Closing Out The Year

This has been a difficult holiday season with losing my Cinny.  I was still mourning my Holly. Yet I know that as long as I give my heart to boxers, that time will always be too short.  Boxers have a shorter life span than many other breeds; nine years is a good lifespan. But I would never ever give up the love that this breed so freely gives.  I will always be a boxer girl.  It has been tough on Bruno and I have been in touch with NW Boxer Rescue to find him a new companion and another sweet love for us.  I love this rescue group! I was sorely tempted when Kim let me know they had some puppies; after several days of waivering I knew that at this time I could not really meet a puppy’s needs.  So I am still waiting for the right fur baby for our home. I leave it in the hands of the rescue group to find the best fit for Bruno, Jimmy, and me.  

Before losing Cinny we kept busy preparing for Christmas. In November I took five days off work.  It was glorious!  I kept so busy and accomplished so much!   Jimmy had a few days off and we concentrated on finishing the last of our shopping. We did a part of our shopping at Portland’s Saturday Market. Every time we head into the city we try to find new places to explore.  It is such an amazing city. 

I also decorated the house, knitted, sewed, and played in the kitchen.

Infinity scarves are really fun, fast, and easy. I have made an additional two since these pictures were taken. With the hubs working swing shifts, my evenings consist of curling up with my sweet boxer babies, turning on my favorite Brit TV shows (a second watching of Foyles War is my current choice), and knitting away. I also pulled out one of those weaving contraptions I found this summer at yard sales. I was hooked, it is totally mindless yet turns out a great looking scarf.  All of these projects are from the bits and bobs of yarn I collected secondhand for pennies. 

You all know how much I love Pinterest. When I saw these chocolate spoons I just had to make some. I wanted a little flavor so used a chocolate orange and combined it with a Hershey bar. I found the spoons at Goodwill and Walmart. 

Got out for near daily walks. Always new places to explore at Minto-Brown Island.

One one of my last days off we headed to the beach. I am so grateful that we did.  Cinny was more active than usual as she ran and played. We never would have expected that within 72 hours a brain tumor would take her from us. Look at that happy face!

I received this in the mail from my sweet daughter after losing my Cinny.

How special is that!!  RIP my sweet Frassy and Munster. 

Here is another sweet gift I received in the mail. Every year for the past 7 or so, a dear friend Louella sends me a home made ornament. I treasure every one.  Louella also includes a goodie for the fur babies to. She has two handsome fur boy’s who like to be included in the giving. 

Aren’t those just too cute!! 

Inadvertently several years ago I started finding a focus word for each year. 2012 was balance as I learned to balance work/health/life. 2013 was adventure as I got married, left one job, moved states and started a new job. 2014 really did not have a word as it has been loss and imbalance again.  In perusing Pinterest I happened upon Susannah Conway and her wonderful workshops.  I immediately signed up for this one

There is a facebook page where participants can share ideas and work together.  I love it!  

Her next workshop is

I am considering this one as well.  I am pretty confident I have my word and will sharing it after the first of the year.  

Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year!




Doodling with my Doodlebug

Last week my eldest grandchild flew in to spend the summer with us.  It has been so much fun sharing all our favorite places and activities with her!  It has been so long since I had seen her (and too many of my other grands too….hear that Chrissy!!!).  I was so excited to share all my favorite places,with her!  

Since we were already in Portland we did some exploring.  We always park out and use the Max to ride into downtown. 

We stopped off in old town Portland to enjoy the myriad unique shops that it is known for. Here are a few we particularly loved. 

Red Monkey store front features a wrought iron door locked tight and you must ring the bell to be let in. Specializing in leather goods it is filled with unique t-shirts and other oddities!  Check them out at 

They even had a custom bike in the shop. The hubby liked that. 

Doodle loves antique and curiosity shops so we visited a few.  Porch Light was fun and filled with unique items made from old and outcast items. One of my favorites was old book covers spiral bound to blank pages for journals. For fun and frivolity Eden: A Garden of Opulent Curiosities. is filled with treasures to dress up yourself and your home.  

Totally fun!  One of the things I adore about Portland is the curiosities you see just walking down the street:

Doodle is like me when it comes to bargains.  Look at the awesome boots she found at Goodwill. She needs gear for the Harley!

We also found a great leather coat for peanuts!  Now she’s set to do some serious riding with her gramps.  

Next day was perfect to head to our favorite place….the Seaside!

Doodle and Bruno hit it right off!

Little Cinny has finally recovered from the loss of her sister.  She has bonded with Bruno and he has sparked a return to play and happiness in her.  I am so grateful.  But my heart still aches with emptiness….

Doodle loves the seaside as much as we do!  There will be many trips that way. Like me, she can’t stay out of the water!!


When Jimmy got some free time he transformed Bruno’s man crate. Now Bruno is also a Harley fan.  I think he did an amazing job!!

I have so many plans for Doodles visit.  She has made a perfect yard sale partner and we are serious yard sale addicts!  We go to conquer and do we ever!!  She has also been volunteering at work too, and like my Bella, the residents love her!!

Doodle makes these awesome stop motion movies. Amazing!  Here is the one she did for my Holly. Yeah it will have you crying. Still can’t watch it without sobbing!

Btw: she would love it if you would leave a comment!  

I adore summer as it means the kids and grands will all come visit!!  I just love sharing all my favorite places with them!!  Hear that girls?  Get over here!!!