Who needs a last name anyway?

It occurred to me this evening that my little cartoon family does not have a last name. It has just never come up.

That has been remedied!

They are heretofore known as “The Taylors”.

Preview of this week’s strip:



Contest – Name the Kitty!

It’s been a while now since Tom and Jen rescued Kitty when she was alone in the woods and gave her a good home. She needs a proper name and I would like YOU to choose that name.


  1. Nothing obscene or offensive (Trixie’s Tales is all ages and I reserve the right to eliminate entries which might not be aligned with that.)
  2. No longer than 7 letters  – simply because I don’t want to be squeezing a long name into a tiny word bubble forever more :)

The winning name will be chosen via a random drawing.

The person who sends in the winning entry will receive a high quality print of their choice of one of the Trixie’s Tales strips, signed by moi.

If you’d like to participate, please send your entries to me no later than Sunday, January 31, 2016 (11:00 AM, U.S. EST). You can send them via blog comment, email (trixiestales at yahoo dot com), twitter (@trixiestales) or facebook (/trixiestales).

If there is a special meaning or significance to the name you enter, I would love to hear about it!

Thank you and Good luck!

Is that a pool or a lagoon?

Fall is upon us. Halloween has come and gone and we are preparing for Thanksgiving.



Eric (DH) spent most of this past week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on travel for business. I know that he spent more than a fair amount of time working, as that is how it goes in the IT world, and i was feeling sad for him until he sent the following pic, taken from his hotel window:

It was gray and rainy back here in OH and that looks like paradise to me. Hmm…guess who’s coming along next time? Little dose of sun and fun in my future, maybe? :) Ok, hoping.

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Dancer & Mmax – soulmates

I’m putting a good word in with this post for two dogs at the League for Animal Welfare in Batavia, OH. Eric and I are in love with Mmax. He is a Great Dane mix and a sweet, sweet soul. We’ve not interacted with Dancer much yet, but she seems very sweet as well. If you are in the area and have a place in your home and heart for two dogs that belong together, please take a look at this video:


The first time we walked Mmax, he took my heart and Eric firmly reminded me that we already have 4 furry four-leggers at home. In reality, Eric was being overly stern because he was trying to keep himself from falling for Mmax too :)

Thank you for giving them a look!

Volunteering – League for Animal Welfare

Eric and I recently started volunteering at the League for Animal Welfare in Batavia, OH. We get to do all the fun things like walk the dogs and play with them, give them treats. We are impressed with how nice the place is…so clean and thoughtfully designed. LFAW is a no-kill facility to boot. Eric fell in love with one of the dogs, Gideon. We were happy to learn during our most recent visit that Gideon is now with a foster family.


Home improvements! Roman shades for living room

Today, Eric and I (finally) installed some Roman shades that I’d made for the living room and dining room.  I don’t know what it is about that last step…the shades have been ready for about 2 months. Eric has been ready and willing to assist with the installation. It’s just me.  I am especially bad like that when it comes to laundry. Washing, drying, folding…no problem. But heaven help me if I have to actually put the clothes in the dresser or the closet. Just doesn’t make sense.  Most of the time, we just live out of the laundry baskets and skip that last step ;)

The living room, dining room and kitchen are all kind of one big open space. Here is the actual living room, with new shades:


Here, part of the dining room adjacent to the living room – Trix lying in her usual spot:


And  this small area is kind of no man’s land, leading to the stairs – Holly napping in her favorite chair. See the red column which is part of the kitchen:


Now you’ve had a tour of most of the downstairs. Next up on the hit parade, making a curtain or shade for the big picture window in the dining, which is to the left of the dining room table and not visible in the photos.

Going vegan – Trixie?!?

While (both cartoon and real-life) Trixie will continue to eat a diet of chicken and rice and assorted vegetables, I have finally made the long-coming transition to a fully plant-based diet. My consumption of meat had been dwindling over the years via conscious effort and I got to the point where I knew I could eliminate the remaining pieces, including dairy and eggs. It feels good and very freeing.

If any of you are strictly plant-based, I would love to hear from you! Also, although I have no plans to switch either of my dogs to plant-based, I know that there are people who have done this. Penny for your thoughts (pros and cons) on this type of diet for canines.

Happy Pi Day to everyone!


It’s all coming together

Eric built an irrigation system for the potted shrublings today:


The whole thing cost about $30. That includes the PVC pipes, valves and other miscellaneous pieces. Each row has its own valve which lets us adjust the water flow and each pot has its own 1/16″ hole for the water to drip out. It’s super cool!

It is controlled by a timer, which is connected to the water spigot on the house (timer purchased previously and not included in the cost).

 I had applied for an Ohio state vendor license early in March and received my certificate of registration last week. Now just waiting for the nursery inspection. It’s starting to feel like a ‘real’ nursery. :)