I've been reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and as a result, I've decided to dedicate this year to reaching out to other people. That means putting myself in a vulnerable position, because they might "shut me down" or reject me. It involves taking a risk, doesn't it? That's exactly what Brown means by "daring greatly." Well, so far, the venture has been worthwhile. On a whim, I emailed Alice Zinn, a renowned miniature artist, who lives just … [Read more...] about A Year of Daring Greatly Starts Now!
I love this photo. My new pal Donna Manz took it for the Vienna (VA) Connection. You can read the entire article here.That's Vicky, on the left. You can't see her harness, but of course, it is pink. She's a girly-girl of a dog. We "adopted" Victoria in England, so she's a British Bichon and a little smaller than the American breed. Since her father was an English champion, Vicky is a bit of a princess. Sarah, one of the adorable little girls who … [Read more...] about The Return on Our Investment
I woke up around 4 am this morning to the sound of Rafferty yelping. Turns out our little boy dog was thirsty. This often oftens after he gulps down his dry kibble late in the day. He's just fine for a couple of hours, even three or four, then suddenly he HAS to have water RIGHT now. So I was stumbling around in the dark, more asleep than awake thanks to the 1/2 of an Ambien tablet I took, and trying to get his leash on so he won't get hit by a … [Read more...] about I'm Too Old for Mall Hours
Yesterday I drove to the grocery store and back without thinking. Not a big deal to you. But it was to me. You see, I'm feeling at home.This has been a year of tumult. In January, my mother's exam found spots in her lungs. However, the spots didn't light up, so the doctors were convinced it wasn't cancer. "Probably scar tissue," they told us. By June we knew the truth: She had terminal lung cancer.Still, Mom clung to hope. After all, last time … [Read more...] about Almost Seems Like Home
Every day the Universe conspires to teach me lessons I don't wanna learn. As they say in the movies, "Resistance is FUTILE." And yet, I still struggle.Today, my dog was the teaching assistant. Rafferty decided he didn't want to eat his food. Being a good dog mom, I coaxed. "Ah, come on, Raffie." Then I threatened. "Eat your food." And finally, I resorted to unfair tactics. I poured beef boullion over the kibble.To no available. He licked off the … [Read more...] about I'd Rather Be Eating Kibble…Or Why Some Books Are Hard to Take