I am a complicated Southern woman who likes to write about simple things. I am a little vague about the details (a Southern thing) because my children have assured me that it is absolutely  possible to die of embarrassment. Now, this was quite a while ago, but they were so adamant that I’m sure they still feel the same way about it.

I am passionate about gardening, cooking, design, purses, perfume, photography, reading, open source and too many other things to list.

I have a very simple faith; I know God loves me and I that am His child. Prayer is a part of every day-pretty much all day. I think of it as a conversation.

I live with Himself in a charming cottage in a beautiful garden with butterflies and hummingbirds on a pond. The cottage (once known as Teetering-On-The-Brink) and garden are works in progress.

Himself and I are gracefully entering the Wise Elder stage of our lives which is nice in the ancestor-worshiping South. I’ll tell you, though, old age ain’t for sissies!

We share our home with the MMM gang-a.k.a. the Merry Mangy Menagerie.

There is an ancient bird that I rarely write about because he is cranky about his privacy. And everything else!

We have a sleek, yellow-eyed cat that our previous vet gave us to replace the cat we had just lost. Wise woman. The kitten had been found in an apartment parking lot with the rest of the feral litter. Her little tail was broken but she grew up to be our beautiful B.C.

Our little stars are two Coton de Tulear dogs with two very different stories. I want to be very clear that we are not breeders as so many Coton blogs, YouTube videos and even Tweets seem to belong to businesses. Our dogs were spayed as soon as they came to live with us.

I researched many breeds extensively before choosing Cotons. I fell in love with this breed. I have been educating myself about them ever since and it has been a very rewarding journey.
I have changed the dog’s names to protect their privacy. First I discarded their long pedigree names (or “slave names”, as I call them) to something that better suited their personalities. Then I gave them “Internet names”, also befitting their personalities. This has greatly confused certain family members.

Bebe came to us first at a very sad time in my life. She has been a Godsend. She had been used for breeding purposes and was being retired. She had never been socialized, was terrified of men, never seen carpet or a step or rain or even grass. We had to shave her because of all the mats. It must have been very quiet where she was before because the TV or music agitated her. She was not housebroken or used to riding in a car. She had never been on a leash. She was very run down and had a luxating patella. She was “statue dog”, frozen and afraid to move-for weeks. Now she is a study in motion. She fetches, she “shakes it”, she jumps for treats and she does not just run-she flies!

Now she is happy, healthy and my constant companion. She may never be completely socialized but she has made some friends and accepts Himself as an extension of me but is wary.

Little-Bit came to us later and younger. She also had to be spayed, shaved and also treated for gingivitis and ear infections. She was always scratching herself and chewing her paws and has two luxating patellas which need to be treated very soon. She had been part of a large group of dogs and was always the last to the food bowls. Completely un-housebroken.

You should see her now! She is everybody’s darling and the vet calls her the Sugar Queen.

So that is who we are. I hope you enjoy reading about our little adventures!

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. alwaysopensometimesgone  |  Feb/2009 at 6:48 am

    Sounds like, “LightsOnNoOnesHome”, doesn’t it?

  • 2. Lolly Lakehurst  |  Feb/2009 at 2:25 pm

    How about “SamePriceCashOrCredit”?

  • 3. alwaysopensometimesgone  |  Feb/2009 at 4:18 am

    Oh, I have a reader!

  • 4. Maya  |  Mar/2009 at 7:24 pm

    short and sweet – love it!

  • 5. JUDITH  |  Mar/2009 at 9:05 pm

    Love your posts…..reading your lifetime experiences….could almost be there.

    I’m a people watcher too…why are other peoples conversations always more interesting then your own


    • 6. alwaysopensometimesgone  |  Mar/2009 at 12:59 am

      I was always a writer and a really bad poet but suddenly I just felt compelled to blog. It’s like when I used to paint, I HAD to paint. It was necessary, like breathing.

      It’s not THAT bad but it will be interesting to see where this journey takes me. I’m trying to protect the privacy of those I love because they didn’t sign up to take this journey with me.

      I have always amused myself by eavesdropping. I figure, “Hey, if you’re in public, you’re fair game!” I’m a people person and I’m interested in what makes them tick. But mostly I’m just nosy. 🙂

  • 7. Marc Smith, DVM  |  Jun/2009 at 9:56 pm

    I find your dog food recipes intriguing.

    • 8. alwaysopensometimesgone  |  Jun/2009 at 12:15 am

      In a good way?
      I read what you are doing with acupuncture. Will that work on a luxating patella?


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