There Really Never Is Enough Time

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 I lost a great friend and companion…Mickie Schmenkman.

Mickie came to us at the age of 8 weeks old.  Boy was she a handful.  Very quiet the first two weeks.  I always believed that was to lull us into a false sense of ease, lol.  After that she was hell on four feet!

She was a fast little dog.  Easy to potty train and usually listened but loved to chase rabbits.

She bonded right away with her sister Willow who was 2 years older than Mickie.  Willow was even-tempered and a perfect complement to Mickie’s energy level.  Willow never got angry with her when she would jump all over her.

When Willow passed away in 2014 it was just Mickie.  Being the princess was right up her alley, lol.   She was born to be a diva 🙂

Later in 2014 she welcomed a new sister Tara.  Mickie was much older now and the tide had turned.  She was the older one and Tara was the high energy girl.  It never stopped Mickie from running around acting like a lunatic younger puppy.  They became best buddies.

No matter what they were side by side.  They both tolerated my dressing them up for holidays.  Mickie began to slow down and age was just beginning to show on my old gal.

I remember a few years ago when Mickie was barking and jumping around like a lunatic.  A neighbor said to me…’Don’t worry she’ll grow out of the puppy energy soon’.  She then asked how old Mickie was and I told her 9 years old.  The neighbor then said…’or maybe not’, lol.

Mickie began to sleep more and more.  She had a host of medical issues but she kept going.  Tara was very caring toward her.  She would still try to get the old girl to play with her.

Even on her last day she was a beautiful girl filled with love.  I know in my heart she is now running free and enjoying her pain-free existence.  I know I’m a better person for having loved her.  We are all sad and are trying to deal with the void our lives have now.  It’s not easy.  When my life was at its darkest moments, it was Mickie who held me together.  She gave me the will and determination to move on…mostly because she was a diva who wanted 100% attention.  Just what I needed to get out of my head and back into living.  I owe this little dog a lot.  My life…no our lives together was good.

Rest my little Nana.  Until we all meet again on the other side.

 

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Winter’s Mean

We are finally getting a break from the Polar Vortex/Arctic Blast mess from the last two weeks.

Winter is cold but rarely this cold.  It was 5 degrees with a windchill of -7.  This is Pennsylvania…not Minnesota!

We had snow, ice and freezing rain.  I’m pretty sure we have hit every type of precipitation there is to out there.

We even were able to make artwork from the frost that grew on our storm door.  The truth is out there people!  It was so cold that we didn’t go out much at all.  The dogs hated it and so did we.

There was even a snow day.  In Adult that  just translates into work-from-home.  I tried to drive to work but the roads were very dangerous.  It just wasn’t worth it.  My boss thankfully called and said stay home as I was going back home, lol.

One good thing we did discover was the laundry room is long enough to play Cornhole.  It was nice to have an outdoor activity to do indoors, lol.  We had to move the snow shovels and boots but good time had by all!

 

Happy New Year

2018 has been rough going so far.  I’m just hoping that things will only get better as the year moves on.

I have so many year long goals for myself.  I believe they are all attainable but really…who knows, lol.

One of my big goals is to read more than I did last year (borrowed this from the wife).  This is definitely doable because I only read 17 books last year.  They were mostly Murder, She Wrote books because, you know, I’m obsessed.  This year I’ve started with the Murder, She Wrote theme again.  I got two MSWish books for Christmas so of course I had to start with them.  First one was the Autobiography of Peter Fischer who was Executive Producer/writer for the show.  Found out some interesting little ditties about Hollywood and Television on the 70’s and 80’s.  I’m following that up with another MSW Mysteries book.  Believe it or not I did receive other books for Christmas, lol.

Another resolution is to lose weight, you know, like everyone else, lol.

I really want to live in the moment and not stress about everything too.  Not sure that one will happen because, let’s face it, I’m a Virgo.  It’s in our nature to worry.  I’ve decided to leave some of my life decision to the Magic 8-Ball.  It never stresses 🙂

I hope you are having a good 2018 Internet.

Waiting on the New Year

It’s almost 2018.  I can’t believe it.

I remember being a child and talking with my friends.  I said,  ‘When it’s 1983 I will be graduating High School.’  That was 34 years ago.  I remember thinking 1983 was so far into the future.  Heck, in High School we were reading George Orwell’s 1984 and that was only a year away.  I watch The Goldbergs now and I wonder how the time drifted away from me.  I also wonder when did it get a hyper drive? I’m also shocked how many of the outfits they wear on that show that I once owned!

My Mom used to say to me…”Don’t wish your life away.  It goes by fast enough.”  I thought she didn’t know what she was talking about.  The woman was completely wise…like Obie-Wan Kenobi, but a woman and instead of the force she used common sense.  I appears that common sense doesn’t really exist anymore.

The older I get the more faith I lose in humanity.  I look around at my fellow travelers to the grave and ask myself…’Wow, the world has hit rock bottom”.  I know I should keep the faith but really it’s difficult.  My fellow citizens elected a washed up reality TV Star who’s ego far out reaches his intelligence.  The fate of America is now in the hands of a man who told us how much he would work for us but has had 111 days off so far and he hasn’t been on the job a year yet.  Okay…I do realize a lot of those days were weekends but I didn’t realize that being President was so easy.  Cool…I know have a career goal.

I’ve found White People are kind of freakishly frightened.  I’m white but I’m not afraid of non-white people.  My Parents didn’t raise me that way.  I’m okay with Happy Holidays and I’m a Christian.  I’ve been called a liberal by angry friends.  I’m not.  I believe in fiscal responsibility.  I haven’t seen this from Republicans in a really, really long time.

Good stuff did happen to me this year.  I am very thankful for each and every moment that has enriched my life.  In 2018, my only wish is that those who use fear to promote war fall into a black hole.  It’s time to face the monster we’ve created by our apathy.

Perhaps 2018 will surprise me and be good for people everywhere.  I’m just not that naive.

My personal wish for 2018 is to have better grammar.  Miracles can happen…or not!

Happy New Year…I guess.

St. Katharine Drexel

We were attending a Craft Fair on the campus of the St. Katharine Drexel Shrine this past Saturday.  We decided to take the tour of the Shrine after hearing of its impending closure in January.  It seems they’ve sold the campus and are moving St. Katharine to somewhere in Philadelphia.

The campus is beautiful and the tributes to St. Katharine are amazing.

So much history and good works.

St. Katharine gave hope to the poor, Native Americans and African-Americans.  Providing healthcare and education to the poorest Americans.

I found this block in the walkway inspirational 🙂

To top it off they had a photo op with the Pope in the lobby.  How could is this place?  Um…VERY!  It’s sad that they campus is closing.  I’m glad I got to visit before that happened.  St. Katharine is an inspiration and gives me hope that not all rich people are greedy and soulless.  In today’s climate I wasn’t so sure about them.