A Pinch of Pepper


This dog is tiny, like the size of a pinch. A pinch of pepper–because her name is Pepper! I didn’t name her. Thank goodness, since the last dog I got, I named Precious. Heh. Pepper is a pound dog, though I didn’t get her directly myself from the pound, but from someone who got her from the pound and really wanted a chihuahua. Pepper is not a chihuahua. She is some kind of tiny pug-like dog, and she is an older dog, but I don’t know how old, but she was ready for a new home, and I thought Precious was ready for a companion–and Pepper is VERY well-trained and sweet and calm and older…so. Here she is!

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My Past Week


ALL THREE of my kids were home for Thanksgiving. It’s been a year since I’ve had all three of my kids in the house at the same time. Now that Ross is out of the Navy and going to college at Morgantown, it’s a little easier to get all three of them together with just one (Weston) still in the military (Army). Ross is going to WVU, where Morgan is still attending, and in fact they’re living together these days. Just like when they were kids! (Nobody’s died yet.)

Holiday pictures take the usual direction…..

Ross, not smiling.
Ross, fake smiling.
Ross, finally smiling, but NOT looking at the camera.
At which point I give up and take what I can get!

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