Happy birthday, Dub!

On February 22nd, our buddy “ray” commented: “And, by the way, a post with guys and their pets would be very welcome!”
Since it’s Dub’s birthday – and he’s our official “dog whisperer”, we decided a bunch of puppies would be perfect. Thanks for the suggestion, ray. We really appreciate it.
xoxo Ben and David

It doesn’t seem possible, but Dub is 9 years old today. Jim and Carol will be bringing carrot cake and hand-crank ice cream to school this afternoon and we’ll all celebrate with him.
Dub has been planning – and working on – this years garden and we’ve never seen him more excited. He tells us there’ll be cauliflower, brussel sprouts and asparagus – in addition to corn, potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers. The soil has been turned and leveled – seeds are planted in peat pots – and he and Chad have it all mapped out on the computer.
Dub’s life hasn’t been the easiest. He’s lost both his father and mother – and, because of covid, hasn’t seen his “pop-pops and other grandparents” in months. Despite everything, he’s happy and cheerful and the kind of person everyone instinctively wants to follow. He and Buzz are a JOY, and David and I are happy to be sharing life’s journey with them.
Happy birthday, bud. We love you!


We didn’t get these pics posted on Dub’s birthday, but I couldn’t bring myself to delete them.

Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Dub. Happy birthday to you!

David and I really like Rick’s “Friends Friday” post with the artwork of Matthew Conway. We think his renderings of straight guys showing off their bodies for the world to see are awesome. That got me thinking about guys and selfies and how much I like looking at them – straight, gay, or whatever. Here are a few I think are especially hot.

Dub’s birthday party yesterday was pretty much perfect. To start with, he brought in the mail and had 22 cards. He was thrilled. It took him almost an hour to open and read each one… and carefully save each card and envelope. Angie called and talked with him for a long time and that was really special.
Keon, Rick and Alex got here early to help get everything set up – and people started arriving a little after four. Everyone was here. Dub’s grandparents and my sister (and her boyfriend) and Erik, Mark and Pam, plus Austin, Ty and Damien- and Mr. Martinez. Christian and Shelby plus Craig, Matt, Caleb and Kerry got here about 4:30 and, finally, Spence arrived just in time for salad and pizza. Dub and the pups were crazy excited and everyone was drinking wine and singing happy birthday and celebrating Dub’s special day. The individual (make your own) pizzas and salads were a big hit and it was just a big, happy party. We had talked with Dub (and all his guests) in advance… and decided since he has so many toys and things, we’d do a “toys for tots” birthday party. So, everyone brought gifts – and Dub took off the gift wrapping, but saved the toy packaging – and we put each toy in a big paper recycling bag. We ended up with two huge bags of toys-for-tots – and Dub was just beaming. It’s a good head-start on this years’ campaign of sharing.
Around 6:30, the party started breaking up – and Dub, Erik and Austin were off with Ty and Damien for their big movie night in the new media room.
When the crowd was gone, it was just David and me… Keon, Rick, Alex and Spence. So we sat around talking for a while and then Keon said, “I think it’s time for some tequila shots.” So, we brought out the tequila, salt and lemon wedges and all got ready to “Lick, Sip and Suck.” But… that’s a story for another day 🙂