What is your earliest memory? 

Getting lifted up very early in the morning by my mother. It was pre-words, but I have that image, but just that one image.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

In front. Of course. Even the guy who invented it thought it belonged on top. The ONLY reason to put it the other way is to keep your cats from unrolling the whole thing. Then, it become permissible, but ONLY then.

What makes you feel grounded? 

Mud. Nothing like a boot or shoe covered in New England’s special black gooey mud to make me feel deeply grounded. Do I like feeling grounded? No, I do not. I prefer to feel airy. Springy. Light and fluffy! Mud, begone!

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

This picture of the Duke grinning his way into the heaps and piles of snow. What a face!

Happy Duke and Bonnie!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


      1. I remember the first time my dog Gretchen (circa 1970) saw her first snow. She went barreling through it like a mole and came out with a little pile of snow on her black nose.


      2. I also love that pic of Duke grinning. Unleashed joy in our frozen tundra.

        TP: for years, I was an “under” or “no” guy. Now, I’m on the “over” or “yes” bandwagon. Is this BREAKING NEWS?


    1. Most like snow. A few — like Gibbs — prefer a warm sofa. But the ones who like it are very funny running around in it. Bonnie always liked it, but getting The Duke reminded her of how to enjoy it again. He made her young again.

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  1. That is one happy doggie! As for the TP roll debate… I agree, there is only one logical way. But I also grew up in a house that never had a dispenser, so the roll sat upright in the windowsill. I still sometimes just leave it sit on the sink like that when I’m too lazy to actually hook up a new roll… which I guess makes me a TP monster.

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    1. Squirrel, for years, the TP position was a hot button topic for me. I was always changing its position even when I was a visitor in other homes. I’ve finally turned my life around on this essential quality of life issue.


    1. I can still remember growing up in my Grannies house in which we had a 10 yard walk to the outside toilet that had a pull chain and sheets of torn up newspaper hanging from string tied to the back of the door!
      Old newspaper, Sir! Perforated tissue paper was a luxury beyond our reach. (This was in the UK in the 1960’s – in an industrial city and with both my parents working).

      Wonder what we used before newspapers? 😉

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  2. Feet keep me grounded, but my head’s usually way up in the clouds! 😉

    Dogs can certainly make hard work less depressing, but in return they can make you do more of it that you might otherwise! 🙂


  3. I saw a ‘mud month’ meme the other day and thought of you. Wish I were more WordPress savvy and I’d share it here. And Hunydog is with Gibbs. No reason at all to go out in that white stuff that clings to one’s fur and makes one’s belly cold…she would stay inside the whole winter if she could…hmmmm maybe I need to look into litter box training for dogs… 😉

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  4. I’m a monster. I admit it. I just can’t be bothered with the TP, and when I can, I just don’t care which way it goes on the holder. But for the most part, I just leave it on top. ^_^

    Love the picture of your dogs, as always.

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    1. When I lived alone, I left it on top of the toilet, but Garry has everything he owns on every surface in the bathroom. There is NO place to put anything. I am grateful he allows me a corner for a comb and brush and lets me put my towel on the rack.

      The dogs will miss the snow. We won’t.


      1. After four kids and too many accidents with guests, I never leave anything on top of the toilet. Ha! ^_^ I have my bathroom, and Doug has his. It’s kind of always been that way. Every place we’ve lived (except the one apartment) has had two bathrooms, and we’ve mutually decided it was better to just each have our own. It’s not like we have guests all of the time anyway.

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        1. If we had another bathroom, I’d occupy it. Sadly, we just have one and a half. There is one in the basement, but I can’t do the stairs all the time and Garry’s beginning to find them difficult too … and that room REALLY needs remodeling. Big time. We deserve to have our own bathrooms and we did in our condo and even in the apartment we rented before the condo. Here, we don’t. He is a total bathroom hog.

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