Category Archives: Happy Place

A Tribute To My Furry Face Best Friend. July 27, 2010 – November 18, 2021

Miss Z at 6 weeks old.

On July 27, 2010, a new life came into the world.  It was small, warm, furry, helpless.  Seven weeks later, it was at an adoption shelter.  All that the staff knew was that the furry little girl’s mom was a Siberian Huskie.  (We would later discover that her dad was a Boxer.)  She had a brother and sister and her sister was also up for adoption, but when I played with her, she wasn’t interested.   When I played with the puppy the shelter had named “Kim”,  I asked her to give me a sign if she wanted to come home with me.  She jumped on me and kissed me one time on the face.  That was my sign.   I took her home.  On November 18, 2021, as she heard comforting and apologetic words, she again gave a kiss and went to her home on the Rainbow Bridge. 


Miss Z at 7 weeks old. Her first bath. I could hold her in one hand.

Zenamarie (also known as “Miss Z), was a playful, joyful dog.   Her mix combo, called Boxsky was more than a handful.  She was inquisitive, and as you can see in the above photo, she looked as if she had all wisdom. 

Miss Z learned very quickly.  She was totally housebroken in 3 weeks.  Most times, she was very obedient – always obedient when it came to sit, lay, high-five, shake paw.  She wasn’t so obedient when it came to not barking.  



Some mornings, I opened my eyes to see this stare-down.

As the years went by, her black and brown muzzle turned white.  It’s strange seeing your furry face age.  She hadn’t slowed down her playfulness until she was 5-years old, only reducing it to about 10 minute increments.  The life span for her breed mix is 10 years.  I was blessed with having her in my life for an additional year.

Miss Z loved her backyard.  She played ball in her yard.  She chased squirrels in her yard.  She chased rabbits in her yard.  She pounced on a ground hog in her yard — and she was skunked in her yard. Once, she stopped a burglar of my neighbor’s house who, hearing her bark in his direction, left the television he was stealing on the ground and hauled ass.

Last year she developed fatty masses.  They seem to all appear overnight.  A trip to the Vet, and they were tested, coming back fatty masses — nothing to worry about.  I did begin giving her a teaspoon of olive oil daily and they began to shrink.

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Sunday Smiles – Bernie and His Mittens. Gotta Love It!

Wonderful! I almost fell off my chair when I saw the photo from Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1.

By Hook Or By Book


One of the surprising highlights of the inauguration were Senator Bernie Sanders and his delightful mittens. Naturally they’re appearing all over the internet in the form of clever memes, so here are some of my favorites.


























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Quarantine Reflections — My Good Time Stories


We all know how much impact the quarantine and all the time that we have spent “locked down” has had on us. Days seem to melt together, and, on occasions, time just seems to slow down.

I came across the following thoughts from a friend of mine. Some of them are funny and some will make you sit back and think. Whatever the case…enjoy.


I hope they give us two weeks’ notice before sending us back out into the real world. I think we’ll all need the time to become ourselves again. And by “ourselves” I mean lose 10 pounds, cut our hair and get used to not drinking at 9:00 a.m.

New monthly budget: Gas: $0, Entertainment: $0, Clothes: $0, Groceries: $2,799.

Breaking News: Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to stop COVID-19, but to stop eating.

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Our Primary Purpose — Eddie Two Hawks

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama XIV Eddie’s Garden Photos

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THINK ABOUT THIS — theutopiauniverse

Keep this with you during your week, four great points to be kept in mind………………. Brooke, Universal Life Coach

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Quotes For Overcoming

Here’s another previously published post.  Hopefully, it will minister to someone.  Also hopefully, I’ll be back to writing new posts in about a week.


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Just Be There

#MondayMeme – #MondayBlogs

Thanks. I needed the laugh.

God is saying…

Quotes and Venting

Hello good people.  It’s a cloudy, rainy day in my neck of the woods.  Today has been a day of lots of thoughts and I hope you don’t mind me sharing some of them with you.

Don’t you just love when prescription drug companies include in their patient pamphlets for you to tell your doctor if you have certain conditions or allergies, when your doctor has not tested you for those conditions and allergies?



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Wordless Wednesday June 6, 2018



This Week’s Stress Relief. Obama-Biden Memes

They are no longer in the White House, but they are still in the hearts of many.   Hope that you enjoy the following.



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This Week’s Stress Relief

I thought I would post something to give us a break or a balance to the stress that some, if not most of us, are under due to the situations in Washington, D.C.

My plate is pretty full for this week so I don’t plan on writing a blog post, (although it might still happen), and my visits to other blogs will be minimal.   Hopefully, next week will be better.

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Ray Of Hope

Ray of Hope is a song written by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, two members of the music group known as the Rascals.  The song was released in 1968.   It’s been 50 years, and Felix is still performing.

The message of the Rascals has always been to stand for peace, love, and happiness.  I’ve always said that the Rascals were before their time.  They did not receive much cross-over attention until the release of their song “Groovin'”.   Now, the lyrics they wrote in songs such Ray of Hope ring true again.  For example, in Ray of Hope the lyrics include, “wait my turn ’till I can vote”.  It’s a message that the Parkland High School shooting survivors promote for teens reaching the age to vote to make changes in gun control and to end gun violence. Read the rest of this entry

Running of the Bull Dogs

I don’t watch much commercial television.  When I do, I generally walk away from the television or scroll through the guide to see what is coming on later while the commercials play in the background.  If an advertiser wants to get and keep my attention, put dogs in commercials.

This video is a Geico commercial — the Running of the Bull Dogs.  It’s one of my favorites.  I can’t help but laugh each time I see it.  Hope you enjoy it as well.




Darth Vader Falls in Love

What a wonderful way to begin the week with a laugh.


I thought this was rather interesting.  I am a resistance soldier all the way, but I do like Darth Vader…

~Boston Brian

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Super Bowl Sunday. I’m Watching Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl

For years now, it’s been my tradition on Super Bowl Sunday to send everyone away so I can watch Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl.  Uh — that’s everyone other than my dog.


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I Had To Laugh – Black Jeopardy

At first, I was somewhat offended with the stereotypes, but then Tom Hanks really made me laugh.  I don’t know how Tom Hanks kept a straight face.


Encouraging Music To Get You Through The Week

The song, Keep on Pushing, was written by Curtis Mayfield and originally recorded by the R&B group The Impressions.  It was released in 1964.   It is a song about perseverance and finding strength to get through tough times.

This song took on a new meaning for Mayfield after he was paralyzed in 1990 when a light tower fell on him during an outdoor performance in Brooklyn. In a 1997 interview, Mayfield said,   “I think my spirits are maybe even higher,” It’s like I died and woke up to see this wave of love from so many people I knew and people I didn’t know.”

Kirk Whalum brings a jazz version of the song. I hope it encourages those who need a lift-up.



Talking Dog For Sale

Last week, a friend told me a joke about a talking dog.  I found it on Youtube.   I laughed much longer than the 3 minute video.

Hope you enjoy it.


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