• Dog Battles

    The battle to a) not get bitten by Merlin, b)teach him not to bite, c) keep him supremely occupied and entertained, is ongoing. He’s doing better in a lot of ways. We’re also giving him a calming treat with some…

  • Cotton Picking

    Did you ever hear that phrase? I heard it fairly frequently as a kid and not so much lately. I happened to read it today and got to thinking about how bigoted that phrase is. The phrase is always pejorative:…

  • Puppy Outing

    We had our first jaunt out to the park today. Crowley’s shots are finally fully active, so we can do that without worrying about Parvo. They boys had never been and were absolutely entranced. Trying to look at and smell…

  • Murder Trial Parts 3 and 4

    Previously I talked about attending a murder trial. If you haven’t read parts one and two, I’ll give you the links to those pages. Part I Part II What follows are the next two parts. Murder Trial Part III In…

  • Asking for Money

    Hi Everybody. I’m here to ask for money. My daughter is starting High School and joining the Competitive Marching Band. They get to go do a lot of competitions and for the first time in the school’s history, they are…

  • Murder Trial Part II

    If you haven’t read part one and you want to, click here I left off last time having talked about the procedure of the courtroom and what I’d learned. Now I’ll move on to the evidence. The first person on…

  • Murder Trial Part 1

    I had occasion to attend a portion of a murder trial a couple months ago. My husband had to testify, called by the prosecution. More on that later. A man was on trial for murdering his estranged wife on February…

  • It’s been a hard few weeks

    It’s been tough at the Francis house for the last month or so. First there was a situation with my daughter at school. That’s ongoing but hopefully working out. Then one of our corgi boys died. We took him to…

  • What Diana Doesn’t Understand

    I’ve recently discovered that I don’t understand the rules of tug-o-war with the dog. I’m not the only one. Viggo doesn’t understand the rules either. Or maybe he doesn’t understand the point of the game. Either way, when Voodoo decides…