cody bear's friends


cactus….i love you.
December 30, 2009, 4:25 pm
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it’s the little things really, the surprises, the small flashes of color, that make life enjoyable.

so, about 6 years ago my neighbor gave me a bunch of cuttings from succulents where she had been house sitting.  one was a 6 inch long sprig of christmas cactus.  i stuck it in a pot, way too large for the wimpy thing, and put it inside on a book shelf at the window overlooking the front step.  the other plants, stayed outside where they are flourishing to this day.

on the phone with my mom that week i was telling her about my new plants.  when i mentioned the christmas cactus she made a point of letting me know that ….it was going to die.  they never live, according to her.

it has filled the pot.  it has flourished, but nary a blossom. 

i mentioned the little things.  how they are so important for happiness.  when you’re hurried and stressed, that is when you notice the little things the least.  but that is when you need to notice them the most.

christmas eve i was rushing to pack the car to get out of town.  home from work, wrap the gifts, make sure all the dog’s meds are packed, will the car make the drive, yadda yadda. 

a flash of pink out of the corner of my eye as i walk out the door.  “what the?”

2 blossoms and 3 buds.  i called my mother, elated, of course!

by the time i got back many blossoms had appeared. 

isn’t it beautiful?  the pads were covered in dust.  i took it outside and dusted it with a soft paint brush, then put it on my honda for some photos.

i love it.

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bright, cheery…limonishish!
December 21, 2009, 6:51 am
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there’s a holiday buzz in the air….and it wasn’t irritating tonight because my visiting sister plied me with margaritas!

we hit the xmas neighborhood…after one hell of a day.  i have to say, “I LOVE THIS VACATION BUSINESS!”

we took cody bear to the bookstore, then we took pickles to the restuarant for lunch.  when they brought us our meal….they brought her a bowl of tri-tip. wtf????

then we relaxed, then we shopped, then we had some yummy chow and hit the holiday lights.

then i came home and found out that snotty russel didn’t win survivor!

the giant dradel?    it spins!

fa la la la laaaa, la la..la…laaaaaa.



make friends while driving….
October 5, 2009, 5:36 am
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i was driving south on a main road when i saw this convertible that looked familiar.  i  was sure it was a shelby cobra, the kind of car my dad used to race in the 60’s.  so i pulled up next to this guy in his cool car and i asked him about his shelby.  after chatting at the red light, and again while driving beside eachother, he invited me and my family to this weekend’s club cobra barbeque!

my dad had a great time chatting with all the car owners.  everyone was very nice.  and i had a great time photographing these very pretty cars.

blue copyi don’t know much about these cars.  my dad raced them long before i was born.  and to be honest….after seeing the pictures of his wreck….i’m glad my mom and i weren’t there when that happened.  we would have had heart attacks!

our host let us know that all of the 20 + cars were replicas, but some people race them monthly and each car is impeccably taken care of.

IMG_2311racer copyi think this one is my favorite:

IMG_2326mike copymy mom loved the orange one, my dad loved them all.  there was a silver one for sale . . .

IMG_2350forsalebut i just don’t think i can come up with the cash by next father’s day!

IMG_2324yellowit was a beautiful day, as you can see by the sky.

stickers copyi love this one, too…

IMG_2344bright copy

IMG_2334in line copyi know what my normal blog readers are thinking:

“goodbear,….you’ve never posted this many pictures in a row without throwing a dog shot in there.”

oh you know me so well!  of COURSE there was a dog there.  meet murphy in her shelby cobra!

dog caragain, it was a great day.  john was really nice so i’m glad we got to chat at the stop light.  it IS ok to talk to strangers if they’re in a certain kind of car!



a fresh new week starts tomorrow….
August 30, 2009, 5:59 pm
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oh wow. what a week.  what a lousy week.  thank god i had some dogs and my cat to make me laugh and give me some lovins’.

i won’t even bore you with the crap but it was a collection of incidents from all facets of our tiny world here.  work, friends, family, etc.  you get the picture.

so i shall list the good stuff:

since i haven’t been riding my bike(s) enough lately ( i think it’s the heat)  i’m treating myself to a new helmet after my next payday.

cody bear has only barfed 2 times in the last 3 weeks and still weighs almost 50 pounds.

my cat got sick while i was out of town but is finally feeling like her old kitty self again.  she has only been sick once in 13 years! some sort of kitty cold.

alli is coming home for a visit next weekend!  should be good fun to have a friend in town.

* plans are under way with my new business partner.  i can’t wait to tell you all about it!!!!

only 4 more months till my sister and her husband are here for a visit!  the dogs are going to love them!

so, see, there’s alot to be cheery about.

now here is a picture of some canine silliness:

butthoju and maggie the weekend i visited them in cali!



“say it ain’t so” or….kitten usurpers on the scene
June 24, 2009, 2:11 pm
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cody bear got some disturbing news from aunt t. this week…

codyconcernedafter getting our hopes up that our family back home would get a dog, we were shocked to learn that two new kittens were adopted!  what???

not only did they take a new dog’s place in the home, they have upset pennycat’s delicate consitution.  and….to add insult to injury, the kittens have gone to work with their new mom!

why can’t cody bear go to work!?

and…what happened to the dog? inquiring minds want to know…

macromutts



sad news for goodbear and her family
March 31, 2009, 11:42 pm
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hi everyone.

i’m home.  home as in “back home.”  i came here to say good bye to my grandmother.  hard to say this:…. i didn’t get home in time.  she passed away at 10 a.m. while i was en route.

i’m o.k.

as sad as it is, that feeling is mixed with a joy that i had her in my life.  don’t get me wrong:  i heard the news in the airport when my family met me.  and sure, i had a silent movie type melt down. 

but i’m o.k.

would be nice if my dogs were here to snuggle and comfort me.  especially since it’s so flippin’ cold here. how do you people live in this weather?! how did iiiii ever live in this weather?!



just checking in
March 20, 2009, 4:19 pm
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took pickles with us to cody bear’s vet appointment.  she was intrigued with the examination.  when she finally got bored she tried to eat a rubber glove that was on the counter.  she almost swallowed it whole.  puppies!

he’s fine, by the way!

sibshere the dogs are acting serious.  they’re being extra good so i will let them outside for late night romping in this shot.

i am getting excited for this weekend.  i will be busy working AND doing fun stuff, but all should bring out some cool blog posts…  i’m hoping.

i’m also getting anxious to get home and see my family!

back later today.