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First Big Ride of the Season!

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Whoop Whoop!!

We are having a spectacular summer here in the Pacific Northwest!  My doctor gave me clearance recently to ride my motorcycle after the long healing process for the herniated disk in my neck.   So, Doug and I took a day trip around Bainbridge Island last weekend.

We combined riding with 2 ferry rides for a gorgeous experience; it was only 125 actual riding miles on the bikes, but we’re off to a great season!  No chance to take pictures while riding, (I’m not that adventurous!) so I don’t have any of the beautiful scenery we saw along the way, but here’s a glimpse of what we did… I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Professional photo showing Space Needle & Ferry
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Leaving Seattle for Bainbridge Island.  Notice the Space Needle to the right.

Leaving Seattle for Bainbridge Island. Notice the Space Needle to the right.

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Puppy Love

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I admit it…I’m a sap when it comes to dogs, and puppies easily turn me into a babbling idiot.

We had to say goodbye to our last dog, Lady, a year ago.  I never thought I’d be without a dog, but we’ve needed this doggie break.  We’re not sure when we’ll fill the empty nest again, but…

To my great surprise and delight, our daughter and son-in-law recently adopted a dog from the pound, and now I HAVE A GRANDPUPPY!!!

Me and Jessie -My Grandpuppy!

Me and Jessie -My Grandpuppy!

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Alaska, Iditarod and Fairies

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Thanks to everyone who sent prayers, emails, and other well wishes after my aunt passed away. My husband, daughter, and I went to the service last Wednesday and had our time to say goodbye. She was well-loved and it was a bittersweet time to share with her family. I’m feeling so much more at peace now. My uncle is doing well, they had an incredible marriage and were together when she passed peacefully. I’m looking forward to seeing him again soon.

The day after the funeral, we left for Alaska to visit my mom and see the Iditarod. My family has been involved with the famous dog sled race since the first one in 1973. It was very healing and exciting to be there again.  I will admit, this was my first time being a K9 Fairy!  We had to wear our dresses, boas, and jewelry on the outside of our snow gear.  That was quite an experience!

Mom told me lots of stories I hadn’t heard before, and the three of us had a good time.  She pulled out a huge box of old letters and piles of old photos, most of which I’d never seen.  It was a good step towards more healing and connecting; God truly blessed this time together.

I hope you enjoy our trip:

Circling to land in Anchorage

Circling to land in Anchorage

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Watch What You Ask A Mom…or A Retiree!

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When my kids were young, I was a ‘stay-at-home’ mom.  Admission of this unappreciated ‘career’ often resulted in being asked “What do you do at home all day?”  No doubt, the question wasn’t meant to offend me, but it usually had that very effect!  Obviously the cleaning, cooking, errands and oh yeah Parenting didn’t take up much of my day, right?

One day in particular, I was out on errands in a mightly frazzled state of mind.

courtesy: picturesof.net

courtesy: picturesof.net

The kids had been fighting, we were running late and my ‘to-do’ list was longer than the day allowed.  I bumped into someone I barely knew on the sidewalk and she asked The Question.  At this point, I’m pretty sure I only had one nerve left and she stepped right on it. More

Much Needed Humor

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After an intense week of talking, crying, healing and reconcilliation with mom last week, I’ve decided a little humor is in order.  Humor has been an important part of my healing process along my entire journey.  Sometimes laughing and crying are just two sides of the same coin.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have:  Click Here To Laugh

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