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Early Christmas with my kids

LJ and dad on their way out for a walk

LJ and dad on their way out for a walk

This year I won’t be able to spend Christmas with my family so my kids and I had an early Christmas.  We gathered at my daughter Heather and family’s home in Lynnwood.  Heathers dad, brother Ben and wife Wendy and their grandson Mason all came.

Mason and LJ playing in the tunnel

Mason and LJ playing in the tunnel

It was fun watching the boys play!

Ben and Wendy enjoying the day

Ben and Wendy enjoying the day

After a nice brunch everyone started opening their presents.

Mason like his Rescue Bots!

Mason likes his Rescue Bots!

LJ playing with his zoo

LJ playing with his zoo

DSC08006We all had a really nice time visiting but the mountain passes were bad and all too soon it was time for Ben and his family to make their way back to Wenatchee.

After they left we all got bundled up and took a walk.

LJ warm and cozy in his new "bear" snowsuit from Ben & Wendy

LJ warm and cozy in his new “bear” snowsuit from Ben & Wendy

After our walk and LJ’s nap, guess which “toy” he decided he liked the best?


Here’s hoping all of you have a wonderful Christmas this year and are able to spend it with the ones you love.


December 24, 2012 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

How My Pet’s Love is My Holiday Gift

Trupanion Pet Insurance is having a blog contest and I decided to enter it.  I thought this holiday season would be a great time to share with all of you how important pets are to me, how much I love pet sitting and why they are such a wonderful holiday gift to me.

I was fortunate enough to have been raised having pets in our family.  Dad always had his hunting dogs, we had Tinkerbelle our cat, and mom had her canary Sugarfoot.  I was one of those kids who loved all animals and feared none.  Any dog on the street or cat in a tree, I was there to help.  I remember one time my dad and I went to a horse corral when I was very young and while Dad wasn’t looking I walked into the corral and right up to the horses.  My dad about had a heart attack knowing that the huge horses could have crushed me, but I think the animals must have sensed that I was no threat to them and were just so gentle.  I have my parents to thank for always having pets around so I could develop the love I had for them.

We even had a pet skunk when I was about 8 years old.  Dad found out about a man who raised and de-scented skunks so of course he had to get us one.  My sisters and I had Flower (we had to name him Flower, it was during the Bambi movie years) for many years and even took him to “show and tell” at school.  I’m pretty sure we were the only students who ever brought a skunk to school!

My sisters with our pet skunk Flower

Over the years our cat Tinkerbelle had several litters of kittens.  We always had a waiting list of people who wanted them.  In one litter there was a kitten that she rejected.  I kept putting the little kitten back in the basket with her until eventually she started feeding him.  We later found out the kitten had a tumor.  Well, when mom was putting the kittens up for adoption I couldn’t bear to let this one go.  Mom insisted I couldn’t keep him but I persisted until she finally gave in.  I took Smokey with me when I got married and loved him until he died.

Over the years my children had several pets as they were growing up and now in their adult lives share the love of pets that I have.  My son worked for the Humane Society for several years and adopted many dogs that otherwise would have been euthanized.  He and his family now have a mini farm with two very happy dogs, a cat and several chickens.

My daughter has been involved in Italian Greyhound rescue and has played a  big part in saving the lives of several sweet, sweet dogs that wouldn’t have made it without her help.  She and her husband now have two adorable, very spoiled dogs.

And I decided to take an early retirement and spend my time loving and caring for other peoples dogs, cats, birds, chickens and any other kinds of animals that they love and are in need of being cared for.  I consider all of the pets I care for my own and I’m so thankful that I get to share my love for them.  They definitely give it back 100%plus so yes; all of these pets’ love is definitely my holiday gift!

The gift that keeps on giving!

December 12, 2010 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

Me Encanta Mexico

After leaving Panama we arrived in Mexico City and made our way to our hostel, a really nice place for $12 a night (including breakfast) and on to more new adventures!  We hired a cab driver who took us to lots of historical places around the city, old churches and then to the Teotihuacan pyramids.  Wow, was this an experience for me!  To think of how long ago these were constructed and how they are still around for us to experience, how amazing!

The pyramids

Now that’s a bag of cheetos!!!

Next we headed for San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful little town in the mountains with cobblestone streets, a huge church rising from the center of town, and music playing in the town plaza every evening.  There were lots of Americans and Europeans here.  We enjoyed a wonderful concert at Café La Bueno Vita (the good life) one evening and went to a Cina/Bar another evening.  This was a first for me.  A cocktail, popcorn and a movie – all for only $7.50!

One of the many markets we went to.

The Plaza in San Miguel De Allende

Next stop Morelia, another beautiful old city where the Monarch butterflies migrate to.  I had planned to go out to see them but unfortunately it was too cold and the tour guide said the butterflies wouldn’t be out so they cancelled the tour.  Bummer!  Hopefully I will return some day to enjoy this wondrous sight.  From Morelia we headed to Zuhuatenajo where we met up with my sister Bonnie and her husband Gary.  What a fun little beach town this is!  Lots of great spots to go out in the evenings, beaches to hang out at during the day, and we even took an old rickety bus, which took us to an old truck, which took us to a more secluded beach called Barra de Potosi, a lovely spot with palapas and hammocks right on a secluded beach.  We spent a great afternoon frolicking in the waves and drinking Coronas!

Celebrating with my sister and her husband.

The truck we took to Barra de Potosi

Continuing up the coast we caught several bus connections and made our way to a little surfers beach called Barra de Nexpa where we stayed in a VERY rustic wooden cabin right on the beach.  Everywhere we went we had the best seafood and met the most interesting people.  We enjoyed one of many beautiful sunsets here as well. 

Our rustic cabin at Barra de Nexpa

One of the beautiful sunsets.

We got up early, Bruce boiled coffee in a frying pan (I told you it was rustic!) and back on the highway we went once again to wait for a bus to take to Cuyutlan, another beautiful little town with black sand beaches covered with hundreds of umbrellas.

Black sand beach at Cuyutlan

 Then on to Barra De Navidad and Puerto Villarta.  More lovely little and not so little towns with beautiful beaches and tons of fun on our way up the coast.  Our final destination was Solulita where we had rented a gorgeous condo and met up with 24 of our friends and family to spent our last week in Mexico.  What a perfect ending to an absolutely perfect trip!

Our beautiful condo in Solulita

My niece, grandson and brother-in-law.

My handsome son Ben and beautiful daughter Heather

The whole gang!

August 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

Backpacking through Panama

I continued my adventure, living and working in Alaska in the summers and traveling all over the world in the winters. It was incredible.

On one of my trips, I went on a cruise to the Caribbean where I swam with dolphins.  This is where I discovered my love of the water and the animals that live in it.  I had always loved the ocean, but I had never been one to play much in the water. I was used to going to places like Ocean Shores where you wear a sweatshirt while walking along the beach.  But after this trip I really became drawn to getting IN it!

Swimming with the dolphins

My very favorite trip, however, was when I went backpacking through Panama and Mexico with my cousin Bruce.  Wow, what a trip that was!

We flew into Panama City and found our hostel.  From there we took trips in funky, brightly painted buses.

We saw the Panama Canal and traveled to villages along the ocean as well as in the mountains, staying in hostels along the way.  We went snorkeling in the Coiba National Park and hiking in a little mountain village named Santa Fe.  We even visited a small coffee plant.

We ate at quaint little cafes and saw people living in grass huts talking on their cell phones.

The greatest adventure in Panama was getting on an old rattley puddle jumper of a plane that took us to a rickety old dock where we were picked up by a man in a canoe.  He took us to one of the San Blas Islands for three days.  I have to tell you I have NEVER experienced anything like that before!  We were the only people on this tiny island besides the family who cooked for us.  We stayed in a little hut where we could feel the breeze of the ocean while we slept.  All I can say is that is was a very rustic experience, but one I will cherish forever.

My cousin Bruce hanging out by our hut

Restroom at San Blas

Men from another island came every day to see if we wanted them to dive and bring us crab or lobster for dinner.  Of course we said yes.  I had the best lobster I have ever had in my entire life on that island.  And I have to say it was a nice change from the meals we were served every day.

One day we had a man take us to one of the inhabited islands where it was so crowded there was hardly room to walk.  The Kuna Indians lived there who, for some reason many, many years ago, moved from the lush mainland to these tiny islands.  There were several albino children.  These children are worshiped by the Kuna Indians and are called “Moon Children”.

Amazing, right?

After reluctantly returning to Panama City, we got back in a plane and flew to Mexico City.

June 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Introducing the Road Runner Pet Nanny

Hello and welcome to the new Road Runner Pet Nanny blog! For my first post, I decided to share with you my journey that led me to pet sitting.

A few years ago, I was working a regular 8 to 5 job like most of you. I had been divorced for several years and my kids were raised and gone. My daughter had just graduated from college and was starting her own journeys in life, and my son was married with two children of his own.

I have always had pets –  in my childhood home as I was growing up, as well as in my own home raising my own family – so when my little sheltie mix Rebel (she was actually my son’s dog until he left home, hence the name) and my sweet cat Scamper passed away, I found myself a typical “empty nester”. No kids, no pets.

Rebel with my Grandkids

Scamper Lounging on the Piano

I had always loved traveling and decided that although I loved my job, I had come to a crossroads in my life. Was I going to keep working and have the security we all want? Or did I want to really step out of my box and totally change my life? I knew if I was going to do something drastic, it was now or never. So one day I got on the internet and found a seasonal job in Alaska. I put in my resignation at work, rented out my house, and headed to Alaska not quite knowing what to expect.

To be continued…

June 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment