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A Long Pause

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To my three regular readers:

I’m on a break. In case you have noticed I haven’t been posting, I would like you to know it’s a purposeful pause. I’m pausing to collect my thoughts. I’m pausing to wrestle with my muse. I’m pausing to better balance work and real life. Whatever the reason, I’m definitely stuck on “pause” right now. I’m sure I will be back sometime soon. Maybe I’ll be back with a recipe for an herbal cure for chapped elbows or some amazing dog whispering techniques, or random stories about squirrels. For now, I’m staying on pause for a little while longer.

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Happy Easter and Keep Your Shirt On…

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For the life of me I can’t figure out what I had against wearing clothes as a child. However, around 50 percent of all childhood photos of me, I’m shirtless… or pantless… or both.  Take this picture, for example. Taken on easter when I was around four or five– sans shirt and pants.

Easter has always been my “Nanny’s” favorite holiday. Each and every year she made me — and my cousins once they were born– a coconut Easter cake. She dyed the coconut green and bought candy eggs to place in the center like a basket. It was a highlight of our Easter each year.

As an adult, I say each year that I’m going to make the Easter cake, but so far I haven’t. Work and life always gets in the way.  One of these days though, I’m gonna surprise you with a perfect cake picture and recipe. When that day comes, I promise  I WILL be wearing ALL of my clothes in the photos! You’re welcome.

Hope you all have had a blessed Easter full of traditions and family.

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Happy Birthday Dolly!

Dolly is 68! Three years ago I posted a blog on her 65th birthday. It’s a favorite of mine, so I’m reposting it today in honor of Dolly. I’m also excited that Dolly is on tour this year with two shows scheduled in Oklahoma! I’m making plans already!

I was born a Dolly Parton fan. I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to post possibly my favorite childhood photo of all time. Well, maybe two of my favorites.

My love for Dolly was evident in that I loved wearing wigs as a child. Here I am sitting on my Aunt Gail’s lap practicing letting the crowd know I was happy to be in the spotlight, yet bashful at the same time.

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Oklahoma is not for the Faint of Heart

I had two weeks off for the holidays. In that two weeks, I experienced extreme highs and lows. By that, I’m not talking about my mood – I’m talking about the weather. We had an ice storm, then snow, then rain and then we went hiking in long-sleeve shirts.

Dear Mother Nature:

Please be kind and gentle. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Your Fair-Weather Friend

This is my favorite picture of our trip.

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Feliz “Naughty” Dogs

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our family and friends! I actually sent a paper cards to a few of you this year. Proof that Christmas miracles really do happen.

When I told Nathan my goal was to have the most ridiculous Christmas card EVER, he was, of course, very supportive! Hence, we found ourselves at a local craft store trying to find some ingenious way to attach reindeer horns to hyper-active dogs. We quickly came to the realization that we would have to accomplish our Christmas card dreams the old fashioned way … very specialized dog training! And, so began our adventure of “Reindeer Training” also known as “Five Minutes of Sheer Chaos.”

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Sweet Annie

We’ve been snowed in … with Annie.

Annie loves the snow.

February 2011:

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December 2013:

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Annie definitely makes things a little more interesting — even when you’re stuck inside for days on end!

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Happy Thanksgiving … a Little Late

We had little to no internet access during Thanksgiving week, so I’m a little late with my greeting. We had a quiet week at the cabin where we experienced some very cold temperatures and a little ice. I buried my nose in a book for a couple of days and tried to relax.

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Six Miles is a Long Way to Walk for Pizza

Over fall break we explored the Bee Branch Trail in Beavers Bend State Park. I really loved it, but I have to say that the only way I made it through was knowing there was pizza and beer at the end of the trail. Sad, I know.

Here’s a few pictures from our hike.

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Nathan was out in front of course.

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Wash Out

Nathan and Annie went early to the cabin to have lots of fun before I joined them for my Fall break. Just to be perfectly clear — Annie is our dog. She’s not our child. Though, my estimation is that triplets could not be any more demanding than this one little dog. But that’s another post entirely.

So, Nathan arrived at the cabin on Sunday evening and it started to rain Monday morning.

Raindrop2It rained. And then it rained some more.

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Happy Birthday Fairweather

It was one of those weekends that leave you feeling kind of warm and fuzzy. The kind of weekend you spend with good friends  laughing and eating and drinking good wine. Okay, I guess the warm fuzzy feelings could technically be the wine and the lack of sleep. In any case, our friend Brent has a birthday on October 1st. It’s the big 4-0. He and his family live in Odessa, but his wife planned his birthday party in OKC so they could see friends and celebrate the fact  we are all getting older than dirt.

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