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

Getting Normal

Things are getting back to normal around here. Almost.

I still have trouble figuring out how to work my blanket bed,

Wait. What?

and I still nap on the couch.

That’s normal. Except I have to wear a shirt so my furs don’t get all over the place too much.

Mom tamed the wild wires and organized her desk.

She even stared at a few stories on her computer, checked off her most recent rejections in her record notebook, and actually wrote a sentence or two in her latest story – which happens to be about a doggie. That’s normal. Except she does her work in the bedroom now, so I am forced to stare at her from my dogbed.

I tried to take a street nap in the parking lot by our new house, but a lot of the normal drama is gone because there’s hardly any traffic.

Where is everybody?

This is street nap 2.0 – on the porch.

Mom found the public library in our new neighborhood, but hasn’t stopped in for a normal pile of picture books to read. She is falling behind in her goal to read 200 books this year, but plans to catch up soon.

I am falling behind I my normal goal to take 200 naps each day, but I plan to catch up soon.

I still help Mom type, but instead of making my usual story of QQQQQQQ with my ear, I type DDDDDDFFFFFCCCCCVVVVV with my paw.

When my “story” is finished, Mom usually calls me the name of Knucklehead… I guess that’s another name for best selling author.

Let me try this blanket bed again….

 

Nailed it!

 

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Comments on: "Getting Normal" (57)

  1. I can see that Mr. Normal visited you, there is your picture on the screen of the laptop, so efurrything is fine ;o) YAY for the quiet street… that is a huge benefit!!!

    • Thanks, P. Mom thought the same thing. Once everything was plugged in and charged up and she saw my face, she knew we were almost there….

      Love and licks,
      C

  2. I think you will catch up the 200 naps in no time, Cupcake…MOL 😀 Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day with your beloved mom ❤ Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 ❤

    • We did, Little B. We had a great day together. Mom only left me alone to go to lunch for a little while. The best days are always the days we are together.

      Love and licks,
      C

  3. That porch looks like an excellent place to have a nap. Safe with a good view of what’s going on. I’m sure you’ll feel at home in your new place soon.

    • Thanks, C. The porch is becoming my favorite place. I like it best when the sun is there and Mom is there. Otherwise, I just stare into the screen and feel lonely waiting for her to come and sit with me.

      Love and licks,
      C

  4. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Normal feels so good and you and mom are almost there! Your blanket bed looks awesome, it has so many uses. It can be a headrest, and can help you sit higher on the couch to see everything better as well as a bed. I think we need to get some of those blanket beds! Keep up the good work in catching up to your goal of naps. (and Mom’s goal of reading.) ~nose nudges Belle

    • Thanks, B. I do enjoy my blanket bed. Every day it’s a new experience, and very comfy no matter how I end up – in it, on it, near it, or behind it. Mom and I will continue working on our goals.

      Love and licks,
      C

  5. Minus the sweater your normal looks pretty good:)

    • Thanks, H and Z. The sweater is becoming normal, little by little. Although Mom is still struggling with my furs everywhere.

      Love and licks,
      C

  6. Street nap 2.0 looks good to me! Nice warm concrete, nice porch! I am glad things are getting back to normal and you and your Mom are happy with your new home!

    • Thanks, Pix. Life is about changes, and Mom and I are going with the flow like crazy. The sunshine on that porch is irresistible!

      Love and licks,
      C

  7. I’m glad to see you’re getting settled in at the new place – and that second street nap looks much safer than your other street naps. That’s probably a good thing (even if it gets less reaction).

    • Of course, you’re right, S. The dramatic street naps in the road are a thing of the past apparently. I’ll miss them, but I love my porch naps!

      Love and licks,
      C

  8. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, Happy Dog Mom Day to your mommy! I bet you made it special. I did try for mom over here! Mom’s furless kids came over or called. What with me ramping up the lap sitting and smoochies and side rubs..she had a great day. I know you helped your mom with ear typing and paw typing. Try tail typing. I find that the most adventuresome!
    Love and Purrs to you both.

    • Thanks, KI. I love your idea about tail-typing. Now that my tail is just about healed, tail-typing can be like rehab for it. I can build up my tail wagging strength. I’ll try it as soon as Mom leaves the computer in the right position. Mom and I had a great DogMom Day. We played and cuddled.

      Love and licks,
      C

  9. chesterspaniel said:

    I sleep on a blanket on the couch too. It’s not an extra fancy one, like yours, though.

    • Nothing beats a blanket on the couch. C. Fancy or plain, it’s the best way to nap or get cuddly with Mom.

      Love and licks,
      C

  10. I think that little balcony spot you have for sun napping seems about perfect. Maybe less drama is a good thing.

  11. I love that balcony…and nap in the sunny shade…couldn’t ask for better. Boomer

    • Thanks, B. The balcony is a very sweet fit for me, with lots of sunshine and just enough shade. And some people and dogfriends walking by now and then.

      Love and licks,
      C

  12. Enjoy the naps, Cupcake, and I’ll be on the lookout for the best-selling Knucklehead books!

    • Yay, P. I am happy you can see the potential here. Being a knucklehead might be the best thing that ever happened to my…. career!

      Love and licks,
      C

  13. Oh Cupcake you’re just so darn cute……that blanket bed seems to be very flexible for HOW you cuddle up for a nap so don’t worry – whatever works – that last photo proves you DO know how it’s BEST used but who what?! Be a rebel! As for your writing – I think a Knucklehead series would be fab! I’d buy them – but expect a pawtographed copy of course!

    Love, Teddy

    • Oh yes, Little T. I would definitely pawtograph a book for you. Next time Mom leaves the computer where I can reach it, I will do a little more work on my story. I’m thinking of writing BBBBNNHHHGG next time. Meanwhile, I will continue to be creative with my blanket bed and maybe it will be mentioned in my book…

      Love and licks,
      C

  14. Like the new digs. I had a hard time getting Archie used to a new bed. He ignores it or digs at it. Love the porch. Now you can enjoy the outside by yourself.

    • Thanks, P. I understand Archie’s confusion about a new bed. Digging it will sometimes help whip it into a familiar shape. I don’t stay on the porch alone for very long. If Mom isn’t with me, I stare at her through the screen and beg her to come out.

      Love and licks,
      C

  15. Liking that “multi-position” blanket bed Cupcake. Really like street nap 2.0 that is a big bonus. Hope your Mom likes the new library and is happy with the new place? Glad to see you guys getting back into the groove.
    Luvs
    Marty

    • Thanks, M. We will be 100% back in the groove in no time flat. Mom is planning to test out the new library this week. I will continue to perfect my porch napping skills.

      Love and licks,
      C

  16. That blanket bed looks oh so comfy. Things will start to settle down I’m sure. And then you’ll be able to nail down those 200 naps. 🐶🐾❤

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    • Thanks, G. I’m looking forward to catching up on my sleep. There’s a lot to do around here, and I have to keep an eye on things. And on Mom.

      Love and licks,
      C

  17. Cupcake, are you going to start going to this new library with your Mom to help her read to the kiddos? I like your blanket bed, and you are a clever pup to be such a successful author!

    • Thanks, A. I won’t be working at the local library, just the two libraries that we usually go to. Mom will leave me home alone when she goes to the library. But she won’t take too long. It’s pretty close and she will just grab random books and bring them home with her.

      Love and licks,
      C

  18. Look at those colourful sunflowers…..beautiful. No need to worry C, your mom will read 200 books by years end and I’ll bet you beat the 200 nap goal you set.

    Shoko

    • Thanks, S. I am definitely hoping to beat the 200 nap record! I can’t wait to start working on it.

      Love and licks,
      C

      • I know you can do it…find a special sun puddle in your new house and just beat a steady path to that ray of sunshine. No problem…beatint the 200 mark will no longer be a challenge.

        S

  19. New stuff can be confusing! I’m glad that you are getting settled. ♥

  20. aaww – seems like things are getting back to normal indeed there beautiful! And hey, I’m a sucker for a beautiful pooch wearing clothes. Hubba hubba in that green. XOXO – Bacon

    • Thanks, B. Green does bring out my spots. I’m so glad you think I’m hubba-hubba-worthy! xo

      Love and licks,
      C

  21. It looks like it’s time to compete against mom to see who can get their book out first. 😀

  22. Normal looks great, Cupcake. And I’m sure it feels great too. Keep at it on the reading. Sometimes you just have to ‘eat those elephants one bite at a time.’ 🐘

    • Thanks, M. I would like to eat an elephant sometime. Once Mom bought me a toy elephant and I ate that guy, so she threw the pieces in the garbage and called me the name of Naughty.

      Love and licks,
      C

  23. Glad to see things are getting back to normal. Also that you figured out the blanket bed. Nice going Cupcake. It looks very comfy.

    • Thanks, M. The blanket bed is pretty comfy when I get it right. Once in a while, I get lucky.

      Love and licks,
      C

  24. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay normal is gud i am glad yoo ar gitting bak their!!! the blankit bed luks pritty kozy and yoo definitly stuk the landing that time!!! ok bye

    • Thanks, D. I do stick the landing now and then. Mostly, I am holding on by a thread and hoping not to hit the deck.

      Love and licks,
      C

  25. You little cute T paw 2 T. I’m smiling at all the napping positions becasue that pillow seems way way too big for you. I went the other way and bought a bed for Petals and Blossum that’s way too small for them. Sometime Blossums head and paws hang out. Hey?! Maybe there’s a story to be told there? It worked for the author of Goldielocks. You have my permission to bang that out on moms computer….but better ask her too xo Boomdee!

    • That DOES sound like a story, Boomdee. The tiny dog in the big bed and the big dog in the tiny bed. Legs and paws everywhere till they figure out the trade and switcheroo.

      Love and licks,
      C

  26. That yard resembles a brilliant place to have a rest. Safe with a decent perspective of what’s happening. I’m certain you’ll feel at home in your new residence soon….

  27. If normal is ‘cute as a button’ then I think you nailed it, Cupcake! Bravo.

  28. Your new house looks super! I hope you’ve barked and barked and barked again to let the new neighbours know that you’re there.
    Monty and Chicken 🐾

  29. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, I came back to see if you had tried tail typing yet. You are missing the opportunity to be helpful to your mom. Knucklehead? I was called a BEAST this morning way early as I jumped onto her tummy as she slept. I do declare! A beast! I am NOT a beast! I’m a Katie! She must have confused me with someone else!

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