Sunday, April 17


My last blog post was February 17. I've avoided posting, my heart is still broken and I spend most days in a funk. The past few days it's as though something has awakened my soul. Questioning myself as to the direction this blog should go, I've decided to get back on the horse and just see how it plays out.

Ron and I took a wonderful vacation to New Zealand and Australia in March. What a beautiful place to explore, the tour group was wonderful and believe it or not the Girlz went with us. I found some lovely pocket urns to place some of their remains, so they rode planes, trains, boats and even rode a camel. The most difficult part of the trip was coming home to an empty house. I still struggle with the sound of silence.  I'm working on a photo book, needless to say looking back on 10 years of photos is a monumental task, but it has been helpful in healing my heart. Enough of that...I'm rambling!!!

Since it will be Sunday when most of you read this post I have decided to whip up a pot of Sunday Stew. So here are some of my recent photo captures.



The road's not easy, but one I must take.


  1. I know this is hard to do and i am glad you are giving it a try. i do know that looking at photos of our dogs is healing. i still miss all three of ours and we love to look at their photos and talk about them. sometimes i go through my Fourpaws and look at all of them. sometimes i go through the books we have... your photos are wonderful. i think my favorite is the cracked mud...i have heard from several friends that NZ is the most beautiful place on earth

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. How wonderful you found a way to take the girls with you. Grief is such a unique thing. I was a happy cat own for 20 years. My cats both died peacefully after long lives. I have days, I can't read a cat blog. It reminds me of my loss. I hope with time you are able to find more peace.
    Thank you for checking in, I have been wondering how you were doing.

  3. The road never really gets easier; you just get used to it, I think. I'm glad you're blogging again. Your photos are so remarkable!

  4. It is never easy to lose a beloved pet, and to lose two so close together must have been devastating. We hope you find your voice in some way and continue the blood. You did a great job today. Thanks for sharing your trip and the beautiful photos.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  5. Yes, it is the road that is the cost of love. You lost your girls too close together too so that makes it harder I think. Have you considered getting another dog to help heal your heart? Having waited for their hearts to heal our pawrents found out that 5 years wasn't enough. They needed me and Stanley to fill the holes with happiness and love that only a dog can provide.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Aloha Val, My thoughts go to you constantly! I pray that healing will come through your creativity-taking photos of your beautiful island and making the books honoring your two beloved companion. We've had snow this weekend, where is spring? Sending you hugs and love.

  7. It is a very hard road but if you've loved dogs with all your heart, it's a road you have to travel. My heart goes out to you because your losses, in such quick succession, were beyond heartbreaking. I'm glad you and Ron took a trip down under, and I love your photography. That first one really captured my imagination - the composition is perfect and fires up the viewer's brain.

    Thinking of you...

  8. Mom Kim here - first off, this is YOUR blog and if you feel like rambling then so be it (I'm notorious for it) And of course you can post here whatever you choose. Your photography is great - I never tire of looking at it. And you go at your own speed - post as much or as often as you feel comfortable - having lost both of your girlz so close together, I'm sure it was/is very painful and heart-wrenching - I don't even want to think about how I would react; I know blogging would be one of the least things on my mind now. Prayers to you for strength and healing.

  9. Glad you are giving it a go.... who knows what may come of it... <3

  10. Your photography is always stunning and the seals may be a part of the blog. It would be hard to figure out where to go after your losses. Take time to sort it out.


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