~My two youngest boys googled, "Ways to fake sick and get to stay home from school." They were so thrilled with the new great ideas that they immediately found me to tell me everything they learned.
~I've grumbled about having to drive a mini van for past 75 years. Now that I've insisted on getting a bathroomless/air-conditionerless pop-up camper, I will have to drive a truck. A really big truck. While I'll never be able to back-up or pull into a parking space again, I had a recent epiphany that my husband will be okay with us getting mulch this year since he won't have to pay for delivery.
~Mrs. 4444's, mother of Friday Fragments, says assertiveness is good. I wouldn't know about that. I do know that her blog is good medicine.
~My neighbor drives his car about 50 yards every day. Twenty-five to the stop sign and 25 back to his driveway. He's getting great gas mileage.
~My friend's dog died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve. It was devastating. She is now looking for a new dog. My friend is compassionate, loving and having a terrible time finding someone who will allow her to buy a puppy. I sincerely think that other people are offering more $$ than the asking prices. When the right seller and puppy do come along, they're going to find just what a wonderful family my friend and her husband and kids make.
~Another dog-loving friend sent us to our current vet. This vet runs such a bare-bones, no frills practice that had I not trusted my friend completely, I might have thought the vet was not especially swift. It turns out that he is the father of several VERY smart children and he is so very, very compassionate. He always wants my kids to look through the microscope and see all those squiggly things or listen to the dog's heart so they can learn. What's even better is that he almost always gives me a discount. These are the ones I've received thus far:
"You gave my daughter an A in English : 20% off"
"You finally adopted a decent dog!: 15% off"
"You are raising fine children: 10% off.
"I'm sorry that Pepper has a hookworm :( 10% off.
I certainly love that man.