The Good Life


This is not my dog!  However, he is at the babysitting job and I do love him so and he loves me.  Whenever I arrive, he whines for me to let him out of his cage (which I do!).  I give him time to 'get his wiggles out' as he runs about looking for mischief. He is a Papillon and is a lap dog.  I definitely could be a lap dog in a previous life I think, sit and get petted, sounds great.

The terrible twos seem to be giving way to wonderful threes (in April).  There are some temper tantrums but I give her lots of sympathy----'I know you are angry but let's think of something else instead'.  It works most of the time. 

My little toddler girl that I babysit now has emerging imagination play and I'm all for that.  Our toy cows fly through the air and make friends with the toy pigs who fly as well.  We sing 'cockledoodledo' as long as we can and giggle over the tandem voices.  She dances and sings.  She also is funny.  I drank all of my hot tea and said it was all gone.  She replied 'well Mrs. Karen you need to get some more coffee'.  She's a genius.

Life is good when viewed through the eyes of a child.





I've been doing great at some goals for the new year.

I started a one year plan to read the bible and I'm enjoying my 1/2 hour of reading before the day starts.  I read all the footnotes and that helps understand what's going on but it also makes the readings a little longer. 

My other goal is that pesky sketching goal.  What is helping me sketch on a regular basis is lowering my expectations.  Golly gee, why am I so hard on myself.  Why do I have to be perfect at a skill that is developing?  I know, I'm being ridiculous.  I've gathered my pencils and I am just doing it. 


I could not love my sweater more!  I love the way it feels in my hands and how I feel while knitting it.  This project is one I don't want to end.  However, I'd like to finish it to wear it before the winter ends.

peek a boo I see you Frodo

My worries have diminished over the past week and I'm grateful for the nothingness in my brain right now.  I've been pouring reflections in my journal as well as my gratitudes. 

On Tuesday morning I said goodbye to my RA doctor who is retiring.  This was a sad visit and I told him how sad I was, but I was happy that he was retiring in good health and wish him the best.  He truly is one of the best doctors I've ever had.  He is knowledgeable, compassionate and a dedicated man of science.  He will be missed.

I'm seeing a brand spanking new RA doctor in six months.  She is young (out of residency young?) and I hope she isn't retiring anytime soon.  I hope she has a wry sense of humor and laughs at my jokes.


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  1. It is so hard to go to a new doctor and to leave one you admire behind. Hope the new dr. is a good one for you.

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  2. Frodo is funny. What a cute Papillon doggie. What fun you're having with the toddler and you're so good at acknowledging her frustration and then redirecting her.

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  3. Two almost three year olds are delightful. I hope the new doc is a good fit for you. They sweater is coming along swimmingly. And the puppies are so sweet. Have a good weekend Mrs. Karen and don't forget to make more coffee. Oh and sketching - good for you. I am thinking of looking for a Craftsy class on sketching. I want to try but have zero skills.

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  4. Yay for the sweater progressing!! Love it. I had a general Dr I loved, and then we moved. Thankfully I found a new Dr who is just as nice, but bonus, she has an awesome PA! So two for 1.

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  5. I need to take your advice regarding journaling!

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  6. Oh, I think I could handle being a lap dog. How nice!! Hoping your new doctor is one you can "mesh" with...we had to change primary doctors a few years ago and it has worked out fine...hard at first, but it all worked out. I love the way you deal with your toddler girl's tantrums!

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  7. I am so glad your worries are diminishing! You are in my thoughts and prayers, my friend!

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  8. Ahh... that sweater! I just LOVE that sweater! And while you're being hard on yourself about your sketching, I'm over here, a little bit jealous of your skills. My stick figures aren't even recognizable. I love the way you seem to be sketching your to-do/done list. Great idea!

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  9. it is so tough to change doctors when you really fit well with one. I'll be sad to see mine retire but I know he deserves it. Glad you are feeling happier

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  10. Gerard found it hard to leave his Doctors when we moved but amazingly he loves his new ones and has built up a wonderful rapport with them. That little pooch is too cute, I would probably allow it to sit on my lap all the time I as there. Mickey likes to think he his a lap dog and would love to be able to get on my lap...

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  11. We've had quite a few doctors retire recently, and I agree it's hard! Love that sweater and can't wait to see it done. Have a fun weekend!

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  12. Cute puppy ! Yes replacing a physician is a challenge especially if you were compatible with the one you had. Best of luck. I want to start journaling too. Sometime this year..

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  13. Cute puppy ! Yes replacing a physician is a challenge especially if you were compatible with the one you had. Best of luck. I want to start journaling too. Sometime this year..

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  14. Oh my...that sweater is progressing and gets more and more beautiful each time I see it! And the dog at your babysitting job is just adorable. I love the coloring of its hair. Love the logical thinking of the toddler girl also...and I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to your RA doctor who is retiring. Those are sad days...hope the next one plans to stay around for quite a while.

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  15. I adore this post and everything in it! I'm so glad things are going well, and hope that your new dr and you will hit the ground running. And Papillons crack me up - they are so fierce (at least in their own minds ...).

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  16. I love the shot of your young friend, I imagine she keeps you busy! I am so glad that things are going well for you, Karen, and that your worries are diminishing! xx

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