February 15th: Buy Something Unnecessary

I do not think I would call this completely unnecessary but I definitely could have gotten something cheaper or not as extravagant…

Anyway, getting to the point: I bought a Bissell SmartClean Robot Vacuum. Mia has always shed a lot but now with AJ in the house there is even more hair ALL OVER THE PLACE.

So I bought this vacuum and can not wait to use it!

February 4th: Get a New Pet

Well, this was actually quite a surprise!

Unfortunately, my little sister’s dog, AJ, but my two year old nephew. AJ is twelve and they have had him for over seven years. Sadly, he had an ear infection that they didn’t know about and when they were playing AJ, being in pain, retaliated adversely.

He is such a sweet dog and was just in a lot of pain when it happens. Regardless, my sister felt she could not keep him around the kids anymore.

So now he is going to live with me!!

My sister lives in Tampa and my dad just spent three days on the road driving him out here!

Getting a new pet was on my list for the year and I cannot think of a better way to get one that to help one in need.

So I welcome AJ to my humble abode and hope Mia gets along with him.

July 16th: Host a BBQ

What a fun thing to do! Hosting a BBQ is quite the endeavor but such a fun time.

Owning my own house has been such an adventure and has enabled me to do so many things. 

I decided to have a house party this weekend. My friend, Jared, bought me a grill as a housewarming gift, so no better time than to host a BBQ.

So many great friends turned out and we had a fabulous time. I think there will be many more of these to come at this house.

We had cornhole, a keg, some tired pups and a great group of friends!


Next time I will step it up and make some great BBQ!

May 25th: Give Dog a Bath

Mia is not very happy with me today but she is clean. 🐢❀️😎

She very rarely gets dirty and has a coat that stay relatively clean, so doesn’t often need a bath. But she needs one every once in a while.

So I took her down to a new Self Dog Wash today and gave her a bath.

It was strange, she smiled nearly the whole time…  no pictures available because it was hard enough to hold her down and wash, let alone take photos.

But here’s a great one once we got back in the car. She looks like she hates me.


But look at that fluffy, clean coat!

May 24th: Lay in the Grass

With Spring here it has been so great to get out and enjoy the sunshine every day. I work so often that I don’t have much time to do this, so when I do I feel the need to take full advantage of it.

So today I urged myself to get up and go lay in the grass for a bit. 


It was so relaxing! At least for me… Mia wasn’t too happy because she had to stay leashed near me. Regardless, she did have a smile on her face just being outside.


It was lovely to cloud watch!

May 14th: Read in the Park

Another afternoon in the park… today just doing a little reading. I am still working on reading The Red Tent so today is getting me a little closer to actually finishing it.


It was a beautiful day. And Mia had fun too!


Between running around with Mia taking pictures, I probably did not get as much reading done as I would have liked… I guess I will have to start making this a regular thing.. maybe I will finish the book by the end of June. πŸ˜‚


March 30th: Teach Dog a New Trick

Everyone knows the saying… “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Well, I am attempting to break that stereotype! And honestly, I can see why that is a saying.

Mia just turned 7 in February and has always been a pretty well behaved dog, spare some chewing on things and barking incessantly at the mailman everyday. 

Regardless, she has always know how to sit, shake, hi-five, and lay down. So the other day I really wanted to get her to learn “kiss”. She had never really been a dog that licks but I would just like to teach her to “kiss” on command. I worked on it for quite a while the other day… she is kissing now, but I do not think she actually knows what she is doing. Not like she does when she sits or shakes.

If anyone has some good tips for teaching dogs tricks please share them!