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Porch Puppy Time! 
May 24, 2014 6:38 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2014 5:16 pm

The trees have leaves and the sun is shining some warmth down on us finally!  That can only mean one thing - Summer is not too far away!  I have 15 more days to work and then I am officially on summer break until August.  Finishing my 24th year working for the school you would think I was used to having summers off and it would be no big deal.  Oh no!  You would be wrong if you thought that.  I'm as bad as the kids - I can't wait for lazy summer days filled with hikes and morning cups of coffee on the deck.

I love to sit on the deck, steaming cup of coffee in hand, and dogs at my feet.  Coffee just tastes better with a couple of "porch puppies"!  The best time of the day is when it is barely light and the birds are all waking up, singing their merry tunes to greet the new day.  Missy, our old chocolate lab who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, was the Queen of Porch Puppy-dom.  I used to sit on the porch and Missy would sit right beside me - gazing into the woods, watching for squirrels or deer.  Suzy was just a young pup then and she would sit on the porch beside Missy.  That is until a chipmunk was spied scurrying along the hill, or a squirrel.  Or any kind of real or imagined critter that needed checking out.  Now Suzy is the grown up and she'll sit by my side gazing into the woods, content to wait for that scrap of poptart or bagel to drop to the floor.  Annie is now the pup - content to sit on the porch beside Suzy for all of about 5 seconds.

The yard is too full of things to explore to sit on the porch!  

Annie is a fairly smart puppy and she is eager to copy whatever Suzy is doing, so I'm hoping her sits on the porch grow longer.  Who knows - by the end of the summer she may just stay on the porch while I drink an entire cup of coffee! 

After my peaceful morning coffee, I got to work and did a few chores.  Then I found a perfect trail for Kristal and myself, along with her Maggie and my Suzy, to hike later this morning.  Annie is not quite big enough to walk as far as we go so she'll have to stay home. 

May 24, 2014 9:51 am
Annie is a beautiful pup! Enjoy your summer with her.....like kids, they grow so fast!
May 24, 2014 10:30 am
I just love hearing about your labs MA! Probably because of all the dog breeds, labs have to be my favorite... Along with standard poodles. Your Suzy and Annie are so sweet! You mentioned birds singing early each morning. They were so loud this morning, I had to hurry up to get outside with MY coffee in hand to see what the ruckess was! I love this time of year too and remember all to vividly how happy I was when school let out (I was a music teacher) so I could enjoy our beautiful and too brief summers. Thanks for sharing your late Spring adventures. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.
May 24, 2014 2:17 pm
sweet dogs ma, nice pictures.
May 24, 2014 3:48 pm
I love seeing Annie grow up. She is a beautiful dog. Suzy will surely be a good mentor for Annie. Have a nice summer Mother Ann. I know how you felt when Steve had to go off and work in South Dakota. My son has an interview for a job is Denver on Tuesday. He also getting married to a very nice girl in Denver. So, it will be hard to let go, but I am happy for him.
May 24, 2014 8:14 pm
Your Annie is a beautiful dog. My Molly also a black lab is wonderful. We go for long walks every day, and she has to stop to smell the roses:)))
May 25, 2014 3:49 am
BSM: You are so right - they grow SO fast! She's already seeming more like a dog and less like a puppy!
May 25, 2014 3:50 am
Candice - There was something going on at my house with the birds this morning! They were all up and singing loudly; even the hummingbirds were at the feeder and it wasn't daylight yet!
May 25, 2014 3:50 am
Thanks GDerr! We think they're pretty special. :)
May 25, 2014 3:52 am
Lela - It was tough letting Steve go, but we raised our kids to be responsible adults and to be happy. He has to follow his dream. Thankfully he keeps in close touch with us on an almost daily basis.
May 25, 2014 3:52 am
manella - Your Molly sounds like a pretty smart pooch! One should always take time to stop and smell the roses!
May 30, 2014 6:59 pm
MA - - you are so right!!! This is my first year working in the school system and I am soooooo looking forward to being off for the summer!! I've only got 2 more days and then YIPPEEEEE!!!! And then I too will join the ranks of those sitting on the back porch with a hot cup of mocha something in hand, listening to the sounds of nature - ahhhhh - paradise!! I don't have a porch puppy - but I'll look at pics of yours and enjoy your stories of their antics. Have a great summer MA!!!
May 31, 2014 5:13 pm
luv2cook - Enjoy your summer! Nothing better than those early morning times of relaxation! This morning Suzy went fishing with "Dad" so it was just myself and Annie. Oh my goodness! She is quite the wonderful porch puppy when it is just her! :)
Jun. 1, 2014 5:11 pm
What beautiful pups you have :) Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, those cute little faces brought a smile to my face. Hope you thoroughly enjoy your summer break!
Jun. 1, 2014 5:16 pm
Thank you, Faith N! I do love my pups! Glad you enjoyed reading. :)
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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