Our FURminator (Endorsed by Star and us)

Image Courtesy of Lauren Campbell: http://bit.ly/1SYHLW6

We thought we would have it easy having a short-haired dog. However, our little Star is a HUGE shedder. It’s her undercoat that likes to sneak out and waft in the air. Over the past six years we have tried using numerous brushes, but our floors and furniture seem to have a nice (not) doggie-covering at all times.

This year I was frustrated enough to ask our vet about getting her a summer buzz. She was concerned about Star’s sensitive skin and allergic reactions to the environment and suggested the FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Dogs, Large.

I did my research, and it was looking good. Unfortunately the cheapskate in me cringed at the price. Reviews showed pretty clearly that knock-offs were even more of a waste of money. I braced my shoulders, factored in the idea that hiring someone would cost a bit, too, then clicked the “Buy Now” option.

We’ve had it for several months now with absolutely no regrets. The house is MUCH cleaner, and Star loves it!

It’s true that we are careful how we use it–only brushing her every few days. We are also super-cautious about brushing her belly area. Here is a video showing her love of it. We did the filming on a really hot day so she kept creeping toward the shade under the car, but I have many local witnesses who can attest to the fact that she truly loves getting FURminated 🙂

Kinetic Art in Watertown, NY

The Salmon Run mall in Watertown, NY is deceptive. It looks like an average mall, but inside it holds one of the coolest pieces of artwork I have ever seen. It rings, clacks, taps and makes other wonderful whimsical sounds. I finally recorded it (and in the video below you can see info on the artist). Continue reading “Kinetic Art in Watertown, NY”



I do love glitter, and when glitter bursts from the sky on a warm night, it’s just downright amazing. It never gets old.

Chris and I enjoyed greeting friends and watching The Barry Brothers during the street dance this weekend then we strolled to the Little League field where we listened as children oohed, aaahhhd and whooped over these beauties.

We couldn’t help whooping a bit as well. Thanks for putting on the show, Fillmore!

I’m Old Enough to Wear Purple

…But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

It’s been my dream for a really long time. Ever since a high school English class where we studied the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph. I wanted to wait until my hair turned grey, but I apparently inherited my father’s genes (he didn’t start greying until his 60s), and I got tired of waiting.  I don’t want to wear purple clothes, but playing with hair color is a treat. When I work, the purple ends dance across my shoulders, and it brings me much joy.

by Jenny Joseph

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Taken from the book
When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
Edited by Sandra Martz
Papier Mache Press–Watsonville, California 1987

2015 Keshequa Prom at Swain

My son attends a virtual high school so he’s not part of the general high school flow. But he just got a chance to go to a prom anyway. Thanks Christina! Not only did he get to go, but he got to attend with a truly wonderful young woman who is a fabulous ski instructor. (Because that’s what really matters–and it could only be better if that switched to snowboard, but that’s a different story for a different day.)

I know it’s hokey, but it’s true. These kids are beautiful–outwardly and inwardly. The world is in good hands with the next gen if they are like these kiddos. It was a treat watching them prepare for a fun evening out. Hover over the pics for a narrative if you want. Or click on the first pic and scroll through. Whatever you want… 🙂