Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mr. Riley 2002-2009

“Living the life of Riley” In memoriam from October 4, 2002, everything in between, to October 24, 2009.

It’s a sad day in the Partak household. We woke to the news that Riley died last night. He was at our friend’s house while we were in Monterey for a National Guard function. How he died is immaterial, rather how he lived is all that matters.

Riley lived life to the fullest. He was always happy, unless he did something wrong and was punished but he would soon forget and be happy again. He always greeted you as if you had been gone for years even if you just walked across the street to get the mail. Riley loved to sleep and he would always be the last one out of bed, but once we were up and moving he had to be with us. He also loved to eat. He would paw at the freezer for his favorite Bowowlicious snack or get up on the kitchen table to take a little taste of my pie...he got in trouble for that! He was always up for a good game of tug. He made sure that the deer and turkeys kept their distance but was friendly to everyone else he met. There wasn’t much he didn’t like. Kathy had to think hard but she finally remembered he didn’t link to be sprayed with stuff that made him smell good, he preferred to be a little stinky. We won’t have to worry about keeping the gates closed or calling him in for barking late at night. We will have more room in the bed but I don’t think we will sleep as good. Riley was a unique dog, a one of a kind that will be impossible to replace.

Riley left us too soon but he left some lessons for all of us. Say good bye like it’s your last day on earth. Say hello as if you had been gone for a long time. Be passionate in all you do. Take advantage of the little pleasures. Play hard and rest well. Find a sunny spot on a warm day or lay by the fire on a cold one. Nothing is better medicine to cure your ills then a furry companion. Go for a walk or a run every day. Love the ones you’re with.

The first song we heard when we decided to turn the radio up was Clay Walker’s “Live, Laugh, Love,” a song that fit the way Riley lived. After I picked up Riley’s body, Randy Travis’s song, “Three Wooden Crosses” came on. One of the lines in the lyrics goes “It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you, It's what you leave behind you when you go.”
Riley left us a lot in his short life.

Feel free to email Kathy but please don’t call right now. Don’t ask what happened, we don’t even really know and don’t want to. All we can say is it was an accident and there is no one to blame. Kathy will return your calls when she feels up to it. Dave

Rest In Peace Riley 2002-2009

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of me and Riley.


Riley didn't like to be dressed up, but he loved to make me happy.

Riley loved his toys! We got the purple squeaky dragon on one of our trips to Alameda.

He even slept with his toys. Sleep well Riley. You will be sorely missed.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Mason!

Happy Monday!

Mason's birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated on Saturday and will again tomorrow. If you want a chuckle, visit my Intentional Winning blog to read all about adventures in birthday cake. I guarantee you will smile!

It's been a jam packed week and weekend. We survived the torrential rain last week and had gorgeous weather for the weekend. On Saturday morning, Mason and I went to the Auburn Community Festival where we dropped off pumpkin sugar cookies Mason helped make (his entry), and a caramel apple cheesecake I made. From there, we went to the Zoo where we met some of my friends from twitter at the Zoo TweetUp (like a meet-up, but since you are twitter friends, it's a tweet-up). The Sacramento Zoo hosted it and boy, did they do a nice job! We got 1/2 off admission, a private room, food, drinks, a private animal encounter, a ride on their beautiful carousel, and we got to meet new friends face to face. Mason had a ball and so did I!

We got home and hustled to put the finishing touches on the house and Mason did his cake before his friends started arriving for his Star Wars birthday party. We grilled some hamburgers, had cake, opened presents, and then the real fun began. Dave made popcorn and the kids watched The Clone Wars in the backyard with goodie bags of candy and popcorn from an old time popcorn popper! The adults who stayed gathered around the fire with a beverage and a story. It was lots of fun.

Sunday morning Dave had to be up early for drill and Mason and Mike were up with the sun putting together Legos. I took my time, had some coffee and read the Sunday paper. Guess what? I won second place in the recipe contest with my caramel apple cheesecake! Whoo-Hoo! $50 and a smile! I hope you had a fun filled weekend like we did. Well, Dave did have to work, but when he wasn't working, he had fun, too! Here's a quote Dave sent me. I like the quote, but I really like that Dave thought about it and sent it to me to share with you. Happy Monday!

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser" John Garber

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake
2nd place winner at the 2009 Auburn Community Festival!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Fall Y'all!

Hi Friends,
This has been a busy, wild, fun, and hectic week. The bright spots were date night for Dave and I on Saturday night. We went to a wine tasting fundraiser. Dave wore a suit and tie and I wore a dress with stockings and high heels! Indeed, it was lots of fun.

On Sunday we were invited to join James and Lisa Leis invited us to join them on a limo trip to Apple Hill! We took Mason's friend Zachary and there were two other kids with us as well. It was a luxurious, fun, family trip! We didn't have a moment to rest and this morning we were off to Bishop's Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, CA. A little town with a great place to spend a day with your family and come home with pumpkins! This was a field trip with Mason's class and our first time visiting. I can say with certainty, we will go back as one of our fall traditions for years to come!

The glove business is off the hook! We have sold nearly all of our inventory. Retailers are reaching out from all over the globe. We ordered some more inventory to be here by Thanksgiving. If you know someone with kids, who can use snow gloves, please refer them to us and our web site. Now more than ever we need your help to sell the gloves we have coming. The more people who know, during the winter months, about ZipperBack Gloves can only mean success! I'm counting on you to help us spread the word!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Everybody's Happy!

Happy Fall Friends!

Dave was off this weekend at a civil war reenactment. I'm so glad he went. Marriage and family bring so many wonderful things, but all the additions mean some of our existing hobbies get pushed to the nether regions of God knows where. Dave loves reenacting and it's been more than six years since he's been able to really participate. Next year it's my intention that Dave will go to more events and Mason and I will go, too!

Mason and I did some busy work at home, went to the Auburn Home Show, and did several crafts together. Mason made a bird house, decorated a skeleton, and made a foam gingerbread house. I started feeling "not so good" on Sunday and I'm bummed to say I'm still not feeling so good. I'm gonna go take a hot bath and see if the heat will not only take the chill off, but make my achy bones feel better.

Sunday was Riley's 7th birthday. We had a Bowowlicious Barkday cake and we all made his day really special!

Next week it's time to get out the fall decorations and get the graveyard put together. Happy fall!