Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Happy 7th Blogaversary, AKA The End


















Hello! Everyone,
Jemima Jones Beck here.
Yesterday was my 7 year Blogaversary! Since Mom and I started this blog on a rainy day in Corvallis, Oregon we have written 636 posts, received more than 48,000 unique page views, and read over 2300 comments from friends, family and random Internet weirdos (you know who you are, sillies). We have made many friends; people and dogs that we have met in person or connected with via other social media.

The End:
Mom and I have been thinking about it for a long, long while now and have decided that it is time for us to stop writing here. Why? Both of us have outgrown the phase of our lives where we have the time, energy and desire to maintain a blog as it should be maintained (with at least three posts a week, in Mom's personal opinion). I am almost  8 years old now and starting to "slow down". I no longer want to play in the park, but prefer to stand between Mom and Dad to watch the world from their sides. Mom and I spend hours every day in our garden, something that we both love but that which is not necessarily conducive to writing a blog. And, of course, Mom is going on four years at a company that she is proud to call her employer and therefore has much less time than she did when we first started writing here.

I plan to leave the blog up for a while. It has been an amazing chronicle of our experiences and I would like to figure out how to somehow archive the whole thing for future reference. Does anyone know how to do that?

For the last seven years connecting with you all here has been one of the defining elements of our lives, Thank you!

I will always be so excited...to be a pug!

Love,
Jemima Jones Beck (and Mom)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary Mom and Dad (and Merry Christmas Eve, Everyone Else)




Hi! Everyone,
Jemima Jones Beck here to wish my Mom and Dad a Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary!
I have included a recent picture of the two of them from their trip to the Galapagos. Can you tell that Dad is really, really chilly?
Here's another one, in which Dad is also chilly and wearing lots more clothing than one would expect to find him wearing on an equatorial beach:



Silly Dad :)
At any rate, Mom and Dad married 8 years ago today at the Fort Lewis College Chapel in Durango, Colorado. They married after 4 years of dating during high school and college. Shortly afterwards (like, just one month later) I was born, and a couple of weeks after that, Mom and Dad bought me from a man in the parking lot of the Durango Wal-Mart which, is obviously the really important part of this story...couple marries...later ADOPTS PUG.
ALSO, Happy Christmas Eve!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dad Had a Beard

Hi! Everyone,
Jemima Jones Beck here.
No super exciting news around the Beck household.
We didn't celebrate Thanksgiving and thank goodness for that. Mom and Dad have the Christmas Tree up, but it is currrently nude (sheild your eyes children!),
Since nothing super exciting is happening, I thought that I would share some pictures of Dad from a few months ago. What is special about these pictures you ask? Well, Dad has a beard in them! Mom hates facial hair with a passion, so this was Dad's first beard ever. I didn't care for it (you can see me trying to escape Dad's hairy face in the second picture) and I guess that Dad didn't like the itchy-ness much either since he shaved it off shortly after these pictures were taken and hasn't grown it back.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Mmmmm...stick!




I just love chewing on a good yard stick! No idea why Mom and Dad are constantly picking them up and throwing them in the trash...I wish that our yard was covered in layer upon layer of sticks...yes...my precious...
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy 12th Anniversary Mom and Dad




As many of you who have read this blog for a few years know, Mom and Dad have two anniversaries. Their Wedding Anniversary on December 24th, and the anniversary that they celebrated for all the years that they were together before they got married. Somehow it just seemed wrong to them to stop celebrating their "old" anniversary just because a flashy new anniversary had burst onto the scene.
At any rate, today is Mom and Dads "original" anniversary. Congratulations on twelve years together Mom and Dad! I'm sure that there will be many, many more!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck
PS: if there's cake I want some!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Awesome New Bed




Hi! All,
Jemima Jones Beck here to show you my new bed. It's a Coolaroo. It's helping to keep me cool during this hot summer, and should also help to keep me warm in the winter. AND it can fit all of my toys, my blanket from Jen and Suki Sumo, and me all together on the bed! It's awesome.
The only thing that I don't like about it how sometimes I want to lay on it and one, or sometimes all three, of the kitties are already there. Damn kitties stealing my bed! Ugh!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mom's Tomatoes are Large




I mean her tomato plants you pervs! Gosh.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What Dad and I Do




This is what Dad and I do while Mom waters her garden every night. Moral support is pretty important while watering...
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Netty: Getting Kinda Fat




Oh dear everyone. My little brother Netty sure is getting pudgy. Just look at this picture: he's wider than me!
I suppose that I had better "take one for the team" here and just start eating his food for him. Yep. That'll solve everything.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day! Now Give me Some Food




I went to a BBQ with Mom and Dad last night. Since it was almost Father's Day I figured that I should probably spend more time sitting with Dad then time staring at the grill from three inches away. I totally was able to keep up with my "sit with Dad" resolution until they put the burgers on. And then...well...you know, I'm a pug, I HAD to watch those burgers to make sure that they didn't fall off the grill and land in my belly, I mean, on the ground.
Happy Father's Day!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Go Into the Kitchen




Look at my big, gorgeous eyes, aren't they adorable? Don't they make you want to go to the kitchen and get me a snack? Yes they do! They dooooo....
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hanging Out With Mom in the Garden





Because I'm a good pug, and good pugs hang with their people...even if that means sitting outside, tied to an olive tree (instead of inside, on the couch).
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

So Tired




Oh my gosh you all, I am so tired. Mom does this thing where she comes home from work and wants me to get up and hang out with her in the garden. I do it, because I am good pug and sacrifices must be made in the name of good pugs everywhere, but sheesh, let me sleep! At least maybe don't pet me with your foot when we come inside, ok Mom? That way I can get some couch sleep before bedtime. Bedtime takes a lot of energy. Must be prepared.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

One Month




One month since I posted, oh dear.
Not too much going on at the Beck house...Mom continues with her diet. She has lost 31.5 pounds so far. The diet suuuuure makes her cranky, sheesh. Dad is getting ready to climb Mt. Rainier in July. That will be lame because he will be gone for five whole days! Boooooo! And the raised beds are doing well! Mom is going to harvest some radishes today.
Speak again soon, or, you know, in a month.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Monday, April 09, 2012

Raised Garden Beds, How We Did It

Hi! All,
Jemima Jones Beck here to show you how we made Mom 7 raised garden beds in our back yard.
It's really simple.

First, get some wood. We used Cedar because it is naturally rot resistant without being pressure treated with non organic chemicals.


 
Next, drill your wood together into whatever shape you want your raised bed to be. Mom likes symmetry, so we went with traditional rectangle.  
I helped a LOT with the drilling



Place your raised beds over the prepared ground. The way to prepare the ground is to dig at least eight inches below the surface into the soil. Killing (by flipping) or relocating all sod along the way.
Then, fill with whatever you want to plant your garden in. Because Mom is apparently turning into a hippy, we used organic mushroom compost, organic steer manure, and organic planters soil. And, as you can see from the picture, we used a lot of it - a couple of hundred cubic feet.


Finally, enjoy your raised beds! Mom has already planted some early crops and is currently growing Arugula, Lettuce, Spinach, Radish, and Onion with lots, LOTS more to come.
I see veggies in my future.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Coming Soon




I promise that the post on building Mom's raised garden beds is coming soon! In the meantime here is a picture of Dad and me. We're super cute and stuff. Love, Jemima Jones Beck

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Raised Garden Beds- The Preview


Hi! Everyone!
Jemima Jones Beck here to give you a preview of coming attractions.
Mom and Dad recently spent a ton of time building, and installing, raised beds in my backyard for a garden. I totally helped (see picture).
More on this ASAP...just as soon as the blisters on my typing paws heal. You know, the blisters from all the hauling and drilling and...other garden related stuff that I totally helped with.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Walking

Hey there all you people!
Jemima Jones Beck here to show you a picture of a recent walk that Mom, Dad and I went on.
This post was supposed to include more pictures of our new neighborhood so that you all could get a feel for it but someone forgot to charge the camera. So...this is it. Enjoy!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!







Hi! Everyone, Jemima Jones Beck here wishing Dad a happy 28th birthday! Hopefully Dad gets lots of nice, juicy bones for his birthday...and then he can share them with me! Love, Jemima Jones Beck

Friday, February 17, 2012

Monster Trucks!







Hi! Everyone, Jemima Jones Beck here. My Mom and Dad sure are weird. Every once in a while they like to go see "Monster Trucks". I always wondered exactly what a monster truck was until Mom showed me the picture included here... And now? Yeah, now I know that my parents are a bit odd since they apparently enjoy flying trucks. Whatever floats their boats I guess. Love, Jemima Jones Beck

Monday, February 06, 2012

Whoa!

Where did that weekend go!? My gosh, it must have been running away from it's parole officer to have gone by that fast.
Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend and is looking forward to yet another GLORIOUS week on the job.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Oh Colorado. You're So Silly

Hi! All,
Jemima Jones Beck here to talk to you about our silly Colorado weather.
A few days ago, as you can see, the weather was perfect! There was clear ground and even the snow in the shadows of the trees was melting because of the fact that it was 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
Today though, we have many, many inches of snow!
What's up with that Colorado? This behavior is messing with my emotions. First I have to prepare myself for sun and warmth, then for snowmageddon!
Gosh, Colorado, make up your mind.
Sheesh.
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Thursday, February 02, 2012

My Favorite Days




My favorite days are the ones on which Grandma Andrea comes to the house to visit me for a few minutes, or even take me for a hike! Here's a picture of me looking at Grandma Andrea adoringly, because, you know, I adore her! Love, Jemima Jones Beck

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!




Hi! Everyone! Jemima Jones Beck here wishing me a happy birthday! That's right, today is my 7th birthday. I had a great day...I dug up a stick in the yard and lots of people came over to see me in my pink scarf. I looked super cute, and everyone wanted to pet me...yay! Love, Jemima Jones Beck

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday

Hi! Everyone! Jemima Jones Beck here wishing you a Happy Monday!
I try to remain positive at the beginning of each work week ...not let the "it's Monday Bah-humbug" blues get me down. Hopefully I can maintain that attitude longer than 10:00am Monday morning, this week ;)
I am excited for this upcoming weekend because Mom and Dad are throwing their housewarming party! Yay! Lots of people for me to meet, and lots of food for me to snatch off plates! Yum!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thanks for the Support!

Hi! Everyone! Thank you to everyone who commented with diet support for Mom.
She thinks it really helped...at her first weigh in (after only two days on the program) Mom has already lost 2.75lbs! Yay!
Now that Mom is all dieting and stuff, I am not getting anywhere nearly as many "bacon nutrients" as I need. Its making me seriously tired! Off to bed!
Love,
Jemima Jones Beck

Monday, January 09, 2012

Let's All Wish Mom Luck




Hi! Everyone, Jemima Jones Beck here asking everyone in bloggyland to wish Mom luck. On Wednesday she starts a 60 week weight loss plan that will (hopefully) change her life, and make it longer, too. Her weight loss plan is super restrictive and Mom is a little bit nervous that she just won't be able to hack it. Personally, I will miss eating the left over bacon grease that Mom always gives me after "fancy" Sunday morning breakfast, buuuuut, I really want Mom to be happy and healthy. Good luck on getting un-fat Mom! I love you! Smooches, Jemima

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Happy Blogaversary

Hi! Everyone! Jemima Jones Beck here saying "Happy Blogaversary to Me!". That's right, yesterday was the 6th anniversary of Mom and I starting this blog. Wow, thats a long time ago! I was not even a year old when we started writing...we were living in Oregon and both Mom and Dad were looking for work. Things sure have changed. Mom has been considering shutting down this blog for a few years now. Mostly because there are only so many things that a pug (or a woman writing from the perspective of a pug) can really say; only so many times that one person can post about snuggling before the word "snuggling" itself becomes horrible. Also because it sort of seems like pug/dog blogs themselves have run their course. Most of our bloggy friends don't write anymore. Obviously, we haven't stopped writing yet. Mom has decided to commit to another year...but it may be our last, we'll just have to see. Love, Jemima Jones Beck

Saturday, January 07, 2012

It's the Weekend...Relax!




Hi! All, Jemima Jones Beck here. As you can see from the picture, I am making the most of the weekend by snuggling with mom on the couch. What is everyone out there in blog world doing to this weekend? Hopefully something involving snuggling! Love, Jemima. Jones Beck