Dogs, Positivity, Time off

Where in the world have I been?

Hello? Anyone out there? It’s me, Sharon. I know, I know. I’ve been gone for almost a year. I can’t believe it’s been so long. So much has happened in a year and yet so little has happened as well.

Where should I start? After I stopped writing, I spent time taking care my boy Ben. He was not doing well, and unfortunately in October, 2020 I had to say goodbye. I lost the dearest, sweetest dog in the whole world. Ben was MY boy. He didn’t quite make it to 14, which was my hope, but he gave it a valiant effort. I miss him so.much.

After two months without a dog, in a weak (very weak) moment, we decided to get another golden. It just so happened that there was a litter born on my birthday… I took it as a sign. (It wasn’t a sign). Before we knew it, we were picking up a new 8 week old puppy. To say the last nine months have been a whirlwind of ups and downs is an understatement. It’s been down right life-changing. This pup is NOTHING like Ben, which I guess is to be expected. No two dogs are alike, right? But we had no idea what we were taking on.

Meet Auggie: Our 10 month old English cream Golden. He is sweet (when he wants to be).

During the last 9 months, we have had to deal with a bunch of behavior issues with this little guy. We found it necessary to hire a dog trainer. ($$$$$). After 12 weeks of training, we can say Auggie has come a long way. Thankfully, my husband has been working from home and has taken most of the responsibility of Auggie. My husband adores him. Me? Not so much, although, if I’m honest, he is starting to grow on me.

Auggie has been our biggest life change, and for that I am grateful. We have remained healthy, and gainfully employed. My “adult” children are doing great, and I get to see my grandchildren all the time. I am fortunate, I know.

Going forward, I will continue to document and share our journey to retirement and beyond (it won’t be long now!) in this space in an upbeat and positive way. (We can all use a little positivity in our lives, right?) I will share how we are saving, spending and gearing up for the next phase of our lives. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time.

I’ve missed you all, and I hope you’ll stick around too.

My best, Sharon

P.S. Let me know you have stopped by commenting below! xoxo

Kindness, Positivity

A gentle reminder to T.H.I.N.K.

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We’ve all read it, seen, or lived it over the last several months.   Be it the news, twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, blogs, or any other venue, people have been expressing their opinions in a less than thoughtful way.  I would even go as far as to say they’ve been downright vile.  We all have our opinions, but we must remember different doesn’t mean wrong.  So, before you speak or put words down on paper, please T.H.I.N.K.

Wouldn’t we all be happier if everyone followed this?  Just sayin.


Gratitude, Home Care, Positivity

Finding a little inspiration.

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Life sure has been different since March.   Although I enjoy time by myself, I am mostly an extrovert.  Social distancing, wearing masks, and staying at home has been quite discouraging for me at times.

However, I believe in remaining positive and try to find ways to make each day count.   Since I am mostly staying at home now,  I am constantly looking for ways to improve my surroundings.  I look for inspiration wherever I can.

I happened to watch a video, IvyKitchen, and was so inspired that I thought I’d share.  It’s about a woman who shares her life by showing her daily routine and how she creates delicious food for her family.  It’s calming and serene to watch her go about her day.  Her food preparation looks simple but delicious.  Although her videos are in Korean, you can get the gist of what she’s making with the English subtitles.  I always learn something new and find myself enjoying being at home more each day.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



How are you being inspired?