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I spent last Thursday and Friday worrying about Gus. Non.stop.vomiting. Oh yea. A trip to the vet on Thursday and then again on Friday because he wouldn't eat. As I listened to the vet's directions, I kept thinking "but I leave tomorrow on a trip!" He ended up staying the night at the vet.

Saturday morning, my SIL Joe and Finn drove me to the airport only to go back and pick up Gus from the Vet!

Yes, this was my view at the Portland airport. No surprises here.

So glad I got a window seat.

As long as I have my necessities: Coffee and airpods.

I considered this..... but didn't want anyone confusing me with a surgeon....

It was a long flight so we got TWO drinks, but only one snack, I guess they don't want us filling up on those 3 pretzels.

Changed planes in Boston. I think this was my first time at Logan airport.

Not thrilled to drive at night with snow on the roads again. But getting to see my son and his family made it so worth it!

Quite a different view, don't ya think?

The next day, Joey and Sarah left for Budapest(!) and gave the kids last minute directions like 'help Nana', and 'don't make Nana work'. Sounded good to me. :)

Ahnika (almost 6) said first things first. We must paint Nana's nails.

She has a very unique technique. Sideways, up and down, and sometimes around in a circle. Voila! Sparkles!

Let the games begin! First, TWISTER! Surprise! Nana wins.

They told me that it wasn't fair because I pushed them. Geez these must be new rules.

It's really cold here. Like really cold. But Monday I decided to brave it. I donned fleece lined tights, warm shirt and sweatshirt, gloves, and headband and out I went.

I actually survived 3 miles with only one "Whoa!" as I slipped, but did not fall.

Just a random thing that made me laugh.

Only a runner would understand why we need to read this article. Note that they are "Expert" tips.

8 Expert Tips on How to Avoid Pooping During a Race


Tomorrow? Into town for a movie. But for tonight it's tenderloin for dinner. Yep Nana cooked. Then showers and then it's MOVIE NIGHT!! We are stocked up on popcorn and apples.

Jus' Sayin':

What happens when you do.not.like. family photos

I hope your day is happier!

One step at a time,


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Like the rest of the country, we have been having days and days of rain. Sideways rain, non-stop rain, misty rain and occasional thick rain (you may call this sleet). The dogs are getting incredibly restless.

When even the dogs have cabin fever:

Gus could care less that we are getting soaked.

Nice weather for ducks........or seagulls

For a moment, the rain stopped so we hit the trails.

When the trail starts out beautiful:

but ends up like this... up,up, and up

When the trail goes anywhere near water:

Even in February, this happens:

When you have trails, water and dogs:

Luckily the temps are always nice and mild, so I can head solo to the ocean.

Wait, what?

When even the socks are adorable:

There was a fantastic shower for Finn's future (one more month) baby sister:

When you are helping Mom open presents but you have to be in disguise because the paparazzi can be annoying.

When your sister comes to visit and you have to share the good stuff:

When you campaign for your Mommy:

When barn chores, campaigning, and being so cute finally takes its toll:

Have a great Sunday and enjoy the day.

One step at a time,


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This is a favorite video of mine. I'm so lucky to be his Nana.

Now that I am away from those icy, windy, snowy, below-zero temperatures (did I say windy) of Wyoming, I just have to learn to embrace the Oregon rain. The only time it bothers me is when I'm trying to head out for a run. This is the perfect running trail according to the dogs

:Now, THIS, is what I call perfect:

But one thing we do agree on -- the naps afterward are wonderful

One of my favorite places to watch the ocean.

A storm is coming in:

There was a momentous event this month. Finn's first sleepover at Nana's house! We were very busy. First we had a lot of engine repairs to do. You may notice that we take this very seriously.

Then, of course, we had our exercise band workout.

A little investigation........

And finally a stack of books before bedtime.

All of my dogs love to go for rides in the car, but only Jake becomes a back-seat driver.

I also like to watch other dogs. Who wouldn't love this one?

Wait, is that a Panda?

There must be one of her favorite songs on the radio:

Remember when I told you how much Finn liked his toy hamster? After being apart for several days, he had to console it.

And that included a ride on Finn's pony:

Hey, it's not easy to gallop one-handed with your buddy under your arm.

When I just can't compete with the sideways rain, I end up at this indoor track at the gym.

Only 11 laps per mile.

But sights like this (yes, those are cowboy boots) make the running more enjoyable.

When the baby falls asleep and Nana is a former Detective.

When you know how to be cool and you're only two.

Some of these just crack me up. And sometimes you have those days when you need them.

A little more serious

One day at a time,


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