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In Memoriam – SparkyRipple 1999-2013


Sunday morning our dear pet, SparkyRipple, died.  She was fourteen years old,  and being a German Shepherd mix, that is a ripe old age for a dog her size.  But it still doesn’t help ease the grief of losing such a sweet pet.  Now she’s gone to cross over the rainbow bridge where Sushi, her dearest friend, will meet her.


When Sushi passed away in 2007 Sparky was so forlorn and sad.  In 1999 when I left Arizona to go to Florida to await the birth of my grand-daughter and to help her mom for the first four months I  really missed our two dogs, Armstrong and Mandy.  So as a surprise for my birthday, my daughter gifted me with a pomeranian named Sushi that we had seen the week before and I had absolutely fallen in love with her .

A week or so later I received a call from my husband back in Arizona and he gave me the shocking news that someone had put a dog in our back yard – a German Shepherd mix!  We had never had a big dog for a pet, so I tried to talk him into taking her to the animal shelter but he just couldn’t do it – he really liked this little-puppy-about-to-be-a-big-dog.  In the end, we kept the dog and named her SparkyRipple – Sparky for short.   So he also was given a dog for a birthday present (we have birthdays just five days apart).  I left having two dogs and came home owning four!

When Sushi and I drove back to Arizona we had a wonderful bonding experience.  She enjoyed traveling as much as I did! The first week home Sushi got along with Armstrong and Mandy right away – Mandy was just a little bigger than her and Armstrong, our only male dog, kept to himself.  But Sushi showed a great interest in Sparky from the beginning.   She’d get really excited and want to play with Sparky but was a little afraid of her big size.  Slowly though she would inch closer to Sparky when she was laying down.  Pretty soon Sushi would go all the way up to her and give her a kiss.  They became best of friends, and as I said, Sparky really grieved when she died and the few times that she would come in contact with a little dog she’d become excited and would want to play and have the same type relationship she had with Sushi.  She had this desire until last year when Sunnie came into our lives.  Sunnie is our white and orange cat who was born and raised outside with dogs the first two or three months of her life.  So she had absolutely no fear of Sparky and won her heart right away.  After that, Sparky’s motherly instincts were satisified.

In the beginning of February Sparky started limping on her left front leg and I took her to the vet.  The vet examined her, all her tests were okay; she said Sparky had severe arthritis and put her on an Ansaid med.  It became a little better in a few weeks but then returned and I had a appointment to go back to the vet’s this week.  Her entire left leg became swollen and she definitely wasn’t feeling well Saturday night.  When I awoke at seven Sunday morning I went to the balcony overlooking the family room downstairs to see if she was in her bed, but she wasn’t, so I went downstairs to see where she was laying.  There she was, laying on the tiled dining room floor, the first room I would go into after coming downstairs.  After moving her back onto the carpet in the family room I stayed with her and she passed away about an hour and a half later.


Sparky’s Spirit lives
In me, in Roy and Mandy
She was such a joy!

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~ haiku

My husband’s son’s wife passed away September 17, 2012 at the age of 53 from a lengthy illness .   Jeff called us late last night to tell us.  When she died a friend of Kathryn’s was singing a song that she loved, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.  And it was during that song that Kathryn peacefully slipped away.  My haiku is dedicated to her memory.

her journey here is past
somewhere over the rainbow
with spirit she lives

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Another Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Today on Another Sunday Scavenger Hunt we  were supposed to find photos to relate to five words: Mobile; Hanging by a thread; a collage; always look on the bright side; and, home using fresh photos taken this week.  Well, fortunately I did use my camera this week and was able to use all but one photo from this week and one from my archives of pixs (which is allowed under the rules).  Here goes!


I guess this is a great way to be mobile!

This weekend Bullhead City had their sixth annual River Regatta- rafting down the Colorado River for eight to nine miles.  The city was expecting about 30,000 people to participate this year – amazing considering there were probably under 100 participants the first year!  But word had spread to the four corners of the USA and water lovers and river rafter lovers from all over came.  My sister-in-law and I found a not too populated area on a boat ramp where we snapped away for several hours.  The actual rafting went from 7 am till 2:30 pm and prizes were given out for best decorated floats.  Where we were standing the temperature was 108F but the Colorado River was ice cold!  My SIL stood in the water to stay cool and I sat in a chair and poured water all over my body and head to keep cool.  Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Hanging by a Thread

(my sanity)

After more than two weeks of flooding, searching for the plumbing leaks, having  more than fifteen holes cut in the walls and jackhammering the floor, I was hanging unto my sanity by a thread!


Bullhead City River Regatta

Always look on the bright side

A rainbow always follows the rain


It may seem silly, but when I was looking for a photo that brings to mind “home”, when I came to this one, I thought,  this is it!  About six years ago we bought this “cocktail” tree – or a multi-citrus tree.   It grows naval oranges, valencia oranges,  limes, and mandarin oranges.  The problem is  it sits in the wide open spaces, receiving the sun all day – here in the low desert where the temperatures in the summer reach 120+F.  The first three years I put up an assortment of coverings, the kind you use for camping or a small half umbella like you use on the beach.  But with the high winds we get, inevitably by the end of the hot season they were torn into shreds – not even worth trying to repair.  The next two years I figured maybe the tree was “tough” enough to endure the extreme heat, but it lost a lot of leaves and turned sunburn yellow.  After agonizing over this, and trying to figure what I could put over it that would still be easy to remove if the winds suddenly came up, voila! I thought about the trellis formation I put up a few years before to grow my cantaloupes and tomatoes on.  Why couldn’t I use the same type frame for a cover over the citrus tree?  So, I went the hardware store and bought some 2’rebar, 70″ conduit and 4 couplers; poured some stucco into the hole I made for the rebar, put the rebar in and when the stucco dried put the conduit pipes over the rebar.  Then I joined a 5′ pipe across the top with the couplers.    I had some green patio screen covering that let’s the light and air in but keeps the sun out.  Right now I attach it with some thin wiring but I think maybe I’ll try some sort of velco strips to hold it in place which would make it easier and faster to pull off – like a few days ago when a fast-moving dust storm hit with 60-mile winds it seemed to take forever untwisting that wiring while holding up one of the pipes that had come lose from the coupler.  If anyone has any good ideas, pass them my way 🙂

In case you are interested, here is the video I took of the rafters going down the Colorado River.