Somewhere over the rainbow…

There must be a day when I can grab some time all to myself and just sit and type out a blog entry here.  This is only a quickie, as usual, as I’m really still in my work-day mode.  I have finished my typing portion of work, but the next portion is to drive over to the office and drop it off and pick up new work.  And I like to get out of the house before 1 or 2 if I can help it because if you’ve never driven in Salem traffic in the fall, then you can’t know how horrid it is if I happen to be running later than that.

And if it’s October, then forget it!  I have to drive out to Swampscott, take the back road over to Peabody, then diagonally over to Danvers, where my office is, in order to avoid that October/Haunted Happenings traffic extravaganza that happens in our city each year. 

And it gets worse each year.

This year the Mayor had the brilliant idea of adding a carnival to the regular Haunted Happenings which go for the entire month of October.  People come from every corner of the globe for this stuff.  But a carnival, that has nothing at all to do with Halloween, is going to just cause more traffic, more headaches, and more overcrowding of an already unbearable situation.

Lucky for us we live way up at the very tip end of Salem, only feet from the borderline of Salem, Swampscott, and Marblehead.  We are about as far out but still within the Salem City limits as you can be.  So it’s not quite so bad for us here, since we can sneak out the back way and weave our way over thru other towns and cities to get where we want to go. 

If we have to go ANYWHERE in the City of Salem (especially downtown Salem) – then just forget it in October.

So, that’s all the time I have.  The rest of the afternoon will be weaving thru traffic, and maybe catching up on some housework.  


Catch you later…



Then and Now…

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I guess the main reason I haven’t updated this blog lately is because of Kip, that cute little collie boy pictured above. 

On the left, he had been here for  about 13 days – so that would make him about 3 months old.

On the right, he had been here for almost 10 weeks – so that makes him 5 months old. 

So little time for so much to have happened.  Needless to say, he (along with his big sister Emma) take up a good chunk of my life these days.  That and working and making sure our house stays up and running properly take up all of the 24 hours God gives me each day for living.  Not much spare time for writing blogs. 

In fact, I sat down here to begin my work for the day, but figured I’d send you off a small HELLO and wish you all a happy weekend coming up. 

Our Kip is developing into a handsome young “man” now.  He has been losing his baby teeth this past week, and I even had to help one along with a swift yank on it as it was dangling in his mouth, refusing to come loose on its own.  Poor little tyke… I try to explain to him that he will grow new ones, but I’m not sure he quite understands.  But it certainly doesn’t keep him from biting and chewing on everything and anything, although I may be seeing a slight turning of that corner.  I think that’s the one thing about “puppyhood” that bothers me the most – the need for him to constantly have something in his mouth to keep the teething pains at bay.

He’s been jabbed and wormed and immunized for all sorts of maladies so far.  He still has one more jab to get in about a week to finish off his Rabies shots, and then, next month, comes the BIG DAY.  He will be old enough to go in for the dreaded neutering operation.  I don’t relish that day one little bit.  It will mean that I’ll have to take him down to Dog-Doctor first thing in the morning, and then leave him there.  Since he arrived here at the end of June, he’s been such an integral part of my every-waking-hour, I know I’ll have Kip-Withdrawal-Pangs…. and no doubt Emmalee will be pacing the house all day, wondering where her little brother has disappeared to.  But hopefully, all will go well, and he’ll be back in the loving arms of his family that same night. 

Maybe that little “operation” will tame him down slightly?  I don’t know…I’ve heard rumours to the contrary, so I’m not counting on it.  I think only time will do that for us.  Not that I’m wishing his life away, mind you.  He’s a charming little scamp, and despite being run ragged these last two months, I’m really glad he’s here and in our lives.

So, other than dealing with puppy matters, and working, not much has happened.  Our neighbors hired a tree trimming company to come and trim out our huge oak tree in the front yard because some of it was overhanging their roof, and they are planning to put on a new roof soon.  That was nice of them… to pay for it, I mean.  (Thanks, guys!)  Now our big old oak tree is a lot trimmer and neater looking.  And it was good entertainment for the puppers, too! 

Our Boston Red Sox have been leading the Eastern Division of the American Baseball League for most of this year, and are still about 6-1/2 games ahead of those dreaded New York Yankees.  So with every game, we are rooting for them and keeping our fingers and toes crossed that they make it into the playoffs, and then maybe into the World Series.  They have a lot of new members on the team this year who are really contributing greatly, and it’s been fun watching them this season.   

So it’s time to work now.  I can’t justify any more lally-gagging around here when I have many, many miles/hours of typing ahead of me.