Get up, Stand up…

Today is November 8th, and in the USA we are having our long awaited, much anticipated, and thoroughly dreaded election day. This years election has highlighted a deep divide in our country and sparked dangerous misogynistic and racist rhetoric that … Continue reading

thankful for small miracles

Today finally felt like fall! I woke up to cloudy, grey skies and rain. It was mostly overcast the whole day and never really got above 64. I am not exaggerating when I say, it is a cold day in … Continue reading

Part 1: I think I can spin, why wouldn’t I be able to…

I sit with my laptop on my lap, coffee fresh from the pot, Pandora playing my David Bowie channel over my tablet, while I look at my phone and find myself thinking of a time before technology.  A time where … Continue reading

Our little ham….

The Burbank Animal Shelter, is an amazing establishment that does its very best to make sure that all of the animals they care for have every opportunity to be adopted into loving homes. They are super active in the community, … Continue reading


My husband and I’s birthdays are close together, just under two weeks apart. So when we were trying to pick a wedding date, we decided to throw it in between them. A birthday-anniversary sandwich, if you will. We figured it … Continue reading

Rough couple of days at House Quinonez

It has been a rough couple of days at the House Quinonez.

Day 1: (Please in your mind, cue up the theme from Law and Order)

While rushing to get out the door for Bronson’s vet appointment (typically me running late), I broke my foot. It was a classic my body goes one way, my little toe goes the other. It is sufficiently swollen and painful, and I am so annoyed with myself for being such a klutz. As my Daddy always says, “Good thing we didn’t name you Grace.” Poor Bronson did make it to the vet, just in time to get his final puppy series booster. He was not so happy about that. The evening ended with moping and snuggling. Not a total loss.

Day 2: (Law and Order cue if you will, part deux)

I taped up my foot and toe hoping for the best and Bronson and I headed out for our morning walk. After a smooth sailing 15 minutes of walking a bee dive bombed out of nowhere and attacked Bronson. Though I could tell by his reaction he was stung, the stinger was out, and it didn’t seem to be swelling or bothering him too much so I decided we would keep walking. A short time later we found ourselves down at the LA River wash that runs behind the Burbank Equestrian Center by our house. While crossing under a bridge I noticed a Coyote about 20 feet in front of us checking us out. I made the executive decision that the path was wide enough for all of us, and that if push came to shove I could take on one skinny coyote. Of course as soon as we passed the one coyote, his two friends popped out to join him and they proceeded to stalk us for another 60 feet. Undisturbed by me shewing them away, or too hungry to care, the ring leader sat down howling at Bronson and I for almost 15 minutes. Bronson who had been completely unaware of the proceedings up till then (puppy brain), was terrified into a silent trance of submission.  By then though we had entered the park, and they seemed uninterested in following us further. As I sat down to calm him, I noticed that my sweet little puppy suddenly looked more like a prize fighter with an eye that was almost swollen shut.  To make matters worse by this point the pavement was so hot he was hopping around like a cricket. Poor little guy got carried home for some much needed rest. The evening ended with snuggling, knitting, and a viewing of a Jane Eyre while we licked our wounds and recovered.

Poor little guy.

Poor little guy.

It was a rough couple of days at House Quinonez, but snuggles have a way of making everything better.