Wednesday, November 11, 2009

(Not Really) Wordless Wednesday

Teach your children well:



Yeah, my kid hates pants, just like his mama.

This is what I came down to on Saturday morning. It's hard to be mad at someone this cute, even if they trash the living room or leave a chicken wing on the floor.



We finally got around to burying the ashes of our dearly-departed pets last weekend. Don't judge -- it's been a rough year and we were busy having human funerals, so we couldn't muster the enthusiasm to say goodbye to my awesome cat Oscar or our beloved dog Fritz until now. For those of you keeping score at home: in 2009 we lost my father, my grandmother, and all three of our pets. But don't cry for me, Argentina; death's a part of life and I believe they're still with us in spirit. Love doesn't die.

D made this stone which serves as the pets' gravestone, and we even added the idiot cat Lucky to it since he's been missing for 6 weeks now and we're pretty sure he is toast. Ironically, we realized that we never knew when he was born either; Jim found him as a flea-infested young stray while hiking in the mountains of Vermont and we were never sure how old he was. In the end, he left our lives as mysteriously as he entered.

Now, Treebeard watches over them.



Here's a pic of my pets as I prefer to remember them, chillin' with D as a tiny tot. My Oscar was the world's coolest cat -- 20 lbs of tail-less lovin'! He was a Manx, a breed of cat that is without a tail. I really miss him.




Aside: sometimes I forget how many changes we've made to our house since we first moved in 8 years ago. Pink carpet, wallpaper, vinyl linoleum? Not my style, fo' sho'.

One more of our handsome fellow. I still expect to feel his head under my palm every night when I come in the door.



I took this one last weekend on the Cub Scout hike. I like how it turned out.



Happy Hump Day, everyone!

32 comments:

Organic Meatbag said...

awwwww...such a sweet post, Bev...and heart tugging... I can't stand the thought of not having my dog, so I'm enjoying every minute we have with her...
and as for pants...man, everybody SHOULD hate pants! They are so oppressive!!

Audra said...

Am I the only one that thinks Tree Beard seems to have a vagina?

Nicolasa said...

What a sweet post. I am glad that you were able to make a spot for the pets. I am sure they are still playing around your house!

Elliott said...

I'm with OM, while I didn't want the dammit when he showed up, I can't imagine him not being around.

And is that a miniature Hoover?

Mala said...

*weeping, weeping*

I'm pretty sure Lucky will just show up again, you know, like all things that are annoying.

Anonymous said...

shit. thanks for making me WEEP at my desk. UGH! *wipes tears* amazing how upset i get seeing pink carpet, wallpaper and vinyl linoleum...

seriously, i love what you have to say here. and looking at your pictures remind me of how much my kids have grown and how much older The Poodle (my dog) has gotten. as difficult and overwhelming as the day-to-day sometimes is, it helps to read stuff like this to remind us of how lucky we are in the moment. :)

MtnMama said...

Ah, Bev, you made me cry. I miss my doggies so much! At least we had them long enough that M remembers them.

I had pumpkin colored carpet in my former house that I could not WAIT to get rid of, and the "mormon wallpaper" looks familiar, too. funny.

Stacie's Madness said...

great pictues.
love the last one as well, turned out beautifully!

Heidi Renée said...

I wasn't going to say anything about Treebeard's ladyparts, given the nature of the post, but since Audra brought it up... holy bearded lady tree!

Oscar was such a big hunk of kitty love. Big kitties are my favorite. As for Lucky, he probably went back to Vermont. Next time you're hiking in the woods, he'll just be there, watching you all creepy-like.

Samsmama said...

Every single pet I've ever had has met its untimely demise so I'm done in that arena. Despite Sam asking me for a cat or dog last night. I hope he forgets about it.

Love the mini vacuum! Stink would freak out if I'd start mine without waiting for him. Couldn't give a shit now.

And the last picture is the best! I have so many shots like that. I don't know what it is, but I love them.

Bev said...

OM - LMAO! "Oppressive" is the perfect word for pants. I totally agree.

Audra - I was wondering who would point that out! Heeee, yes, it's a coochie tree. Treebeard has sexual identity issues.

Nicolasa - Thank you! I think they are still here too.

Elliott - Yes indeedy! We got that mini-Hoover when D was just a little dude and was obsessed with our $600 Dyson. My dad was scandalized!

Mala - Yes, like a bad rash....

Anon - Sorry I made you cry at work! Oooopsie. But it's true, time does fly by. I can't get over how young my dog looked in these photos from 2003/2004. You're fortunate though; the smaller dogs live a lot longer than the big breeds. We only got 8 years out of our big lug.

MtnMama - LOL! "Mormon wallpaper!" SO perfect. What's weird is the lady who owned our house would wallpaper just one wall in a room, like an accent wall or some shit. Ugh. Getting it off was super fun, lemme tell you.

Heidi Renee - "All creepy like" made me LOL. Totally! Wouldn't surprise me if he did head back to his motherland.

Samsmama - Yeah, I'm okay with being pet-free for a while, but I do miss having a dog around. UNtil I remember the many times I came home to puddles/poo piles when he was a puppy.... The thought of puppy training all over again is daunting. Maybe when the boys are older I'll reconsider.

Cosmetic Makeover said...

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Elliott said...

CM - I may be slow on the uptake this time of day, but ....WHAT??

Harmony said...

Awww..sweet post Bev. I love the pictures..it's amazing how time flies.

The last photo from behind is great.

Harmony said...

Stalking

onebadmamajama said...

I feel ya on the pet thing. After our dog died a few months ago, Bubba was just devastated and has continually asked for another dog. I never even knew he was that attached to the one we had! Once we get another place of our own (preferably in the country) I plan on getting us another dog. Although Hyde is a great kitty..I'm a dog person myself:)

onebadmamajama said...

stalking!

Bev said...

Cosmetic Makeover - I think I speak for everyone when I ask, what the hell are you talking about?

Elliott - You're not slow, you're right on, bro.

Harmony - thanks, sweetie.

OBMJ - Sorry 'bout your doggie, too. Luckily my kids weren't that attached to the animals, so it wasn't very hard on them. They're young, so not much fazes them. I hear ya, too. I'm primarily a dog person but I do love certain cats.

calicobebop said...

Aww, so sorry to hear about your pets - I know how you feel. It's sad, but your post is a great tribute!

Del-V said...

Dogs and cats are great. There are plenty more at the pound that could use a good home.

Kari said...

Pants? We don't need no stinking pants.

Kristen said...

Wow. What a rough year. I love the pics...and the head stone is adorable.

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Cosmetic Makeover said...

You could try Lord of the Dance music if you want something upbeat. I skated to Braveheart one year and it was a lot of fun! That soundtrack has both fast and slow parts.

Elliott said...

I'm certain this is how martians (sorry...Martians) communicate with the CIA.

And me without my foil hat. Dammit.

outdoor wedding venues said...

There are all sorts of genres. They'll bug you about becoming a VIP member and contacting your Congresspeople, but it's really not worth the money.

Bev said...

What the fuck is going on here? Ahghghghghghghghghghgh.

Elliott, why does YOUR comment make more sense than any of the last 3? heeeee

outdoor wedding venues said...

You could try Lord of the Dance music if you want something upbeat. I skated to Braveheart one year and it was a lot of fun! That soundtrack has both fast and slow parts.

Cosmetic Makeover said...

watch some british movies and try to pick up on their humor. it is very quick and gets to the point. then you will get used to it and find your own style. Confidence will provail.

Samsmama said...

Wow, somebody is a huge Lord of the Dance fan.

Elliott said...

Awww, you noticed. {blushing}

Bev said...

Oh MAN. This is no way to start my mornings, yo.

For every 3 spammer comments you guys see, I delete 5 on old threads that have comment moderation enabled. I might have to start moderating all comments, which I HATE to do.

Grrrrrr.

But Cosmetic Makeover, thanks for the tips on improving my comedy style! I realize that I'm boring and unfunny; maybe you're right and watching some British comedies will help me.

Oh, and go fuck yourself, San Diego!

Samsmama - Your comment MADE MY MORNING!!!! Heeee!