Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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LiFe · Photography · Weston


Today is our little mister’s 8th birthday.  Currently he’s curled up in the chair in the corner of our living room sleeping.  He’s as cute as he’s ever been.  I love him so.

Our boy has brought so much joy, love, happiness, and adventure into our lives.  He is very affectionate, mischievous, hellaciously smart, loving, loyal, protective, playful, and insistent.  I say insistent because he pretty much demands attention when he wants it.  Pet me, play with me, feed me, pet me, give me love, I love you, I love you, I love you, love me, pet me now.  He has his annoying habits, of course, like stealing things.  We have to be pretty vigilant about kleenex and food and items on our metro shelf he thinks he might want to eat.  He steals from the shred bin in K’s office, off of tables, from inside backpacks he’s managed to unzip (an incident that led to a call to doggie poison control and a force feeding of hydrogen peroxide, which worked by the way).  He’s ingenious, and that ingenuity can be frustrating, but it’s also admirable.  He doesn’t give up.  I think he does it sometimes just to see if he can.  He’s tenacious.

Our little man can also be testy and nippy and down right semi-ferocious if the right opportunity presents itself.  Like when he steals something really good then hunkers down, dens, to protect it.  It’s not a time to reach in and try to get whatever it is from him.  We’ve all been gnashed at and nipped, we’ve all been trained to know he means business.  He can’t help it, he’s been this way since we brought him home all those years ago.  We think it’s because we got him so young, and that he didn’t have as much training from his mama as he should have, which may or may not be the reason.  It doesn’t really matter, it’s his way, his personality, and we know it.  We’ve always said he’s Doctor Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.  Most of the time he’s the most loving, affectionate, cuddly dog you’ve ever met.  He’s happiest getting pets and giving kisses.  He wants to be touched all the time.  This can also be annoying, but how can you resist that face?  We can’t.  We love him.  And I love that about him.  When Mr. Hyde comes out, well… we know that guy too.  The one you don’t want to challenge.  When he has something he’s protecting, or he doesn’t want to be picked up in a certain way, it’s best to leave him be.  He lets you know that.  You always know where you stand with him, and what he wants.  He’s a passionate guy.

He’s been with us all but the first six weeks of his eight years.  During that time he’s traveled with us on many of our adventures: enjoying romps in the sand and sun; games of fetch in creeks and streams; walks in so many different places on so many different paths; travels in the car; sleeps in tents and trailers and hotel rooms; playing chuck-it in fields and parks; and playing ball inside of hotel rooms and the houses of family and friends.  He’s an excellent travel companion, a great little traveler.  We say this about he and Riley every time we hit the road.

What can I say, we love him.  I love him.  I can’t believe, and I say this all the time about him, about both of our pups actually, how much I do love him.  Life is so much richer with him in our lives.  So much more joyous.  There’s so much more laughter, love, fun, and cuddling because of him.  I am constantly amazed by how much I do love him.  What’s great is that he loves me, he loves us, right back.

Happy birthday to our beautiful, wonderful, fascinating, little mister.  Life with him is truly sweet.

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Nature · Photography

I See You


Nature · Photography




Oregon Odyssey – Day Two

Today was a long day on the road.  By choice we went an extra bit today so we could have a short day tomorrow.  More time in Santa Fe when we get there.  Because today was so long we didn’t do much stopping.  Gas, food, rest stops, and just two extra little stops.  One at the World’s Largest Fork in Springfield, MO and the other to photograph the Coleman Theater in Miami, OK where Don Hale used to go as a young gent.



Impressions from the day:

Great coffee this morning from Mudhouse Coffee in Springfield, MO.  I regret not buying a t-shirt.  There was great art on the walls… many black and white photographs of people in white who had mud on them.  Loved it.  Also a great dinner tonight from Tyler’s Barbeque in Amarillo, TX.  The barbecue was Texas sized.  Sadly I think we threw away nearly as much as we ate.  Our room still smells of barbecue.  I think it was the best barbecue I’ve ever had.  All in all a very successful food and beverage day.

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Today was a scorcher … the thermostat in the rig topped out at 106.  It was so hot that when we stopped for our second cup of coffee in Oklahoma City the little girlie started hyperventilating and had to be carried back to the car.  She is a tad bit of a drama queen, but it was also hot hot hot.  A dry heat.

We are now fugitives in Oklahoma.  A tip for anyone driving on the Oklahoma Turnpike… there are not always attendants at the toll plazas meaning you have to have exact change.  We made it all the way to our last booth and then only had a $20.  There was a change machine, but it only took $1 and $5.  We looked at each other, saw the cars behind us lining up, looked at the red light which told us we couldn’t go unless we threw in the change we didn’t have, and we went on through anyway.  As we did the alarms went off at the booth.  I’m sure, if they took our photo as this happened, the people reviewing it will be cracking up.  Our facial expressions were a combo of amusement, consternation, shock, horror, and guilt.  Very funny.  I think we were both gesturing…. arms up in the air as if to say… what are we supposed to do in this situation?

In two days we’ve seen two enormous crosses.  One in Effingham, Illinois, and the other in some un-named little Texas town we passed.  They were pretty much equal in size.


It rained on us today for awhile.  It was nice and decently cool while it was raining.  Then it got hot (see above).

We waved at Mangum, OK and Pryor, OK as we passed the exits with those names and then chatted about K’s childhood a bit.  She spent a lot of time in Oklahoma as a kid and it’s always fun talking about that.   Someday we need to do more than just drive through.  I’d love to see where she was born and some of the places she’s told me stories about.

We started this morning at 10:00… after getting coffee and photographing the fork, which I know sounds late, and got to Amarillo at 7:30.  Nine and a half hours on the road.  Tomorrow we have a short day, only four hours of driving.  Who knows what adventure we’ll find.  I love road trips.


Black and White & Sepia · Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT · Photography


Relaxin’, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

LiFe · Portland · Riley · Weston

After A Walk

After A Walk, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Had to post this little number. Karen and I took a walk, with the pups, around the Belmont neighborhood last weekend. It was gorgeous out and gorgeous weather always calls for a walk. The dogs, of course, love it when we go on a walkabout. They were a bit thirsty, as you would expect, by the time we got back to the car. Riley is in the red collar, and Weston is behind her.



Ollie, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Ollie enjoyed the get together on Thanksgiving… I think anyway. She got a lot of attention. It was a good thing.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT · Photography



IMG_5677, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT · Oregon · Photography



16, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

LiFe · Photos



Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Too cute.

LiFe · Photos



Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Ollie loves to play with her “bird”.

LiFe · Photos

Peek-a-Boo You

Peek-a-Boo You

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

We went to a friend’s house Halloween night to hang and then walk to have some dinner. Maggie, we love this little girl. We especially love that we rescued her and that you and she have become so close. So glad we could introduce you guys. So happy it’s turned out so well. She is adorable.

Photos · Travel

Face Fish

Face Fish

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

As opposed to fish face. I love this guy.

Black and White & Sepia · Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT · Photography · Portland

Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Taken in Portland with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

LiFe · Oregon · Photos

The Spoils

The Spoils, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Connie and Stacia’s fish. Not bad.

LiFe · Photos

Ollie… Celebrating

Ollie… Celebrating, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Ollie, Maggie’s little girl, and the girl we rescued, is settling in to her new home very well. She enjoyed the party too. Loved all the attention.

Camping · Oregon · Out and About · Photos · Weston

Getting a Drink

Getting a Drink, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We went into Sisters one day for a couple of hours while we were over camping. It was a bit warm. Weston, who never drinks out of “other” bowls, drank. It was a first.

This particular shot was taken outside a great gallery in Sisters. We love this place and in fact have purchased stuff there in the past. Sisters is a cool little town, though now it’s a bit touristy. But who cares, it’s fun none the less.

LiFe · Photos · Riley

I Have Stuff On My Face

I Have Stuff On My Face, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Yep… she does.

LiFe · Photos

Hey… You.

Hey… You., originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Olivia is, we think, loving her new home. She and Maggie are already fast friends and totally in love with each other. It was a definite soul mate kind of match. A happy ending to what was initially a scary story.

LiFe · Photos

Hiding Out

Hiding Out, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Olivia got used to finding small places to hide and sleep. I think she was looking for that in Maggie’s dish rack. Little did she know she’d be able to sleep in a warm comfy bed that night, and every night after.

LiFe · Photos

Ah, Shucks

Ah, Shucks, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Olivia is sometimes still a bit shy, but she really wants the attention. Maggie, and us for that matter, have no problem giving it to her. So cute.

LiFe · Photos

Mine, All Mine

Mine, All Mine, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Playing with this toy is so much better than hiding out from coyotes. Yes, life is good.

LiFe · Photos

Ah, That’s The Spot

Ah, That’s The Spot, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Olivia is very playful and loves to be loved.

LiFe · Photos

Five Fingered Cat

Five Fingered Cat, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Olivia is a five fingered cat. She is the size of five fingers spread out. The hand is Maggie’s.