Posted in General

When a Dream is Just Crazy

Have you ever had a dream that is just so crazy it scares you? But you can’t get it out of your mind. You research it. How do other people make it work? Is it even really feasible? You keep it a secret because it’s JUST CRAZY.

But finally, one day you just can’t stand it. You’re about to burst. So you tell your spouse. You hold your breath, bracing for laughter, or a shake of the head as the spouse says, “Yeah, that would be great, if only…”

Only, your spouse doesn’t laugh.

Your spouse doesn’t shake his head.

He says, “That would be so cool. Let’s figure out a way to do it.”

What?

So now what?

Gulp. Big deep gulp. Can this be for real? It has to be a God thing because this dream is too crazy for the spouse to agree.

This has been my past couple of days. What is the dream? Full time RVing. Yep, you read that right. I want to sell our stuff, buy an RV, and live on the road. Crazy, right? But I’ve been thinking about it for years. It just won’t go away.

Now to the research. Lots and lots and lots and lots of research. Number one issue will be making a living while learning to be nomads.

Do you have a crazy dream that you’ve hesitated to share with anyone? How do you approach it? Do you research and try to find a way, or just daydream about it?

Posted in General

2019

Here we are two and a half weeks into 2019. How does time go so fast? Working on personal goals and development this year. More about that in another post.

I just wanted to say that I’m still here. LOL! I had honestly planned to just let blogging go for good since I’m clearly not good at it. But there’s a little prickle in the back of my mind telling me not to give up, but to come at it differently. More about that in another post.

How’s your 2019 so far? What are your plans for the year?

Posted in General, Knitting

My New Obsession, I Mean Hobby

I’m learning to knit!! Finally. I’ve wanted to learn for a while, but as a total lefty, it’s hard to find good, simply, understandable instructions. Not only am I a lefty, but I’m more and more a visual/tactile learner as I get older. 

I’m super grateful for my friend Kaye (who is a knitter) who scoured YouTube to find a good video for me. After two false starts, I got going. And haven’t looked back!!

I am completely addicted to knitting! I love the feel of the yarn in my fingers, the click-clack of the needles, the growth of yarn into knitted fabric piling up in my lap. 

I hope my family is prepared. Many of them will receive hand knitted scarves and hats for Christmas this year. I can’t make myself stop!!

Posted in General, Writing

A Writer Without Words

I admit it. That’s where I am. A writer without words. It sucks. I hate it. I beat myself up over it. How can I call myself a writer if I don’t write? Why don’t I just do it? Where are the words? 

I can’t call this writer’s block. It’s not. It’s fear. Pure and simple blinding fear. When I sit down to write I absolutely freeze. The negative voice in my head is stronger than my will to write at this point.

I hate this. 

Hate it!

But how do I beat it? That’s a real question. Suggestions? 

 

Posted in Dog Training, General, nose work, scent detection

Saturday: Nose Work Training

 

In the Nose Work Challenges 1 class I’m taking from Fenzi Dog Sports Academy we’re doing some fun exercises with extreme aged hides-hides aged 24 or more hours. This presents a challege due to the scent diffusing into the room. I set up the next hide in my jewelry making room. I have one hide each of birch and anise. I’ve positioned them so they will definitely create a converging odor puzzle for Jack.

Besides aging for 24+ hours, what will make this hide situation challenging for Jack is the heat from the sun coming in the window. That will activate the odor-it will rise in the heat from the window. There is also an HVAC vent on the floor just left of the anise hide under the jeweler’s bench. imageSince it’s summer, cool air is coming from the vent. I’m very interested to see what happens to odor.

Anyway, tomorrow afternoon, we’ll see how Jack does in this search. I hope I remember to video.

 

Posted in Dog Training, General

Saturday in July

Yeah, so I’m not great at titles. You already know that. 

So much to do today. But I wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to. I started working on canine parkour with Damon. It’s so much fun! Google it. We’re taking an online class with Kristine Hammer through Poised for Success. Damon and I are both loving it.

Damon is such a smart little guy. And he LOVES clicker training. 

How’s your Saturday? Any big plans? 

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The Life of the Inconsistent Blogger

I think I may very well be the most inconsistent blogger in the history of blogging inconsistently. Not really the way I want to be known. But there it is. 

Here are some reasons. Yes, I know they aren’t excuses. 

1. Nugget made her grand entrance to earth on 2/23/18. Honestly, y’all, I never knew my heart could hold so much love. 

2. I FINALLY started trialing with Jack the border collie in scent work. Dogs’ noses, y’all. I just can’t even begin to describe the fascination and awe I have for sniffers and trackers. God was not playing around when He designed canine olfaction. 

3. The day job has been hell on wheels. Not even kidding. Not the work. It’s really not a hard job. But the underlying tension and frustration. I wears me down. 

4. I’ve taking some time to pull inward. Introspect, if you will. 

So what have y’all been up to? Anything exciting out there in the blogiverse?