More sad

One of my friends (John, who pulls together the music jams I sing with sometimes) just lost a pup to cancer.  It’s strange to me because I’ve never “attached” myself to dogs before.  I couldn’t have one, so there was no point in wanting one and so I just mentally distanced myself from the whole species.  Now that I’ve got India, I’ve found my whole puppy universe has blossomed and I pretty much love all dogs.  There are dogs that are more “my type”, for sure, but I’ll be darned if I won’t sit around and watch dog shows these days.

So the news about Minor hit me hard.  He’d always been John’s-dog-who-made-me-sneeze, but somehow in the last year I’ve grown to appreciate what an amazing bond he and John had and what a generous spirit Minor had (allowed all these *strangers* to come in his house every month and make a ruckus!).  His passing was not unexpected, but I don’t think it makes it any easier.

My heart goes out to John, who has lost two dear pup friends in the space of a few short months.

Perhaps a change is needed…

So I’ve gotten in the habit of telling India “No!” when she’s barking and she shouldn’t be (…though I do wish I had to tell her less often…working on that).

I set Roo to cleaning this afternoon, and just now returned to the bedroom to find him beeping at me (the “I’m full” beep).  So I took the dustbin out and started to empty it in the trash… Roo continued to beep (’cause now he had no dustbin) and I’ll be darned if I didn’t tell *my Roomba* “No!”.

India, some more

So, I found some more “baby” pictures of India, and finally got around to uploading some of the ones I took this fall. They’re here (and on the following page of the album).

She and I are about to go on a major undertaking — her first plane trip. The normal Christmas confusion (who’s going where when to see whom) seems to have been resolved, and (I think) the plan is that Jeff and I’ll head to Charlotte on the 15th for the Annual Normal Family Dysfunctional Christmas Shindig (aka the ANFDCS), then on the 22nd Jeff’ll head to Oscoda (Michigan) to see his people, while I’ll head back to Charlotte to have more quality time with my people (including the non-Norman side of the family). The puppy will go with me, and from Charlotte she and I will fly to NYC (geep! first plane trip!) to meet Jeff on Christmas Eve. We all will be there from Christmas through New Years. This should be, if nothing else, novel, as I’ve never travelled with Little Girl before. (But just think! There’s an entire state that hasn’t seen her cuteness yet! ;-)

So meanwhile back at the ranch, I’ve got two weekends left to figure out how to travel with India; finish shopping, pack and wrap everything; pack my own gear (which is always — and in spite of the intricate planning systems I have — way more stressful than it needs to be); find an outfit for the ANFDCS; and in general somehow find a way to get in a Merry Mood. I’m working on it….

Here, help me out…

What are your favorite Christmas/Winter Holiday Carols/Songs? (Choose 3)
Jingle Bells
Winter Wonderland
Oh Holy Night
Carol of the Bells
Silent Night
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Oh Tannenbaum
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
The Holly & The Ivy
Va-hoo Gloray (the one the Whos down in Whoville sing)
You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch
The David Bowie/Bing Crosby Version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
Arrogance’s version of Little Drummer Boy
Deck the Halls
Frosty the Snowman
Do You Hear What I Hea
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Barenaked Ladies/Sarah McLaughlin version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
Hark the Heralds, Angels Sing
Joy to the World
Free polls from

Vampire puppy

I thought you might want to see pics of India in costume from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk on Saturday:

Needless to say, she was a huge hit amongst the youngsters (and adults for that matter) at the walk.  We walked the whole three miles (ok, except for the last couple hundred yards, when I carried her), and got tiny pieces of hot dog as a treat at the end (more accurately, I got two hot dogs, and shared tiny pieces with her).

Thank you again for your generous contributions — together we raised more than $600 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

Last chance to help out! (and apologies for asking again…)

First off — THANK YOU to all the folks who’ve donated already!

I’m sending out one more “pleeeeease” to the universe  (or at least those of you who’ve got the dubious distinction of being friends) and asking again for your support for my walk in the JDRF Walk for The Cure (TOMORROW! Sat. Oct. 28th!).

As an additional incentive (or perhaps just because it amuses me), I’ve decided that I’m walking in costume (Draculette) and that my wee pup India will be walking (/bouncing) with me, dressed as a bat.

In my Martha-ness, I’ve handmade her little wings (which I daresay are TEH CUTE!), and, of course, I am planning on toting her should she become plum tuckered.

So, why don’t you join me!?  Heckle me!  Support me!

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal!

Thanks in advance!

An unusual plea


Y’all know that I don’t (normally) (a) intentionally exercise or (b) ask for money, so this is a truly unusual circumstance.

This year, I’ll be taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes research foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes along with some half-million other folks all across the country. Our goal: To raise $90 million to help fund research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. (*More info about Juvenile Diabetes below.)

So, will you sponsor me on the walk (Oct., 28, BTW, should any of you want to come walk also…or even heckle)?  I am starting extensive training by walking with my puppy (ok, not quite true, but it sounds a little less lame than the more truthful:  I’m terribly out of shape and will probably be huffing and puffing by the end of this. )

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal:

(*) Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes, is a nasty, often deadly disease that affects millions of people–a large and growing percentage of them children.  And though insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.

The good news, though, is that a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. In fact, JDRF funding and leadership is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date.

(Huff. Pant. Wheeze.)

Very cute (in my biased opinion)

Little Cesar dog food commerical with a very cute Pom in it and — here’s the nifty bit — a (relatively obscure) song called “I Need a New Heart” by the Magnetic Fields that I adore!

(One of the best concertings I’ve ever had was a three-night, in order, live show of the Magnetic Fields 3-disc set “69 Love Songs” that I went to see with David at the ArtsCenter).