Vocabulary Building Project Blog Hop! Mystery Solved.

Hey It’s Jet, Savannah and Texas Here.

By now, you probably figured out that Texas, Savannah and I have put our collective fur together, (ok, our Moms helped, too), to make the Vocabulary Building Project an official Blog Hop!

We enjoyed giving you hints all week: click here for here for Texas’ post, here for Savannah’s post, and here for my post in case you missed them..

How did we begin? Texas and Savannah turn to Jet…you better tell this part, Jet…

Oh, Ok…Jet Here… let me tell you how Mom and I started this a long time ago on our blog:

Mom’s Papa always asked his children and grandchildren to keep pen and paper beside their beds so when they read their books and came upon an unknown word they could jot it down to look up later. When the family got together they played lots of vocabulary building games. So, when Mom and I began blogging, she wanted to avoid word ruts.

Last spring, Mom inquired whether Savannah and Miss Linda might like to collaborate (VBP) on making VBP a hop… Savannah and Miss Linda introduced us to Texas and Miss Carine creating the VBP Planning Committee.

We’ve been working diligently (VBP) ever since! Miss Ann, Zoey and Maggie from Zoolatry created a pawsome badge, which Miss Carine did really high tech thingies to! Check out Zoey, Prop Mistress extraordinaire, helping with badge arrangements.

First, she made sure the dictionary was sitting properly (VBP) on the table… (notice it is our very special dictionary with all our initials on it)…

Then she had to hop up to make sure it was going to stay straight for the photo shoot and she wanted to see if she could get the bookmark stuck in too…

Great job Zoey, thanks for the help!… as you can see, our VBP Badge is pawfect!

So let’s all talk about what to do now…

How to pawticipate

The Vocab Building Project, or VBP, is a blog hop that invites you to

learn new vocabulary and how to use it,

have fun in the process, using new words in a weekly blog post,

discover new blogs and make new friends.

What do you have to do? It is very simple.

  1. Every Thursday, Jet, Savannah, and Texas will write a blog post containing 2 to 3 words or expressions that are not often used in their blog posts (see examples here, here, and here),
  2. If you decide to join us in the fun, you have one week (you can pick any day you wish, from Thursday to the next Wednesday, that’s how flexible this blog hop is!) to write a blog post containing 2 to 3 words or expressions that you do not use often – it does not have to be the same as the hosts’, this is your choice,
  3. Pick one of the following badges by copying its code below (select the text in the box, right-click on selected code and copy), paste the code in your post (you have to paste it in the Text/HTML section when you write your post), write your post and don’t forget to add (VBP) after each new word you are using. We strongly suggest you only use 2-3 just to keep it easy and interesting,
  4. When your post is online, enter its URL/permalink by clicking on the Inlinkz image that you will find at the bottom of our Thursday VBP post,
  5. The following Thursday, at the end of our VBP posts, we will link to all the participating blogs, so that we can all visit participating blogs.

Any question? Leave a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as pawsible!

Jet Savannah Texas
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Another great Vocab Building Project Blog Hop day!


Mischief Monday – Crazy Contraption

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Look at this contraption…

This thingie is vital for the transcriptionist (MOM!) to convey my:

  • Innermost thoughts,
  • Musings,
  • Comments to my blogpals,
  • Rapier wit,
  • Negotiations skills when required,
  • Expert detecting process and conclusions,
  • Comedic repartee,
  • Well wishes,
  • Condolences,
  • Daily adventures,
  • Family interactions,
  • Pack experiences etc…

For the last week or two, our keyboard has:

  • Frozen for seconds to minutes,
  • Typed gobbledygook when Mom swears she pressed certain letters,
  • Changed lower case to upper case and vice versa,
  • Required Mom to pound on each letter (not helpful for repetitive strain),
  • Required mom to switch programs, cut and paste or close down and reopen stuff to kickstart the thingie.

I watched Mom problem solve by:

  • changing the batteries,
  • cleaning the keyboard,
  • shaking the keyboard (when she felt like throwing it!),
  • and checking the tower all to no avail.

Since biscuit money is a bit scarce, she’s trying to make do.  She told me that commenting can take up to 5 minutes per post, her newsletter required about an extra hour (5-7 instead of 4-6), and let’s not begin to discuss her regular word processing or recipe inputting.

For all these reasons, I call MISCHIEF on the crazy contraption!

Another great except for the keyboard, day.

Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life…for sponsoring the hop!  Click on any of the sponsors to join the hop.

Mischief Monday – Bath Salts, Take Her Away!

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Mom’s got these thingies called chemical sensitivities.  In the dinosaur TV days (term coined by my human sister, Rachel), there was a commercial  with a stressed out woman.  The tag line was – Calgon, take me away!

Mom spent much of Saturday having more tech issues:

Mom had to deal with the sudden POOF of her Kitchen Counselor blog. Gone, off the radar, like it never existed! Don’t get her started – one week of emails between 5 individuals, two companies and 3 hours on the phone yesterday!

Remember the WP issue? Well, we officially apologize, as yesterday confirmed that the MISCHIEF is on GOOGLE CHROME.  We tried to add the Saturday Pet Blogger hop link as usual to our post.  What happened?

  • No Jetty boy banner,
  • No access to comments,
  • No access to posts,
  • No access to notifications to comment for quite a while,
  • Funny gobbledy gook format when we tried all possible ways in,
  • We tried to go through our BFF Savannah’s Paw Tracks, another WP blog (which was working fine, btw) which helped a smidge.


  • Shut down browser many times,
  • Restarted computer many times,
  • Shut down computer and restarted…
  • Went to the laundry room to address another ridiculous tech issue.*

*Ridiculous tech issue: Remember the second Mr. ATT? (Not Mr. Steve (installed unneeded new tv, Mr. Mario fixed phone and alarm) Well he moved all the equipment to the laundry room about a month ago to “fix the problems.”  Now, almost EVERY time Mom turns off the laundry room light (where our food is btw), loud beeps begin, orange and green lights on the two machines go nuts and the phones, wireless, tivo, and some computer features STOP.  Mom must go to the outlet and press the red BATMAN button – actually restart).  Come on… give Mom a break!

At this point, Mom began acting like a crazy mad scientist.  Until…

She remembered the suggestions of many of our kind, patient, tranquil petbloggers… try other browsers!

  • She tried IE, (so slow, not so great),
  • Firefox (wouldn’t load some of the stuff),
  • Safari (worked slowly, responded to a few comments, was NOT user friendly),
  • banging her head on furniture.

On top of this, she contracted (vocab builder project VBP) a stomach virus from a co-worker who came to work Friday quite ill.  They work in close quarters, so, Mom knew the die was cast.

Mom had to run a few errands before dinner, returned for our usual routines, made call #3 to GoDaddy (1.5 hours) and then tried visiting our blog again through Chrome. Sure enough, everything was back to normal.

Another, glad I’m not in charge of tech, day!

*As she’s preparing this post, it happened AGAIN… OMD!

Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life…for sponsoring the hop!  Click on any of the sponsors to join the hop.