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Whether you're in a boat or not, you must find time to mess about, be silly and have fun (but not on an empty stomach)!

It's good to be king

Messing About - Close to Home

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:50

toebee the black and white many toed cat posing for the camera

It's good to be king, if just for a while
To be there in velvet, yeah, to give 'em a smile

It's good to get high, and never come down

It's good to be king of your own little town


Yeah, the world would swing if I were king
Can I help it if I still dream time to time

It's good to be king and have your own way
Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day
And when your bulldog barks and your canary sings

You're out there with winners, yeah, it's good to be king


Yeah I'll be king when dogs get wings
Can I help it if I still dream time to time


It's good to be king and have your own world

It helps to make friends, it's good to meet girls
A sweet little queen who can't run away
It's good to be king, whatever it pays

Excuse me if I have some place in my mind
Where I go time to time

~Tom Petty

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Underoos

Messing About - Close to Home

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:29

scarlett's underoos on the clothesline

Technically speaking, I don't think these are Underoos (no supeheros) and it's questionable whether or not these are fun to wear, but they DO look cute hanging on the clothesline in Scarlett's backyard.

   

Cat got your nose?

Messing About - Close to Home

Sunday, 17 February 2013 09:26

sophie the greyhound sleeping with a cat on her nose

Sabine loves Sophie, and bless her soul, Sophie puts up with it.

Sophie is a cat-safe greyhound, which to me means, she isn't interested in the chase, eventual capture, and demise of our cats.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the skunks and raccoons that make their way into our yard. She hasn't actually caught a skunk, yet, but she sure has given it the old college try. If you've ever wondered if a skunk can spray more than once in succession, the answer is, yes. Yes, they can.

We're up to three. Three times. One skunk, one greyhound, and a whole lot of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

For those of you with dogs living in or near the forest, or for those of you with dogs planning to visit the forest (or the coast for that matter, the beach isn't necessarily safe, either, especially at dusk, and yes, I am speaking from experience), here's the recipe we use to de-skunk Sophie: How to Deodorize Skunk Spray. I highly recommend wearing gloves if your hands get any where near your face when you eat. If you don't, trust me, you'll wish a cat had your nose!

By the way, our veterinarian gave us a second de-skunking option. I did not know this, but apparently, any over the counter douche product will work. According to our veterinarian, you can purchase douche products at any 24-hour convenience store.

They're effective and mild.

   

Fun with foam

Messing About - Close to Home

Sunday, 27 January 2013 10:03

early morning at dry lagoon

Remember back in the day splashing around in the kiddie pool? This is sort of like that, but not really. It does involve water and bubbles, though.

Here's what you'll need:

1. One lagoon separated from the ocean by a spit of sand.
2. A camera set at a fast shutter speed.
3. A day without sneaker waves.
4. Rubber boots.
5. Foam.
6. Time.

Here's what you'll get:

ocean waves photographed with a fast shutter speed

ocean waves photographed with a fast shutter speed

ocean waves photographed with a fast shutter speed

ocean waves photographed with a fast shutter speed

Truth be known, the lagoon isn't really a necessity.

   

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