December 10, 2019

The last month of the year. Wow. We just made it memorable by adopting a new dog! We lost our sweet Ryley in September and knew that “someday” we wanted to adopt a senior dog. We didn’t expect it to be so soon, but it was right. We welcomed Serena into our lives and hearts. She’s the tiniest little house elf of a beagle–only 11 inches tall from front foot to shoulder. Our cat is taller than she is! She’s 9 and has had some rough times, but will now be treated like a princess all the rest of her days. Joey Cat has been very sweet to her.

November was the month of thanks and I’m all about gratitude. I listed  a gratitude each day and I’m not ready to delete them yet. đŸ™‚
30. Adopting a new rescue dog–a sweet, tiny, senior beagle!!!
29. Pumpkin pie for breakfast
28. Cooking with friends and steaming up all the windows
27. Rainy or snowy days, with lots of time to write–some Kahlua in the coffee is a bonus
26. Love letters and personal mail
25. Compassion and empathy
24. Living in the age of modern medicine and being fortunate enough to be able to afford health insurance
23. Rescue animals and the ways they rescue us
22. Sunflowers
21. Celebrating a friend who is now cancer-free after a year+ struggle of multiple surgeries and many unpleasant treatments! Woo hoo hoo!
20. Watching movies on the couch with my fella in jammies under a purring cat
19. The Rocky Mountains
18. The right to vote
17. Brunch
16. Electric blankets
15. Interspecies friendships. I’m a sucker for ’em.
14. Being safe
13. Fred Rogers and World Kindness Day. Kindness. Cardigans.
12. Indian food so spicy it makes your nose run
11. Ghost stories and haunted houses/sites
10. Slow mornings–when you can wake without an alarm and linger over coffee and stay in jammies a long time
9. Goats
8. Books–I can’t imagine life without them
7. Bright red autumn leaves scuttling across pavement
6. My wonderful, generous, kind fella and partner in all things–he makes every single thing more fun and I’m never bored.
5. My odd, stout cat in my lap, his purr vibrating through me
4. Celebrating my three-years-cancer-free anniversary!!!
3. The way the sky is that vivid bright blue in autumn.
2. Smooth, strong coffee with real whipping cream
1. My amazing tribe of family and friends. We circle the wagons when times are tough, lift each other, and double the joy in happy times.

The talented Nancy Jones has written a profile of me in her blog Crafting a Career–my path has certainly not been straight, but it’s worked out just fine. And the lovely Christina Consolino also interviewed me. 

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