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This Crazy Dog of Ours

My phone made a “memories” album as it does every once in a while. This one was titled Four-Legged Friends. Some were sad reminding me of our sweet Snowy. Some had me rolling my eyes at the sight of Bandit, the very weird cat that made us his family. Can’t believe I actually took a photo of him! Then there was a brief appearance of River, the rabbit who helped us realize that we are not rabbit people. Pepper made an appearance as well, the sweet stray who now lives with our friend in South Africa. Ironically, most of the photos were of Posey, the crazy Jack Russell who traveled via airplane so she could live the good life with us in America.

This dog is crazy as evidenced by the handful of photos that graced my Four-Legged Friends album. They made me chuckle and maybe they will you, too. Or you can laugh at me, that I’ve become THAT person who dedicates an entire blog post to a dog. 😜


To Trying New Things

I love trying new things. To experience something new, especially with people you love, is just so life giving. I’m such a perfectionist that I used to stress out if the new experience wasn’t enjoyed by all. How silly is that! I’ve had to learn that the joy resides in the act of trying, even if it’s a flop.

Last Friday we tried two new things. We went cherry picking. I’ve been apple picking when we lived in Connecticut, but picking cherries was new for me. I learned a few things… 1. Pick them with the stems on. They’ll last longer. 2. The darker the cherry, the sweeter (at least for bing cherries). 3. Cherries that accidentally drop to the ground are just as good to eat.

After cherry picking, we went for bison and elk burgers. I’ve eaten a lot of different meats (crocodile, zebra, warthog, kudu, just to name a few) but never bison or elk. Both tasted amazing. I highly recommend!

Today, try something new. You’ll be so glad you did!

Fun Thoughts

10 Things

Every Friday, I will be posting 10 things I’m grateful for. Join along with me by posting your blog link in the comments of your own 10 things or simply comment with what you’re thankful for.

1. Jobs that allow us to work from anywhere. My current office consists of a lounge chair on a deck overlooking the Sacramento Mountains with the occasional hummingbird and elk visit.

2. Driving lessons. We’ve moved from a quad to a real car. Pops, if you’re reading this, don’t worry. She’s only driving to the trash bin and back.

3. Outdoor grills. We’ve grilled everyday this week. Everything is just so much better on the grill.

4. That Jeremy Price has been found. It’s been a long time coming.

5. Decks. With outdoor tables. I’ve always wanted a deck with an outdoor table on it. It has made eating dinner the past week an event as we eat, talk, play games, and enjoy nature. Warms my mama’s heart.

6. Needy dogs? Not sure if I’m entirely grateful for that but… Her happy place is being outside, only if someone is out there with her. As I sit and work with her by my side, I guess I’m grateful that we were able to bring her over from South Africa before travel restrictions and everything hit.

7. People. With all the unrest going on in our country right now, I’m just grateful for people of all colors from all places. It makes the world beautiful.

8. Organization. I rest so much better when everything has a place, and it’s in it. Sometimes it drives my family crazy.

9. My quilt! My mother-in-love has been on a mission to make everyone in the family a quilt. I got mine right before our trip to New Mexico. She was spot on in picking out the color scheme. I love it!

10. Binge watching season 3 of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, because one, sometimes it’s good to make yourself be still and two, I just love his quirkiness. The only bad thing is that it gives me the travel itch which is not good right now!

What are you thankful for?

Family Fun Travel

10 Things

Every Friday, I will be posting 10 things I’m grateful for. Join along with me by posting your blog link in the comments of your own 10 things or simply comment with what you’re thankful for.

1. Grace. As you can see, I haven’t posted much this week. I’m a goal setter and sometimes, if I can’t reach the goal, I’ve had to learn when it’s right to push myself and when it’s right to give myself grace. I chose grace this week.

2. The mountains of New Mexico. We’re currently enjoying some time in nature, just the 4 of us. Well, 5…Posey came along for the adventure.

3. Emma Grace’s driving adventures on the quad. Glad she’s getting some practice on this before she’s unleashed to drive in a car!

4. Mountain food. Our menu isn’t that much different from home, but there’s something so cozy about simple grilling and easy meals that I love.

5. That being said, we can’t come up here without some Mad Jack’s BBQ. Jeremy and I went and stood in the social distanced line this morning donning our masks for some brisket and ribs takeout. SO GOOD!

6. Early morning hikes with the hubs. There’s something so refreshing about being in nature.

7. Game playing. I’m glad Emma Grace loves it, too.

8. Watching an elk right outside the back door. It was cool, but we had to take down the birdseed before he ate it all. Reminded me of those darn monkeys in Africa. They look kind of cute, but they wreak havoc!

9. Caliche’s frozen custard. So creamy and smooth.

10. Pinto horses in the nearby pasture. Love watching them graze during the day.

What are you thankful for?

Fun Video

Life Is Like A Game of Hopscotch

Ok, so I don’t know if life is really like a game of Hopscotch. Forrest Gump had a clever comparison when he said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Let’s see if I can create some clever comparisons. Life is like a game of hopscotch…

It’s best played with friends.

You never know how long it’s going to take.

Don’t take it too serious that you forget to laugh.

Go through it with the wonderment of a child.

It can tire you out.

Sometimes you gotta throw a rock at it.

None of these are Earth shattering revelations that you’ll be quoting on social media, but it’s fun nonetheless. Feel free to add your own comparison to the comments.

PS: So that the video wasn’t a long, boring rendition of me jumping, I decided to shorten the middle to keep you watching. 😂🤷‍♀️