Category Archives: Who Lives Here

Unimpressed Doggie


Keyser (front) and Basil show off their holiday spirit with their Christmas ties. Keyser’s expression however, is unimpressed. He’s so funny. They look sweet anyway!

Thanks to our groomer, Vada Club K9, in Winnipeg for the awesome accessories. I love this grooming shop. They take their time, give the dogs breaks when they need, are reasonably priced and my dogs always look and smell great when we leave.

Guess Who?


Please, let me in. . .

Keyser the adorable peeking in a frosty door.

Photo taken by me.

Blogging About Teens

I read a blog post recently about moms who were sad that their little kids had grown into teens and they couldn’t blog about them anymore.

I was a little surprised because, as you all know, I blog about my teens. Thinking about it, I tried to figure out why these moms would have stopped blogging about their kids. One theory — that teens would be embarrassed (if not terrified) about what their parents would say about them — online! USE 72 dpi

Then I put some thought into why I get away with it? How is it that I don’t even bat an eye about telling stories about my kids. Well, for starters, I have a great relationship with my teens – so that’s helpful. And, I think even more importantly, I ask their permission to blog stuff about them. Matt 4x6

“Hey, can I post that photo I took of you… ?”

Or – for the funny conversations, I pull out my phone and start taking notes as they banter back and forth… then they look at me, “Are you writing this down for your blog?”Β  Me – “Yes, don’t mind me, continue…”

I take notes in front of them. It’s obvious what I’m doing. If they ask, I tell them. No sneak attacks. They know what’s coming, or at least have an idea. And if they don’t want me to blog something – I don’t. “Mom, you’re not going to blog this are you?” “No, no. Don’t worry.” And they can trust that. The idea of the blog is to be fun, thoughtful, and create a connection with others – like you. (Thanks for following!)




Photography 101 – Smokey, the Sneaky

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I love this photo. Smokey has this uncanny way of sneaking onto an unsuspecting person to curl up and sleep. He moves so slowly that you actually don’t notice his arrival – it’s rather unsettling really. One moment your lap is empty, the next you look down and it’s like, “Oh, hello. Where did you come from?”

Don’t Take My Picture

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Matt – “Don’t take my picture.”

Me – “OK.”

Matt – “Did you take a picture?”

Me – “No.”

Photography 101 – Mr. Stevens


Mr Stevens

Mr. Stevens, 9ish years old

A Big Baby

Shelby to her boyfriend, David:

“You’re so cute. If you had no dialogue, you’d just be a big baby.”

Β david
That’s a giraffe onesie!
Final book blog tour update for Empty Cup:
As my book blog tour comes to an end I would like to thank everyone who participated in writing a review or posting a guest post/interview/etc. This has been a fun two weeks and you are all such lovely people to do this! Thank you πŸ™‚ ~Suzanne
The Caffeinated Booknerd – Book Review – 4/5 Cups of Coffee. “…able to catch my attention and kept me turning the pages until the very end.” ~ Ashley, reviewer
A Soul Unsung – Book Review – 4.5/5 Stars. “If you are looking for a novel that’s going to leave you floored, break all of your emotions, and then lift you up I would suggest Empty Cup to you. It’s not pretty, it’s damn hard to read, but it’s worth every bit of the time you’ll spend with it.” ~ Susan Haugland, reviewer
A Book Addicts Bookshelves – Interview.
Random Redheaded Ramblings – Book Review. 4/5 Stars.
Writer in Progress – Book Review. (**Spoiler Alert**) – “Books like this really serve a purpose to bring awareness…” and ” You will not be disappointed if you choose to pick up this book!” ~ Ella, reviewer
Savings in Seconds – Book Review. “…sad, raw and unflinching in biting reality.” ~ Dede, Reviewer


I Need those Disney Photos

Me ~ I need those Disney photos off your phone.

Shelby – They’re on my laptop.

Me – OK, you’ll need to put them on a memory stick then to transfer them over to me.

Shelby – No. NO!!!

Me – Umm, yes.

Shelby – What? Oh, no, I was agreeing with you!

Me – Really?

Mr. Stevens, Head of Catering on the Death Star

Mr. Stevens was in a desperate situation – find a new home, or off to the humane society. And being an eight year old cat, we didn’t think he’d be too likely to be adopted out. We already had a house full of cats, so what the heck – what’s one more?

Mr Stevens on floor

And really… who can resist that face? Or that belly?

And it didn’t take too long before he weazled is way into my heart and became — my favourite πŸ™‚

mr stevens love Here he is giving me some love.

mr stevens sleepingHe slept here on the sofa for 13.5 hours. Not kidding. I kept checking for breath. And the only reason he did eventually move was because a child annoyed him.

Click if you’re wondering where we got the name Mr. Stevens. . . He’s the head of catering on the Death Star of course! Thank you, comedian, Eddie Izzard. (F-word warning!)


Photography 101 – The Power of the Elder Wand

The power of the elder wand.

The power of the elder wand.

On our trip to Universal Studios, Orlando, Matt shows off Dumbledore’s elder wand. We are in Diagon Alley, just outside of Ollivander’s. My daughter, Shelby, is in the back ground looking at the camera.Β  I just love this picture.