Friday, November 4, 2016

Pardon Me...But Where Did October Go?

Hello and TGIF, dear friend!

I can't believe November is already here, and with it came the sad reality that I only posted once in October, and let's be honest that one was kind of a I right?

It's been a busy month, and I feel like I have had barely a moment to catch my breath...but some updates are long overdo for the few devoted readers...this is for you ❤

Leo the doing quite well, all things considered, and is sailing through his chemo like a champ. We don't really know what the future holds, this time around, but we know that the lymph node with the Mast Cell Cancer has not gotten any bigger, and that's a blessing. You would never know how sick he is by looking at him...he is a testament to the strength and resiliency of man's best friend, and for that I am thrilled...and following him along this journey with love and compassion. We are thankful for each day that he is with us.

Making a sweetie face for Mama

Pa and I just returned from an amazing two week RV trip...You read that right kids...two weeks!

We rented a 28 foot RV, grabbed Miss Teagan and headed out!  Little Brother house sat for us, which allowed Leo to remain home, all snuggly and warm with his favorite human.

We threw our clothes into a sack, grabbed our snacks and hit the road running. Pa, being the dude that he is, drove almost 2000 miles along our journey, which started at home is So Cal and took us up to Central Oregon.

Co-pilot Teagan, herself
We had a blast...and came back all in one piece! 

What a way to see this amazing country of ours...and appreciate it's grandeur! As you may remember, we did an RV trip across country from New England to California when we moved out here three years ago, but we did that trip in 7 days, door to door, with two dogs and a cat...A totally different experience! 

This time around, we took our time and enjoyed the sites along the way, not to mention more than a few amazing meals.

We spent some time enjoying the Giant Redwoods in Santa Cruz...

We crossed over creeks between the Redwoods on foot bridges...which Teagan loved. No fear, this girl.

Tour Guide Pa
We were amazed at the awesomeness of it all...It was like being a lilliputian in the middle of Liliput!

Such peacefulness hidden within the depths of the Mighty Redwoods.
We spent a few days visiting my Sister and BIL, in Northern California...what a blast we all had! My sister and I are very close, and our hubbys get along famously so we always have so much fun when we are together, and this visit was no exception...

My amazing Sister and BIL...cuties!
Next, we made our way up to Oregon, unfortunately by the time we got up there, it was dark and rainy so we didn't get to see the beauty...however we sure did on the way back!

We spent a week in Bend, Oregon which was so much fun. Teagan and I relaxed, and I stitched  my heart out among the beauty of nature. 

"Quaker Village" by Jardin Prive

A daily nap for Teagan
If you haven't had the luck of spending a week without electronics and the hustle and bustle of the daily must, it's the best feeling in the world!

Our neighbor...check out that fifth wheel...big screen tv!

The RV resort that we nestled ourselves within was inhabited by all manner of retired folk, with all manner of RV (some that were nicer than my house) and life was slow and easy. We found ourselves relaxing more than we have in a long time, which may have been attributed to the days of heavy rain and cold, but once it passed the weather was crisp and cool, and fall arrived in all of it's glory.

Pa was able to spend most days out on the mountain bike trails...thus the stitching time for me...and we enjoyed the feel of true fall, once again. It reminded us of our many years Up Yonder.

We went on hikes and enjoyed the beauty around us...

What an amazing week it was...and I can see why people adore living in Oregon.

We headed home along the Shasta Pass...Look at Mount rendered me speechless, which is saying a lot! 

Are you ready for this? It's over 590,000 years old, stands more than 14,000 feet at it's highest peak, with an active volcano that has erupted about every 800 years! Just being so close to something so awesome made me feel small and insignificant...God is certainly amazing.

We were blown away by the beauty of Northern California!

What a wonderful respite this was, and we are already talking about doing it again...maybe Utah. 

I recommend it highly!

Our morning coffee enjoyed while cozy inside our little paradise

November is already here, and with it the reality of an uncertain future for our seems to be on all of our minds. I personally am so embarrassed by this Presidential election season...we must look like such a bunch of loons to the other countries around the world...what a shame! Please pray for our country as we face some frightening uncertainty.

That's the goings on here, dear friend.

Thanks for stopping by and muddling through this long post, I hope you enjoyed sharing October with me.



Robin said...

Thanks for sharing your vacation. It sounds like a blast. Mr. Wonderful wants to do the same thing but I have been hesitant. Maybe when I retire we can try it. And I give you an amen about the coming election!

Von said...

What a great trip! I would highly recommend Utah. I especially love southern Utah and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. :)

gracie said...

What a great adventure. Love the pictures.

Robin in Virginia said...

What a fabulous adventure you had! Thank you for sharing the pictures and the narrative of the journey with us. Have a wonderful weekend!

Barb said...

What a fantastic trip! The west is very pretty for sure. I love the stitching project you are working on.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what a gorgeous trip this must have been. Such great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn said...

That looks like an amazing trip!

Cindy's Stitching said...

the dogs are cute. Beautiful pictures. a shame you can see Chemtrails in the sky in one of the pictures

Vickie said...

Oh dear Leo.♥ Wow! I truly enjoyed these pictures. :) I agree with you exactly. How very embarrassing. And I do NOT see a good outcome either way.

Khristine Doiron said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us! It looked like so much fun! And Mr Leo has the sweetest face. Good thoughts being sent his way :)

Karyn said...

Thanks Vickie...I know right?

Karyn said...

Thanks was such fun and I can't wait to do it again!

Karyn said...

Thanks Cindy

Karyn said...

Thanks sure was!

Karyn said...

Thanks sure was!

Karyn said...

Thanks is really pretty and there's so much to see!
The WIP is "Quaker Village" by Jardin Prive, a very fun and relaxing project.

Karyn said...

Thanks Robin...hopefully I'll have more trips to share in the future :)
Have a great weekend too!

Karyn said...

Thanks Gracie!
Maybe next time we will pass by your way ;)

Karyn said...

Thanks Von...oh I have always wanted to visit Utah, and we almost decided to head there but we were concerned about early time I think it's going to be our destination...I'm off to check google it...:)

Karyn said...

Thanks was a blast! Tell Mr. wonderful to just go ahead and do it and set ya in the passenger seat, before long you'll be happy as a clam, and even rolling down the window and urging the truckers to give a horn blow! :)
Such a worry these days ahead...

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Your trip sounds fantastic!! Oregon is beautiful!

Karyn said...

Thanks Cricket ;)
I was blown away by Oregon

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What a lovely trip that was. The co pilot is doing a good job I see! I feel badly for your other baby having cancer. I will be praying.

Karyn said...

Thanks was a wonderful trip and thanks to that co-pilot :) Your prayers mean so much.