May you wake up
with a smile
and fall asleep
Remember life is
not a journey
to the grave
with the intention
of arriving safely
in a beautiful
in which you
skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up,
"Wow! What a ride!"
"What the hell.
So you die healthy.
- Patricia Cornwell -
as skinny feels."
- Kate Moss -
(I keep hoping someday I'm going to believe this!)
Don't hesitate to treat yourself because Cinderella is proof that one pair of shoes can change your life!
You only go around once in life but if you do it right, once is enough!
What is it about life these days? The people who aren't present always seem to be more important than the ones who are.
February 1st, 2017
January 27th, 2017
Murphy's our big lap dog. The minute we sit in one of our recliner chairs, Murphy jumps up and in a heartbeat,
his head is down and he's fast asleep and oblivious to the rest of the world. Doesn't he make a great desk for Bill's iPad?
February 1st, 2017
And check out Murphy's leg. When he gets comfortable, he's like a rag doll and he literally drapes himself across
Bill's lap. An extra benefit of having Murphy in your lap, he's a living heating pad. Great when you're having morning
February 5th, 2017 ... 8:00am
Bill feeds the deer and turkeys every morning which is why we have so many of them. We've had 13 deer at
one time and 7 who come everyday. Most turkeys? Forty-one! That's a lot of turkeys.
Bill was filling one of the bowls when Mom and her two babies walked up. They were born this past summer and
we've watched them every day as they've grown into adults. Very special.
February 6th, 2017 ... 8:30am
Every morning, Bill and Andi and Murphy have jobs to do ... Bill feeds the deer and turkeys, and Andi and Murphy chase the turkeys out
of our back yard. Here they are afterwards, taking a morning break. We love the turkeys but not what they leave
behind. Enter Andi and Murphy! Andi's a great turkey chaser, and it didn't take Murphy long to follow her lead.
When he first got here, though, Murphy wasn't even sure what turkeys were much less what to do about them. Here's my brother Jeff
and Murphy the day they arrived at our house, August 8th, 2016, when Jeff and his wife Julia drove Murphy from Austin to Grants Pass. You
can see Murphy's thinking, "What the ???"
February 20th, 2017 ... 11:30am
The sun came out late this morning so I sat on the back patio and let the dogs roam around the back yard. Andi always stays by my side,
but Murphy slowly walks the whole perimeter, then comes back around and sniffs every tree and bush, about a half hour process. Today,
he lay down at the far end of the yard and soaked up the warm sunshine.
After we came in the house, I sat in a recliner in the great room, Andi lay on the floor by my side, and Murphy lay in the sun in front
of the French doors. Suddenly Murphy got a bug! You know how dogs like to catch bugs. This one, though, got stuck in the fur of his muzzle.
He pawed at it for a few seconds, then panicked and jumped right up in my lap. All 50 pounds of him. "Get it off! Get it off!"
I got the bug out, just a little one that most likely jumped on him when he was laying in the yard. Then, before I knew it, Murphy crawled
around behind me in the chair, totally squished, no doubt hiding in case the bug came back. I looked down at his head poking around from
behind me and without being asked, he kissed me over and over again. "Thank you, Mom! Thank you!" He kissed
me so many times that I was able to snap a few photos with my cell phone. Look at this big wet pink kiss!
The moral of the story ... Murphy does NOT like bugs!
February 25th, 2017 ... 6:00pm
We lived in Thousand Oaks, California for 25 years, a big beautiful thriving city with every store imaginable within 15 minutes of our house.
Three years ago, we moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, a used-to-be lumber town in the middle of a big beautiful seemingly never-ending forest. When the
pendulum swung, it lifted me off my feet and flung me into outer space. Life could not be more different. It took me a year and a half to
come back down to earth and like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, when I did, I said, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Even after 3 years, I have moments when I say, where am I living? Bill too. Like today. We have one major store ... Walmart. You've
seen the Walmart photos. Trust me, they're real. I don't shop there. But Bill's a trooper. Bill went to Walmart to buy deer corn,
and since there's nowhere else to shop, he thought he'd buy another pair of sweat pants while he was there. Looking thru the racks, all he found
were 3XXX and 4XXXX sizes. He located a clerk and asked where he could find medium or large sweatpants. She told him, "Umm, this is all
we have. They're our best sellers."
February 26th, 2017 ... noon
After his Walmart shopping trip, Bill and I were laughing over my most memorable shopping experience in Grants Pass. Bill thought it'd
be funny if I put the story on my website. So . . .
It was Christmastime 2015. We'd lived here two years and I'd already seen things I couldn't dream up. I was shopping in Safeway
and as I turned a corner, I found myself behind a very tall, very skinny guy headed to the check stand. He had a dead skunk on his
head. It looked like he'd cut it open underneath from neck to tail and gutted it and stuck it on his head ... head, feet, tail and all. It
must have been a treasured favorite because it was old and faded and decrepit. I was amazed. I looked around. Even more amazing than
seeing a man with a dead skunk on his head was realizing that no one but me thought this guy was weird. He might as well have been wearing
a baseball cap.
Then I noticed that this guy's shoes had a 4-inch thick coating of dried yuck. He must have just come down off the mountain and gotten in his
truck without scraping off his shoes. I'm a city girl. I couldn't help but shudder and think, what
IS that yuck!!! I grabbed my cell phone, turned on the camera, held it down at thigh level and started
clicking. Here you go. Skunk Man.
January 2nd, 2017
On New Years Day it started snowing, great big wet glops of snow, and it snowed and snowed and snowed for 5 days. For Grants Pass,
it turned out to be the snow storm of the century and we were buried. The first few days the snow created a brand new playground
for the dogs, and Bill and I got a kick out of it too, but then when it got up to Murphy's shoulders, it wasn't so much fun anymore
for them or for us. It sure made for some great Kodak moments though.
This is the first photo I took of the snowstorm. It was 7:00 in the morning and perfectly silent in the forest. None of the critters were
up and about yet so the snow in the driveway was pristine.
About an hour later, the snow stopped long enough to take these two photos of the front of our house. It had never
looked prettier, all dusted in snow.
I took this photo standing to the right of the two trees at the corner of the house. It's our front side yard and our driveway as it
winds down toward our
This photo and the ones below were taken about 10:00 in the morning. We live right
among the deer and turkeys who you see behind me in the clearing on our property, and that's Murphy between my legs. I love this photo.
It's one of my favorite photos that Bill's ever taken.
Great photo of Bill in our back yard. Only two colors out there ... white and forest green. It was a beautiful backdrop for
a photo of my handsome guy in his dark jacket.
Bill and Andi and Murphy had a great time romping in the snow. Little Andi has cotton ball fluff for fur and the snow stuck
to her feet and created what looked like snow boots.
See Andi's little feet? Buried in boots made of snow. Off to the sink for a melt down!
Another great photo of Bill in our back yard. The tree behind him is a weeping blue cedar, my favorite tree on our property.
It droops even without snow on it but here's it's totally covered.
This is a lot of snow on our back deck and this was only day two of the snowstorm. By the end of the fifth day the chairs
actually looked like little automobiles buried in snow drifts.
January 23rd, 2017
Who knew Kellyanne Conway was a comedian. "Alternative facts?" This is one
of my favorites!
January 23rd, 2017 ... 7:00am
What a beautiful morning! I'd just poured myself a cup of coffee and I looked out my kitchen window into the clearing on the back side of
my property and even after 3 years, I'm still mesmerized by all of the deer and turkeys that come over every morning for breakfast.
Back to the Top
in your hearts
and stay healthy
and as always
I hope you find
that makes you
We celebrated our 30th anniversary this past New Years Eve. There've been a lot of adventures crammed into those 30 years, and we have another
big adventure planned in 2017, so stay tuned!
She's my treasure, my little shadow, and still the center of my world.
She owns my heart.
My sister Carol's dog who we adopted last August. We absolutely adore him! He changed our lives in so many ways and proved two dogs
are better than one.
I start every morning with Boo snuggling in my arms. If you ask me how I like my morning coffee, I'll tell you a little cream, a little
sugar, and a whole lotta kitty!