I have not wanted to write this post.
Writing the words would make it true.
There is no escaping that my sweet Ginny is gone.
Eight days after my post
Loving an old dog she collapsed and died.
Probably a heart attack. Possibly a stroke.
It doesn’t matter. She is gone.
Ginny jumped in my lap in the car. Something spooked her. Fortunately, the car was parked. ~Photo Lori Greer in Portland My sweet Ginny
She was always with me patiently waiting in the car while I ran errands, going on walks, strolling though Home Depot, sunning herself on the patio and, in the last few months, sleeping by the fire.
I miss that sweet face, that wagging tail, her big head resting in my lap.
I miss hugging her and talking to her.
I miss taking care of her.
I miss her.
As I was walking out the door this morning for an 8:30 appointment, my phone rang.
It was my 3-year old granddaughter calling for a video chat.
Of course I took the call. I was prepared to be late or miss my appointment.
A minute later her sweet little face popped up on my screen.
Continue reading “Little Girl in Distress”
I am currently the daily caretaker for my terminally-ill daughter in law.
She is at home in hospice care.
Our days go on mostly unchanged.
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Continue reading “Tuesday, 9.24.2019”
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A man and a woman are in a “second time around” relationship.
Both bring baggage, hurt, and trepidation into the mix.
Things are going really, really well.
Continue reading “Why She Wanted to Kill Him…”
Image from Wikipedia
Since love grows within you,
So beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.*
*St. Augustine of Hippo
“Augustine of Hippo was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius, located in Numidia.” Wikipedia
St. Augustine of Hippo
I miss Julia.
Sometimes my need to know the “rest of the story” competes with not wanting to let the main character go by finishing a book.
I can be almost finished with a book but find that I have to force myself to read the final chapter.
This is the case with Julia, the main character in
Continue reading “Julia’s Violinist: A Story of Love, Courage, Survival”
“Never be in a hurry, do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” Francis de Sales
It is Saturday night and I am alone for the evening at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, Washington north of Seattle.
I could have gone to dinner in Seattle with family.
However, I chose an evening of solitude.
My family was concerned that I was sad or down but really I just wanted to have an evening to refresh and renew my spirit after my long drive from Whistler, B.C. to Seattle.
I ordered dinner from room service and tuned into the movie “Sex & the City”.
I was lazy and indulgent. It was just what I needed.
I realized early in my adult life that I need equal parts down time to balance the busy, involved times. I believe that the need for down time grows as I grow older.
The next morning I thanked my family for not resenting my need to “opt out” for the evening. Their empathy and love were true gifts.
To be able to take time out and not feel guilty was my gift to myself.
It has been a long day. The sun is finally setting in the Pacific Northwest. It is beautiful to watch the shadows fall in my garden.
Continue reading “Sweet Dreams”
Francois’ card with his gift from the Flea Market in Paris.
Continue reading “Ce petit cadeau”