Socialization and Salsa

Hi and happy Wednesday! I feel like I’m totally confused on what day of the week it is this week. Our church is having its annual fall revival, which started on Sunday and ends tonight. It has been amazing to be at church, listening to great sermons, and hanging out with fellow Christians, but I feel totally confused on what day it is since we are usually at our church on Sundays and Wednesdays!

Anyways, I am sharing some snapshots and thoughts for today!

I am back on a button art kick! I’ve made a few canvases for friends and family and even button art in the shape of a pelican. I love crafting as a creative outlet. Working with my hands always helps relieve stress.

Blue and green C button art canvas

Mavis has been making some new friends lately! I brought her to my parents’ house on Saturday for a cookout and she got to meet Brandy (their cocker), Reggie (their labrador), Lily (their tabby cat), and Indy (my sister’s golden retriever).

At first, she was so afraid when I brought her in the house that she peed on me. Poor gal. I know that all of the socialization will pay off, even if it’s scary for her in the beginning. We took things slow with the introductions and by the end of the day, she was much less fearful!

Cocker spaniel puppy and golden retriever puppy

Mavis and my sister’s puppy, Indy! We trained them together on Saturday and it was absolutely adorable!

She also met two of my pet sitting clients, both of which are puppies. It was so cute to see her romp around with a havanese and corgi!

cocker spaniel and havanese puppy

Alright, enough about Mavis! How about a picture of some mums? I saw these while I was heading home from grocery shopping and just had to take a picture (I was sitting at a red light when I took the photo). I love doing things like that because it reminds me to stop and smell the roses… or take pictures of mums πŸ˜‰

colorful fall mums

I can’t believe it is almost officially fall. I feel like the summer went by in a flash! It was a great one, though. Speaking of great, my brother and sister-in-law gave us some salsa that they made and canned with tomatoes from their garden and it is incredible. I hope they have more jars left because we’re almost finished with the one they just gave us!

Homemade salsa from garden in a mason jar

Guess who is going to the vet tomorrow evening? Malcolm! He’s due for his one year check up and booster shots. Jimmy and I are trying to decide if we should bring him to the vet in his stroller or borrow a carrier from our neighbor. Decisions, decisions!

Black cat sleeping in sunlight

Alright, I better get my day started. I have lots of work to do, along with a bunch of laundry to fold!

I’m thinking of doing a Q&A post soon, so if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!



  1. Hey Allie! I’ve been reading for a long time but don’t think I have ever commented. Having grown up with 3 cockers, I can’t tell you how much happiness it brings me to see videos/pics of Mavis – she is sooo cute! Glad that she seems much better now πŸ™‚ I just watched your last video and wanted to say we had bowls that slanted inward so their ears didn’t fall in. My mom found them and they were an excellent discovery. I have also seen Oprah put these ear wraps around her spaniels. Kinda interesting haha. Anyway, loving all the animal posts!

    1. Hi Tracy! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I totally want to hear all about your cockers now!! I’m glad you like to see videos and pictures of little Mavis! She brings so much joy and laughter to our home πŸ™‚

      The bowl we have right now is labeled as a “spaniel bowl” but I think Mavis’ ears are still too small and dip in since she’s a puppy, LOL. If you have any recommendations on other spaniel bowls, I’d love that!! I’m tired of stepping in water, haha!!

      I seriously need to check out the ear wraps Oprah uses!

  2. Mavis did so well at our house!! Of course, Reggie was his usual anxious self, and wasn’t crazy about “change” in his little world, but he def got better as the day went on. I do wish we had socialized him a lot more than we did, but now that he’s over 3, I guess it is what it is as far as his personality. I cant believe Malcolm is 1!!! You’ll have to make him a tuna cake – since he’s sooooo obsessed with it; as all cats are!!
    I can’ believe its fall beginning tomorrow either, but a lot of my summer was spent in NY, so I guess time did fly by, only a little differently than usual.
    Well, work awaits, so I guess I’ll wait to hear from you as far as how Malcolm does tomorrow!!
    Love you,
    Madre ❀

    1. Thanks for having Mavis and us over, mom! I really had such a nice time!

      I can’t believe Malcolm is a year old, either. CRAZY! I should totally make him a tuna cake, ha!

      Love you! ❀

  3. I love that you have a stroller for your cat!! I have never heard of that, but it sounds absolutely adorable! Our cat hates her carrier, so a stroller might actually work better–I’m going to have to look into this, lol!

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