Tag: family

Peaceful Christmas

As a child, my favorite Christmas ornaments were birds. For some reason, I thought that birds belonged in trees and they were the perfect décor for a Christmas tree. As an adult, my tree sports keepsake ornaments from my husband’s family and a few gifts, but otherwise, our […]

solstice display

Going Within on Solstice

As the beginning of the natural year, the winter solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years. Today, we will have a subdued celebration in our home. We had planned a day in nature, reveling in the winter air. We had planned a trip to Rocky Mountain National […]

standard poodle

River’s Love Story

Almost two years ago, a couple of months after our beloved Nutty passed on, my husband and I decided to get another dog. The family felt very off-balance, just wrong. I am allergic to dogs, so our breed choices are limited. We searched local shelters, and no non-shedding […]

goffin's cockatoo, white parrot

Flock Call

Parrots are social animals and prefer to gather in flocks; they don’t enjoy being alone. Sometimes, they need the reassurance that their flock is there, even out of sight. That’s when you hear a flock call. A flock call is a little sound they make just to check […]

Red poodle

Dog Talk

Our senior dog, Jazz, is quite a chatty one. He’ll bark occasionally, but that’s not what I’m talking about. He is 15 years old, almost completely blind, and almost entirely deaf, so he is never on security detail. When he was younger, we had mastiffs running household security. […]

Christmas dog

Ready or Not, Here it Comes

No matter how much I dread it, Christmas comes every year, like it or not. For years as a child, I was sick every Christmas. I recall coughing all night every night for weeks before the holiday and a while after. My asthma made me cough continuously, and […]

black-tailed prairie dogs

Last Stand on the Prairie

Prairie dogs have a language all their own. They’re not really dogs, they are really part of the marmot family, but they bark and yip like dogs, which is how they got their name. Sophisticated research has found their language to be quite complex, as you can learn […]

orange cat, tulips

Weirdest Wedding Vow Renewal Ever

A couple of months ago, my husband, four children, pseudo-daughter-in-law, and I were playing The Voting Game.*  We had to vote for the person in the game that fit the card presented for each round. For example, I was voted by all six other players to be someone […]

sunset in the mountains

When Past and Present Collide

I was quite sad this afternoon and wondered where all this emotion was coming from. I recalled a poem that I read probably 30 years ago, but it called to me so clearly, that I have never forgotten.  I know you thought I cried too long. … It’s […]