Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist – The Twisted Man


The Twisted Man

I will admit I struggled with this one a bit. I kept imagining a twisted tree and for that reason I guess my eyes were closed to other ideas. This morning as I drove my dog to the vet I saw this twisted man in front of a retail store. I did a few U-turns so I could look at him a little closer and snap some pictures of him. So here it is….my submission for the weekly photo challenge – Twist.


A Weekly Series – If My Dog…

“Look!” “Out the window!” My dog would force these words between her pants of excitement, if she could speak english.

“It’s a bunny!” “Mom, it’s a bunny. I want to chase him!” “I won’t hurt the bunny.” “Com’n Mom, just open the door!” These words would erupt from her mouth as she bounced between the family room window and the back door, if my dog could speak english.

I specifically say english because that is the only language I know. And at this point in her life the only language my dog knows is “Dog Speak!” I know her barks, whimpers and snarls all mean something. I know each tail wag, sniff and lick are                                                                forms of communication. 
The dilemma is, when two different languages are spoken in the same house without a mutual communication device, confusion is bound to arise. 

If my dog could speak english, we would not have to play the guessing game. She could simply explain her preference of toys. Rather than tear to shreds every stuffed toy that enters the house. She could just say, “Mom, if you stop by the pet-toy-store today, would you please buy one of those chewy bones that are impossible to destroy?” 

If my dog could speak english, she could remind me which treat it is she prefers instead of throwing up the one that I think she likes. 

If my dog spoke english she could politely ask to ride along to the store, instead of tripping me as I pick up my keys.

It is also possible, if my dog could speak english, she would ask me to stop trying to dress her up and simply let her inner beauty shine!

On the other hand, if my dog spoke english, would I regret her being able to talk back? Especially now that she is going through the terrible 2’s?!



A Weekly Series – If My Dog…

“Wanna go for a ride?”

Wag, wag, bark, bark, jump, full circle turn, wag, wag!

And off we go to the car.

Now, this is where I question my dog’s judgement. This wonderful creature has no idea whether we are going to the corner store, the dog park, the vet or on vacation. Does she need to grab her doggie snacks? Will she need her favorite blanket? Maybe she will need her favorite rolling, bouncing round thing!

She grabs nothing!

She runs to the car, jumps into the backseat, does a quick spin and sits down. She waits patiently for me to roll down her window. Once the window is down far enough for her to put her head out, she is ready for “a ride.”

If my dog thought logically she might try to use the restroom “one more time” before getting in the car. 
If my dog thought logically she might sneak a couple quick bites of kibble and lap-up some water before hitting the road. 

But, sound judgement and logic do not appear to be part of my dog’s make-up. She is carefree, easy-going, laid-back and spontaneous!

If I were like my dog….I would jump up and down with excitement at each new adventure that crossed my path!


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Ground, Rocks, Sand, Dirt, Paths, Walks and Trails




I spent many hours playing on this path as a child. Last summer, while back in Ohio for a visit, my life-long friend and I visited the place of so many childhood memories. As fourth graders we had a teacher that enlisted us to help clean up the woods and collect signatures on a petition to stop proposed development. It is joyous to know 40 years later the path we ran up and down, the trees we climbed and the plants we once studied are still flourishing for other children to explore and experience.


If you are interested in learning more about Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge click here

A Little Research….

On Monday I posted a picture of bicycles hanging in a tree for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week 12. A comment from Janet at This, That and the Other Thing, sent me to Google to find out what I could about the tree and the person that decided bikes look good in trees.  So, if any of you are interested in the man that decorates trees with bikes, here is a link for you to follow! The article I’ve linked was written in 2012 and George Hilton was 94 years old at that time. I took the picture this past Friday (05/16/14) so I can only assume Mr. Hilton continues to dabble in yard art!