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“It is the HEART that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Henry Ward Beecher

Photo of  heart found in a pattern of snow on our patio bricks.

February 13, 2010



Obviously my nephew Landon LOVES his ice cream.  And what lactose tolerate person wouldn’t!  After all, it’s cool, creamy, and filled with layer upon layer of delicious goodness.  Also obviously in the photo above, is the love that his mother Tasha (my sister) has for him!  

I learned this week that two downtown Anderson restaurants are closing because of the economy.  Sad!  But also a vivid reminder that we all need to support our local businesses at every opporunity.  Landon’s cotton candy ice cream is one of many flavors available in downtown Anderson at Koo Koo Ice Cream Depot, a great spot to visit with the family.  Read more about them in this previous post.   afs

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Meet Lucky, the newest member of our family.  We’ve all spent a lot of time this past week getting to know each other better.  Our other dog Spicey is having to make the most adjustment of us all.  She’s used to being not only the top dog, but the only dog.  She doesn’t seem to understand the concept of us multiplying our love, as she’d rather try her best to make us divide it between them.  She comes whether we call her or the puppy, seeking her share of whatever love there is to go around.  She’s a real love hog.

Lucky is too.  He’s also full of energy as are most healthy puppies and he like to play! play! play!  He’s forever underfoot, and it’s a wonder that he’s not been stepped on a time or two already.  He’s so small and mischevious and can slip into the smallest little hiding place.  He’s a Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie), a herding breed, who came into this world nipping at everyone’s heels.  If you visit, please don’t expect that your shoes will stay tied for very long!

Kellen really loves his little puppy and they’ve already become fast friends!  They look cute together in today’s photo.  We all have plans to attend some training classes together soon so we will know best how to train him.  We’re a little challenged right now with the training of this little furball.  We’ve never had a puppy before, so it’s not something we’ve ever done before.  Which I guess puts us all on pretty even ground, since Lucky has never before been trained.   afs


** Note:  it appears that Metropolis has closed.  I’m terribly sorry to learn this, especially after trying them once and falling in love with their pizza.  Yet another reminder for us to take every opportunity to lend our patronage and support to our local businesses while they’re still around


We found ourselves this past Saturday in downtown Anderson with my dad, my sister, and her two sons who visiting from PA.  We went downtown specifically to try out one of our newer restaurants, Metropolis Pizzeria.  Not even half a second after taking my first bite of their ‘white pizza’, I had a “what took us so long” moment.  It was SuPeR YuMmY DeLiCiOuS!  Kellen and his cousin Larry each ordered and enjoyed a personal pizza, prepared their favorite way, and soon after the first, the second selection for the adults, called “All In” was delivered to the table.   Just as yummy! 

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The owner, Devin Rubinstein, was the only employee on hand while we were there, but she handled everything in short order.  She took our orders, served our drinks, made our pizzas (she can toss that dough pretty high) and even brought some toys over to entertain my youngest nephew, Landon. 

If you haven’t already had the pleasure, I would highly recommend you take the time to visit Metropolis Pizzeria on the court square in downtown Anderson.  The ingredients are super fresh!  We know this becase we watched as Devin walked outside by the front door and snapped off some fresh basil to top off another couples pizza.  That couple, shown in the photo below with Devin, is Shayna Hollander of Shayna Bella Soaps and Fred Westerwelle of Fred’s Bread.  It was nice to meet them and to learn of their businesses that were both new to me.  I couldn’t find a link to more info on Fred’s Bread, so perhaps Fred will be in touch with a little more information after I email him.  I’ll let you know.   afs

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We recently caught our brave little dog Spicey in a battle with an alligator.  As you can imagine, we had quite the scare.  However, as you can see in this series of photos, she fought the good fight and had that gator belly up and counted out in record time.  I feel safe and secure with such a fierce little battle warrior living in my home and devoted to me!   afs


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Continuing today by posting more photos from my Mom’s garden in Pennsylvania.  The weather while we were there was so very pleasant.  Not too hot, not too humid…a nice breeze most days.  I think I do more gardening myself in that sort of weather and enjoy it (weeds and all).  Lots of nice things to look at in Mom’s garden, especially that last photo.  That’s a very special plant indeed!   afs


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Everywhere I turned in Mama’s garden I saw something that I wanted to photograph.  She (and I suppose Dad helped) has put alot of time, effort and love into each and every corner.  I’m posting several photos today and will share some more garden shots tomorrow in ‘part two’.   Looking again at these photos I’m filled with regret for not spending more time freshing up my own garden this year.  I suppose there’s still time for me to add some pretty touches here and there.  The question is, HOW DO I muster up the energy to work outside in the heat and humidity of the dog days of summer?


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We got to share lots of time with the cute fellows pictured below during our trip to Pennsylvania.  The adults in our family are a little more sensitive about having their photos posted, so you’ll have to take my word for it that they’re all pretty cute too.    Landon (16mos) and Larry (8 years) are my sister’s children.  Sadly we don’t get to see them nearly often enough and they do a great deal of growing in between trips!


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Kellen spent time with his cousins, and with Gramma and Grampa’s dogs.  Here he shares a chair with Landon and Larry and another with CH Damingo Colt Forty Five, better known as Pistol.


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He also spent LOTS of time with the new puppies.  Especially with Lucky!


We enjoyed our recent trip to Pennsylvania!  My sister and her family lives in Pittsburgh and we stayed with my parents who live less than an hour away.  We spent lots of time with the family and visited one of our favorite places in Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Science Center.   


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Carnegie Science Center

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New Exhibit: RoboWorld

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Mom shoots some fish

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Tasha and Landon enjoy some climbing

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Kellen and James work on robotics

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When we arrived for a visit with my parents last week, we were greeted by five cute Shetland Sheepdog puppies.  They were all soft and snuggly and cute and precious!  Sheltie puppies are EXTRA cute as you can plainly see here!  The one photographed above was dubbed “Lucky” by our son Kellen.  In the photo, Mom is helping him stand still since he’s too active and wiggly to sit still himself.  Lucky is five weeks old and may come to live with us when we visit again at Thanksgiving.  Visit Damingo Kennels to see more cute shelties and poodles.

We think WE will be the lucky ones if Lucky does get to come and join our family!   afs

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