january 20, 2017

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“Change is tough… it also makes you better.” ~ LaTrisha Milton Blunt

 

faithful companion

 

When I first met Marcie she told me about her dog, Annie. She talked about her with a familiar love. She talked about her as I talked about my Sadie (1992-2009). I understand that special bond between a woman and her dog because I was lucky enough to have it with Sadie. There’s not a single day I don’t miss her, and not a single day I don’t feel special that she picked me.

 

Waggity Annie

 

They were living in rural Anderson County when Marcie told me about Annie. If memory serves, a torrential downpour had spooked the dog and she was missing. She was gone so long she was feared dead. And then, as country dogs do sometimes even after long periods of time, she miraculously reappeared. 

 

never far

 

When Marcie sold her house to move to Lexington there was some concern about Annie’s transition, being a country dog and all. Between Ann and Marcie, they helped Annie get her footing. Annie is a precious being. Not particularly fond of the camera, but willing because she came to greet me as soon as I walked in. She said okay to my lens, and that’s a gift from human and animal alike. She is as perfect as Marcie said, and just as kind as Marcie.

 

another?

november 14, 2016

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The politics of Jesus:
Love enemies
Serve the poor
Welcome refugees
Make peace, not war
Do justice & love mercy
Care for all God’s creation.
~ Nathan Hamm

 

the fam (snapseed)
the fam (snapseed)

 

Well, today didn’t go quite as I expected. Dad had been complaining of his belly burning for a while, but he wouldn’t go to the doctor. That is, until this morning when it was so bad he wanted to go. That never happens. I snapped this picture on my way out the door to work. An hour later he was in the ER at the VA. By lunchtime mom was calling to say he’d had a heart attack. The short version is that he has had a mild heart attack at some point in the recent past. He will be okay eventually. I am exceedingly grateful that he was in Lexington when this happened. I’m also thankful that the VA is attached to Chandler Med Center where Janet is. When things get this crazy, little things mean a lot, like location, location, location!

august 1, 2016

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“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives,
we need to stretch our minds.” ~ Wayne Dyer

 

Lord of his kingdom
Lord of his kingdom

 

Is Wally not the cutest thing? Am I not the luckiest girl on the planet to have such a loyal guardian of my tiny queendom? Why, yes. Yes, I am. I am the luckiest queen of them all.

july 14, 2016

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“Turn off the ‘news’ and love your neighbor.” ~ Unknown

 

bff
bff

 

This sweet little face greets me every day when I come home. There are no words to describe the level happiness this little furry four-legged stinky dog brings me. There’s no love like the love of a dog.

june 17, 2016

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“Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside”
~ Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

a boy and his kingdom (snapseed)
a boy and his kingdom (snapseed)

 

I’ve had an incredible day. There were so many wonderful things I did and people I saw that I’m saving them up for coming days. But for now, here’s the one thing that I’ve been waiting nine years to happen. For the first time since I bought my house I feel like I can walk out my back door without being stared at. More importantly, Wally can now run with abandon in his own yard. The incredibly handsome guys (said Mrs. Robinson) from Commonwealth Fence rode in like ants. In precisely 24 hours I had a fenced yard and the ants were gone to the next picnic. I might need a second job to pay for it, but every time that little dog chases a squirrel or rabbit or bee (yes, he snaps at bees), I will write a check with a grateful smile on my face.

 

waiting for company (snapseed)
waiting for company (snapseed)

march 18, 2016

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“Always end the day with a positive thought.
No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.”
~ Unknown

 

good boy (snapseed)
good boy (snapseed)

 

I’ve had an awesome week. Nothing in particular has happened. No winning lottery ticket (I don’t play). No promotion at work (pfffttt as if). No exhibit invitations (nobody knows me). There’s nothing spectacular to which I can point my finger and say ‘this thing made this a great week.’ I would be wrong to point out only one thing this week because, the fact is, there’s a laundry list of reasons why this was a great week. I physically felt really good all week. I was surrounded by people who made me laugh – and laugh hard – every day. I shared multiple meals with multiple people whom I love and adore beyond measure. I spent good time with my parents and was able to help them. I saw, and laughed with, several colleagues I don’t get to see very often. I had some extremely meaningful conversations. The UK Wildcats won their first game of the NCAA tourney. And, hey, it’s March Madness and that’s always an exciting time. St. Patrick’s Day was yesterday and it was fun even if I couldn’t get a Guinness. I got a lot done at work (always puts me in a good mood). The weather has been nothing short of perfect. They don’t say ‘Heaven is a Kentucky kind of place’ for nothing. My peach trees have gorgeous, fragrant blooms. The car works great. My house smells good. I slept well, and more importantly, I woke up (albeit late because of last night’s UK game). Jordan Smith’s record was released (I don’t like it but I’m happy for him all the same). I didn’t get a speeding ticket. I’m able to pay my bills. All five senses work. There’s food in the house. There are clothes on my back. And Wally, one of the world’s most adorable dogs, greets me at the back door every day and makes me feel loved. I’ve had an awesome week.

february 8, 2016

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“You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple…
The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to you.”
~ Josh Shipp

 

snow dog (snapseed)
snow dog (snapseed)

 

Wally was very excited to see snow. It was shallow enough to be fun without swallowing him whole. I must say it does my heart good to open the door and have someone greet me with such enthusiasm. Dog: they’re good for the soul.

january 19, 2016

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“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” ~ Hermann Hesse

 

ruth's gang
ruth’s gang

 

I’m convinced that half the clients at Aunt Millie’s Southland Vet Hospital are UK Libraries employees. Last Saturday, when I walked in with Lilly, friend and colleague Cindy Cline was walking out (also with a cat). And when I took Wally in for his annual checkup yesterday, friend and colleague Ruth Bryan was on her way out with two of her dogs. Like Wally, Ruth’s 15 year old shepherd Fred was in for his annual checkup. Tiny dog, Orion, insisted on coming along (really, that’s what Ruth said). A companion dog for a dog I suppose. Millie often brags on Ruth, and rightfully so. She will often rescue and care for elderly dogs that no one wants. That is a level of compassion that few would match. It is but one reason why I chose Ruth as a friend.

october 3, 2015

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“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.”
~ Lewis Smith

 

watcher
watcher

 

Wally will be with me a year pretty soon. He is the funniest little dog. He talks, especially to the cats. He snores. He’s joyful all the time. He’s playful and clever. He smiles a lot. He tries desperately to understand English. He adores people. He hates squirrels and the mailman. He is a protector and companion as only a dog can be. I got lucky the day I found him.

 

sweet boy
sweet boy
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