Tuesday, November 10, 2009

So Much to Do....So Little Time

I keep on telling myself that I will pay more attention to this blog. My ups and downs, my interests and photos that don't include canines....well I keep telling myself anyway. The world of DWB (Dogs with Blogs) is fun and exciting, not to mention you can write ummm...as your dog (or one of your dogs) and that gives you a free reign to let yourself go.

It is much harder for me to write about myself and what is going on in my life...but this here would be the place to do it huh??

So let's consider this my "a bit about me" post and let me tell you a bit about myself and my family..

As I say in my profile...I was born in California, raised in NJ and am Texan by default...

Disneyland 1963

The first 7-8 years were spent in SoCal...the California I remember is full of Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and maybe even Universal Studios or at least the "Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde" dude...I still remember being scared to death of him!!!

The "scary Man" and me in1964

After a 2 year stint in Houston, TX , we were NJ bound, where I spent the next 11 years. This is where I spent the tween and teen years of my life. I went from 5th grade through high school in, what was then, the small town of Freehold. I missed going to high school with Bruce Springsteen by 10 or so years...But he did try to make an appearance at my 10th or 11th grade homecoming (he made it almost all the way to the football field before he was discovered). I am proud to have been a "Colonial" tho and made some of the best friends I ever had, not to mention the best memories!

Main Street in Freehold - 1980

The next 20 years was filled with three years in Houston in the early 80s and the other 17 years on the Jersey Shore. There was a marriage, a divorce and lots of work.

View of Coastline - Jersey Shore - 1997

In 1998 I moved to San Antonio, TX to take a job offer and be closer to a man I met "electronically", you know...O-N-L-I-N-E....

Happy Couple - 2001

 In 2001 I married to the love of my life (you know, the one I met online)! Although it took about 40 years to find him, it was well worth the wait.  We now live right outside the awesome Austin, Texas, home of the University of Texas and the Longhorns...HOOK 'EM HORNS! We both love to travel and scuba dive. He is an IT professional during the day and an dedicated SCUBA instructor whenever he can get a class.

Returning from a dive in Cozumel MX - 1999

He loves diving anywhere...I love diving anywhere where there is Blue WARM water...:-).

Bonaire - 2001

Bilbo - October 2009

In July of 2002 we got our first dog  Bilbo, an AKC Lhasa Apso, is both a joy and such a challenge!
 We believe he was most likely the runt of the litter and has multiple birth defects and has been diagnosed slightly hydrocephalic. He is very regimented, very schedule orientated. He is also very loving and protective! We love Bilbo just the way he is and he will always be our "first born". He is very much a Mama's dog and can be found trying to herd me at various points in his day. Last year Bilbo experienced his first seizure. He had them on and off for about three months and then they just stopped happening.  I think God just knows what a special dude he really is and has given him to us to keep us on our toes!!

Dory - October 2009

In February of 2004 we got our second dog Dory, a Lhasa mix. We are truly blessed with Dory. When we went to pick her up in Bryant Texas she was a MESS. Worms, very bad diarrhea, but the first time we saw her it was true love...I keep reading about "the  heart dog" that everyone has in their lifetime..The one that just "gets you" and you "get her/him"...Dory is that dog to me. She is my snuggle buddy, my confidant yet she is curious, independent and can be quite the bullhead sometimes. She is her Daddy's Little Girl...and has enough love to share with just about any ummm human....

As a childless couple,my dogs are a very big part our life.  They pretty much our kids and we love them as such, yet try to remember that Dory can only have a FEW Cheetos and we don't have to do EVERYTHING Bilbo wants!

There are other aspects of my life, which are pretty much the ones I want to share on this venue...I love photography, both above water and below it. I am also in charge of the family photos and have TONS of photos I am scanning. I hope to share some of the Vintage Photos that I have been entrusted with.

I am a crafting addict, anything craft I will try...and hopefully finish....

I love crocheting and have two BIG Work In Progresses.  I enjoy candlemaking, soap making or anything else aeromatic. I love to make my own cards...and this will be my third year making my own Christmas Cards. I will definitely be sharing the crafting element of my life in the next couple of months.

Travel is also a big love...whether it is Vegas, a dive destination, or just a drive to a nearby Texas town, I just love to have fun,new travel experiences!!

A foodie at heart, I have also had a love/hate relationship with my weight. I have recently re-joined that group with the WW. I will be fighting, whining and hopefully getting up a few great low fat  recipes  to share during my tenure here also!

So much to do...so little time...let's get started!!!


  1. I really enjoyed your post and it's a pleasure to know more about The Mama. You certainly sound like you have had an interesting life and may you continue to do so.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sunny :)

  2. Beth, Thank you so much for sharing that. What a wonderful post. It is nice getting to know you this way. You must know by know how attached I am to Dory and Bilbo, but it is nice to learn about your life. We had a shih tzu before Sasha named Holly. She was our "
    Dory", a perfect little angel who lived to love and be loved. We could take her anywhere. Now we have the more challenging Sasha, but of course we love her as much, she makes our lives fun and interesting. I am glad you are doing another blog. I love crafting and baking for the holidays. I look forward to your posts.


  3. Oh dang it! I lost my comment clicking on the photo of you and your hubby in full scuba gear. Previously I rattled on and on but to sum it up better this time love and getting to know a bit more about you.

    Hope to see you around here more often.

  4. What a wonderful post. Dory looks like my Ozzie, he went to the bridge in 1989 but he's still in my heart.

  5. It is always great to learn more about each other, I really enjoyed your post. The photo of you and Mr. Hyde is priceless, you look like you were ready to run away from the monster.

    Have a great day,

  6. Beth, thanks for sharing part of your story with us. It is nice to learn a little bit about the Mama behind the Dory! I totally understand how you feel about Dory. Reading about your relationship with her brings back memories of my sweet Tiny. He was my "heart dog". The munchkins and I very much enjoy Dory's blog and I can't wait to read more about you.


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