Oh! That Pig!

 

Every morning, almost without fail, this is the first inanimate thing I see:


I could be sleeping, and it’s placed in my hand.

I could be up and dressing, and it’s dropped at my feet.

I could be heading to the kitchen to make breakfast, and it’s in my path.

Who is this Mister Piggy?

Mister Piggy, or Pink Piggy as we sometimes call him, is the only stuffed toy that our terrier can’t destroy. Sure, our two dogs have a half-stuffed purple dinosaur, a gutless grey elephant, and the skin of once was a blue stuffed dog, but this pink pig is nearly indestructible to our terrier. Our doxie, by the way, is very tender and gentle with the stuffed toys, and she doesn’t care how unstuffed they are, either.

So, going back to Mister Piggy. He is our terrier’s favorite toy. He likes to play catch with it, he shakes it in his mouth, he even tosses it up in the air to play catch by himself.

I can only surmise that because on most mornings, when Mister Piggy is placed in my hand while I’m still trying to catch a few more Z’s, Mister Pig is the only thing that graces our terrier’s dreams. He must, I think, dream about him all night, just waiting to be chewed on, tossed around, and shaken about at the first sign of daybreak. Plus, maybe our terrier thinks I dream about Mister Pink Piggy all night, too, and what better way to please me is to start mornings tossing the pig around.

Once, I had to take Mister Piggy into surgery (my sewing room) and stitch him up. His guts were starting to show:


So, there you have it, the story of Mister Pink Piggy.  What an obsession!

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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Garden Visitor: Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Did you catch my title?

Hey, Susan – you might be saying to yourself — is this about a wasp, or a moth? Make up your mind!

Late yesterday evening, two of these dropped in to feed on our yellow lantanas. I was watering a couple of flower pots, and when I saw them, I dashed into the house, grabbed my camera, and went to town with pictures.  I used the best for you:
Actually, this little guy is a member of the moth family. He gets the “wasp” part in his name for the harmless stinger and fiery red abdomen he sports. He’s also known as an oleander moth (Syntomeida epilais) and could well be native to the Caribbean. No wonder – just check out his fancy dress!

I just had to share this with you, and I hope you enjoyed this!

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

 

This Unusual Morning Sky

 

Originally, I wasn’t going to post anything today. However, when I went outside to get the newspaper, I was pulled into taking a picture of the sky and clouds, with this odd “V” formation:
I’ve never seen anything like this before, and I thought I would share it with you.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

 

Horsing Around

In addition to grape-picking last weekend, my beau and I spent a couple of hours at a local horse farm/resort where they were hosting trials and competitions. We live in Horse Country, and both of us cannot get enough of our equine friends. Once again, with high emotion: We both love horses!

True, the temperature was in the 90s, and we were surprised that any horses were out trotting, cantering, and jumping. Who are we to ask? Maybe horses can take the heat better than what I thought. After all, my dad always advised me to only go horseback riding when the weather is on the coolish-comfy side, not in the blasting heat. It’s better for the horse, he would say.  He would know. He grew up on the farm, and in the city.

There was a beautiful stallion in a corral. He was gentle and kept asking, in his horse way, for more neck scratches and nose rubs. We obliged:
When we walked away, he had the most forlorn look and stance I ever saw on a horse.

We watched some jumping trials:
When the competition changed from youth riders to the even younger riding set, and the field needed to be smoothed out, I said to my beau, “Look! A Zamboni!”

Well, not really, but the tractor levelled the pasture as a Zamboni would to an ice rink.

A very young rider was obviously seasoned:
I liked her riding outfit, but most of all, I liked her confident posture:
When I was a kid, there were several stables near our home. One of them was just a few blocks away. In the summertime, I would ride my bike there, and spend mornings just watching riders exercise their horses and dreaming about the day I would have my own.

I don’t believe owning a horse is in the cards right now, but with all the horse farms in our neck of the woods and the opportunities we have to go horseback riding, who’s to stop us from saddling up and hitting the trails?

No one.

And riding is on our schedule – as soon as the weather cools down a bit.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

In This Time of My Life

I don’t mind summer heat so much, but when the sun is merciless and sends temperatures into the upper 90 degrees and the heat index hovers around 105 degrees, I’m all for either being at the pool or staying indoors as much as realistically possible.
This morning, I scheduled some time to work on my next book of short fiction stories and my beaded artwork before heading out into the world. We had an appointment to meet – and out into the blast furnace of the Florida sun we went.

My beau and I headed to our local bookstore and picked up Sean Spicer’s new book, “The Briefing.” We were lucky to meet him and have him autograph our copy of the book. He was very nice, I thanked him for his service, and he responded, “Anytime!” with a sincere and quiet demeanor, I would say, not a boisterous braggadocios-ness by any stretch of imagination.
At the bookstore, we were approached by a newsman from one of the better news sources in our neck of the woods. He was very interesting in his own right. He interviewed my beau and I, and he later videotaped a short interview segment with us. What an honor that was! Last time I was taped for a news story was back in 1981 during the PATCO strike, but that’s a blog for another time. Hint: I was not a striker.

Outside the bookstore, we met a couple of ladies, Peg and Betty, who told us they are working on their family genealogy. They are hoping to connect the dots, as it were, to confirm yes or no if Mr. Spicer is their relation. I liked their friendliness with us and their enthusiasm with working on genealogy, as I know first hand what hard work it takes to get to the nitty gritty of the who’s who and the what’s what in one’s family.

We passed the movie house, where my beau and I laughed at the last movie titles on this marquee. It looked like “Gotti, Won’t You Be My Neighbor” was one-in-the-same movie. Oh, the humor we find in the funniest places, one of them being in our creative minds!
At this moment, as I’m dipping my pen into the inkwell at my writing desk writing my blog, my beau is already entrenched on the front room comfy chair, engrossed in Spicer’s book. The dogs are sacked out on the couch. Guess the heat of the Dogs Days of August got to them, too.

As voracious readers, we actually do this kind of thing – buy books we are interested in reading, and hopefully meet the authors and grab an autograph or two. When I was a kid, my girlfriends and I would do something similar, that is, we would find out where a Chicago Black Hawk hockey player was giving a speech, then queue in line for a How d’ya do? in our best Chicago accent, and an autographed stock photograph with a handshake in return. I still have those mementos, but what they talked about is lost to history, but I’m sure they were motivational, nonetheless.

It’s going to be a quiet evening, with my beau absorbed with “The Briefing,” and me working on my next book. A laid back evening is good once in a while.

In the next day or two, it’s back to the farm for us to do a second go ‘round with picking grapes, as we did last weekend. Some lucky relatives will also be getting a jar or two next week. Read about our visit to the farm in my article, “A Grape Experience.”

When the clouds decide to drop a few raindrops to create a delightful Florida sun shower, and a rainbow arches across the sky on this hot afternoon, it reminds me that I am happy and grateful to be here, in this time of my life.
©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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