The Nutcracker…

Holiday movies are among my favorite Christmas traditions. I love the feel of it, and still enjoy getting dressed up to go. Have you seen the trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms??? Despite the fact that it is showing before pretty much every movie, of any genre, it is mesmerizingly beautiful! There is so much imagination within this […]

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Summertime madness…

On the first day of summer, I woke up and poured my coffee like normal. I washed my face, responded to a few emails and texts… It was a pretty average day. Quiet. My two dogs, Emma and Elenor, continued to remain civil yet distant. There was nothing which stood out as extraordinary. On the first day of autumn, I […]

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That very first bestie…

I lucked into my first BFF-ship… Her name is Melanie and she was born next door to me, 9 days before I turned one. Her family was like family to me. In fact, well before I really understood anything about love, relationships, etc- I was determined I would marry her brother. Years after that passed, she snuck away for quiet […]

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Dog Days {of Summer…}

I’ve talked about it here before, but two years ago this month I unexpectedly lost my beloved life companion Paisley. It was a fast, tragic and deeply severing loss. About eight months later I opened my heart up to love an amazingly tiny little blue-tick beagle I lovingly named Knightley and when he died just three months later… Honestly, even […]

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Not too old to die, but SO hard to beat…

My BFF had to put her sweet dog Duke down this week. It was something they were aware wasn’t likely too far off, but anyone who has been there knows that no matter how “prepared” you technically are- you are never ready and there is never a best time… Not really. I have knelt across from those huge eyes, pained and ready, three times. I have held the tears behind a dam of self-control until that sweet soul took their last breath. I have heard it said that crying is cathartic and there have been so many times in my life when, amidst sobs and a salted downpour upon my cheeks, I have felt this to be true- when I’ve had to say goodbye this way however, it has felt gut wrenchingly far from catharsis. We were living in upstate New York when my husband decided to make my dreams come true, and get a puppy. We responded to a newspaper ad (because I’m dating not only this post, but us) for a yellow lab. We drove out into the rolling hilled farm land and turned down a long dirt driveway. (In case anyone is unclear about a timeline, we did use mapquest to get there… Which we had to print, on paper. We felt super high tech and advanced. Also, we did have cell phones. They were PHONES. You used them to talk.) My husband was a self proclaimed […]

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