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No sweethearts this year

I’m devastated. I just learned that the company that makes those cute little heart-shaped candies with messages won’t be available for Valentine’s Day 2019.

January 23, 2019 noon read more..

‘Bro’ writes a book

On occasion I’ve considered writing a book. The notion quickly vanishes in favor of something less tedious, like coffee and a conversation with my Yorkie Buddy.

December 26, 2018 noon read more..

Adopting the Santa persona

Dressing up as jolly old Saint Nick to earn a little extra Christmas money is one of my more interesting part-time job stories.

December 12, 2018 noon read more..

Buddy avoids kitchen duty

My ornery Yorkshire Terrier “Buddy” usually avoids the kitchen area of the house unless he thinks there may be some treat in the offering.

November 21, 2018 noon read more..

Wine, food and visiting weekend is here

It’s just a week away from one of my favorite Yakima Valley events -Thanksgiving Day dinner, of course, but also Thanksgiving in Wine Country, the best opportunity to sample wine paired with great food and desserts.

November 16, 2018 noon read more..

Being a good listener

Buddy and I took a little trip to the big red and yellow ballot box near the Sunnyside post office the other night to deposit my ballot and that of my daughter Sarah.

November 2, 2018 noon read more..

All dogs need blessings

“All creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful the Lord God has made them all,” so the Anglican hymn goes.

October 26, 2018 noon read more..

You drop it - you pick it up

Buddy and I were out for a stroll the other night and instead of using the litter bag I had to pick up after him, I found myself picking up after the horde of litter bugs who left their trash behind in the high school parking lot.

September 16, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Crazy, right?

Buddy, my faithful Yorkie, and I are about to embark on another adventure.

May 20, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Shabby ... not chic

What is attractive and what is expedient? What appeals to me may not appeal to most others.

February 25, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Buddy hates the fog

Can somebody make all this wet, nasty fog just go away? I’d settle for a nice snow storm just to take all the gray away.

January 28, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

A better Buddy... and me

January is all about making a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to shake off the dust of the past, reset healthy habits, update out of control password lists and, maybe this year, even teach Buddy not to bark indoors.

January 14, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

What happens in Vegas...

I hated having to leave my Buddy home recently. I was leaving town for a weekend in Las Vegas, my first ever and I knew I just couldn’t take him along.

December 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

God has richly blessed me

Moving into the holiday season, having just celebrated a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, it is hard not to list all of the many blessings for which I am thankful.

November 28, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Trunk or Treat

Halloween is only 10 days away. Have you got your candy ready for the neighborhood trick or treaters?

October 22, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Blessed are our buddies

After reading accounts of a Great Dane from Portland, Ore. dining on nearly four dozen socks and a Blue Heeler from Leavenworth with family issues, I begin to understand why animals need to be blessed.

September 10, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Buddy enjoys the smells of autumn

September is my favorite month out of the entire year. And, not just because it is my birthday month, although that does make the month pretty special.

September 5, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Buddy may never get to meet his ‘public’

Last weekend Buddy nearly had to be sedated because he was so excited. He thought for sure I was going to let him attend the Sunnyside Lions Club 16th Street Flea Market and Community Yard Sale, held near our home on Saturday.

August 6, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

A service dog drop-out

My Buddy has been doing his best to find ways to become a service dog. But, I am afraid my little Yorkie pal is never ever going to make the cut.

June 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Sunday driving is still a very pleasant pastime

Do people, even with the price of gas so high, still take Sunday afternoon drives? Do they still pack up the kids with a half a loaf of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a jug of cold tap water for a picnic lunch, then point the car south and just get out of Dodge?

April 23, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Spring yard work is calling......NOT

I had nearly given up on spring’s arrival this year when it burst forth with all the dandelions I can possibly wish for. It is not that I am a fan of the sunny little weed, but its arrival reminds me that I need to tie on my yard shoes and finally uncover the flower and garden beds in my otherwise ugly yard.

April 2, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

A new beginning

I’ve always dreaded going to community meetings, fearing more negatives and fewer positives will be brought forth during hours and hours of repetitive discussion.

March 28, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Buddy’s new playmate a calming influence

Learning to play nice with others has been a difficult road for Buddy. It is not that he wants to fight particularly, but he does appear to want to argue a lot. And he always wants to be right.

January 24, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Holiday exercise...Buddy style

I don’t think Buddy knows a doggone thing about how to enjoy holiday food. He nibbles at his kibbles one piece at a time, while others in our house, like me, gobble two or three cookies at a time.

December 20, 2013 4:19 p.m. read more..

Doggie treats on parade night?

Buddy and I were discussing putting up a few Charlie Brown-type Christmas lights this year to celebrate his first holiday in the Hart household.

November 15, 2013 3 p.m. read more..

Buddy has the makings to be a great theatre critic

I love packing up Buddy and hopping in the car for quick little jaunts around the Lower Valley. He is always pointing out items of interest to me. He has a keen eye and notices everything. I know this because he barks whenever he finds some-thing of interest. As it turns out he barks a lot.

October 11, 2013 4:26 p.m. read more..

Buddy on high alert

Buddy is a dog - at least I think he is. Since arriving quite unexpectedly in my lap last May, the feisty, but happily rescued Yorkshire terrier has been a loyal, self-centered, demanding companion.

September 27, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..


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