dirty dog

Today was the end of Thanksgiving break. And a wonderful break it was, all three girls were home at the same time. We’ve not all been together since the holidays last year. Low stress and lots of activities, we had a traditional turkey dinner made with lots of help. With everyone chipping in, we got the hard work done in a couple hours. My friend Suzie spent more time working on her pies than we did on the whole dinner. It was fun. And the rest of the weekend was also filled with laughter.

Liz left this morning on an early morning flight, so we used the trip to San Diego airport as an excuse to take Elle to the fiesta island dog park. A final hurrah for a good weekend of play. This space was immense, it must be at least one square mile of open space for dogs to run with no leashes. A large flat spit of land, the dog park is surrounded by water. Even at 6:15 in the morning, there were many dogs and most of them had gone swimming. Elle did well for a while, but finally couldn’t stand the tension and she went swimming as well. That was ok at first, but that was only the beginning. She followed her swim by rolling in the dirt. Black dirt. We no longer had a golden retriever, we had a dark colored ugly mess. The picture below does not do her dirt job justice. It took a shower and a bath to get the dog clean again. But she had a wonderful time. She ran her guts out for over an hour, played with dogs, and had the doggy equivalent of day at disneyland for dogs. We may take her there again, it was fun. What will slow us down are the 40 mile one way drive and the dirt.

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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