Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Scout's Gotcha Day

Scout here reporting on a very important day. It's my 3rd Gotcha Day! Three years ago today, I packed my bags in Tulsa, OK and headed to St. Louis to meet my forever family. My foster Mama, Debbie, told me that my new family saw my picture on the Internet and decided they wanted me. I never knew I was being "advertised" on the Internet. It made me feel a little cheap, but foster Mama told me that my new family had been carefully screened and I would be very happy.

Here I am after I first got out of the car. I'm wearing the blue muzzle. Jack is behind me.


Here I am meeting Daddy for the first time. I'm nervous, so I'm not looking at him.


Okay, the Daddy man might be okay. I'm the one in the front. I know, Jack and I looked alike back then. Jack is more grey now.


Here I am ready to start my new life. I don't know why I was scared, but I was.


Jack wasn't happy that I was coming home with him. He was told he was getting a sister, but he thought a sister was a new toy, not another hound.


So, after three years of living here, I have to say it's working out quite well. Mama and I had a few bumps in the beginning. She wanted to call me Katie. Do I look like a Katie? I'm a huge girl, I'm not petite. I don't like pink. I'm a tomboy. Katie doesn't work for me. My name is Scout and that's just the why it is. Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird was a tomboy, so maybe that's why I was given the name. I don't know, but it's my name and it suits me. Mama does call me Scoutie from time to time and that's okay, but Katie is a big no for me.

I don't think we are doing anything big today. Daddy is coming home tonight and that is exciting! He's been away on a business trip and we've been missing him a lot. He's not getting home until bedtime though, but we will still treat him like a rock star when he opens the door tonight.

Scout
The Greyhound Who Is Celebrating Her Gotcha Day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall

Fall is here! Fall is our favorite season because it's cool outside. We can walk without bugs getting us. Scout doesn't like bugs at all. She doesn't even like hummingbirds because they buzz. Buzz, buzz, buzz. It really freaks her out. Neither of us like horseflies. You should see me, Scout and Mama run when they buzz us.

It's pretty around our house right now. See what nature planted for us. Mama says she will miss the wildflowers when we move.

As you may remember, I love laying out in the sun. Fall is nice because I don't get so hot, but it's hard finding the sun on our deck. This is me three weeks ago. I had a small strip of sun.

Last week, I didn't have any sun on the deck at all. Mama has been moving my bed around inside the house so that I can get my sun beams, but it's not the same.

Saturday night, Mama, Daddy, Scout and I walked through the woods to the lake. Scout had never been there and she was very impressed. It was fun just walking through the woods.

Yesterday, it was only 59 degrees here and it rained off and on. We went to the state park that is only a few miles from our house. We walked through the campground and then walked along a trail. We had a nice time. We came home and Mama made chili, corn bread and peanut butter bread. Yes, fall is in the air here! We napped, watched the Rams and had a nice family day. Oh, the Rams won! It's the first time in two years that they have won at home and the first time in four years that they have won in September. Yes, they have not been playing well, for quite a while, but yesterday was great!!! Mama screamed which scared me a little, but then I realized it was okay.

It was only 45 degrees this morning. I thought it was cold, but Scout thought it was perfect. Mama says that I'm a summer boy and Scout is a winter girl. Scout doesn't want to do anything in the summer, but give her some cool air and she's a wild thing.

Jack
The Greyhound Who Loves and Hates Fall

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday's Open House


I'm sure you are all anxious to hear the results of the second day of our open house. It went just like day one. No one came! Mama allowed us to stay in the house instead of going to the RV. Her plan was to rush us through the back door and into the RV if anyone pulled in the driveway. We just laid in the living room and listened to the real estate man. He said we were very well behaved and that he wouldn't even know dogs lived in our house if he didn't see us. That mean's we don't smell. LOL

The open houses show that there is no one is interested in our house at all. Wow, that's really sad. We know it is all due to the economy, so we are not taking it personally.

So, our weekend just flew by and while it was disappointing, we are not as sad as we could be. Mama and Daddy are making a change to the listing. They are lowering the price, but they are also removing five acres from the listing, so it's not a true price reduction but it might be enough to bring someone in. If the buyer wants to buy the additional land, then they will have that option. Our house comes off the market around November 1st and we will take a break until the first of January. Daddy says we can't live in the RV during the coldest part of the winter, so that's why we need to take a break just in case someone would buy our house during December.
Mama says the break will be nice and we can all relax for a few months.

Jack
The Greyhound Who Is Learning Way Too Much About The Real Estate Market

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Open House Results


Yesterday was our first open house. Today, is day two. We were very busy vacuuming, mopping, dusting and yes, we got dusted again. The real estate man showed up so, Scout, Mama and I went out to the RV. We flopped down on the bed and couch and took a nap. I think Mama took a nap too because she had a bad headache. She's been very stressed over this open house thing.

How many people came to see our house? Zero, none, that's right not a single person. No one even drove past our house. Mama said she wasn't surprised with the turnout, but she was disappointed. Luckily, we have another open house today and maybe someone will come. We just hope it's someone who is really interested and not just someone who is being nosey. We will be glad when 3 p.m. is here and our lives can get back to normal.

We had storms last night, so we didn't sleep well. The lightning was constant and the thunder, well, it was scary! I ended up sleeping in the bed between Mama and Daddy. It was a very long night. It's still raining this morning. The weather people said the rain was going to stay to the north of us, but they were so wrong.

Jack
The Greyhound Who Thinks Open Houses Are Silly

Saturday, September 18, 2010

We Got Dusted!


Yesterday, Mama was cleaning the house preparing for the big open house. She was using the feather duster and the next thing we knew, she dusted us! She said anything that doesn't move gets dusted. Can you believe that? We told Daddy about it and he asked if Mama had to vacuum after getting all the dust off of us. We get no respect around here.

Jack
The Greyhound Who Has Been Dusted

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Open House Next Weekend

Jack here reporting on our busy weekend. We are having an open house next weekend on Saturday and Sunday, so that means we have to get rid of all the dust bunnies. We are having an open house special. That's right, if some one buys next weekend, they will save $20,000! We hope it works. Houses in our price range just are not selling around here. Anyway, we are busy cleaning and planting pretty mums and things like that. Mama washed some fancy towels that she has had for years and even though she washed them on delicate, they fell apart. She had to run out and buy new towels.

Daddy worked on our trail to the lake, so Mama and I walked down it today. I have lived here for four years and have never been to the lake. Can you believe that? I don't know why. I have trails in my own backyard and didn't even know it. Scout didn't go because she's being a diva today.

We are now done working for the day and are watching the Rams game. Scout and I are not dressed in our Rams gear because last year we did that and they only won one game. We don't want to bring them bad luck again.

Jack
The Greyhound Who Hopes Our Open House Is A Success

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mama Does Wii Fit

Jack and Scout reporting to you on a raining Friday morning.

Our Mama purchased a Wii Fit for her birthday in February. She used it until we started getting the house ready to put on the market and then stopped. She said she didn't want the contractors to see her working out. LOL She's been really working hard at it for the past month.

Scout: I don't like the Wii games.

Jack: What don't you like?

Scout: The music and the yelling.

Jack: There's yelling?

Scout: Yeah, Mama's yelling.

Jack: Mama does get upset when she falls off a cliff or gets hit with a ball.

Scout: Yeah! Wii seems to be pretty violent. There's sweating and cussing.

Jack: We have pictures of Mama playing Wii. Do you want to see?
This is Mama playing the snowball game.

Jack: Seriously people, how many calories can you burn throwing a fake snowball?

Scout: I don't know, but I hope it keeps her from throwing snowballs at us this winter.

Jack: Here is a better picture of her getting ready for the obstacle course.

Scout: She doesn't really look like that.

Jack: No kidding Scout!

Scout: Here she is preparing to be weighed in. She says she looks like a weeble. She can't be a weeble though because weebles don't fall down and Mama falls down. The Wii lady even asked Mama if she falls down a lot. Wii lady told Mama that she is not very balanced.

Jack: Mama says she has lost 7 pounds so far, but she thinks she gained some of it back this week.

Scout: Daddy's been out of town and Mama ate a bag of hot fries.

Jack: Actually, it was two bags, but it wasn't all in one day.

Scout: Well, at least it wasn't all in one day. LOL She needs to stay away from those hot fries.

Jack: You know what I hate most about Wii? It's cutting into my Judge Judy watching. Mama needs to either work out before Judge Judy or after, but not during.

Scout: Jack, you really have a thing for Judy Judge.

Jack: I love Judge Judy!

Jack and Scout
The Greyhounds Who Do Not Wii

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Big Brown Truck

Yesterday, the big brown truck pulled into our driveway. It's always exciting to see him. What could he be bringing us?

I told Mama to hurry up and open it!

What could it be?

Oh, it's a new bed! Yippie! It's really pretty. It sure did smell though. Mama took the cover off of it and washed it and it's much better now.


Mama ordered it from Costco on Tuesday and it arrived on Thursday. That's fast! It came all the way from Texas. Do you remember last year when Mama ordered us two beds and only one arrived? The lost bed was never found.

This bed is going to be Jack's, but I get to use it too. Jack's old bed is going into the RV because Daddy is tired of carrying beds back and forth. Yes, we have the huge bed in the camper, but we don't like to share that bed at night, so Jack usually sleeps in his bed on the floor.

You know what is funny? Daddy didn't even notice the new bed last night. Mama says what Daddy doesn't know won't hurt him. LOL

Scout
The Greyhound Who Loves The UPS Man

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