April 10th began just like any other day, except it wasn’t. Usually Ruby greeted me at the bedroom door, overjoyed to see me, but this time she didn’t.

It didn’t take long to discover that sometime between 1:30 am, when Mr. K went to bed, and 4 am, when I got up, she had died on the couch in the same spot he had last seen her.

Everybody tells us we should be thankful she died peacefully.

But we didn’t get time for a proper good bye.

She was nine years-old, but because she was white we didn’t see her graying muzzle, so she was forever young in our minds.

And she still partied like a rock star, if only for shorter periods.

She had had a great day on Monday.

We just weren’t prepared.

This is a devastating loss for us. She had such a huge presence, which makes us even more aware of the deafening quiet.

And this next part of the story makes me cry every time I think of it. You can believe it or don”t. I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it myself.

DammitDiesel had an odd habit of carrying three pieces of dog food into the living room and laying them on the carpet at Ruby’s feet. Occasionally he’d miscount, but, for the most part, it was three pieces of food, and always on the carpet.

A couple of days after Rubys death we had some errands to run.

When we returned we found exactly three pieces of dog food on the couch, in the spot where she’d last been.

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Merry Christmas!

You’re welcome. (Keep your eyes on the rooftop Christmas trees.)

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Ride On, Malcom

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Fridays Playlist

This is not a genre that I typically listen to, but, for the most part, I really like Ed Sheerans music.

And as an aside, I think his ink is sexy AF.

(Is that a creepy thing to say if I’m old enough to be his older sister… twice removed?)

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On My Playlist Today

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On My Playlist this Morning

The sound of the furnace humming as icy rain pelts the windows.

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Dammit

RIP Gord 🙁

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Fall

And so begins another season of pumpkin spice hell. You know what I saw the last time I was in the grocery store? Pumpkin spice flavored pudding. What the hell will they add that shit to next?

The weekend forecast shows temps in the 70s and 80s, so I spent time this morning prepping some of last seasons garlic to plant next seasons crop.

According to the local weather channel we have a few more days of warm temps before they settle into the 60s mid-week next week. Then we officially begin the game called “how long can we wait before turning the heat on.” I usually cave first, mostly because I grow tired of listening to Mr. K whine about how cold he is while sitting around in a short sleeved Tee-shirt and no socks.

Summer may be over, but there’s still much to be done. The chicken coop needs to be raked out, the garden tools oiled, the parsnips and garlic need mulch and the last of the carrots need to be pulled. There are fruit trees to trim and seeds to order before planting begins again. I’ve already laid out the 2018 garden in my head, and in just a few short months we’ll start the seedlings indoors.

In the meantime I’m going to enjoy the frosty mornings and falling leaves that will all too soon be replaced with falling snow.

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Aw Man

“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.” – Tom Petty

RIP

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