Things that make me happy

Training my dogs.

Playing agility with my dogs.

Hiking with my husband and the dogs.

Letting my dogs play in the water.

Horse back riding.

Watching TV.

Sitting outside on a warm summer night enjoying the company of good friends and family.

I’m so lucky that this weekend will include all of these.

Family Vacation 2017

Tomorrow begins day one of a long family vacation. My sisters and Brian arrive tomorrow and I pick them up at the airport.

We are planning to go to Trilium Lake for a short, easy hike with views of Mt Hood. Then head home and get settled in.

Saturday my parents, Jeremy and his family arrive. They are renting a 15 passenger van and driving down. The current plan is to visit a winery and then head back to the house to prepare for Sunday!

The house is clean, the patio is ready and our friend Jason, loaned us a bunch of chairs and a grill! We’re set!

I hope.


This summer has been tough. New house, new bills and new projects. I’ve struggled mentally a number of times and today I feel rejuvenated.

I went for a hike. I have missed the woods. I need the woods. I thought the quiet and peace of our new house was enough but it’s not.

So today I took a sick day. I took a day to address my mental health. I have been distracted at work and having trouble focusing. I hope this helps.

I met up with a friend and her dogs and she took me to a place not frequented by others. The dogs got to run and play off leash. We got to chat and absorb nature. At the end, the dogs got to swim and Vader even voluntarily swam after sticks. He is growing up!


I really enjoy camping. Especially the kind we do at Meghann’s parent’s place. They have this great little spot in the bend of a creek. It has a shelter with electricity, fridge, sink and a toulet up in the shop. They even have an outdoor shower!

Of course there is a fire pit too. One outside next to the shelter and a stone fireplace on the end of the shelter. The land used to be a girl scout lication and Meghann’s grandparents bought the place i  the 50’s. Her parents run a nursery up the hill from the campsite.

We get to bring the dogs and they love it! Free running all weekend except overnight when they sleep in the car. Last year they slept in our tent but it was pretty crowded. This year we just put them in the van. Much better for all around.

This year we walked down the creek a bit. That water is cold!! Twitch was not a fan of the water and tried to find ways around it if he could. He even climbed a log and crossed a downed tree to avoid the water. Then I had to lift him down. Lol. Vader didn’t mind the water but avoided the deep areas. I tried to get him to swim but he wouldn’t. I’ll keep trying! The dogs were already pretty tired on Saturday afternoon.

It’s not very often you see Vader lying down and actually sleeping! Mathew, Jason’s son, was there and he loves Vader. Vader is very tolerant of Mathew but at the time of the below picture, Mathew was in the creek and ignoring Vader.

Earlier in the day we were all sitting under the shelter and Vader kept getting on this bench to lay down. He even closed his eyes several times. 🙂

We hope to go again this year but we shall see. Lots of fun! Still wish our tent was a little bigger.