, you can bet that it’s on that end of town.  There are stores and restaurants on my end of town, too, but it would be nice if one of the new things coming to town would locate on my end instead of lumping everything over on the other end.  The town I live in isn’t that big, so the problem isn’t the amount of time that it takes with having to get across town to go to one of these stores.  The problem is the traffic congestion.  It takes forever to get out of one of those parking lots.  It’s the frustration of not being able to make a quick trip for something.   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished that they’d build something on my end of town . . . . 


Well, "they" finally listened to me (and all the other people that live on my end of town) and built a Super Wal-Mart about 10 minutes away from my house and I knew that there was no way I was going to miss opening day.  (Yes, they built a Super Wal-Mart on the other end of town, too.  A town of 65,000 people has two Super Wal-Mart stores on either end!)  I’ve waited 16 years for this day and I’m going to be part of it.  You should have heard the boss laugh when I told him what I was planning to do on my day off.    


I wasn’t there for the grand opening ceremonies – they took place at 7:30 a.m. and I knew it would be a zoo – but I got there about 10:30 and stayed for about three hours.  I went through every aisle in the grocery department, I went through every other department (some of them twice!), I looked at just about everything in that store.  I watched the HD TV’s in the electronics department.  I listened to CD’s in the music department.  I checked out the live bait for sale in the sporting goods department.  (Worms for sale in Wal-Mart!  Wait ’til Hubby hears about this!)  During my trip through the store, I got something for everybody.  Movie for hubby, paperback book for me, treats for the doggies and the kitty, some grocery items that I haven’t been able to find at Kroger’s lately, a rug for Luci’s crate, a towel to dry off the dog’s feet.  Nothing extravagant.  When my tummy started growling and my feet started to hurt, I picked up something yummy for lunch and headed for home.  I was parked in the last parking spot in the lot, so it took a little while to find my car.  Then it took me a while to find a cart corral . . . you know me, I have to put the cart where it belongs.  They can’t be out and about crashing into unsuspecting cars!  It was wonderful to drive home without having to wait for three lights before you could get out of the parking lot.  It was heaven to be home in less than 10 minutes.  Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. 


The prices in the grocery dept. were about the same as Kroger, so I’ll still go to Kroger for my groceries.  After all, I’ve been going there for a really long time.  Why switch now?  But it’s just so nice to know that a little farther up the hill is Wal-Mart.   


I’m a happy girl. 

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Bunch of Nothing

No real topic today . . . just a bunch of random things rattling around in my head.


First of all, I want to thank everyone for their concern about my fall down the stairs.  I’m feeling much better.  The stiffness and soreness only lasted about a day . . and Advil took care of that.  I’ll confess that I did use the fall and the resulting soreness to make Hubby feel bad for me and had him go to the grocery with me on Thursday night.  Said that I could sure use his help in loading the cart.  Hey, it worked!  I pay a lot more attention now to what the dogs are doing when I’m going up or down the stairs.  


I had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend.  Spent some quality time with the doggies.  Even though it was raining and Luci was driving everyone nuts because she couldn’t outside to play.  At one point on Saturday night I was sitting on the floor in the living room with Luci asleep in my lap and Blacky’s head on my right leg.  What a wonderful feeling . . . . until I tried to get up about an hour later and realized that my bottom and both my legs were asleep.  


Got a Mother’s Day card from Jr.  Was a cute Snoopy card, but the sentiment got me a little teary eyed.  That and the fact that this is only the second time that he’s ever bought me a card for Mother’s Day.  I always told the step kids that I wasn’t their mom and I wasn’t trying to take the place of their mom.  But over the past few years, Jr. has come to think of me more as his mom than his real mom.  Long story, but he doesn’t have a good relationship with his real mom.  


Hubby got me a cute little lawn ornament that he’s going to put in front of the house.  It’s a little picket fence kind of thing with our name and "Welcome" on it.  We need to get rid of some of the weeds in the front flower bed before we can put it out.  If/whenever it stops raining . . .


Hubby and I always split Mother’s Day up – he goes to see his mom and I go to see my mom.  That way the moms don’t have to wait all day to see their kid.  I got each mom a hanging basket – my traditional gift.  Since each mom has a little dog, I also got a card and a small plant for each mom from the dog.  Yes, it’s silly, but they seem to enjoy it!     


There’s a strange yellow light coming in the window.  Wait, I think that’s the sun!!  I better go outside to check before it goes away again.

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I had this wonderful entry all typed out about the bad days Blacky and Luci are having because of the cool and rainy weather that we’ve been having lately.  I clicked on "Publish Entry" and got the dreaded "Space Not Available.  Please try again!" message.  All my work was gone.  What happened?  Where did it go?  Why didn’t it just save it as a draft.  Aaarrgghhh!!   Guess I have to start over.  Grumble, grumble, curse, curse, grumble!
Here’s what I remember of the lost entry.  
Now I understand why Mom always hated rainy days when we were kids.  The kids will drive you crazy if you can’t send them outside to play.  We’ve had several rainy days lately and we’re expecting to have a few more.  Typical spring Ohio weather.  Luci is pouting because she can’t go out and play.  She’s sitting at the front door and letting out heavy sighs every few minutes.  I don’t let her out when it’s raining really hard, but I will let her out if it’s just light drizzle or sprinkles.  Not that I have much of a choice.  If Luci thinks I’m ignoring her, she’ll sneak up behind me and bark really loud or she’ll head butt the back door.  She’ll usually want me to come out and play fetch with her.  Yes, I’ve put on the raincoat and gone out to play fetch in the rain. 
Blacky’s having some problems with the change in the weather, too.  His arthritis always acts up when we have these cool wet spells.  I’ve noticed that he’s having a hard time getting up after a nap, but once he’s up and running there’s no stopping the boy.  Blacky also has a fear of thunder and lightning and has spent a fair amount of time with his head under the bed.  But I’m not sure if that because of the storms or because he’s trying to hide from Luci. 
Needless to say, I haven’t got much housework done today.  But then I’ve gotten to spend some quality time with my babies.  What better way to spend Mother’s Day Weekend.
Okay, now let’s hope that the @#%^! "Publish Entry" button works this time! 


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Evil Luci

I’ve said several times that Luci is going to be the death of me.  When I said it, I meant that I’m just not cut out for a puppy and that she’s wearing me out.  I never meant that she was literally going to kill me . . . that was until yesterday.


She’s developed this very cute habit of hitting me in the leg with her nose when she wants my attention.  She did that again yesterday while I was getting ready for work.  I can’t resist those sad brown eyes, so I told her that we’d go outside to play fetch for a little bit.  She grabbed her rubber bone and took off for the stairs – with me right behind her.  Luci has a bad habit of dropping her toys and watching them roll down the stairs.  Halfway down the stairs she dropped the rubber bone.  I didn’t see it and stepped on it. . . and slid down the bottom half of the stairs on my back.  Luci got scared from all the noise of Mommy bouncing down the stairs (I don’t remember if I screamed on the way down) and ran away from me.  Blacky was in the living room and sat and looked at me like "That’s not how you come down the stairs."  After I got to the bottom of the stairs, Luci thought I was ready to play and came over to lick my face.  I took a quick inventory to make sure I wasn’t hurt and that I hadn’t broken the banister on the stairs.  The first thing I said to Luci when I got up was "Dog, you are going to be the death of me yet."   Then I started the "What have I told you about leaving your toys on the stairs" lecture as I walked outside to play fetch with her. 


I’m a klutz and I trip, fall, or run into things on a regular basis.  I also have a sick and twisted sense of humor and I see all kinds of humor these types of situations.  I laughed myself silly over it all day.  I was laughing so hard when I was trying to tell Hubby what happened that I had to stop in the story a couple of times just so he could understand what I was saying. 


Today I’m suffering the after effects of my trip down the stairs.  I’m hurting in places that I didn’t even know existed.  Practically everything from my shoulder blades to my rear end are sore.  I know it could have been a lot worse and I could have been seriously hurt.  But since I wasn’t, I am still laughing about the incident . . . especially when I’m wincing in pain and I think about how I got hurt in the first place. 


I told Luci this morning that Mommy was sore and it was all her fault.  Her answer was to drop her tennis ball and watch it bounce down the stairs.  Be afraid, be very afraid!!


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Silly Dogs

Before I get to today’s blog, I want to say that I was very disappointed in the final episode of "Seventh Heaven."  It was choppy, it went too fast, and they tried to cram too much stuff into one hour.  If they were going to include a clip show into the final episode, they should have had a two hour episode.  I had a feeling that the wedding wasn’t going to happen.  It was all they talked about for the last few weeks.  And what was with all the kids having twins?  I know that twins run in families, but three sets of twins being born at the same time is stretching it a bit.  Yea, it left a lot of doors open if they decide to do a movie or a spin-off, but come on.  A show as good as "Seventh Heaven" deserved a lot better than what it got. 


Now onto the real topic for today.  Luci and Blacky are just too funny sometimes.  I swear they’re like little people.  They bicker with each other.  They fight for our attention.  Most of the time, Blacky acts like Luci is a pain in his behind, but if Blacky doesn’t know you’re watching, he’s actually nice to her and he’ll even let her follow him around the yard.  (Blacky’s never been violent towards Luci, he just considers her a pest and will walk away from her if she gets on his nerves too much.  The funny part is that she’ll keep following him until he gives me that "Help me, Mom" look and I have to get Luci interested in something besides bothering Blacky.) 


Other doggie stuff . . . .


Luci and the lattice – okay, I admit defeat on this one.  I thought I had a solution to keep Luci from tearing the wood lattice off the deck.  The lime juice and vinegar mix worked – I just had to make sure that I sprayed all exposed lattice.  Believe it or not, Luci will look for that one spot that has not been sprayed and then pull that piece of lattice off.  Needless to say, Hubby was not a happy camper when he discovered that she tore a new hole in the wood lattice.  He took down all the flimsy wood lattice and replaced it with this hard plastic lattice.  So far, so good.  It’s only been a couple of days, but she hasn’t shown any interest in chewing on the hard plastic lattice.  Do I dare hope that it’s safe?


Sleeping through the night – no, she’s not doing that yet.  I’ve been running that little dog all over the yard playing fetch, doing obedience training, walks.  You name it.  I’m exhausted after the work out, so I figure she must be too and that she’ll sleep through the night.  Wrong!  She’s STILL getting up in the middle of the night.  But it’s not necessarily to go to the bathroom.  It’s to play!!  This morning she came to my side of the bed at 3 a.m.  I thought she had to go out to potty.  Nope, she wanted to play with her stuffed toy.  I told her that it wasn’t time to get up and to go back to sleep.  After a couple more trips around the bed (and after she stepped on Blacky and he barked at her), she realized I wasn’t getting up and went back to sleep.  


Getting my attention – this morning as I was getting ready for work, she came into the bathroom and nudged me in the leg with her nose.  I asked her what she wanted and she did it again.  I asked if she had to potty and she took off for the stairs.  So I go downstairs and let her and Blacky out the back door.  She sat at the back door and barked at me.  Just one bark.  Nope, she didn’t need to go out to potty.  She wanted Mommy to play fetch with her.  Awww . . . . how sweet!  So there I was at 7:15 this morning – no make up, hair only half done – playing fetch with the doggies.  Yea, I was running a little late for work, but I just couldn’t resist their big brown eyes (Blacky wanted to play fetch too, I think he sent Luci upstairs to get me!)


I know that I’ve said that raising dogs is easier than raising kids . . . but sometimes I wonder.  I think these two dogs are smarter than me and I’m in big trouble if they decide to put their heads together to dream up some mischief. 


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