Tuesday, May 12, 2015


I'm Macy Blue on the way to the ocean; sitting in her auntie RottRover's lap and staring adoringly at Aria's pop. 

Truth be told, she was not happy that puppeh Aria and Otto Rotto had turned the back of the van into a wrestling ring! She was so upset, she left her comfort zone (on top of my feet) and dove into her auntie's lap!

She gave auntie lots of kisses for the privilege of riding in her lap.

Still trying to get back in the blogging habit... So hard with the day job and listing beads on Facebook.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Product Review: Furminator Dual Brush for Dogs

Helloooo good peeps and pups of Blogville! Macy Blue here.

Momma has been sooo busy, I can't believe she's doing my Chewy.com review today... the last day of the month! She better not get me fired!

O.K. Momma, what delectable treat did Chewy send me this month? ...Uh what's that? They didn't send TREATS??? Whadeysendme?

A Furminator??? You're gonna brush me??? I'm not so sure about this.... but I guess we better try it. You do the 'splaining part OK?

 Macy Mom here. The Furminator Dual Brush for Dogs has ...duh...TWO sides... a metal pin brush side and... a nylon bristle brush side:

Macy Blue is a bit skittish being brushed...more of her trust issues at play. But she did give in and just go with it... eventually. The pin side is made to be gentle as you can see by the rounded head on the pins: 

But Macy didn't really like that side. I only noticed later on the Chewy website that the pin side is best for long coated dogs. 

You can see the tracks of the brush in her short fur: 

Macy really warmed up to the nylon side and I think she likes it better than the regular Furminator I use on her. I ended up loving it. As you all know, my budget is not great. I recently researched and decided to switch Macy's month flea and tick meds from the big budget $60 for six months to one that was $20 for six months. My one complaint about the new meds is that it seemed to just sit on her furs and never really sink in the way the expensive kind did... And then the Furminator Dual Brush arrived. 

The nylon bristles did an excellent job of spreading her meds around and overall, made me feel much better about trying to save on flea and tick meds. And it picked up lots of hair!

Thanks Momma!   Welp, I put getting brushed right up there with getting a bath. I've gotten over my extreme fear of both thanks to Momma's gentle hands but...I don't really LOVE doing it either!

Macy Blue gives Furminator Dual Brush for Dogs  four paws up and I give it two thumbs up!

Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. Mr Chewy sent one  Furminator Dual Brush for Dogs for Macy Blue to enjoy... or not.She also received a bag of her favorite Merrick treats... and was over the moon!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I'm Half Alive but I Feel Mostly Dead

Sigh... You know that really tired down deep in your bones? Yeah, I got that. Today was the first day in about three weeks I didn't  have to be somewhere . I still had things to do: beads to ship, rubber stamp orders that have been piling up for weeks. Instead of doing what I should, I hung out in my pjs, drank a second cuppa, snoozed, made lunch, slept hard, hiked hard and got my tomatoes in the ground after dark.

This last week has been particularly emotional and grueling. I've been working a lot and feeling a bit lost without those boys I got to teach for 22 days. I got to see them yesterday after a week away. I got a hug from all of them. Made my day! But being back on a single track teaching gig has my head spinning. Last week I taught TK (4-5 year olds)... my hugger was also a puker that day! Next was 6th grade. Then it was 10th grade math, followed by psychology and American history for 12th grade - Where the prof had the audacity to call Elvis the "supposed King of Rock and Roll!" SUPPOSED??? WTH??? He didn't give himself the name like the supposed King of Pop did! That our society has regressed so far that Elvis has become the supposed King makes me sit here shaking my head wondering about the future of the planet.

Two people I know passed away last week. One was an Internet friend but a political blogger I've read for years who had lots of real life ties to people I know. We had become friends on Facebook a few months ago after his mom passed away and... I so wanted to meet him someday. I find it sadly ironic he died after seeing the dentist. The other was someone from real life that I haven't gotten to see much in recent years. Surgical procedure / complications / blood clots / heart failure / life support. Each update was sadder than the last. And one of my California family is battling cancer. That my sister adored him (and Mom too) makes it that much sadder. My mom asks for updates daily as if some miracle is bound to happen...making me ache that there is nothing new or good to tell her.

I tell you all this to explain...I'm just tired, exhausted and wonder if the world is ever going to feel normal (better??) ever again.

 All is not dark and sad or tired. This girl brings me great joy every day! Look at her playing with a new toy a friend sent her:

I hope we'll get back into our blogging routine soon...

*apologies to Jewel for the title.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


That sums up our week. So sorry I haven't been reading blogs...there's just no time! I hate this time of year when our government has the audacity to make us sit down and analyze our financial lives to prove we can actually keep the fair share of the money we earned.  And like the ED boys I teach... I spend more time dreading it than the time it takes to actually DO the taxes!

But first the good news....
Macy Blue PLAYED!!! With a toy!!! AND with her Auntie! I haven't mentioned it here but, Macy got skunked last week...that's a whole 'nother Creekhiker! But I gave her a toy skunk for her Barkday...just rolled in tissue. NO tape; No string! I didn't want to terrorize her again!

She was confounded...

but finally opened it.
She moved it around the house...but never when I could see her do it. So I picked it up and made her jealous! Yes, folks! The Baby Game LIVES! I told her what a nice stuffie she was and how much I loved her and that it made me so happy to rub her tum and kiss her. Miss Macy was watching with those big roving eyes!

I came back into the living room a bit later and the stuffie was being tossed about, partially disemboweled. Squeaker eaten!!!

Then her Auntie came over and was rough housing with her. I  fussed at my friend... "You can't do that! You're scaring her!!!! She runs away from Auntie Rottrover for doing that!"

To which my friend kept right on scaring Macy! She would allow her to run away, then call her back... and Macy CAME! She would rough house with her... and Macy would run...but not as far. Call her back and she came... tail wagging!!! Macy figured out this rough housing was a GAME!!! And I learned not to be so afraid of my frightened dog!

And then the weird... I got punched this week! One of my boys was having a tantrum and my face almost got in the way, but I ducked... Still processing the potentially violent part of my new job! But still, I've never had a teaching gig I love more! Weird huh??

Lawsuit city...
I was home for Macy's Barkday because I'm suing my tenants of 17 years at my condo. It seems they've stopped paying rent, which is my primary source of income! Thank goodness for the teaching gig. What makes it harder for me is... I only got my first flat screen tv about two years ago... every other tv is a big ole tube style that works just fine, thank you! My car is 17 years old. I don't take vacations and I don't have nice parties...

But my tenants have at least four flat screens that I know of. He drives a Mercedes and had a new Harley just a few years ago (the result of Manopause!) She left a good job to start a MLM business and now has no car "for her daughter to live in!"  But the one she did have was newer than mine. They threw a blow out party for the daughter's birthday and just went on a nine day cruise to the Caribbean...but they can't pay rent???  The first bill I pay is MY rent... I can do without everything else...but the rent will get paid.

And after taking a day off... making the same boy who hit me on Tuesday cry when he learned I would be gone... and losing a pay bump that would come in three more days of consecutive work, my tenant did not show up to court... and the cycle resets! It's a delay tactic! GRRRRRR.

And don't get me started on the fire they caused...

And the creepy.... 
I don't water my front yard... drought and all. I have a catch basin in the sink and use the gray water to take care of my roses and my lemon tree. I tossed a bowl of water on the tree and noticed my neighbor's daughter in law yelling. I thought that unusual...she's a quiet girl!  Suddenly my neighbor was running up my walk with a bag!

Turns out when I tossed that water, if frightened a man lying under my dwarf tree, picking my lemons and the DIL had seen him... but not me and that's why she was screaming!

I went flying down the street, barefoot still in my nightie! I confronted this asshat, who has stopped to size up my other neighbor's fruit trees!

 "I'm sowwy. I don't speaka da English!" was all he would say. I proceed to scream at him, calling him a liar and a thief. "I'm sowwy. I don't speaka da English!" I then asked him if he understood a very blue word that is not favored by the Armenian culture, turned on my heels and came home.

Thinking of him being four feet away from me and not knowing it.... just scared the crap out of me. I wanted to know more about him. I got some shoes and pants and the dog and we jumped in the car... we followed him around the block about as stealthily as a thunderstorm and finally realized he was parked on the corner by my house...the trip around the block was a ruse!

I took photos and even followed him until he was speeding down a mountain road. Of course the cops will do nothing... but if I knew who he was I would take him to small claims for a new mature dwarf lemon tree for my back yard!

My old tree is strewn all over the front yard. The remaining lemons are at the bestie's and various neighbors. He had taken 1/3 of my crop and had another bag to fill but got interrupted. I'm working on the root ball. I'm fed up with getting around 3 lemons a year and I really don't ever want to be that close to someone robbing me and not know it!

Here's is license plate if you happen to be a neighbor:

 So now that I've got all this out of my system... maybe I can think about taxes... see ya on the flip side or the 15th...whichever comes first!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Day?

Hello good pups and peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here.

My momma lady person keeps telling me today is MY day. I'm apparently four today. It was never something I was told about before...I was in jail on my last one...so I'm most perplexed about her dancing around and singing ( she really shouldn't sing..she lacks my range!)

But she says I will have a pressie to open again...I'm still not sure I've recovered from having to open one at Christmas.  And she has promised me time with my beloved bone...

And best of all, we get to got out for a hamburger this weekend! Now that I can get behind!

This is me and my pal Ruby of Rottrover's at my very first hamburger Black and Tan ladies lunch!