Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Shy Shiloh: Walkies!

Tales of a Shy Dog: We go on walks now!

We go on walks now!

Shiloh has been looking sad lately when my husband takes Waffles for their evening walk, and has even tried to follow them to the door a few times.

We've tried taking Shiloh with us before, but she always freezes halfway down the driveway and wants to run back inside. 

For the past month or so, I've been taking her out our back gate to the common area behind our house. There's a nice patch of land between our backyard and the street, a perfect practice area!

Sometimes Shiloh locks her legs and refuses to budge, but we've been slowly exploring the common area and she's becoming a little more comfortable.

Four days ago, Shiloh ran to the backdoor when my husband called Waffles for their walk. Decided to see how far we could get and was thrilled to see how excited Shiloh became when I grabbed her harness and leash!

Shiloh ran to the back gate, her body trembling with excitement, and practically pulled me off my feet when I opened the gate!

I'm not sure if it was because we were with Waffles or if Shiloh was just ready, but the four of us walked down the street like we've been doing it for years. Didn't want to go too far in case she had a panic attack and locked her legs, as she's too heavy to carry now.

The next day, we went a little farther.

Day three, a little farther.

Today, we walked the farthest yet!

And as icing on the cake, she didn't freak out when she saw another dog! Shiloh has started barking when she sees other dogs walk by, so wasn't sure how she would react when we saw another dog during our walk. She surprised me by just watching. 

Shiloh and I hung back as Waffles went over to say hello. She leaned against my leg as she watched, then tucked herself between my legs, but no freaking out or bolting. When Waffles came back, Shiloh sniffed her thoroughly. It was almost like Shiloh was asking her about the other dog!

Need to keep up the daily walks, as she really seems to enjoy them. I know that it won't always be smooth sailing and she might panic, but we'll deal with that if and when it happens.

So proud of my fearful, little sweetheart!


Previous Tales


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Postcards 10-22-2016

just horsing around
Cool horse sketches from my friend Carol


bullish on art!
Another lovely art print from my pen pal Michelle


hot rods & high heels postcard
A fun blast from the past postcard from my good friend Sheila!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Postcards 9-20-2016

Postcards from my pen pals Corinna, Lynne, Crystal, and Kelly
New postcards from my pen pals!


The Rhode Island Statehouse and Waterplace Park Basin postcard from my pen pal Lynne
The Rhode Island Statehouse and Waterplace Park Basin postcard from my pen pal Lynne


Hot Springs National Park
A lovely postcard of the Hot Springs National Park from my friend Kelley


A very cool handmade postcard from my pal Crystal!
A very cool handmade postcard from my pal Crystal!


An advertising postcard from my pen pal Corinna
An oversized advertising postcard from my pen pal Corinna
I shrunk it down a bit, but the thing is huge! Love it!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Postcards 9-12-2016

Split Rock Resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania
Split Rock Resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania postcard from Ashley


Times Square in NYC postcard from Camille


Islas Baleares in Mallorca postcard from Mailin


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Postcards 9-6-2016

Latest batch of postcards!


Postcard of the Orlando Eye from my new pal Holly
Postcard of the Orlando Eye from my new pal Holly


Awesome print postcard of A Bug's Life from Jenna
Awesome print postcard of A Bug's Life from Jenna


Handmade postcard of my friend Sheila's cats. Love it!
Handmade postcard of my friend Sheila's cats. Love it!


Cool vintage cookbook cover postcard from my pen pal Kelly
Cool vintage cookbook cover postcard from my pen pal Kelly


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Postcards 9-3-2016


Vintage Travelodge hotel postcard from Carol
Vintage Travelodge hotel postcard from Carol


Lovely Rhodes postcard from Lucia
Lovely Rhodes postcard from Lucia



Fun Facts about popcorn card from Carol
Fun Facts about popcorn card from Carol

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Postcards 9-1-2016

Fun facts postcard from Autumn
Fun facts postcard from Autumn



Portugal postcard from Daphne
Portugal postcard from Daphne


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Postcards 8-23-16

postcards from my pen pals
Newest postcards from my pen pals

A lovely quote card from Barbara
Funny Bigfoot card from Ashley
New York City card from Katelyn
Carribbean map card from Michelle
Valley Forge covered bridge card from Bridget

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Postcards 8-20-16

Postcards from Ashley, Carrie, and Karen

Postcards from my awesome pen pals!

Gorgeous Washington forest card from Ashley
A Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington DC card from Carrie
And a funky sand dollar card from Karen

Love them!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Postcards 8/12/16

Postcards 8/12/16
Newest batch of postcards from my awesome pen pals!

Funny German beer card from Brigitte
More medication card from Micha
Beautiful Native American vase card from Crystal
Fun handlettered camping card from Dorena
Boardwalk at Ocean City card from Carrie
Beautiful Alps scene card from Michelle

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hot Tub Headaches


Our Caldera Spa hot tub headaches. We bought the Kauai tub from the Paradise series.

Ryan stopped by on Friday to see how the hot tub was after the Super Cleanse.

Short answer - not good.

We couldn't get the bromine to register and he didn't have any luck either. No matter how much booster he added, it still registered zero. Go figure.

Grasping at straws, he suggested we empty it and start all over. Said there might be cleansing residue left in the system, preventing the bromine from registering. Not sure how as he rinsed and blew the pipes out pretty well but what the heck, let's give it a shot.

filling a hot tub is right up there with watching paint dry for an exciting Saturday activity!

Ryan had other customers to tend to, so left after emptying the tub for us. Took awhile to refill, then it wouldn't start. Tried priming the pump by turning it off and on several times, but no dice. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

La Papierre July 2016

La Papierre July 2016
My July La Papierre subscription.

La Papierre is a stationery subscription where you receive new designs each month. You can list your preferences when you sign up, but I haven't seen any other designs so I think they just use the preferences as a guideline when coming up with new ideas.

It's been sort of hit and miss for me lately with the designs. For instance, I love the otter and elephant, but am meh on the other designs.

One of the issues I have is that sometimes the designs take up too much room on the paper. I want to be able to write actual letter, which is the whole point of stationery, right? But some designs, like the tattooed lady, take up too much room.

They also have an Etsy shop where you can buy your favorites or some older designs you may have missed. I wish they'd offer a bonus for subscribers to stock up on monthly favorites or something.

Can't wait to see what they come up with for Halloween!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Mystery Box 2016

PopSugar Must Have Mystery Box 2016
PopSugar had a mystery box sale for the first time ever! There were 6 different versions, worth at least $100. At only $19.95 per box with a guaranteed minimum of 6 items, I couldn't resist! I received box #2.

Here's what was in my box:

Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery (From the November 2014 POPSUGAR Box)

Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box Candle in Rain (From the November 2015 POPSUGAR Box)

Govino Go Anywhere Wine Glasses (From the POPSUGAR Today Show Box)

Barr-Co Fir and Grapefruit Bubble Elixir (From the POPSUGAR Today Show Box)

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard (From the November 2015 POPSUGAR Box)

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband (From the November 2015 POPSUGAR Box)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Postcards 7-20-2016

Postcards 7-20-2016
New postcards!

A beautiful painting of a woman from Sheila
Spook Cave from Ashley
Army Aviation Center from Bailey
Watch Hill, Rhode Island from Lynne

Great new additions to my collection!


Monday, July 18, 2016

BarkBox July 2016

BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal is to make dogs happy. BarkBoxes contain all-natural treats and other the coolest pup products in each box - things you can't find at the typical big-box pet store. Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. (website)

This month's BarkBox has an Olympic theme, no doubt because of the upcoming games.


This month's BarkBox has an Olympic theme, no doubt because of the upcoming games. | aka Terri
July BarkBox

The Goodies

Chirpin' Good Chloe's all natural cricket protein treats in Apple, Turmeric, & Molasses 
Baked in the USA by the folks at Chloe’s Treats, delicious apple and turmeric are blended with super-nutritious and protein-packed crickets raised for human consumption. Crickets? Totally. They’re insanely healthy, and WAY more environmentally responsible than other conventional protein sources.

USA Salmon Snacks
Open a bag of these salmon dog treats, and get ready for your pup’s astonishing aquatic ability. Every pup is a waterdog when salmon's on the line! These Team USA snacks are baked in the USA by the folks at Honest Love from a recipe that’ll fuel your dog’s watery workout. Sustainably-sourced salmon is blended with whole vegetables, and zero grains to make a wheat-free, gluten-free, treat.

Etta Says deer chew
Got a picky chewer on your paws? Etta Says Deer Chews are a palate pleaser! Made from American deer, these chews are easily digestible and great for teeth and gums.

Barkbel rubber toy
This tough dumbbell dog toy will turn your pup’s playtime into gym time. Built by the pawsonal trainers at PetProjekt, the Barkbel is made from 100% natural rubber for a super-durable workout. It’s bouncy and durable enough to satisfy the heaviest of chewers, and so much fun that your dog will never skip leg day again! Fitness training is an important part of every athlete's fitness regimen, your furball included.

Hairy the Torch
This tough torch dog toy is just the thing for lighting an eternal flame (in your dog’s heart). Hairy the Torch, a Bark & Co Original, is built with a rugged ballistic nylon cover for your next marathon playtime. Inside, your pup will discover a handle full of crinkle and rope for thrilling games of tug-of-war. The top of the torch is made from one big squeaker, topped with the world's fuzziest flame.


Love BarkBox and this month is no exception!
Two paws up!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Shy Shiloh: Sometimes I Forget

Tales of a Shy Dog: Sometimes I Forget

Sometimes I forget.

Shiloh has made such great strides that sometimes I forget she's a fearful dog. Then something will happen that hits me like a shovel to the face and I remember.

It was an umbrella this time.

The girls needed to go out for their last potty break of the night before bed, but it was raining pretty hard. I grabbed an umbrella and we all went out.

Waffles doesn't like the rain, so goes out, does her business, then heads back in ASAP. No problem.

The rain doesn't usually bother Shiloh, but I noticed that she was acting odd as soon as we got out in the yard. Doing that weird hunched-over walk that I haven't seen in months.

At first, I thought that maybe the thunder and lightning were bothering her. Then I realized that those big, scared eyes were focused on me as she paced back and forth. 

Shovel to the face time. 

As soon as it hit me that she was afraid of the umbrella, which she had never seen before, I collapsed it and threw it to the side. Shiloh was still freaked out, so we both went back to the patio to calm down.

She pulled herself together, we both went back into the yard so she could potty, then we went back inside.

Shiloh bounced back pretty quick, but I felt horrible. I terrified my dog. With a stupid umbrella.

Sometimes I forget.



Previous Tales

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Round Robin Facebook Swap

Round Robin Facebook Swap

Took part in a round robin swap in one of my Facebook groups. Since I was second to last on the list, I didn't really expect much. Imagine my surprise when I received a heavy box, packed full to the brim! So many goodies!

Had a blast unpacking the box and seeing how generous the other participants were! Some swaps don't go so well and you're left with cheap junk, but I really lucked out with this one! So many awesome goodies to choose from!

Picked out some cute journals, stickers, a pineapple notepad, mini highlighters, washi tape, cute stencils, post it notes, a cat journal, pens, and a cat stamp.

My goodies: some cute journals, stickers, a pineapple notepad, mini highlighters, washi tape, cute stencils, post it notes, a cat journal, pens, and a cat stamp.

Bought some cute goodies to add to the box and after three attempts, finally managed to close it and send it on it's way. Best swap I've ever taken part in!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Postcard Roundup 6/25/16

Beautiful Washington forest card from Teresa Connecticut Mountain Laurel from Megan Funny Seasons of Seattle card from Dorena Maryland card from Julie

New postcards from my pals! 
These were included in a round robin swap in one of my Facebook groups.
So much fun!

Beautiful Washington forest card from Teresa
Connecticut Mountain Laurel caard from Megan
Funny Seasons of Seattle card from Dorena
Maryland card from Julie

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Postcards 6-21-2016

Fun Facts postcard from my pen pal Carol
Fun Facts postcard from my pen pal Carol

Vintage Travelodge postcard from my pen pal Carol.
Vintage Travelodge postcard from my pen pal Carol. 
She finds the best cards!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Taurus nail polish by Julep

Taurus nail polish by Julep

Two coats of Taurus plus top coat.
Julup describes this as a jewelled lilac metallic and I 
really love how it looks!
As a Taurus, we usually get stuck with greens because of May's birthstone.
Love that Julep mixed it up a bit!

Taurus nail polish by Julep

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Postcardpalooza 6/1/2016

Awesome postcards from my pen pals  Tammy, Brigitte, Shiri, Karen, and Amy
Awesome postcards from my pen pals 
Tammy, Brigitte, Shiri, Karen, and Amy

Friday, May 13, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box May 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box May 2016
May goodies

Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat
Not sure why they included this. If someone wanted a yoga mat, wouldn't they have bought one for themselves? Seems like an odd choice.

Hint Kick caffeinated water
I like water. I like caffeine. Will see how I like caffeinated water.

 I don't usually wear mascara, but already have a lifetime supply thanks to other subscription boxes.

Spongelle Body Buffer
A sponge designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and massage? Sounds intriguing!

Jimmybar! Peanut Butter Clutter Snack Bar
Another odd choice, what with all the peanut allergies out there.

Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply
Despite reservations, surprised to discover that this spray actually works! It helped wake me up instead of my normal shot of caffeine. Amazing!

Kocastar Foot Therapy]
I've never tried any of the foot wraps out there, so curious to see if they really work.

Bluma Project Capri Bracelets
Well, looks like someone at PopSugar likes tassels! Too bad I don't.


Happy that this is my final box as I just haven't liked the past few.
PopSugar has lost its appeal for me.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Postcard Haul May 6, 2016

The newest unique, beautiful postcards for my collection

Received some awesome postcards today!

British Recipes from Kelly

Tons of Thanks from Liz

Black Holes from Kristilyn

Flowers from Tammie

Train Station from Barbara

Love them all! Never knew there were so many unique, beautiful postcards out there. Can't wait to see what I receive next!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Mail 4/28 - 5/2

Loving all the mail I'm receiving from my awesome new pen pals!

Happy mail! Letters from Tansy and Dinah, birthday cards from Jenny and Carrie, and awesome postcards from Kim, Amy, and Ruthann!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mail Call Catch-Up

Mail Call | akaTerri
I joined a pen pal group on Facebook and am having a blast getting to meet so many interesting people from around the world! Mail is starting to come in and I wanted a place to start sharing some of my lovely snail mail.

Lucienne and Tracy
Received a nice letter from Lucienne with some little sticky notes and washi and a lovely note from Tracy! Reminds me a little of a Thomas Kincaid painting.

Onikah
My friend Onikah sent me some gorgeous stationery! We arranged a swap, but she surprised me by adding in the tennis shoes and cupcake paper. Love LaPapierre!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Postcard Haul 4/25/16

Postcard Haul 4/25/16

Lots of postcards today! 

Top left:  a gorgeous Inuit art print of geese from Lily
Bottom left:  Arizona cactus from Sky
Center:  The Sentinel Building from Angelica
Bottom:  Berlin collage from Susanne
Right:  San Antonio Riverwalk from a mystery sender!

Angelica is the first person to actually send something along with her card! She hid a handmade bookmark under a piece of washi tape and it actually made it to me in one piece! You can see it on the top right of her postcard. Love it!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Postcards from my pen pals!

Disney dreams
Karen sent my this awesome postcard from Disneyland!
So excited that she was able to find one with the castle, as I love Cinderella's castle!

meerkat magic
Meerkats are one of my favorites, so was thrilled to receive this postcard from my friend Alexandra!

pomeranian peek-a-boo
Amanda makes her own postcards!
Wish I was that crafty! Isn't this the cutest little pomeranian?