Everything Will be O.K.

I went to Pat Catan’s the other day and they had a lot of summer things on sale. I picked up a little chalkboard plant pick for around $1. It was 90% off!  I was just thinking that next time I went to the store I should pick up some chalk to write on it.

 That same day, while I was doing laundry, a stone fell out of one of J’s jeans pockets.

I asked him what it was before I threw it away. He said it was soapstone. He used it to mark things on projects he was doing.

“Like chalk?” I asked.

“Yep, just like chalk.” he replied.

I couldn’t wait to try it out, and it worked! Yay!

I scribbled out a saying that I found online the other day.

I stuck it into a potted plant that resides by the kitchen sink.  I smile every time I walk by! It’s amazing how such a little thing makes such a big impact in my day.

What little things make you smile?

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Traveling with a {small} dog

I was a little nervous about taking Daisy to North Carolina with us. The longest car ride she had been on up to that point had been around 1 hour, and it was going to be at least 8 hours to NC (it ended up being around 9). 

 She did better than we could have ever imagined! I’m looking forward to her tagging along on more family vacations, since, after all, we do consider our little fur baby part of the family.

Here’s what I learned about traveling with a small dog.

First, we made sure that she would be comfortable and feel safe. Daisy sleeps in a kennel every night at home, so we made sure to bring it. When she feels scared or overwhelmed, many times she goes and relaxes in her kennel. We figured that having it accessible to her on the drive would help if she felt anxious or stressed. It also helped to have it to put her in when we needed to leave her behind at the cabin. We covered it with a blanket and she just took the opportunity to nap until we came back.

We also brought her bed. She loves sleeping in this bed while I work, so it is comforting to her. She spent a majority of the time cuddled up in it. 

I usually take a blanket when I travel, just because it makes me feel warm and cozy if the air conditioning gets too cold. This trip I brought along the blanket that Daisy and I cuddle up and watch TV in. I think it was very comforting to her when we got stuck in a wicked hail storm and had to pull over on the side of the road, along with most other cars on the expressway.  She jumped onto my lap and dug her way under the blanket.

We also made sure Daisy had water and food. I kind of overlooked this before we left. We stopped at the first rest stop and we had no way of giving her water. I put some water in a cup, but it just wasn’t easy for her to get to and we had to dump it out before we got back on the road. At the next rest stop, J came up with an idea. He bought ice cream that came in a plastic cup with a lid. We enjoyed the ice cream and then rinsed out the cup and used it to hold water.

 I could easily give Daisy a drink when she needed. I kept the container for future travels. You could just as easily buy a travel bowl for your dog. I also used the top part as a little bowl so she could have a snack when we stopped.

Speaking of water… make sure you don’t give your dog too much to drink if you aren’t planning on stopping. Daisy has a tendency to drink until the bowl is empty. The only problem is her bladder is smaller than the bowl. Sometimes she even throws up the extra water. We also made a few extra stops than we would have if it were just J and I.

I think this helped give a little break and “reset” her for the next couple of hours. She didn’t complain or whimper one bit on the drive. I truly think that these breaks helped put her at ease.

I absolutely loved having her with us on our vacation! It was fun to see her enjoy things like the mountain hike and the beach! I also think that the whole trip was sort of like a bonding experience for Daisy, J and I. I feel like she really learned that she can trust us and that we will take care of her. 

I wanted to take a picture of her every hour of the initial drive (I know, I’m weird), but I forgot to start until hour 3.

Wonder what adventures we will get into next??

Have you ever taken your pet on a vacation? Where did you go??

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Beach Bums

We went on a little vacation last week! First, we visited Jason’s family in NC. His aunt owns an adorable restaurant and cabins and we got to spend a few days with everyone (post coming soon!).

Sunday afternoon we left and headed to Myrtle Beach, SC!

Are we there yet??

 We didn’t get there until dark, but still headed to the beach!

First time at the beach!

It was very, very windy so I couldn’t really get any good pictures. Most of them had salt and sand flying everywhere, so I put my camera away and we headed off to bed. There were some serious thunderstorm all night. I was worried it would be rainy for our only day at the beach, but the next working we awoke to sunny skies!
It was time to officially introduce Daisy to some waves!
 
 
She wasn’t too sure about going in at first, but once Jason went in there was no stopping her! She loves her daddy! He even took her out into the waves.
 

Here comes a wave!

 
 We spent the morning enjoying the sunshine!

LOVE ❤

Unfortunately, soon it was time to head back to the room and get ready to go home.
 

Once we got back to the room, we gave Daisy a bath and she took a much-needed nap while I packed things up.

zzzzzzzz…….

There you have Daisy’s first beach experience! We can’t wait to take her back again some time when we can stay longer! 

I took a lot hundreds of pictures so here is a recap of some of my favorites! Enjoy!
 
 
 
Stay tuned for more of our vacation!

Sunshine

Some of my favorite things about summer are sunshine and soft summer breezes. We turned off the air conditioning today and opened our windows.

Hello Beautiful Day!

As I worked, I could hear the breeze whisper along with all the other romantic sounds of summer. It really made me feel at peace.

I love nature. I always have. I am definitely an earthy person. I think there is something magical  about the way the sun sparkles across grass, water and treetops. I think it’s adorable when my cats roll around and fall fast sleep in sunny spots.

Sunkissed

zzzzzzzz

Something as simple as sunshine makes their day spectacular. It makes me feel like I can do anything. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get and how dark and stormy life becomes, sunlight always finds a way to persevere and shine.

The Fighter

Today we had to make a trip to the vet because Rusty decided to get in a fight and come home with no fur on his back foot, a scrape on his chin and bruises under his eyes. Yep, I said bruises. My cat has two black eyes. Poor baby.

"You should have seen the other guy."

This adds on to a recent string of fighting related injuries. Just a few weeks ago he came back home with his ear bleeding and now he is missing a chunk of it. It doesn’t seem to bother him. We told him it adds character.

My little once-a-runt-and-we-didn’t- even-know-if-he-would-make-it kitty has turned into somewhat of a badass.

"You talkin' to me??"

Today the vet asked, “He’s 9, right?” 

I stopped for a split second to think. He is nine years old. Oh my goodness, I thought to myself, my little kitty is nine!!! Time goes by so fast. 

I started to miss Reggie, the first pet Jason and I adopted together. He has been gone about a month now. They were the best of friends. Seriously, you couldn’t find one without the other.

"Nice to meet you, brother!"

Best buds

It made me realize that time goes by so fast, that we have to learn to love and live in every moment. Someday the little things I stress about won’t really matter, but the moments I loved will always make me smile.

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the flowers

Rusty is going to be just fine, he has some antibiotics to take, and a few hugs and cuddles to look forward to.

Question for today: Do you have cats? Do they ever bring you “gifts”?

Rusty loves bringing us “gifts”. Some times they are dead, and other times they are alive.. :-/