Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Safety Week: BALLOON CRITTERS

HAPPY FINALE TO SAFETY WEEK!!
WHAT A WEEK WE HAD!! 

WELL friends it appears 1-800-Buttons was a good number
I GOT 87 MILLION CALLS YESTERDAY...
MY FIRST GIG IS
Sitting at the entrance to the Safety pick-nic
making custom balloon critters.
I sat up all night huffing,
puffing and twisting balloons into
BALLOON CRITTERS*.  


WHO KNEW I HAD THESE SKILLS?
SURELY NOT I!!
*Many thanks to THE HANDS


 My buds Frankie and Ernie (who are always punctual)
were the first to arrive...OMDoxies Ernie has the grab his
lickety split...Roxy told me he had soft lips..Frankie
and I were amazed...the balloon didn't even pop.
 Next to arrive was Sarge...he asked for a little blue pony for himself
and an octopus for his Crabby Girls
 Frankie decided a giraffe was what he wanted...cause he is vertically challenged...MOL sorry Frankie.
Ernie brought Roxy back to pick out her very own balloon
critter.  I made her a kangroo ...

WHAT A FUN I HAD...NEXT GIG I'LL BE SURE TO REMEMBER TO BRING MORE BALLOON CRITTERS!!!



We wanted to take this opportunity to give  a

standing ovation and say 87 million thank yous

to each and every member of the Safety 

Committee for their excellent posts

and to

Sarge, Sidebites and Susie

for their excellent organizational skills

BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!!!!!

WELL DONE MY FRIENDS. This event 

will be recorded in the official Mayoral 

records



Today is the last day of 

SAFETY WEEK 2014  -SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Daily Transportation – Aug 12-16 – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM
Blog Hop – Oz – www.oztheterrierDOTCOM
Smilebox – Mona – justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM

Aug 16:
               Picnic – Sasha and  Ruby – chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM  and                     www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM
               DJ Rockin’ Wills Music Set– Sweet William – sweetwilliamthescot.blogspotDOTCOM
               Bad Dawg Agency concert – baddawgagency.blogspotDOTCOM
               Surf Jammers concert – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM
               ADTR Fundraiser Kissing Booth – Mona & Prissy  -  justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM  
               Bounce House – Frankie & Ernie  -  frankiefurterprice.blogspotDOTCOM
               Sand Box – Daisy – dailydaisydog.blogspotDOTCOM
              Hot Air Balloon Rides- Bentley and Pierre:  www.mkclintonDOTCOM
              Balloon Critters: Buttons the clown: http://downhomeinncDOTCOM


Friday, August 15, 2014

Buttons, Flowers and Congrats


Happy Friday
it is I, Buttons the Clown, aka Madi.
What fun I had in the Opening Parade for Safety week!!
MOL I bet none of you recognized me in Sarge's Parade!!
Frankie and Ernie asked me if I, Buttons, am available to entertain
at pawties?
YES I do pawties, parades, and whatever else I'm asked to do.

Let's talk about the possibilities
1-800-BUTTONS
If mom, answer hang up....she says I'm too young to work!



Today I'm also joining my long time gal pal Dory from







HAPPY 16TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO MY HUMAN SIS AND BROTHER IN LAW!!
I'm also very happy to report my BIL is 150% well.

Today and tomorrow are the last two days of
SAFETY WEEK 2014  -SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Daily Transportation – Aug 12-16 – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM
Blog Hop – Oz – www.oztheterrierDOTCOM
Smilebox – Mona – justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM


Aug 15: Search & Rescue – Bert –   bertdidit.blogspotDOTCOM  
                Zoomie Safety – Millie & Walter – www.birdbrainsanddogtales.wordpressDOTCOM
               Stormy Weather Safety – Casey & Cinderella  savetheboxers.blogspotDOTCOM
               Water Safety – Lily & Edward -  www.twofrenchbulldogsDOTCOM
               Pickpocket Protection – Easy – www.easyweimaraner.wordpressDOTCOM

Aug 16: Picnic – Sasha & Ruby – chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM  and  www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM
               DJ Rockin’ Wills Music Set– Sweet William – sweetwilliamthescot.blogspotDOTCOM
               Bad Dawg Agency concert – baddawgagency.blogspotDOTCOM
               Surf Jammers concert – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM
               ADTR Fundraiser Kissing Booth – Mona & Prissy  -  justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM  
               Bounce House – Frankie & Ernie  -  frankiefurterprice.blogspotDOTCOM
               Sand Box – Daisy – dailydaisydog.blogspotDOTCOM
              Hot Air Balloon Rides- Bentley and Pierre:  www.mkclintonDOTCOM


Thursday, August 14, 2014

FINALLY FINISHED!!


Day 3 was a pretty and sunny so we expected there would be lots
of worker bees today.  Mom and Dad came home from their
walk to find the worker bees napping in a truck
and sitting in the wheelbarrow THEY were
 Finally it arrived
 It had to back up our very steep and long drive way
as soon as I heard the noise I high tailed it upstairs.
 I told mom for safety reasons she was not allowed
to go pass me unless she knew the password
 Lucky for Mom she remembered the password
so I allowed her on the front porch for a photo shoot
so she could document the cement coming down the hopper
 The worker bees sprayed something in the hopper
to make it slippery and then he wet the dirt so the
cement would stick quickly
 WooHoo the first cement reaches ground ZERO...
aka our sidewalk.  Pouring cement and smoothing it on our walk and driveway was an all day job.  It had to sit
for a full 24 hours before they could return to 
lay the brick pavers in 3 sections.....
 Lo and behold it started raining the next day
and rained all weekend.  As of Sunday 8/10, the 3 paver sections are wet and muddy.  The peeps hoped and purred the weekend rain would end allowing these areas to dry before
the mason came on Monday 8/11 to lay the brick pavers.
Obviously the Old gray Mare* (TOGM) and Dad** cannot drive on the drive way due to the holes but they can walk on it.  They have to park the cars in front of the house.  They have to hoof it up and down the driveway. ...and trust me when I say there has been a good deal of whinny* and whining** going on here.  TOGM told me she hopped over the mud hole.  I told her I was purrty no hopping is allowed during 

BIG REVEAL!!!
RECAP...OLD DRIVEWAY


New SAFE Drive way and sidewalk

We have 3 sections of brick pavers in the drive way.
 One at top of drive way,one about 18' behind this one
and one at the bottom.  Our drive way is ~90' long

 Dad also asked them to put a row of pavers where the sidewalk and driveway meet

SAFETY WEEK!!
Here is a list of activities for Safety Week
You can safely travel to each event.
Aug 11:  Opening Ceremony – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM  
                Opening Speech – Madi – downhomeinnc.blogspotDOTCOM
              Parade – Sarge – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM

Aug 12:  Poop Bags/Flashlights – Lassie & Benji – lassiterchase.blogspotDOTCOM
               Plant Dangers – Reilly & Denny – cowspotdogs.blogspotDOTCOM
               Wild Animal Encounters – Lee & Phod -    kten-haileychronicles.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Travel Safety – Oz – www.oztheterrierDOTCOM
               Traffic Safety – Frank – theadventuresofthetank.blogspotDOTCOM  

Aug 13:  HGE Illness – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM
               Food Safety – Sasha – chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Stranger Danger – Angus – stellaroselong.blogspotDOTCOM
               TreeRat Hunting Safety – Ruby – www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM 
               Water Safety – Fudge – theportuguesewaterblog.blogspotDOTCOM
                There’s an App for That – Duncan – www.whitedogblogDOTCOM

 Aug 14:  Pet Fire Safety – FiveSibes – fivesibes.blogspotDOTCOM
               First Aid Tips – Goose – gospelofgoose.blogspotDOTCOM
               Hot Weather Safety – Idaho Pugs – idahopugranch.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Pet Insurance – Bunk – www.bunkblogDOTNET
               Microchipping – Wallace & Samuel – www.wallaceandsamuel.wordpressDOTCOM
               Toy Safety- Ranger the Scottie: http://ranger-scottie.blogspotDOTCOM 
               
Aug 15:  Search & Rescue – Bert –   bertdidit.blogspotDOTCOM  
                 Zoomie Safety – Millie & Walter – www.birdbrainsanddogtales.wordpressDOTCOM
               Stormy Weather Safety – Casey & Cinderella  savetheboxers.blogspotDOTCOM
               Water Safety – Lily & Edward -  www.twofrenchbulldogsDOTCOM
               Pickpocket Protection – Easy – www.easyweimaraner.wordpressDOTCOM

Aug 16:  Picnic – Sasha - chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM   &    Ruby - www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM
               DJ Rockin’ Wills  music set– Sweet William – sweetwilliamthescot.blogspotDOTCOM
               Bad Dawg Agency concert – baddawgagency.blogspotDOTCOM
               Surf Jammers concert – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM
               ADTR Fundraiser Kissing Booth – Mona & Prissy  -  justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM  
               Bounce House – Frankie & Ernie  -  frankiefurterprice.blogspotDOTCOM
               Sand Box  / So You Think You Can Dig– Daisy – dailydaisydog.blogspotDOTCOM

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SAFETY WEEK: PART II

Day Two started  with all kinds of banging, knocking and I 

don't know what all.  On the chance that it was a cat burglar,

I took it upon myself to guard Mom's pocketbook




The peeps were certainly glad to get rid of all

the big chunks of concrete jungle.  We hope and purr the 

sun stays out so we don't have a big mud hole.

 All the knocking, and banging and sawing and what all
was coming from this guy.  He is called a framer.  He sets
up the wood frames where the concrete will be poured
I hollered to him that it was Safety week and to be sure to be careful with the saw and hammer.
 The driveway 
 and sidewalk are all framed and ready for the cement
truck to arrive.  I can hardly wait to measure the noise level
when that monster comes.
 Mom gave me the all clear so I finally decided to come
half way down the stairs.


Here is a list of activities for Safety Week
You can safely travel to each event.
Aug 11:  Opening Ceremony – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM  
                Opening Speech – Madi – downhomeinnc.blogspotDOTCOM
              Parade – Sarge – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM

Aug 12:  Poop Bags/Flashlights – Lassie & Benji – lassiterchase.blogspotDOTCOM
               Plant Dangers – Reilly & Denny – cowspotdogs.blogspotDOTCOM
               Wild Animal Encounters – Lee & Phod -    kten-haileychronicles.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Travel Safety – Oz – www.oztheterrierDOTCOM
               Traffic Safety – Frank – theadventuresofthetank.blogspotDOTCOM  

Aug 13:  HGE Illness – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM
               Food Safety – Sasha – chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Stranger Danger – Angus – stellaroselong.blogspotDOTCOM
               TreeRat Hunting Safety – Ruby – www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM 
               Water Safety – Fudge – theportuguesewaterblog.blogspotDOTCOM
                There’s an App for That – Duncan – www.whitedogblogDOTCOM

 Aug 14:  Pet Fire Safety – FiveSibes – fivesibes.blogspotDOTCOM
               First Aid Tips – Goose – gospelofgoose.blogspotDOTCOM
               Hot Weather Safety – Idaho Pugs – idahopugranch.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Pet Insurance – Bunk – www.bunkblogDOTNET
               Microchipping – Wallace & Samuel – www.wallaceandsamuel.wordpressDOTCOM
               
Aug 15:  Search & Rescue – Bert –   bertdidit.blogspotDOTCOM  
                 Zoomie Safety – Millie & Walter – www.birdbrainsanddogtales.wordpressDOTCOM
               Stormy Weather Safety – Casey & Cinderella  savetheboxers.blogspotDOTCOM
               Water Safety – Lily & Edward -  www.twofrenchbulldogsDOTCOM
               Pickpocket Protection – Easy – www.easyweimaraner.wordpressDOTCOM

Aug 16:  Picnic – Sasha - chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM   &    Ruby - www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM
               DJ Rockin’ Wills  music set– Sweet William – sweetwilliamthescot.blogspotDOTCOM
               Bad Dawg Agency concert – baddawgagency.blogspotDOTCOM
               Surf Jammers concert – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM
               ADTR Fundraiser Kissing Booth – Mona & Prissy  -  justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM  
               Bounce House – Frankie & Ernie  -  frankiefurterprice.blogspotDOTCOM
               Sand Box  / So You Think You Can Dig– Daisy – dailydaisydog.blogspotDOTCOM






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Safety Week Part 1

We thank Bites and Sarge for hosting this great event.
It is quite a co-in-ceee-dence that I have posts this week about
safety...it was not planned....JUST HAPPY SAFE ACCIDENT

This is a picture of our very (un)SAFE drive way.
Several years ago we had a (now deceased) tree
that got too big making its roots pop up our driveway
and obviously that crack is a big safety issue!
The plans were for it to be repaired in Mid July;
however, the monsoon season started in Raleigh.
The contractor said we needed 3 days of full sun...
ha ha ha to that
Finally the first part of the week of 8/4 was predicted to be 
sunny and dry...so low and behold at 3pm on Monday Aug 4
Bob (the) Cat arrived to start demo on our driveway
Mom took photos from the upstairs window 
so that she was safely out of their way.
Our drive way turned out to be a challenge for
Bob(the)Cat and his crew...they had to stop
several times to sharpen Bob(the)Cats claws.
Finally Bob(the)Cat got tough digging big
hunks of concrete up (safely).  Now they were 
nice and efficient but THEIR loudest work
started about the time I was ready for my din-din.
My dining station is NOT in the middle of the floor it is
behind me where you see my my fountain and my other bowl but I would not eat there. So mom moved it here.  Dad said he thought
I wanted to be looking straight towards the front door to eat
just in case.  

Thankfully I did not get indigestion and I was able to finish but 
this Diva does not like her meals messed up!!
About 5:15 Bob(the)Cat and his cubs finished the demo so the
peeps headed out to check things out.
They found Bob(the)Cat and his crew rock climbing...
Dad hollered you guys be 
S A F E


Thus day one ended with our driveway looking like Stonehenge
Stay tuned for Day 2

Here is a list of activities for Safety Week
You can safely travel to each event.
Aug 11:  Opening Ceremony – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM  
                Opening Speech – Madi – downhomeinnc.blogspotDOTCOM
              Parade – Sarge – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM

Aug 12:  Poop Bags/Flashlights – Lassie & Benji – lassiterchase.blogspotDOTCOM
               Plant Dangers – Reilly & Denny – cowspotdogs.blogspotDOTCOM
               Wild Animal Encounters – Lee & Phod -    kten-haileychronicles.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Travel Safety – Oz – www.oztheterrierDOTCOM
               Traffic Safety – Frank – theadventuresofthetank.blogspotDOTCOM  

Aug 13:  HGE Illness – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM
               Food Safety – Sasha – chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Stranger Danger – Angus – stellaroselong.blogspotDOTCOM
               TreeRat Hunting Safety – Ruby – www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM 
               Water Safety – Fudge – theportuguesewaterblog.blogspotDOTCOM
                There’s an App for That – Duncan – www.whitedogblogDOTCOM

 Aug 14:  Pet Fire Safety – FiveSibes – fivesibes.blogspotDOTCOM
               First Aid Tips – Goose – gospelofgoose.blogspotDOTCOM
               Hot Weather Safety – Idaho Pugs – idahopugranch.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Pet Insurance – Bunk – www.bunkblogDOTNET
               Microchipping – Wallace & Samuel – www.wallaceandsamuel.wordpressDOTCOM
               
Aug 15:  Search & Rescue – Bert –   bertdidit.blogspotDOTCOM  
                 Zoomie Safety – Millie & Walter – www.birdbrainsanddogtales.wordpressDOTCOM
               Stormy Weather Safety – Casey & Cinderella  savetheboxers.blogspotDOTCOM
               Water Safety – Lily & Edward -  www.twofrenchbulldogsDOTCOM
               Pickpocket Protection – Easy – www.easyweimaraner.wordpressDOTCOM

Aug 16:  Picnic – Sasha - chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM   &    Ruby - www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM
               DJ Rockin’ Wills  music set– Sweet William – sweetwilliamthescot.blogspotDOTCOM
               Bad Dawg Agency concert – baddawgagency.blogspotDOTCOM
               Surf Jammers concert – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM
               ADTR Fundraiser Kissing Booth – Mona & Prissy  -  justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM  
               Bounce House – Frankie & Ernie  -  frankiefurterprice.blogspotDOTCOM
               Sand Box  / So You Think You Can Dig– Daisy – dailydaisydog.blogspotDOTCOM