We are on the verge of bringing home a Scottie puppy! I couldn’t be more excited! In preparation for the big day, I first made a list of all the basic dog supplies we already have.
When we lost Fibber MacGee 14 months ago, we donated pet food, medications, bedding, and numerous toys to a local shelter.
But, anticipating we’d someday be ready for another Scottie to join our family, I did pack away many basic dog supplies. That included things like the dog crate, exercise pen, baby gates, car seat, bowls, grooming tools, collars, and leashes. Additionally, I laundered and stored Fibber’s sweaters and coats, fleece blankets, and some gently used toys.
Since I haven’t had a puppy for 12 years, I went to the computer and researched numerous “best” lists for toys and other pet supplies. It was like a puppy baby shower, when four big boxes arrived from Chewy and Amazon! I also dusted off my Scottie, puppy and dog training books to refresh my memory. And, I watched a great dog training class on TV. (more…)
As we begin a new year with hope and promise, I’m taking a look back at Debbees Buzz most popular posts of 2020.
We were blessed to have our two adult sons home for Christmas. They drove in together with youngest son’s four-month old puppy.
Under the circumstances, we had a fairly traditional Christmas. That is if you don’t count COVID-19 tests, online shopping and curbside pickup only, N95 masks, and curtailing all unnecessary trips or exposure. The worst was not going to Christmas Eve Mass. Instead, we watched our bishop in a near empty cathedral via live-streaming.
But, there was the joy and chaos of having a rambunctious puppy in the house. On Christmas Eve, we cooked together, played games, visited with extended family via FaceTime, and made merry. A highlight was my son play holiday music on the piano. And, by the time we went to bed, snow was falling and blanketing the ground. It created a truly magical setting.
We awoke to a winter wonderland, with Pittsburgh having a record-breaking snowfall. There were thoughtful, clever and generous gifts for all. Most importantly, the four of us were together.
On Veterans Day, I’d like to pay tribute to my dear father-in-law, a World War II veteran and POW.
Dad’s military service left a legacy to our family I hope will endure for generations.
After graduating high school, he initially attended West Point. But several months after D-Day, in June 1944, dad shipped across the Atlantic to Europe.
There, he took part in The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive. The last major German campaign on the Western Front during World War II took place from December 1944 through January 1945.
It was the biggest and deadliest single battle of WWII for American soldiers. About 19,000 Americans were eventually killed. Some 47,500 were wounded, with another 23,000 captured or missing in action.
Dad was one of those initially listed as missing in action. For many months, his family and the army did not know he had been captured and was in a German Prisoner of War (POW) camp.
Today, I want to share the volunteer effort my niece took on. She’s become a homemade mask making machine! I’m so very proud of her. By telling her story, I’m hoping to motivate others who can also chip in by sewing, or donating supplies and funds.
Many people are helping in ways both large and small. Some, like Mr. Buzz, have donated much-needed blood.
For many of us, doing our part means staying home as much as possible, taking care of each other, and protecting our health so not to become a burden on others.
Because of our age group, that’s mostly what retired hubby and I have been doing for nearly six weeks now. Since we can no longer volunteer, we support our community by making financial contributions to the food bank, and other efforts to help those most adversely impacted by the pandemic.
Through Debbee’s Buzz, I’m trying to communicate a sense of community, to offer a pleasant distraction, and ways to keep productivity occupied. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to, and how you’re doing.
After Labor Day weekend, I put away the summer decor and tableware in my kitchen.
One of the things I enjoy about the month of September, is having my home in its “normal” state; without any seasonal or holiday decor.
Besides, there’s all of October and November for fall decorating. It’s nice to have a break; before six to seven months in a row of one holiday after another.
Without all the decorations and tableware out, late summer is also a good time for me to do a thorough cleaning of the kitchen cabinets inside and out. Now that I’ve started that process, I thought I’d continue the tour of my pretty, but practical kitchen.
Today’s tour will focus on the kitchen’s nine-foot island bar; and a few other unique cabinetry features and design elements.
Due to it’s popularity and response, I decided to continue with the second part of my remodeled kitchen tour in back-to-back posts this week.
We started in the eat-in dining area and moved along the side of the kitchen separating the front from the rear of the home.
In Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour (Part 1), I explained how a half wall with spindles, narrow pantry closet, and peninsula with cabinets hanging from the ceiling had been removed. That created a much more open concept between the kitchen, dining space and family room.
Neutrals of tan and gray, with accents of black, sage green, and clay red, create a soothing color scheme. Italian fruit and Tuscany black rooster decor add interest and personality to the kitchen.
Now, let’s resume the tour in the far corner and outside wall of the remodeled kitchen — next to the large pantry and utility closet.