Thursday, February 23, 2012

Morning Greeting Committee

With Hubby having spent some time out of town lately, the dogs have gotten into a new little routine. I call it my "Morning Greeting Committee" - every morning around 6:30am Harley joins me in bed. She is very good about just snuggling up, and not being too pushy about me waking up or giving her attention. She just gets herself comfortable, and waits for me to start moving.
Jack, on the other hand, is TOTALLY in my face! By about 7am he decides its TREAT TIME and time for me to get rolling (doesn't he know I have insomnia half the time and he should tread ever-so-lightly when I am actually asleep?? Apparently not!) Here's what I woke up to this morning.
Kona and Jill are much more patient. They wait for me to actually get up before starting to prance all around, woof, and howl in their glee. Geez, I love these silly dogs!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Silly Girl!

Harley somehow managed to get herself locked up in "puppy jail" today...or so she thought!

Luckily it didn't take her long to escape!

Friday, February 17, 2012

It Takes Time

Simple as takes time. I've got to remind myself of that, and more importantly, I've got to remember to give myself time. I did just that yesterday. I made a little time for myself. I took the evening and made it my own. I took my camera down to the beach and snapped a few pictures.
I got there just after the sun had set - bad timing on my part, but I was still able to get a few pretty shots. I was ok with that. After all, it wasn't about taking a perfect picture, it was simply about being out, by myself, doing something I enjoy doing.
Once it got dark, I sat in my car, and listened to music. Calm, mellow music. A little of this, a little of that. I listened to The Civil Wars , some Mumford and Sons and even some Chopin.

I also listened to this...

Danny Boy was my Dad's favorite song...I listened to this about 15 times in a row last night... This song brought the tears. I sat and cried until there were no more tears. (Thank goodness it was dark!) It was cathartic... Of course I looked like a swollen mess when I was finally done, but I did feel a bit better. Maybe I was just exhausted, I'm not sure.

Gosh, I miss my Dad so much. It's been 6 weeks and one day that he's been gone. Only 43 days, and it seems like forever.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Whale of a Tale!

Take a few minutes and watch this video. It was incredible and luckily has a happy ending. Be sure to watch until after they have cut the last of the net off. Watch until at least the 7:45 mark and you will see this beautiful creature show her thanks. All I can say is WOW!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Spreading the Love

I want to send out a big, warm Valentine hug to all of our friends and family. Kona and I have been very busy spreading the love lately. In the last week we've done 4 therapy visits and brought furry love and smiles to countless people.

It's visits like these that warm my soul again.

But I must admit, sometimes seeing the patients that I do isn't easy. Then again, no one ever said it would be easy.

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Gimme a Countdown"

You've got to watch this with your volume up. Warning- there is some foul language, but I'm telling you it's pretty funny.

I don't know why, but this made tears roll down my cheeks I laughed so hard. That hasn't happened in a long time.

Thanks Curt, for sharing this with me.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Have you seen this guy? WOW! I would LOVE to do this. Oh, the freedom he must feel!

I love this song too, it's called "Sail" by Awolnation. It fits this video perfectly...yep, I've gotta get me one of those suits.

If you are interested (like I was)to learn a little more about this crazy guy, Jeb Corliss, check out more of his videos, etc. here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chinese Proverb

One of the patients I visit at the VA told me this proverb the last time we visited, and it stuck with me.

there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person.
there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house.
there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation.
there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world."

I really like what it I just need to remember how to get light back into my soul. I've been feeling a little dim.

Anyone have a lighter I can borrow?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


On Superbowl Sunday we were invited to spend the afternoon with some friends to watch the game and hang out. Our friend Gregg is quite the musician. As you know, Pickle is an aspiring musician herself.

Gregg was gracious enough to share his very expensive guitars and knowledge with Pickle and she thoroughly enjoyed both. They taught each other a couple of songs, and then preformed an impromptu jam session for us. It was pretty darn cool. Pickle didn't want me to share the song that she I'll only share this one (for now)...It's a little hard to see since the room was kind of dark and Pickle is sitting kind of behind Gregg, but you can here both guitars pretty well.

Monday, February 6, 2012

One Month

Yesterday was one month since my Dad has been gone.
One month.
One of my friends wrote to me and mentioned out strange that it can be that time feels like it can be on two different plains at the same time....for instance, I can't believe that a month has already passed since I was sitting in that room holding my Dad's hand...and yet is seems like so long ago.
How can that be?
We went out to the cemetery. They are still working on Dad's section of the cemetery, straightening the surrounding headstones, so there still isn't grass. I hope they get that finished soon. Dad's headstone isn't up yet, so we still have the temporary.
This is what it will look like when it is completed.
It was a spectacularly beautiful day. The kind of day that Dad loved. He would take a good book outside and read on the patio, soaking up the sun. This is a view from a different area of the cemetery. It is so beautiful there.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The power of a hug.

Thank you to my dear Doug for sharing this very touching video with me. It shows the power of love, a hug, and is the perfect reminder of never giving up on someone or something...

Friday, February 3, 2012


Certain songs remind me of certain times in my life and certain people.

This is one of my favorites...for reasons that I'll keep to myself.

It's kind of an oldy, but a goody...

and so is this one...I guess I'm just in a reflective mood today.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012