Found a New Dog Groomer in Donelson

While in the vet waiting room last week, I was chatting with another lady who had a beautiful Afghan hound. I have never seen a live Afghan before, but always thought they are really cool dogs. This dog was perfectly groomed and so elegant, I asked the lady if she did the dog’s grooming or used someone special. She laughed and said that there was no way she could groom this dog, but that she used Tidy Dog Pet Supply and Salon in Donelson. Well, that is right down the street from me! It’s just in the other direction from where I normally turn onto Lebanon Pike, so I rarely go down there to have noticed it.

She didn’t have the Tidy Dog phone number handy, but I found it easily enough online. They have a nice, basic web site with their phone number and salon hours on it. I called the number and was able to get a dog grooming appointment the very next day. That was incredibly convenient and they did a really good job on Miss Dottie, my Jack Russell.

Miss Dottie was supposed to be a purebred Jack Russell that I bought from a breeder in Lebanon, but the vet says that she is only maybe half Jack Russell. Her coloring is too much brown and her hair is too long, even for the type of Jack Russell that has a “rough coat.” I love Miss Dottie and don’t mind that she is not pure bred, although I think it was wrong for the breeder to misrepresent that.

When I picked up Miss Dottie she looked wonderful. The dog groomers at Tidy Dog did a great job with her bath and hair cut, and they had cleaned her teeth and ears and even cut her nails. Thank goodness they did not put any nail polish on her – I have seen that done on poodles and think it is ridiculous!

They charge less than $50 for a full spa day for Miss Dottie and it was worth every penny. I am so grateful for the lady at the vet’s office with the Afghan Hound for sharing this info with me!

The Ideal Birthday

I wonder if anyone but the very wealthy allow themselves to dream of how they would spend the entire day and night on their ideal birthday? I know that I would love to do things as a big splurge for a day and use my birthday as an excuse for all of the excess. But the reality is that I am not independently wealthy and my birthday will be celebrated in a more practical manner. I will also be considering other people besides myself, as they want to spend time with me – or some may prefer not to – their choice!

This year my birthday will be spent sleeping in without having to answer to an alarm clock. That is a big luxury in itself! Then I will have a cup of my favorite, personal blend of fresh brewed coffee. I want to spend time with my dogs, maybe watch a chick flick, and not do a lick of housework. Then for dinner I plan to meet up with a few people at the Japanese restaurant for a dinner cooked to order by a fun, highly skilled chef.

I am really looking forward to this and even with all the other luxuries and possibilities of places to go and things to do, this is my idea of the perfect birthday for me this year.

The Winter of No Snow

If the Groundhog was right last week, we have less than 6 weeks of winter left. Have you noticed that we had absolutely no snow this winter? Sure, we had snow flurries bouncing around in the air for hours at a time – but we never had snow on the ground enough to make a simple snowball. There was no snow to cause school closings or anything significant. What a big change from just a couple of years ago when we used up ALL of our school snow days and still had to keep taking days off. It was so bad that the kids had to go extra days to make up all the lost classroom time. And now this year, nada!

Shadow? Or No Shadow?

Does anyone but America have this silly tradition of giving the responsibility of forecasting the weather to a rodent? Groundhog Day must be uniquely American – and I wonder if the rest of the world sees this as amusing or just one more reason to mock Americans?

I have been watching a variety of shows on the BBC cable TV channel, and was surprised to see how often the British refer to Americans in such a condescending and mocking manner. Every live TV show that includes interviews or commentary by British hosts has at least one denigrating remark about Americans in it. And this is just Great Britain. What about the more openly hostile countries, like Pakistan or China? I imagine we are slammed and insulted constantly. And I am starting to resent it!

We made World News today for the groundhog having not seen his shadow this morning. That supposedly means that we will have an early spring. Who’s not a fan of an early spring? but truth be told, the first day of spring is officially 6 weeks away anyway – whether the groundhog sees his shadow – or not!

I Hope Santa Was Good to You

Merry Christmas! I hope Santa found your house before he ran out of toys. Did he leave you coal or good toys? There is nothing as much fun as running downstairs on Christmas morning and finding lots of presents under the Christmas tree!

photo of santa napping

Love to Sip on Eggnog

One of my favorite traditions over the holidays is a party that serves eggnog. Usually I can count on my good friend Lindsay to have eggnog at her party, but she has been having medical troubles this year and I’m not sure she is up for hosting her annual holiday party. I hope she feels better and enjoys the holidays, whether she hosts her party or not. She is a dear friend and I don’t like to think of her being ill.

In better times, I love the many parties and events that happen in my family and with my friends between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And I can count on at least one of those parties having a big punch bowl with home made, fully loaded eggnog. Lindsay uses an old family recipe and even grates the nutmeg herself. I have to admit that I have never had nutmeg and a grater in my hand. I don’t think I even know what raw or whole nutmeg looks like! I just buy ground nutmeg at the grocery store in the spices aisle. But Lindsay knows all about it and she says it makes a huge difference in the intensity of the flavor. I must say that she is right – Lindsay’s eggnog is the best I’ve ever had!

 

Leave the Window Open

It is amazing to me to find out how many different ways people prefer to go to bed and sleep each night.

First, there is clothing or lack of clothing. Some people like nightgowns and others like pajamas. Some people sleep in their underwear and some people take their underwear off. Some people fall asleep in their clothes and some people would rather be stark naked.

Then there is noise. Some people like to have the TV on all night so they have some noise. Others like to pop in a movie and fall asleep during the movie. When the movie ends, it becomes quiet. Others prefer music and will turn on the radio or their iPod to play songs they like to hear. During the summer, some people like to have a fan running – the motor noise can be soothing.

I like to have a night light left on, so I can find my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night if I wake up. I also like to leave the stove light on, so that I can make my way to the kitchen in the morning without stubbing my toe or bumping into anything before I can get to the coffee pot and the sink to get my coffee started. But other people think a light left on is wasting electricity and want the house to be totally dark.

Shopping Day with Lauren

Shopping with my girlfriend, Lauren, is always a lot of fun. We are meeting up after work to get the last of our Christmas shopping done and maybe even grab a nice dinner if the shopping doesn’t take too long.

Lauren and I have the same taste in clothes and shoes, and we love the same stores. I just wish she was my size – but she is shorter and thinner than I am – I’m sure she is at least two or three dress sizes smaller than my size 14. The first time we met and found out that we were so much alike, we started calling Lauren “Mini Me.”

Checking Out Online Music

While i’m working on my laptop I like to listen to music. Since I am always online when the laptop is on, I decided to check out some of the online music web sites. The two that I know about from friends who like them are Pandora and Spotify, and they both are free.

The Pandora site has you choose some music channels and they play an assortment of songs based on artists or genres that you select as a base. This is a cool way to discover new artists and songs that you might not otherwise have the chance to hear. If they play a song that you really don’t like, you can flag that as something you don’t want and skip over that song.

Spotify is different in that you make playlists of the exact songs that you like. If you don’t want to make a lot of your own playlists you can use playlists that other people have created or you can listen to a type of internet radio station using their site. I like the way you can pick exactly what you what to hear and even put it in the exact order that you want – or you can randomize it.

Between the two site, I think I like Spotify a little better and I have some awesome playlists created. My favorite one is what I called “Adult Contemporary” and I also have a walk down memory lane with a playlist called “My Teenage Years.”