Introducing: Goldie

Some of the sadness we’ve had since đź’” July when Roxie was killed by a car is about to take a back seat.

We met this beautiful blonde girl last night. We are bringing her home later today!

We knew we needed a pal for Lexie. Last week, we went to see our vet, Dr. Dave Johnson in Blair. He related he has seen animals mourn for years. His advice is always good and we value him a lot. Great human being. So glad Dan’s former boss at Watkins recommended him.

We had been looking online for an established pet (potty trained). Even applied   to a rescue, but got turned down. Admittedly, we were behind in Lexie’s heartworm. So much happened between 2017 and 2018 when the Heartworm pills ran out. Refilling them simply got lost in the shuffle. We feel awful about it, but we’re back on track now. Sometimes things just happen.

We’ll be sharing Goldie’s and Lexie’s adventures here, so stay tuned. Our dogs have survived much longer than the 10 years estimated for the “mutt” variety. I wonder about this one. It will be an adventure. Stay tuned.

So, just checking WordPress’ stats, for the week, we are doing pretty well. It’s exciting to see where you are located.

I know a girl from high school who lives in Italy. I have FB friends in Canada, and Germany. Lovely people. How fun this is!

As of 7 am today, these are our “stats”. Thank you all for reading! To hit International Readership is unreal. Thank you all so much!

Please like and follow here in WordPress, if you will. It will help me determine how to reach more of your like-minded readers. Share with your friends, please. We all have a lot of life to share. Remember:

It’s not too late!

And we’re not too old!

Enjoy your Saturday. And thank you for reading and sharing.

Pushing On and Through

It is quite chilly this morning, but my heart is warm. The turmoil of the past month is starting to resolve. That’s always good.

Dan has an infection in his incision from the surgery ten days ago. He’s on antibiotics so it should resolve. The staples come out Tuesday, October 29th. Hopefully, that is the last time the poor guy sees a surgeon for a long while. Prayers appreciated.

My son Frankie (his mom can still call him that) finally was granted access to the apartment. He and the room mate are working feverishly to go through things. Their damage was strictly water damage, which is a blessing. Now, the beds and furniture are so waterlogged the insurance company just paid them out. The clothes are fine just need washing. Good deal.

Some of the collectibles will now be sold as boxes opened. They’re generally fine. Unbelievable. Someone already gave them new kitchen furnishings, so none of that needs hauling, cleaning, etc. Time saver. Hopefully, the electronics are not wet. Otherwise, that will be a whole ‘nother story. By tihs time next week, they will be moved into an exact same apartment in a different building. Nice to be able to move efficiently! Things continue to look up for him.

Loves of my life, my kids.
This was ten years ago on Thanksgiving. Last time we were all together.
From left, Frankie, me, Becky (lives in Colorado) and Nick (lives in KC MO).

All in all, God has been very good to my family, and we all have a lot of thanks to give.

If you ever play those silly games on FB, even though the results are totally randomly generated, sometimes they’re fun. I like this one, and try to remember this is really how I try to be. All the time. In times of peril and in times of plenty. Whatever it is, Let It Be. This also happens to be one of my favorite songs, too.

Words to Live By.
That Paul McCartney really knew how to write.
In more ways than one, I am a Survivor.

It truly IS hard for me to talk about myself. I would rather tell you about my kids or pets or Dan or the grandkids or anyone but myself. In retrospect, I do realize mine is a very unique story full of a lot of challenges. I realize they all made me stronger, and that is a blessing as well as a curse.

When you are strong, people don’t think you need support. You do. You just don’t expect it. People are baffled when you are down. You are too! It’s hard to keep the braveness in full force sometimes. I have been scared for my immediate family this past month in a way I’ve not experienced before. It’s hard. My faith has returned, is strong again, and so am I.

I have always Let It Be, and known that tomorrow the sun will always still come up. No matter what. It will always rise and set just like always. I know enough of those new days followed by a good night’s sleep will help my mind ease, my body relax, and my worry wane. I need to be patient. How about yourself? Can you Let It Be?? Do you want to?? God does a pretty great job of managing if you ask me. I need to quit trying to grab His paintbrush. We all do.

Thank you for reading, please like and leave a comment to let me know you were here. I so appreciate it!

The Shock of the Season Changes

The sun is shining brightly in the eastern sky. Very little breezes make the trees sway slightly. And then you decide to step outside.

What????? How did it get so cold so fast?? I should have worn a warmer coat! It can’t be this cold for good now, can it?

It is October. It’s Nebraska. It has happened each and every year of my life. Yet we are always shocked when we have to hunker down for the coming winter.

God has the best color palette ever!

Maybe it’s because time seems to be flying by, too. People are living in such a time crunch now days. Their kids are over committed and seem like they would like to have the time to simply stay in their pj’s on Saturday until they truly feel ready to face more play.

I used babysit for a couple days a week until it was time for her to go to afternoon kindergarten. She always came over in her pajamas. We would color all morning. We played board games. It was as good for me as it was for her.

The little dear was fun until the last two days. Then her inner demon took over. She wouldn’t cooperate about getting ready for school. She sneaked to the phone to call her dad behind my back. Not acceptable. Especially since she was doing it on the sly because she didn’t get her way.

Her parents had trouble with her temper. She screamed, kicked the walls, and displayed awful behavior. She did not kick my walls, it would not have been allowed.

I was so glad when our time together was over. But then felt so guilty when she started bringing me handfuls of flowers from their yard. She continued doing that for a long time, and brought the last handful of tulips to me just before they moved away. I hope she is enjoying an anger-free life.

Her parents divorced and her dad lived in the next block. Good and bad decision, but theirs. I certainly understand divorce, but living close to each other is not a great idea, in my opinion. Not in the beginning. It’s all too raw, too new.

It is no surprise it takes awhile to get used to a major life change. A change in life, wanted or not, needs a break in period. The weather is really no exception. It takes a bit to get used to it. Yes, you can even get used to a change in the weather.

So dig out your warmer clothes. Enjoy the days ahead that you can still sit outside in a hoodie and jeans. Have your gloves, scarves, and hats ready for winter. It will be here before we know it. Might as well be warm until it’s over.

What’s your favorite season? Let us know in the blog comments. As always, thank you for reading.