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May 19, 2012

There's some stuff going on in my life that I really don't want to talk about here, but I can tell you that it's not fun.  And it's stuff I never thought I'd find myself involved with.

Anyway--my doggie volunteer work at the SPCA is a lovely and welcome distraction.  Doggie kisses can lower blood pressure, did you know that?  So I went this morning and snapped seven lovely doggies.  And you know, I think I am falling in love with pit bulls. Unless they've been mistreated, they are really lovely dogs!



Cash in his cone (there was a note saying not to take it off, and I'm the kind of gal that follows the rules. Mostly.) 




Khloe's sister, Pumpkin

We're hoping these two will be adopted together. 

And so here are the doggies of May 19th. Enjoy!

~~Angie [image error]
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Published on May 19, 2012 13:53 • 19 views

May 17, 2012

Next week I will be teaching at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers' Conference up in North Carolina, so this week I've been preparing, working on the book-in-progress, and going over my lessons.

But this morning I headed out to the SPCA, because I knew I wouldn't be around next week.  Only two puppies to snap today, Nikia, a border collie mix, and Rain, a lovely American Stafordshire terrier.  I'm pretty sure that Rain is Bubba's  (previous blog) sister.  They are adorable, and both are very sweet.

So here they are, the dogs of May 17th.

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Published on May 17, 2012 11:40 • 26 views

May 15, 2012

So it's becoming a very busy week.  I went to the SPCA, and met a beautiful black lab mix.  Well, black dogs are very common and typically the last to be adopted.  So what could set him off from the pack?  Well . . . I just happened to have a tutu.  But since he wasn't a female black dog, the tutu had to become a ruff.

And I think he looks very handsome. :-)

Meet Rascal.  And thanks for dropping by.

P.S.  The work in progress is coming along.  :-)

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Published on May 15, 2012 18:15 • 16 views

May 12, 2012




Beautiful Princess


Spent the morning snapping puppy dogs at the SPCA.  Particularly fell in love with Ginger, who looks like a mastiff head on a bulldog body--I suspect that she is a mastiff/bulldog mix.  Anyway, here are the dogs of May 12: Princess, Sydney, Bubba, Ginger, and Jack.  :-) [image error]
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Published on May 12, 2012 11:59 • 17 views

May 10, 2012

I went to the SPCA this morning and found six doggies who needed their pictures taken.  What a group!  At least three of them were so restless that they wouldn't sit still, which makes it hard to take pictures (especially when only ONE of the walls in our enclosure is photographable.  The others are just plain ugly, and usually call for heavy work with Photoshop.)  Anyway, there were two puppies, and you know how much fun they are, even if they won't sit still, either.



Kendo (his expression makes me laugh)

Darling Muffin



But here are the dogs of May tenth:  Muffin, Benji, Daisy, Kendo, Sugar, and Sunshine. :-)

~~Angie [image error]
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Published on May 10, 2012 14:37 • 25 views

May 9, 2012

I don't know if you've ever watched "Hard Core Pawn" on TV--it's a reality show about a pawn shop in Chicago.  I have watched that show with my mouth agape, unable to believe how everyone--store keepers and customers alike--fly off the handle, cursing and stomping and spewing all sorts of nasty things. I don't think I could get that angry because a merchant didn't want to buy my item. But I CAN get angry.

Right now I am so angry I think I could literally explode--in fact, I may be close to stroking out, as my blood pressure was alarmingly high this morning.

Someone has consistently hurt someone I love, and I've about had it. That someone is close by, and I'm going to sit them down and talk to them like an older person ought to (and for the record, this is not my child--or my husband. LOL).  I'm going to vent my spleen, as they say, and I'm going to try to do it without sinning--without being destructive, without name calling, and without labeling.  But I'm going to name bad behaviors, state a penalty for those behaviors, and lay it all on the line.  I will EARN this red hair.

And then? Maybe I'll be able to sleep.  I had to get up at four a.m. this morning because I couldn't sleep and my head was beginning to pound.

No wonder the Bible cautions us against anger--we are not to be friends with an angry man, lest we learn his ways, and we are not to harbor anger lest it turn into bitterness (another good reason to let it out instead of letting it stew.)

And yet the Bible also says, "Be angry, and sin not."  Jesus got angry--oh, yes he did.  He was angry when he overthrew the moneychangers' tables in the Temple court, and he was angry when he called the Pharisees a bunch of "white-washed sepulchers."  (And there's a word you don't spell every day).   So it is possible--and sometimes necessary--to let your righteous anger flare.

But I think we must have good cause. And we must be careful that the firm--even stern--words we unleash are earned, and that they will be constructive, not destructive to the relationship at stake.  Most of all, we must give the object of our anger an opportunity to make things right again. Holding out hope of restoration.

I do not go public with personal things on this blog or any other, so you'll simply have to accept what I say on this one.  But I've been up since before dawn, heart pounding, eyes narrowed, and I'm ready to sit someone down and let my temper fly.

But before I begin, I think I'd better repeat that mantra:  "Be angry, and sin not."

(LOL!  I typed "sin now."  Oops.)

Angie [image error]
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Published on May 09, 2012 06:14 • 51 views

May 8, 2012

When my daughter celebrated her first birthday, she ate her cake in an antique high chair.  And when the Grand Baby celebrated her first birthday, she ate her cake (rather daintily) in the same antique high chair. And I was able to make both cakes.  :-)    Ah, tradition.  Makes you appreciate the circle of life.



Grand Baby

The daughter's cake (my decorating skills haven't improved much). 

The Grand Baby's Cake

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Published on May 08, 2012 17:39 • 19 views
Today is the Grand Baby's Birthday, but more on that later.  :-)

This morning we got up, I baked a birthday cake, and then my daughter, granddaughter, and I went to the SPCA to photograph some puppies.  We met four delightful dogs today, and I got to try out my new black background AND the fancy collars made from curtain trimmings.  :-)

Here are the Dogs of May Eighth--Snowball, Myiah, Alice, and Spice.



Snowball, naturally

And Spice, who's very puppy. 

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Published on May 08, 2012 15:07 • 18 views

May 3, 2012

Though my deadline is drawing near and people are coming to visit, I ran over to the SPCA this morning because I knew I wouldn't be able to go any other time this week.  Met five lovely dogs, from extra-big to extra-small.  And in going over the pictures--sometimes I just sit here and laugh.  Sometimes they come up with the funniest expressions, but they're still so sweet.  Amazing how much you can learn about a dog just by sitting with him for half an hour.

In any case, I present the dogs of May Third.  :-)  May they all find new homes very soon.

Sweet little Bonnie has no teeth, so her tongue sticks out. 

Beautiful Codi has had a major haircut, otherwise he'd be a fluff ball! 

Heidi would do ANYTHING for a cookie. 

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Published on May 03, 2012 13:53 • 15 views

May 1, 2012

The Note 3: "Notes from the Heart Healer" is coming to the Hallmark Channel on May 13.  Don't miss it.

And because I know you're wondering, no, I didn't have anything to do with this other than the fact that the characters are based on my book, The Note.

I found this plot synopsis online:

Notes from the Heart Healer is the third installment of one of Hallmark Channel's highest-rated movie series of all time, "The Note."

Genie Francis and Ted McGinley reprise their roles as Peyton MacGruder (Francis) and King Danville (McGinley) and, in this installment, Peyton (A recently married renowned author) is shocked when she finds a baby abandoned on her doorstep by a homeless and desperate teen. An anonymous note begs for Peyton to take care of the infant. Peyton finds herself awakening painful memories of the own child she gave up years ago and a motherly instinct she never knew she had. As MacGruder and Danville search for the baby's rightful home, Peyton is stunned by the growing maternal instinct she feels for the small child. Torn between wanting to adopt the baby and wanting to find the mother to help her get back on her feet, she finds her answer in forgiveness. 

The movie premiers on my anniversary (that's nice), and seems to be another heart-warming tale. Don't forget to make a note on your calendar, and spread the word! Thanks! 

And if you missed The Note or The Note 2: Taking a Chance on Love, those are both available on DVD from your favorite online outlets. 

And of course, the book is available online as well.  :-)   See how it all started.  

Thanks for dropping in!

~~Angie [image error]
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Published on May 01, 2012 06:18 • 17 views