Paw Prints in the Sand

Day 77
Listening to: Dance Hall Days
Thought for the day: One small paw print for man. One giant leap for man’s spirit!


Many of you are like me in that I’m sure if you looked back at your life’s proverbial footprints in the sand, the places where God was carrying you there would also be multiple paw prints. Today’s photo is of Pearl’s prints at the park where we usually walk.

Pearl has had a very rough day. I’ve been extremely weepy about it. I want to believe she’s got a little more time left, but watching her struggle to walk is weighing heavy on me. We are scheduled to go to the vet next week for the answer. For now she’s on some good pain medicine and is snoring logs. I just ask for your patience with me in the next few days.

Happy Favorite Irish Actor Day!

Day 76
Listening to: One Love
Thought for the day: Kiss me! I’m a Heinz 57 and proud of it.


Some of you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Me? I’m celebrating Favorite Irish Actor Day. Who needs a leprechaun when you’ve got a lucky Liam? I went to see his latest movie last weekend. It’s very Liam-ish and though it won’t win any Oscars, it is good. Happy Liam Neeson day y’all! If you need your own lucky Liam, feel free to cut out this Liam paper doll I created for your lucky Liam or voodoo doll needs.

The Houghton House Brick

Day 75
Listening to: Stay
Thought for the day: I put my big girl panties on today and did something that has initiated something good that terrifies me. Pray for me please!


These are the ruins of Houghton House. Built in 1615, the house was said to be the model for House Beautiful in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. The ruins are located in Bedford, UK near my Dad and Pauline’s home. I didn’t go there this weekend unfortunately. Actually, it’s been awhile since I’ve been there, but the house came up in several conversations in the past few days. I’ve chosen to write about it because let’s face it; I sat on the couch all day.

I had an experience at the site of the Houghton House ruins that I’ve never replicated and will never forget. It was an experience of extreme peace and solitude. I cannot explain it. The feeling was so strong that I picked up a broken-off brick and brought it home with me. It sits in my kitchen on my stove. I often look at the brick and feel guilty for removing it. Other times I wonder if the brick is cursed because I removed it (think Brady Bunch and the tiki necklace the boys found in Hawaii). I think the brick needs to go back. I’m wondering if a Kickstarter request would help make it happen. I’ll probably get arrested taking it back. Regardless, if I die in my sleep tonight, y’all just know that piece of brick that sits on top of my stove is not just any old brick.

Photo credit: English Heritage Foundation

Tree Roots and Indian Statues

Day 74
Listening to: Come Away With Me
Thought for the day: If I had to sum up Friendship in one word, it would be Comfort. ~Terri Guillemets


This is what happens when childhood friends collide! One minute we were laughing about reading glasses and Depends and the next we were acting like 13 year-olds posing with a statue of an Indian. I was reminded today that old friends are definitely like the deepest roots of a tree in that regardless of how long it’s been since you’ve seen them, they’re always there for you. Love these women with all my heart and am grateful for getting to spend time with them today!

Flowers and Photobombs

Day 73
Listening to: Symphony No. 96, The Miracle – Joseph Haydn
Thought for the day: Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Though my daughter is 21, occasionally I get a glimpse of the little girl in her I use to know. She picked these flowers for me just like she use to pick flowers for me when she was 5. It was unexpected and extremely sweet. There is more to this photo than her gift of flowers though. This is what you call a reverse photo bomb and the two of us were plotting the whole time she posed with the flowers to capture the guy behind her. He was a Chaning Tatum look alike and worthy of capturing in a photo for all eternity! It’s just too bad he didn’t realize what we were up to and photo bomb us back. Still this moment that was captured will always make me laugh which makes her gift of flowers even better.

Gloom Despair. Grownup Kids.

Day 72
Listening to: Let it Be
Thought for the day: We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up. ~Christopher Morley


Throwback Thursday circa 2004: This is the last professional photo taken of my children and me. When they were younger, there were stressful moments when I felt like the day when they would grow up and fly the coop would never arrive. At times, I felt hopeless. But, guess what? They grew up. They moved away. These days I spend my time wondering when I’ll get to see them again. Lucky for me, I got to have dinner with them tonight and it was wonderful.

An iMac G3 Toy Story

Day 71
Listening to: the news
Thought for the day: I want to put a ding in the universe. ~Steve Jobs


If Toy Story unfolded in my daughter’s closet, it would involve an old American Girl Doll, autograph bear, and my very first internet connectable computer, the blueberry iMac G3, all seen in today’s photo. Since today is the 25th anniversary of the internet, I reflected a little bit about how the World Wide Web has changed my life. Just today, I exchanged an email with someone half a world away, plotted and giggled with a dear friend about our bucket lists, made lunch plans with high school friends, and instant messaged with a friend on a train on his way from New York City to D.C. Each of these interactions made my day rather delightful. I will never forget the first day I got the blueberry iMac. My brother set it up for me. The door hadn’t even hit him on the butt on his way out before I was logging on and looking at online dating sites. I was like a kid in a candy store. Although online dating never worked for me, I have and continue to meet some wonderful people online who have become life-long friends ………….all because of the internet.

Possible Peace

Day 70
Listening to: Take On Me
Thought for the day: Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Peace is not impossible. Carson Kitty has been working on Pearl and today’s photo is the result. Watching the process has been enlightening to say the least. Carson has conquered Pearl’s heart through patience, kindness, and the willingness to share his food (just like his namesake, Carson of Downton Abbey). Pearl still acts like zombies are attacking us when we see a cat while on our walks, so Carson is an anomaly. At least there is peace at my house……..for now. Animals can teach us a lot if we’ll just open our eyes and hearts.


Day 69
Listening to: Don’t You Forget About Me
Thought for the day: It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso


Today is my dear friend, Jo Ann Hood’s birthday. If I could give her Brad Pitt for her birthday, I would. This photoshopped photo will have to do. Besides, we don’t want to experience the wrath of Angie I mean; did you see her in Tomb Raider or Salt? Yeah.

I’m writing about Jo Ann today not just because it’s her birthday but also because becoming her friend taught me an extremely valuable life lesson. Thirty years ago, I said I “hated” her, yet, I didn’t KNOW her. I passed judgment about her character based on hearsay and assumption. Then, I got to know her. I absolutely adore her. Her friendship is a constant reminder to me to be careful what I think and feel towards people that I don’t know.

Happy Birthday Jo Jo! I hope you enjoy your Brad moment.

The Mouse & the Lucky Buckeye

Day 68
Listening to: Pompeii
Thought for the day: It’s true that every time you hear a bell, an angel gets its wings. But what they don’t tell you is that every time you hear a mouse trap snap, an angel gets set on fire. ~Jack Handy


Disclaimer: I’m not looking for advice. I’m sharing an experience. I am well aware of what the options are. I also realize some of you might come after me with a straight jacket. I’m okay with that too. With that said, I have a mouse problem in my house. Having Pearl, who loves mouse bait, mouse poo, and mice themselves, complicates the matter. I began fighting the problem 2 weeks ago without much luck. Then, Friday night, I heard one of them rooting around in my kitchen. I got up to look. Upon inspection, I found that this particular mouse was eating my lucky buckeye. Today’s photo shows how Mickey hollowed out the inside of the buckeye. My instinctive reaction was, “OH HELL NO!” So, I went to Lowes today to study different options I haven’t tried yet. I bought a snap trap and a capture and release trap. Within 10 minutes of setting up the capture and release trap, I had me a mouse. I took it to the park and released it …………….it’ll probably die anyway………. still. I have to hope. It has luck on its side after all. I hate this part of being an adult.