gray kitten

Prowling Around, and Finding Gracie

Much like a human partner, my pet and I will vacation together, support each other through health ups and downs, comfort and delight each other, and sleep together. So, although I could love and enjoy any pet – I have learned that it nonetheless pays off to find […]

happy dog

Clearing Cobwebs from the Mind

Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and exit the rat race. Perhaps reevaluate your life or just take a time out. This year, we took a long weekend near Lake City, Colorado. Lake City is a small seasonal town surrounded by large mountains. It’s a […]

rainbow base

Licking Autoimmune

I’ve written a few times previously about overcoming my autoimmune disease, and a recent reader asked for more information about how I was able to cope without doctors and medication. I’m sorry to disappoint them, but I couldn’t at first. I was in so much pain and had […]

It’s Getting Lush Around Here!

We seem to be always living on the cusp of – or in the midst of – drought, until this year. We had far-above average snows this winter and the spring rain has been unexpectedly plentiful. Rather than the usual harsh temperatures, the weather has been quite moderate. […]

immature blackberry

Hope Abounds Everywhere I Look

Nothing says hope like a garden! We plant, not knowing if we will be here to harvest. We plant, not knowing if they will make it through the many hazards for plant life here, including untimely snow, drought, scalding heat, insects, and dogs. There are so many ways […]

Cockatoo

Alpha Take-Down

Our Goffin’s Cockatoo, Sugar, is everything you’d expect in a pack’s alpha male. He is forceful, bossy, and expects everyone to obey him. A visiting dog has challenged our Alpha and totally took him down. Sugar loves to tease the dogs. He also enjoys feeding them with the […]

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Books for Defining Our Reality

Books have always been a driving force in my life. I got my first library card at age 3 and have been going to the library ever since. While I was in law school, I had no time for pleasure reading, but I discovered audiobooks to listen to […]

Goffin's Cockatoo

Alpha Male

Sugar is now the alpha male of our blended flock/pack. Most of our pets are female, but two of the parrots are male. Of course, Sugar thinks he has ruled the roost for years, and he is relieved that we finally recognize his dominance. He is quite the […]

great horned owl

Fledgling!

We took our first dog walk of the spring this week. We looked for the owls in February and didn’t see them. By the time we returned to the nest, the owlets were fledging and ready to fly! We only spotted one at the nest; Mom was in […]