My Baby Buster

Tribute to my Baby Buster.  This Xmas will be 2 years since he passed away.  I miss him more than I can say.  I cried when he died and I cry still.  He left us too soon.  I know I’ll see him in heaven for there is no place called Paradise without my loving little boy Buster.


Here he is on Papa’s lap. “Sir” is what he called him.  Because he was a little gentleman.  T took care of him for two years, never complaining once about giving him his pills twice a day, paying for expensive medicine, taking him to the vet, holding him until the seizures stopped, cleaning up after him so lovingly as any Papa would.  T had faith that Bussie would recover from Valley Fever- but life had other plans.

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.

John Galsworthy

sharing a sunny spot with sister

To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though inasmuch as he had four legs, a tail, and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman.

Hermione Gingold

Buster loved his bones.  He sucked on them like a pacifier.

Sweet and precious face.  Such innocent eyes.

Sleeping like an angel.

On mama’s lap like this almost every day for 10 years.

Best snuggles ever.

Always up for anything.

Except pictures when he wanted to play!

Looking into my baby boy’s eyes.

First day with adopted brother.

T just picked them up and both sunk into his lap and closed their eyes.  This is comfort.  This is trust.  This is love.

Baby Buster  took my heart and ran with it.  And there it is still- a piece of my heart bound up with his forever.

“No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my dogs are there to welcome me.”

Last picture of the three musketeers:  Lil Peanut, Francine Laure and Baby Buster

I called him my little sweetheart.  If I said “Whose my little sweetheart?”  he knew I meant him.

“…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

Kahlil Gibran

My dogs.

Bill Blass, after being asked “Who or what is the greatest love of your life?” by Vanity Fair magazine

This one was the last photo we had in our camera.  My very special niece Aubrey and her little buddy Buster.  I’m glad it was her because she loved him a whole lot.   She was proud of putting him to sleep like a baby by petting him in this photo.  You can’t tell but his mouth is open- he was snoring.



I lost a treasured friend today
The little dog who used to lay
His gentle head upon my knee
And shared his silent thoughts with me.

He’ll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more his favourite ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has called him to his golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears
I thank him for the happy years
He let him spend down here with me
And for his love and loyalty.

When it is time for me to go
And join him there, this much I know
I shall not fear the transient dark
For he will greet me with a bark.

~Author Unknown

Keeping pets safe


Keep Your Pets Safe!



This year, March 15-21 has been set aside to commemorate National Poison Prevention Week. Once again, it is time to highlight this annual event. While this is an excellent time to set aside to evaluate your home’s safety to protect you and your family, it is also the purrfect time to secure any poisonous items in your home so your pets are also out of danger. The ASPCA has provided some excellent information to remind pet owners about the common items in and around our homes which are highly toxic to our beloved fur friends. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of these substances, call your vet immediately, or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Common Painkillers and Anti-inflammatory Human Medications: Aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen and other NSAIDS are among the top ten toxic drugs that are in most of our medicine chests. Highly toxic to small animals, they can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers and can cause kidney damage in cats. Acetaminophen is another dangerous drug for both cats and dogs. Cats are particularly sensitive it, and it can cause damage to red blood cells, and in dogs can cause liver damage and destruction of red blood cells. It is imperative to keep all medications safely stored away in containers and cabinets inaccessible to pets.

 For a list of the top-ten medications toxic to pets, visit:

Medications prescribed for pets should also be stored safely. What is appropriate for your dog may not be safe for your cat. Do not treat your pet with any veterinary medication without consulting your veterinarian.

Human Foods: While giving our pets an occasional treat of “people” food now and again, caution should be exercised about which foods we can safely share. Grapes, raisins, some citrus fruits and avocado are some of the fruits that can cause serious problems for our pets. That tempting chocolate bar is fine for humans, but contains a large amount of methylxanthines and can cause serious digestive disturbances, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythms, excessive thirst and urination, tremors and seizures. Onions are toxic to both cats and dogs as it contains allyl propyl disulfide, which can lead to anemia because it causes red blood cells to rupture. It is present in garlic as well, but not to the same degree. When you are cooking with these ingredients care must be taken not to let pieces fall on the floor, where a hungry dog or cat might be tempted to consume it. Do not feed anything containing onions to pets.

Insectides and rodenticides: Insecticides and rodenticides should be used with caution. Most of them are highly toxic to pets, and need to be stored safely. Also do make sure that any flea products used are safe for your pet. Some of these products are dangerous. So do check with your vet prior to using them. Plants: Many common plants used in and around the home are azaleas, rhododendrons, sago palms, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera. As they are highly toxic they should not be part of your horticultural planning, especially if your pets are permitted access to your yard. With Easter on the horizon, care needs to be taken to avoid Lilies. They are especially toxic to felines even in small amounts and can lead to kidney failure. For a list of the 17 most toxic plants to pets, visit: and for a more comprehensive list, visit:

Household Cleaners, chemicals: These are potential threats to your pet’s safety. Anti-freeze, one of the leading causes of pet poisoning should always be safely stored and out of reach of your pets. Never confine your pet in the garage. For more information visit: and

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Buster update


Baby Buster is having some sort of twitching problems.  I think it is petit mal seizures but the vet thinks it is a pulled muscle or even a slipped disc.  He’s been on bedrest for a few days and isn’t getting any better.  He had 6 episodes today.  Tim was able to get it on video today so tomorrow we are going to take the video in to the vet.  Poor little guy.  We are very concerned.  He’s been by our side 24-7 since this twitching started.  He’s already on antiseizure medication due to a couple of life-threatening seizures he had.  (During one his temperature got up to 108 degrees).  He has Valley Fever which is a fungal infection in his brain so is also on antifungal medication.  The vet said most dogs recover 100% but there are a few who don’t make it through the treatment.  He has the best personality and has been with us for 8 years so far.  We are hoping for many more to come.  The pics of me and Buster were taken 6 or 7 years ago.  They are my fav of us though.    He’s my little sweetheart. 



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buster looking at me


Here he is (below) all cozy on Mama’s lap:buster so cute

The other day on the way home from the vet we stopped at Taco Bell drive thru.  The girl at the window said “He’s kinda cute.”  KINDA!  duh!  He’s only the cutest dog EVER!  :)


Me and Bussie

buster tongue out

He’s a Daddy’s boy too.

Photo fun (again)

Having fun with Poladroid.  You can download it from and convert your regular pics into faux polaroids.   I have a flickr account but haven’t posted anything yet.  Maybe I’ll put these up. 


Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Buster and Francine.  Inside looking out.




Pretty sunset in our backyard.


Somewhere by the Grand Canyon- taken by Timmy or Anna


Grand Canyon (all the Grand Canyon pics were taken by Timmy or Anna 2008)


Grand Canyon


Timmy- Phoenix, AZ 2008


another shot of  the pretty sky from the backyard


Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Isn’t that very cool?  Go have fun with your photos now! 


I found my haircut

I found a great pic I am going to take in to the salon for my next haircut.  It will be great for summer.  Great for straight hair like mine.  I am also going back to my natural dark brown color. 



I found this pic here:  (The French Elle magazine online- check it out.  You can have it translated into English)



T2 with his BD cake last night.  It was Cold Stone cake and ice cream.  Sweet cream ice cream with cookie dough pieces and extra cake batter ice cream on the side.  Because you can never have enough cold stone ice cream on your birthday! 



Pics T2 and I took of Buster yesterday.  That tongue is so cute!  Look at his hair on top.  heehee

Update on Buster:  He has Valley Fever in his brain.  We found out when he had some life threatening seizures back in November.  We almost lost him!  He has to be on antifungal medication for a year.  (He takes it twice a day and knows when it is due- at 6:30 pm he reminds Tim!)  Anyhow, we had weaned him off of the seizure med but he recently had a seizure so he is back on it.  It looks like he will have to be on seizure meds all the time now.  We were hoping once the mass shrunk (it is a fungal mass in his brain) he wouldn’t have any more seizures.  I just hope the seizure med works.  So far so good.  Keep your fingers crossed.  We want to keep this little guy around for a long long time.  He is 8 years old. 

Francie and Buster are getting groomed by moi today.  Wish me luck!  I’m saving 90 bucks by doing it but it’s a big pain to do.  I’ve done it before and it takes me forever.  They look a little “strange” afterward for a while too! 


No news on a job yet.  I am applying to everything I can.  The positions are being filled the same day they are posted out here for nurses.  I’m not sure if they are being filled internally or what is going on.  I know I’ll find something sooner or later.  I’m still hoping someone will call this week. 

T has 2 more weeks of work then he is out for the summer. 


It got hot here all of a sudden.  Summer is already upon us.  It has been hitting the triple digits.  Yesterday T2 and I went out to lunch for his BD.  When we walked outside I said it felt like Arizona!  The pool water has gotten significantly warmer but isn’t warm enough for swimming yet. 

My sister Cherie is booking a flight to come out and she might bring Miranda!  That is so exciting!  She’ll be here for 2 weeks next month when she is out for the summer. 

My niece Ann and her hubby Tom are MOVING out here in June also. 

T2 plans on moving to CO by the end of June or early July.  He wants to get there before school starts so he can establish his apt and get his bearings.   He’s still tutoring for Kaplan but not that much anymore.  He hasn’t found the apt yet but has a general idea of where it will be.  My aunt Gerrie and cousin Rob and his family will be less than 20 minutes away.  He stayed with them when he went for his interview.  They are very excited that he will be moving there.  It’s all so exciting.  T2 is brilliant- I know he will be an awesome doctor one day. 


Once I’m working again I will probably cut down to blogging once a week but this has been a great outlet for me and super fun hobby.  I am hoping to get some comments from family so that we can get the communication going both ways.  We’d love to know what everyone is up to.  If you don’t want to comment on the blog- drop me a line! 

The direction my blog seems to be taking is this:  inspiration, photography, journaling, Old Hollywood and anything vintage, interior design and fashion.   If you like scrapbooking or save clippings from magazines I think you’d enjoy making your own blog. 

Hope you are having an awesome day!  Hugs,


Something’s Happening….

My hits went from 60 to 260 in less than 24 hours.  I do have followers but they are just invisible!  They are coming by the hundreds now…soon it will be thousands!  I am on FIRE!  :) 


Happy Friday to you! 

Do you have any weekend plans?  T is off today so we will be hanging out together. 

He took the dogs for a run early this morning. 

This is how they look after a run: 



I think his tongue is too big for his mouth.  What do you think? 


One more of the tongue- just because…



And this is how they look the rest of the morning:




 I’m having a headache and sore jaw and teeth this morning.  My teeth were bothering me after the dentist yesterday and I was grinding last night.  I sometimes where a mouth guard for the grinding but they still hurt even with the guard.  Anyone else a grinder?  What do you do to prevent it, if anything? 

My DH, T, said I was grinding loudly and with a lot of force so he tapped me on the head to try to stop me!  How sweet!  (I asked him if it worked and he said he thinks it did!)

muscles used during teeth grinding

This is not my mouth but after seeing this pic I can guarantee you I will be wearing my guard more often!  


I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  I hope the weather is sunny and warm wherever you are!