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

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Sequim, Washington, United States

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Keep your eyes on the Goal

Writing this for my non-Facebook friends to let you know I'm still kicking....

                                                                This is so me :)

I like to set goals.  I like to plan.  Planning is sometimes more fun than the prize at the end.  My next goal is to go to Vashon Island for the June Sheepdog Classic.  Mind you, I haven't worked my dogs much, but I promised to give Champ a chance at a few trials this year.  He needs something more than dog broke sheep to work.
What will make this trial very fun for me is that two of my girlfriends are flying in for the trial.  Melodie is coming from California. Pam is coming from Pennsylvania.  We all have something in common.  We have Kilt's kids.  LOL  Mel has a brother to Champ and Dr. Pam has his sister, Fly.  Fly will be competing, so she gets to fly, also.
Both of these ladies have been good friends to me.  So, I splurged.  I rented us a house on the water on Vashon for the trial.  Kind of dumb in a way, since we will spending our days at the sheepdog trial.  We will only be there in the evenings.  Oh well, fun, fun, fun...until Daddy took my T-bird away.  The place sounds super nice with a fire pit on the lawn by the house and a fire pit on the waterfront.  The dogs can be off leash at the water.

I'm still debating on whether to trial Yoko or not.  She is getting kind of set in her ways.  If she makes the lift, we can usually do pretty well.  But, on the way out to the sheep she overthinks everything.  She starts to get stressed on her outrun because she knows I don't want her to bite on the lift.  She bites when sheep don't move.  Not a horribly bad trait, but one that can get you disqualified at a trial in a heartbeat.  I think it's more my problem overthinking what she might do. I should just enter her.
We'll see.
Another cool thing at the trial is that Temple Grandin is going to speak.  I have read several of her books, so it will be fun to hear her speak on Saturday night.  If you don't know who Temple is you should watch her movie.  She is an autistic lady that has a special connection with animals.  She developed a more humane way of moving cattle in the slaughter yards to their death.  I guess you need to read the book or see the movie to "get it."

It's been a bitch of a winter here.  Snow, snow and more snow.  The good thing is that it doesn't stick around for long.  Since our winter temps are rather moderate it melts pretty fast.  I'm always like a kid in a candy shop when it snows.  I get so excited.  Not too excited when I stepped out onto the porch to go get Trouble, flying through the air hitting the elevated garden box below.  Bruised and cracked one rib. Ouch.  I still can't sleep on my right side. It's going to be another month or two of healing.  At least my ribs weren't displaced.  Been there, done that, about 7 years ago.  I swear it took 4-6 months to feel right.

I should be fine, health wise, for the rest of the year.  In January I had an endometrial polyp removed in Seattle, colonoscopy with polyp removal, pap, mammogram, and a CT of my lungs to follow up on some small nodule discovered a few years ago.  Everything came back A-OK.  I'm good to go.

I have enjoyed (volunteering)working the medical free clinic here in Sequim. I'm still an Alternate at the Chamber of Commerce for the Visitor Information Center.

I got rid of the VW.  FINALLY.  They actually bought it back for what they said they would.  Now, I have more room in my garage.  So what did I do?  I went out and bought myself a 1992 Club Car.  Haha A Golf cart to tool around in to visit my neighbors.

Taking a few classes in Photoshop.  I am trying to get the hang of layers.  I still have lots to learn about photography.  I have purchased some new and second hand GOOD lenses though.  It's not about the camera.  It's about the lens.  I just purchased a 70-200 USM, a 11mm-16mm wide angle lens and my favorite, a 100 mm 2.8 lens. I love to take photos.  It is so relaxing for me.  I love to paint, so I hope to combine these two hobbies as soon as I learn more.

                                            Took this photo with the 70-200 USM lens

                                               Took this with the wide angle lens

Playing with painting

That's about it.

Oh, what about Wayne?  Still don't know.  The roses were from him on Valentine's Day.  Other than that I haven't heard much.  That's the God's honest truth.

So I will live my life as I have been, enjoying every day and being filled with gratitude.  I try not to think too much.  I'm pretty sure I am on the path I was meant to follow.

Namaste :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Whatever I am thinking, I am attracting.  If you see it in you mind, you are going to hold it in your hand.  It's the law of positivity (pawsitivity, if you like).
I meditate a lot these days.  I find it brings me great joy and peace.

I can only take care of myself.  I can care for others by bringing positive energy into their lives, but I can't change their thinking or what they are feeling.  Those that concentrate on the negative, feed themselves with the negative.  It's all about 'The energy.' The GOOD energy.

These days I concentrate on what I would like to do.  I try to dismiss negative thinking.  Negative thoughts usually bring back to you the very negative things you don't want.  Sound like mumbo jumbo?  Maybe, but it certainly has been working for me this year.

It's hard not to think negative thoughts about Wayne, so negative is exactly what I am getting.  I am trying to think only about positive thoughts.  It remains to be seen if this is going to work for me.  There was a reason we had a sign over our bedroom door that said 'Good morning God" and "Good God it's morning." I'm sure you can tell the first phrase relates to me, the second to him.

I have always been a happy person even with my life crumbling around me (Or it may have seemed to be crumbling around me).  But, even enduring cancer, chemo and radiation, I found positive ways to bring energy to myself and others.  I repeat, "It's all about The Energy."

Looking to the future, I feel as though I would like to travel around the United States.  I would like to make this a reality.  I have friends just about everywhere around the country.  I love to drive.  My hobby, other than my dogs, is taking photographs.  I would like to see some of the National Parks I haven't had a chance to visit yet.  Maybe I could take a dog or two and hit some trials with The Champster while we are on the road.

What about the home front?  What about your husband?  I'm not sure at this time.  I do know it will all work out.  My only road blocks would be negative thinking.  Set your sights a little higher....Haha A favorite saying of one of my friends.  So in accordance, I will.  Stay tuned.

For now, I will just let the energies flow.  I'm not on a time table.  Things will come to me as they are needed.  I will just stay happy and energized and we will see what happens :0)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Another birthday....

Hard to believe I will 67 yrs. old January 19th.  I guess my birthday present this year was getting some great Eagle photos last week.  I used my Canon Rebel kit lens, because that's the only zoom lens I own.  Luck was with me and I got some nice photographs.
Meanwhile my first new expensive macro/portrait lens I didn't have for a week when a toddler through a handful of rocks at my camera chipping the lens.  Thank-you Jesus, I had insurance.  But, you know how long it takes to replace items.  It should be coming sometime this month from B and H Camera.  Dang, I sure would have liked to have had it over Christmas.  C'est la vie.
I love photography.  I find it so relaxing to take a few hours to go shoot anything that looks interesting.  It's very meditative for me plus I love meeting people and seeing new places.

How cold has it been?  Too damn cold.  Last winter it was really mild.  I don't think we ever got below 30 degrees.  This winter we have had our fair share of snow for Sequim while getting into the teens a few times.  Once it gets below 30 degrees, Trouble and I aren't happy.
The other day I walked Champ to the local park.  You can see just how ICY cold it was outside.

  The other day I dropped by Jamestown Beach, minutes from my house. Lo and behold there were hundreds of Brants feeding.  They are a small billed Goose that is a common local winter resident here.  In the background is Mount Baker.

We have lots of varieties of Sea Gulls here.  I enjoy feeding them while watching their antics.

I just had my 9th colonoscopy.  Can you imagine!  How friggin' AWFUL is that?  Count your lucky stars.  This is when I wish I had a different type of cancer other than the one I had where the sun don't shine.  Lordy.  Anyway, they removed a precancerous polyp and said we will see you back here again in 2 years.  TWO years?  No break for me.  Well, I guess I have received a break.  I have been in remission for 8 years.

Off to Seattle for surgery in a few days.  Hey, this getting older really isn't for sissies!  They are going to remove a small endometrial mass.  My neighbor is going to drive me and my friend, Bonnie is going to care for the dogs for me.  Thank goodness for good neighbors and friends!

Now these 3 knuckleheads LOVE the snow.  Well, they pretty much LOVE everything about life.  I guess that's where I get my optimism from....them!  It's hard to believe that Kilt will be 13 yrs. old, Yoko turns 9 yrs. old on my birthday, and Champ just turned 5 yrs. old.  Plus, Trouble will be 15 yrs. old in May.  None of us are getting younger.  I see all of my friends getting pups, but my inner voice tells me I'm getting a bit too old to add another canine to my crew.  That kind of sucks, doesn't it.  Oh well.  It's a fact.

I finally sold my Ducks.  It's the first time I have ever placed an ad on Craig's list.  A lovely couple from Port Angeles with an English Shepherd bought them.  Just as well, they were pretty pen sour and this one particular Drake liked to give Champ a hard time.  Plus, I'm kind of glad that they are gone, because they were a lot of work in the snow and cold weather.  I'll pick up some new poultry maybe this spring.

I'm already for Spring.  LOL  I know, I know.  It's still January :0(

Yeah, Trouble is still here.  Not the greatest photo, but she isn't happy about the weather.  Snow and temps in the 30's she can handle.  But, when it got into the 20's, she said, "This is Bullshit." She has a heat disc that I warm for her every day.  I put it on the couch with a blanket over it and there she sits.

We are both waiting for warmer weather :0)  Time to thaw.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Oh shit, Oh dear

It's the New Year!

Hard to believe I have been in Sequim for 3 years now.  I believe I am destined to live alone.  That's sad in that I have so much love and laughter to share.  Oh well.  I will just have to spread my joy volunteering in my community.

I will try to save my pennies to travel more this year.  I have two decent lenses now, a portrait lens and a wide angle lens.  I hope to have a good zoom lens to add to my others.  I'm trying to learn photoshop.  That should keep me busy until I die. LOL

It's also hard to believe that Champ turned 5 yrs old Dec.19th and his mother, Kilt will be 13 this year.  It's almost even harder to believe that I will be 67 and Yoko 9 on Jan. 19th.  And, don't forget Trouble who will be 15 yrs. old in May.  You just don't believe you will get old when you are younger.  It's so weird.

The hardest thing for me being alone on acreage is finding dog sitters when I really need them.  I have a few medical procedures coming up.  Neighbors and friends are driving me and others are caring for my dogs for me. Phew.  I am so very grateful.  It's a lot of work on a 5 acre hillside for me. It will either keep me young or kill me :0)

Remember folks, life is short.  It is what you make of it.  Do your very best to spread a kind word or two and give out smiles freely.  Try not to be impatient and don't be bitter.  Sometimes stuff is out of our control.  I don't like that, but that's life in a nutshell.  Make positive changes for the new year.  I continue on my journey to get rid of "stuff."  I didn't do so well last year because I had so much emotional baggage to deal with.  At least that's my excuse.  Haha  I plan on doing better this year!

Wishing all of my family and friends the very Best in 2017!  The coffee is hot and the front door is open.  I love visitors.  Don't be a stranger!   XXXOOO