UPCOMING BREAK

Dear Readers, I am just back from a very refreshing vacation, and I have lots of notes for future blogs. Let me just say nature was displayed in all its glory, and there was some danger, incredible food, and lots of relaxation.  We arrived home just in time to celebrate my 33rd birthday—that’s my story, […]

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An Awkward Day

Early today I was walking down the upstairs hallway when I realized I had put my underpants on backward. To those who have never done this, it is a singularly awkward feeling—but not as bad as putting two legs in a hole designed for one leg. However, that’s a non-starter in every sense of the […]

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Distraction

Today I was going to write about a touch of fall in the air. On my early morning walk with Teddy, it was sweater-weather cool. I noticed some of the neighborhood trees were turning from green to gold and red. A light wind swept over us, and a tree dropped several leaves across our path. […]

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What Are You Grateful For?

I was at a women’s breakfast a few weeks ago, and the organizer used this question for an icebreaker: “Over the past 18 months, what is one thing you are grateful for?” She waited a few minutes, and then one by one, each person took a few minutes to share their thoughts. Since I was […]

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The First Day of School

I was walking Teddy today when I heard a familiar sound: the local grade school’s bell echoed off the mountain and informed the whole valley that school was back in session. We haven’t heard those bells in a very long time, and I have to say it made me smile.  It just seemed so normal. […]

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Up for the Challenge?

We were all packed. A large bag of travel snacks was by my purse. Our Yeti containers were filled with water for the journey. The only thing missing was our travel companions, but it was not quite 6:30 a.m., the pickup time. Then the phone rang. Our daughter, Lu, and her husband, Doug, might not […]

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Four-Legged Drama Queen

I have never thought of myself as a drama queen, but I have lived with some. The current one is black and tan and has four legs. If you have heard that dachshunds are stubborn, I can tell you that is absolutely correct. I would even say relentless. They wear you down until you give them […]

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An Encounter with the CA DMV

I don’t know about other states, but dealing with the California DMV is about as much fun as having a root canal. That said, when your driver’s license needs to be renewed, you have to take a deep breath, say a prayer, eat a chocolate bar, and go forth. This September 25, my driver’s license […]

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Balancing Act

It has been twenty-six days since John and I, as vaccinated Californians, shed our masks for the most part, began socializing in larger groups, started shopped without distancing, and rejoiced at seeing smiles that included lips. We even gathered up our courage and flew to Spokane to visit friends for a short visit.  We also […]

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A Canine Epidemic?

This week we met with Genie Tuttle, Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Yes, we had reached a tipping point, and it was time to bring in outside help. Teddy had started nipping at human visitors’ clothing and shoes, and from there it is just a hop, skip, and a jump to chomping down on someone’s hand […]

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