Making good Mondays is like making coffee -

The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Active elements on this page: Occasionally I will publish a new blog post, but I write mostly at other sites.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What's in a face?

You cannot tell me that animals don't smile. Who could argue with my take on this frog? He looks fat and happy, probably filled with errant flies.

Or maybe he (or she, who knows) is a distant cousin of my friend Kermit, The Frog, who is another one who smiles a lot.

Our dog, Scooter smiles, often. We know she smiles because we understand her context. She smiles:

  • When company comes to our house -- She stands at the door and waits for her "friends," our kids and grandkids come for a visit.

  • If it is play time after supper -- She brings one of us a ball, smiles and drops it for our throw/her catch.

  • When she is able to engage us in one of her regular "jobs" -- Helping with coffee duty first thing in the morning is one. Another duty is to lead one of us to the other if we're separated in different parts of the house. Both are accompanied by barking notifications.

And, if this is not a smile, I do now know anything about critters. This great photo came in one of those wonderful forwarded e-mails from friends, that we all get. And like all such, forwards, the origin is lost in the sands of time.

Now, you smile, you're on candid camera.

Have a great day!

Blogs: My news and political blog is at South by Southwest. My general purpose/southwest focus blog is at Southwest Progressive. And Carol Gee - Online Universe is the all-in-one home page for my websites.


Lisa Allender said...

Awwwwww, these pics made me feel so happy!
I believe you when you say animals smile. My sweet Aussie(Australian Shepherd) smiled ALOT.
I posted about her death(and her life!) complete with photos, back in January, 2008.
I love your blog here. I found you through California Girl, who I found through Coffee Messiah(isn't Blogging amazing?). Have a great day, and come visit one of my blogs,"Lisa Allender Writes" sometime.

Carol Gee said...

Lisa, I am sorry for the loss of your pet. I will visit your blog to read your tribute.
Thanks for your kind words about my posts. Yes, it is often a small world of bloggers for whom we have affinities.


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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.