Saturday, April 15, 2017

A short hiatus for the Easter weekend

For those of you who celebrate: Happy Easter.
For those of you don't: Happy Spring.

For those who are pretty sure going IN the water is contra-indicated: here's a picture of Donnaeve's little dog, who agrees with you.


Kitty said...

Happy Easter to Janet and all my fellow Reiders, and Pesach Sameach to my fellow Jewish Reiders!

Amy Johnson said...

Aw, Donna, your little dog is adorable!

Hope everyone who celebrates Easter has a good one. I'm looking forward to attending the sunrise service at an old church that's still new to me. One of my children is a music minister. He left his position at another church to begin one at this church earlier this year. Where he goes, the rest of the family goes. The church is in a a lovely setting, so I imagine the outdoor service will be especially nice. Happy Easter!

Lisa Bodenheim said...

A blessed Easter for the people who celebrate. Spring is here in the midwest with a thunderstorm! And, of course, green grass that is now getting a wee bit long.

Happy weekend all.

Melanie Sue Bowles said...

Awww... Little Mister! Precious boy.

The weather in our part of Georgia has been absolutely perfect. The pastures here at the sanctuary are green and growing. The horses are shedding their winter coats. Everything in the woods is in bloom, while the deciduous trees are unfurling their new leaves. My flower gardens are being choked to death by weeds (I had to throw a little murder in for John MS Frain. So that's what I'll be doing the next few days... deweeding and attempting to revive dying pansies.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Janet, as always, thank you for this gathering place and for all you do.

Lennon Faris said...

Donna, he's a cutie!

Melanie, that makes me want to go hiking.

Happy Easter and Happy Spring, folk!

french sojourn said...

Have a wonderful weekend, Reiders.

Donna, didn't even take me a second to know it was yours. Adorable little soul!

Tuning up the pool for forthcoming guests, and continuing to renovate the 1700's structure for rentals later this coming season.

Everyone stay safe and hug your loved ones. Janet have a great one, and I love there is somewhere I can go every day and just detach from reality for fifteen minutes. Thanks again.

Cheers, Hank.

Jennifer R. Donohue said...

I'm sure it says something about me that I recognize peoples' dogs all across the internet (she said as a Doberman head swanned across her keyboard from the other end of the couch....)

Have a good one, everybody! It's sunny here, but not warm, precisely. WarmER?

Sam Hawke said...

Happy Easter Janet! Have a great weekend Reiders, whether celebrating Easter or not.

We are enjoying a 4 day weekend with perfect autumn Canberra weather - brilliant blue skies, warm sun, and chilly night/morning. My 6 y.o. has left a long and rambling letter to the Easter Bunny outside the front door, which contains many nice things (I love you, please come inside, etc) and, rather more disturbingly, a few veiled threats (if there aren't any eggs in my basket I will be SO CROSS). Hot cross bun bake-off with my siblings tomorrow. And I'm rewriting chapter 1 for the 10,000th time, and haven't yet set myself of fire, so that's a win.

Sharyn Ekbergh said...

The snow is melting fast and soon I should be able to make the one acre cat fence secure (we had a big snow year and parts of it are buried in frozen ice).

Ramona discovered yesterday that the catnip patch survived the winter.

Donnaeve said...

Awww, so nice to see my Little Dog (a.k.a. Mister or The Bundle) gracing the site here!

This was taken when he was still getting used to the idea that he could explore, and nothing would hurt him. I can tell he's looking a bit hesitant. QOTKU has it right. He got "sort of" near the water, then was like, "um, how do I get out of here?"

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, mostly hallelujah re: warmer weather in general to all!

Julie Weathers said...

As Kitty said, Happy Easter to Janet and all my fellow Reiders, and Pesach Sameach to my fellow Jewish Reiders!

I've been following the Passover preparations thread on Books and Writers. My gosh, who knew? They've even been exchanging recipes. It's been quite the get together from around the world.

Gage the Wonder Dog is at me feet, as usual. If my feet are ever attacked, I might be in good shape or he might just move to the other side of the desk. He's not selfish.

Donna, cute puppy.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo Buscaglia

E.M. Goldsmith said...

Whether Easter, Passover, Autumn, or Spring - wishing you all renewal of hope and spirit this weekend.

Adorable little dog, Donna. Nearly as cute as Frankie

Amy Johnson said...

Oh, Julie, what a great quote! Thank you.

AJ Blythe said...

Happy Easter weekend to all. As Sam Hawke said, perfect autumn weather here in Canberra. Today I took my bundle of fur and eldest Barbarian for a long, rambling walk around a large lake. Perfectly lovely.

Donna, your fur-child is a cutie!

Amy Schaefer said...

A wonderful weekend to all! I have successfully ignored the pile of chocolate the Easter bunny stashed at my house for three entire days now. Small victories.

I plan to drag my family outside for a walk today. The spring weather is too delicious to ignore.

Unknown said...

Friends, Here's a little Easter or Spring inspiration:
My best to all for rebirth in whatever form you need most! Kathy

Claire Bobrow said...

How nice to see Little Dog! Very handsome indeed.

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and happy weekend to all of you.

BJ Muntain said...

A blessed Easter to all! (Even if you don't celebrate, you can still have a blessed day. :) ) And I hope that anyone of the Jewish faith has a happy and blessed Passover.

I'm looking forward to singing at Easter Vigil tonight. I get to sing a couple solos: a lovely psalm, and my favourite verse of the Celtic Alleluia (you might call it the writer's verse: "The stone which the builders rejected becomes the cornerstone chosen.") I'm also looking forward to after mass, when my hands should stop shaking. :) In the morning, my 5-year-old nephew gets to search for his Easter basket. And my mum bought gluten-free oatmeal and M&Ms and made me MONSTER COOKIES! It will be a marvelous Easter for all!

Spring is definitely here, though there is always the chance of snow yet. We've had blizzards in May, for goodness' sake, and snow recorded for every month of the year except July. But for now, the weather is warm (if a bit damp), the rabbits in the colony in the small park across the street are getting browner every day, and the snow is gone nearly everywhere, even in the deep shade. I'm hoping that the duck I keep hearing in my back yard isn't actually a duck, though - no ponds or anything nearby, so that might portend something worrisome - but that instead the mockingbirds that live around here have decided on a more pleasant sound than the screeching of metal they've enjoyed the last few years.

And look at the face on that little Mister dog! Yorkies are such little people. And I totally agree with him. Which is why I hope we don't have ducks.

Julie: Wonderful quote for a wonderful weekend!

BJ Muntain said...

I missed most of yesterday - happy to help start a conversation on what YA is and is not!

Welcome to GillyB! Thank you so much for contributing to the discussion!

I doubt I could write YA. I never really was YA, myself. I kind of went from infant to semi-adult to ancient by the time I was ten, so I don't understand much of the 'young person's experience'. I didn't understand it when I was surrounded by others going through those experiences, either. And so I write adult fiction. Though even my adult fiction isn't as racy as some YA.

Anyway, back to a beautiful birdsong-filled spring morning and my coffee. (The ducks seem to have taken a break. Or flown the coop. I hope.)

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Happy "ruff-ruff" to all Reider-pups, no matter your inclination regarding worship, weather or woofs.

Again, and over again a million times, thanks for being here.

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Oh yeah Donna, Mister is a sweetie !

Dena Pawling said...

Happy no-it's-not-tax-day-yet! It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood. Supposed to be 78 degrees today. Blue sky, warm sun. Next weekend supposed to be 91 degrees. Hello global warming. I'm a winter person and dislike the summer heat, says she who does not live where it snows =)

My husband took the kids to the beach yesterday while I was at work, and they even went in the water. BBBRRRRRRRRR

Little Mister is a cutie!

Here's wishing everyone a blessed Easter.

Mark Ellis said...

Our priest expressly asked that we pray for good Easter weather here in Portland, and looks like our prayers are answered. I'll be ushering both the Easter vigil tonight, and a 10 am Mass tomorrow, at the Grotto.

RosannaM said...

Lovely picture of a little Mister. I also wish everyone a Happy Easter, or Happy Spring or just an all around happy weekend.

We might have some glimpses of sun today, with Easter Sunday being mostly sunny and a high of 62. I'll take that. We have had relentless rain, our March was around double the average and April is already at average for the month and we're only half-way through. The rest of nature knows what to do, even if the sky doesn't, though. The rhododendrons across the street are a glorious red, my lilacs are tentatively blooming, and my duck is hiding her eggs, because she wants to have a baby.

BJ ducks are a blast, really!

There are yard chores to do, and other errands to run, but we may just play hooky and do something fun. A hike? The farmer's market? Who knows? The day is ours, let it unfold how it may.

Beth Carpenter said...

Awww, that face just wrings a smile out of you, doesn't it? How is he doing these days, Donna?

Wishing everyone a fresh and glorious day tomorrow, however you celebrate.

Barbara Etlin said...

Happy Spring, everyone! I hope to have tulips and tulip photos soon.

Woof, woof, Mister! You remind me of my first dog, a cute, fearless, completely untrainable Yorkie.

I posted a Passover joke on my blog. (I know you're not supposed to explain jokes; but for those who don't get it, the last quote is a translation of the second-last quote.)

Panda in Chief said...

Happy whatever you celebrate weekend.

Tomorrow there will be a picture of a cat, I hope.
Gotta keep things balanced between the different persuasions.

I'm going to go lay waste to some chocolate bunnies and slightly stale marshmallow peeps!

Karen McCoy said...

I always heart seeing your dog, Donna!

Happy weekend to everyone!

Panda in Chief said...

Barbara Etlin, great joke! And yes, I did get it, before the translation. :-)
Funny, you don't look pandish!

Megan V said...

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

OT: Seeing pictures of Donna's Little Dog (adorable pup Donna!) and all of the other furry members of the reef has me bringing my present dilemma to my fellow Reiders. I'm finally at a point where I'm able to have a fur-pal again. So Reiders: cat or dog? Any input appreciated.

Janet Reid said...

The Duchess of Yowl is not amused by Megan V's little joke.

Kate B said...

Happy Easter or other weekend!

Mister is so cute! I once had a Chesapeake Bay retriever look at me like that any time he was near water--and he was supposed to be a water dog.

@Megan V: If you don't mind penning off part of your living room, you could get house rabbits! I have two, and they are adorable, and also jerks. I love em.

Lennon Faris said...

Megan V - I am so excited for you! Have you had cats / dogs before? Both can be such incredible companions. I suggest checking out a local foster group (local vets might be able to point you the right direction for a good one).

You get the best of a lot of worlds if you adopt a furry friend from a foster family: usually a mixed breed (so in general, better genetics), knowledge about their quirks/ habits/ health, PLUS you can be a part of a rescue.

Good luck and keep us updated!

CynthiaMc said...

Happy Easter, everyone!

As usual I am overbooked. My counterpart at work is on vacation so I've been working both jobs. Went shopping today (my one day off - sort of - I'm singing for Easter Vigil Mass tonight) ostensibly for a new Easter dress but all I wanted to try on were shorts and sandals. I think I need a vacation. I'm singing at early Mass tomorrow and working but then should be able to catch my breath.

Son's friend from England is here for a few weeks and wanted to go to a firing range so Hubby (Air Force marksman) and Son (Marine marksman) loaded up their firearms variety pack and took him to the firing range. They had a great time.

Donna, your dog is adorable.

Megan - good luck on your pet search. I need a dog and a cat at all times. Our big tabby cats love to curl up on my feet and purr - warmth and a massage.

Anonymous said...

Donna, your Little Dog is such a cutie! But poor thing, every time I hear his name I also hear the Wicked Witch's threat of "... and your little dog too!" Run, Toto, run! ;)

A hiatus is a wonderful idea. May all of you make the time and be blessed with the inner calm to celebrate whatever you find meaningful.

Casey Karp said...

Happy Birthday! (What? The odds say there are at least a couple of Reiders whose birthday it is today.)

It's sunny and pleasant here in the San Francisco area, but temperatures are supposed to drop and the rain will supposedly resume tonight.

Megan, I've got one word for you: felines. Get 'em in pairs so they can keep each other company when you're busy. And yeah, what Lennon said. Remember that rescue critters are not only lovable, but they're great for your karma.

Craig F said...

A Happy Whatever to you all. May it be memorable for in a non-traumatic way.

Megan: If you are open to the idea of a pet the right animal will let you know. You might have to search.

Let you heart and feelings tell you, not someone else. A bad connection with an animal can be horrid.

Melanie Sue Bowles said...

Megan... YAY! On being at a place in life that allows for a pet or two (or in my case a dozen or two or three). But you said "again"... May I ask what you had in the past? Dog? Cat? Boa constrictor? HA! Just kidding. Or, what do I know? Maybe you did have a ... never mind.

If you'll consider adoption from a rescue organization, I'll send you a copy of my third book about the dogs, cats, and pigs who have found their way to our animal sanctuary. Signed! As a gift. This isn't shameless self-promotion, I swear. It's shameless promotion of "adopt don't shop." Plus, I have an entire "comp" box of this title sitting in my sunroom. I need to unload 'em... I could try to sell them to raise funds, but "gifting" them makes me happy.

I didn't get much weeding accomplished today. Spent five hours investigating one of the most gruesome neglect cases I've ever dealt with... in 25 years of rescue work. Not sure how this horse is still standing, but she's being placed in our custody tomorrow. We'll evaluate her will to live when we get her back to Proud Spirit.

Julie Weathers said...


I don't blame Mrs. Duck for hiding her eggs. She needs some little quackers to follow her around. Our pond at the farm was next to the farmhouse, so I'd get to hear the ducks talking to me at bedtime. We went to bed with the chickens and the ducks. I had a couple of hens and one duck who followed me around or kept me company while the adults were out in the field. We had many a conversation and told many stories, the dolls, dogs, ducks, hens, and I. I loved watching the ducks and their babies swimming around in the pond.

Well, back to work with me. I've just tipped over a beer wagon and there seems to be a brawl over the spewing beer and barrels rattling down the cobblestone street. Who would have guessed? Danged clumsy authors.

Theresa said...

Happy Easter, Passover, and Spring!

Megan V: I caught my husband looking on the Humane Society's website today--at a family of Great Danes that had recently been surrendered. I had to gently remind him we aren't ready yet to replace our goofy Hugo (the antithesis of a Great Dane--a basset) who died a few months ago. He suggested maybe a cat. I sneezed at him. (No offense, DoY. Cats are the first choice of my heart, but not of my nose.) Cat or dog, Megan, you'll know the right one when you see it.

Have a restful weekend, Janet. Thanks for everything you do.

Julie Weathers said...


Well, a savannah cat is on my bucket list, but Miss Janet seems to think a cat bigger than most children isn't reasonable.

I raised registered Aussies for over 30 years and love them. My youngest son wants a miniature Aussie for the boys when he gets a house. I say I won't get another pet after Gage is gone, but who knows?

Personally, I'd go to a shelter and let the animal speak to you. Your hearts will know which one is right. Will went to the shelter to get a kitten and a grown Russian Blue cat who hadn't had anything to do with anyone looked at him and put his paw up on the cage like he was trying to high five him. The shelter people were amazed.

So, they've been inseperable since aside from when Will was in Iraq.

I went to the shelter to get a cat when I wound up with Gage. I certainly wasn't looking for a dog whatsoever.

Megan V said...

Thanks everyone! I'm worried though. Should I be packing a bag to Carkoon? Does the Duchess of Yowl have some sort of Royal Prerogative in the Reef?

Kate I'm afraid not even Easter can tempt me to get a bunny. :)
Lennon I've had both dogs and cats before. I grew up on a farm with a variety of fur-babies. Lost my pup a few years back and haven't had the heart to get another. Plus, I rent living space and so pet-parenting again wasn't a possibility until recently. I have a soft spot in my heart for Dobies (but since I still rent Dobies are out of the question.)
Cynthia Thanks for the luck. So glad you have furry friends of both kinds to keep you company!
Casey I like the use of plural there! ☺ I have to admit, I’ve been tempted to seek out bonded pairs as part of the search.
Craig Thank you for your kind words. I’m just not good with the feelings thing. My problem is I fall in love with all of them!
Melanie While have had many creatures, boa constrictors are not one of them. And adoption is a priority for me. I have, in the past, had the unfortunate duty to prosecute cases of animal neglect and cruelty. I’m sorry to read about your newest charge, but glad that she is in your care. Also, I would love a copy of your third book, but only if you agree to sign a copy that I purchase! Deal?
Theresa I’m sorry for your loss. I can empathize with your husbands perusing on the humane society page. Wishing you both the best!
Julie Thank you for the stories, and the advice. I can’t imagine going in for a dog and coming out with a cat or vice versa. And yet, I can. That said, if you do opt for a savannah someday, be aware that there are a fair number people who try to illicitly pass off servals as savannahs and bengals.

Claire Bobrow said...

One of each Megan V, one of each :-)

Melanie: I hope your newest charge finds peace at the sanctuary. Neglected animals make me so sad.

And thank you, Casey, for letting me know it's supposed to rain. That's the first time I've gotten my local weather forecast from the Reef and I kind of like it!!

BJ Muntain said...

Megan: There's an easy way to decide between cats and dogs: How do you feel about poop?

If you want a critter that poops outside where you pick it up in little bags - a dog.

If you want a critter that poops in a box in the house, where you have to sift it and dump it - a cat.

Really, many of life's questions come down to poop.

Beth Carpenter said...

Melanie, prayers and thanks that the horse will be in your care tomorrow.

Megan, what a wonderful position to be in. No matter what you choose, it's the right choice.

John Davis Frain said...

Merry Easter, one and all.

Donnaeve said...

Melanie, hopeful thoughts to you and this new horse. Maybe s/he will see her new home and want to spend time with you and the herd.

Thank you all for your kind words about my lovable quirky Little Dog.

Casey Karp said...

Claire, glad to be of service. Isn't helping one another what this community is all about?

Megan, take BJ's advice with a small caveat: people have taught cats to use the toilet (though I gather no one has convinced them to flush reliably). On the other paw, I've never heard of a dog using the toilet--but they'll be happy to clean the bowl for you.