A Day With My Mommy-by Sophie

Hello everybody. I’m Sophie; Eva’s baby Sophie…or is it Lily? Lily Eva? Lilica? I get so confused. She tells people  they’re ‘pen names’. What are those, anyway? I don’t really care, so I guess it doesn’t matter. That’s not why I’m here. She can call herself twenty different names; she’s still Mommy to me.

I took her computer while she decided to do some things around the house because I needed to vent. Since Mommy does it all the time, I figure there’s some merit to it. I’ll pretend to know exactly what I’m doing because I’m a Lhasa Apso, after all, from Tibet you know. My ancestors were sentinel dogs for Buddhist monks way, way back in the day. Indoor dogs, of course. (We are the little breed, averaging 14-16 pounds by adulthood.) Our keen sense of hearing and distinct, larger-than-me bark would alert the monks of intruders. We left the real guarding of the outside of the monasteries to the big boys: the Tibetan Mastiffs. But again, I’m off my topic.

Mommy. I don’t know what I’m gonna do with her. I love her with all my heart. When she was sick in the hospital, the doctors and nurses  let me go and see her a couple of times. I’m grateful for that, and I’m sure Mommy is too, even though she doesn’t remember.  SophietoyWhen she has her bad days, I’m always there kissing her tears away, snuggling up next to her, and laying on her lap. Stuff like that. I even try being obedient. When she gives me commands, I listen. Sometimes. When she tells me to sit, I sit. Especially when she is holding treats in her hand… Sorry, I lost myself there for a minute.

On her good days though, I want her undivided attention. Is that too much to ask? What’s with the one-handed belly rubs while she’s working away on the computer? I should be getting ALL the attention. I mean, doesn’t she understand that I’m special? Ancient, even. Wikipedia says so! I used to guard Monks for cripes sakes! Not only that, but I AM the baby of the house. My sister, Mandy, is married and lives in NJ with her husband. She’s way old and human. She’s like twenty something in human years.

If she’s not typing away on her computer, she’s either reading an ebook on her Kindle or a real one. Then she goes writing stuff in her stupid notebook. I guess she likes to review what she reads. I dunno. She’s been taking classes and has been with her nose in the computer or notebook almost all the time. Even when she plays with me, it’s like she’s only half playing with me. She throws me my monkey while she’s on the computer and that’s how we play. It’s like she’s not even into it. I don’t know what I’m gonna do.

By Lilly M [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Even worse, it’s bad enough that this doctor, called a veterinarian, says that I have a sensitive stomach. Most of the time, I have to eat this stuff called Hills Science Diet for Sensitive Stomach so I don’t throw up as much. It’s good, don’t get me wrong; I do like it. She usually cheats with me on the weekend, allowing me a Cesar’s breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning. Today I was supposed to have Steak and Eggs for breakfast; I had Sausage and Eggs instead.  What’s up with that? Focus, Mom.

Let me not get started with the groomers. My breed usually has very long hair, at least that’s what you will see in the dog shows when you see my breed. Mommy didn’t want me for show, so she keeps me in a ‘puppy cut’. I never liked going to the groomers and I hate that she still makes me go. She makes them clip my nails, my ear hairs and put stupid bows in when they’re done. The only reason I always forgive her, is because she always buys me extra treats and a toy on grooming day.

What really got me mad was Mommy’s blogger friend Karen Soutar’s cat misbehaves and then she comes and tells me “I guess I’m not the only one with a bad, bad baby.” Um, I’m sorry. What? She’s going to compare me to…CATS?!?! Personally, I don’t have anything against them since I’ve never met one personally, but I hear they’re pretty uppity, aloof, and conceited. I’m not any of those things.

I’m not trying to sound like a spoiled brat, but I need to find a better way to grab Mommy’s attention. Pee-ing outside the wee-wee pad hasn’t helped. It’s only annoyed her. Any suggestions?






Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable

When I think of a companion, I immediately think of my little blue-eyed wonder, Sophie. She is my constant companion and has been with me through my best times and definitely my lowest and scariest times. She is one of my greatest sources of strength.
Princess Sophie hanging out on the deck. While I was in Neurosurgical ICU, she came to visit me twice. Although I can’t recall the visits in detail, I have seen the pictures. She laid by my side on my hospital bed the visit. I don’t know what I would do without that little one. I can’t count how many times I have cried into that little ball of fur, how many times I’ve tickled and rubbed that belly, or how many times she has licked my tears away. Too many to count, no doubt.

That kind of love is unconditional in the truest sense of the word. That is a companion.

And the Winner is…!!!

My amazing WordPress “daughter” Briana Vedsted at  http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com  nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! I am beside myself. This is the first time my baby blog’s been nominated for anything and I’m oh so excited!

Liebster Blog Award

The rules for the Liebster Blog Award:

  1. List eleven random facts about yourself
  2. Nominate eleven other bloggers for the Liebster Award
  3. Notify these bloggers
  4. Ask eleven questions that the bloggers must answer upon accepting the Liebster Award
  5. Answer the eleven questions that you were asked when you were nominated


  1. Even though I’m from the Bronx and love the Yankees, when it comes to football, I’m all about the Baltimore Ravens.
  2. I have a 25-year-old married daughter named Amanda.
  3. I have a 5-year-old Lhasa Apso named Sophie who is my little rock.
  4. I can’t stand tomatoes.
  5. I’m afraid of heights.
  6. I used to make hand poured candles from scratch; not the store-bought microwave me kits.
  7. I love karaoke, but can’t sing to save your life.
  8. I began writing stories when I was about 7 or 8.
  9. I spent 20 years in corporate America as an Administrative Assistant and over a decade as an EMT until I got sick.
  10. I love Johnny Depp and Eeyore.
  11. My favorite foods are Spanish, Mexican and Italian.


  1. What is my favorite part about winter? Christmas with close friends and family and untouched snow. I know that’s two, but I couldn’t decide.
  2. Where do you see yourself living in five years? I’d like to say a tropical island somewhere, but most likely it will be back in New Jersey.  😦
  3. How many books are in the room you’re in now? Four. If you count my Kindle, it’s closer to two hundred and fifty-four.  🙂
  4. Look in your wallet/purse, is there more money or receipts in there? Receipts, unfortunately.  😦
  5. What was your first paying job? McDonald’s
  6. Favorite vegetable? Spinach and cucumbers (Again, I couldn’t decide.)
  7. How long have you had your blog? Almost five glorious months.  🙂
  8. What is the best dream you ever had? About three years ago, I had a dream that I went out shopping with my Mom. She passed nearly twelve years ago.
  9. What did you have for dinner last night? Sliced breaded chicken breast over spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
  10. Are you happy right now? I am freaking ecstatic because my adopted WordPress ‘daughter’ nominated me for a Liebster Award! Hellooo! ****Happy Dance****
  11. If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would you change? If I could change anything, I would get rid of the slight limp I have secondary to my hemorrhage. Some days it looks worse than others. But hey, I’m not complaining. I’m just sayin’…cuz you asked.



  1. What inspired you to start a blog?
  2. Who was the most influential person in your life?
  3. If you had $1,000 to give to a charity, which one would you choose?
  4. If you could spend one day with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
  5. What is your favorite book genre?
  6. What is your favorite movie of all time?
  7. What do you do for relaxation?
  8. What are two of your favorite hobbies?
  9. Do you normally plan things in advance or do you usually run on impulse?
  10. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
  11. Who is your favorite author, musician or actor? (Your choice)

I’m looking forward to hearing all the answers from my nominees, so I can officially accept my first award! ***Shivers running up and down my spine***





It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Good morning my fellow bloggers. I hope everyone is chipper and well this fine day. I haven’t posted in about a week; which is not too bad for me. I’ve gone off the radar for three weeks at the very beginning of my blog!  But I made a commitment to myself that I would do whatever it takes to follow my dreams, no matter what it takes; and that is what I am doing.

I remember mentioning in one of my very first posts that I may, at times, go off my path and talk about other things besides my dreams of writing. Today is going to be one of those days. The past few days have been extremely brutal for me in several ways. My pain scale has been through the roof, my energy has been nil and I spent the better part of the past two days crying a river of tears. My pain management barely managed. However, not once did I ask myself, “Why me?” I never forget that I am one of the lucky ones.

Since I don’t get out very much, being that I can’t drive anymore YET, I spend quiet time on the deck with my lhasa apso Sophie and speak to friends who still live in NJ. Other than that, I rely on the friends I’ve been blessed with here in the cyberworld to help me through my days. Many of you don’t even realize the impact you have on my life, truly. You inspire and motivate me; some of you calm me when I don’t know what I’m doing…you guys know who you are 😉 . I feel like I’m part of a small town community that really cares about me. I, in turn, care about you all as well. I never thought of all this when I first started this blog.

The fact that I haven’t blogged in about a week gets to me. The fact that I haven’t even had a tweet conversation or done any real writing for a few days bothers me even more. The only thing I don’t forget to do is thank any new followers I get on Twitter because it’s just the right thing to do.

As always, I will continue to research sites, books, blogs and articles that may be of interest to my fellow fledgling writers and post them on upcoming blogs. I am currently working on another page for this blog for resources but it is still in my drafts. I am still working things out with WordPress.

Today, I am feeling quite a bit better, and will be writing away throughout the day, thrown in with a healthy dose of tweeting. What I look forward to most of all, is finishing the novel I started two nights ago, LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE: BEGINNING OF A HERO by Charles E Yallowitz.

That would be the perfect end to what I hope will be a remarkably productive day.

Until next time…