Monday, October 20, 2014


A phone, no pool, all pets, I ain't got no internet....

Do any of you remember that Roger Miller song?  That was me last week while I babysat Bethany's house and 3 dogs while she and her husband went to Ireland!  It was fun being in her home and taking a break from my normal routine.  

I couldn't get her uber secure, data software security job computer to even turn on, much less her password so I could use my ipad.  I know, I'm "old", but having no internet actually was nice for a change.  I loved that her pups were so at home with me- they hardly missed them or got out of their routine. Winston, aka "winstonthehappybeagle" was such a joy to take care of, and his 'special needs' became second nature.  He is the sweetest dog I have ever known, and so appreciative of the help we give him. You can't tell him he's not normal, and he will prove it!

While I was enjoying her cottage, my husband was holding down the fort at home with the care of our pony, 2 dogs, a cat, and our son's cat who was visiting while Michael was on vacation.  Gibbs sprained his leg and our son's cat got sprayed by a skunk!   Luckily it wasn't as bad an encounter as my husband portrayed it to be, but I gave Mort a de-skunking bath and did the trick. Have you ever bathed a cat?  yikes. I hope I don't have to do that again.

I really love Bethany's house and enjoyed taking pictures with my phone of my favorite things there.

Click over on her  IG feed  and you can see some of her marvelous sites of Ireland.  I am so thrilled she got to experience such an adventure and that I was able to ease her mind about leaving her dogs.  They brought me the most amazing wool throw from the Aran Islands that is now a treasure in my home.  Thank you sweetie!

It was a very rewarding week for me. I am really in my element being around our animals. 

 The leaves are seriously falling and it is so beautiful here in Virginia.  It's supposed to go down to 37 tonight!  
 I hope you all have a great week!


  1. Love Bethany's babies and had such a great time following their trip on Instagram.

  2. What a good momma!! I know you loved dis-connecting for awhile and that Bethany is so blessed to have you!! Loved her IG photos from their trip. Makes me want to go ... Soon!!

  3. Aww, that 'happy beagle' is the sweetest! What a great week for everyone, I'm sure the fur babies loved their babysitter! :)

  4. Bethany is lucky to have you for a mom/house-sitter! And as far as the pics of Bethany on IG, it seems their having a real great time!

  5. Love Bethany's home and her animals! Of course, love you both :) We need to get together again. I'm finally in DC for a while. Have a great one - xoxo

  6. How great of you Nancy and I love Bethany's home as well, every cool!
    Plus adore all of the precious pets..
    The Arts by Karena

  7. You are the best mom and pet grandma ever!!!!! I saw Bethany's pics on IG and am so happy for her. One of my favorite places on earth.....I am dying to go back.

  8. What an awesome Mommy you are! Thanks for the peek into Bethany's home. Her home is gorgeous. Looove her pets too!

  9. I just love Bethany's home and her dogs are adorable! Happy Monday!

  10. House sitting sounds like it was almost a vacation for you, too. Winston is a perfect example of what dog friends of mine profess ... they tell us to all Be More Dog. He knows that his abilities are limited, and he has adapted to make a wonderful life despite it.

  11. I find once I get out of the internet "fix" I'm quite happy to go without it for a vacation. Love the pups!


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