Monday, February 25, 2008

I saw this at my chiropractor's office.

The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
With your life's actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

© 1996 Linda Ellis

Saturday, February 23, 2008

the skippy trails

When the snow becomes higher than the top of Skippy's legs, I have to shovel paths for him so he has a place to go to the bathroom.

Friday, February 22, 2008

black sheep

Tonight I finished drawing this sheep cartoon (re-drawing it to make it better) and putting him on some shirts and stuff. He wants you to click on him so you can see the stuff.

Monday, February 18, 2008

A George Update.

George eventually relocated from the bed to the couch, and then from the couch to his computer. He still has headaches, but they are not as bad.

The tumor is benign.

People from our church keep bringing us food, and we have loads of casseroles that will keep us fed for weeks now.

Friday, February 15, 2008


My husband has been bedridden for the past two days now, with a spinal headache... an unforeseen side-effect of the spinal surgery. He's learned firsthand now that a headache like this is an agonizing thing, and we're told it could last seven days.


I've been busy taking care of him and drawing cute dog cartoons.


Last night I dreamed that I was in a department store where there were some products with cute cartoons on them, and I commented to some girl that I like those cute things. She said, "No you don't!" I was like, "Yes, I do!"

What was with her??!


Here's one of the cute dogs I finished. He's a PBGV. A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.


I bought a ticket to JAPAN! (April 16!)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Where I've Been

On Monday morning George had back surgery, to remove a small growth that was in his spine. We've been assured that it's unlikely to be cancer, but they will tell us for sure sometime soon.

I think he will come home today, but he's been feeling pretty sick.

I've been working on my computer at the hospital, but not online, unless I can somehow hack into their system.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

wednesday morning preschool

A Puppet Show

"Hi Bob. Where's the bathroom? I gotta go poo."

"hee hee hee"

Puppet show interrupted by the crafts teacher: "Hey you kids, we don't talk that way. That's not nice."

Me: "Let me take your picture."

Saturday, February 02, 2008

lazy saturday

Who would've guessed that I go to judo tournaments on Saturday afternoons? Well, I don't. But I did today, and instead of doodling I took some pics with my new camera.


Mystery Building

This building resides next to a coffee shop where I work all the time. The first floor is a restaurant, but what I want to know is, what goes on in that windowless middle section?