Well, yesterday we had a fun visitor: Lisa. Lisa is an old, old friend of Alpha's, and she and her husband have a sugarhouse which makes, according to Alpha, the best maple syrup in all the land.
Alpha remembers going up to their woods the first year they were tapping their virgin trees about .... oh, she doesn't even know ... maybe 20 years ago? Something like that. Maybe even more, but Alpha doesn't want to think about that, because that means that everyone is much older than she likes to think.
Lisa also has dogs, lots of dogs:
So Lisa really knows how to speak my language. We had so much FUN playing with the squeaky toy yesterday, but silly Alpha forgot to get pictures of us. When Lisa first got here, she said to Alpha, "You give him such a personality [in the blog]," and Alpha said, "He's got the personality. I just have to write it." By the time Lisa left, she had changed her tune. She said to me, "You have SUCH a personality, Mr. Jefferies."
I don't know why people are always so surprised about this. I just don't know about people. They are so not with it sometimes. But what're you gonna do? When you're a Yorkie, you just have to tolerate them the best you can. That's my advice to you if you are a Yorkie: Just be as tolerant as you can. They will give you treats and take you for walks and coo a lot, and that makes it worth being a little bit tolerant of their other shortcomings.
Anyway, I'm glad to call her my new Auntie Lisa.
But hey, that's not all! I've got so MANY loving aunts!
This weekend Alpha and I are going to visit my Auntie Jenn, also know as Auntie Nipperknits, in New York City. We've been looking forward to this trip for a long time, and that trip is why we had Auntie Lisa bring us some syrup. We're going to see a whole bunch of our New York City-area friends, and Alpha is going to try to sweeten them all up with some of that Vermont syrup.
But she has missed a very important fact: She is bringing ME. So what more sweetness do they need?
Again, we just have to smile and nod and be tolerant.
Auntie Jenn has a new website and all kinds of new and exciting news to share!
You might remember stories that Alpha has told about her "Cousin Jenn." They love each other and go back a long way. Jenn was one of Alpha's very first blog friends, and she has remained one of the closest. And somewhere along the way it came out that Jenn's last name is the same as Alpha's last name used to be, and thus the "Cousin" moniker. (When you are a Yorkie with a personality such as mine, you use words like "moniker" without even batting an eyelash.)
But anyway, Jenn shares some of Alpha's DNA, we are convinced. She is a super-smart and accomplished knitwear designer and technical editor with some amazing things on her resume.
You have to go see her new blog, where you will find a new free hat pattern, which I totally love because her sample is the same color as my green sweater:
Keep your eyes out for a contest there in the next few days, too!
Here's the direct link to the blog: Nipperknits
Please go take a look at her new site and say hi.
Tell her Mr. Jefferies sent you.
Sweetest maple syrupy congratulations to my Auntie Jenn. She deserves all the best, and we can't WAIT to see her this weekend, when I'm sure we will generate lots more stories for the blog.