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31 Days of Joy: Day 26 – Chasing Mr. Groundhog

I slept all night.  It was a great night’s sleep, one desperately needed after working 48 hours last week. Upon rising, I fed and watered Rommie, ate breakfast, skipped church, and went to Petco.  After I got home, I moved the computer and lapdesk to my bed and started working on the lessons from the online Business and Marketing Writing course I am taking.

Naptime was around 1:30ish and lasted until approximately 4:50 when the burglar alarm (Rommie) went off. She was at the sliding glass door barking and jumping up and down while looking in the direction of our neighbors. I thought they were outside and Rommie wanted to say hi.  I asked her why she was barking like that at the neighbors.

I opened the sliding glass door and she jumped off the deck into her yard and ran faster than a speeding bullet towards the neighbor’s brown fence. It was then I gasped and held my breath.

You Would Think…

Rommie (golden retriever) has lived with me for 12 years. During that time she caught a bunny, chased numerous kitties that roam the neighborhood, pulled out 2 5-week old kittens from under the deck, and had 3 encounters with the black kitty who has a white stripe down his back.

So you would think that I would learn to look at what she is barking at before opening the door…but nooooo.

The Invader

What captured her attention was Mr. Groundhog.  Instead of being by the fence at the back of Rommie’s yard, he was up close to the house.

I silently prayed for Mr. Groundhog to outrun Rommie and slide under the gate before she caught him while visions of a trip to the emergency vet danced in my head.

Luckily, Mr. Groundhog did slide under the gate to safety. Rommie might be 12 and have hip dysplasia but that did not stop her from chasing Mr. Groundhog.

Here are some old pictures of Mr. Groundhog. There simply was not enough time to grab the camera and take pictures today.

"Hmm, where is that crazy golden?"

“Hmm, where is that crazy golden?”

"Should I or Shouldn't I"

“Should I or Shouldn’t I”


"See Ya!"

“See Ya!”

Thank you God for Rommie not catching Mr. Groundhog.

31 Days of Joy: Day 25 – Sleep Well

It was a gorgeous Autumn day with temperatures in the upper 60’s. Too bad I spent most of it inside.  Oh well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles at least my 48 hour work week is over. The overtime is nice but these weeks are long and difficult.

At least the cherry cheesecake tarts went over well at today’s potluck.

And now that Rommie and I have had dinner, it is time for bed.

Time to experience the joy of sleep while God re-energizes me.

Good night everyone.

Sleep well in the arms of the Lord tonight.


31 Days of Joy: Day 24 – Joe’s Joy

To my new readers – you are in for a treat with this post.  My long-time readers are familiar with this recipe but it is to good not to share – again.

We are having a potluck at work. When you work in a high-volume call center, you need things like pot-lucks to break up your day.  Taking call, after call, after call, after call, after call, after call can get monotonous – especially on a Saturday.

Time drags more slowly on a Saturday than any other day.  I guess it is because it is the end of a 48 hour week and no one wants to be there.

I will bring Joe’s favorite dessert.  He was not a big sweets eater but these treats were standard fare for Christmas and any time I got myself in the dog house.   😉

I have yet to post a picture of them, because they never last long enough.

Enjoy joy this recipe that mean so much to Joe and gave him a little taste of heaven here on earth.

Cherry Cheesecake Tarts

From kitchen of Michele & Mother–in–Law Mary Kearns. 


1# Cream Cheese Softened

3/4 C Sugar

1 T lemon juice

2 eggs

1 t Vanilla

Vanilla Wafers

1 can Cherry Pie filling


Combine cheese, sugar, lemon, vanilla & eggs in large bowl.

Beat on high speed for EXACTLY 5 minutes.

Line tins with 1 ½ in paper liners, put 1 wafer in each lined tin, fill with 1 T cheese cake mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until thin cracks appear on top.  Let cool.

Will appear to fall.

Put 1 t of cherry filling on top.

Makes 36.


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