Tag Archives: friendship

Charlie Writes a Love Story

If you follow this blog, you know me. I’m Charlie and my favorite things are playing in the snow, chasing my friends, and my mom. But this is a love story so my mom is only the photographer. And the chauffeur to get to the trail. And the one typing this because dogs don’t have thumbs.

This is Meadow. 😍 She’s one of my favorite girlfriends. I know what you’re thinking. Don’t judge, it’s a dog thing and you wouldn’t understand.

Look at that smile!

Be honest, you’d chase her too.

Sometimes she lets me catch her.

We stop for some refreshing “snow cocktails.”

I think she likes me too. 😊

Three dogs and a trail

Friday morning, before the 70 degree weekend melted most of the snow, Charlie and I joined 2 canine and 1 human friend for a snowy hike.

It was a fun challenge with sunny skies and new dog in the mix. Charlie and Laine, the Springer Spaniel, ran and chased their usual dance, tiring each other out. Cleo, who seemed to want no part of their chaos, aligned herself with the humans.

These photos are from a rest stop near the end of our hike. As you can see, Charlie’s puppy energy was still in high gear and Laine isn’t the least bit tired.

Charlie – six months of fun

Charlie at six months

In the months we’ve had Charlie he has filled my heart on a continuous basis. A few examples of ways he spreads joy:

Watching him run and romp with his canine friends – full of joy and endless energy.

Complete strangers turn to jello in his presence. Just the other day, a man stopped to meet Charlie and his last words to him: “I love you and I’ll never forget you!”

The way he wants to be close, usually with a paw on me, wherever I am. He’s definitely attached.

Charlie’s a great hiking partner and gives me a good reason to explore and enjoy nature on a daily basis.

Charlie has worked hard on his training. He’s good at sit and down, getting better at come and still working on stay. Yes, there are lots of treats involved.

He’s adorable and watching him grow, learn, and explore is a never ending source of amusement.

Reenactment of Lady and the Tramp

Charlie and his friend Lane enjoy running and chasing each other and it’s a never ending source of amusement for me. She happily goes in the water and Charlie is learning to navigate the creek.

They both love sticks. Today, on our hike they managed to share several different sticks and even tried to walk side-by-side while carrying the same stick! 😍

Shades of Green

Green

the color of both strength and relaxation

harmony

Symbolizing life, renewal, energy, growth

healing powers creating hopefulness and optimism

balancing the sun and ocean

the center of the rainbow

Sorry, Kermit but it is easy to be green.

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Green is also my dear friend Sophia’s favorite color. This post is written for her with all the love in my heart sending her positive healing energy on the eve of her surgery. I can’t be with her, so as a writer and a photographer, I’ve created this message with positive energy across the miles.

I am a cheer leader (poetry)

I am a cheer leader

here to celebrate your victories

creating the party.

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I am a cheer leader

here with gentle support

when the world offers only icy stares

creating a warm soft place to land.

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I am a cheer leader

offering kindness,

creating space for you to be your best.

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I am a cheer leader

knowing that positive energy

multiplies in the universe; hopefully

creating a better world.

I was inspired to write this poem by a few different conversations recently about how we are not in competition with each other and the need for more kindness in the world. The photo was taken from my balcony after a hailstorm yesterday afternoon.

Writing Date

I don’t typically write about my own writing in my blog so indulge me, if you will.

Today a friend who is a very accomplished author with wonderful habits and rituals came for a writing date. She explained how she infuses fun in her daily life and writing process. We visited for a while and she met my new puppy, Charlie. πŸ’—πŸΆπŸ’“

Then we agreed to silent, dedicated writing time sitting side-by-side. We’ve talked about how writing alone shouldn’t be hard, but sometimes the focus isn’t there.

It was a lovely morning for so many reasons. I wrote the final draft of the back matter for a picture book and revised another book based on feedback I received over the weekend. Thinking about the ritual of writing and what makes it both gratifying and successful is now something I will consider as I write. I know this will impact my productivity and my enjoyment.

Look for happiness

I love coffee. It’s magical.

Coffee is one of the things that makes me happy. This particular cup (yesterday with a good friend) would have been appreciated for the obvious reasons.

But the bubbles formed when milk, yes milk – never cream, was added let me know coffee loves me too. πŸ’•