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Friday, April 23, 2010


We are still trying to get used to a home empty of 2 very much loved pets who left this world within 5 short months of each other. We're getting there, it's not as it was at first and now we have sadness and some days that are better than others.

It's really the same as losing a beloved human: you feel shock, anger (why them??), grief, acceptance and sadness. Losing loved ones is never an easy path to travel, and the only way back out into the sunshine is to walk through the darkness first.

This is what the title of my blog has always been about. Us humans need both joy and pain, sun and rain; to grow and to live life fully.

We are going to be okay, even though we will always miss those 2 sweet and gentle little girls. In my life I have discovered that for every death there is almost always new life.

No sooner did we dry some tears and out came the sun along with some very warm weather, and now we have new life in the name of Spring. Although today we have a cooler and cloudy day, the evidence of sunny warm weather for the last while is showing up on my trees and bushes outside. Soon, I'll be smelling the delicious aroma from the flowers of lilacs, pear, plum and cherry trees.

In reality, we had a very dry spring as our snowfall this past winter was lighter than usual. We're in for drought conditions here this summer if we don't get some much needed precipitation, and at the threshold of May we have only had a few drops of rain which happened today. The warning is that the Canadian prairies could be in for a very hot and dry summer. That means stunted growth for plants and trees, hoards of grasshoppers (they are GROSS when they are at their peak quantities), and heat exhaustion sickness for this ol' hippie chick.

I'm thinking of doing naked rain dances on my front lawn.

My poor neighbours. They may not like it but hey if it saves their greenery....

Really, I do love living where there are 4 very distinct seasons and I can't really complain. I miss the winter when the insects start a'buzzing, but I miss something about every season once it's gone for another year. Right now I'm really looking forward to summer flowers and the colourful gardens.

Ah yes.... Life. It brings us some rain, for certain. But it also brings us a lot of sunshine. :-)

I do hope that you are all in for a sunny and warm weekend wherever you are. Take good care of each other, we're all that we have!

Love Jude

Friday, April 16, 2010


There was a LOT of battle done in this one folks, and congratulations to the winners over at Stardom Awaits!

Thank you to the voters as we could NOT do this without you. Next up at the end of this month is "STILL LIFE", stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


MISTY (August 17, 1997 - April 6, 2010)

Today we lost the second sweet little angel, the last one. Misty has been suddenly sick again like she was briefly one month ago, and today we found out from the Vet that she had cancer; a couple of large tumours making it impossible for her to eat or drink. These past 2 days she has been a very sick little girl.

I went to the Vet's with sister Pammie this afternoon to spend some time cuddling with Misty and then when she looked tired out Pammie asked the Vet to come in and we helped her to go Home. Now she is once again with her lifelong friend and companion she has been missing these past 5 months, LadyBugs.

We are heartbroken, and quite a bit in shock. Our house, which since we moved into it in 1992 has never been without the beloved puppies (Misty came 5 years later), is feeling quite empty. My heart aches for Pammie, and it hurts because I miss them both sooooo much. I know they both loved me as much as I loved them. Goodbye Little Bum, you were such a good little girl.

Misty and LadyBugs


Unfortunately I can't stay home again tomorrow as there are a couple of things I really need to be on the job for, one of which is a staff meeting after work that greatly involves me. So if anyone is wondering why I'm not online until later tomorrow night you'll know why.


The voting is ongoing for the "Red" photo contest over at
Stardom Awaits! if you would like to do so and haven't yet.

Love Jude

Saturday, April 03, 2010


It's back again folks, and this time the contest entries will be all about the colour RED. Head on over to Stardom Awaits! and place your vote in the Vote Caster.

After choosing 5 of my own shots for the contest, these are the ones that didn't make the cut:

Thank you for participating in the voting, enjoy the photography!

Love Jude

Thursday, April 01, 2010


The "Colour Red" photo contest has been slightly delayed this month, and will be posted this weekend so stay tuned.

In the meantime I wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter!

Love Jude