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

“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”

~Henry Ford~

We love Henry Ford. Without him, let’s face it, there would be no road trips. We’re happy he got ready and made things happen.

Drive thru breakfast at BigDonald’s.

I believe in being ready. When food falls on the floor, I am always ready to get it. FloorFood is my favorite flavor. On a good day, if I’m in position, I will catch it in the air before it lands. *sigh*

I am ready for Santa to come and bring me some surprises.

I am pretty sure I’m not on the Naughty List this year, although some people might see it differently.

When it comes to her writing work, Mom should be on her own Naughty List. Just saying.

She claims to be ready for Christmas though, and the new year – maybe a resolution about writing. And she’s ready for StoryStorm which is an idea challenge that she does every January. 30 new story ideas in 31 days.

We both have a good feeling about Christmas and an even better feeling about 2022. I mean, look at all those 2’s. Two is Mom’s lucky number. I’m pretty sure it’s also my lucky number, because I don’t even know what numbers are. But I’m ready to learn…


Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (43)

  1. You look Fabulous in you Christmas outfit Cupcake xoxo Little Miss Titch and Angel Speedy

  2. we love that quote… and we dogs are always eady…pecially when it comes to food… humans are rarely ready, there is always something they furget and that something lands directly in their plans… like a bomb LOL

  3. Oh Cupcake I love your Christmas sweater….you look very festive – which is just a fancy word for “adorable”. Your Mom might just be right – the year year with all the twos could mean we’re going to have TWICE the good luck and two times the fun in the new year. I like it. We’re overdue aren’t we Cupcake?!

    Hugs, Teddy

    • Twice the luck and twice the fun is EXACTLY the kind of year I’m looking for, T. Way to put a positive spin on 2022.

      Love and licks,

  4. First of all, nice antlers! 🦌 Second of all, how, in the name of all that’s holy, could you POSSIBLY be on the naughty list ?!😳 And last but not lease, 30 stories?!?!? So exciting! Maybe I’ll see some this year. 🤪 So what I suggested there? 🐶❤️🎄🦌📖🖊‼️

    • Thanks, G. I wish you had that right, but it’s not 30 stories. That would be ha ha ha ha ha around here. It’s 30 story IDEAS. An idea can be a summary, a sentence, or even a word in order to count in the challenge. So, yeah. That.

      Love and licks,

      • Apparently I wrote this in my sleep. Not 30 stories! I knew that!! Sometimes brevity is not the way to go and ‘So what I suggested …’ So? More than one error here. Get on the ideas and I’ll get on the making sense and proof reading. 😳🤪😜🤨

      • LOL! Proof reading is annoying. Plus Mom reads right past it all and gets the global meaning. And a couple of giggles along the way – just like when she was a teacher…

        Love and licks,

  5. Carole Schulman said:

    Cupcake, no way you OR your Mom are on the naughty list. Nope. No way.

  6. Loving all of this optimism and holiday cheer, Cupcake. We love floorfood, too, and anything else that our Mum defines as “people food.” After all, we know that Pups are People (they wouldn’t both start with “P” otherwise!). Your friends, The Two Orange Pups

    • So true, Pups. TableFood and FloorFood are the best. Because of my tiny-ness, FloorFood is easier to reach. I’d give anything to reach the table top or be strong and crafty enough to dump over the trash.

      Love and licks,

  7. Hey Cupcake! You’ve got some goofy antlers and a really cute, warm Christmas sweater. Our Mom’s having a challenge finding any sweaters to fit Chia with the long dachsund body. We don’t particularly like wearing clothes, but our sweaters do keep us from shivering. We think you and your Mom and all of us (except maybe Chia) will end up on the good girl (and boy for Riley) list! XOX Xena and Lucy

    • From your lips to Santa’s ears, X and R. Also, a lot of my sweaters are too short for my body, too. Apparently, there’s nuthin wrong with a belly-shirt, even in winter. #sexy

      Love and licks,

  8. Norman says you’re definitely on the good list. And Elsa says keep rockin’ those street naps, cutie pie.

  9. Lulu: “I’m sure you are not on the Naughty list, Cupcake! But if it turns out you are, I have it on good authority that the way to handle it is NOT to invade the North Pole in a tank.”

  10. Merry Christmas Dear friends!!!

  11. You will always be on my “Good” list and frankly speaking……I don’t believe Santa has a naughty list.

  12. Margret Abbott said:

    Cupcake, Floor food is the yummiest. Oh my gosh you can catch it before it hits the floor! We need to learn how to do that, would you teach us? ~ Belle, Bessie and Bea Pups

    • It’s more luck than skill, B, B, and B. And mostly, it’s accompanied by Mom yelling, “No! NO! NOOOO!” And by then it’s too late. *gulp*

      Love and licks,

  13. It seems like you are always ready, Cupcake! And you look very festive in all your holiday get-up! Also, all floorfood is fair game…just sayin’ 😊

    • Thanks, S. Fair Game for sure. TableFood on the other hand – VERY unfair for a doggie with tiny legs and a Mom who never leaves her chair sticking out to help said doggie. #rude

      Love and licks,

  14. chesterspaniel said:

    You look like you’re ready for Christmas, Cupcake! And I’m always ready to catch some treats, especially when GW gets home from work and makes a snack.

  15. Hi Cupcake and G! You really look ready for Christmas, Bravo! I streets are covered in ice today after freezing rain, so definitely not nap worthy. What’s your favourite thing at ‘BigDonalds’ 😘💗

    • Be careful in the slippery streets, K. DO NOT try to get a street nap. Too cold! My best food at BigDonald’s is the ice cream cone. Sometimes, Mom gets oatmeal, and then I am aggravated. Turns out oatmeal is NOT ice cream!!

      Love and licks,

  16. Granny’s doggie was a walking vacuum too, Cupcake, she also cleaned the table when Granny didn’t looked…MOL…You’re a good doggie, I’m sure you will be rewarded for all the waiting, if not, you know where to find the real naughiness😸Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞

  17. Love the Santa sweater. I think you and your Mom ARE ready for Christmas! It would be cool if you shared with us some of your surprises from Santa… maybe on IG!

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  19. Tiffany Nguyen said:

    A very stoic quote. I love it.

  20. I can’t believe we never replied. What snobs we are and we don’t even have anything to be snobby about! C, you look fabulicious in your warm jacket. You would never go outside here all winter. It is powerful cold here. Shoko just rushes out and right back in. The days are getting warmer though. It’s 1C today. It snowed all morning. We need some rays so we can sun bathe.

  21. Henry Ford is a favorite here. Hope you had a very merry Christmas. We have a new bunch of collies here and with Ginger passing all the old gang is gone. Hope you Cupcake and Your mom are doing well.

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