The Traveling Weenie and a Giveaway

traveling gThis past weekend we took a little road trip to Sister Bay, WI – in the heart of Door County – our friend, Cassy, John, Lil’ G and I hit the road as the the autumn colors whirled by us traveling north.

I didn’t know how Gidget would do traveling and I tried hard not to worry too much. One thing I’ve learned having had Frankie is to go with the flow and enjoy being in the moment. I’ve also learned that dogs sense our nervousness or apprehension. If I had a great time, Gidget would likely, too.

She did so well traveling with us.  To turn around every now and then to see her sweet face as we traveled down the highway, did my heart good. One of my greatest pleasures is that she is happy and content.

When we arrived late Friday night, Gidget checked out every inch of the condo we stayed at with her snout in full smell mode and then she settled in nicely. She even tolerated quite nicely staying in her kennel when we couldn’t take her with us.

One of her favorite things to do each morning was to settle into the sun spot in the room that we called the all season room. I told John we now need to build her her very own sun room. Ha!

gidget in DC

It’s truly the simple things that make life so grand. The colors of fall, time with two people I love dearly, laughter, great conversation, fun…and a traveling weenie.

And now for the giveaway!  My friend, Lisa, gave me a book she had finished reading called What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary by Stephanie Marohn. Lisa told me to pass the book onto someone when I was done and I thought it perfect to give away right her on my blog since many of you are such big animal lovers.


I loved every inch of this book and the cover makes me smile every time I look at it! In some ways it reminds me of my favorite author, Jon Katz and his blog, Bedlam Farm.

But this book left me appreciating all animals on an even deeper level than before…. and wishing even more that I could have a hobby farm. I also really believe this statement on Stephanie’s website:

“A shaman revealed that animals will be arriving more and more in the lives of humans—in dreams, as guides, in the news, everywhere—because they realize humans are in trouble and need the message they are here to tell.”

They are indeed our wake-up messengers and we must listen to what they are trying to tell us. I find myself in such a state of gratitude more and more for being open to what animals teach us – my life profoundly changed because of what I’ve learned through them.

Leave a comment of a lesson an animal has taught you that has changed how you look at life by midnight cst today. Tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 2) I will use to pick the person to receive this book.


Following My Curiosity – Sharing My New Adventure with You.

soulcollage eQuite a few weeks ago I shared with you that I am looking into a new adventure. But I wasn’t quite ready to share exactly what it is at that time. You may recall that I shared that I’ve put my book I was working on, on hold –my heart being called in a new direction.

I wasn’t ready to share yet in part because I had to work through my own process of trying to understand why this is something I’m being called to explore.

The old feelings crept back in of why is it that I find myself drawn to so many things, but can’t seem to “settle” on just one thing that I like to do. Sometimes society can look at this as a negative and at times I can tend to let that drown out what my heart is trying to tell me to follow.

A big part of me likes that I’m an explorer, a seeker, a thinker and one who wishes to continue to evolve. But the little girl in me can sometimes feel scared to try something new. The questions, “What if this is a mistake?” “What if I spend this chunk of money and it’s not for me?” “Will others think I’m too woo-woo?”

And then I heard author Elizabeth Gilbert’s short video on following ones curiosity and how that in itself can be such a beautiful life. It really resonates with me. Then the Universe sent me another message as I heard about Barbara Sher’s book, “Refuse to Choose.” I’ve not read the book yet, but she talks about those who are scanners – who love to do many things.

As I’ve taken my “think tank” time and worked through each step of my process, I know that this is something I want to do — no matter what the outcome. I’m not sure where it will take me, but that is okay. I’m open to all the possibilities…and honestly, I think there will be many. But I also want to let it unfold as it is meant to be.

So today I made the final payment for this adventure I’m about to embark on.

The above photo is a hint. You will see a a 5 x 8 collage of two images I put together representing a part of who I am — the woman who loves yoga, trees, nature, and animals (look closely to see the duck in the far left of image)–representing the part of me that relishes in this practice that centers me. This process, created by psychologist, Seena M. Frost, after studying with one of the founding founders of the Human Potential Movement, Jean Houston, is called SoulCollage.

The definition from the website is, “a creative and satisfying collage process. You make your own deck of cards – each collage card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul. Use the cards intuitively to answer life’s questions and participate in self-discovery. Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit.”

November 7-9, I will be taking the facilitator training for this process. It is my hope to use the gifts I already have and incorporated with the SoulCollage process, to offer workshops online and locally. I hope it will also serve as another springboard for my writing and last but not least, to serve as discovering and embracing all the parts of who I am.

So part of the next step of this journey for me is “putting it out there” and sharing with you, the faithful readers of my blog.  Stay tuned and thank you for being a part of my life as I continue to explore and evolve.

My Mammoth Tree Friend

2014-09-24 15.49.50This mammoth tree called out to me yesterday.

For a change of pace I hopped in the car with Gidget and we headed to Plymouth, WI, a neighboring city about six miles from where we live. We walked past a cemetery that was the backyard of some of the large homes we strolled past.

When I came upon to this tree I wanted to hug it. Not that my arms could have gotten around it – it was huge!  But I stood in awe of it wondering how long it has been firmly rooted to its spot.

How many people must have walked past this tree all the while it stands there through wind, snow, sun and rain. The stories that tree could tell.

I thought about our upcoming jaunt we are taking, heading to Door County for a few days. A time to ground myself, like the tree, during this little get-away and take in the colors and smells of fall which is now upon us.

I also chuckled to myself thinking about how “being grounded” meant something entirely different when I was young. I didn’t like when that happened- grounded for doing something wrong and not being able to hang out with my friends or go away – stuck at home.

Now I love being grounded at home. It’s what, err, grounds me!  But our little trip north will be another type of grounding to wonder endlessly wherever it is we wish to go.

It will be Miss G’s first time on a road trip with us, too! Kylie will be in the great care of my Dad as she is not a world class traveler- feeling more grounded when her paws are firmly planted upon her own space in our home.

And I chuckled yet again to myself this morning, realizing that indeed I’m truly a dog mom, because Gidget’s bag is already packed and ready to go.

My blog will be quiet for a couple of days, but I hope to take lots of pictures and share them with you when I return early next week.