a blog about Kilt and her kids plus Trouble our JRT mascot.

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Sequim, Washington, United States

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Trouble will be missed.  An aggressive oral cancer was the culprit.  Just shy of 16 years of age, Trouble was the best JRT I could have asked for.  Wayne called her the great "co-ercer."  She always got what she wanted.  She one up'ed the Border Collies all of the time.  She was a Master agility dog in USDAA.  She was an exceptional trick dog.  Jet (BC) and Xena (Lab) were her buddies.
I buried her with Jet on my property.  I miss her :(
The Border Collies keep forgetting to tell me it's time for their nightly whip cream.  Trouble would never let that happen! She would start pacing around the living room at 7:30 PM and then stand in the kitchen at 8 PM waiting.  A wonderful Vet came to the house to help her over the rainbow bridge.  Trouble was having her whip cream as she left this world.  I told Trouble to wait for me with Xena and Jet when I take my last breath.  I know they will.....

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Gathering

The gathering of friends and family
(Cows may come and cows may go, but the Bull Shit here never stops)
The funny thing is all of our tall tales are the truth.  It's a wonder that we all aren't in jail or dead.
Oh what fun it was to get together.
Dogs Welcome, People Tolerated.

It's hard to believe it is already February!  Lots of wet and grey days these last 3-4 weeks.  I'm looking forward to seeing some sun.  Good thing that the temps have been moderate in the 40s.

Ken and I have been playing lots of board games and cards to get us through the ugly weather.  We took a wet day trip to Neah Bay the other day.  We came across an elk herd passing in front of my RV.  A guardian dog was chasing them hahaha (Made for good pics)

Ken hadn't been to the Olympic Game Farm, so he was up for a trip to one of my most favorite places that is minutes from my house.  In fact, he liked it so much he wanted to drive through it AGAIN.  Oh, lucky me!

Yoko looks good after almost 9 months of rest for her back.  Champ is resting from a shoulder injury. I may take him over to Seattle to an Ortho Vet since he does have health insurance.
But, right now, most importantly is that Trouble has been diagnosed with oral cancer.  She will be 16 in May.  Her tumor has doubled in size in a couple of weeks.  It's an aggressive cancer which does not respond well to treatment.  So, I will try to keep her as comfortable as possible until it is her time.  I intend to bury her in Jet's grave with him.  They were pals.

Trouble with 16 yr. old Simon.  She gets lots of love from us and from our dogs.  I always felt she would outlive me :0(  Damn cancer.

Valentine's Day last year I received a dozen red roses from Wayne.  Then, 3 weeks later he asked for a divorce.  It's hard to erase that from my memory. Ugh.
No court date has been set as of yet.  So, I still have all of that CRAP coming up.  I'd sure like it to be all over.   

But, thankfully for me, Ken is in my life now.  We laugh and laugh and laugh.  Plus, he tells me I am amazing and beautiful every day.  The good Lord looked down on me when we we found each other.

It's like 'dog central' around here, hahaha.  But, it's a happy home.
I feel very blessed.

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.  Open your heart and do something nice for someone :0)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Happy Birthday to me

Let love flow and someone will catch it.  That's exactly what I did and that's exactly what happened.
My heart was broken.  I wasn't sure if I could trust again yet give my heart to another person.

Karma is a funny thing.  I have met a man who loves me as much as I love him.  We wish we had met each other 40 years ago.  We are happy that we met each other now.  We will live in the present. 

Ken is my soulmate.  I have no doubts.  We cuddle, we snuggle, we dance, we shed tears, and we laugh until it hurts.  We have seen each other at our worst and our love continues to grow stronger with each passing day.

We share.  We share our sorrows, we share our dogs, we share our love for nature and photography.  I have a lover that is my very best friend.

We talk.  We talk from our hearts.  This has been something missing from my life for so many years.  We talk openly and honestly, about past relationships and about the present, and the future.  We know we are growing older and our bodies will fail us at times.  It's all part of life.

We are there for each other.  We cuddle and kiss listening to music for hours. We dance cheek to cheek. He is so sensitive to my needs.  He is so nurturing.  He is so loving.  He is so attentive. 

What is really crazy is that we are like two peas in a pod.  We both are very active.  Ken has been a windsurfer and downhill skier for many years.  He does agility with his dogs.  He is a photographer.
He used to raise horses. He has his Masters in Business Administration and I have my Masters in Nursing.  He has 2 Border Collies and an old Italian Greyhound.  I have 3 Border Collies and an old JRT.  We like many of the same foods, movies, games, etc.

The only real difference is that he is Canadian.  He was born in Alberta. I was born in New York.

I don't think either of us want to marry again.  I'm not sure I even believe in marriage anymore after living with a man who hurt me over and over again while I gave him everything I had. But, most definitely after my divorce I will make a living trust.  Love doesn't need a marriage contract.

All I know is that I thank God for bringing us together.  I asked the universe for a companion to come into my life.  My request was answered. A tall, humble, compassionate man entered my life.  Now I find myself blessed and blissfully happy.  I know my parents are smiling down on me from Heaven.  I'm a Capricorn; things always come late to me in life.  I'm just glad I have lived long enough to be able to feel what love is really like.
Happy Birthday to me!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Long time, No post

Good or bad, I'm back.
The dogs and I are still upright.  None of us are without our problems, but I think I can speak for all of us, we are enjoying life, just the same.
The rainy season is upon us.  Hence; the 'minion' mushroom family on my walkway.

Shaggy Mane mushrooms (the devil made me do it)

You ask, what the heck is that?  It's what all physicians should be prescribing.  Get OUTSIDE for at least 30 min. a day X 5 days a week.  Anxious?  Depressed?  Prescribing drugs usually is not the answer.  Eco-therapy is.  I find when I am walking miles with my furry friends, I smile the WHOLE time.  Someone would have a hard time wiping the grin off my face.
Need an attitude adjustment?  Eco-therapy could be your answer.  It clears your mind and you will sleep better.  Plus, I meet the nicest people on my walks.  Even if I walk the same path over and over, I still find things I hadn't seen before.  My sled team pulls me along at a pretty fast clip.
I carry cookies when we see bicyclers, people, dogs, etc.  Everybody remarks how well behaved my dogs are, and for the most part they are right.

The girls take a break on their 4 mile walk.

We had two early snows in November.  Of course, sledding was foremost in my mind.  I actually had someone to go sledding with this year.  I have met a gentleman friend that makes me laugh.  He has Border Collies and an Italian Greyhound.  He is a photographer and is as active as I am.  He lives close by.  His name is Ken.  We like a lot of the same things.  It is so nice to have a companion who is kind and funny during a very lonely time for me going through the divorce.

Sol Duc, taking photos of the salmon going upstream

A cold hummingbird.  I have taken their feeder down for the winter.

Ken, with 2 of mine and 2 of his :)

My neighbors invited Ken and me to Thanksgiving with them at Lake Crescent.  It was a magnificent day.  It was good company and good food.  The scenery was spectacular with even an elk herd along the 101 on the way home.

Kilt is 13 now.  I'm about to turn 68.  Where does the time go?
Kilt pretty much accompanies me wherever I go these days.

Sometimes when the chips are down, pick yourself up, and get out of the house.  Being reclusive is not the answer.  
I am still volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.  I am also volunteering once or twice a month at the Free Medical Clinic in Sequim.  I still meet up with my crazy and fun friends in the breakfast club. It keeps me connected with very caring people. It makes me appreciate what I have.  It makes me want to give back to my community.  

After 35 years of marriage, now in the throes of divorce, I know I will never remarry.  The hurt was just too much.  That doesn't mean I won't let companionship into my life.  I'm a very social person. I try not to be remorseful.  People do what they need to do, I guess.  Hurting others is not in MY book of life.

I am now looking forward to Christmas.  I love the holidays.  My son will be coming up for Christmas.  I am very much looking forward to seeing him and Maxine.

ENJOY the Holidays!