Hands, Hugs, & Hearts

A couple of days ago, I was greeted by my gal pal, Anita, who had just pulled into the driveway. She flashed a giant smile and requested a hug from me. I did not hesitate and quickly replaced a ‘welcome smile’ with my open arms. “I never refuse an opportunity to hug a beautiful lady,”… Continue reading Hands, Hugs, & Hearts

A Long Sentence

This was the first year that I did not go to the police station to get my fingerprints taken, as I do each year, to confirm that I do not have a criminal record and that allows me, as Santa Claus, to show parents and others responsible for children’s welfare, that their charges are safe… Continue reading A Long Sentence

A Moment of Fear

Holly hugging my boo-boo

If hope was like the fuel gauge in a vehicle, my optimism gauge would have been almost empty when I visited my doctor a couple of months ago. Dr. Robin Wilson is one of the best doctors that I have ever had, and I have a lot of trust in him. As mentioned previously, my… Continue reading A Moment of Fear

A May Day Call

Today, I did what I swore I’d never, ever do. I was sitting in the waiting room of the cancer center in Vancouver, waiting for a good friend, who was having her radiation treatment and I was cursing to myself at this terrible disease.  I have known too many people who have suffered from this… Continue reading A May Day Call

A Wet Kiss

My birthday lunch (2018)

This morning, I awoke to a tongue licking my face and it made me smile. If you’ve never experienced a wet, wake-up kiss before – I recommend that you get a dog. Cats are okay but they’re ‘wired’ differently than dogs, and they would rather ignore you. And today, Holly let me sleep until 5:00… Continue reading A Wet Kiss

Animal Pals

If you’re a friend or a regular reader (or both), you already know that I love all animals, particularly dogs.  And if you’ve ever walked with me, you also know how much I enjoy taking their picture or video. So this morning, over a few cups of coffee, Holly and I picked out a few… Continue reading Animal Pals

Ramblin’ Thoughts

Although I never write about religion or politics, and I try to avoid expressing negative thoughts in both my written and spoken words, I’ve decided to share one of my pet peeves with you – namely, self-service checkout counters at grocery stores. What mental lightweight came up with the idea of reducing lineups at cashier… Continue reading Ramblin’ Thoughts

Valentine Daze


I  recently read that there would be 10, 408 babies conceived on Valentines Day in the USA.  We in Canada, have one-tenth of their population, so in my estimate, there are 1,040 Canuck babies being conceived.  Which also means that if your birthday is sometime between October 10th and December 11th, you may have been… Continue reading Valentine Daze

A Fifty Dollar Walk

I had just returned from the walk at Skagit River Park and was trying to convince Holly that I would never leave home again unless it’s to go shopping for treats for her.  And I couldn’t check my laptop for messages because she was sitting on my lap – staring at me in an ice-cold showdown… Continue reading A Fifty Dollar Walk

Skagit River Park Walk

I was standing near the corner of the street, with three of my gal pals, in downtown Burlington, Washington, when I suddenly noticed something I had never seen before – a solar-powered garbage can.  Now you’re probably more interested in why I was alone in the States, with three gal pals – more than hearing… Continue reading Skagit River Park Walk