“Sometimes the only closure you need is the understanding that you deserve better.” ~ Trent Shelton
This was a real interesting day in case you couldn’t tell from the photo alone. Lots of love. Lots of laughs. Lots of photos. Some spit, a bottomed out ride, and loads of mistletoe in the trees. It was all good. All of it.
The Bartlett’s had need of an after school rescue ride. Aunt Pannie to the rescue! I only saw Abby for a short time, but boy what a great time it was. Smartest, kindest kid. She reminds me a lot of Kate Gibson. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have two fabulous kids in my life, but I really must be living right.
I prefer the black and white. No surprise there. Which do you like best?
This is Shorty, not to be confused with my dad, Shorty. Shorty the cat belongs to David Hurst and Melissa Snow-Groves. He met me at the door and ushered me in for our six month shoot with little miss Rory. Apparently, Shorty has had an identity crisis for some years. Everyone, including the vet, thought Shorty was a she and the family, naturally, called her Miss Shorty (or Miss Short Tail, something like that). Recently Shorty needed an operation and that’s when the truth came out. She’s a he. No Miss necessary. I have a feeling Shorty’s been secure in his manhood all along even if the rest of us got it wrong.
And this was my office today, taking a seat at the skins with this incredible group of players known as Four Leonards and a Fifth (not pictured is Melissa Snow Groves). I was beyond thrilled that they let me play with them (really, I wore them down), and I was able to finally meet Billy (in green) and wife Becky Rudd. I’d only seen Becky play with Andrew Perkins (guitar), David Hurst (long hair), and Melissa at the first Leonard Cohen Tribute show way back in 2017. I loved Billy and Becky the second they walked in; gifted players both. I can’t tell you how much fun I had today. We played for two hours and actually got through about six songs; from Stevie Wonder’s Superstition to Cheap Trick’s Surrender. Not bad for a first time. This is going to be a super fun band and I’m in love with it already. They’re challenging me in the best way and this Stella is ready to get her groove back. They win Saturday (although I’m the real winner here).
When the calendar turned over to 2019 I knew I was going to change some things. The most immediate thing I changed was cutting back on the outhouse. Now, I’m reading more, listening to a lot more music, and I’m not sitting in front of my computer very much at night. The most recent change is paying attention to my physical health. For the first time in my life my blood pressure is on the cusp of being high, and coincidentally, I’ve developed a nasty case of plantar fasciitis so I walk like an old woman. Both of these are unacceptable. UK recently revamped the old Alumni Gym into an incredible workout facility, so I joined and started walking 30 minutes a day on the treadmill. I just started this week – thanks to Crystal Heis for being my gym buddy – and I’m easing into the routine. Strangely, I’m loving it. Already I feel better. My foot doesn’t, but the rest of me does. Baby steps. I’ll take it.