Karen Shanley


New Year’s Resolution

I don’t usually go in for New Year’s resolutions. I figure each new day is another chance to get it right. Whatever the “it” is.

But when I saw this video, it humorously sums up the gist of a major change I’d like to make from here on.  I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda burnt out on mobile everything 24/7. Yep, I have to agree, there is no replacement for holding and reading a real book-book. 

Yes, I know, the irony isn’t lost on me… :)


Tis the Season to Get Puppies

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Bichon Frise 8 week puppyCait’s boyfriend’s family is a case in point. They just got a little Bichon Frise. He’s cute as a button and the only problem he will face is potential love overload. They just got him, and I just got the first phone call of many on training questions.

Which means, of course, that it’s time for another primer on house-training.

5 Rules of House Training

First Rule of Puppy House Training

DO NOT PUNISH ACCIDENTS. Unless you want to teach your puppy to hide when he has to go.

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A Little Christmas Present for You

One of my favorite ways to procrastinate is to get lost in Quora. If you’re not familiar with it, you’re in for a treat. Here’s one of the funnier pieces I’ve come across in a long time.

If you don’t want to join to read it, here’s the gist.  Safe and happy holidays to all. See you in the new year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your Thanksgiving baskets were as full of goodness as mine were.  : )

Maine Coon Cat

Reality Check: How Many Leaves Can You Name?

Perhaps you’ve seen a variation of this floating around the web. For me, this pretty much sums up one of the major ways in which the modern world has lost its balance.

brands vs nature

Is there anyone left in the western world who doesn’t instantly recognize all of the logos? If you want to see how you did with the names of the leaves (okay, I did throw in one trick leaf) click to see the answers.
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I Knew This Day Would Come…

I love telecommuting from a home office. I’m not bothered by ringing office phones or distracted by conversations. I love that I can dress for comfort without worry of judgement. And I especially love that I get to have my dogs with me all day long.

But when did life get so hectic that, in needing to run to the store to pick up a few items, I forgot to change out of my slippers? I didn’t even notice until I’d done my shopping and was in the parking lot heading back to my car. Now I know why I was getting odd looks. That is, odder than usual. : )


Next stop–bag lady?

Onions and Grandmothers

My grandmother is on the right. Her nickname was Lizzie Cowflop.

My grandmother is on the right.
This was taken on her London trip in 1950.

I’ve got the house to myself for a few days, with a ton of work to get through and an empty fridge. Last night, by the time I’d finished, I was too tired to go to the grocery store. That left me with some brussel sprouts from my garden, an onion, some fresh herbs, and some chick peas. Not exactly scintillating ingredients, but I managed to get a pretty satisfying roasted dish out of them.

As I was making quick work of chopping the onion,  I was thinking about how onions always make me think of my long-deceased grandmother. Having lived through the Depression and both World Wars, she was a loving but tough woman– German through and through. On the rare times we stayed overnight at her house, she’d march us off to bed with no talking and lights promptly out–but then she’d put little presents under our pillows for us to discover upon waking.
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“Handy” Tips

One of the ways I help myself miss Cait a little less is to text her. I was sharing outdoor survival tips from a TV show I was watching.

Helpful tips

Glad to see her sense of humor is still in tact.

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