Hello Came traipsing in and thought might as well open a new porch. Please do go and visit the posts on the tail end of #1108. Barry - so happy you located loverboy Romeo. Poor baby. Running so faraway.. ive lost two dogs many moons ago. they ventured out and didnt come back. Our naughty doggie is being a pest. following us. He follows us down the lane to the butchers and grocers. Thats as far as we allow. when my DD went to buy some groceries, the shopkeepers family knew him. they said, “oh him? he came to visit us in our house climbing the stairs” (they knew he was our doggie, becausetheyve seen us arguing with him to return). shopkeeper lives on the upper floor of his shop. So they didnt throw a shoe at him when he poked his head through their doorway and looked them up and down. the other day he was arguing with a neighbour outside our gate, sniffing at him, scuffing the ground, trying to distract the man from his conversation on the cellphone. then he growled and just to assert himself as owner of that space, picked up a brick lying on the ground next to the mans foot and ran back to our house. i was watching from a crack inthe gate and heard the man exclaiming. telling his friend what the dog did. He yet again brought one white canvas shoe of the pair which was drying outside their house and i found it in our kitchen. luckily no teethmarks. obviously something else had immediately distracted doggies attention otherwise it wouldnt have stood a chance. our help had to unobstrusively return it to where it was taken from. Nowadays he stands on his hind legs in the kitchen, looking out the window into the side street and barks at other dogs. if he sees one trotting by, he rushes out of the door and hurtles down the stairs to give the dog a piece of mind for just existing. Granni - CDD just visiting withthe family is a step forward. it must be stressful for the whole family trying to behave normal around her but families are there for better or worse. She is fortunate you all havent givenup on her. i know everyoneis dealing with their own problems in life. who knows who will be dealt which cards in life. Sunflower - im sure those chairs look nifty as can be. with new upholstering and your artists eye. sorry the pup was more exertion than expected, i mean they tire out younger people so you with your rib pain and the health hazards just gone by. understandable. i hope she doesnt bother Savannah too much. exciting about the exhibition. i was walking by and looking at a couple of beautiful paintings in a shop. i was wishing i could buy one one or two but theyre very expensive. the shop is in front of a Fine Arts school. beautiful beautiful work. i really envy artists ability. to create beauty inyour head and get your hands to translate it into the real world. what a gift! Envy Duckie too. Duckie - oooh yeah! another quilt. or quilt inthe making. so pretty! love those prints. happy to know your DM is almost recovered. she sounds like a very determined lady. im smiling to myself. i know those. Theyre very endearing to watch. as they order the world to do their bidding. Even when their appearance is frail and vulnerable. Rock - i love waking to a quiet house. i get up, make my tea and just enjoy those moments. before the chatter and motion breaks out and another day begins in earnest. Today the sun shone from early morning. yesterday was cold, i almost froze. Had to bring out the heater and warm wherever i was staying. Ive gotten out all the warm blankets that i thought i wouldnt need. All the family was feeling the biting cold. it gets down to 1 degree celcius in the wee hours. Mikie - yes, its been a rough coupla seasons for you and rough couple months for most Porchies. But one keeps hoping its gonna get better. iunderstand about the expenses. i dont buy lots of things that are needed because it goes on the dogs upkeep. i think SV was a Godsend to you. no matter what. and you have been more than that to him. i also admire Jeff. i mean, he is keeping a cat because his neighbour might hurt it, inspite of being allergic to one. i think there willbe a separate place in heaven for persons like you and Jeff. Julie - it will be a nice news for us too when Den retires part time. He works so hard, as do you. You both deserve a nice break. when ithink of the Amish in that snow with all those little ones laundry, and bathing, cooking. i faint.