Bigly Bestest Demanding Doggie

@thebiglybestestdoggie: I know I said I wouldn’t ask for anything else after politely requesting ownership of that comfy blue beanbag… But in my defense, it’s been one whole week. So… I’m effectively staking my claim to this spot, too. Thanks, Momma!

With a cozy blanket and a plush pillow, this spot is perfectly fit for King Jett!

With a cozy blanket and a plush pillow, this spot is perfectly fit for King Jett!

~Happy Tuesday, friends! Looks like Jett found himself yet another cozy lounge spot. At this rate, we’re all gonna be sleeping on the floor. Haha!~

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Bigly Bestest Beanbag Bandit

@thebiglybestestdoggie: Yes, I know. I already have two doggie beds. And a handful of cozy blankets. And that spacious futon I’ve officially claimed for myself.  But can I please have this beanbag, too? I promise I’ll never ask for anything ever again! I mean, until tomorrow, at least…

Please, oh please, tell me I can keep this beanbag! It's just so comfy!

Please, oh please, tell me I can keep this beanbag! It’s just so comfy!

~Happy Tuesday, friends!~

Bigly Bestest Bundle of Mischief

@thebiglybestestdoggie: I just hit the jackpot!  Finally got my paws on an electronic device of my very own! Wonder how long it will take Momma to realize she’s missing her Kindle…

 

I'm trying to be discreet, but I just can't hide my excitement!

I’m trying to be discreet, but I just can’t hide my excitement!

~Happy Tuesday, friends! Either Jett found a really good book to read on that Kindle, or he’s developing an unfortunate addiction to Candy Crush. Yikes!~

Bigly Bestest Ball Collector

@thebiglybestestdoggie: Some people collect coins. Other people collect stamps. Some people even collect pricey antique cars. Well, this doggie collects balls. Because I like balls. They’re my babies. Luckily, my precious ball babies are in such great hands- errrr… paws!

Jett dreams of creating the world's first ball-filled doggie funhouse one day...

Jett dreams of creating the world’s first ball-filled doggie funhouse one day…

~Happy Tuesday, friends!~

Return of The Bigly Bestest

@thebiglybestestdoggie: I know I’m a little late… but Happy New Year! Sending everyone Bigly Bestest hugs, kisses, and lots of good wishes for a fantastic 2019. I’ve missed you all so much! 

I'm so happy to be back!

I’m so happy to be back!

~Thank you all so, so much for the outpouring of kindness and support you’ve generously shared in these challenging weeks since my mom passed. Jett has proven a million times over that he truly is the bestest doggie I could’ve ever asked for. And you guys are pretty terrific, too.~

A Tribute to My Mom

I never wanted to have to write this post.

And I’m struggling to do so now.

It was the first cloudless, bright sunny day after nearly a week of rain.

It was also the day my mom took her last breath.

Paradoxical as it may sound, it was still a beautiful day.

In a strange way.

Because it meant my mom was no longer in pain.

No longer spending every waking moment in agony.

No more excruciating daily struggles.

No more endless doctor appointments.

No more countless scans and blood work.

No more urgent trips to the hospital.

No more useless pills to try to mask the pain.

She is finally at peace.

Finally free of cancer.

Once and for all.

My heart aches with sadness.

But her suffering is over, and that’s what truly matters.

She is a survivor of war.

A recipient of miracles.

And the strongest, most determined, bravest person I had ever had the honor of knowing.

On December 10, 2018, heaven gained a new angel.

This is not the ending to the story that we’d hoped for.

But, in my heart, I know it isn’t truly “the end”.

Because love lives forever.

Hope lives on.

And nothing can ever take that away.

We Get Only Today
By Souad “Sue” Battista
(a.k.a. Tink the Belle)
From Playing by My Own Rules

I

won’t run away from  a challenge

I

Will move towards it

I

Will not let fear blind me

I

Will Face it

I

Will not hide from the truth

I

Will Learn from it

I

Search in the darkness

I

Seek the light

I

Won’t see an end

I

Find a new beginning

I

Will not turn away from myself

But

Back to myself

Fly high, Mom. I will always love you, and I will miss you forever.

Fly high, Mom. I will always love you, and I will miss you forever.

~I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, with blogging and life as a whole. My posts will likely be sporadic for a while until everything settles, but I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your kindness and support, and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, in case I’m not up to speed before then.~

The Badness of Bart

Don’t have a cow, man!

El Barto.

Bartman.

Bart Simpson.

Homer and Marge’s impressively underachieving firstborn.

Mischievous and rebellious, this kid is definitely not a role-model child by any stretch of the imagination.

But he is one of America’s favorite juvenile delinquents.

Presenting ten inspiring quotes from the infamous Bart:

bart simpson try to try

(That’s a start, I suppose.)

bart simpson can't prove anythi

(Little wonder this kid spends his days in detention.)

bart simpson crazy people

(Poor Bartman. That’s actually kind of sad. )

bart simpson good or bad

(Right. You just keep telling yourself that.)

bart simpson damned if you do

(Truer words have never been spoken. Especially not by a 10 year-old with a penchant for bad behavior.)

bart simpson liar

(Blatant honesty is always so refreshing.)

bart simpson true meaning of ch

(Once again, Bart is slightly misguided as the result of poor parenting. On a side note: leave it to Ho-Ho-Homer to spread cheer through strangulation.)

bart simpson sucks and blows

(No point in sugar-coating the truth, is there?)

bart simpson never give up

(Well, he started off on the right track with this one…)

bart simpson stare at the sun

(Sounds like the kind of advice you’d expect from Homer. Proof that the apple doesn’t fall far.)

Bart may not be an overachiever like his sister Lisa, but he sure has perfected the art of trouble-making.

And he’s a master prankster.

Well, what do you really expect from a character whose name is the anagram for the word “brat”?

Ay caramba!

~Happy Friday! Hope you all have a great weekend!~

(The Badness of Bart originally appeared on Comically Quirky on 7/15/16)

Bigly Bestest Letter to Santa

@thebiglybestestdoggie: Dear Santa, I’ve been a very good doggie this year. Can I please have extra treats this Christmas? And maybe another one of those squeaky Kong balls? Also, if you wouldn’t mind giving me a quick belly rub on your way back up the chimney, I’d be so happy. Thanks, Santa!

With a face like this, of course I'm on Santa's Nice List!

With a face like this, of course I’m on Santa’s Nice List!

~Happy Tuesday, friends! What’s on your Christmas Wish List this year?~

The Logic of Lisa

She isn’t cool like Bart, adorable like Maggie, or tolerant like Marge.

Or half-baked like Homer.

She may not be the most charismatic.

Or even overly likable, for that matter.

But you’ve got to admit, she has more brain cells than Bart, Maggie, Marge, and Homer.

Collectively.

Lisa Simpson.

The vegetarian, overachieving, saxophone-playing middle child.

And boy, does she have sarcasm down to an art.

She’s a total smart-ass.

Deadpanning is as much her strength as her intelligence.

Presenting ten of Lisa’s finest moments of sassy and witty wisdom:

lisa simpson not a frown

(I do believe this is the politically correct term for Not Happy.)

(lisa simpson romance dead

(Hence the term Hallmark Holiday. No moolah equals no love, don’t ya know?)

lisa simpson popular girl

(I know, I know. Life is sooo unfair.)

lisa simpson words of encourage

( Homer and Marge have been trying for years to be slightly-better-than-totally-horrible parents. Evidently, their efforts are paying off.)

lisa simpson goody two shoes

(Proof that even those Goody Two Shoes have skeletons in their closets.)

lisa simpson envy and help

(If this isn’t the World’s Most Perfect Family, I’m at a total loss.)

lisa simpson psychiatrist

(Surely just a minor drawback of being part of a dysfunctional family.)

lisa simpson pain and drudgery

(Depressing, yes. But also poignantly true.)

lisa simpson book n beers

(She’s obviously referencing Homer, not me. Hey, I don’t even like beer!)

lisa simpson silent fool

(My personal favorite. Attributed to both Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain, I’m inclined to give Lisa full credit on this one.)

Lisa may not be as well-loved as some of the other Simpsons, but she does have redeeming qualities.

She’s passionate, she cares about the environment, and she actually has morals.

She rebels against societal norms, for goodness sake.

What’s not to love about that?

Yeah, I can definitely relate to Lisa Simpson.

After all, I am a fellow smart-ass and vegetarian, myself.

And…

I, too, have a few more brain cells than the average cartoon character.

~Happy Friday, everyone! Can you believe it’s almost December already? Holy Moly, where did the year go?~

(The Logic of Lisa originally appeared on Comically Quirky on 5/19/16)

Bigly Bestest Yoga Doggie

@thebiglybestestdoggie: Looking to get in shape this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck! From the creator of popular poses like Upward Dog and Downward Dog, this Yoga Doggie will help you achieve your goals in no time! Treats and belly rubs acceptable forms of payment.

Will work for treats!

Will work for treats!

~Happy Tuesday, friends! If you’re in the market for a workout buddy, Jett is ready for action! Haha!~