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Monday, June 24, 2013

Dog (and Goat) Days of Summer

Have I ever mentioned that my husband is extraordinarily smart? Greg can fix darn well anything. It's left me terribly spoiled because unless it's an emergency, I'll wait for him to get back to me before I hire anyone from outside.

Last week I was without air conditioning all week. The temps were brutal, but I had AC in the bedroom so at least part of the house was livable.

Greg, of course, was a week away from coming home. He insisted that I call someone so I wouldn't be so miserable, but I hated to spend the extra money. We'd already spent enough on floors and fencing, and a vacation for my mother.

Bless his heart, he went over to the AC unit almost as soon as he got home from his 5-hour drive. He diagnosed the problem in less than five minutes. Getting the part took a little longer and we finally found a place who had it in stock. Total repair time took all of two minutes.

Greg said he noticed that every day he talked to me I was a little more irritable than the day before. LOL! Damn, skippy, I was irritable. It was HOT! But I survived. The dogs stayed in the bedroom all day, so they didn't notice a thing.

Nana: We have a graduate! Nana got her certificate from puppy school. The final exam consisted of three trials. She had the fastest time of coming when called and sitting at attention. And she kept the longest 'stay' despite all the distractions that were thrown at her. I was very proud.

This isn't the "official" picture. We haven't gotten that one yet from the trainer. This is the shot Greg took.

Isn't she cute?

Goats: Those girls are going to drive me to drink! Last week, the mama goat (still no names yet) got her horns caught in the welded wire fence. She couldn't figure out how to pull her head out. Then yesterday, she had wedged herself in between a split tree. Fortunately, it was a young tree and I was able to pull it apart long enough for her to break free.

Book news: Mistress of the Stone comes out in print in July. I'm giving away one (or two) copies to whoever names our goats. (You can still add more names here.)

I'm also doing a book giveaway on Goodreads. I haven't heard back from them yet, but I asked for the contest to start Tuesday. I'm pretty sure I gave them enough time, but we'll see. I'll let you know when I receive verification so you can enter.

Greg returns again next week. Aside from a couple of days off to celebrate his birthday, we plan more outdoor building projects. I've got some indoor painting to do too, but I might wait until he leaves again before I tackle them.

There are no dull days at my house. How about yours? 


Stacy McKitrick said...

I hope today is dull. It appears the upstairs shower is leaking and the plumber is coming by today. Dull would be the leak is due to loose tiles. Dull would be the leak is coming from the shower door. Dull would NOT be needing a whole new shower or new plumbing. Yeah, I hope today is dull.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Nana looks so cute!!!

I'm impressed with Greg! It's fantastic to have a man who is handy around the house

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My dad was like Greg but my husband is completely opposite. I usually fix things but I'm no Greg. It took me a while to get used to a husband who is no handy man.
You are one busy woman. We're still working on outside projects.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay! Congrats Nana!

And your goat stories are cracking me up!

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: I hope your day is dull too. I hate plumbing problems. They inevitably require huge amounts of money and temporary chaos.

Maria Zannini said...


Re: Greg and Nana
I know how to pick 'em. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: A handy husband is often burdened though. We once traveled 1200 miles to renovate my mother's kitchen.

People are always asking him for help and he's too soft-hearted to refuse.

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: Those goats just got here and already I had to rescue one of them twice.

This does not bode well.

Angela Brown said...

Nana is growing up so fast. She looks darling and quite mature in that photo :-)

Greg's one handy man. Took care of that AC issue lickety-split. Definite fist pump for him.

And poor mama goat. Not sure what to say about that who "damsel in distress" routine she's slowly building. :-)

Mike Keyton said...

It does me no good reading of Greg's DIY prowress. Much prefer looking at your puppy's 'graduation' pic. Shame he can't whoop and throw his hat high in the air like other grads do when the cameras roll. And what can I say: Never a dull day in Monmouth

Jackie Burris said...

Glad AC is up and running again, if not for the bedroom "oasis" you would have had to give in and call for HVAC tech.

Maria the goats are going to "investigate" and you are going to be amazed at just how inventive they are at getting "into stuff" and at how "dumb" they are at getting out of the same stuff, kind of like the cat who climbs way up in a tree and meows pitifully for help and then when the gullible human comes to its rescue that same "poor kitty" suddenly remembers how to get down on it's own.

A goat has the same capacity to drive you totally around the bend!

LD Masterson said...

Yay for Nana! Who looks very spiffy in her graduation cap, by the way. She must have had a really good influence in her life for about a week when she was just a pup.

You might need to go with Lucy and Ethel for the goat names. Mama is sounding more and more like a perfect Lucy.

Glad you have your AC back. Kudos to Greg.

Brandy said...

Congratulations to Nana! Looking very adorable in the cap I might add. :) glad your AC was fixed. You're very lucky to have such a handy hubby.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: I have a strange sense that Nana is an old soul. Even for a puppy, some of her behavior is strangely that of a much older dog. You can see it in her eyes too.

Maria Zannini said...

Re: Never a dull day in Monmouth

Especially lately, eh, Mike? :)

Maria Zannini said...

Re: inventive they are at getting "into stuff" and at how "dumb" they are at getting out of the same stuff...

Absolutely! Every time they pull something new I shake my head. Unbelievable.

Maria Zannini said...

Linda: Since I'm letting Greg decide so I won't sway his decision, but I'm of a mixed mind calling a goat Lucy.

On the one hand, Lucy is the name of his old girlfriend.

On the other hand, Lucy is the name of his old girlfriend.

It might be an honor or an insult. ;-)

Maria Zannini said...

Re: You're very lucky to have such a handy hubby.

I've grown rather fond of him too. :)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I'm having a sick day today (blurgh) but that doesn't stop the pets. They won't let me sleep through dinnertime. ^_^

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: Oh, I'm sorry, hon. That's no way to start a Monday.

I used to have a set of dogs who would sit by my bed and not ask for anything. They were so patient.

I'm not sure if my current brood would be as understanding. My guess is--no.

Get well soon.

Jenny Schwartz said...

I just had to pop in and say Congrats to Nana who looks so adorable I want to kidnap her :)

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: I don't think she can be kidnapped. Nana is really attached to me. This is why she panicked and bolted out of her collar when I walked away and hid during training. Poor thing probably thought I was mad to leave her behind.

Anne Gallagher said...

Your house sounds like my house. Although instead of goats getting stuck in trees, I have a dog who jumps the fence to go visit her friends. No A/c by choice, even though it's hot (needs to be a constant 90 for 3 days), and luckily all my painting projects are done for now.

Love Nana's picture. Congrats to the beautiful graduate.

I'm off to Goodreads. I have a book there too if you wanted to join the giveaway.

Gwen Gardner said...

Awww, Nana looks so pretty in her graduation gown. I guess your goats are curious, LOL?

I'm glad you got your A/C back and glad that Greg is so handy :)

Suzanne Brandyn said...

I love the lifestyle you live, Maria. Perhaps I should get back to the bush, but I don't think there's much chance of that now. I miss the animals, nature, and feeling as though you can breathe.
Nana is beautiful. I want her. lol. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Anne: Thanks, Anne. I'll go check out your giveaway!

Re: jumper
We once had a dog like that, a last minute rescue. I was always afraid one day the neighbors would gang up and slap doggie paternity suits on us.

When we realized what an escape artist he was we quickly had him neutered--just in case.

Maria Zannini said...

Gwen: I am a much nicer person now that the AC is back. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Suzanne: It's hard work, but it's been worth it. City life just makes me feel stabby. LOL.

Dru said...

Congratulations to Nana on her graduation.

BTW, I'm leaning towards The Old Reader as it's more similar to Google Reader.