You already know that if you are a friend and follower. I wanted to do a post as this year comes to an end. Yes not a Re-Blog though I love sharing cool stuff others spend the time to add to WordPress.
So this one will be of a Happy Dog. You see when the weather is warm you will never see her do this the flying disc will get all the play time but let a few inches of snow fall and you knows right where she has tucked her winter toy away. I have told you she is smart a time or two right.
Here is a series I shot of her and her winter toy. I kick then snap photo, this time with a bulky Nikon not as easy to capture her as I did with my Kodak so excuse the faults in the photos and just try to see the Joy as I witnessed.
Quit taking photos and kick my ball!
She hates when I say last one. She will play till she drops in this kind of weather. As she ages the summer heat takes it’s toll on her but winter no way. She watches the squirrels play and eat in the yard as I do my beading and every now and then she will turn her head and look at me with those beautiful eyes begging to go back out. You see she knows me after almost 8 years Last One really are just for a minute or two. I get dressed again and open the door and off she goes to where she left her ball. No wonder the heating bill is so high in and out like your children see she is my little girl.
Happy New Year from our home up here in New Hampshire to yours. May this year coming be a beautiful one with peace and harmony for all mankind.
The day started rainy and socked in with think fog here in New England yesterday, while so many suffered in horrible cold and snowy conditions. We will take what we can left of this year, before we too must huddle together and keep ourselves warm.
A few years ago I took a class with Mom on fusing glass with a wonderful teacher who has since passed away. She had told us about a woman in Maine who taught wire wrapping, so we could make our pieces we did, look even nicer and go from glass into jewelry pieces. Well that winter we went out to Arizona to hunt for Gold and I met a woman there who took the time to show me a simple wrap that as I got more proficient I could add my own flair to. Well yesterday the woman in Maine, who I follow through Facebook, had an Open House for her jewelry pieces. So that was my plan for the day, a nice quiet ride up into Maine to meet her in person and see if I could find something pretty for a gift as well as to support another starving artist.
The ride was quiet but boyfriend and pup decided to join me as I always find the neatest things when I take the time to venture out from the house. With winter on our heels I knew days upon days of me being inside would soon arrive. So I packed the dog’s fresh water, my camera bag and off we went.
I made it to her place with no trouble and told them I would be awhile and for them to go find some fun without me.
So nice to meet Mig. Her pieces are beautiful. Such pretty stones and Sea Glass all wrapped in Silver. We talked and talked and then it was time for me to find the sea. It was just two miles east maybe less. The two had gone in search of a place to play but saw the no parking signs everywhere and decided to wait for me. Well right away I found a beach access road and plenty on empty parking spots, lol it is winter so all rules and regulations go by the way side here. Dogs could run free! JT was so excited I have to tell you. We go walking at the beach but of late we stroll beside the sea on pathways and not on the sandy beaches, see if I take her to the waters edge she wants to do one thing and one thing only CATCH A FRISBEE. I have a bad shoulder so with loosing weight we take the harder surfaces and walk and walk, all the while me kicking her stick. She is OK with anything I am able to do, she is such a good girl. She will be eight on Mother’s Day and I want her as healthy as can be so I can have her beside me for as long as I can. Just check this happy photo out
See what I mean. Happy dog!
Now look what happens when she has to wait for me to stop taking pretty photos of the beach and sea.
You would think I had put her in the down command but actually she really has the need for just one COME. She is too smart to do anything DUMB. Yes I am blessed and very proud of my pup. She is such a good girl. A elderly couple was out for a walk on the beach and asked if they could give here a dog bone. I never allow it but they were nice and JT sat pretty and stole their hearts in an instant, she even took the cookie and ATE IT, she never does. She must have worked up an appetite from all that running on the beach. She was one happy dog, I swear I caught a smile or two yesterday. She does love the beach but hurts too bad in her joints if we play for hours so the half hour worked out perfect.
We took the long way home, back roads all the way back to NH. I have really seen that section of highway enough in a rig.
As we made our way along the coastline the towns had decked the streets with holiday lights and wreaths, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas, well all except for the snow that was gladly missing.
I had timed the day near perfect. Soon it would be dark enough to see some lights and I headed for the most famous Maine Lighthouse to see them. It was just a tad too light so I let JT out where she made new friends while I waited with not one but two cameras to catch some action beside the Atlantic. I took too many photos, wait could that happen ? Let me show you a couple to end this post. I even added some to my online gallery for Holiday Cards! Who doesn’t love the sea and these gorgeous lighthouses that keep the sailors safe.
I spent years really living on the edge but a very slippery edge, indeed.
I was a trucker who worked and worked, never getting enough rest. I was young and fearless.
After a divorce and a bad wreck( no not of my doing, lol )thankfully, life for me was so very different.
I lost my balance. I fell. I fell into deep sadness. Yes I mucked about pretending all was well but clearly everyone could see how I had changed. I lost ME.
Well things are back on an even keel.
I have a blessed life.
I see that now.
I blog with people all over the world who have had such deep sadness in their lives. I also have some followers so full of joy, it is contagious.
You see I had stopped caring. I stopped LIVING.
When I found WordPress I was in search of who I was.
I had to pick a name for my new blog and it came easy, Living and Lovin, as that is really all I searched for.
I am here to tell you that I found it and then some.
I eat right now and actually exercise in the amounts I need. Balance it is a good thing.
I wake daily and with coffee see what blogging buddies are up too.
I eat breakfast and do the housework. For years I really had stopped caring.
I now work in my garden.
Play with the dog.
Have conversations with the love of my life.
I thought I had it all till sadly it was gone. My edge may have been different from yours but clearly living on the edge is hard for anyone eventually. It will catch up to you.
It has been a long winding road but finally no longer do I stand on a slippery slope of sadness and despair. No longer a part of the rat race of life. I have taken back who I really am. I wake each day thankful for all I have. I do stop to smell the ROSES, well all the flowers. How could I have gotten so far out of whack? Are others as well and still not knowing it?
For me it is about BALANCE.
Doing what needs to be done and making time for play.
I play usually with a camera in tow so now they can all see the change. Pretty dramatic even when I look back.
My wish for all of you is to find your balance. With work, love, life and play. When you are out of whack that is truly living on the edge.
Do you have times in your life where you seem to be very busy but are really doing nothing at all.
How did my life get so simple?
I used to blog everyday.
I made Jewelry every week.
I walked the beaches all winter long and early summer mornings and captured the Sunrises along the Atlantic.
I went away in March and came back profoundly changed and at peace. So much so I don’t do much of anything really.
Yes I wake after 4 or 5 hours of sleep and have two cups of coffee, fresh ground. I eat a simple good for me breakfast as I answer emails play a game of words on Facebook all the while tossing a toy to JT. Then I wash up the few dishes sweep the floors and make the bed. I shower and get dressed and grab my camera JT grabs her Frisbee and off we go to walk the property. Playing catch and snapping photos. Not much plant wise happening here. so much rain, nutrient’s washed away and plants are stalled. I have yet to have the Monarchs show up good thing end of July and Butterfly Bush has yet to open as a way to welcome them here.
My food garden is sad. I have had two cucumbers, one tomato lots of basil and some lettuce. Tonight I snipped Dill for our Tuna fish sandwiches.
Corn is only just over my knee and I am short.
All those pretty shots you saw the last year have either rotted or refused to bloom so I have been busy with Dragonflies. They have been so willing too. I have them all on My Portfolio blog and re-blogged to 20 Lines or Living and Lovin. I am sure I will lose the bloggers I have on my list of followers but truly what should I write about. I have changed so much I hardly even know me.
I joined a Gym can you imagine. I am also in PT for left shoulder. I am still going to Weight Watchers though I do want to quit as I think I can save the $40 a week and do it on my own but then I think I need to get out of the house as winter will soon be arriving and all that damn shoveling once again so I need to be healthy.
With Meditation I have learned to relax but sadly I LIKE that A LOT!!!
So I will try to add some color and interest to this unexciting post the best I can.
This is one of the Garden Club Lilies in Bloom with a pretty insect . That’s right when it is not raining I spend an hour with a water can watering all the clubs plants.
After I pick fresh berries with the pup and her toy and my camera I make a plate with Greek Yogurt and delish berries.
Yes my kitchen had red counters hard to bounce the flash properly when hungry and tired and no tripod set up.
He kept telling me to come get photos of the last clutch for the year, her third. He then found a baby dead on the stairs below this nest. Lousy photo as I did not want another to be lost and the next day the nest day was empty.
As he worked in the back yard all spring and summer he got to watch them grow then fly away and she sat on more. This is right over the entrance into the beautiful barn I have in the back yard. As someone would approach the Mom would bolt to the trees beside the barn and then he would make sure he always closed the door so she did not fly in and die inside while her little ones went without and would die as well. He is learning to live as one with nature here for which I am very happy.
Black-eyed Susan just before opening.
Yes above is Dill I have begun to mess with my shots out of boredom 🙂
More later. Tomorrow rain maybe I will play with my Polymer since the floors are clean, dishes done and I will not be WEEDING
Have a great night everyone
I need some SUNSHINE waiting on Sat.
So do I like sports?
Not many in my area who are not SPORTS NUTS you see we have out Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and much loved New England Patriots. Well loved by all of us up here maybe hated by you elsewhere
Yes we have some BAD APPLES and bad attitudes but we are never lacking in TALENT just wish they could keep it on the playing field so to say.
Have an awesome sports day!
I took this photo yesterday along the river but facing out to sea. It was beautiful over here, less wind then when JT and I tried to join her daddy on the ocean side, man was it cold and a very brisk wind. Cold we can take but that constant wind is not good and I am bundled up, well all but my weather-beaten face and to protect her from the harsh elements I have gone through my whole life, we walked over here to take shelter from the storm that was brewing.
What a deceiving day. It was so pretty to look at. Made me what to shower and get dressed and head out with him. I was down another two pounds on Tuesday weigh-in so I wanted to keep up the hard work. Funny you see something working even if it causes pain I am the type that has always been tough and just pushed through it. I am not saying it is smart , just saying more about who I am.
I have one month left before I leave and want to take in all my world has to offer. I want to walk and spend time with them. I will miss the three of them, who share this home with me. My son said he missed his pup but knowing she was with friends allowed him to take on the challenge himself so I will let go and trust. JT loves me as much as Mike’s dog adores him but Mike does spend time during the day without his girl and JT is always beside me lol I am her person. She watches over me and protects me even when I am not in danger so maybe after she gets over missing me for first few days she will become a dog again. Something tells me we will be like that commercial that runs here, of the lady coming back from war with her huge dog greeting her on the ground covering her with kisses, will also be played out here, hell being on the floor meditating for 10 days 14 hours a day will have the ground being normal for me. Wish me luck! lol
OK back to the REAL STORM BREWING this morning I woke to a weather report saying maybe we would miss a big snowstorm Thank You for listening to my prayers this time now they say just three to four inches but wet snow this time. JT loves catching snowballs she will be so happy. Now I will show you a few photos from the river as the sea. They are not my best and I am sorry I was freezing and will blame them on the wind!
Now look at the next pictures don’t them make it seem like it is just a beautiful day to SUNTAN
Not a care in the world.
A Loner lol no room for anyone else on this ones beach.
OK want to see some more again sorry shaking too much for really pretty ones but I am sure you will love them.
Now the mighty Atlantic Ocean was really churning and so frothy. The storm was still a twelve-hour ride away down in Virginia. So I really thought we would be getting another NEMO like storm. Looks can be deceiving right beautiful blue sky pretty colorful sea. BRRRRRRR
Wind blown JT waits for me to throw a hefty stick to her. No FRISBEE in these winds.
Well you can see she is tiring of me and my photos time to go for a walk
Have a nice weekend
I throw shoes on to feed the birds first thing in the morning if it is really cold barefoot the rest of the time.
She is Black and White and the Snow is White so WHY NOT
Another shot of JT playing on the icy mix in backyard with me kicking it and her pushing it back !
I love watching her play no matter how cold or warm it may be.
No not really a competition for photographers, this day was all about the dogs but him with his BIG CAMERA, didn’t capture THIS FACE! I was far away using zoom on a day it was pouring out too boot. While waiting for my little girl to compete, in her very first Toss and Catch competition I filled in hours of waiting with taking photos of the most expert of dogs doing their thing but JT won 1st and 4th on her two tries, yes we were so proud of her and the patience she showed that day was amazing! She laid and watched all that went before her. What a special dog she is but have you ever heard of a Border Collie who sits still, lol we still smile at the very thought of that rainy day.
Take your dog out sun or rain they don’t mind honest, they just want to play with you.
At a local beach he is taken by his loving owner to do what a dog likes to do , PLAY with others.
My heart broke as I watched this young dog make its way among the others, like my JT.
It soon was replaced with shear JOY, for he was so loved by his owners .
She Loves being in mid-air, I am the one with her toy so after I toss it I quickly bring the camera up and try to capture her catches we work good together
I always let her have her rest.
I am sure you can tell she is loved and cared for.
Yesterday we took her for a long ride, in the new truck.
We timed it so we could hit a local beach that would allow her to play, as long as she was on a leash, I must remember to buy one of those long leads. I had her leash that goes out and winds back up but it was so hard to play in the surf with her on it. I was afraid I would be brought down by her doing her BC moves, All was good she was so happy and so many made comments about what a joy it was to watch such a happy dog. That she is ,as long as she is with us and PLAYING ,lol. Thanks for checking out my photos of her.