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
well-preserved body
but rather
an adventure
in which you
skid in broadside,
totally exhausted,
thoroughly used up,
loudly proclaiming,
"Wow! What a ride!"

"What the hell.
You die.
Everybody dies.
So you die healthy.
So what?"

- Patricia Cornwell -

"Nothing tastes
as good
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 coffee.

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 gate.

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

Please keep
our soldiers
in your hearts
and stay healthy
and safe
and as always
I hope you find
something here
that makes you

— Bill —
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!

— Andi Pandi —
She's my treasure, my little shadow, and still the center of my world.
She owns my heart.

— Murphy —
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.

— Boo Boo —
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!