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Archive for February, 2016

Spike’s out of the dog house, Kitty’s in | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on February 23, 2016:

ConfessionI have a confession to make. Last week I wrote about Spike, the reigning canine of the ranch where we’re house sitting for three weeks. He had been leaving me “gifts” on the floor of the barn where he spends the night, and I was not happy. Then, I discovered it was my fault. (more…)

Diary of a Squatter | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on February 16, 2016:

House SittingDavid and I are house, dog, and cow sitting again, this time for three weeks while our friends go Down Under to visit Auckland, New Zealand and Perth, Australia. Here is a brief account of our first four days.

Thursday Morning: Spike’s people left for Dallas in the wee hours of the morning, so David and I left home extra early so we could let Spike out for a brief run before tethering him by the patio. My fears of having to chase him across the field, frantically waving his leash in one hand and a doggy treat in the other, were unfounded. After about twenty minutes, he showed up at the back door and submitted docilely to his daytime limits. I left him with assurances that he was a good dog and that we would be back as quickly as possible. (more…)

Super Bowl highlights | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on February 9, 2016:

super-bowl-50Those who know about such things estimated that over 117 million people would watch Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. David and I did our part to fulfill those predictions. Kitty was present, too, but she did more trouble-making than watching. Since the game was on at the time when I usually write my column, I justified my lack of focus by making notes about what was going on, and I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts. (more…)

Kitty has high hopes | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on February 2, 2016:

High HopesIn 1959 the song “High Hopes” became popular after Frank Sinatra sang it in the movie “Hole in the Head.” With its lyrics about an ant who moved a rubber tree plant and a ram who butted a hole in a dam, the song became an anthem of encouragement for both anyone who was discouraged and anyone who had big ideas. Recently, there have been times when Kitty has reminded me of that song. (more…)

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