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Today is January 17, 2017. There I said it and now realize that TODAY IS JANUARY 17, 2017. Today my sweet girl Brittie would have been 17! If she were here on earth, we would have celebrated today as her Golden Birthday with special salmon and sweet potato cookies and Beef Stew. Brittie, if you are listening as I write this, know that we wouldn’t have your favorites without you. 

Brit and me 3 9 2015
Brittie’s selfie (a rarity)

Back to today’s date. The date snuck up on me and tapped me in my heart when I opened Facebook and saw my memories page. Naturally, they were of Brittie and previous birthdays and her first birthday without her (2016). The flood gates opened as did my picture folder of her. The tears are for missing her and for laughing at the memories as I scroll through my photos of her. 10-375083E5-24963-960 She was a curious dog and this bug really had her intrigued.

Every animal has a personality all their own just like humans. In fact, by watching animals in varied situations, we humans could learn a lot. Such as do dogs feel guilt?

Guilty Brittie

I doubt it from looking at this photo of her holding evidence of a recent sock theft. Do dogs care about how they look to humans? fb_img_1453044074165

Nope, I do not believe so. Dogs do what they can to be comfortable. Brittie was just annoyed that I had the camera out. (Maybe she does care a little?)

Dogs care about the important stuff such as playing, snuggling, sleeping and being sassy (well Brittie was sassy).

Brittie in crock




When memories of loved ones sneak up on you, embrace them. Cry, laugh, chortle, or gasp; whatever comes naturally for each memory. Your loved one will know at those moments that they are not forgotten and who knows, they may have had a sneaky hand in sending those memories to you. At least, this is what I believe.

HAPPY 17TH BIRTHDAY BRITTIE! We love and miss you. Thank you for the wonderful memories. pheasant-brittie



For the Love of Books

bibliotaph – noun

[bib-lee-uh-taf, -tahf]

  1.   a person who caches or hoards books

vapor – noun, verb



  1.   a substance that is in the form of a gas or that consists of very small   drops or particles mixed with the air
  2.   a visible exhalation, as fog, mist, steam, smoke, or noxious  gas,diffused through or suspended in the air:
  3.  a gas at a temperature below its critical temperature
  4.   a substance converted into vapor for technical or medicinal uses
  5.   Archaic.
    1. a strange, senseless, or fantastic notion.
    2. something insubstantial or transitory.
  6.   Archaic.
    1. mental depression or hypochondria.
    2. injurious exhalations formerly supposed to be produced within thebody, especially in the stomach.


7.    to cause to rise or pass off in, or as if in, vapor; vaporize.

8.    to rise or pass off in the form of vapor

9.    to talk or act grandiloquently, pompously, or boastfully; bluster.

10.    to emit vapor or exhalations


Writers write books for many reasons, but for me, the reason is my passion to bring great stories to life for people to read especially children.

I have always enjoyed creative writing since I was old enough to write which was age four. My favorite elementary class was spelling because in that class we had a chance for extra credit by writing a creative story using all of our vocabulary words in that one story. It was quite a challenge and one I excelled at.

When I discovered that Merriam-Webster and offered daily Word of the day words, my brain went into overdrive. I realized I could revamp my love of extra credit vocabulary stories using these two sites. At first, I meant for it to be daily but soon realized that sometimes the word choices for that day were not any fun for me but gave me a chance to work on more of my picture book manuscripts.

My love of words goes hand in hand with me being a bibliotaph. In fact, both of my daughters are bibliotaphs and my older sister too. The four of us have a common dream, to have our very own library within our homes to house our beloved books and have a tranquil place to read comfortably.

In fact, libraries are near and dear to us and we also have one more commonality regarding books, we love the smell of books in a library. As we enter the library, we inhale the smell as if it is a vapor of knowledge that is bestowed upon us.

Knowledge is power. For the love of books, if you want to empower yourself, pick up a book and read it. Good or bad, you will gain insight of some kind.

And for those of you who enjoy writing…

#justkeepwriting #justkeepwriting