Kimberly J Tilley

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Category: Home Life

We Got Another Puppy

My goal was to have a new pup in the house before my son came home from college for Winter break.

In November we started sending out applications to adopt a young dog, that turned into a search for a German Shepherd, purebred or mixed it didn’t matter.  The adoption process failed.  We requested for 12 different dogs.  There were denials because we have children.  We were asked to vaccinate our current dog with a dangerous vaccine, that even good veterinarians are against. That rescue is not run by a veterinarian so they probably didn’t educate their-selves on the dangers of vaccines.  We have lived in many places and have never heard of this vaccine until Washington State.  How gross of a person must be to not provide clean water and leave your dog to drink mucky water that another animal urinated in.  We were asked to put up at least a 6 foot fence around our property. Our property is already fenced in and is a difficult layout as is.  The fence is lined with trees, bushes, shrubs and in some spots, it has a steep drop on the other side.  IF a dog somehow gets over the fence, it is going to have to figure out how to get out from the shrub or thorns, and drop down to the ground about 4 ft.  Some rescues said that they would not place a female dog with another female dog. And some rescues just never replied back.

So, on Monday we went from being told by a teen that German Shepherds are not family dogs and they are not going to allow us to buy a dog from that Humane Society, to a quick internet advert search and buying a 10 weeks old puppy from a teen backyard breeder on the way home. I did not like this option, but it was what we had available to us.  Those pups need rescuing from the mucky living style of that backyard.  I don’t think they are pure German Shepherd dogs.  I am thinking a hound or a husky was in an earlier generation. There was some white, so definitely some inbreeding is going on.  It was clear that these people were not interested in the distinction and regal nature of the German Shepherd, but only of the dollar signs that they see with each newborn pup.

Without further ado, here she is!

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This little ball of energy is stealing hearts and chewing on everything.  I can’t wait for the adult teeth to come in!  She is following every step we take and is howling when she can’t see us.  We are working on going potty outside, what can be chewed on and what not to chew on, and getting on a sleep and eat schedule.

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2016, A Busy Year

It has been a busy year for us since Spring when we started on a bathroom remodel. We took out the old gold fixtures, seashell and sea-foam green colored tiles, cracked tub and updated it with a timeless classic look, that features a claw-foot tub. We used porcelain tiles for the floor. We purchased an old claw-foot tub at a salvage yard; cleaned it, sanded it and had it painted. I bought a new antique style shower surround at an online store for the tub, added a pedestal sink and a cute vanity mirror that has a little shelf. We put up bead-board all the way around the room. Found Hookless shower curtains to add more vintage touches to the bathroom. (These are the best shower curtains!) And then some seaside/mermaid decor went in, including pressed seaweed. The girls liked pressing the seaweed and we will probably add more pressed artwork around the house.

Classic antique inspired bathroom remodel. Copyright Kimberly J Tilley.

Classic antique inspired bathroom remodel.

After the bathroom was completed, we moved on to a bedroom. When the old tub was being taken out we had the space walled up and turned into a closet for the bedroom that shared the bathroom wall. Having to work on a newly enlarged closet we had to go ahead and add proper window and wall trim and give it a nice coat of bright pastel pink paint on the walls. And that made a little girl happy.

Taking a break from housework, I pulled out some canvases and painted my largest painting to date.

Three Orcas spy-hoping under the moon. "Raising the Moon" painting Copyright Kimberly J Tilley.

Three Orcas spy-hoping under the moon. Copyright Kimberly J Tilley.

In June, we lost a family member. Our Orange Tabby died in my arms one night. She had developed a growth on her tail. It was removed, and she healed well. But as time went bye, she seemed to have lost some weight. The vet said that the cancer spread through-out her body sometime after the surgery. She was adopted as an adult cat, so her age is not truly known, she is thought to have been around 8 or 10 years old.
Some time passed and a couple of weeks ago, we were in a store and there were cats for adoption. We could not pull ourselves away from a pair of kittens. So we adopted a pair of siblings. And I am a new mom again, to a little boy and girl.

Adopted kittens. Copyright Kimberly J Tilley.

Adopted kittens.
Copyright Kimberly J Tilley.


Puppy is learning to be gentle with the little kittens, and to share with her new brother and sister.

During the month of July we worked tirelessly on new costumes to go to a local Renaissance Faire in August. The girls were fairies, my son was a knight-in-shining-armour with a wooden Viking inspired shield. I created my own take on Lady Almathea with more of a Princess look. I made a unicorn outfit for puppy. She didn’t really care to wear it. On the day of the faire, it was really hot, and we decided it was best for her to stay home. Which was good because it was really busy and we were buying things. Our hands would of been too full to hold her lead. 😉

Puppy dressed up as a unicorn. Copyright Kimberly J Tilley.

Puppy dressed up as a unicorn.
Copyright Kimberly J Tilley.

In mid-July the drain hose to the washing machine decided to pop out of the wall. Water went into the master bedroom and all the way down into the garage. The insurance company said they are not doing anything about it because we already used our one time insurance claim on the kitchen when the dishwasher broke. So what is the purpose of having coverage… to pay others to do nothing for when you need help?. There was a water damage company called in, they said it would cost $3,500 just to open up rooms and dry out the wood. No thanks. So we ripped open the garage and some floors. Dryed out and replaced what we could for now. Next Spring we will dig in deeper and work on remodeling the laundry room and a closet instead of what we wanted to do. Which was another bathroom. That got pushed to 2018.

I have a new computer to learn how to work with. No properly sized photo viewer and a tiny keyboard is a big issue for me. You have no idea how many times I have click on CAPS, or had to backspace to fix misspells just on this post alone. 😦
I can’t wait for things to settle down here and then I can have time to work on a photography project that I have been wanting to do!

Now it is time to get the kids ready for school again. We do have plans to work on the dinning room soon. Hope to have it done before Thanksgiving, depends on when we actually start. For that room we have to take down wall paper and chair rails. We will continue working with bead-board. And I have a couple of furniture pieces that were saved from the side of the road to fix up. Hooray storage coming soon!