Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Long Weekend Pictures - Winslow/Holbrook Area

We recently had a three day weekend and we headed over to Petrified Forest National Park for some exploring and hiking. We also visited Rock Art Ranch and took pictures of rock art. While we were in the area and had time we drove up to Little Painted Desert County Park which was beautiful. One night we stayed in the Mary Jane Colter designed La Posada Hotel in Winslow. It was a special treat and we were able to stay in the Hugh Hefner room. We spent the evening exploring the hotel and grounds after a wonderful dinner in the Turquoise Dining Room (two words - chocolate souffle!) All in all it was a great weekend get away trip. There are sure a lot of great places to visit in Arizona.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Maddie Was a Good Dog

Over the past two years I have been able to bare my soul on this blog about so many heart wrenching topics very near and dear to me. But there is one topic I just can’t seem to find the right words for. My beloved Golden Retriever Maddie died in my arms on January 16th. I have sat down with this computer many times to write an ode to my girl but can’t seem to get past the first couple of sentences. I am unable to do her justice and I can’t seem to express how much she meant to me and what a perfect companion she was. I’m glad I wrote an earlier blog about her which I think gives a portion of her essence. I still cry for her daily and miss her. Terribly. I’ll keep trying to write my ode to Maddie. She deserves it.

I had Maddie cremated and we buried her on April 10th at Angel’s Rest in Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. She is surrounded by all sorts of other beloved animals and has a great view from her little spot. She has a nice marker with her picture on it that says she was a good dog. We had a nice little ceremony and my parents, Greg, Kindra, and Daisy were all there for her. We buried her with one of her favorite toys. Daisy and I stopped by to visit her not long ago. We left a ceramic lizard for her to chase and someone had put a “faithful companion” stone on her grave. They have hundreds of wind chimes throughout the area so it is a very calm peaceful place to visit.

Saturday, August 7, 2010