The alarms start to ring at 5:00 a.m. and continue at 8 minute intervals until one of us begrudgingly arises and starts the morning routine. Win and Remi pace restlessly around the bed from the moment they sense the first stir until the big race out into the dog world where fresh mornings smells greet them.
Slowly the house wakes up. Dakota’s cage gets uncovered and he makes his morning peeps, Cheyenne stretches and yawns with Jason, and someone makes the coffee…usually me.
It ebbs and wanes but the morning noise level is always a bit surprising. The TV blaring, the shower running, hairdryer, microwave, coffee perking, bird squawking, dogs barking and stomping around…It’s feels deafening!
And when it’s all done and we’re headed out the door there is one moment in my day that brings me absolute joy-
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The strings were tied, It was freshly washed, and maybe even pressed.
For Grandma, it was everyday to choose one when she dressed.
The simple apron that it was, you would never think about
the things she used it for that made it look worn out.
~excerpt from Grandma's Apron by Tina Trivett
Aprons may just be my MOST FAVORITE THING! For as long as I can remember I've been infatuated with them. Wearing, collecting and displaying, even creating aprons for my friends and family brings me joy.
Here's Karen wearing one of my creations, given to her by my sister, Lindsay, for Christmas
My most cherished aprons hang in my dining room.
This Christmas has already bestowed two new additions- the Turkey Brand Flour apron made out of a flour sack from Lehi Roller Mills in Utah and a reversible french country style apron. I wonder just how many I have these days?!?
There are even blogs named after and dedicated to the Apron, it's not just me.
Check out these great blogs for warm, happy apron feelings!
Apronista ~A site dedicated to aprons
Farm House Accesories ~This gal makes some ADORABLE aprons
Apron Strings and other Happy Things ~My apron loving twin
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Today's favorite thing: The Magnificent Magnabilities necklace!
MADE IN WASHINGTON (NOT IN CHINA) by the very talented artist Susan Fashel, these little gems don't hurt the pocket book or the eyes! A customer of mine came in sporting a Christmas insert that was JUST ADORABLE! She told me "Whenever you need a little pick me up, you run down and buy a new insert for a few sheckles and make your day a little brighter!"
Find them at Wild Ivy @ 275 Southeast Bishop Boulevard Pullman, WA (509) 332-1403
OR view all the nifty designs online by clicking the links above or below. Make sure you enter the code below for a FREE insert with your online order!
Did you catch that? FREE!
Here's my new necklace!
The round part has a magnetic back. IT JUST STICKS!
The other insert I got...SUPRISE SUPRISE... horseshoes!
CHECK IT! Here is a code for a free insert on MAGNABILITIES website-
Free Design Insert on your next online order of $10.00 or more: enter code: design350 at checkout. For online use only!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This is James, my Mom's new '10 Tundra Crew Max
She flew in from Southern Utah to buy him from James Toyota in Pullman, WA. They were excellent to work with, getting exactly what she wanted!
Between Hagerman and Twin Falls there's a stretch called 1000 Springs. Fish farms, alligator farms and Bird and Wildlife Refuges are EVERYWHERE. We stopped at the state fish farm to check out the Show Pond. There were Yellow and Rainbow Trout, Tiger Muskee and GIANT STURGEON! My first time ever seeing one of these dinasours! Mom claims they taste really yummy at the Snake River Grill in Hagerman but I'd prefer to watch them swim about.
After leaving Twin Falls we encountered the beginning of some intense winter driving, a true test for James. We made it to Tremonton Utah for the night. THE ENTIRE NEXT MORNING was filled with snow and dense clouds like this one. PRETTY but intense.
And finally, the open road home! Storm clouds were looming but the drive was pretty great.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill, is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run, when their time on the earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next, is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play, till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness, for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed, their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care, until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back, then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met; together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past, the time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart, has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever, and then, side by side, they cross over… together.Duke,
You came to us only a handful of years ago, but it felt like we were together a lifetime . You were incredibly sweet and gentle. I will truly miss spending time with you. I know you are now in a happier place, free from pain and limitations.