Friday, December 12, 2014

Grief is a Cloud...

With 2014 coming to an end, I am reflecting, maybe a little too much, about the highs and lows of this year......
My health has so drastically declined in 2014 but the only event that makes me cry is the loss of my sweet dog Cloud.  It's been almost a year since he had to go and even now as I type, I am sobbing.  
Here's why:
Cloud was just one of those dogs that came directly from heaven to take care of me.
During his puppy months, he was my companion while I struggled through a divorce and learned to live again.   Even as a puppy, he was an old soul.  I swear he could look right through to my heart and feel my pain.  He learned good manners just by observation and was simply & naturally amazing on a game bird hunt.
Cloud moved with Fred and I to our farm in 2000 and he was the Alpha male here for 14 years.  But, he was soft as a fluffy cloud when appropriate.   Even as he grew old, other dogs respected his space. I still look for him on my porch step, stretched out in his favorite sunny part of the yard, or walking to & from the pond to take a quick swim.  I cannot come to terms with living here without him watching over me.

Cloud was devoted to the point that he began to struggle to raise his aged body and walk to meet me without fail.  It became routine that I would meet him halfway because he couldn't move so well.  He liked to come inside and rest by the fireplace but he always wanted to sleep out in his house. He slept a lot and ate less and less.  Then finally, he couldn't go where he wanted to go at all.  And, I couldn't stand to see him not have his dignity.  I miss his smile, his way of 'knowing' , those deep piercing eyes and his love for our little grandchildren.
Grief is strange for me.  While I rarely feel it, it comes with force, cuts deep into my heart and unpacks extreme pain and sadness when it arrives.  The shape of grief in my heart from 2014 resembles a CLOUD, a four-legged brittany spaniel with freckles, a pink nose and a heart of gold.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dimetapp is Grape! is one of my fun and informative projects.  This month, they sent me a full size bottle of Children's Dimetapp Cold and Cough to try and review.  The results were amazing - starting with my husband's initial reaction to seeing the box of Dimetapp on the table.  He said "That's the best children's medicine ever".  And, when while trying to be a good Gram, I actually had to open the box and give some to a coughing little girl, she willingly took the spoon of grapey goodness and within 20 minutes the coughing had eased and she was able to sleep several hours comfortably.  And, so was I.  As I  mentioned at the beginning of this post, I received the sample free to try and evaluate.....but if you know me, you know I would not be giving a positive review if the proof wasn't there!  Peace Out People and get a free coupon for Dimetapp (grape flavor) by trying this link: 

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Tripped out to Boston last weekend....more about that to follow.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Almost Always An Agenda

My sweet daughter-in-law took this picture last winter and I love the way it illustrates the preciousness of a relationship between a little girl and her dog.  It's pure and sweet and honest.

One of the many things I love about my pets is the absolute fact that they almost always do not have a hidden agenda.  They are up front about their intentions.  For example, when they are thirsty, they drink water from their bowl.  No hidden agenda.  When they are tired, they just stretch out wherever they want and go to sleep. Nothing secretive there either.  When they go to the door, they really want to go outside - they aren't just pretending to see if they can get some reaction. ( If your dog wants to be near you, it might lay at your feet, jump up in the chair beside you or even sit in your lap.)  Dogs generally offer a simple display of affection.  They may have a little agenda when they beg for food but it's at least an obvious and justifiable one and they don't seem to be embarrassed about it later when somebody brings it up....If you find that people you associate with almost always have their own selfish and hidden agenda, I recommend trying the unconditional love of a dog.  Get a happy smile on your face too -  (See reference below-Annie Grace & Frankie, 2011)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Blue Berry Blues!!!

My good friend Sidney gave me a gallon of fresh picked blueberries this week.  After eating several like candy (just pop them in by the handfuls), I decided to search for a blueberry cheese cake recipe.  

After a little time, I found the perfect recipe.  Three blocks of cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, butter, etc.  This recipe looks divine and I can't wait to try it out this afternoon after my Kroger shopping.

The only downside is the nutritional information:  643 calories per slice!  Let's just keep that a secret between us....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

ARM & HAMMER® Sensitive Toothpaste

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I received this sample in the mail and used the toothpaste for two weeks.  It really cleaned up my teeth and helped with my sensitivity to sweets and cold foods.  It doesn't have the chalky bitter taste of the other type I tried some time ago.  The Arm & Hammer is minty and fresh!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Blessings....

My Easter Day was filled with bright blessings....we had about fifty people from the Coy & Odie Rush family for lunch after church. The little children were so precious in their Easter Dress and despite some recent health concerns, two of Fred's sisters were able to be here for lunch.
The weather in itself was a blessing...I love this time of year with the green grass and the flowers and the trees are no longer bare. The kids played in the yard, chased chickens (until a flogging occurred), lavished the mules with attention and hunted eggs.

Thanks for a heavenly day!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Long Time, No Blog!

It's been over a year since I visited or wrote anything in my blog. I don't know if people even blog anymore....but I am using this as an outlet to be able to PIN my Christmas tree photo onto Pinterest, where I spend a lot of free time these days. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Spinning Wheel of Life

Friday, I went to the rheumatologist complaining about my wrist hurting. He poked on several spots and declared I have spinner's wrist. This name is basically a fun way to describe tendonitis, which is no fun in any way. He gave me a wonderful shot which has made me sick as a dog ever since - let me assure you that when a needle goes into a very sore tendon, it really lights up your world.
But, on the flip side (pun intended), I have been thinking about that old song that says, let the spinning wheel turn, and what goes up must come down. (You young folk might remember Bo Bice's version on American was dreamy)....

Let the spinning wheel of life keep tendon will prevail.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spooky Times

As we approach Halloween, the world seems spooky to me. So many people are uneasy about the upcoming election and the current status of our economy and such. I dread the time change, not as much as usual, but still wish we didn't have to change. Maybe change itself is spooky.....

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I drove over to ASU Newport this week for a meeting. It's about an hour drive from my house. On the way over there, I noticed how the leaves were turning but on the way back, they looked more brilliant than I remembered. I know they hadn't really changed in a couple of hours that drastically. Funny how our internal perspective and the way in which we view something can make such a difference in what we see! Hope you all enjoy your own view of the fall colors before they are gone.

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