Sunday, September 11, 2011

Distractions...


Yep, there have been a few lately. I have a 2 day show in less than a week, and the distractions are flying at me like swallows returning to Capistrano! This is 4 month old Sweetie, aka Sweet Pea, but more on her in a minute...


The distractions began about 3:30 pm last Thursday, when all the power shut down across Southern California. It's funny when that happens, because at first, you just wonder when it will come back on. Then, after a while, you begin to wonder what's going on. No connection to the internet, TV, or even cell phone (our service sucks without the M-Cell, also cut off in the power outage) brings a bit of concern... especially when it happens right before the anniversary of 9-11...

Dinner made by candlelight, and games with the boys after dinner ("Mom! There's nothing to do!"), we eventually ended up out on the front lawn looking at the stars. Lola loved it, and ended up lying on top of all four of us once I put down the camera and got into the mix!

The boys loved our cozy evening spent together without any distractions. It was a welcome break in the busy lifestyle we all lead, and we were secretly a bit sad when the power was restored at 2 am... The boys were thrilled to find out school was cancelled on Friday (West coast version of a snow day!). That would be distraction #2!

Here's distraction #3. Her name is Sweetie. She is a 4 month old Portuguese Water Dog that my friend, Bob, had asked us to foster. Bob has since changed his mind, as Sweetie certainly lives up to her name, and he and his wife have fallen in love with her. But Bob was headed out of town this weekend, and asked if Sweetie could come over for a few days. Well, she has worked her amazing puppy magic on us, and even Lola. We will be very sad to take her back home later today...

Isn't she a Sweetie?!

I hope you are having a peaceful day today... the anniversary of one of the most terrible acts of terror in history... I am observing a quiet day, and praying for kindness.... in our hearts and those of our enemies too.

With love and peace,
Val

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