Recent Reads and All Sorts of Cuteness

I feel like I haven’t talked much about reading lately, so this post is going to change that!

I’ve been camped out in the book of James (in the Bible) for a while now, just rereading it over and over. Also loving Psalms and Proverbs. Soon, I’ll begin studying Jesus’ birth as the holiday season is approaching! I finished my Women of The Bible devotional and really enjoyed it.

Coffee and Bible

I’ve read a few birth/midwifery/pregnancy-related books recently: Midwife: A Calling by Peggy Vincent, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Midwife: A Journey by Peggy Vincent, and Baby Love by Rebecca Walker. Of those four, I most enjoyed the books by Peggy Vincent. I could read midwife memoirs all. day. long. πŸ™‚

Fiction-wise, I read Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue and The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall, both of which were good reads.Β Non-fiction I’ve read lately includes, This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick and Cherish by Gary Thomas. Both also wonderful reads.

I’m currently reading The Runaway Midwife by Patricia Harman, and it’s pretty good. I’m interested to see how it will end! Also reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren during my devotional and Bible time.

I think that’s everything in terms of books, so how about some cute dog pictures?! I have been taking Mavis pet sitting with me in an effort to socialize her more, and it’s so much fun.

Cocker spaniel puppy and havanese puppy sitting together

She has now spent time with small dogs, big dogs, playful dogs, and calm dogs. She’s been in other people’s houses, in the car, and even had a “tea party” with the puppy above! And by tea party I mean they shared food, haha. Also, Lola continues to impress me with how patient she is with Mavis.

Black lab and cocker spaniel puppy cuddlingCocker spaniel puppy and corgi puppycocker spaniel puppy and Boston terrier mixChocolate lab and cocker spaniel puppy

Mavis also spent an evening with her cousin, Indy (my sister’s puppy!), and had a blast. They get along really, really well. Hannah and I just love seeing them play together. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see our actual children play together. I think my heart would explode from happiness?!

Cocker spaniel puppy and golden retriever puppy playing together

In other news, Jimmy thinks I’m becoming a dog. So much so that when I took a nap after a full day of dog walking, he took this picture of me with a snapchat filter.

Girl sleeping dog snapchat filter

It’s okay, though, because I deserved it for creeping on him while vlogging. I just love hearing whatever random things he says when he walks in the door after work, so whenever I’m vlogging I try to catch him in the act. I creeped on him in the vlog below around the 7:40 mark.

Alright, this post is getting quite long and I need to get my day started!

Have you read any good books lately?


A Puppy Play Date and Yellow Jacket Stings

Hi! It’s currently Friday morning as I type up this post and I’m ready for the weekend! How about you?

This week has been a busy one, with lots of laughter, a little bit of pain, and tons of dogs. That could actually just be the description of my life though, ha πŸ˜‰

Jimmy and I bought Malcolm a harness so he can hang out outside and go on walks and he is loving it. He has been constantly going to the door and ringing Mavis’ potty training bells to signal that he wants to go outside. Smart kitty!

Black cat with harness and leash outside

Mr. Malcolm visited the vet for his annual checkup last night and did great! We walked him down in his stroller, he got his shots, and the vet gave him a clean bill of health. We definitely got a few strange looks and comments because we had our cat in a stroller but I just tell people that’s what happens when you love your cat and don’t have children πŸ˜‰

Speaking of children, our fur child Mavis had another play date with her havanese friend yesterday! She met a few other dogs, too, and is beginning to come out of her shell since the attack. It makes my heart happy to see her playing around without a care in the world.

While Mavis was out on her play date, Lola got a special treat! I had a dog walker come and walk her while Mavis and I were out and about. I’ve used Wag a few times and have always had a great experience. The app is pretty neat, too. The dog walker notes when your dog uses the bathroom, and GPS tracks their walk. Most importantly, Lola was happy!

Wag dog walking

Today I am bringing Mavis to the vet for her next round of shots, working, and pet sitting. I am finally back in my pet sitting groove. When we brought Mavis home, I took a week off of pet sitting to help her adjust. Since then I have slowly been adding my regular clients back to my schedule. I’ve even added two new ones, which has been great!

I might also make a run to the store for some hydrocortisone cream because I am itchy. Jimmy and I had an interesting run in with yellow jackets yesterday and we are both in quite a bit of pain.

I filmed a vlog that followed Jimmy and I along our day of taking Malcolm to the vet, getting stung by yellow jackets, and more, so I’ll share that below!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! We are having a little cookout with family tomorrow and I’m excited! We’re going to grill burgers since the weather is supposed to be nice here in Pittsburgh.

What are your plans for the weekend?
Have you ever been stung by wasps?