Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!

Being Prepared

When Mom and I go for a walk, we are always prepared – treats in one pocket, plastic bag in the other.

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Also, there are antibacterial wipes, house keys and the car key in my little penguin leash pouch.

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I wear a harness AND a Martingale collar. Mostly, I’m fine with my harness, but if I get scared of something, Mom switches the leash to my collar so I won’t pull away. I am more obedient with my collar. Eventually….

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Nope. I’m not going in…

Some places we visit are also prepared. Like this… Just in case.

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In the car, we are usually prepared with some coffee.

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And my travel bowl for water.

Nope. I'm not going in...

Nope. I’m not going in…

Mom likes to be prepared. Her books are framed,

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and just to be ready – a couple of her favorite manuscripts are framed too. She’ll replace them with actual books as soon as book #2 or ebook #2 happen.

shadow boxes2She thinks a lot and plans a lot for the future. By thinking and planning I mean visualizing and hoping. When she talks about her writing future, she says “when” instead of “if” and always tells herself (and me), “This is it” when she submits something. Mom thinks it’s better to be prepared, positive, and hopeful than surprised, negative, and demoralized. Me too…

Prepared, positive, and hopeful...

Prepared, positive, and hopeful…

 

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Comments on: "Being Prepared" (78)

  1. to be prepared is very impawtant, maybe therefore the boy scouts made it to their motto? the mama loves the framed books and she would love to have them on her wall too… butt I think before she can frame book she has to write one hehehehehe

    • Thanks, E. Ha! Your mom is so funny. I think she can collaborate with your dad to write a book about baking, cooking, and repairing things around the house and the yard. People can learn a lot about what to do (and what NOT to do) from those two!

      Love and licks,
      C

  2. Oh Cupcake, you are so cute……and it’s VERY impawtant for humans and us to stay positive always – “SEE” that success and it will happen – seeing is believing. I believe lotsa stuff and it happens! I believe if I’m adorable enough Mom will give me more treats for instance and it works! YAY! I hope your Mom’s work continues to be published – when she passes by those framed book covers she’s SEEING and BELIEVING too.

    Love, Sammy

    • I have never tried that, S, but your whole seeing more treats thing is brilliant! Especially since Mom weighed me this morning and said I am on treat restriction till I lose a pound and a half. I need to get busy visualizing before I wither away to nothing.

      Love and licks,
      C

  3. What a fabulous idea to frame the books and manuscripts. In a few years when you’re waiting for your next book to be published, you can reminisce together and say, “Remember when there were only 15 up there on the wall?” I also think “I’m not going in,” is the best mantra. Great minds think alike ……
    Monty 🐾

    • Thanks, M. Mom can’t wait to reminisce about her first 15 books up on the wall in their shadowboxes. That will be amazing. I use I’m-not-going-in a lot. So far, it has never worked. I get dragged, tricked, convinced, or carried in every time.

      Love and licks,
      C

  4. fredrieka said:

    I like that! WHEN INSTEAD OF IF! You have a smart Mom, Cupcake

  5. Cupcake, it is good to be prepared. Also your Mom has a wonderful attitude, being positive about things . Good for her. You all have a fine day.

    • Thanks, M. If Mom forgets how to be positive, I remind her. Mostly, we don’t know any other way to be.

      Love and licks,
      C

  6. hannahandlucy said:

    Hi there Cupcake we haven’t seen you for a while and hope your Mom is walking you to all your favourite places.

    • Thanks, H and L. Mom and I have been all over the place together. We are less than consistent and predictable in blogging.

      Love and licks,
      C

  7. “Eventually”… LOL! Good Morning Cupcake, you are darling! You make me smile!

    • Thanks, Pix! Sometimes “eventually” is the best I can do. And sometimes it means I am getting snatched up and carried toward something that scares me. That’s the life of a small doggie.

      Love and licks,
      C

  8. Cupcake, you look so snazzy in your “going for a walk” outfit! You are a smart dresser! We’re also happy to hear about the positive attitude your Mom has regarding writing. It can be hard, but it can be so rewarding. All of us, including Mom, wish you the best and want you to “go for the gold”!!! Purrs and soft paw pats to you both

    • Thanks, H and S. I am always going for the gold. And for the toys. And for the treats. And for the attention. That’s how I roll. Plus nobody has ever called me snazzy before. ❀️❀️

      Love and licks,
      C

  9. Hi Cupcake – I also have a Martingale collar and a harness. When I go out, and depending on where we go, my leash may be clipped to just the harness… or to the harness AND the collar! Woof! Sometimes I get a little boisterous apparently (I don’t believe it!). If you have read my book, you may remember that my harness saved my life once! Woof! Ray.

  10. Cupcake, you and Choppy are opposites on one thing here – Choppy is far better behaved on her harness!

  11. I think your mom is totally awesome beautiful. Planning is an awesome thing for all of us to use. Your mom also has dedication and we all applaud her on that in her writing skills. Way to go sweet friends. XOXO – Bacon

    • Thanks, B. I love when you call me beautiful. Mom does know how to hang in there and keep trying. I help her by staring at her a lot. I am very supportive…

      Love and licks,
      C

  12. I love your ideas! And, Cupcake, you are one cute pup!

    Boomer

    Linda

  13. I like your moms attitude, cupcake. Visualization is important, and makes dreams come true for sure (along with consistent hard work). Thanks for the inspiration 😊

    • Thanks, K. Dreams coming true is always a goal around here. We have LOTS of dreams! Keep your paws crossed.

      Love and licks,
      C

  14. Cupcake, Chili dog likes it best when I’m prepared, too, with loads of treats in the treats pouch, which, sadly, I often forget on the counter. Chili & I like your positive attitudes – cheers to “when” not “if” for our writing and to remembering the treats pouch. 🐾

    • Ha! Thanks, P. Mom rarely forgets the treats, but when she does, it’s a miserable outing for both of us. I hope you give C some extras when you get home!

      Love and licks,
      C

  15. You guys would make the best scouts, as they believe in always being prepared. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, S. I think I would be beyond adorable in a scout uniform. I have to get Mom working on that. And a sash with plenty of badges!

      Love and licks,
      C

  16. Hi Cupcake – I wear a harness an’a collar 2 when mom takez me out – she clipz them together so I can;t slip out of my collar (have dun this). Butt my harness iz black – wish I had a purty pink one like yourz. My mom duz haf sum of that “when” attitude butt sumtimez that “if” sneakz in an’it can mess thingz up. Sumtimez we r prepared when we go out butt sumtimez mom fergitz my treatz an’I am not a happy doggy when that happenz. She uzez that vizualashun stuff 2. Butt she NEEDZ 2 vizualize more house cleanin’an’packin’so we can move.

    • You totally get it, Lady S. I also had a black harness for a while. The pink one helps people not to think I’m a boy – a little. Sometimes they still make a mistake, but I don’t mind as long as they pet me. Moms are good at ignoring what they don’t want to do, but sooner or later, it all gets done…

      Love and licks,
      C

  17. Hi Cupcake. Did you get anything besides coffee at Mickey D’s? I never get coffee. It’s great how you wrote about visualizing and stuff, just like in my video. It works for me and Mom, and I know your Mom will visualize herself right into another published book or 2 or 87. πŸ™‚

    • 87??? Yay! That’s EXACTLY what Mom wants to hear.p, L. Most days I only get to lick the bottom of Mom’s coffee at Mickey D’s. But sometimes we get an ice cream cone! Those are my favorite days. We have never, ever had a burger from there, but once I had a French fry.

      Love and licks,
      C

  18. Hey Cupcake, since when did the Boy Scouts allow cutie pie girls like you in their group? Way to go being so well prepared for any possible situation! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, M and S. I think I would make an AMAZING scout. The little uniform and the little sash – I was born for that look….

      Love and licks,
      C

  19. Being prepared is very important!

  20. Your such a good friend to your mom ,Cupcake, both with a positive loving attitude!! Great post , as always!!! xo Johanna

    • Thanks, J. Mom and I are best buddies. She does everything for me and I mostly follow her around and stare at her.

      Love and licks,
      C

  21. Never ever thought about framing a book! Good for your mom, Cupcake! Your mom really knows how to prepare for just about anything! Archie wears his harness as he chokes easily. Not sure he likes it, though. But he does like to walk.

    • Thanks, P. Mom’s first book was framed and hanging next to an empty shadow box for years before the ebook came out. Now that those 2 are done, the 2 new ones are waiting to be filled with books…. BTW – I also tend to choke myself on my collar.

      Love and licks,
      C

  22. Cupcake, you and your Mama are a great team!

  23. You are a regular boyscout (?) being prepared and all. Love the pouch and hang on to those keys!!! ❀️🐢

    • Thanks, G. We have learned our $700 lesson with the keys. That will NOT happen again to these boyscouts! 😳

      Love and licks,
      C

  24. I love the framed book idea! My granddaughter wrote a book children’s book when she was a child and I still have it somewhere. I might frame it. The only books I wrote (or have been featured in) are too big to frame. You’re a lucky ducky you can do that!

    Cupcake, good luck remembering to go loose lead (if you can) so you do not choke yourself on your collar. Sam is still learning this. It ain’t easy being the doggie!

    • Thanks, M. Sam has a LOT to learn, but he will do well. Mom thinks her framed books and manuscripts are good mojo. She sees them and is grateful for them every day!

      Love and licks,
      C

  25. We love your mom’s attitude. With an attitude like hers, nothing is impossible.

    Shoko and Kali

  26. Now that are wise lessons again, Cupcake, I always prepare myself too before I eat, sleep, drink and go out…and afterwards….I think it is a kind of lifestyle…MOL πŸ˜€
    Your pictures are lovely, you look so…prepared for everything ❀ Pawkisses for a Happy Day right on your snout πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

    • Thanks, Little B. I LOVE a pawkiss on the snout! We doggies and kitties are usually prepared for everything. Moms (and Grannys) can learn a few things from us.

      Love and licks,
      C

  27. Genevieve, I loved the idea of framing your books and manuscripts. Love your positive attitude of “when” not “if”. Cupcake, you drink coffee? You are more human than I thought and as always I love your candid photos. ❀️

    • Thanks, T. Don’t be fooled by the pictures. Mom selfishly drinks the whole entire cup of coffee and then I get to lick what basically amounts to the smell and a drop or two from the bottom and sides of the cup. One of these days, I’m planning to grow tall enough to steal a whole cup of coffee from the table…. I will be jazzed on caffeine!

      Love and licks,
      C

  28. I think that you can officially be called a “Prepper Pooch”, Cupcake, by being ready for anything!

  29. Your mom has a very good attitude. I keep telling myself, this is the week I work on my book, but that doesn’t happen. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, J. Your brain will know when the time is right to work on your book. Some stories need a lot of mind-writing before anything gets typed. Mom does mind-writing a lot.

      Love and licks,
      C

  30. I like to be organized too. I love how you have your manuscripts. That is a great idea. Positive thoughts lead to a positive life. #WordsToLiveBy

    • Those ARE positive words to live by, MK. We are waiting nicely for framed manuscripts to turn to framed books.

      Love and licks,
      C

  31. You have a wonderful mommy Cupcake! πŸ™‚

  32. I like the way your mom thinks! πŸ˜€

  33. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, I ( and my mom) are totally and completely in agreement with your mom about expectation. Work, faith and expectation are what gets the job done my mom feels. She thinks that is your mom’s part of any given project. Conceive the idea, act on it, DO IT and have confidence and expectation. Unfailingly. She has and will continue to succeed.

    I will add that you look so lovable in these as well as other pictures we get to see of you. You make me smile. And mom too. xoxox

    • You and your mom get it, KI. If you can believe it, you can achieve it! But yes, you must put in the work. Mom does not kill herself with the work, but she is consistent with what she does. I am not consistent with anything. That’s part of my charm.

      Love and licks,
      C

  34. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay it is always gud to be prepayrd!!! and it is dubly gud to be prepayrd with lots of ekstra treets!!! ha ha ok bye

  35. This ol’ doggy could learn that new trick. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants. It can be exciting but sometimes a little too crazy. Like doing homework for a scrapbook thingy at 4am the day it’s due, ha! Fun as it may be, I’m then really sleepy. Maybe I should find some warm pavement? Got any tips on that? xo B

  36. Love your mom”s can do attitude!

  37. Cupcake we love this post and your Mom’s great outlook and attitude! Mom loves her framing idea too!

  38. It’s important to be prepared, you should never go anywhere without treats!

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