Cait and Me

Should I Get a Mini Australian Shepherd or a Regular Standard Australian Shepherd? What Are the Differences?

Mini AussieI cannot tell a lie. I’m wavering. I’d initially wanted to wait at least a year before bringing another dog into my life. I’m blaming it all on my daughter, Cait.

She’s been having me look at Aussies in Rescue and Shelters for her. She’s thinking she wants a Mini Aussie with a tail. Specifically a Mini Aussie Blue Merle. This is the girl she has her heart set on. She’s also thinking smaller is better for apartment living.

Looking … Read more

Memory Lane Can be a Mixed Bag

Spring cleaning turned up this photo from a long-forgotten box tucked far back in a closet. Two of my favorite girls in the world.

Cait and Kiera

Hard to believe that one left the planet almost a decade ago. It seems like just yesterday we were running around a field chasing sheep. Me, in fits of laughter. She, annoyed that I wasn’t being more serious about holding up my end of the job. She was so good, there was really nothing for me … Read more

If You’re Grumpy All the Time, No One Will Buy You

Yep, pretty true words from my Yoda daughter back when she was 4 years old. She’d randomly throw out one-liners that just cracked me up!

writing on scrap paper

I have a box full of these scraps I wrote down from when she was little. I call them “Caity-isms.” Whenever I start taking life a little too seriously, I pull one of these out, have a good laugh, and get back to facing the day with the proper attitude.… Read more

The Gang’s All Here

In our family, it’s a tradition. Unless your present makes the present receiver cry, you didn’t find the perfect gift. Cait nailed this. She even had the artist include a dragonfly on Wink’s ear (which has special meaning for me). I blubbered like a baby.

To see the details close up, click on the photo.

Seriously, I think this might be the best, most thoughtful present I’ve ever received. I love the way the artist has combined nature into the … Read more

How is My Pre-Med Girl Gonna Make It?

text messages

This condition is called Vasovagal syncope which causes you to faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood. It’s actually a hereditary condition she got from her father. He also faints at the sight of any blood.

Fortunately for Cait, she only faints at the sight of her own blood. She’s got no problem swimming in other people’s blood.

Good thing for her, since she’s currently scribing at a couple of Emergency Departments.… Read more

Just Appreciate the Meme, Ma

Cait is going through “a phase” where she prefers to be independent in every imaginable way, including relationships. Some of it, I think, stems from being in a time-sucking pre-med program with a concurrent job in an ER, while looking at looming med school debt. So I wasn’t surprised to get this text. Yet I can’t help myself but want to encourage her to be more open to all of life.

And, just like her, she snapped me back to … Read more

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