Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mama said there'll be days like this, there'll be days like this Mama said

Happy Mother's Day!

Especially to my Mom...

My stepmom...

My mother-in-law...

And all of you mothers, stepmothers, furry mothers, and nurturers in general. For those of you who have lost your mom, I know she's smiling down on you today.


P.S. Our Ferko family lost a good friend and a great mom this year to cancer. Her kids are doing something awesome in her honor for the Susan G. Komen walk today in Philadelphia. Steve Highsmith covered it on his blog. Check this out:


Friday, May 11, 2012

I Don't Get It - Volume V

It's been a while.

What tis this? I don't get poop brown face that is a result of too much tanning and a money shot of bronze shoe polish every morning. The second one has to be fake, yes? 


How dog hair seems to multiply by the thousand in spring.

Passive aggressive status updates on facebook. If you have beef with someone, talk to them about it. If you must post about it on facebook, call them out by name. Don't post something to the effect of "I guess some people just don't value friendship like I do," or something equally lame. And no, I'm not talking about any of you in particular so don't be all "She's a hypocrite! p.s. Do you think she's talking about me?"

Why I feel guilty when I have the day off from work, like I'm playing hooky or doing something I shouldn't be doing.


(Cr)Applebee's. I have literally never come away from a meal there without having dinareena. TMI? You asked for it by eating at Crapplebee's.

If MFD was writing this, his contribution would be: Why do you put your ipod on shuffle and then fast forward through songs? In the words of Bobby Brown, it's my prerogative.


Have a glorious weekend. I hope all you mommas out there treat yourselves well every day, but especially on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Geege is Eight, he brings us chocolate cake

Happy eighth birthday to our Geege, who we adopted five years ago on May 6.

Geege's first day with us: May 6, 2007
 He came to us as Jake and didn't really want to have much to do with us at first. He got along great with Gus from the start and spent most of his time sitting at the window and barking at passerby and the air in general. As the weeks wore on, he'd edge closer to us. He was feeling us out and making sure this was a permanent move. He was serious and neurotic and never wanted to look me in the eye, which was foreign since Gus spends most of his time staring people down. He has never stopped patrolling the window and barking his head off when people came near his domain. He is a small super hero, hence his first Halloween costume with us:

Geege as Spiderman in October 2007
A few months in Jake was sitting with us and relaxing into his forever home. Around this time he became more carefree and inclined to frolic, and was christened Geege.

Dog beach time for my birthday in March 2008

Geege is my shadow. Wherever I am, he is. We got Gus as a puppy, and while Gus will follow me around, he will also tire of it and take refuge on the couch to snooze the day away. Geege is my faithful companion and always at my side. On weekends when I am busting a move getting my hausfrauing done, he collapses alongside of me at the end of the day because he's had a workout supervising me. Geege is the most likely to be stepped on because he is always underfoot. Lori held him at our wedding and since he was behind me, he couldn't see my face so he cried loudly for the entire ceremony.

Geege and Gus at our wedding - September 25, 2010
When he's not at my side, he is using the bay window as a cat walk patrol to bark like a loon at dogs and people walking in front of our house. He loves windows in general.

Geege making use of my mother-in-law's perch in Sea Isle

He loves to run on the beach, up at Lori & Jack's house, and at the fields around our house.

Geege tearing through North Woods at Treat Lady's house

Beach running in Sea Isle

Racing around Parkwood fields

He  likes to scamper ahead when walking on a leash and find a spot of grass to roll around in.

He eats voraciously. He loves babies and is very protective of them. He sits and looks at me and moves his mouth like he's got something to say.  He waits to be invited to sit on the couch. He likes to lay his head on pillows like a human. He makes a noise that sounds like "rabble rabble" and twists around to get a belly rub. He sleeps with his tongue sticking out.

He howls like a banshee when I get out of my car. He wags his tail with his whole heart and soul behind it - his entire body shimmies. He lets me put costumes on him and doesn't freak out.

New Year's Eve 2011

His love is bottomless. He's such a good and happy guy. I didn't know he was missing from our lives until he came into them and filled them even more and made our home better. I am grateful every day that his previous owners allowed us to have him.

Happy 8th birthday Geege. Thank you for the love and joy you bring to our house. Chicken for you for dinner tonight.


Monday, May 7, 2012

the weekend that was

Trolling pinterest on Friday, I saw this and loved it, so I wrote it down and hung it up.
Serial killer handwriting and all.


Party prep with my helpers


Cinco de Derby Day Party at our house, where Team Random Acts of Kindness raised $335 for
Relay For Life thanks to our supportive family and friends

My losing Derby horses

Photo by the lovely Lilly Scheetz of LMS Photography - visit

Salted caramel butter bars. These are TO DIE FOR, so click on the link and make them post-haste.

Using a pepper as a dip bowl cuts down on dishes


Super tired partied out dogs


Lots of sleeping on Sunday, which I so desperately needed after more than a week of averaging five hours of sleep or less a night


p.s. it went too fast

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What May Means to Me

Time to plant herbs, annuals, and some tomatoes

Professional pedis

Cinco de Derby Day Relay For Life fundraiser party.

Flyers playoffs


Transitioning to the summer quilt

Mother's Day

Birthdays in the family - Geege, Rich, Tracy

Strawberries in season

Unbelievable coupon I got in the mail yesterday from Bottom Dollar - every week in May, $10 off when you spend $20. Seriously? I'm in.

Mom & Rich's new inground pool will be ready. If you need me this summer, I'll be lounging in Levittown with this lady.

Relay For Life of South Philadelphia - in need of more teams and a DJ or sound system. Help!

A grill & chill at the DiCostanzo/Sannelli house

Bringing my summer clothes out

Kit Kat D's second birthday party (and her mom's birthday too)

Memorial Day weekend Doyle family events: Nicole & Patrick's wedding and a pool party at Col & John's

While strolling through the park one day/
In the merry merry month of May/
I was taken by surprise/
By a pair of roguish eyes/
I was scared but I didn't run away,

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