Sunday, January 31, 2010


What a privilege
to freely walk
in the solitude of snow.

To see the ground covered with diamonds,
to think your own thoughts,
and to know all is well in your life.

To see a bird take wing
and marvel how its tiny body
can withstand
the chills of winter.

How reassuring to know
that when you return to your house
the wonderful aroma of fresh brewed coffee
will meet your nostrils
and you can wrap your hands
around the mug
and feel its warmth.

All is right
in our little corner
of the world
and we love our life.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Saturday, January 30, 2010


As I sit in the silence
I can see the light gray sky
the trees without their leaves
and the snow lightly falling.

It is stunning.
It is majestic.
It is a gift from God.

And I am so thankful
I can enjoy it.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Good Afternoon,

Before we start, we want to apologize about the size of our FONT - we are having a horrible time getting it the size we want it and when we do and then post, it changes to a different size. We really are not yelling -- too loudly, that is.

And welcome to True Colours Thursday. Miss Blue, as always is our gracious host for today. Please drop by and visit her if you'd like to play along. The colour for today is PUCE. It had us a bit stumped for selections when it was decided upon and frankly we haven't changed our minds. And the fact that Wikipedia has it described as the colour of an underbelly of a flea leaves us not really wanting to delve into the matter further (plus just typing this is making our secretary's head itch!). But for your consideration today, we have chosen the following items from in and around our home - can you enlighten us?
Which one is truly PUCE?When we first saw that PUCE
was a suggested colour,
Mom thought it was the colour
of the green stripe in these socks she knitted,
but we explained to her that was the coulour
another word that began with "puc"
and that the red stripe was closer to PUCE.

See this cute little Wheaten Scottie figurine.
Jazzi sent it to us in her package
and Mom was remiss about getting it on the post.
Is the composition notebook
it is perched upon PUCE?

Or these funny scissors
that won't cut yarn
and cut paper all zig-zaggy -
Are they PUCE?

Is the bag our food comes in PUCE?

Or is the bench on our front porch PUCE?
We thought it was "Barn Red"

All of these years we thought
our Scottie Scooter was "Inferno Red."
Could the manufacturer be mistaken
and it's PUCE?

And our sweet sissy, Kat.
Does she have PUCE hair
(we know no flea bellies are living in there)
or is she wearing a PUCE blouse?

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Our telephone rang on Friday
and when Mom answered it,
she didn't recognize the voice
on the other end.
But once the lady said,
"I'm Jazzi's Mom",
our Mom felt like
she was talking to a lifelong friend.

She said that Snazzi Jazzi
had a package to send to us
and that it was in the mail.
When it arrived in yesterday's mail,
we could tell there was something good inside.
Because it looked like our mailman
had been chewing on one corner.

When we opened it,
we found out that Snazzi
had sent us some real people food.
And even people crackers.
We each even got to have one M&M.
We had never had those before.
There were also some snausages
in the package,
but unfortunately Carrleigh found them
this morning when we weren't paying attention.

Mom waited until after we had our dinner
before she gave us any of the snacks.
She was home alone so was having
a hard time getting our picture
and keeping all of her fingers.

Check out all of these wonderful Scottie items
that Jazzi's Mom sent to our Mom.
Our Mom is always searching for Scottie ribbon
and notes and cards
she felt like it was Christmas or her birthday.
That Jazzi is quite the artist.
Can you see that she painted pictures
of all of us on this ornament.
That really brought a smile
to Mom's face.

And then we saw an envelope
with French postage on it.

We think that the only dogs we know in France
are Wilf and Digby,
Polish Lowland Sheep Dogs.

And they own a nice gentleman
named Angus (who is a fabulous wordsmith).
He sent us this wonderful Scottie tie.
Our Dad will be wearing it to school
one day this week.

Our sweet friends, Fern, Happy and Bambi
over at Animal Lover, Quilt lover
sent us this nice award.
We sincerely appreciate all of the love
that was sent our way.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Friday, January 22, 2010


Last night when we went to bed,
we knew there would be
a lot of ice this morning when we got up.
And we were right.
All of the neighboring schools are closed,
along with many government agencies
and businesses.

Just looking out from our porch,
it doesn't look too bad.
But Mom decided since we are such strong dogs
that she would walk us separately.
The first one to go was Carrleigh.

And Mom slip-slided across the porch
until she got on the grass.
Even though every little strand of grass
was covered in ice,
it wasn't too hard to walk on it.
But when she got to our driveway
it was a different story.

So before she walked anyone else,
she put on the Yaktraxx
that Granny had got her for Christmas.
Mom wasn't sure she had a lot of faith in them,
but now she is a believer.
They are wonderful
and she didn't slip one time walking the rest of us.
She highly recommends them.

And so you don't go into withdrawals
from missing our sweet faces,
here's a little Lilly-love.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Good Morning and welcome to TRUE COLOURS THURSDAY. Our host for today is the wonderful Miss Blue. And our colours for today are BLUE and WHITE. If you'd like to play along, just go over to Blue's Blog and let her know and then you're in - it's that easy!

Our Mom is always on the lookout for BLUE & WHITE dishes to compliment our cobalt blue fiesta ware, so it was a simple task for us to find BLUE & WHITE. Even though these are new pictures we took this morning, we're fairly certain you may have seen some of them before.

Our winter everyday dishes -
WHITE with BLUE snowflakes.

And Mom's BLUE & WHITE dishes
up high on the dusty shelf.
She needs to get hoppin' on that Spring cleaning.

Here we have another one of Mom's Christmas pressies -
Our sissy usually finds a unique
Wizard of Oz gift for Mom.
This year she got her this BLUE metal magnet
that is on our WHITE refrigerator.

And our sweet Lillybug's
BLUE AND WHITE food bowl.
Notice how clean it is -
we had cottage cheese for dindin
on our food last night
and that's Lilly's favorite.
It made her lick her bowl totally clean.

Our BLUE Fiesta serving dishes
stacked on our WHITE pantry shelf.

And the BLUE we dread most of all -
the BLUE dremel
laid against Mom's embroidered Scottie towel.
We think the THURSDAY towel has worn out.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Most of you know we live in a farmhouse
that was built in the late 1800's.
It has suffered several remodels,
one during the 1950's
when cork floors were put in the living-room,
and again in the 1970's

when the ugliest carpet imaginable was installed.

One day, Mom decided to remove the carpet
and uncover the cork floor
which is in fairly good condition,
at least when compared to that yucky carpet.

Today she mopped it
and wanted it to dry faster
so she decided to put out a fan.
And Lilly decided to help it dry.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Monday, January 18, 2010


This has got to be one of the sweetest
Scottie videos
of all time.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Friday, January 15, 2010


Check out these pretty blue skies we have today.

And the foot of snow is melting from our pen.
We haven't been able to hang out there
in over a month.

The water is melting in our outside pan.

The thermometer is registering in the 50's.

And Carrleigh's in a noose.

Run, Piper, Run.
She'll be after us next.
I hear the water in the sink
and see the shampoo.
Did you know that Mom bathes us
with horse shampoo?

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Several of you asked that I update you as I heard
news from our mission team in Haiti.
Just tonight, we received word that
Ancy (the gentleman in the bright green shirt),
his wife, his children and his brother
survived the earthquake.
Prayers are being answered.

Thank you for your concern.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Today, we ask that you take a moment

To remember the people of Haiti
The little children

And the adults trying to survive

Their country has had the hardest earthquake
in over 200 years.
And tens of thousands of buildings
are destroyed.

Mom can not communicate
with any of the Mission Team
to check on their safety.

Haiti was a poor country before this tragedy
and now they need your help more than ever.

We are very concerned for
our interpreters, Ancy and Jackson
and our caring Dr. Baguidy (in the center).

Animals in Haiti
have a hard life
during the best of times.

If you'd like to donate to Haiti
for earthquake relief,
please use reliable sources
such as
Haiti Education Foundation
Samaritan's Purse.
Earmark you funds for
Haiti Earthquake Relief.

If you would like to help our interpreters directly,
funds can be sent to the
Haiti Education Foundation
and earmarked for
ncy Fils Amie

Jean Pierre Jackson.

And please pray -
the Haitians need it now,
more than ever.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java
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