Just a thought... We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. [Anonymous]
Boy, you sure do keep me on my toes! Thank you for the incredibly positive response to Friday's journal and the details of our new coordinates for the next few months.
(Strangely, we were on our Molly walk yesterday and we saw a sign on someone's lawn that read: "Neighborhoods are for Neighbors. Stop Short Term Rentals." Wow, nothing like that to make you feel welcome. Rob was unpacking the car the other night and a couple walked by. He said, "Hi - we're your new neighbours for the next three months." They just kept walking. Like I said, nothing like feeling welcome.)
So, besides kind encouragement following Friday's journal, the biggest question was "Where's Molly?" and I should have expected that! Of course, she is with us, but I realize I didn't mention that.
Rob and Molly had a little road trip and she slept snuggled up to him in every Motel 6 along the way. (In one room, it might have been for protection; there was a murder there a few months ago according to Rob's Google results. Not that Molly would be much help, I suppose....) Anyway, they had a great trip together, she sleeps buckled into the seat that would normally be mine, and she has already made herself very much at home.
I was going to shoot a picture of her with a recent newspaper, like a hostage, so you'd know she's alive and well! But, a) we don't get the local paper, and b) I know you'll take my word for it if you see a bit of sunshine in the background. So here she is.
Did you notice the little black bird on the hearth? That's our travel-sized urn with a few of Lauren's ashes. Is that weird? Having a large one at home and a little one that sometimes comes with us? Well, we brought it with us, and we also have a lovely framed picture of Colin that Phil and Brooke gifted us with during our early Christmas this month. So no matter where we are, our family is intact. And that's a good thing.
Not such a good thing: we got Molly trimmed at the local PetSmart on Friday. We chose a shorter cut than usual, forgetting that it's still quite chilly here in the mornings and evenings before heading up to the low 20s. Plus, we sleep in cool temps and she's been shivering. So I think we're off to buy her a nice sweater today. That jacket was Pepper's and really doesn't show off her figure! (If you go to my Facebook page, you'll see a little rainbow on the hearth, too. What a nice little bit of light and love to wake up to!)
Back with you here tomorrow and have a gentle Monday.
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