How to Stop a Dog Begging

The whole family is here today.  That is a first and very welcome.  Luke gets to go see the new Star Wars picture.  I was invited but opted to stay home and listen to my songs.  I am not a fan of the new movies, they are too loud. I don’t see why the whole generation isn’t deaf.

We had a wonderful day just catching up on the little things that needs to be done around the house and I had a great time cooking.  We had a leg of lamb to do and I haven’ had one of those for over 25 years.  It was always to expensive and Norman could not have lamb because of his heart.  Well, today I started to get everything ready to cook and Sally, our little dog came to the kitchen with me as always, looking for a hand out and everything went as it should until I started cooking it roast and when it began to small good Sally ran to the kitchen and stopped short and began to bark franticly then ran to hid behind Joe.  We all laughter and could not guess what was wrong.  Sally began to hid and just shake all over.  She was clearly very scared of something.  Holly googled her reaction and we found that some dogs are scared of the smell of cooking lamb and react just as she was doing.   She would not come near me until dinner was all done and put away so there was no smell of the cooked lamb.  We always eat here in the living room and she always begs for whatever we are eating. Today she not only didn’t beg anyone but refused to eat any of the cooked lamb and would not go near the one who offered it to her.  Have you ever seen that?  They say some dogs are like that and others treat it like any other meat and they also say all dogs will eat raw lamb.  I guess we will never know Holly had to hold her and cuddle her to keep her fro hiding under the bed.  I guess I am not to old to learn something new.

My house still has not closed and today I had to sign another extension. But everything still looks good just slow with an FHA loan.  Now they say it will close Friday, that is one day before Landen’s birthday.  Maybe that will bring me good luck.  I’d like to get that out of the way.  There always seems to be one more thing to do,

I am having fun looking up and listening to all our old songs, all the ones Norman would have loved to hear again.  Music was always a big part of his life.  Every holiday we would collect around the piano at his folks house and sing all the old songs.  Nana had every song printed from 1911 though to the 50’s and even a few of those.  I still have some of her song sheets but I sold many many and Phil sold all the newer ones, that is the mid 40’s and 50’s, it is hard to think of all the sheet music she had.  Most she bought but some came from Miss Day, the woman they bought their house on Pine St from.  It is fun sitting here to just listen and remember what wonderful times we had when we first enjoyed them.  You can’t find them on the radio any more and to listen to them on the records you have to listen to so many that don’t interest you so this echo-dot is a blessing to me.  Many many of these songs I had forgotten all about and some of the singers I never did know who they were at the time even.   I also have added any of the newer songs that Norman and I had heard and liked over the last few years.  Yesterday I even found Norman’s last motto” I’m not as good as I used to be, but once I’m as good as I ever was”  That was his answer to most any question and as I will always remember him- as good as he ever was !

On that note I’ll say  Have a great Day.  Enjoy your life.










About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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