Sunday Smile: the Running of the Wieners

I came across this amazing event late last night, unable to sleep and therefore surfing the interwebs for brain-numbing cuteness: enter Cincinnati's Annual Running of the Wieners at Oktoberfest (link). This event has humans dress their Dachshunds up in hot dog costumes and - yup, you guessed it - race them. Obviously, a genius came up with this idea and ran with it!
I have half a mind to enter Gracie in this year's race - she is, afterall, 1/3 Dachshund! The only thing getting in her way of winning is her complete distaste for putting on costumes/clothes/sweaters.
As for these little dudes in their wiener costumes, they seem happy enough! They definitely make me smile!

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all photos are linked back to their source.

ah, doxies, they make me smile everytime :)
with joy,


and now I'm on Instagram!

So, my plan to take over the internets is slowly coming to fruition.
I am now on Instagram!
This is a shocking bit of knowledge, let me tell you.
I have never owned a cell phone and now I have a phone smarter than me!
I opted for an Android as I don't own anything iWhatever, and I admit it was instant user-friendly-love.
I actually don't refer to my Android as a phone. It's a camera. It takes better photos than my actual camera.
So, yes, I'm on Instagram now and am so very addicted. I am so easy, huh?

Feel free to follow my adventures on Instagram and I'll be sure to follow you back 'cause I totally want to stalk you via your daily life photos. ;)

You'll find cute critters, geekery, the odd yummy food shot and mostly nature-related things on my feed. um, and selfies 'cause isn't that what the internets is for? Well, that and cats.
I've even gotten into doing haikus/poetry via my Instagrams. I'm finding the whole thing more creatively-charged than I thought possible.

Here's the shots that inspired me to write pretty words:

by the pond she stands, waiting 
watching silently 
the world is teeming with life

an underwater ballet 
seeking snails spinning
clamouring to conquer Earth

So, now I have Tumblr and Instagram addictions. I can admit it. I also admit both of these things take me away from blogging. Once again, I apologize for my slight bloggy disappearing act! I meant to post 3x a week and look at me ... I'm barely doing once a week! I've had a lot of health issues going on, so found myself lacking in energy to post here and to update my sweet little vintage shop. Hoping to finally get past all that and once again focus on my happy places!
with joy,


smooching owls!

I was browsing YouTube in need of some cute, and came across this adorable video of two Barred Owls in Texas smooching. My day became complete.
I love that this video is just of something seen in nature without any creepy/bad music playing in the background. There really isn't a lot of kissing going on, it's just sometimes the one owl leans in and smooches his/her partner. It makes me swoon.
Also, why can't I find two owls smooching? WHY?! So cute.

I took a few screen-shots of the action:

with joy,


washing dishes with unicorns


Doing dishes with unicorns is so much better than the boring old way!
I was just doing my dishes and had to take photos because of all the cute things poking out of the sudsy water + in my dish rack. I had just been thrifting, so all my fun little finds got a bath along side my regular dishes.
Now I want to do dishes with cute things all the time ... because it's just more fun having a unicorn sticking out of the water.

Besides the awesome unicorn bust, I also got a fun little owl pitcher! I looove the owl, and am hoping to find some air plants locally so I can put one in the owl. Two fabulous brass deer also came home with me, as did the pair of red + white polka dot Fire King mugs! Fun thrift shop stop makes for fun dishwashing!

with joy,