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And the 2014 American Hero Dog is . . . .

Sunday, September 28, 2014      9 comments

SUSIE! I'm so happy this morning after opening my Facebook feed and seeing the news from last night's American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. The winner is Susie, a remarkable dog with an amazing story. Susie was the winner in the th... Read more

Enjoying the Day

Monday, September 22, 2014      10 comments

So here I am, off work, it's my birthday, but I won't be spending it hiking or biking (like I usually do). Still, it's a good day. The weather is cool, my cast came off my leg last week and I am off work today. I plan to get outside on my por... Read more

Finding Light in the Darkness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014      14 comments

Nothing makes you appreciate the little things in life more than suddenly being without them. I'm determined that this is NOT going to be a whiny blog. Instead, my mood is beginning to improve a little now that I'm three weeks post-op. I'm st... Read more


Friday, August 08, 2014      10 comments

First, I want to thank everyone for all the nice notes, comments and goodies you've sent my way. It's been ten days since my surgery, and I had my first post-op appointment this morning. I was really pretty pumped up hoping they would let me r... Read more

Deja Vu

Saturday, July 26, 2014      8 comments

I remember now how much I started hating my bedroom, the television, sleeping . . . when I had my surgery back in February. Now I feel like I'm in an episode of the Twilight Zone as I sit here, once again, staring at a black TV screen with just... Read more

Can't believe I did this!

Thursday, July 24, 2014      18 comments

Does this look familiar? Nope, it is not another picture from my surgery in February, even though it looks almost the same. My son and I were working on some home renovat... Read more

A Day Best Forgotten

Sunday, July 20, 2014      13 comments

I'm glad July 19th has come to an end and July 20th has finally arrived. It was a tough day. It was one year to the day when my husband passed away and I lost my best friend in the world. Tommy used to love to post pictures of beautiful... Read more

A few more pics from vacation

Tuesday, July 15, 2014      11 comments

I've been home from vacation for a week and I'm just beginning to get back into some sort of routine. For starters, the morning after we got home my laptop messed up after my virus protection ran an update. It was a few days before Jeremy (my ... Read more

San Juan River Trip

Friday, July 04, 2014      13 comments

I know this is late, but the last eight days have been non-stop and so much fun. I'll get to it all eventually, but for now I'll start where I left off. On June 23rd, we arrived at the Recapture Lodge in Bluff, Utah to prepare for our laun... Read more

Vacation Fun

Tuesday, July 01, 2014      15 comments

Hope everyone is doing well. I'm having a great time on vacation. We're in Moab, Utah right now and staying busy, but wanted to take a few minutes to try to start catching up here with blogs. I'll start with the first few days we were h... Read more

I'm Out of Here!

Thursday, June 19, 2014      12 comments

Only temporarily of course. emoticon My car is all packed and kayaks are loaded on top. I'm working tonight, ... Read more

In Memory Of My Best Friend

Monday, June 09, 2014      11 comments

Two weeks from today I, along with five others, will be driving from New Mexico to Bluff, Utah where we’ll spend the night before beginning our three day kayak trip down the San Juan River. The plans are all complete, reservations are all made,... Read more

More than just kayaking

Friday, May 30, 2014      13 comments

We had another great day yesterday on the Dan River. My son, his friend Mike, my daughter-in-law Rosa and I were all off work and decided to get back on the river. The forecast a few days ago had been for storms, but the weather improved and i... Read more

Ready for a Vacation!

Saturday, May 24, 2014      11 comments

When Cliff (my son) and I found our love for kayaking a couple of years ago, we started talking about how much we wanted to paddle the San Juan River in southern Utah. I have stood on the banks of that river many times and have always been amaz... Read more

Dan River Kayaking (video blog)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014      16 comments

I really had the perfect Mothers Day. I spent it in a kayak on the Dan River with my two sons. Afterward we went and had Mexican food for dinner. I was tired Sunday night, but it was a good tired. This is just a short clip of me going throug... Read more

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