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No Power Ruins My Plans

Woohoo! We got close to 2″ of rain and in the process lost our power for about 8 hours. Normally, not having power for a few hours doesn’t bother me much–especially when it’s during the night when I’m sleeping anyway. Today though, it was more than a little inconvenient. A writer friend of mine lost her mother over the weekend and the funeral was this morning.

Living in the middle of nowhere is nice, but you have to add 2 hours to all your plans in town. An hour to drive to the event and an hour to drive back home. Unfortunately, the power returned 15 minutes before my departure time. I still needed to shower (can’t do that without power because the well pump is electric.) Then, I’d have to dry my hair (requires electricity,) and apply makeup (really a lengthy process in itself and definitely requires lighting.) Not to mention, that I needed to iron my dress.

So, I didn’t make it to the funeral. I feel horrible about it. Even though I’d never met my friend’s mother, my friend is a very kind, sweet woman and I wanted to be there to support her. Instead, I’m sending good thoughts her way, which isn’t even close to same thing.

What the caterpillar perceives is the end; to the butterfly is just the beginning.

Hugs, my friend. You’re in my heart.



Back in March, I was fortunate enough to find an adorable little puppy in the middle of the county road. It was one of those situations that was meant to be. If I had left my house 1 minute earlier or later, I would not have found the freshly-flung puppy. When I first spied the lump in the road, I had no idea it was a puppy. Then, she ran through the ditch and hid under a cedar tree. If I hadn’t have been watching her, I would have driven right past her. How sad would that have been? She’s a pretty darn cute and fun addition to the family.

Reba, another stray who literally showed up on my doorstep isn’t one to get along with others. She’s okay with the cats and she and Apun are buds, but Reba will actually attack other dogs. She’s gotten Pop’s dog, Suzi, more than once, which isn’t cool since Suzi is a 15 year old rat terrier. She doesn’t need any extra stress in her life, that’s for sure.

So, when Luna came into our lives, I kept her separated from Reba. Luna was a little bitty thing and I was worried that Reba would treat her like she does Suzi and the pup wouldn’t stand a chance. For days, I kept Luna away from the other dogs. I’d take out Luna and when she was finished with her business, I’d lock her in the bedroom and let the other dogs out.

One day, Luna and I were in the greenhouse garden talking to Ma and Reba jumped over the fence. To my horror, I couldn’t get to Luna fast enough and Reba pounced. Luna rolled across the ground and in my attempt to save her from Ruthless Reba, I tripped over a chair. There I was sprawled out in the garden with Reba attacking Luna. Fear gripped my stomach and I struggled to right myself all the while screaming at Ma to save Luna.

Luna wasn’t making a sound. Hmmm…. neither was Reba. No growls, whimpers or yips. So, I looked at them and realized that Reba was rolling Luna across the garden and they weren’t fighting. They were playing. I couldn’t believe it. Ruthless Reba was making friends! My heart soared and my face cracked from the giant grin on my face. Aww. Reba and Luna are friends.

Nose to Nose

Rrrr! I'm Fierce!

Which got me to thinking. Do you have a person in your life that the first time you met them you thought to yourself, there’s no way in hell I’m going to like this person? Then, to your surprise he/she turns out to be one of your dearest friends? There are a couple of folks in my life that upon first impression I thought I’d be fine if I never talked to them again. I was so wrong!

I realized that I judged Reba as unfairly as I judged those folks who are so important in my life now.

This whole ramble is to say this: Don’t let your first impressions rule your life. Give folks a chance to make and second, third, fiftieth impression. Don’t be too quick to judge folks. Approach everyone with an open heart. You’ll be surprised by the folks who’ll end up staking claim to it.

Hugs my friends.

Yay! I’m in A-Kay!!!

It’s 55 degrees and overcast and I’m in HEAVEN! I left the boondocks at 0700 on Saturday morning and made it to AK at 0100 this morning, Monday. Along the way, I had the opportunity to spend a lovely evening with my adorable, sweet, smart and witty niece, Allison. I have to say, getting up at 0100 to get ready for my flight was worsened when my niece rolled off the couch, scrunched her hair and looked better than I did after an hour of careful makeup application. She’s simply lovely, but her kind heart makes her even lovelier. She picked sunflowers for me! What a sweetie.

Just so you know. It’s extremely important to book your airline-mile tickets months in advance. I ended up with an 11 hour layover in Seattle. Usually, that would have been the cause for incredible dismay, but that wasn’t the case. I got to spend the day with my good friend, Alex. He’s interesting, smart, witty and can talk about anything. He was an excellent tour guide and a gracious host. I really appreciated him sacrificing his Sunday to entertain me.

So, here I am, sitting in my house in Wasilla, drinking a glass of wine and soaking in Alaska.

Life is good!