Our Favorite Outdoor Pillows

By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti

Our Favorite Outdoor Pillows // Bubby and Bean
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My name is Paige and I’m addicted to pillows. Pillows on the bed, pillows on the couch, pillows on my work chair–and now that we’re spending more time on the deck, pillows in the yard! What’s funny is that although it’s only June, I’ve seen some these marked down already. Seems a little premature, but I’m certainly not going to complain because if each pillow is less money, that means I can just buy more of them. (I am a hoarder.)

I do have to admit that our outdoor space is the area of the house that gets the least attention from me. It’s not intentional, I just get distracted by everything else that’s going on and the poor yard gets neglected. But! Since we’re extra happy to be out there now that the polar vortex is done bringing misery to everyone, I’ve been eyeballing some pillows to make the space a little more inviting. I found some bright colors and patterns to share with you, because I think the yard is the perfect place to get a little wild with your decor. You’re surrounded by plants and flowers when you’re outside, which are all pretty and blooming this time of year, so you might as well bring some of that pizzaz into your seating area.

I haven’t pulled the trigger on any of these yet, but I’m leaning hard toward numbers 2 and 5. What are your favorites? Do you already have some cute pillows outside? How do you like to jazz up your yard after a long, hellish winter? – Paige

Thank you Paige for sharing this gorgeous outdoor pillow round-up with us!  Paige is an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit) and also blogs over at Little Nostalgia.  I’m thrilled to welcome her as our new Home Contributor!  You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

There are some exciting things happening here at Bubby and Bean.  We’re expanding and have lots of fun plans in the works.  Stay tuned for a post welcoming our new contributors and revealing more details in the coming weeks!

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Tennis Star Andy Murray Saves a Labradoodle from a Busy Road

They call him Andy Murray, Dog Rescuer. They also call him Andy Murray, Reigning Wimbledon Champ — probably more often Andy Murray, Dog Rescuer, like a lot more — but for the purposes of this article we’re sticking with Andy Murray, Dog Rescuer.

Because Andy Murray saved a dog. 

The championship tennis player, who owns two dogs of his own, was on his way to practice on Sunday in his car — one day before he demolished his opponent in his first Wimbledon match — when he noticed something in the road that didn’t belong there. Imagine the road is a tennis court and Andy’s steering wheel is a tennis racket — he’s seeing everything out there, every movement, every flash of light, every puff of wind. 

And Andy Murray saw a Labradoodle in the road. 

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Andy at home with one of his dogs.

So he parked his car, strode out into the road, stopped traffic with nothing more than his Andy Murray-ness, and coaxed the Labradoodle out of the road and into the backseat of his car, like he was coaxing Boris Becker to the net with a series of ever softer lobs before drilling one past his ear and nicking the baseline. 

(We know very little about tennis; we hope that sounded right.) 

Or, according to the Independent, he told BBC Radio Five Live, “I was driving to practice and there was a dog running along the road. I parked the car and got out and tried to stop the traffic because the dog was running towards the oncoming traffic. I ran into the road, stopped the traffic and I managed to get the dog onto the backseat of my car." 

Once in possession of the Labradoodle, Murray kept his head in the game. He drove to a nearby dog park -- he knew a dog park was nearby because he's Andy Murray; also because he takes his own dog there. He figured the dog escaped from the park. Then he called the number on the tag, and lo and behold, he discovered that that dog and his dogs are friends. It turns out they go on walks together. 

“I called the number on the tag and amazingly my two dogs walk with that dog quite a lot. I met the owner and she was happy I’d picked him up."

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As expected from a Wimbledon champion, Murray brushes over the fact that getting a Labradoodle you don't know into your car after he's been scrambling through traffic is quite a feat.

“The dog was pretty strong, I don’t think he really wanted me to grab him by the collar and put him in the car," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "But thankfully the dog was fine and it’s all good.” 

We officially hope Murray wins Wimbledon this year and becomes the world champion of tennis. 

Via the Independent; photos via Andy Murray's Facebook page

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My parakeet has mites!!!?

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My parakeet has mites. what should I buy to get rid of them.
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My parakeet has been plucking his feathers a lot and he is not molting yet. He is about 6 months old.

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Mañana

The look on the doctor’s face was more bemused than annoyed as he tried to explain what happened to the centrifuge we were supposed to be bringing to Nicaragua for the clinic. The valuable piece of medical equipment had been confiscated by a leery customs official the day before, and the shifty eyed official wouldn’t release it to us without running it by his boss. Who would be in tomorrow.

Mañana, the official said. Come back mañana.

So a local veterinarian, who understands the language and the local culture, was dispatched the following day to the airport to convince the customs officials that there was nothing untoward about a centrifuge and to please give it back to us. He met with a different and no more accommodating Nicaraguan official, who thought about it for a while before saying, No, you can’t have it.

Well, the vet asked, when can I have it?

Mañana, he said, come back mañana.  I never really got how this worked until this experience. The days stretching into the infinite, equipment locked up in an office to lord knows what end,  mañana becoming less of a day and more of a concept.Sometime, just not now, and maybe not ever. It’s not so much tomorrow, it’s the idea of tomorrow perhaps being more conducive to our goals.

Frustrating as the experience was for all involved, it’s not a foreign concept to any human. We are experts at procrastination, at remembering things a day after the deadline, of holding onto that bottle of champagne for a *really* special occasion that never materializes, of planning that special trip in our heads if not on our calendars and only committing to it after the chance has gone by.

Anyone who has lived with animals, seen a life arc before you in all too short a time, knows how this works. It doesn’t matter. We still continue to do this to ourselves:

We spend our childhood dreaming of things we can’t do, because we’re too young.

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Then we spend our adult lives dreaming of things we won’t do, because of work and kids and life. Mañana, we’ll do these grand things mañana.

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And at some point, they again become things we can’t do, because now we’re too old.

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(I know I wasn’t the only one cursing out Pixar through my ugly cry when Paradise Falls never materialized for Ellie.)

Somewhere in the middle, if we’re lucky, we can shake ourselves out of our certainty of tomorrow long enough to make mañana today. I’ve been doing this a lot more in the last few years, which I suppose is the natural progression of someone beyond the reckless optimism of youth and not quite ready to acknowledge that old is lurking right there in the wings.

It started with travel. It’s why I signed up for two weeks in Peru one year and another two weeks in Africa the next over the befuddled protests of my husband who wanted to know where I was going (somewhere interesting), with who (strangers that are now friends), and why (Why not?) Because at some point, I’ll know that I can’t.

It's never the wrong time to go somewhere new and make a new friend.

It’s never the wrong time to go somewhere new and make a new friend.

And while I can’t commit to globetrotting nearly as often as I’d like to, on a smaller scale I’ve decided to take on one mañana a year. Back in 2008, I attempted to train for a marathon and dutifully attended every group run, but my knees gave out at the 18 mile training run and I had to drop out. I can still do a half marathon, I told myself. Later this year, I said.

That was six years ago. A friend from the gym who is at the same point in her life asked me last week if I wanted to join a running club with her to train for a half marathon in August, which seemed like a good goal but maybe for later this year. I’ll think about it, I said, and later that afternoon read this story. If ever there is a sign from the universe to get off your butt and go do something, it’s a 91 year old cancer survivor running a marathon in your backyard while you lament feeling old at a little more than half a century younger.

So I signed up.

We never did get that centrifuge. I learned this in a dusty Central American airport back room: mañana never comes. Today’s it, so do that 5K or learn to make real macarons or take opera lessons or whatever it is you’re sitting on for later. What’s your mañana?

 

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Restful dreams, Red King

I once worked in a very stressful place. It was an emergency hospital, always about 3 staff members short of a full crew and 25 people piled in the lobby waiting for treatment. It was a large staff of doctors, about 10 at the time, and as how things tend to happen in nutso environments the staff would get nutso a little bit as well. Stress does that to people.

You never sat still at that hospital; it was run run run, a dog bleeding out in room 1, a dyspneic cat gasping in room 2, five clients wanting updates on the phone. We didn’t catch up on things there so much as run as fast as you can so as not to fall further behind. The whole place had a surreal Through the Looking Glass feel to it, now that I think about it.

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In the midst of this chaos, one or two of the more enlightened veterinarians managed to float above it all. Dr. Naidus was one of them. Needles would be flying and people screaming and papers falling to the floor, and he would be solemnly nibbling on some healthy snack or another, surveying the scene with an amused glance before going back to whatever it was he was doing.

The interns and newer veterinarians such as myself were drawn to him like an acolyte to a guru, trying to figure out the secret of his zen-ness. He’d laugh and tell us when we were old we’d be too tired to get worked up over the small stuff too. (He was right.)

Clients loved him as much as we did. Every Christmas, when I considered myself lucky to get a hand soap from the rare client who could remember my name, baskets would start showing up in the treatment area with his name on it. Baskets and baskets and baskets. He always shared.

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Dr. Naidus got more gifts than the rest of us put together, including the owner and the boarded surgeon, and when we tried to figure out the secret of people loving him as much as they did it was simple: he gave them what they wanted. Treatment, or palliation if they didn’t want to pursue heroic measures. We were in an economically depressed area and people spent a lot of time confronted with estimates they couldn’t realistically afford.

He was always kind and understanding and worked with them based on what they could do. It wasn’t, as he kept reassuring us, rocket science. Be kind. Laugh, for goodness sake, it’s not that bad.

He took the same approach with the terrified interns, who were performing under a great deal of pressure without a lot of knowledge under their belts. We’d come up to him, all of us including him up to our eyeballs in paperwork, for advice or a ‘can you take a peek’ or ‘HELP!’ and he always did, with nary an eyeroll or a sigh or a ‘in a few minutes.’ In a place where people routinely lost their sanity trying to stay afloat, I never saw the guy lose his cool, like, ever. He surrounded himself with a bubble of laughter impervious to the anxiety around him. It rubbed off.

I worked with him only briefly, but have heard news of him through my friends who remained and considered him a dear friend. I knew he had been battling illness for a while, and had dealt with it with his characteristic humor. He did well for a very long time and went on to charm many more clients in the years since we sat side by side in that chaotic treatment area, watching the world swirl by.

In Through the Looking Glass, Alice happens upon the Red King, napping beneath a tree.

“He’s dreaming now,” said Tweedledee: “and what do you think he’s dreaming about?”

Alice said, “Nobody can guess that.”

“Why, about you!” Tweedledee exclaimed, clapping his hands triumphantly. “And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?”

“Where I am now, of course,” said Alice.

“Not you!” Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. “You’d be nowhere.”

Dr. Naidus was very much this type of quiet force in many lives. I am sure he was greeted today by many pets he has helped over his long career, as they welcome him home. Perhaps he and Kevin are sharing a brew; it’s been a long journey. Life, what is it but a dream?


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Rest well, my friend. Thank you for being you.

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PS This is not the hospital I wrote about in this post. ;)

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