Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

 
OK, so this headband on my head and changing myself to a brunette for the day (I admit, kinda fun!) is about as Halloween as I get. Halloween is my least favorite day of the year and I'm not sure why. I just don't like it. It's stressful and annoying and too much hype. Halloween also happens to be my best friend, Rachel's birthday, so I always put on a smile for her. But tomorrow? Well, that's another story. November 1, is one of my favorite days of the year because it means October 31 is over! (Sorry, Rach)

 I really don't like this picture because I look like Wynonna the country singer, with big hair and chubby cheeks, but it is the only one we could get with Dingo in it. When I tried to pull him close, he just kept licking my face and my husband didn't have the patience to keep trying. I can't believe Dingo let me put that headband on his head. He was just so unsure of what the heck mama was trying to do! Just trying to have a little fun, boy. 

And here is the belle of the ball! He looks like one of Santa's reindeer, doesn't he? He's so cute. We've had some major health issues with him the last few months, so I'm so thankful for him feeling better and looking so cute for me this evening.




Thursday, October 30, 2014

 She loved lighthouses. 

She loved Santa Cruz.


She loved this saying and used it all the time.
 
Cynthia Kay Jenkins
November 10, 1953 - October 30, 2006



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Katie, Barn the Door!

by LoNine Designs on Etsy. 
 
How fun is this? I love my dogs, but I love gates that keep them out of places, even more! Most gates are ugly and cheap and you hide them away when they aren't in use. Not this one! It adds some serious country style to your place. 

Of course, because I'll never have one of my own, the country girl in me is always looking for ways to add a little "barn" in everything. 




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy October 28th!



Today is my birthday. Happy Birthday to Me! What do I want for my birthday? Well, the truth is this.  I'm the simplest girl in the world. I don't want flowers (unless it something I can plant in the yard) or cake. I don't want a party. I don't want a gift. I don't want cards, balloons, clothes or jewelry. Every single October 28, I only want two things. 1. A clean house. 2. To be in Tahoe. This year I didn't get either, so boo! Of course, there are some good reasons why, like a an under-the-weather 16 year old, but still. Boo!

Not to fret. I'm working on #2 as we speak. In fact to get in the spirit, I've check my beloved daily Tahoe Web Cams (Sunnyside, El Dorado Beach) and spent time searching Tahoe City Real Estate because, yes, a Tahoe real estate purchase will be in my future. Here's one of my favorites from today: Cedar Crest

So what is my substitute birthday? Low-key laziness, a light walk with my oldtimer dogs, a facial (ooh. something girlie!), tomato soup in a bread bowl for lunch, my favorite pizza for dinner and watching the World Series (Go Giants!) with my family. I wanted to go to the movies and to the beach for a sunset, but it's not to be this time because I can't fit everything in! But I believe in birthday weeks and this is, officially, my birthday week, so I have a few more days for the rest of it. :)

Wishing everyone a great day! It's BEAUTIFUL outside where I live.
I spent a little time outside in the back yard with my Buddy

 and my Dingo. Love my dogs!

hbh. I miss you and think of you every day.  i.l.y.always. 
Hope you're somewhere today, with the one you love and that your soul is happy.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tragedy in Canada


RIP, Nathan. I'm sure your four-legged babies will miss you forever.





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Full Moon Rescue

Clayton Knipe rescued Heather Swallow's dog from a high tide pounding surf off Pleasure Point after hearing Heather's screams for help. 
 (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)  
 
PLEASURE POINT -- A full-moon beach walk nearly turned into a tragedy in early September for a Pleasure Point woman's best friend. 

Heather Swallow was walking on the sand below 38th Avenue when the high tide and surf chased her up onto the rocks. Her dog Magnolia, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, followed her and slipped into the water.
"The waves were crashing, and she disappeared," Swallow said. "She either get swept off the rocks or slid in."
Magnolia was washed into a cove near 38th Avenue. With the water surging up against the cliff the dog was unable to climb to safety. Panicked, Swallow began screaming for help.
"She got stuck in a cove and kept getting hit by wave after wave after wave," Swallow recalled. "I was frantic and I knew she was going to drown."
Fortunately for Swallow and Magnolia, Clayton Knipe heard her cries for help.
Knipe was riding his bike home from a nearby coffee shop, where he had been playing his guitar during an open mic session. As he stopped to look at the waves, the 20-year-old admired the view and heard Swallow screaming. Realizing someone was in danger, he put down his bike and his backpack, and went to investigate.
"I started shuffling down the cliff side, and I fell right in the water," said Knipe, who was fully clothed in jeans, a sweatshirt and his desert boots.

While Knipe was startled by his unexpected dousing, Magnolia knew just what to do. She swam up to Knipe. "She knew she needed help," Knipe recalled, who was able to shove the dog onto a rock ledge. But Knipe discovered he couldn't get himself out of the water. He made his way up to another cove and grabbed onto the rocks. Even then, he had a hard time getting out of the water.
"The waves were bashing like crazy," he said. "I let out a little prayer and managed to pull myself up."

Exhausted from her ordeal, Magnolia could barely move, and Swallow was not able to get the dog off the rocky shelf. Knipe came to the rescue once again, and was able to grab Magnolia's collar and haul her up to safer ground. Swallow was extremely grateful.

"My dog means the world to me," said Swallow, a naturopathic physician who practices in Monterey. "She's a therapy dog and she comes to work with me. She's such an important part of my life."
Knipe, who escaped with just a bruised hand, was humble about the incident when asked about it later. He refused any offers for a reward, other than accepting a cup of hot tea from Swallow, and the use of a towel.

"I don't need a gold medal or anything," Knipe said. "Magnolia is a really sweet dog."
Instead, he told Swallow that he hoped the incident would inspire others to help their neighbors and others in need. And, although it took all three at least three days to recover physically from the incident, Knipe earned something even more valuable than a traditional reward. He came away with two new friends and the satisfaction of knowing he had saved the life of Swallow's best friend. ------ (c)2014 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) at www.santacruzsentinel.com Distributed by MCT Information Services AMX-2014-09-27T20:02:00-04:00

Just wanted to share this story. It could have ended in so many bad ways, but it has a happy ending. Thank goodnss, because who doesn't love that this woman went for a walk on the beach with her dog during a full moon? 






Saturday, September 13, 2014


Life is forcing me to take a creative break for a while. See ya when I see ya. 

Peace. Love. Dogs.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014






Sunday, August 10, 2014

An Oldtimer's Good Time


Going for a car ride, window down, soaking up the cool night air. Yep, it's my Oldtimer's version of a good time. 



 Wishing everyone a happy Sunday!


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