“Sometimes the strength within you is not the fiery flame all can see, it is just a tiny spark that softly whispers, ‘You got this. Keep going.'” ~ Unknown
Wally’s eyeliner was on full display in today’s new snow. Just a few days ago I was complaining that we’d been denied a healthy snow after all the buildup produced hardly more than a dusting. Then, suddenly, overnight, we got a good snow when only a dusting was predicted. Ah, Kentucky, how I love your fickle weather ways. UK called off classes and work, so Wally and I enjoyed some (more) time together in the great outdoors. I shoveled snow. He watched. Any extra time with him is alright by me, even if I do all the work.
“As we move from one year into the next, let us heal this hurting world with love and beauty. Let us live in hope instead of fear. Let us do the work we came here to do with peace as our guide. Let us shine for one another. Let us allow the movement of grace. Let us dream into one another’s hearts, remain open to possibility, and remember our true selves.” ~ Lori-Lyn Hurley
My faithful companions spent New Year’s Day with me. If we treat their ages as thoroughbreds, turning another year older on January 1 regardless of their actual date of birth, then Lilly is 10 years old today. Leo is an estimated 13 to 15 (it’s really hard to know with him, even for the vet), and Wally an estimated 6. I was scrolling back through the outhouse and found the day I got Wally in December 2014. He’s still as adorable and lovable as I’d hoped he’d be after we got to know one another. I wouldn’t take anything for him. I wouldn’t take anything for any of them. We four are off to a great start for 2018. I hope the same for all of you.
“Whatever you are doing, take the attitude of wanting it directly or indirectly to benefit others.”
~ Pema Chödrön
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.
“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
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.
“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
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.
“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…
must inevitably come to pass!” ~ Paul J. Meyer
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!
“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
~ Satchel Paige
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.
“Happiness is simple. Everything we do to find it is complicated.” ~ Karen Maezen Miller
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.
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.