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In this article I share the unique story of how we found our newest family member Oliver Sprout. There’s also a free potty training puppy chart you can print out to help keep track of your own puppy’s schedule!  Plus you can also read how to make darling 5 Minute Puppy Dog Bow Ties like the one Oliver is sporting! Don’t forget to make your little one his own Personalized Dog Bowls!

Time for a Dog

We’ve always had a dog in the house for most of our 37 years of marriage, but when we lost our last dog Maggie, I took a break.  I started feeling a strong need for another dog a while back and it finally felt like the time was right. I asked my husband Roy to pick it out without me. I know that’s a bit odd but Roy is incredibly intuitive and I knew he would be led to the perfect dog for us and I didn’t want my funky vibes messing things up.  I told him to just use his intuition and that’s all that mattered. Breed, age, size was of little importance. Within a week of my decision he had looked at a few dogs but none were “our” dog. Then on Saturday August 13th a friend told me that the Humane Society was set up at the local Petco.

Off to Petco

I told Roy about Petco and off he went. He told me he walked into the store and there were lots of puppies in crates. He looked at them all and noticed there was one in a cage by itself that was just sitting there staring directly at him while all the others were doing their own puppy thing and ignoring him. All of a sudden there was some loud noise in the store and the dogs started barking and going crazy.  All except that one pup who just sat there not making a peep, staring at Roy.  Roy went over to it and stuck his finger in the cage and the little guy nuzzled up against him. He took him out and within a few minutes knew this was our dog.

Roy called me from Petco and said “I found our dog but I’m not going to send you a picture”.  He wanted me to be surprised. The little pup slept on his lap the entire way home. He called me when he got near the house and I went out to greet him and took the little ball of fur and it was love at first sight. We brought him inside and our 10 year old granddaughter Alyssa was there at the time. After a minute or two she said “He looks like an Oliver.”  I said “Well I’ll be… he does look like an Oliver.”  Now the Humane Society had given him a temporary name of “Sprout and that seemed likewise fitting so we named him Oliver Sprout.

The gal at the store also told Roy how they got the pup. Someone saw this little bitty thing walking out of a field all by himself somewhere in town. Good person that they were, they picked him up and brought him to the Humane Society.  I thought maybe that’s where the name Sprout came from… because he came out of a field and he was so tiny.

A Special Dog

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Asleep in my arms.

Oliver is a calm loving little guy who likes to snuggle and is very playful as most puppies are. He’s taken a particular attachment to Roy and Roy to him.

When I went to bed that night I let Oliver lay by me for a few minutes which he did as calmly as can be.  Roy came in to get him  to take him out with him and another interesting thing happened.

Now, Roy has a connection with animals in general and all of them are drawn to him, but he’s never been over the top with them. He’s not been one to kiss them and he doesn’t care to be licked. When he picked up this little pup, he kissed him on the top of the head, and went out.   That was when I really knew this was a special dog. As kind and loving as Roy is to animals, I’ve never seen him kiss any of them including our past pets.

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I told Roy the next day I think Oliver Sprout walked out of that field looking for us and was waiting for Roy to come into Petco, that’s why he was sitting there so calming looking at him when he came in. That’s what I choose to believe anyway. One thing is for sure, Roy and I and Oliver’s life just became much richer.

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Our oldest daughter came to visit recently. (You may have seen some of her post contributions.)  She lives in Arizona We've deal with our share of troubled teens. Runaways, drugs, police, court dates and more. But there is an end and the adult that emerges can be amazing!with her husband, son, 2 dogs and 5 cats. She’s an amazing woman who I admire as much as I’ve admired anyone on the planet and she is crazy talented.
Now let’s go back a few years.  29  runaways at age 16, many out of state. Drugs, alcohol, police, youth facilities, car chases, pregnancy, court appearances, and weeks on end not knowing if our child was alive or dead. She was our troubled teen and needless to say, it was difficult times for Roy and I which also included several lost jobs because when Jenny was on the run Roy could not be out looking for her.

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Yet here she is, this incredible young woman who not only grew from her experiences but taught her mom and dad along the way. She is honest, empathetic, compassionate, and wise beyond her years. She also has a crazy sense of humor.

We've deal with our share of troubled teens. Runaways, drugs, police, court dates and more. But there is an end and the adult that emerges can be amazing!During those sleepless nights as parents, we never saw this person coming out of those troubled times. Nor did we see how close our relationship would be. And though at the time we would have opted out at any given moment, we would not trade any piece of the person she is because of those experiences and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t either.

When I think back on my life it does appear to be the really hard times that I grew and learned from. That seems to be part of the human condition as a quite I once saw validated: “Pain Instructs”.  It also seems to be how we learn to be less judgmental. We only put ourselves in another’s shoes when we’ve had to walk in them ourselves. Like I said, on this journey, Roy and I also learned a great deal and became better people.  Roy talked about one such lesson in “How I Learned to Never Judge a Book By It’s Cover.”  Below are a few of the tips that we attribute to why things turned out so well for all concerned.

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  • Know your kids. Know who their friends are, where they are, what they are studying in school etc.
  • Spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with and focusing only on them, without judgement.
  • Give unconditional love. No matter what they do you love them, even if you don’t love their actions.
  • When you have to discipline do it out of purpose, not anger.
  • Shower your kids with love and acceptance every chance you get.
  • Do not yell or use physical violence in any situation. Walk away until you can be calm.
  • Do not be condescending.  Be as logical as you can. And yes, that’s hard to do.
  • Never, ever give up.

Our daughter told us in later years that even when things were at their worst she knew we were there for her. It didn’t matter what she had done she could come to us when she needed too. We were her safe haven. This is not about condoning bad behavior. This is about unconditional love for your child.  Some of these kids will experience incredibly harsh aspects of life.  Knowing that mom and dad are there no matter what they do, will save them.

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Obviously there are some serious dangers depending on what your child is doing.  All you can do is the best you can to keep them safe. (Roy used to nail her windows shut so she could not get out at night!) The worst can of course happen. But by far the largest portion of these kids grow up without serious damage. Keep that in mind.blank630x20

Final Thoughts

There is indeed great hope for those of you who struggle with your own teens. This time will  pass and some amazing growth can be had along the way for you and your child. People, like clay, are sculpted by their experiences.  Roy said something years back that I’ve always remembered.   “Our choices can teach us who we are and who we ar not.”   We’ve found that both are incredibly important.

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I can be as guilty as the next person when it comes to getting annoyed by petty things. Let’s face it, being human and living in America, we can be a little spoiled. It’s easy to focus on small things that don’t matter, forgetting to step back and view the greater picture. It ends up, how to be happier is much simpler than you think.

This was made very clear to me one day when I was sitting in the front yard of our home with my two year old granddaughter Alyssa Mae. We lived in the most beautiful area with our small house situated on top of a hill and completely surrounded by trees, so much so that you couldn’t see any other houses or even the road below. It was a truly magical spot.

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As Alyssa and I sat there enjoying nature and the peacefulness of the day I began to feel a low thumping in my chest. What caused it slowly grew louder until I realized that someone was driving down the street below us and had their windows open. They were blaring rap music so loud I’m pretty sure their own eardrums had long since disintegrated.   I was immediately pulled out of my peaceful state, and thrown into anger… “How dare someone ruin my peaceful time with my granddaughter! What kind of jerk has such little concern for everyone else around them? People are so stinking rude…”

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As my brain took a breath in it’s tirade against this horrible injustice I glanced over at Alyssa. She was sitting there with her little legs dangling over the edge of the lawn chair swaying back and forth joyfully in time with the music. It brought me up short.

The car was gone in a minute along with the beat and Alyssa stopped swaying as if nothing unusual had happened. But the lesson in that tiny moment stuck with me. Now, whenever I find myself getting upset at small things, that vision of Alyssa pops into my head and I’m reminded to step back and choose to view things differently.

Big lessons can come in small packages and that little girl reminded me that perspective is a choice.  We just need to retrain ourselves to look at things differently and be more aware of this miraculous world we live in and of the wonderful things we do have. I promise you that there is not a more powerful tool that allows you to live a joyful, peaceful life. By practicing it you  just might be the perspective that someone else needs.

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So I leave my husband alone for a day, and what happens? Aliens invade. I realize that begs a bit more of an explanation. I’d been married for 31 years at the time. I was away for the weekend and Roy and our 25 year old daughter Amy who was living with us decided to stage an alien invasion. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when they were sitting around and came up with that idea. I mean, how does that even get started?

ROY: So honey, what would you like to do this weekend while mom’s away?

AMY: I don’t know… alien invasion?

However it went down, they decided to run with it. It involved, among other things, the creation of a large cardboard alien. Their end game was to email me photographs as proof of said contact from another world. Which they did. (I’m sure after it was all said and done they were high five-ing themselves for pulling it off while I sat in a hotel room thinking my husband and daughter really need to get out more.)

It was only months later as I was going through some photo archives that I found the original untouched versions of their staged invasion that Amy had taken. As I looked through them I realized part of the ruse also involved Roy pitching a mini-trampoline in the air while Amy frantically snapped pictures of it. I can only assume she was going to Photoshop out the legs of the mini-tramp and send it to me as further proof of the mother-ship landing. It must not have worked out as expected because I never got that photo.

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This is about one of those times when everything comes together to create a little magic. It happened to our daughter Jennifer and her sister Amy, who took the photos you see. Jennifer wrote it up in her own words.

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After returning to my parents from a shopping trip with Amy, we pulled up in the car and my young son Ashton saw a bird lying on its side in the flower garden in front of my parent’s window. I asked him what had happened and he said that a bird had hit the window and fallen down. I went inside to ask my mother and she said that this happens on occasion. Amy, Ash and I went back out front to see if we could do something to help it. The bird was lying in the dirt, shaking, and its right wing was sticking up as though it were hurt. To my surprise, the bird allowed me to pick it up and hold it, so long as I didn’t play with it’s right wing too much, seeing as it seemed to be hurt and would shake it away from me when I touched it.

Amy took her shoes off and stood on the earth out front, holding the bird in her hands, and we all took several deep breaths, telling Ashton to help by visualizing a bright light coming up from the earth, through our hands and into the injured bird. After Amy did this for several minutes she handed the bird to me. I took off my shoes and took it out to walk in the yard. Amazingly, this beautiful wild bird sat calmly in my hands as I walked around. It allowed me to stroke its back, clean dirt out of its eyes and even push its wing back into the proper position.

After several minutes, the bird was ready to get up and then stood on my fingers or in my palm as we continued to walk around. Amy, being the photographer of the family, went inside and got her camera. She set up a backdrop in the front yard and I came over with the bird, still sitting calmly on my fingers, to have our pictures taken. The bird allowed me to hand it back and forth to Amy and didn’t seem to mind in the least. After we were done with photos, a good twenty minutes later, Ashton came up to me and asked if we could keep the bird. I told him that the bird had to go home, so Ashton asked if he could name it before it left. I told him yes, and he said “ok. His name is Sherman. Go home Sherman.” And with that, the bird flew off into the trees instantly. Almost as if it were waiting for us to say goodbye.blank630x20

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6:30 am this morning and it’s still dark outside. I walk down our stairs to get my breakfast with just enough light to barely see the steps. On my way back up, as I’m about to round the mid-step turn,  something with claws reaches out and swipes me on the shoulder completely freaking me out... yet again.  Its our daughter Amy’s cat “Love Cat”… which seems a misnomer at that particular moment.

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Amy & Love Cat

Amy purchased him from the “kitty pound” a couple years back.   He was a fully grown, tubby black cat… the kind no one wants. Adult is strike one. Black is strike two.  And because we prefer skinny things in this society, tubby, strike three.  But Amy looks beyond social conditioning and goes for what feels right in the moment. Love Cat felt right. The pound folks had named him and Amy kept it.

Now before you think I’m trying to demonize this cat, he was chosen because of his loving nature. He’s a very calm soul, revels in being petted and is virtually maintenance free… which I guess most cats are.  He was quite skittish for a long time, having been mistreated in his past, and he spent most of his early days with us hidden in some obscure spot. But after a while he got over that for the most part. He also has a penchant for lying in the oddest places, most times right where you have to step over him.  He never keeps to the same location. I have found him comfortably laying on the fireplace hearth, curled up on a bunch of smashed boxes by the back door, tucked away in a lower kitchen cupboard and sprawled out in a doorway with half of him in one room and half in another. However, recently he’s started repeatedly staking out a spot on the upper landing of the stairs.

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I really doubt that there is any ill intent in this latest locale. Sometimes as I step over him in various places he will reach out with a little swat of his paw as if to say “Hey! Stop and give me a scratch Photo Nov 02, 3 07 37 PMwill ya?” Which I usually do. I simply think he has found that his new strategic location is perfect for garnering such attention. He can lie there and casually “reach out” to anyone who happens to be going up or down. Its just handy.  And for a laid back, overweight cat, handy is good.

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As with many of you I love this season as much now as I did when I was a child. No matter what time of year it is if I happen to hear a clip of Christmas music it goes right through me literally taking my breath away as it transports me back to my youth and that wonderful feeling that only this holiday seems to evoke.

I’ve had this little guy for many, many  years.  My parents gave him to me for Christmas when I was a child. The first photo I can find with him in it is from 1967 (seen below).  So he’s at least 47 years old.  When I grew up and married he came with me and has held a place in my own families Christmas decor ever since, perching in our tree or some other place of honor every year reminding me of my childhood Christmases.  These are some of the most magical memories I have thanks to my parents who helped make it so. They even purchased a cardboard fireplace to add to the holiday spirit. (We lived in Arizona so fireplaces were a rare commodity.)

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From 1995 with Our Kids Amy & Adam

I named him “Kris Kringle” when I first got him and have always called him that.  I know that title is one of Santa’s aliases but it just seemed to fit my little elf. Though worn and bedraggled with his beard glued on in places  and his seams coming apart he’s still my favorite Christmas item and will adorn my home every year for as long as I’m here to celebrate the holiday.

Thank you so much for being part of our virtual life. Roy and I have some extra fun stuff planned for this coming year so please visit often (or better yet subscribe in the sidebar!) May you all have a wonderful Christmas no matter how you choose to celebrate it and may the love, kindness and humanity it represents be carried in our hearts through out the year.

Nancy

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roy.signs.contract.papersNo kidding. Roy and I have been married 37 years, as of September 2014, and we just made our first official home purchase. Most people who have known us  through the years know that we have had an odd/strange/unusual life together. We try to live from the heart… or the gut as it were… and do the things we’re impressed to do rather than following the status quo. It’s made for an interesting life for sure! It hasn’t always been easy mind you… the whole “Road Less Traveled” thing.

Our experiences have run the gamut from exciting to scary, from nerve wracking to magical, from crazy to downright unbelievable. But one things for sure.  It’s never been boring. I’ve been told by many that I should write a book about our life but I tell them no one would believe it was a true story.

If you’ve followed me on Facebook you’ve been along for this part of the crazy ride that’s Roy and my  life.  Once we found the home and put an offer in I posted a couple of pictures. Everyone was excited for us and sent us wonderful wishes. But one of my favorite comments was the following:

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Paula knows us well! You can read the more detailed versions of this story below the timeline and just how it all came about.

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Our Unreal Timeline

Here is our unreal timeline from when we decided to buy a home until we closed. From the time we found our home till we closed was 22 days.
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The Full Unique Story

our.home.purchase.notesOne of the unusual things about us, at least for a couple married as long as we’ve been married, is that we’ve never purchased a home. This has been for various reasons. Mostly it just never felt like the right thing to do. We’ve moved a lot through the years and even when we don’t relocate to another state we tend to move frequently where we are when we’ve felt we needed to. We did attempt to buy a home through owner financing a couple years back but had some major problems after being in it for about a year and we realized it was not going to work. Ends up that was for the best as many things are.

Having rented all our life we’ve been lucky enough to always find the most awesome houses. There have been quite a few times when we literally had days left before we had to be out of a home with no new one in sight and Roy was led to the perfect one at the last minute. That has happened more times than I can count. So I’ve come to learn that we will always be led to the home we need to be in and I never worry too much about it.

We finally knew a few months back that the time had come to buy. We had a few road blocks to overcome but everything fell into place with a bit of work. We originally wanted some land to build on but realized, that for now anyway, we need to be in the city.

We’d been looking hard for a place for about a month with no luck. Anything good around here goes quickly and many were just far from right for us. My dad was even helping us out by searching for homes on his own and giving us the addresses. Then on September 21st we learned we needed to be out of our current home, ironically, by the end of October. That put a little pressure on as most know once you find a place and have an offer accepted it takes a month ore more to close. I literally told Roy “Well, we’ve always been led to the right rental home so I assume we will be led to the right home to purchase as well.”  The interesting part is that out of the many houses we had looked at there was only two that I really liked and connected with, both of which my dad had found and told us about. After checking out the outside of both places we called the realtors to see about looking inside them. One was sold already and the other was on contract. That was pretty disheartening. So we continued on our search. A few days later out of the blue I had a strong feeling I needed call again on the one home that was on contract. I did and low and behold… it was available! After my initial shock I scheduled a walk through. We had that on the day after we knew we had to leave in a little over 30 days.

The second I stepped into that home I knew it was ours. I didn’t have to see any more of it. Of course I did a fast 1 minute run through anyway. I then walked straight up to Roy and said “This is the one.” He agreed. We put an offer in that day and it was accepted that night. We signed the papers the next day. We still have to close but it should be done, we were told, by the 31st of October at the latest. How’s that for timing? As it ended up, and even more amazing, was that we were able to close on the 15th, two weeks ahead of schedule!  I’m always surprised when things like this happen though I shouldn’t be by now. Maybe grateful is a better word. I mainly never want to take this kind of experience for granted no matter how often it happens.

The home is a bit larger than we have now and has a room for all our needs, crafting, studio, my office, exercise area, storage, etc. It’s on a quiet, beautiful dead end street with a huge open field across from it that is bordered on our side by trees that make a wall. It has a big back yard in which Roy will eventually put a dome studio and we will put in a nice sized garden. It also has several large trees which are important to me. (I couldn’t live in a home that had no large trees.)

Though it feels secluded and naturey on the street its close to everything in town and is only 5 minutes away from my parents. As corny as it might sound just thinking about it gives me a warm homey feeling. I can’t wait to move in and start making it “mine” as I have always done with all my homes. This one will be different though as it will be mine not just in spirit but in truth. And Roy… well he’s as tickled as can be. Roy has the spirit of a little kid and when he’s excited about something, everyone knows it. So he’s bouncing around the house coming up to me frequently saying with a huge grin “We’re home owners!” I love that about him.

So the future holds many posts where I will be detailing the ways we make the home very special.

I want to give a big thanks to all of you who follow our lives and web site. I hope we continue to inspire and entertain and maybe help you enjoy life more. That’s certainly our goal.

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A Few Of Our Rental Homes Through the Years

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Our New Home

 

The home sites near the end of a quiet dead-end street. It’s been empty for over a year.first.home-1

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Looking out from the porch.

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The field across from our home.

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Looking down towards the dead end of the street. You can just see our white garage door on the far right.

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The back of our home.

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Back yard.

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The back yard has a slopped area. We’ll use that for our garden and put in tiers.

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Looking up from the corner of the house. The shed will be moved. Roy plans to put in a dome greenhouse.

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Shout Outs

We have to give a shout out and big thank you to our realtor Paulette Mann at Trademark Realty and our Banker Raquel Martin at Bank of the Ozarks.  They were an outstanding team that worked diligently  together to get things done quickly! (I’m pretty sure they broke some sort of record.)

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Auggie the Pencil Cat

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I went to visit my kids in Arizona for a few days in December. My daughter’s son Ashton has a rescue cat named August or “Auggie” for short. When he first came home as a kitten he spent a great deal of time in Ashton’s room so they could bond. Ashton would dangle a pencil off the edge of the bed regularly for him to play with. The cat now has an affinity for them. He can find any pencil anywhere and will carry it around, bat at it and even fetch and bring it back if you toss it. I of course had to write a poem about him.  I caught photo’s as best I could but the little bugger moves a lot.

 

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THE PENCIL CAT
By Nancy Rector

Other cat’s they love their twine
A ball of yarn, some catnip fine.

 A mouse to chase, a cricket fat.
But Auggie, he’ll have none of that.

 No scratching post, no warm soft bed,
His tastes run more to wood and lead.

 Yes, pencils are his cherished toy.
Their slender goodness brings him joy.

 None are safe with him about.
His innate sense seeks each one out.

 So should you come to visit here
It’s best to keep your pencils near.

 

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AUGGIE PLAYING FETCH

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Sep
30
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Ode to Fall : A Short Poem

Ever feel like the seasons are jerking you around? This little poem expresses frustration at that. Photo By Amy Grace  of Our Granddaughter Alyssa Mae

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