Joey is now making it 5 1/2 hours overnight - Richard took him out at 5:30 but he was a wiggle worm when he came back to bed so I got up and took him out again and he did a big poop. I think I've finally figured out his routine - when he gets up "in the morning" (5:30) he needs to do everything and eat. He then settles down after about 15 minutes and takes a nap until 7 and then he's "up". He peed and pooped again and now he's playing happily with his toys (actually he's also whining and scratching at my leg - which I'm ignoring)

It's cold and raining this morning.

Yesterday I began to try to understand Instagram and I set up an account. I then figured out how to get the code into my site. There are a lot of protections (I have two firewalls) to prevent it but I finally got it. I can see how we can use Instagram for pictures instead of uploading them to our server.

I ran out yesterday and returned the Good Feet stuff - Joey survived and I think now I will run errands when I need to. I'm sure he doesn't like it, but he's no worse for wear.

For the last several days there have been frequent efforts to gain access to Civil War Richmond (login failure). They come all together from many different IP addresses but they seem to be the same attempt. I guess there's a hacking program that can mimic IP addresses and put in common user names and passwords. It would obviously be a mistake to use "admin" or "password" anywhere!


I (again) researched Joomla photo galleries today. I decided on Gallery WD by Web Dorado which I really liked when I was building Mike's site (but ran into a problem with that I can't remember) There are a lot of choices and ways to display pictures - I'm reading the step-by-step guide now to refresh myself. I also figured out how to switch the icons from the ugly ones in this theme to the ones in Mike's - so now the search icon is now so over-powering. I still need to find out how to change the blue button that shows up everywhere in the author's section...(Save, Create a Post, etc.)

Joomlashine still hasn't gotten back to me with a fix for Will's site.

Joey is confusing me. I think he understands going outside and I take him out but then he comes inside and pees. He really got me this afternoon - I was making the bed and put my pillows on the floor while I was pulling up the covers and he peed on them (somehow he got them both). The pillow cases and pillow covers are washing now - happily it didn't soak all the way into the pillow.

I called Montgomery Irrigation and they will be here next Friday (May 29). I'm still waiting on some rain so the grass isn't dead before they get here.

I found a cool garbage can enclosure at Amazon - Richard is going to measure tonight.

It's garbage day - and we get to watch the finale of Mad Men tonight.


Dogs, like life, are simple. We make things complicated. Here's my advice on how to find your best self:


It's cloudy and a little cool this morning. I got up with Joey a little before 7 and took him out and fed him. The amount of pee was less than it has been but it probably has to do with his eating less and gaining more control. He ate his food in small amounts over time. He's resting calming under my desk after a burst of excited energy earlier.

I figured out how to remove the ugly search icon by editing the template.css file. The remaining puzzle is to change the blue button color that shows up in the author's area. As of now, things are looking and working good. I really like this template - it's very clean and crisp.

It's after nine and Richard's still sleeping - I'm sure he's tired and stiff after working in the yard and heat yesterday. Today I think he plans to get another big pot from Sam's and another evergreen and some more ivy from Lowes. We also need some food!

I did the laundry this morning - Richard's clothes are so dirty that there's not much I can do to get them really clean.

Tonight is the final Mad Men episode.


We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

Abraham Lincoln

 A pessimist sees the difficullty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

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