Friday, August 29, 2008


My friend Kim J. sent me an email with all sorts of cute dog pictures. And it had this story attached to it. I thought it was very insightful. Especially coming from a child. Ahhhhhh sometimes they know so much more then we do. Enjoy!
A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old).
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm , petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'
Signing off: Anita

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


This is for my friend Tancy. This is as close as I get to DRUMMING!

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Enjoy some of the corvettes from the North West Motor Fest that we went to back in July! I wish I could take all of them home.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

21 Suggestions for Success

I Found this on another blog site and I thought the list was quite insightful. Everything on it I would agree with 100%.
Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery
Work at something you enjoy, and that's worthy of your time and effort.
Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
Be forgiving of yourself and others
Be generous
Have a grateful heart
Persistence, persistence, persistence.
Discipline yourself to save money even on the most modest income
Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated
Commit yourself to constant improvement
Commit yourself to quality
Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
Be loyal
Be honest
Be a self starter
Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong
Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
Be bold and courageous. When you look back at you life you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
Take care of those you love
Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.

Signing off: Anita

Thursday, August 21, 2008


My sister-in-law Amy sends an email this morning that says: This picture made me laugh so hard! It is Elizabeth and she took it yesterday all by herself. Abby and Caleb were at school, and she was “passing the time.” We laughed about this for a long time that day. Hope it makes you as happy as it did me!

So I couldnt wait to see what Little Miss Elly took: Here it is LOL

Monday, August 18, 2008


Ok, you can see it was only a temporary tattoo. LOL But it was fun while it lasted. Who knows, maybe I will get a real one sometime in the future. When they devise a way for it NOT TO HURT thank you very much.
Signing Off: Anita

Hot August Nights- Reno, NV 2008

WOW, Last weekend Jim and I went down to Fernley, NV to visit his Dad and to make sure he was doing OK since Jim's Mom had passed away not to long ago. That Saturday we went into Reno to have some breakfast and "What do you know?" The Hot August Nights was in town!

We had such a fun day. We ended up going to Sparks and finding a great parking spot. (If you know Jim, you will know that does'nt happen very often) and had breakfast at a great buffet (you all know how I love my buffets) at the Nugget.

Afterwards we roamed the streets (they were all blocked off to traffic) and saw the most awsome cars around. They were lined up everywhere. My favorites, the Corvettes were plentiful, all sorts of years, colors and they were all in great shape. My camera pooped out on me only 1/4 of the way through the day so I wasn't able to take pictures of the best ones. DANG!!!!

The people were all fun to talk too, and they had come from everywhere to participate. By the looks of it though, most of them were from California. Californians must lOVE their old cars.

Again, as soon as I get somebody to show me how to do a slideshow I will put ALL the pictures I have of the show.

It was a fun day looking at the cars, drinking iced tea and people watching and of course we did "A little" gambling. Lost our money though. That deserves another DANG!

We went on a "Trader Joes" run after the car show and got all my yummy Trader Joe stuff.

Enjoy the pictures (once I get them all posted).

Signing off: Anita

Me Sitting In A Rightous Corvette