Simpatico: 2013


Just the life and times of a silly girl, her dachshunds and all things Southern!

Thank You.

Thank you for your kind words, phone calls, emails and texts. You made my heart hurt less, which makes my brain able to think rationally.

I was naive, childish, and gullible, not listening to my head when faced with truth. I do not plan to be so foolish again.

I appreciate your friendship and thoughtfulness.


This isn't really a post to be commented on. It probably isn't a post you even would want to read. If you want to just stop reading now, I understand.

I am an idiot. I did something so ignorant that I cannot even bear to think about it. It is beyond embarrassment. It is well beyond something that I would have thought was so out of character that I cannot believe I not only started doing it but I continued.

I hurt myself.
I hurt my family.
I found out I really do not have the friends I thought I did.
I hurt others who I do not even know.

Why? Because I am stupid. I wanted something so much that I would have done anything, moved any mountain, sold anything I own, lied to everyone, been someone I do not even recognize, to obtain this idyllic place.

And, it was all a mirage! Ha. That is the kicker. I knew it was probably a one act play, but I still played along, waiting for the standing ovation at the end. Instead I was merely an audience member watching someone else acting with me as the dupe in the audience.

I know this is vague. I know it makes no sense to more than a handful of people on the Earth, but I had to write this, in an area which is my own and private, to chastise myself on my foolishness, and to make myself accountable that I'll never allow anything like this to happen again.  Even if I have to not have friends or anyone close to me again, I'll never allow myself to be here, in this wretched place of unhappiness and pain.

Today hug yourself. Give yourself some love, some encouragement that you are going to be ok no matter how bad the present seems. I'm going to do likewise, and pray that I really am going to be fine.

Taking an Extended Blogger Break

I'm taking a blogging break. My mind is muddy, for lack of a better word. I cannot find anything inspiring to post.  Snuggle your fur-babies tight, just like I am.  
Let's weather the short days and cold together... 
Happy Fall to each of you!

The Best Part of Newby

It's midnight. I'm lying in bed. My head aches. My stomach is upset. I'm so tired I'd like to sleep until 2020, but sleep won't come because too many things weigh heavy on my heart and mind. So, yeah, now my heart hurts, too.

TL DR: Basically it's a crappy night.

I hear Newby clickity-clacking into my room after his last trip outside. He comes to my bedside, puts his little paws on my bed, and nudges my arm. I pick him up. Instead of going to his normal spot to cover his head and go to sleep, he snuggles next to me, puts his paw on my leg, then lets loose a big sigh... and all is well. 

Troubles disappear until the morning. Head still aches, but rubbing his fur seems to ease the tension. Stomach settles down as the stress fades away. And sleep starts creeping it's way over me...

"All is well tonight, Momma.. I'll watch over you until the dawn. The problems might still be there tomorrow, but tonight I'll keep their memories away from you."

Wordless Wednesday -Laundry Edition

The Most Interesting Dachshund in the World

2013 Peace Summit Has Concluded

And tenuous peace has been called at the Pennington Farm, with cat and dog putting away their nuclear weapons (aka pee and poop stink bombs) and are working together for a lasting accord.

Seriously, with a face like this, how could you not want to live peacefully together. :)

Bee tee dubs: This is my 700th post. Whodathunk I'd be blogging about my dogs, farm and family for such a long time.. I'm very thankful for the people who follow and comment... it's so much fun meeting you all, and becoming friends! Here is to the next 700 posts!

Did Someone Say "Weekend"??

I'm pretty sure Newby is ready for whatever the weekend brings... are you?

Newby Got a Toy (that wasn't destroyed in 20 minutes)

I can't tell you much about this... other than I bought it last Friday and it's still alive. In my house, with mighty jaws on patrol, having a squeaker that squeaks after his first play time is amazing.

I am not sure how the video will show... I started videotaping in one direction then changed up. But he is SOOOO adorable I cannot help but show off his surly grouchy grrr when you try and take his toy away.

Wordless Wednesday

Newby is helping me read Stephen King's new book.


I'm not sure who is cuter... Reed, Newby, or Shemar Moore (in the background).

His Face Says It All

Newby is not a fan of mornings.

Happy Gotcha Day, Milo!

Today is a VERY important day for our family... it was the day we got our very first dachshund, Milo. :)  His birthday was July 21 but we today is the day, 8 years ago, we drove 9 hours, round trip, to get Mr. Milo from his home in Murray, Kentucky.  You can read all about his Gotcha here.


Dixie Needs Help

Dixie has totally forgotten she is a wonderful dachshundy dog and wants to be a cat.  She loves the taste of the cat food we get for the outside cats. She has taken to spending hours "on guard" to make sure no other dogs get the food. *Not likely*

I think we need an intervention.

There Are Some Days....

A dachshund just wantd to hide his head and sleep...

The Weekend That Made Me Need a Nap

Long and short of it...
-went to University of Kentucky art gallery to see priceless works of art
-had to buy a new dryer, then pick up a uhaul truck to pick it up... it was an event all it's own
-had to do eleven loads of laundry after the purchase of the above dryer
-played golf
-had a picnic
-watched football

So today I read and napped until time to go to work
Next weekend? I'm doing N O T H I N G! 
And my babies are doing nothing too!!

Feral Cats and all that Jazz

I told you about the feral cats... and we named them (Crawford, Khan, Tiger Lily, Palpatine and Weasley).... and we feed them... and all that.

Well, here is Palpatine, or Tina depending on her sex.  She only lets you near when you have food, unlike Tiger Lily who seems to likes people.

Thought you'd like to see more of the menagerie.

Wordless Wednesday - 9/11 12 Years Later

We are thinking about and praying for all the lives lost today, the families torn apart, and all the people of the USA the people who lost their naivety of thought that bad things could never happen.

Tuesday Food Edition

I've been cooking... a lot...  I have shared a few on Facebook, but thought I would make you hungry this morning, too, Blogville!

Homemade tomato soup with honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich
Buffalo Flatbread Pizza

Burgers on homemade pretzel buns with loaded baked potato dip and chips

BLT Salad

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches with seasoned fries

Southwestern Salad

Chocolate Pie (my first.. ever.. I don't like making desserts)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

Big breakfast during College Game Day

Fried Pickles with ranch dressing

Country Fried Pork Steak with corn and mashed potatoes (the biggest comfort food offering ever)

Potato Pancakes from the left over mashed potatoes above

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agreeable, likable, being on the same wavelength, congenial, sympathetic, of like mind or temperament, compatible.



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