Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Dogs in Heaven Have a New Best Friend

One week ago today, we, unexpectedly lost our beloved dad and Papa. Because of the shock, I have not been in a place to share. Because of my heartbreak, I could not face his funeral, but yesterday, in his honor, Martin, Lucas, Dominic and I went to the Santa Cruz pier. We did what Papa would have done, eat a nice lunch, watch the sea lions and the sailboats and visited the lighthouse, while watching the surfers. It was peaceful and I felt close to my dad. He was buried next to my mom in Marion, Illinois.
"To my dad...You will forever and always be my dad. Not my step-dad. My dad. Thank you for being one of the best things that ever happened to me. Thank you for all the love and support and laughter. Thank you for instilling in me a love of a good conversation, a stellar work ethic, the joy of reading the newspaper, the comfort of a fire in the fireplace and, of course, the love of baseball.
All you ever wanted was to be in your home, cooking and fussing over your family and your dogs. You were such a night owl and, in that, you brought Jessica and I so much comfort, as we felt so safe when we went to bed at night, because we knew you will still up, either watching baseball, some old western movie or, on many occasions, David Letterman.
You were the best dad of girls, as you had so much respect for us, with only a little eye rolling when we obsessed over hair or when you arrived home from work to find one of my boyfriends break dancing in the driveway, dressed like a ninja. I will always remember your patience when I did things like bring you the lyrics from a Duran Duran album, so you could decipher the meaning of the words for me.
We have missed you so much these past 10 plus years, with us living so far away. But, I do want to say that it has brought me so much comfort knowing that this past 10 years, I feel you have lived your best life, with a beautiful home and a beautiful family and some crazy dogs, all while in the home town you loved so much.
Sharon and the girls gave you such a beautiful, stable life and I only wish you got to enjoy it longer.
No words can possibly describe how much we will miss you every single day for the rest of our lives. We love you more than the stars in the sky. The world is a much darker place without you in it. I’m not sure how or why this can possibly be fair, but I just hope that God has big plans for you. I hope right now you’re sitting around with your mom and dad, catching up, while being surrounded by all the dogs you’ve loved and lost.
During your service, Martin, Dominic, Lucas and I will be at the Santa Cruz Pier, in celebration of you. That is our little way to feel close to you in a place that you loved.
Rest easy, our beloved Papa.
The dogs in heaven have a new best friend.
Kimberly, Martin, Dominic and Lucas"

Daniel Randolph Jenkins
July 6, 1950 - April 8, 2018
The best dad a girl could ever have. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Snuggly Warm Night

My girl is snugglin' hard tonight. She's always near me, but not necessarily on me. Tonight, she is on me. We went for a walk and now are enjoying the house to ourselves, which is a very rare occurrence.  It's a warm night, almost like summer. 

I discovered this amazing channel on tv and it's tuned to classic 70's music and I'm currently overdosing on it. 

I live for the small things. 

"Thunder only happens when it's raining. 
Players only love you when they're playing." 
Dreams- Fleetwood Mac.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We started our day out right! We took the dogs and went on a local trail this morning. It was SO BEAUTIFUL! I was absolutely happy on my favorite holiday. It was my first time at this trail and I am in love. It was also a first for Sandy, so we didn't know what to expect of our skittish girl. 
She was so excited and pulling me like crazy, so I had to stop and try to set some ground rules. Ha!

It was like she was saying, "WOW! What is this place?" Actually, that is what I was saying too!

As usual, Buddy, just goes along for the ride. 

It was early enough that there were not a lot of people. 

What? Naaaa. No way. 

For the most part, Sandy did great! She did try to jump at people on bikes and growled at other dogs passing by, but I kept her close and we worked on that. 

Of course there were a few hiccups, like when she encountered something she hadn't seen before... a bridge!

Then, she turned in to a mini-mountain lion and tried to bolt. 

But, I held tight and we had an amazing walk. Now she will sleep all day and I don't have to worry about walking her tonight. 

This is my favorite day of the year and it was my mom's absolute favorite holiday. I think of her very much on this day. Unlike last year, I'm not hosting, so I get to be a guest and relax. 

Today, I'm thankful for so many wonderful parts of my life. I'm was in heaven to have the pleasure of both of my sons, by my side, for most of the day and I enjoyed every single second. 

Thanksgiving 2017

Love where you live. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Saturday Potato Bug...Roly Poly

I gauge how cold it is by how tight my Formosan Mountain ball of fur gets. She's my own little isopod, aka..potato bug or roly poly. When (or, I guess, if...) we go to Tahoe this winter, her head may disappear in to her body!

Happy Saturday!
except I still have a four-legged alarm that went off today at 4:22 am. 
It's ok, though. That's what naps are for. :)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

1st World Blog Problems

It was brought to my attention that this annoying picture troll is all over my blog. When I went to investigate, I discovered that every time you see this error message, it's because there should be a picture there. Some of my images for my blog posts have been stored on a site called Photobucket and now that site makes you upgrade to a plan that costs money in order to continue to let you link to your photos. Since my blog dates back to 2009, there are so many images that now are replaced with the troll. 

Even my beloved tag line (above) that goes at the end of every single post has been affected. So, now I have to copy and paste it every time, instead of it auto-populating, as I've programmed it to do. 

Not sure what I will do to solve this, but whatever it is, will take time. energy and patience. This, plus, the fact that it's raining and I have a dog that hates rain (and refuses to go outside, even an inch) and traffic of epic proportions, just makes for a stupid Thursday.

BUT, instead of focusing on being upset with this newly discovered 1st world blog problem, I'd like to have positive thoughts and share this awesome quote I saw on Instagram today. I I have no idea who to give credit for the words, but what a great way to go through life!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday's Look of Love

Lately, the dogs have been getting cheated on their walks. Because of a little laziness on my part, the daily walk has been the bare minimum. Of course, some of that is because it's getting dark and little miss Princess gets spooked by any movement whatsoever from any distance, so she puts on the brakes and we head home. Today, I was determined to go earlier and give them a long walk, which we did, successfully. This Look of Love above is the result of that. "Thanks, Mom". 

Pardon me, while I digress...

You know what else causes the "look of love"? 
This storm system, currently on it's way.
Yep. Here it comes and there...they...go...

 skiers, snowboarders and snow bunnies of all kinds...loading up and heading out. 

Including me? Na. I'd just fall down...hard. The only thing I shred is lettuce when I'm making a salad. I'm more of a stay-behind, in-the-lodge, relax-by-the-triple black diamond fireplace, kind of snow bunny. But, cheers to the adventurous!

Enjoy it, snow people. 

I'll be waiting right here: warm, dry, safe and snuggly.  :)

"Even the best fall down sometimes
Even the stars refuse to shine
Out of the back you fall in time
I somehow find
You and I collide". ❤

- Collide, Howie Day

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Heavenly Wishes

Sending a Happy Veteran's Day wish to my dad in Heaven. He was in the Army and, even though I was very young, I have memories of going to the barracks in Fort Knox, Kentucky and watching him train from behind a fence. After his service, he spent most of his life being a hard working carpenter. He could build anything by hand, I think. He picked out my name (my mom wanted Amber Dawn) and is the one that gave me my first puppy, Hondu. He asked me to go get something from his work van and, to my surprise, there was my very first 4-legged love. Thanks, dad. You started a life long obsession for me. Hope you're resting in peace and that you get a few scoops (or the whole gallon) of butter pecan ice cream today. 

Wishing my mom a Happy Birthday in Heaven (November 10). She would have been 64. I know she's around me all the time. I'd like to thank her for not doing anything paranormal to scare the crap out of me! She was 16 when I was born, so we grew up together. She loved dogs, Tahoe, Thanksgiving, a fresh snowfall, lighthouses, Santa Cruz, American Idol, music and cookies. She was a red-headed spit fire Scorpio female. Sometimes, like yesterday (her actual birthday), I see someone who looks or resembles or feels like her (or all three) and in those times, I feel like it's her way of showing me that she's still with me. I try so hard to resist the urge to go to that person and hug them as tightly as I can. Other times, I blur my eyes and pretend, just for a moment, that it is my mom and she's not gone. I miss her laugh, her beautiful eyes, her Kentucky phrases, her sense of humor, her touch and our long talks. Up until the end, I still laid in her lap and she played with my hair. 

My beautiful friend, Christine, died this past January, after a very quick battle with cancer. I hope that my mom welcomed her to heaven and they became fast friends, because I feel like, together, they would rule the clouds. :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Slipper Standoff

As my kids would say, "Sandy is butt-hurt". She thought I brought home a new toy for her today. Turns out, I brought home new slippers for myself, because my feet have been cold recently. I found these whimsical ones for $9.99 at Marshall's and thought they would be fun. Fun for whom, you ask? Well, for me, of course. No one else that lives in my house would find these simple gray animal slippers any fun. Right?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


"Meet Cookie! Cookie is an adorable 8 month old Formosan Mountain dog mix. Cookie is a goofy girl who loves to be around people. Cookie can be shy at first so she would need a patient home that will allow her the time to open up. Cookie loves to cuddle and play with toys, she loves to give kisses and follow you around. Cookie finds comfort when there is another dog present but bonds quickly with her people. Cookie is about 25-30lbs and will stay in the medium range. We are looking for a responsible dog savvy home that will continue to show Cookie what it means to be in a family. Cookie is being fostered in Dublin, CA. Please share and help us find this sweet girl a home to call her own! Cookie is patiently waiting!"

Click here to learn more about Cookie. 

Picture and text courtesy of Love and Second Chances Rescue. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Afternoon Sun Spot

This is Buddy, also known as My Boo Boo Buddy or Bud Bud. The only time I actually call him Buddy is when I'm yelling at him. I have to yell because he can't hear anything!
He's 14 and is as hearty as a horse. This Sunday afternoon, he found a perfect sun spot and it brings me peace to see him enjoy it. 

Unlike Sandy, he loves everybody. 

Happy Sunday. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

My Saturday Night

Princess Sandy checking in on her chicken. 
Above is a snapshot of my Saturday night. I cooked a whole chicken for Sandy. It's actually for both dogs, but Sandy is the reason for the specialty. She's a picky eater and if she skips a meal because she is being picky, she vomits. She can not go more than 12 hours without eating or she vomits. So, we go out of our way to cook things, like a whole chicken, that we can cut up and mix with her kibble ensuring that she eats (in record time I might add). Then we can go about our lives. Easy like Sunday morning...

Since, I had surgery 6 weeks ago, today was the first time I could get back to normal routine, like taking care of my home. It felt good to rearrange cabinets, decorate and putter around my abode. It was also a day full of shopping, laundry and ironing to get my son ready for the his high school Homecoming Dance. This year, he went with a group of friends, which is so much better for 15 year old boys. Having a date is too much pressure for them. 

Now, my kitchen is clean, the dogs have been walked, my older son wolfed down a large pizza I ordered for him and is now "Face-timing" with his girlfriend, who goes to school in Humboldt, as they watch the series, Avatar together (yes, they watch movies and shows remotely, but together...very 2017) and I'm all alone on my couch, with my dogs, snug as a bug in a rug. 

Don't forget it's Fall Back tonight, which means one extra hour of sleep! 

p.s. I just got word that it's snowing in Tahoe right now!

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