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Work in Progress

Around my neighborhood, there are a few works in progress. This vine is definitely a work in progress – trying to grow something. Mom says, “Maybe pumpkins.” I hope not. *shiver* Either way, the flowers are there, but it looks like it needs another year (or ten) before anything will pop out to scare the daylights out of me.


This pile of …. I don’t know what – is another work in progress. Sometimes it seems like road salt, but sometimes, it looks like mulch. I guess it’ll make up its mind eventually.


When Mom was a teacher, she used to stamp her kids’ first drafts with a rubber stamp that read, “Under Construction.”

under construction

The kids thought it was fun. Plus that stamp told them to work on revising and proofreading their stories for a little while longer so they would be ready to hang on the bulletin board.

This month, Mom is studying in Susanna Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic class.

pb magic

Her new story is a work in progress and is under construction in a big way. Every morning, Susanna teaches Mom what to do next in order to have a finished story by the end of the month. Mom does each step and then posts it to their Facebook page so her classmates can see it and talk about it with her. She thinks it’s fun to have a work in progress that moves closer toΒ completionΒ every day.

Something else is a work in progress at our house. A whole box of orange snowball cakes.


Mom is trying hard to eat them all herself. I offered to help, but she said, “No thanks.” and “Dogs can’t eat chocolate.”


and “Your behavior is DEFINITELY under construction.”



Comments on: "Work in Progress" (63)

  1. Oh, Cupcake! You look totally adorable in your sailor suit. What a cutie you are!

    Mom should really learn to share. A little bit of chocolate won’t do any harm. Ask Simba. πŸ˜†

    Great photos mom took of you. You’re definitely a work of art and not under construction. πŸ˜†

    • Gah, S. Did Simba snatch some chocolate goodies? Lucky! I got to lick some marshmallow flavor off Mom’s finger. That’s it for me….

      Love and licks,

      • Now and then I would give him a little piece of chocolate Cupcake. Even a furry needs a bit of sugar now and then for some energy, won’t you agree? πŸ˜†

        That must have been so good. Good for you and for mom. She clearly loves you a lot. πŸ˜€ β™₯

  2. We’re not sure what snowball cakes are butt they look delicious!
    Wally & Sammy

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the terminology ‘Under Construction’ BOL
    How can your behaviour be under construction …me I would have taken one of those snowball cakes and ran for the hills ..we don’t have them here 😦 but I know I NEED SOME
    Love Big Oscar xx

  4. Well Cupcake, if it makes you feel better, Mom says we’re ALL “under construction” in this life so I guess we just have to move along as we can!! Although that vine is a bit scary (alien?) and that pile of “WHATEVER” is big (hopefully it’s mulch!)…….you are a mighty cute work in progress no matter what! Those orange Hostess goodies look mighty fine – too bad they’re chocolate on the inside……..darn!

    Love, Sammy

    • Thanks, S. Your mom is right, as always. We should all be under construction forever. It will make us better and better. I agree about the vine. It’s HUGE and I’m pretty sure it will grow all the way to my house and try to kill me. Or grow a hideous, demented pumpkin.

      Love and licks,

  5. Too funny, cupcake, you are under construction. So wonder when you will be on the finished page. Those cupcakes sure look mighty good. Can’t blame you for drooling. Have a great day and hope that Mom’s book goes well.

  6. fredrieka said:

    will your belly glow if you eat those cup cakes, and all that sniffing is fun detective work

  7. Great post as usual but glo cakes??? Never heard of that before! I will look in the supermarket becuase my curiosity has the better of me. Charley has a tip for Cupcake: ” Wait till the people have left the room and than you can eat the cakes. I have done that already many of times and twice at the boarding place too…I really love MacDonalds! I offered my meals in return but they were not interested. The grumpiness will go away after you dance around and look really innocent. It does return though when you have to vomit later…” xo Charley

    • Great advice, C. I never let Mom leave the room without me, if I can help it. That’s my problem with stealing food. ….that and my tiny size. I can’t reach anything around here! It’s like I live in a house built for giants!

      Love and licks,

  8. The vine looks pretty. Pumpkins or not. The pile? Well if it were mulch I think you’d know. P. U. The Hostess stuff? Ahhhh. I want some of that! And mom’s work in progress? Can’t wait! (Buck up dogfriend and don’t be scared).

    • Thanks, G. The vine might be trying to kill me. I haven’t decided yet. Mom is planning to be finished with her work in progress by the end of the month. She’s on Lesson 5, so far and keeping up with her class.

      Love and licks,

  9. Awww Cupcake… I think your behavior is just right, after all you asked if you could eat those pumpkin looking cakes… and your eyes say Pleeeeese? Your Mom’s class sounds very cool, and the idea that creative work is Under Construction is a great idea. Thanks for the lovely post Cupcake, and Cooper says hi.

  10. You look just adorable, Cupcake! Boomer says you dress up real nice!


  11. We think you should get a snowball cake just so your mom can’t eat them all.

  12. Love the vine….very pretty…who needs pumpkins to crush such beautiful leaves. Does your mom know she has to pollinate the pumpkin flowers? There is a male and female flower.


  13. Shawnee the Shepherd said:

    Cupcake, I do think you deserve a chickun jerkey fur being such a good sport about your mom refusing to share her noms with you.

  14. Ready for the navy, right πŸ˜‰ I think you make the best marine ever, Cupcake… I think I can use a stamp like that for my twofeet brothers and sister, they are definetely under construction… MOL πŸ˜€ Good luck with the book and hope you get better luck next time with another cookie πŸ™‚ Pawkisses for a wonderful day πŸ™‚ ❀

  15. You look adorable in that outfit Cupcake.

    I have a question for mom. Does she worry at all sharing her work with others? I hesitate to do so because I’m always nervous someone will…..**shiver**….steal it. 😦

    • Thanks, J. Mom doesn’t worry about her work getting stolen. It’s necessary to share it with her critique partners and editors and agents. Otherwise how would anybody be able to like it (*paws crossed*)? In her classes, she shares a bit here and a bit there. Otherwise how would she know if she was on the right track? Without some sharing, stories would just stay in the computer forever.

      Love and licks,

  16. Always adorable you are, Cupcake! I have never seen those orange snowball thingies… I need to get out more. If they are Hostess they must be good. I miss Hostess cherry pies… 😦

    • Gah, Pix! Now Mom is obsessed with Hostess Cherry Pies! Wait…. This could be a good thing. Dogs are allowed to eat cherry pies! They’re not made of chocolate! Yay! Thanks, Pix!

      Love and licks,

  17. Cupcake, love your sailor outfit. You look so handsome! And please tell Mom she’s going to love Susanna’s course! πŸ™‚

  18. Cupcake, life is a series of under construction things. Which is good. Except for the chocolate part. Dogs can’t have chocolate, but then I think you know that. πŸ˜‰

    • I do know that about chocolate, S. I really wanted to do research to see if it’s true or just an excuse not to share. Mom won’t let me test the theory.

      Love and licks,

  19. oh my friend – orange snowballs?! My mom will gain 10 pounds back just looking at that picture of pure bliss… well so she says. She loves snoballs. She removes the topping, eats the chocolate and then all of the marshmallow bliss. She is weird. Hope your mom enjoys – tell her to please eat one in my mom’s honor. XOXO – Bacon

  20. Oh Cupcake you always make me smile..and you are always a work in progress..becoming cuter every post is progress is it not ? and watch put for those vines..yikes…i think Mum’s stamps were a wonderful thing to do for the children and a s a Mum i would have been super happy to see such encouragement to better and better their work πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

  21. I think sometimes Choppy thinks the ‘no chocolate’ rule is something I made up so I could hoard all the chocolate for myself.

  22. Great analogy, Cupcake! πŸ™‚ I hope your mom enjoyed the snowballs, er… got a tummy-ache for not sharing and eating them all. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, E. Mom gave me a crumb of marshmallow the size of a pea. And finished off the rest of the box herself. Not all in one day, but faster than you’d imagine….

      Love and licks,

  23. That stamp is cute! I bet the kids really liked it. And I love the your behavior is under construction metaphor!

    • Thanks, Mr. N. Being under construction is fine with me. I’d be boring if I wasn’t changing all the time.

      Love and licks,

  24. Katie Isabella said:

    OH! MY! COD!!! ORANGE Snowball cupcakes? Mommy loves Snowballs but PRANGE? She would go off her diet for those. Maybe two packs! Yu look adorable as always…especially in your sailor suit. xxoo

    • Ha! I love when you say, “Oh my cod.” KI. That cracks me up. Your Mom would get along great at my house. There’s always a box of Hostess something-or-other in the cabinet around here. And it’s rarely shared with me…

      Love and licks,

  25. Ahoy there Cupcake, permission to come aboard! Snort, you’re a cute little sailor.
    I never heard of Snowballs with Chocolate in them, we just get the cold white ones here. Not yet though, I’m not ready. xo B

    • Thanks, Boomdee. I am allowed to eat the cold, white snowballs, but the chocolate marshmallow ones are only for Mom. It’s like a whole food group for her!

      Love and licks,

  26. I hope your mom’s new story goes well.
    I love that ‘under construction’ stamp!

  27. Jen says my behavior is under construction too. But then, if given a chance, I’d eat the whole box at one sitting! *licks lips*

  28. […] a brain surgeon, so when she works on her stories, the pressure is off. She can pretty much write any story no matter how terrible and then she gets a million chances to keep working on it, changing it, and […]

  29. […] sentences! It sat there and sat there till the challenge. Now it is getting attention and making progress. It’s pretty lame, but it’s getting […]

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