november 6, 2017

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“Whatever you are doing, take the attitude of wanting it directly or indirectly to benefit others.”
~ Pema Chödrön

 

nurse Wally (snapseed)

 

Look at my nurse. Isn’t he adorable? He sticks to dad like glue when he’s here, but when he’s not, he spends his time looking after me. Everyday I grow to love him a little more. I’m not exaggerating when I say he is the most compassionate dog I’ve ever known. If no one else had food but him, I believe the little fella would starve before he’d eat. It’s very important that everyone have food (he’s a lot like dad in that way). He loves to help, and going back and forth to car counts as helping, even though he’s not really carrying the groceries. Plus, he’s just so stinkin’ cute I can’t help but smile every time I look at him. I got lucky the day I rescued him.

october 18, 2017

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“When you are generous, sometimes people will take advantage. You may be respectful and yet some people will still be unkind. You may be a good person, and some people will nonetheless still treat you terribly… How you treat others is really about who you choose to be in this life… That’s how the world changes — one brave person like you being kind.” ~ Bryant McGill

 

family (snapseed)

 

Our Shero is surrounded by her three boys after an action packed day. For the first time since her accident she was able to take our Hero to one of his appointments. It made them both happy, and it makes me happy that she was able to regain her independence. They’ve both still got a lot of appointments over the next six weeks, but things are getting better. I count four blessings on my couch.

october 16, 2017

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“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

so stinkin cute (snapseed)

 

Look at this sweet little sleepy faced dog. Every day I’m grateful he came into my world. He is kind (except to squirrels of course) and patient. He loves everybody he meets. He’s a gift.

september 17, 2017

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“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

before

 

My sweet, sweet Wally had a spa day. Creative-Critters came to the house and gave our boy his first grooming. If a dog could smile and say thanks, Wally would be the king of thank yous. He absolutely loved his hair being cut off. I love it, too, but he looks so different from what I thought he would look like. To me, he looks more like a Beagle than a terrier, especially when he walks. I don’t care what he looks like. I love him, he loves his new look, mom and dad adore him (mom has threatened me to never let his hair grow out again), and, so, all is right with the world.

 

after (snapseed)

july 10, 2017

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“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…
must inevitably come to pass!” ~ Paul J. Meyer

 

water dog

 

Bree and Eric’s corner of paradise is bordered by two creeks. We followed Wally down to one creek bed; the one that has produced gold. Real gold, not fool’s gold. In fact, Wally discovered a few folks out panning for it. I was fascinated by the whole idea. When one thinks of gold, one does not generally think Southern Ohio. I’m telling you, it was one of the best days ever!

 

confluence

june 2, 2017

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“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” 
~ Satchel Paige

 

punk puppy (snapseed)

 

Wally and I had an impromptu visit from Aunt Ruth Bryan this evening. As Wally sported his best punk mohawk, there was much talk of ticks. They seem quite prolific this year and unusually hungry. Wally had two ticks this week, both firmly embedded in his delicate skin. The problem, besides that the ticks were already established, is that Wally regularly gets Revolution, an oil application that’s supposed to defend against fleas, ticks, and heartworms. I supposed two out of three ain’t bad. 

may 6, 2017

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“Happiness is simple. Everything we do to find it is complicated.” ~ Karen Maezen Miller

 

funniest man alive

 

It was Derby Day and this year’s Springridge Derby Day Garage BBQ almost didn’t happen. First, time got away from me, so by the time I sent invitations, almost everyone had other plans. Then, the weather was absolutely horrid. It rained up until about 2 pm, which wasn’t so bad, but an Alberta Clipper dipped into Kentucky overnight and made it a very cold, dreary rain. A few people bailed last minute, and who could blame them with conditions like that, making this year’s crew small. A small but mighty crew we were. We had a blast. We moved the party indoors where John Lumagui managed to make us laugh until we had tears. I don’t get to see him nearly enough, and I’m reminded of that every time he comes around. Not only is he sweet as can be, he really might be the funniest man alive.

 

healing power of laughter

 

Wally and Lilly (the black blob behind the couch) joined in the fun as John spun joke after joke. I snorted and laughed so much my throat hurt by the time everyone left. We still grilled out. The clouds broke long enough for us to soak up a few rays before moving into the house for the race. I even managed to figure out how to set the self-timer on the camera so I could catch us all together doing jazz hands. I love these people so very much, and their presence in my world today was just what the doctor ordered.

 

jazz hands

april 25, 2017

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“It costs $0.00 to be a decent person.” ~ Unknown

 

alert (snapseed)

 

Dad isn’t exactly tidy with sauces as evidenced by the matted goo in Wally’s head hair. Poor baby smelled of honey mustard sauce well into the evening, but to him, it was just another fragrance in his potpourri. I love this stinky little matted hair dog. He brings me more joy than words can describe. 

april 12, 2017

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“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” ~ Desmond Tutu

 

pals

 

The yard finally got its first trim of the season. It’s one of my all-time favorite things; that first mow of spring. The wild onions are plenty, and once they’re cut, the aroma sticks until the next rain. I reckon heaven smells like a first mow. Or brownies. That’d be alright, too. Anyway, the yard looks great, but if I’d had a hay baler I could have made a little money on the side. Wally’s a good helper, too. He watches after me, never gets in the way, and he’s genuinely happy to be outside with me. I love my little dog and my little yard and my little mower my sweet daddy gave me. I’m going to sleep good tonight grateful for everything I’ve got (and some of what I don’t).

april 2, 2017

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“Our thoughts, words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.”
~ Swami Vivekananda

 

in living color (snapseed)

 

When the temps are low I take Wallace with me to the store. He enjoys the ride, and he’s a good boy to wait for me. Today, it was warm enough to roll down the window and let some fresh air in even if it was crisp at only 20 mph. I take great joy in seeing his little face in the mirror. If a dog could smile, he sure would, especially when he’s with dad. Those two were meant for each other, and I’m awfully glad he lets Wally stay with me when he’s not around. He’s my shopping companion. 

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