Happy dogs on thursday, little friday and thankful thursday! I’ve actually altered my fireworks distraction plan from yesterday’s microwave popcorn fest, but you can read more about that on the girls’ blog.
This is my new favorite photo of the girls. Sissy definitely is queen of our realm. I’ve been wondering of late why our crazy, sometimes naughty girl seems to have more fans than our sweetie pie who makes Jack Russells everywhere look like model citizens, and Sissy explained it this morning by reminding me of one of my favorite quotes…
Well-behaved women seldom make history.
No, I won’t pretend Sissy really uttered that quote, but I asked her why she was so popular and good little Gg didn’t seem to get as much press, and while we exchanged a glance, that quote popped in my head as plainly as though the words had come from Sissy’s slobber-wet mouth.
It’s true, but that’s also part of why I am so delighted with my ladylike terrier. She’s no push-over. She’s secure enough to stand proudly in Sissy’s shadow, and trust me, Gretchen has plenty of JRT pluck.
Thankful Thursday is a little difficult for me today. Cancer has been dancing through too many lives of late, and since they aren’t my stories to tell, that’s all I’m saying. I’m thankful beyond measure for the “simple”, non-malignant diagnoses, but I’m also going to remind each of you to get those screening tests none of us like… mammograms and colonoscopies. If you haven’t had either, no matter your age, mention them to your doctor on your next visit. Depending on your family history, it might already be time…
It’s also the right time of year in my hemisphere to remind you to wear sunscreen even if you don’t burn easily, and to report any new moles, bumps or spots to your doctor. Big ol’ floppy hats are in style this summer, so while I prefer a more structured wide-brimmed number, head to your local Target and snag some sun protection for the price of a light lunch.
So, I am thankful that protecting my face, shoulders and new hair color are trendy this season. See the highlights?
I’m also thankful that I have a diverse group of smart readers, so some of you will have some tips on how to care for my first hair color. (Hint, hint?) I did snag some color-protecting shampoo and conditioner, and my stylist told me to only use products noted as safe for color-treated hair.
What else? I’m pretty sure this is a life-long commitment I’ve entered into with COLOR. My dad’s mom died with jet-black hair, as I recall, and although she died when I was four, she’s been a powerful role model just the same. (Hem. No, I don’t intend to age “naturally”. Even the rude beasty in the Wii Fit game thinks I’m much younger than I am, so I intend to run with it as long as I can.)
What are you thankful for today?