Give the sparkling water a vigorous shake before opening! Toss the confetti high into the air! Release the helium filled balloons!
You didn't hear much about this - I understand the kids are very modest about their achievements - but the North Judson-San Pierre Academic Decathlon Team placed 6th out of 14 teams nationwide! Back in February I told you that this great team of kids took first place in the Small School State Championships, and I've been waiting to hear how they did in the nationals. Then on May 6th I saw a teeny, tiny article about how they took 6th place but nothing since then.
So I'm going to stick my nose in their business - and it is a very nice long nose - to let this year's NJ-SP Academic Decathlon Team know just how proud I am of them. Thank you Samantha Amrine, Jonathan Hileman, Jacob Kieszkowski, Rhiannon Millard, Robert Miller, Steven Miller, Cheyenne Minix, Anna Mullens, and Nicholas Sierzputowski for the time and effort you put in to bring this honor to the Town of North Judson.
From your adoring fan, Anubis.
When mom started entering the local festival activities for June she didn't realize how many there were. Usually she just has a few to enter, but festival season really gets into high gear next month. If you check the listing under our "From the 2013 Indiana Festival Guide" you will find thirteen (13) festivals in our area alone. Now can you imagine how many there are across the state?
And these are only the festivals that have write-ups in the Festival Guide. There are some pages in that booklet that list events but don't give any information. Makes me wonder what goes on at those festivals. Hey, maybe they don't advertise more because those are the one's that have some of the best stuff! You know, like the hidden treasure that you really have to dig to find.
Actually, all of the Indiana Festivals are like hidden treasures, you just have to be searching for that particular type of treasure to really appreciate it. Like when mom puts my dry food in my food ball dispenser and I roll it all around the house. I never know what is going to work it's way out of the hole or when, which is what makes it really fun, but it's always a treat that I really like.
You should approach your visit to summer festivals like my food ball dispenser. Travel around a lot and see what special treat falls out, you might just find a hidden treasure you didn't realize you were hunting.
It's not very often mom lets me jump on a soap box and let rip, but this is something really important to me. You see, way back when, I was a 4-H dog. Now I was only in for one year and my older sister, Babe (she was a Bedlington Terrier) was only in it for two because our boys and their family moved to North Carolina, but we really enjoyed ourselves. Great times with great dogs and their people.
And that's why I'd like for your help to find the Starke County K-9 Kadets a new place to train. The place they've been using for the last 20+ years has seen better days, the roof needs attention, and electrical problems have developed so they don't have lights right now. That's where you come in.
If you have a building you are not using would you please consider letting them use it? I've attached a flier that lists their needs and who you should contact. Please let them know if you can help.
While mom has been pretty durn busy the past three weeks, she still had time to cut the grass last Saturday. Boy, did that make me happy because that stuff was almost up to my tummy in the back yard!
But you know the best thing about the weather being good enough to mow? It means the sun is out! When that sun heats up the cement slab in the backyard it is the best thing in the world. Since my ancestors come from Africa (I'm part Basenji in case you didn't know) I just love basking in the sun. Matter of fact, this morning mom couldn't get me to come inside when she was ready to go to work, the cement was just too comfortable.
And since mom isn't working this weekend she hopes to trim back some of the bushes around the house and take out some saplings. That means, if the sun shines, we'll spend some together time out in the backyard - mom cutting away and me sun bathing on the cement. Mom wants to get the trimming done because the town of North Judson will be picking up brush on May 13th and if she gets it done this week she'll have time to get it into the alley.
So wish us a bright, sunny day on Saturday and good luck trimming back those bushes.
Boy, am I glad that April is almost over!
From the end of December until May, Mom isn’t always in the best mood. If I understand her correctly it has something to do with tacks, having to wait until the government decides to mail them to the library, hoping they send enough, and having to tell people that there is no time table so the staff has no idea when they will be coming. According to what I heard on TV, April 15th is tacks day and you’re supposed to mail them to the government or you could get fined. I don’t know why, if the government wants you to send them back, they send them out in the first place. Why not just keep the tacks they have and save on the postage?
Matter of fact, there was a tack on the floor in the family room the other day and Daisy & I are just lucky that Mom’s the one who stepped on it and not one of us. Those things can really hurt our delicate feet! Hope Mom sent that one back to the government.
So now that tacks day has come and gone, and the weather is getting nicer, maybe Mom won’t be so tired when she comes home and we can go out for a walk. I think it will do her good and maybe she’ll forget all about those nasty tacks until next January.
I've been hearing people talk about Hoosier Hysteria and March Madness. What I can't understand is why people only get hysterical and mad at this time of year about chasing a ball up and down a floor.
Hey, I do it 12 months out of the year so I know how much fun it is to chase a ball, or run around with a stuffed toy, or even an empty soda bottle (mom won't let me drink the stuff but lets me have the bottles until I start to tear them apart.) What a rush, your heart beats faster, the blood rushes through your body, you start huffing and puffing when you breathe! It's GREAT, especially when I occasionally run over the cat.
Anyway, back to the hysteria and madness. Mom was looking through The Market, checking out what's coming up over the next few weeks, and saw that they reprinted an article about the North Judson Sectional that appeared in the March 9, 1992 edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It's interesting reading, partially because North Judson was playing Knox for the championship.
If you're not fortunate enough to get a copy of The Market delivered to you home, you can always read the March Madness PDF file down below, the quality isn't the best, but mom tried her darndest. After you read the article, maybe you can explain to me why people wait until March to get all excited about chasing a ball.
Not ALL dogs are as friendly as me.
With the weather getting warmer some of my canine relatives will be wandering the streets on their own. Please make sure that your family - especially younger children - know the signs that a dog might bite.
I was snuggling on the recliner the other day and a commercial came on about a movie called “The Life of Pi.” Naturally my ears pricked up because who doesn’t like pi? Then mom came home this evening and was talking about how Thursday was National Pi Day and trying to figure out how they could celebrate at work.
Needless to say, since I had been thinking about pi since I saw the commercial I was more than ready to give her ideas. While not my favorite, there is always:
1. fruit pie
2. pudding pie
3. pecan pie
4. custard pie
5. pumpkin pie (my favorite of this type of pie)
But the pie I would recommend most is pizza pie! Just make sure that it is topped with tons and tons of pepperoni, sausage, ham, chicken, heck just about any kind of meat will do! Boy, oh boy; just the thought of sinking my teeth into a meat lover’s pizza puts me in doggie heaven. And mom is always nice enough to share her pepperoni with me.
So now that you know that Thursday is National Pi Day, what kind are you going to make to celebrate?
I’m a semi-mad/semi-sad dog!
No, I’d NEVER go out and intentionally bite anyone, but mom won’t be
taking me to the library on Saturday for READ Jr. Tail Time.
She said that the Starke County Young Artist’s Conference
will be held that day. Since their program starts at 8:30 a.m. and
runs till almost 3 p.m., and ours doesn’t start until 11 a.m. , she suspects
that most, if not all, of the children who would come for Tail Time will be
attending that program instead. But she’ll
still be ready with a coloring page, stories, and a craft should anyone show up.
Boy, that Young
Artist’s Conference sure sounds like a lot of fun, wish they allowed dogs to
attend. Guess if I have to stay home I'll just curl up on mom's bed and take a good nap.
I know, I know, mom told me I've been posting too much this week. But I just had to share this fantastic video that mom found on the internet! Just go to this site to see a true cotton candy craftsman! Never again will you want to settle for a glob on a paper cone. And the price will really make you want to chase the cat up a tree!