Snow for Sale

Tuesday, Jan 06

It’s still dark, but I think there’s more snow out there. 🙂

Sadie is having some problems with arthritis and a stiff hind-leg, so I’m taking her to see the vet this morning. She’s back on her diet–no more random treats, no more people food. She’s adjusting, sweet thing that she is. It’s time for some tough love, and as long as I don’t look into those soulful brown eyes while I’m eating, I’m okay.

Years ago, I read a book written by a man who advocated giving dogs people-food. He made a very good case for it. And I wish I’d never seen that darned book, because at least for Sadie and Bernice, it was a bad idea. They got fat. Dogs need DOG FOOD, because it has the right nutrients in the right amounts, and instead of treats, they need attention. An ear-ruffling and a tummy rub are far more satisfying to a dog than any treat.

This being January, I’m in a New Year/New Start kind of mode. I’m looking at my life, deciding where I want to make changes. Things have gotten a little too hectic for this ole cowgirl’s liking; I need some simplicity. I need to declutter–like many people, I’ve got too much STUFF, and that’s clogging up the chi.

I am feeling much better. Again, if you are struggling with depression, or any other problem, there’s help available. I hope you’ll reach out.

You’re like a snowflake, you know. There has never been and never will be a person exactly like you. My guess is, a lot of you are responsible for other people–children, spouses, ill and/or aging parents. And there may be pets in your life, too. I’d be the last person to recommend giving them short shrift, BUT remember to take care of yourself, too. My cousin Mary Ann put it beautifully: It’s like when you’re on an airplane, and the flight attendants tell you to put on your own oxygen mask, in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, before you help anyone else with theirs. There’s a good reason for that. You CAN’T help anyone else if you’ve passed out from lack of air.

As for the title of today’s blog–I really do have plenty of snow to spare. By the ton.

Any takers? 🙂

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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