Puppies Don’t Do Selfies

I realized, suddenly, that I did not have one photo of Ziva and I together. I say suddenly because that is how thoughts and ideas come to my head. Out of the clear blue they enter – without warning. They must lurk in the background of my brain, percolating until the time they leap to the forefront and interrupt whatever else I’m thinking about, if anything.

Hubby was helping out at the Sheriffs sub station in town, so I couldn’t have him snap a couple of pix. Our closest neighbors were not in this weekend, so it looked like a selfie for two was the option. I grabbed my iPhone and started the camera app. I have a great non-phone camera, but I was too impatient to look up how to do timed photos in the manual. That, and you must act on the opportunities you have. Ziva was having a calm afternoon, just lazing around. I was grateful because I needed to rest along with her.

Setting Up the Shot
Setting Up the Shot

I sat down next to Ziva and lined up the camera, but before I could take a photo I had a 70-pound puppy nuzzling and licking me. I’m not usually on the floor, so this must have excited her. We rustled around and I giggled for a while and tried again.

Moves Like Taz
Moves Like Taz



Now, Ziva was full into her Tasmanian Rodeo phase. She runs circles around the living room until she is exhausted. This took a little time to wait out…

Flibberty-jibbet Now that she’s worn out, Ziva happily snoozes.

Next, I take 5, well… maybe 10 because it takes nearly 2 to get up off the floor when you’re not a pup.

Taking 5
Time Out

We try again. This time I am getting better shots of Ziva, but only parts of me.






I am so worn out that holding up my little iPhone is difficult.  At one point, I fell over and got a close up of our carpet.

Beige Carpet (specks are Ziva's hair.
Beige Carpet (specks are Ziva’s hair)




At last! Both of us. Well, at least most of us…

This will have to do for now – I think it’s time for another nap…

♥ TTFN ♥

What Retired People REALLY Do

Oh, sure. We travel, relax, go for walks. We putter about the house, doing this and the other. We also join Guilds and get on Facebook more than we used to. Young people think retirement is one big Yawn-Fest, and old people are a bit “off”.

Young people can be wrong.

I’ll let you in on a little known fact: Retiree’s are so excited they don’t have to go to work anymore, they go through a “silly phase”.  Their children begin to worry about their mental state, and their grandchildren think they are the most fun people in the world.

That’s what it’s all about – fun. More like FUN.  Anyway, to give you an example of the type of silliness I’m talking about, I will tell you the story of the two bears.

Hubby and I were doing some Christmas shopping in the big city (of Manteca) and saw a large container full of stuffed bears. Huge Bears.

Momma Bear Knits   Poppa Bear with Remote
Miss Bear Knits                      Mr. Bear Has Remote

Apparently, the bear world is not so different from ours.  As you can see, these bears are bigger than I am, not to mention my grand-daughters. Even better, you should FEEL how plush they are. I had to get these for the girls. I couldn’t wait to see their faces when they saw them.

The Bears were too big to wrap and they would not fit under any of the beds. All closets were full of boxes of stuff to organize later.  Soooo, we just kept them in the family room. Now, here comes the silly part – we (hubby and I) played with the bears. That’s right. We even giggled like little kids. I would put hubby’s glasses on Mr. Bear.  They often watched TV together.

NowPoppaCanSee        BearsWatchingTV

One time, I put them sitting together on the couch holding hands.

Before I got around to taking a picture, hubby snuck in from his shop and changed their position. When I went into the kitchen, I caught a glimpse of what the Bears were doing  in the family room!

  (I did remember to take a photo)  MrBearGetsFrisky

Well, this turn of events required an equally surprising response.  And it got one.

♥   It was time for Mr. Bear to propose   ♥

                                                                       And yes, they are living happily ever after…