Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PlusOne Comes Home Today!

Mom and Dad can't WAIT! Apparently the group leader said that the People To People Student Ambassador Program was MADE for kids like PlusOne. Woo Hoo!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sleeping In and Versailles

Mom is taking it easy after her exam yesterday (which she passed, of course) and preparing for a busy week. At work they are changing over to an entirely new computer system and the corporate guys are arriving Monday to train everyone. Mom still has lots of work to do, finishing up getting the inventory inputted into the new system, printing bar code labels of the entire inventory and... well, you get the idea.

PlusOne is coming home on Tuesday (Mom, Dad, Memere & Pepere are all VERY excited about this). I KNOW Lucky is looking forward to having him home (so will I, I'll get my bed back).

And Saturday and the next 14 Saturdays after that, mom will be working real hard for her Third Degree Black Belt. Yeah, I think she can sleep late today.

PlusOne is at Versailles today. Mom and Dad can't wait to hear all about it.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Karate Exam

Last week mom had her P.T. exam. Forty full, to the floor, push-ups, sixty full sit-ups and running for twenty minutes. Mom passed that and today she has her Step Exam. When she passes this, she will be eligible to start testing for her Third Degree Black Belt. That will start next Saturday. (Mom's gotta be at the karate studio for 8:15 am for the push ups, sit ups and running, and then 45 minutes of class and tests.)

Have I told you lately how happy I am to be a pug?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Memere Says....

It is time for PlusOne to come home. Mom laughed and said "Next Tuesday!"
PlusOne is in the yellow and white striped shirt with the (silly) hat. They were in Florence when the photo was taken. Apparently the streets are very narrow there. Today PlusOne is in Paris. He will be staying with a French family until Sunday. Mom has been to France, she said the food there was divine. I'm jealous.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Sign

Mom did not plant this sunflower. It popped up, growing before mom had even planted her new batch of sunflower seeds. Mom took it as a sign from our Sunflower Sisters & Fire Hydrant Brothers, telling us that while they may not be with us in body, they are with us in spirit and they are not in pain any more. They don't want us to cry but to live and to remember them with joy and smiles.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tattle Tale Tuesday

Lucky here ~ Yes, that is my silly sister doing the table dance because she can't get off the table. Never mind that the chairs are right there, she just won't climb down. Silly Roxy!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday So Soon?

Mom is really not ready for it to be Monday. I can honestly say I am not looking forward to it either. I like sitting next to her on the sofa.

PlusOne goes to Florence today. He also gets to walk through the "Gates of Paradise". Then he travels to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. I hope he doesn't fall off.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Easy Like Sunday Morning & Pizza

Yes, Lucky is back. It's not so bad, really. It felt weird without her. And if mom and dad had left for work and left me alone, that would be no fun.

It's been nice here, low 80's and LOW humidity (woo hoo), We are really liking that!

As for PlusOne, he had AUTHENTIC Italian pizza last night and he said it was AWESOME! Today he is in Assisi, having an experience with Full On, which will be overcoming fears, building confidence and strengthening personal development. Then he gets to rappel over a castle wall. If he wants. Mom hopes he wants.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mom LEFT Lucky

at memere's. Memere was cuddling Lucky and Lucky was loving it, so mom decided to let Lucky sleep over. Pretty girl (mom's niece from Oregon) is here and she is looking forward to sleeping with Lucky!

I will have my bed back!!

As for PlusOne, he is in Assisi today, checking out the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. He will also be talking to a monk about living in a monastery. He will be attending a dinner part with families from Cannara in the hotel garden. Boy, sounds like a tough day!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Rome and Peas

Mom is soooo jealous that PlusOne gets to see this...

And I am upset because all the sugar snap peas are coming to an end. Oh well, at least the green beans are growing well.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Old, Hot & Broken

That's how PlusOne described Greece to Memere & Pepere. lol. He likes Italy although he DIDN'T like the ferry ride. He said his stomach was doing back flips the whole time and he was glad to get to land!

He says he is having a great time, and from the sound of his voice, he is happy. He didn't want to call Memere because he did not want to make her cry, but mom told him to. Memere was happy. And she didn't cry.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pompeii, Naples and It Wasn't ME!

 PlusOne is off to see Pompeii this morning, then gets to explore Naples in the afternoon. Mom hopes it is cooler there than it was in Greece

And just because Mom SAW me trying to pull one of the golden raspberries off her bush DOESN'T mean that I am the one who ate this sugar snap peas. It wasn't me! And mom didn't see so she can't blame me (but she does). It was the cat, I tell you! Yes, the neighbor's cat. There try and prove it wasn't!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

PlusOne Called!

PluaOne called mom at work yesterday. Mom was VERY excited to hear from him. He told mom what he bought her (it's not a surprise, mom) what he bought dad (because he could) and that he had taken 290 photos and he was in 15 of them. He said it was VERY hot and he was having lots of fun..

Today he is going to Olympia, the site of the first ever Olympic games. The he boards  an overnight ferry to Bari, Italy.

Sheesh, all I did was try to stay cool. Something that is going to be extremely hard today, since it's supposed to be close to 100 degrees F.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Hot, Hot, Hot!

It was HOT HOT HOT yesterday, even though the thermometer wasn't reading very high. Lucky and I went outside with mom to pick berries and we were BOTH happy to go back inside when she was done. Lucky just sacked out after, not moving for much of anything. I agreed with her.

Apparently, it was 110 degrees F when PlusOne was visiting the Acropolis Saturday. I sure am glad I was here! Today he is going to see the theatre at Epidaurus after helping endangered sea turtles at Megara. The theatre has perfect acoustics for 14,000 people, there is no need for any sort of voice amplification for every person to hear perfectly and clearly. Cool, huh?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Where's My Boy

Mom and I think Lucky wants to know where her boy is.

I think she wants some of this.

I don't have the heart to tell her that PlusOne is frolicking in the Aegean Sea right now, and probably having a lot of funl Of course, we all know that when he goes away, he misses Lucky more than he does mom. lol

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Mom is going to karate, then her favorite quilt shop for Fat Quarter Weekend. She loves going to the quilt shop and she LOVES Fat Quarter Weekend. PlusOne is getting a guided tour of the amazing sites of Athens as well as the Parthenon.

He is also going to learn the first steps of the most popular Greek dances then watch a traditional folkloric dance show. Who do you think is going to have more fun?Yeah, PlusOne hands down. Mom is so jealous!

Friday, July 13, 2012

He's Off

Actually, he has already arrived in Frankfurt, Germany. They are seven hours ahead of us.

Mom had to leave the airport because she was going to start crying. Two of the team leaders were there and three or four of the other travelers. He'll be arriving in Greece around lunch time.Mom will, thankfully, be too busy at work to miss him. Maybe. NOT. The house is so QUIET! lol.

Anyway, happy Friday everyone.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Leaving On A Jet Plane

PlusOne's plane leaves at 4:30 pm. He arrives in Greece Friday, around lunch time, after a stop in Frankfurt.
It is supposed to be near 100 degrees in Athens, with 71% humidity.

Where do you think you're going? That's what I asked him before he left. He just laughed at me. You MUST respect the STINK EYE! I'll make you pay.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Packing and Thanks, Again

PlusOne leaves for Europe on Thursday and mom wanted to make certain everything was packed and ready to go.

So Saturday she got everything ready for him.(Though why he needs a sweatshirt when the temperature in Greece will be 95 degrees F this week is anyone's guess.)

Still, mom wants him ready and it to be DONE so they can both be stress free Thursday.

Once more, Mom, Dad, PlusOne, Lucky and I would like to thank everyone who helped make this incredible opportunity for PlusOne happen. Bloggers bought quilt raffle tickets, mom and dad's family gave generously, PlusOne's teachers and neighbors bought his home made bread and cookies as well as quilt raffle tickets. It all combined to give PlusOne the chance to enjoy an amazing adventure. Thank you all!
Love Roxy and the family.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Too Darn Hot!

I am not sitting in the sun much today, it's going to be too darn hot. Of course, it's too darn hot over most of the country. Lucky and I hope you are all staying cool and safe.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Finally Friday

The karate studio was closed for summer shut down this week. It re-opens tomorrow, which is a good thing, because this is how mom feels after a week with no karate!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Another Devil Dog?

Mom found a new blog (thanks to Wilma) called Pugs & Pics. The blogger was debating about getting a black pug named Waffles. Apparently, she is quite the Devil Dog. Then she go home to find a comment from me, the Devil Dog. She thinks it's a sign. Mom and I think so too. What do you think?

I think Waffles and I would be great friends who would get into LOTS of trouble. heh heh.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Happy Independence Day Everyone!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tattle Tale Tuesday

Mom had a water bottle, it looked like the ones below (without the fancy names). It was a 24 ounce water bottle. Then mom put it in the dishwasher.

Now it looks like this.

Silly mom!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mom's Garden

Look at these berries! They are different than what mom considers NORMAL raspberries. These are more like mom's boysenberries. It really doesn't matter. Mom says they are delish! She just can't believe that they are producing berries less than a year after she planted the bush.

 And look at mom's sugar snap peas growing! She can't wait to taste these. I wonder if I will like them?

Sunday, July 1, 2012