Greetings from the warmth of my condo living room!
I am home from school again today because of bitterly cold wind chill temperatures, and am using the "gift" of time to link up belatedly with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar & Spice!
Her Wordless Wednesday linky party is one of my favorites because the posts are often inspiring, short, sweet, and often share great ideas that I can implement right away with very little prep!
Those of you who have followed me for awhile, know that I am proud to be a Basset Hound Mama--as well as an avid collector of picture books. Today's photo is a "combo platter" of both loves...
Ree Drummond's Charlie books are my newest obsession! How I did not know about this series until just last week is beyond me, but now I am making up for lost time! They are illustrated by Dianne de Groat, and are just pure fun! The rest of my Amazon order cannot get here fast enough! I shared the Christmas adventure after our holiday break (using my slow, low, and very funny Brutus-like voice, of course), and my second graders loved it! Focusing on the humor in the story kept me from crying.....something I still sometimes do since Brutus' passing in late August. My class knows that I still miss him, and lets me share funny stories when I need to. Yesterday's "dog tale" was about how he used to pretend he was a sled dog in the snow, tunneling through the drifts with his barrel chest and snuffling nose down while tracking the scent of a chipmunk or bunny!
Miss Rosie, on the other hand, dislikes the ice and in the cold. I think her aversion to this kind of weather is because she and Brutus had been homeless and "on the run" before they were brought to the shelter where I found them. I think that winter reminds her of that scary, pre-rescue time in her past where being outside was painful and unpleasant. I just know that when we do come in after necessary walks, she is so grateful to have her paws toweled off and her ears rubbed! This morning she is content to snuggle beside me, wrapped in her fleece pawprint blanket. I see a nap in our near future, but before I sign off I will leave you with this wise and true thought....
As always, thanks for sharing my story! Be sure to stop back often!
Laine, from A Little Peace of Africa, is busy re-designing my little corner of the blogging world, and I can't wait for you to see what's she's created for me!
May you continue to teach your children well, hold a song in your heart, and keep dreaming!
Wishing you puppy love and peaceful, easy feelings,