Shorts and Snorts

Hello and good morning to you, where ever in the world you may be. It is May 2nd, 2021 and you have made it to see another day. I am happy to report that I completed the American Cancer Society 40 mile challenge for April. Thank you to everyone for the encouragement and support, as it means so much. With everyone’s help, I raised $ 420 for cancer research. Walking will have to be done earlier in the morning now as summer has started here in the Coachella Valley even though the calendar says that Summer is not due to arrive till June 20 as I plan on sticking with this exercise schedule. I did take a week off, maybe because I had been feeling wiped out after I had the last vaccine. That haze has seemed to disappeared and feel much better.

Daily after my walks, I tend the garden. So, far I have lost a few plants in the garden and have gained a few since the temps started rising. This will be my third year of trying to grow veggies and flowers in the table top garden we have created.

These are mini tomatoes

Every day after my morning walk, I tend the little garden to make sure there are no unwanted pests and to trim the dying leaves. This year the garden had a variety of flowers. There were cosmos and zinnias and one lone sunflower and all those onion flowers. This year has been a good one on that table for sure.

The blooming onion flower.

The one, lone bell pepper that was growing did not survive the first 100 degree day. Hopefully, one or more of the other pepper plants will grow peppers. I will definitely keep an eye on them this season. Having the garden has been relaxing and a way for me to get more movement in my day. Sometimes when I am painting or sitting for too long, I will pull myself away from what ever I am doing to check on it.

Yesterday, we took Jenny, our pug, to the local dog park for a Pug Meet-up. Jenny knew the night before and was excited and raring to get to the pug fiesta. She was raring to go as soon as we started looking for our shoes and her leash. Her breath was fast and excited as the car pulled onto the street where the event was taking place.

Jenny was all over the place and moving around quickly. I have a few shots or her pug butt.

The first time Jenny went to a Pug Meet-up was in 2014 at the Silver Lake dog park. I remember the day well, there were over 40 pugs and their parents gathered in the small dog area. It was hard to not smile at all of those snorting little creatures with their buggy eyes. Some were wearing cute outfits. It was the best. My son’s and I took Jenny to a few other meet-ups around the Los Angeles area. I think my favorite one is the puggy beach party when the meet-up is at Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, CA. Hopefully, we will make it out to that one this year as it appears that it will be happening this year…yay!!!

Yesterday, the organizer of this event brought along a pool and many pugs went for a soak and her two little pug nuggets. She posts the greatest little pictures of her “kids” on the CV Pug Meetup on instagram. The next Coachella Valley Pug Meet up will be in November when the temps are cooler. We can’t wait!

The organizer and one of her “kids”.

There are several dog meet-ups geared toward specific breeds in various cities all over. Do check out the Meet-up website for groups.

Well, it is Sunday and we are heading out for a Sunday drive. May you dear reader have a lovely day. Thank you for the visit. Group hug!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. terrie gura says:

    What a fun day you had at the pug fiesta! Looks like Jenny had a blast. The colorful pool pictures reminded me of a kids birthday party! 😁

    Congrats on meeting your 40 mile goal, Michelle! You are awesome, and have inspired me to give more thought to my own walking habits.

    I hope you guys are having a great Sunday drive!

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    1. It was such a blast! All those little doggies had me grinning from ear to ear.

      Thank you for walking with me! It really has been fun having you along virtually 🙂

      It was windy out this morning but yes, we had a nice drive. Still feeling a little wiped though. Hope you and your hubby are having a great weekend 🙂


  2. morishige says:

    The mini tomatoes look yummy. A couple of years ago I tried planting tomatoes in small pots but I failed. The tree and the leaves are too fragile and everyday I was occupied with getting rid of the whiteflies. 😀 But I managed to grow some chili peppers. 😀


    1. They are very sweet to the taste. I have used them in salsa and in salads. I think I will maybe them in a soup. Yes, I agree that it was hard to get those tomatoes to grow. I have the sun and heat to deal with and the worms. I have not had any look with chili peppers. This year I have six chili plants growing right now. One I know is a bell pepper and one is a Anaheim, at least that is what it looks like. Hope you try tomatoes again as they go well with peppers 🙂


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