I deeply apologize for seemingly “ghosting” my blog/writing! My life seems to have spun out of control with my focus being on the truly essential things that needed doing in my life… This includes “living things” above all else.
This summer, I/we bred a litter of Golden Retriever puppies. I thought long and hard about whether I should undertake this responsibility and in the end, decided I would appreciate the “good memories” of such an undertaking. Raising puppies… It IS a lot of work! But it is also very rewarding and the time I could forget the outside world and be smothered by golden fluff… ah, now that was wonderful and truly memorable!
The puppies have all gone off to their new, wonderful homes and all seem to be settling into their new routines. I did keep a puppy myself; her name is “Vee”. Vee’s registered name is: Jema’s Journey of Vim, Vigor & Valor. All things I would want for a future show dog. All things I would want for myself!
The worse part of the puppies leaving for their new homes is that it brings me closer to my surgery date of getting my knee replaced. While I’m told this won’t be nearly as involved as my spine surgery was, I’m still in denial that I even NEED this surgery? I keep wondering if I should put it off a bit longer? One of my biggest fears is that although I’m at an age where my bionic parts should probably outlive me, that is a big fear. What if I do in fact “feel better” and become even more active? Will I wear out my new knee and have to go through this all again when I’m quite a bit older? And although it might make me “feel better”, I know it won’t really be “me”. It will be my artificial parts! This really is more about body image than it is about the surgery itself. I’m not sure I want to give up my “parts”? Now that the puppies are gone, the clock is ticking towards the “big day” (and whether I will actually go through with the surgery or not?)
My photography has also taken a back seat due to puppies (unless you include LOTS of growing puppy photos taken?) I have eight weeks of photos I need to go back and “key word” so that I might be able to find them in the future. Augh… that is work! I SHOULD HAVE done it when I downloaded the photos; I SHOULD HAVE not gotten so far behind!
My little space in the boutique store has done very well over the summer. It has done better than I would have imagined! It’s really good that is has been as successful as it has been but it also means it has been more work to keep up with that success. That is something else I need to get busy “doing”! I did create new hang tags with my logo to use on the items I am selling. I LOVE that the new hang tags (and stickers) incorporates a donkey graphic. Ahh… my sweet donkeys! Always time well spent when I’m out at the barn!
Well, off to get busy with “store stuff” and off to go play with Vee and the other dogs. I’m hopeful I will make a decision about the upcoming knee surgery soon? Maybe I should read the booklet they sent home with me? It needs dusting at least! I truly hope I will be able to be more active in writing… that IS a goal! In the meantime, please know that I read posts on WP and love everyone’s writings. Even if I don’t get the chance to comment, know your posts are a highlight in my days!
XOXO ~ Jennifer