Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Personal’ Category

National Dog Day: Victory

I feel like a neglectful dog mommy for not posting on National Dog Day.  Victory brings immeasurable joy to our little family and so much more.  And, importantly, she teaches me something every day about just being.  We are so very grateful for our fur girl!

Below is a short video of our little fur girl, Victory, sniffing around at the dog park!

Happy Friday!



Around Here: February 2017

Happy February!  Another month has just about flown by once again!  This has been a busy month for us.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in February!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time — I am getting so close to finally finishing, about 12 percent of the project remains to be completed and the project is taking shape!

-making homemade dinners with Doug, while trying new recipes and old favorite recipes, too.  Here is an old favorite recipe.  We make a really good homemade pizza, too!

-enjoying date nights together!

-enjoying time outside.  It has been unseasonably warm here for February, which has been really nice.  We have been able to open our windows and let in fresh air along with enjoying long walks around the neighborhood together!  Victory loves riding in her Hound About!  We hope spring will officially come soon!

-going to the dog park with our Victory!

-finished making all of our photo books from 2008 through the present via Artifact Uprising and we have ordered almost all of them!

-started getting fine art prints printed to frame and hang around the house.  This has been on my list for some time, which I hope to finish this year!

-we finished our taxes!

-we made some clothing donations in our attempt to adopt the Marie Kondo method!

-enjoying many snuggles with our fur girl, Victory!  She had her first dental this week and she is doing well, thankfully!

-started the second season of The Missing — it is very good and keeps you on the edge of your seat!

-started Big Little Lies — we are only one episode in, but it is pretty good.

-I was not able to get to any reading completed this month, unfortunately.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially at the gym!

-achieveing 10,000 steps most days via my Fitbit!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Wednesday!



Happy Heart Day!

We can hardly believe that today is already our fourth Valentine’s Day with our little love, Victory; for Doug and I, it is our 13th Valentine’s Day together, but who is counting!  I am most grateful for my loves, Doug and Victory, who I am lucky enough to share my life with and who make life so much sweeter!  We celebrated Valentine’s Day, early, this past Saturday, and Victory got a new stuffie friend, a monkey, shown below!  In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Doug and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Northern Virginia, where we had one of our first dates.  Doug was kind enough to bring a ‘doggie bag’ home for our fur girl, Victory, who gobbled up every morsel of her prime rib in no time!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” —George Sand





Five Year Blogiversary!

Today is the five-year Blogiversary of in conjunction with my photography website.  It is really difficult to believe that five years have already passed by so quickly!  Many things have changed over the past few years, but some things remain the same, fortunately.

If it were not for our beloved Biscuit, I am not sure I would have ever started blogging and I know that I would not have started my long-term photography project, which is so close to completion, for which Biscuit and Victory are my inspiration.  Biscuit was such a blessing and gift to us.  Biscuit permanently changed our lives in so many positive ways and Biscuit sent us our precious little rescue sheltie, Victory, who we adore and love, shown below!  And, coincidentally, Victory is as old as the blog!

Thank you for reading this blog for however long or short you have been visiting!  I truly enjoy creating content for the blog to share with all of you, and I hope that you continue to enjoy visiting and reading the blog!

Thank you so very much!  xoxo



Around Here: January 2017

Happy January!  We are finally getting back into the swing of things after being away for the Holidays, getting the Holiday decorations put away, and getting back to our ‘normal’ routine.  January is already flying by too quickly!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time — I am getting so close to finally finishing!

-picked my word for the year!  (Doug also picked his word for 2017: productive).

-reflected upon the last year and wrote my goals for 2017.

-making homemade dinners with Doug, while trying new recipes and old favorite recipes, too.

-enjoying date nights together!

-we are enjoying our new gym, and we are finally feeling back to how we felt before the Holidays!

-finishing and ordering the photo books I made capturing 2008 to the present.  It will be so nice to have many memories in book form.

-finished the third season of The Americans; and began the fourth season of The Americans — a really good series.

-started The Crown, and so far it is pretty good.

-saw Manchester by the Sea, which we enjoyed.

-we can’t wait to see this movie!

-enjoying many snuggles with our fur girl, Victory, who is doing well!

-getting rest and making more time for reading; I enjoyed this book somewhat recently, The Universe Has Your Back.

-listening to podcasts!

-achieveing 10,000 steps most days via my new Fitbit!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!  We are making progress — Doug has been really productive and true to his word for the year!

Happy Wednesday!


IMG_8161 2 2


Things I Love: Winter 2017

Happy winter!  While this is not necessarily our favorite time of year, we are taking advantage of the time indoors to be productive!




1. Empathy Cards by Emily McDowell  – I love cards and I like sending cards.  Emily McDowell is an illustrator and she has a relatively recent new lines of cards, Empathy Cards, which are perfect to send to a friend or family member experiencing a terrible illness or loss.  Emily is a cancer survivor herself, which was the impetus for creating this line of cards.  So, if you need a card to show your support, when you may not have the words, these are wonderful cards to send.

2. The Universe Has Your Back – I recently read this book by Gabriel Bernstein over the Holiday break, and I really enjoyed it.

3. Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – I have been using Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment over the past several months.  It works fantastically for chapped lips and for chapped hands.  You can order it here.

4. Cetaphil Lotion — Since it has become colder, I have been hydrating my skin, and this lotion works really well — it does not have a scent and it does not leave an oily residue.  I love it!

5. Celestial Seasonings Green Tea — I have been drinking more hot tea lately and I really love this green tea and it tastes really great with almond milk and honey!

6. Fitbit Charge 2 – Doug gave me a new Fitbit for Christmas, and I love it!  I usually am making 10,000 steps a day!

You can view other things I love here!

Happy Wednesday!

2017 Happiness Jar

Beginning in 2014, I decided to make and keep a happiness jar throughout 2014, inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert, where I first learned about the happiness jar concept.  In 2015, I kept a larger happiness jar, which I filled up during 2015.  In 2016, I used an even larger jar, which I also filled up.

This year, I used a similar sized jar as last year, shown below.  At the beginning of January this year, I began to write down at least one happy/grateful sentiment/moment at the end of each day and placed it in my new jar.  It is an easy practice and it truly helps cultivate more gratitude and create a way to remember snippets from each day.  There is always SOMETHING to put in the jar — even on the most awful days.  It is relatively easy and it only takes a few minutes, if that, each day.  I am also still using my wish ball!

It is also fun at the beginning of each year to pour out the contents of the previous year’s happiness jar and read through and reflect upon the happiest/grateful moments from the previous year.  I highly recommend this practice!

Happy Tuesday!



2017 Word of the Year: Relax

“The time to relax is when you don’t have the time for it.” — Sidney Harris




Happy New Year, which is in full swing!  Many people write new year resolutions.  I concurrently write down my goals for the year, which I recently finished, while also reflecting upon last year, but I have found it more helpful to have a word, an intention, to focus on throughout the year.

This year, after reflection, I decided the word relax would be my word for 2017.  Last year I chose the word present; in 2015 I chose flow; in 2014 I chose trust; and in 2013 I chose the word create.

Relax defined: re·lax rəˈlaks/ verb 1. make or become less tense or anxious.

I decided that I want to have a more relaxed year than last year, which was quite intense, in many ways.  So Doug and I are making a concerted effort to enjoy each day and incorporate as much relaxation and fun as possible this year, while also trying new things.  As a result of our efforts, we hope for a fun and relaxed year!

Are you considering selecting a word for yourself (or letting one find you)?  There is no right or wrong.  The main thing to remember is that this is your word.

And what do you do with this one little word?  You live with it.  You invite it into your life.  You let it speak to you.  You might even follow where it leads.  There are so many possibilities.

Happy New Year!

Happy Pawlidays!!

“Dogs are treasures, and these treasures enhance the Holiday season.” -Unkown

Happy Pawlidays!  Thank you so much for a wonderful year!  I am very grateful to you blog readers and subscribers!  Thank you so very much for reading and following the blog — it means so much to me.

Below is the front and back of our Pawliday card along with our matching envelopes using custom stamps and little seals of our beautiful little Victory!  (You can view our previous Pawliday cards herehere, here, and here).  Sending our Pawliday card is one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season!  This is my way of sharing our Pawliday card with all of our blog friends!  Thank you for reading this blog for however long or short you have been visiting!  I truly enjoy creating content for the blog to share with all of you.  We hope that you have a wonderful Holiday!




We are traveling over the Holidays and taking a brief break from the blog to enjoy some down time.  I will return to the blog in January 2017.  Meanwhile, if you are in a blog-reading mood, you are warmly invited to visit the archives — the links are shown below.

Dog Related posts

Dog Rescue posts

‘Dog-Centric’ Artists Interviews

For Artists posts

Photography posts

Personal posts

Victory Related posts

Happy Pawlidays!

Around Here: December

Happy December!  I am not sure how it is already the end of the year and Christmas is only a couple of days away!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time.

-we took a trip to Newark, Delaware.

-our house is all decorated for Christmas and we love sitting by our little Christmas tree along with our candles!

-we took our little Victory to visit Santa for a third time this month!  Thankfully, Victory is very cooperative!

-having fun making and decorating eggnog sugar cookies!

-enjoying date nights together!

-we joined a new gym this month, as it was time for a change!

-started the third season of The Americans.

-finished the first season of Doctor Foster.

-we plan to see Manchester by the Sea this weekend.

-trying to get plenty of rest during this busy time of year.

-listening to podcasts!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Wishing you a wonderful Pawliday!