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Countdown Wednesday

123 blocksToday, Mom and I are counting down about Different Things.

Mom’s Different Things

3. School Visit – Mom took her Powerpoint to a different school in a different town and talked to a different class of 4th graders about writing, being an author, and her book.

img_44752. Ideas – Every November for the past few years, Mom has participated in PiBoIdMo with her writing cyberfriends. They each try to make a list of 30 story ideas in 30 days. This time, PiBoIdMo will have a different name, a different logo, and will take place in a different month. January! Almost time to kick it into high gear.

PiBo badge 2015

1. 2017 – In a few days, it’ll be a whole different year. Different resolutions will be made, old resolutions will be reviewed, and new and different hopes and dreams along with unfulfilled old hopes and dreams will wake up and get a fresh start.


My Different Things

3. 2017 – I have big plans for the new year. In 2017, I will take naps, play with my toys, eat lots of treats, and do therapy work with my grown-up friends at the Veteran’s Home and my little friends at the public library. Wait. What? That’s no different than 2016…


va therapy

2. School Visit – I put on my begging face, but Mom wouldn’t take me to school with her.


So, I waited at home while she was at her school visit. I slept in my chair, looked out the window,


ate the treats that came out of my spy camera,


Treats stuck inside! GAH!

and tried to be a good girl. Wait. What? That’s no different than every other day…


1. Ideas – Mom won’t be the only one generating ideas this January. I have a few different ideas that I plan to execute soon:

Don't I know it!

67. Eat my pawboots once and for all.

GAH! I'm crippled!

Aarrgh! I can’t feel my feet!

48. Dig under the snow to see if there are any French fries under there.

My feet are too cold to dig right now...

My feet are too cold to dig right now…

9. Flat-out refuse to go inside when I want to play in the snow.



27. Nap in odd places.

or grass napping....

10. And ban antlers from my wardrobe. Forever.

Not cool…

Comments on: "Countdown Wednesday" (73)

  1. I like your plans very much… special the plan about that antlers ;o) You’re right 2017 is a new year… it is like an empty book with fresh and unused pages… and we will write our ideas in this book and we will see what story we will get when we welcome 2018 :o)

  2. Charley likes the part about napping, treats, wanting to play and coming along to all the events I go…your mom must have 30 hours in her day so much she does!!! Charley agrees on boots…but she even does not want to walk on them, you walk on them!!! Happy Holidays dear friend and hugs and kisses to mom! xo Johanna

    • Thanks, J. Mom does stay busy – but not on purpose. Things just keep happening… Walking on my boots usually takes a while, but I do figure it out eventually. Each day, I start from scratch and learn them all over again.

      Love and licks,

  3. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    All very good plans Cupcake!

  4. I think those are all good different things, even if some of the different things are the same things because the ideas/things are in a different year! You napping in odd places always gives me the giggles! I like the change to Picture Book Idea Month for your Mom’s 30 story ideas in 30 days!

    • That is true, Pix. Old things in a new year are new things! Brilliant. I can’t wait to take some brand new street naps!

      Love and licks,

  5. I think your plans are the best, who wouldn’t want to nap in odd places ?
    2017 is nearly here and is FULL of surprises for everyone, I hope your Mom is ready to capture them in her writings x

    • Thanks, Mrs. P. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store. I think it’ll be magical, and I also hope Mom is ready for the capture.

      Love and licks,

  6. So cute! I wish all humans and dogs (even cats) a wonderful year 2017!

  7. Aww Cupcake…but you’re so adorable in those pink pawboots! I love your plans for 2017! Hug hug! ❤️

  8. We hope your resolutions all come to fruition, especially the no antlers, we dislike wearing them too!

    • Ain’t it the truth, collies? Antlers have been done to death. I’m thinking about eating mine, once and for all.

      Love and licks,

  9. Oh beautiful. I like the way you think for sure! Got your card this past weekend. It is now posted on my refrigerator so I can see you every morning. Hubba hubba. XOXO – Bacon

  10. Frankie and Ernie said:

    WE like ALL of your plans, Cupcake… except maybe you should BURY the PawBoots INSTEAD of eating them… they might Clog Up the Works… if you get our Drift.

    • Good point, F and E. Thanks for the suggestion. Burying them or hiding them is a genius idea. I definitely don’t want to clog anything up….

      Love and licks,

  11. Mom got me some paw boots. THEY ARE TERRIBLE! But they do protect my pads!

  12. Pawsome goals for next year. Clearly you got the impawtant things done pat since it they aren’t so different from previous years. 😉

  13. Oh Cupcake I approve of your 2017 plans except for one of them – eating your paw boots – why? Because they would upset your tummy something TERRIBLE! Why not just rip them to shreds instead?????

    Love, Angel Sammy

    • Thanks, Angel S. I will for sure take your advice. Ripping the boots up sounds like a plan. I tried losing them out in the snow last year, but they come in SETS OF TWELVE!! They never end…

      Love and licks,

      • Gosh……now they’re packing torture articles in the DOZENS?? EEEEEK! A pack of twelve puppy boots is nothing short of “cruel and unusual punishment”!!!! Love, Angel Sam

  14. chesterspaniel said:

    I like your plans for next year! Hope you have a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  15. Hi Cupcake. Maybe your Mom can take you the next time she goes to that school, maybe it was just ’cause it was her first time there. You can keep hoping and keep working your list, especially banning the antlers. ❤

  16. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, mom said she wants to tell you again (over and OVER she does this)! that she thinks you are the cat’s meow. Wait. The puppy’s growl. Wait. She thinks your swell. Hold it…not swelled UP…just swell. She’d love to meet you and see those snazzy boots. Maybe you could push them off onto her if she likes them so well! Pfttt!

    • Ha! Yes, KI. I would LOVE to push off the paw boots onto your mom. Boots are for humans! I wouldn’t do that, though, because what if she turns around and tries to put them on YOU, No! You are way too delicate to be wrestled into those evil things.

      Love and licks,

  17. I laugh at the captions, I laugh at the photo’s, I have the most fun here! Your spy camera is a real tease 😀 Petals is the treat eater here and she would probably knock it around until each and every treat was discovered and gobbled down. Then she’d run over to the carpet and gift me :/ Good luck to you both with the lists, I’m just going to fly by the seat of my pants, no lists….gah! Thrilling! xo B

    • Thanks, Boomdee. Laughing is good and healthy. Petals would be sadly surprised if she knocked over the spy/treat camera. The treats are LOCKED IN. No fun at all….

      Love and licks,

  18. Stories from daily adventures will win hearts and paws

  19. Cupcake, I agree – the antlers are not cool. But the Petzi treats? I think that’s zooming to the top of Chili’s wish list.

    I look forward to seeing Mom at StoryStorm in January. Who knows, we all may need new boots to slog through our new ideas. Happy Christmas!

  20. Cupcake, you have some good plans ahead of you. We think those pink booties are cute and they sure keep your paws dry and warm. Have a Merry Tuesday.

  21. Why change things in 2017 if they worked well in 2016?

  22. What a loved pooch! I can’t believe all your mom does for you! A spy camera? Treat dispenser! Shhhh! Don’t tell Archie. Great plans for the new year, Cupcake.

    • Thanks, P. I’m not sure if the spy/treat camera is for me or for Mom. She worries about me a lot when she’s not home and always feels better when she can see that I’m fine.

      Love and licks,

  23. But the antlers ARE cool and so are the boots. You are the dog of all trades, or something like that! There ain’t nothing you can’t do. You’re going to be busy in 2017. Happy New Year, sweetie. ❤🐶

    • Thanks, G. Back at ya. I am a dog of all trades for sure. Mom has me in the middle of everything she possibly can.

      Love and licks

  24. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, when you have the chance what with your schedule each day, tell your mom that you and she cracked my mom up with that hashtag #imnohelp!!! Oh, there she goes again…snorting and laffing!

  25. Love you sweet Cupcake. You spread happiness wherever you go. Merry Christmas!

  26. I plan to fly by the seat of my pants. Have a Merry Christmas Cupcake and I hope you get plenty of naps in the new year.

  27. hannahandlucy said:

    We love your boots Cupcake – they look very smart. We hope you will have a wonderful Christmas with your Mom and manage the odd nap or two!!

  28. Cupcake, your posts always make me smile. Thank you to you and your Mom for inspiring posts this past 2016.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
    Expecting to hear great things from you in 2017.
    Blessings. ❤

    • Thanks, T. Back at ya! Bringing smiles is my favorite thing ever. Paws crossed for exciting developments in 2017.

      Love and licks,

  29. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow i kannot beleev that begging fayse didnt git yoo into skool with yore mama!!! at leest their wer treets i gess!!! mary krismas to yoo frum us!!! ok bye

    • Hey, D the Vizsla Dog. I was also shocked that my sad, pathetic face didn’t get me what I wanted. I may need to step up my face game. Merry Christmas, buddy.

      Love and licks,

  30. Pooh And Her Pooch said:

    Sweet Cupcake we agree with you that you are always a good girl, how could you be any other way. You are just so cute. We are sorry that your begging did not work and you didn’t get to go to school with your mom. You are going to be very busy but those sure are some good plans. You all have a very Merry Christmas. Hugs and nose kisses, Chancy, Pooh and Mumsy

    • Awwww…. Thanks, and back at ya, C, P, and M. My begging game needs some work. I’ve added in some shivering to make the point that I hate being left behind, but I’m getting nuthin’. I’ll keep you posted on our 2017 progress…

      Love and licks,

  31. Wow, Cuppy, you have 2017 all figured out. If I were you I would eat those boots too. Have a wonderful New Year. Give Mom lots of licks and love – Your friends at the DogDaz Zoo (Charles wants to know if those boots really work? His paws are the size of Mom’s little finger.)

    • Thanks, girls. The boots are ridiculous and embarrassing, but when I wear them my feet don’t burn up from the road salt, so yes – they work. I think Charles needs size XXXS.

      Love and licks,

  32. Good new year 2017.
    Nice posts. Beautiful blog. Congratulations. Welcome see my creations on:

  33. Purrfect goals for the new year, Cupcake, even if they are look-a-like of the old ones. Tell me how the boots tasted, after you ate them, maybe Granny can get me one…or four.. too. We have snow today, lots of snow 😀 Pawkisses for a wonderful day 🙂 ❤

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