Blood Orange


My sweet, spoiled fur child hates being left out of adventures and he doesn’t like feeling trapped… so waiting in the car alone is basically torture. One look at his sad eyes and floppy ears… you’ll be tempted to take him with you into the store. But, I had some shopping to do in a store that he would likely be kicked out of right away, so I couldn’t take him in. Other than a serious pout-fest… it doesn’t actually do him any harm to sit in the car (on a cool day, with blankets on the back seat).


When I finally got myself out of the store and back to the car, I could see the black and white fur of my dog streaked with an orange-red color, from his eye down to his chin. I couldn’t yet see below his neck, but there was enough blood streaked over his face to give me a minor heart attack. What kind of trouble had my puppy gotten himself into within the confines of my car?!


Trying not to panic, I opened the back to store my bags before going up front to survey the damage.


There, on the passenger seat, were two munched-on flower petals. I might have given the silly fur kid a good scolding… except I was too relieved to discover his face was not, after all, covered in blood. His face was decorated with flower pollen, from a lily that had apparently tasted awful, seeing as how it was now staining the upholstery on the seat.


The treat I had given him before going into the store (did I mention he’s a sweet but spoiled fur child?) was untouched. He ate that as soon as I stuck the key in the ignition and started the engine, a sign that I was not leaving him alone any longer.


At home, I let my dog out into the yard and carried the flowers inside. The next morning, I noticed a that one of the blooms had been knocked loose. There it was, placed like a painting, frozen, on top of the snow.






Boom Town Saloons


Location – Historic Landmark, Gold Mine Town – South Pass City, WY


Me:    Were all of those saloons in town operating at the same time?
Tour Guide:    Yes. In fact, when the town was in it’s biggest boom, there were 12 operating saloons.
Me:    Wow. That sounds like there were more saloons than there were people!

Tour Guide:    Well, at the time, the population was 2,000 people!



He was trying to impress me – so he threw down a five dollar bill and told me to roll the dice.
I lost that five,
And the next pile of fives that he put on the bar top in front of me.
Finally! My luck turned up and I took a win!
I pushed the pile of cash down to him.
He smiled, took the cash, and anted up again – for the both of us.
What could I do?
I laughed and rolled again…

Wait, Who?

Awkward moment when

At the office

Writing a memo about Chris.

Ringing phone

Interruption – and

                        It’s Chris on the line.

            Wha – ?

Different Chris. Different message.

            Disconnected dots in my mind.


A Brilliant Idea

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Feeling a little bit down and out, I had a stroke of genius. I pulled up an online dating site that shows profiles without having to create your own… 

just to see who’s out there!

If you write “I’m real and I don’t do drama” in your first two sentences… I’m guessing you’re higher maintenance than you think.

If you write something similar to “is there anyone good left out there?!?!?!” I can tell you’ve already given up, and you expect instant gratification.

If you write “I’m not that good looking…” I don’t have enough patience for your self-confidence issues. I have enough of my own! You posted a picture… let someone else be the judge of your looks. And I’m guessing that looks are probably what you are most worried about.

“I know how to treat a lady.”

Red. Flag.

If you know how to treat a lady, you know it’s a ‘show, don’t tell’ kind of thing.

If you tell me about your kids, I honestly respect that. But I might be too shallow to pick you first.

I also have a lot of opinions, based on your picture. Why are your sunglasses on in every single photo? Why is the only photo you have filled with two or more people that may or may not be you? If I can see up your nostrils, you might want to take a YouTube selfie course. And, ummm…. what are you wearing?!


Let’s face it.

This brilliant idea wasn’t so brilliant after all.

If you are judgmental like me… you might not be ready to meet dates online.



That winter evening when you’re walking your dog in the dark…

                 and it sounds like another dog is coming toward you at a thousand miles an hour….



but it turns out there is a fence

and your chest has gone tight


in the calm, cold air.