Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The bridge to Helma's & Audrey's Christmas list.

We have been caring for the retired-guy's friend's dog, Helma, over the last few days while he travels overseas. Helma, who is an 85 lb. German Shepherd, stays at her home and the retired guy visits throughout the day and we both are there for her dinner and some tv time each evening. Helma lives on 2 acres with a doggy-door that allows her access to the outdoors throughout the day so she just runs in and out all day long. At night she stays inside on her cushy bed until breakfast the following morning. It's a good set-up for her and she seems to do very well with all her daily visits. She is an amazing guard dog and no critter would dare enter her doggy-door.

On our drive to Helma's house, we cross this little bridge over the Mississippi River that is lit up for Christmas.
It is so pretty in the center of this sleepy little bedroom town. 

Back home, Christmas preparations are all finished and Audrey has left a spot on her favorite couch for Santa to sit and rest a spell. Her Christmas list consists of...
                                                              a red mouse
                                                           (preferably real)

                                             her own knitting bowl fool of wool


                and Joe to be gone with the big guy when she wakes up Christmas morning.


I reminded her that Santa already has a lot to carry on his travels and there is no room for a 12lb, feisty cat in his loot bag. She says he is magical and can handle it. I suppose it will be hard to refuse the charm of this face. Treats will console her if she is disappointed.

Off to deliver gifts then bake the pumpkin pies.
Stay toasty,


  1. Oh Helma's home and doggy door accessibility sounds just right for a good dog. I love how you all love your pets. It's an uphill battle here in East Africa AND in first world SOUTH Africa to get people to actually remember they have pets. Many dogs are left in courtyards, tied to a dripping tap/faucet and a torn bag of dog food nearby - sometimes not near enough. Oh it's heartening to see how you all care. Love Audrey's list. Our Tanzanian Trio would love a huge basket full of live geckos are they've eaten the ones in our house. Have a blessed Christmas. Jo

  2. Poor Audrey, she will have to suffer a spat of disappointment when she realizes Joe is still around, but I think from what I just read, Santa will reward her nicely anyway. Merry Christmas to all of you !

  3. Wow ! You really have a great view for Christmas :)
    To you & your family
    May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.



    ❤ ❤ ❤


  4. Have a wonderful love, peace & joy filled Christmas.


    P.S. Audrey is a hoot as usual.

  5. I love bridges and when they are decorated -- even better! Lovely! Tell Audrey she doesn't have the Christmas spirit!!!! Ha! I bet Santa brings her a red mouse.
    Hugs and Purrs.

  6. I hope the continuing presence of Joe does not diminish her belief in Santa!
    Maybe the red mousie will help. And she will need lots of extra treats for assurance!

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Audrey!
    And you too, Deb and all your family.

  7. There is a big, soft spot in my heart for German Shepherds. My sweet 124 pound GSD (a tall dog, not fat, and he scared every delivery man who came. LOL) ANYway, he died in 2013 at age 12+ years. I miss him so much. Love all your photos. Audrey looks like she will enjoy a great Christmas with all her servants waiting on her. LOL (like our Tuppence does!) Have a wonderful Christmas, Deb!

  8. We know Santa will try very hard to make Audrey's Christmas as special as she is. Pies baking on Christmas Eve! Wonderful!!!

  9. What a nice picture of Santa with the kitty ( he/she looks like Sierra)
    I hope Audrey gets her present from Santa but not a real one poor mouse!
    The little bridge looks spectacular lit up for Christmas,
    Dear Deb, thank you so much for sharing during all these years with us your lovely blog, your dear kitties, your sweet grandlittles, your dreams and projects...
    Have a wonderful Cristmas celebration, full of joy, peace and love. Hugs and blessings Valeria & family

  10. That bridge is like a bridge to the new year...

    A happy Christmas to everyone there, and may this be the start of many in your new house!

  11. Ahhhh! such lovely Christmas images Deb.
    Wishing you and your family, including all those beautiful kitties, a safe, joyful Christmas, full of wonder and much happiness.
    Lovely getting to know you this year - your blogposts are such fun and you are a special, dear lady.
    Hugs - Mary

  12. Merry Christmas, Deb! Poor Audrey! Having to put up with Joe is just asking too much of her delicate sensibilities! She will have to make do with her red mouse...

  13. Audrey, is that a smile I see?

    Merry Christmas, Deb, to you and the family!

    1. "Merry Christmas to you, William. Hope you have a wonderful time."