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Stepping Stones & Ocean Waves

Last week I was downloading some photos from the camera and found some that Brianna took when we went to visit Benji at the vet. I sat there and just cried. My mind just can't wrap around the fact that he is gone. Dogs are such amazing creatures. Maybe that goes for all animals...

For those of you that don't have pets or have never lost one picture a giant wave, but where you are standing it can't touch you. You can't get hurt but instead of standing there safe you take hold of your pet's paw and you step into that wave because you made a promise that no matter what you would be there for them because they were there for you. And everything in you screams that the wave is going to crush you. But slowly you creep forward with him, one step -one breath at a time. Until at some point, he no longer is beside you and you finally step out of the wave and a huge empty spot is left in your heart and life. Over the next weeks, anything and everything reminds you of him and …

A Shower Of Redemption

Julia stood in the middle of the courtyard staring at the stars, tomorrow he would die. The man that had killed her Father would die. Crucified by the Romans. A bitter smile crossed her lips.  Yes she would be there; she would watch this murderer be brought to justice. Justice - the word made her sick was there such a thing? Maybe once when she had been a child she had thought it had existed but no, not anymore.
She clenched her hands into fists at her sides.

“I swear I’ll hate you until the day I die,” She swore anger boiling inside her.
Julia stood in the courtyard of the governor’s palace with hundreds of other people all-jostling for room.
"You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him,” Pilate said, “Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him."

Ranch Style Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients: 10 Medium Potatoes4 Pieces of Organic Bacon 1/4 Cup Butter 1/2 Cup Sour Cream 2/3 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream1/2 Cup Mayonnaise1 Cup Cheese SaltDirections:Quarter 10 medium potatoes put them on to boil. Fry 4 pieces of bacon. When the potatoes are fork tender drain them in a colander then pour them in an electric mixer. Add butter, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, mayo, Cheese and salt to taste. Whip together until smooth. Chop the bacon and add to mashed potatoes. And you are ready to serve your special cowgirls and cowboys some delicious mashed potatoes. If you tend to like spicy things you can add some chopped Jalapenos or Mrs. Dash Chipoltle seasoning. 

Organic Taco Salad

Ingredients: 1 Pound Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef  9 -10 Organic Black Olives (Cut in fourths) 1 Organic Tomato (Chopped) Organic Blue Corn Chips  1 Container Organic Sour-Cream 1/2 A Block of Jalapeno Jack Cheese (Shredded)  1/2 A Head Of Organic Lettuce (Chopped)
Seasonings: Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning Salt Paprika  Cayenne Pepper  Onion Powder Garlic Powder
Supplies:  Pan  8x13 Baking Dish Ziplock bag Directions: Cook the ground beef until brown, (don't over cook) season with Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning, Salt, Cayenne pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder,paprika to taste. Let cool. Place a layer of chips at the bottom of you baking dish. Chop up salad and add on top of your chips. Strain your ground beef well, then add on top of your salad. Put Sour-Cream in a ziplock bag and cut off the end. Use it like and icing bag and pipe in white stripes across your salad. Then add tomatoes for red stripes. Put olives in a square (like the blue part on the flag). Pipe Sour-Cream in small …

Good Bye For Now...

Today, we had to put our dog to sleep.  How do you prepare for that? How do say goodbye?  Tonight when I got home I went to get eggs everything in me expected to see him bounding up from the dog house to meet me. 

But he didn't... and he won't ever again.

I will always remember today... How beautiful the morning was. Running morning errands with Mr. Cottage, leaning against the car when the vet called. 

By his voice, I knew something was wrong. I ran into the house to find Mr. Cottage. Sitting on the porch with my ear against the cell trying to hear as they talked. 
"His numbers have come back up,".

The silence in the car as we drove to the vet. 
How sick I felt. 
Wishing I could run, drag my feet anything to postpone this. 
How happy he was to see us. 
The tears as I clung to his neck and whispered how sorry I was and that I loved him and then saying goodbye as he slipped away. 
Taking off his collar and hearing it click back together for the last time. 
Wanting to…

A Lesson Through Tears

Today we noticed our dog Benjamin (Benji) was acting funny.

He wasn't walking right (like he didn't know where his back feet were) when he would get up but for the most part he would just lay there and his breath was funny, as if it took all his strength to breathe. I had a feeling I knew what was wrong when I smelled his breath. I have smelled it before when his sweet momma Christmas suffered and died from it.

 Oh Lord, please don't let me be right.

He lay between Mrs. Cottage and I and barely moved.

Grandma cottage hovered near and sat by him and pet him.  She just sat there stroking his fur and he looked so sad. When Mr. Cottage got home we took him to the vet and my suspicions were confirmed. He was in Acute Kidney Failure, and his chances of making it are very slim...
Tonight my heart is breaking... it breaks as one of my best friend texts me to make sure I'm OK and to let me know she is praying.  The vet asked if their was any possible way for him to have gotte…

DIY Throw Pillow Slipcovers

What you need:
Old Throw Pillows (The ones I was covering were 19"x19") Tape measure  Fabric Scissors Fabric (in the shade, color, pattern etc. you are wanting to cover your throw pillows with) All Purpose Thread (Matching your Fabric) Pins Chalk Sewing Machine or Needle & Thread A ruler or something straight

 We laid the pillows on the fabric and then measured them to just above the seams. Then used the chalk and ruler to draw a straight line on the fabric so we knew where to cut. Measure and cut (for my pillow) a 19x19" piece of fabric. Set this aside.  Then we cut out one 19" x 16-1/2 piece of fabric and a 19" x 8 pieces of fabric. This will be for the back of the pillow. Take your 19x 16 1/2" fabric and on the 16 1/2 " side fold over your fabric at 1/2 inch one time and press with a hot iron. Then fold over one more time and pin down and press.  Sew that seam on your machine or hand stitch with a running stitch across the fabric.  When finis…