Monthly Archives: April 2014

Smiling bichon frise

In Memory of a Fluffy Dog

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Hi, Fluffsters.

Today’s post is a little bit hard for me. It’s in memory of the first dog I ever got to know. His name was Pepper, and we just needed to put him down yesterday.

Pepper bounced into our lives almost 14 years ago. He was an adorable little puppy, and stole my heart instantly.

Small Bichon puppy receiving more attention than he wanted.

The hand on the right was mine at the time.

After all, what young girl doesn’t want a puppy?

From the first moment we got him, his personality was apparent. Whereas most dogs eventually stop whining at night, this one didn’t. Seriously. He was one of the most stubborn little critters I’d ever met. But that didn’t matter to me- he was absolutely adorable.

White bichon puppy looking away from the camera

Like most young things, he was hard to get a good picture of.

For a number of years, he was energetic, too. As soon as he was strong enough or large enough, he was jumping over anything in his way. His favorite place to jump onto was the couch.

Dog on the Couch.

He was also very good at relaxing.

(I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of him being energetic, mostly because my camera skills were not the best.)

He would also do anything for a treat. Seriously. It was adorable when we were training him. We taught him how to shake hands, especially after sitting. Sometimes, when he was extremely intent upon receiving the cheese and we told him to sit, he would just give us his paw to shake hands. (He learned combinations very well.) Similarly, he would frequently roll over when we told him to lie down.

Some people say that humans are the only ones able to smile, but Pepper was a proof by counterexistance that the statement is false. He had one of the cutest smiles.

Smiling bichon frise

Even now, this is one of my favorite pictures of him

He put up with so much, too. He was one of my favorite photoshop subjects… (Expand the following picture for its full “glory”.)

A blinking frog pillow with a puppy

Alright, so I mostly photoshopped his surroundings…

He put up with bandanas (and looked adorable in them).

Pepper the Dog in a bandana

Awww, cute bandana!

He was sometimes a little derpy. But what dog isn’t?

Dog looking a bit derpy, with a silly haircut

With a slightly silly haircut, too…

He was extremely lazy, except for when there were treats involved. Or when it came to finding good places to sleep… If he saw a soft place, he would get onto or into it.

Puppy dog in a clothes basket

This is a very simple setup for

He sometimes looked ridiculous. Especially after a bad haircut (which I can’t find pictures of) or after he got wet. (The dog on the right is Pepper.)

A bedraggled dog and a not so bedraggled dog

Poor bedraggled Pepper! Normally the other dog was the small one…

I can’t find any good pictures of this either, but he had an interesting way of indicating when he was happy. Unlike other dogs, which wag their tails, Pepper would arch his tail over his back. When he was younger and generally cheerful, his wakeup routine was darling. He would wake up, stretch back, and then as he was stretching forward, his tail would just go vwoop! over his back at the same time he stretched his tongue.

We would constantly make fun of him. He was cute, but also very lazy, and selectively intelligent. (He could figure out what you wanted him to do if you had a treat for him. Otherwise, no.)

Pepper resting. As usual.

VERY traditional Pepper pose. As you can see, he’s very fluffy.

That position of his was a frequent one. His lack of activity earned him the nickname “meatloaf.”

He was also a greedy guts, and would wolf things down. (He illustrated why the term is “wolf things down”, actually…)

Recently, for example, our other dog got a tomato. She didn’t know what to do with it, and treated it like a ball. Well, as soon as she looked away, Pepper was able to steal it.

He primarily showed affection by licking, and sometimes even when he slept his tongue would stick out.

Silly puppy with his tongue out while sleeping

Yup, he’s sleep-licking

Pepper was an absolute sweetheart. He frequently hid it well, but he was sweet. And sometimes, that sweetness, playfulness, and head-tilting attentiveness while you were talking to him would shine through.

Goodbye, Pepper. I’ll miss you.

Head tilted puppy

A little D’aww to end the post.

Deep, Philosophical Question

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Uh, Webmaster?

Yes, Madam McGiggles?

Are you sure this post’s title is correct?

I think so…

Do you mean to tell me you’re going to be asking a deeper question on this blog? Finally?

Not really.

Today, I’m sharing a YouTube video that helps ask a deep question. It also has a really cute tune, and it’s got a nice sound to it.



The song is “Why Am I Me” from the musical Shenandoah.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Rainbows are Being Suspicious

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Fluffsters, we have a problem.

Just one, this time?

At least one. I’m not actually sure how many problems we have. For, you see, the rainbows, well…

Oh, no. Not the Rainbow Conspiracy again?

Of course it’s the rainbows again! I don’t rant about much else.

And I have a very worthy rant about the Rainbows. You see, Fluffsters, they’re on to me.

…I do not want to promote this type of thinking, but what do you mean, “they are on to you”?

Exactly what I wrote! They know that I know about them! It’s been practically forever since I’ve caught them at something! In fact, I haven’t caught them at anything since my last post about them!

Webmaster, just to clarify- you are writing a post because rainbows have done nothing recently?

Of course! It’s suspicious, I tell you! Very suspicious!

I… see.



That was sarcasm.


Well, just you watch. They’re up to something. And they’re covering their tracks, or disappearing when I’m around, so that I can’t catch them at it!

Fluffsters, I hope you have a good Monday, and survive this week. Good luck.

Dread Gazebo

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Greetings, readers! I wish you a joyous beginning to your week.

I recently came across a story again that I did not realize I had not already shared with you.

…I think your sentence broke…

I am going to ignore that, especially as the sentence is not particularly relevant.

For you see, the relevant point is that I encountered an amusing story that I wish to share with you. It is a story of a Gazebo.

I am going to provide some background for you first, however. Just in case you are not aware, a gazebo is basically an outdoor, house-like structure. (Wikipedia provides a more in depth explanation.)

Next, if you are not aware of what a role play game is, you might want to read this Wikipedia article that describes Dungeons and Dragons.

Now, you are ready. There is a legend about a dread Gazebo. It is a worthy tale, and very much worth reading.

I hope you have an excellent week.

A Craft I Really Want to Try

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Hi, Fluffsters! Happy Saturday!

I was doing some random lookup type things yesterday. Somehow or another, I then ended up on the topic of wax seals.

I really want to get into wax seals and stuffs. It looks fantastic.

One minor problem, though- the types of signet rings I would kinda like to have (as in, personal) are so expensive. Seriously. Like, multiple hundreds of dollars types of expensive.

So, I did a bit of looking around, and now I really, really want to make my own.

Maybe the next time I have access to my Sculpey clay, I’ll be able to make my own wax seal.

Of course, I’ll also need to get sealing wax. And then find an actual opportunity to use it.

Meh. It’s still pretty cool to have a signet.

But yeah. I also thought that making a signet ring from Sculpey Clay might be a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon for you, Fluffsters. What do you think?

Current Favorite Piano Piece

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Hi, Readers! Happy Friday!

How’s your weekend looking? How was your week? I hope it was good.

Mine was pretty good. In part because I rediscovered a favorite piece on YouTube. It’s another Piano Guys one. And it’s probably my current favorite piano piece. You should listen to it.

Isn’t it amazing? (Except for the relatively anti-climatic ending…)

I love how it’s both cheerful and nostalgicish at the same time. It’s also very full sounding, which gives it a sense of powerfulness to it, don’t you agree? It also seems to have a bit of a driving force behind it, which adds weight. The somewhat mournful tone of the piano just adds to it.

All said, I think it’s lovely.

But what did you think?

Do you have any favorite music pieces?

How many Peeps can a 50 caliber go through?

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Greetings, readers!

I give you my sincerest apologies for not having posted an Easter post earlier. I would normally wait until next year to make up for a lack of Easter posts, but a reader just sent me a link to a marvelous Easter (or Post-Easter) themed YouTube video, and I enjoyed it far too much to wait until next year.

Without further ado, “How Many Peeps does a 50 Cal Go Through?”

I hope you have found inspiration for what to do with your leftover Easter Marshmallow Candy.

If the gun idea does not appeal to you, however, fear not! For behold, there is an alternative way to eliminate excess peeps: Peep Jousting.

Is that not a marvelous use of leftovers?

If you end up microwaving your peeps for the purpose of jousting, please send pictures for this blog! I would enjoy sharing them.

I wish you a happy Tuesday.