Wednesday, March 21, 2012

To Bury A Family Pet ......



Looking back, this post is a bit long.  It is over 3 days.

Some may think it's a bit much over a pet.  But for those who know... well, you know.  Just check the 1st post about Simon from a couple of years ago, and you'll realize why we see him as so much a part of our family.  In many ways, one of the first parts of our family.

Monday, March 20th, 2012

I wrote a post almost two years ago, about preparing your kids for the death of a pet.  Our basset hound Simon, 12 years old at the time, was having a lot of difficulty with the Texas summer, and we were afraid things were winding down for him.  After installing a water mist system that ran most days, and a little time, Simon seemed to catch his second wind.  Fortunately, we held off on having the talk with our boys, waiting to see if Simon would make a turn for the better, and he did.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Gutters need to be larger..... or tennis balls smaller


I'm not going to pretend I'm surprised by this.   I just thought it was one of those 'guaranteed to have' experiences that comes with being the dad of three boys.

During a heavy rainstorm a few days back, we noticed that water was gushing from all sides of our back patio gutters.. and not so much from the down spout.  Now, being the end of winter, this 'could' have certainly been due to normal gutter muck, leaves and what not.  But I know better