When Mavis and Lola are Away

Jimmy and Allie will play! Or just sleep in πŸ™‚

My parents’ gave Jimmy and I a weekend off of our pups last weekend and it was so lovely! Sometimes we just need a break, you know? I find I’m a better fur mom after I’ve had some time away from our girls every now and then.

Plus, I know they had fun at their fur grandparents’ house!

Yellow lab and cocker spaniel cuddling together on couch

Mavis cuddling on the couch with my Reggie (my parents’ lab) and my Dad.

When my dad dropped the girls off on Monday morning he sheepishly said “Yeah… we spoiled them…” and left it at that, haha. Jimmy and I are fine with them being spoiled there, since they know the Zottola house rules when they come back home!

Jimmy and I were able to have a relaxed weekend. I had a pet sitting job for a family on vacation, Jimmy worked on our bed, and we watched the Olympics. I was even able to deep clean our kitchen. Let’s just say the dirty mop water from our kitchen was dark… really dark.

Here’s the progress on our bed. I think we just need to add the wood in now?!

Industrial steel bed frame

We’re really getting close to finishing! And by “we’re,” I totally mean Jimmy. I just cheer him on and keep his belly full of apple pie and rice pudding. When it comes to picking out, painting, or staining wood, I’ll be of more help!

Here’s us watching the Olympics on the couch with Malcolm snuggled in between us! I was totally ordering house supplies (toilet paper and peanut butter… the necessities of life) from Jet on my phone when Jimmy took this picture, haha.

Couple cuddling on the couch with cat in black and white

Remember how I mentioned that we bought a new quilt in my last post? I put it on our bed and we’re loving it! I think this will be a lot easier to clean than theΒ white duvet cover we previously had.

The picture quality isn’t great since I snapped it with my phone, but I’ll do a more detailed post when I get out my DSLR and take some better pictures πŸ™‚

Gray and blue master bedroom with bench and turquoise and grey throw pillows and hummingbird watercolor prints

See that bench? Malcolm has completely shredded it since we got it. I spent about 20 minutes cutting little pieces of loose threads off the sides of the bench earlier this week.

We made a new rule: no more pets in the bedroom. We’ll see how it goes. We’ve been able to stay strong for two nights and the pets haven’t protested too much, thankfully!

What did you do over the weekend?

Do you have any house rules with pets?


Scream laughing, Panera, and violin practice

Hi and happy Friday! I feel like it has been a while since I did a random life post, so that’s what today’s post is all about.

First, I have to ask a question. Have you ever scream laughed? Like when you get to a point that you’re laughing so hard that you’re basically yelling? Have you ever done it in public? I just did last night because Jimmy was putting hats on Mavis in Petco an I just couldn’t. stop. laughing.

Cocker spaniel puppy wearing pink sun hat and sunglasses

She looks like she’s ready to go on a vacation!

On the topic of Mavis, she’s doing great! She is halfway through her adult level II training and can take her Canine Good Citizen test in a few weeks. Eek! I hope she passes. The only issue we’ve been having with her lately is occasional food guarding. She snapped at me the other day when I tried to take a bone away so we really need to keep working on the “leave it” command with her.

Just thought I’d keep it real here. Mavis definitely isn’t perfect, but she’s also a puppy and still learning what is/isn’t okay. Alright, one last picture of Mavis (and her golden retriever friend!) for this post. These two are the cutest and get along so well. Makes my heart happy πŸ™‚

Golden retriever puppy and cocker spaniel puppy hugging with tongues out

Onto other things! I ordered Panera Bread home delivery the other day and it hit the spot. I was really impressed with how easy it was to order from my phone and how fast the food came. Plus the delivery fee was only $3.00. This could be a dangerous new addiction. What’s your go-to order at Panera?

Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and Bacon Turkey Bravo with chips for home delivery

I have a little Jimmy violin update. He has been in lessons since early January and can now play Mary Had a Little Lamb! He told me it is tough to learn an instrument from scratch in his late 20s, but he’s glad he’s doing it.

He said one of the toughest parts is just finding time to practice. We’re hoping he can learn some hymns and be able to play at our church sometime!

Guy practicing violin in kitchenGuy playing violin with dog

I think that’s everything I wanted to blog about for now! I hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m excited for Valentine’s Day next week! Does anyone have any fun plans? I want to hear all about it πŸ™‚