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Monday, December 23, 2013


It felt like another long day of working on scheduling surgery and talking to doctors. Thank goodness for the infectious joy of my dogs.

Shyla loves to leap "just because she can". And she makes me smile widely every time.
Because a hiatus from bike riding is going to be forced upon me while I recover from surgery, I am making the most of every ride these days. Today, I headed for a favorite ridge. I had to ride through some deep snow to get there but the ridge sparkled with a fresh thin layer of snow and allowed views for miles around. It was glorious! I love riding my bike in the Rockies.

Then, after what felt like a long day in town, I arrived home to discover an incredible sunset underway. Shyla and I hiked at top speed to a view point.
It was a beautiful and peaceful way to end the day. My gratitude for the glory of mother nature is endless.


  1. Truly, Earth is beautiful beyond words. I am glad the sunset brought you peace at the end of a tough day.

  2. When days are long, upcoming events out of our hands, our so much loved dogs/cats or other animal will be there with unconditional love. Beautiful photos, you will always be able to have your camera in your hands wherever you are. Many caring thoughts with love, as you travel into surgery once again.
    Meantime Christmas Greetings, Jean XXX

  3. Gratitude is under appreciated

    Stop on by for a visit

  4. Oh you captured another beautiful day into your hands and heart- and shared with us! What love you give to us,

  5. If I had your photographic skills I would have all my walls covered from floor to ceiling with 20 by 30 photos of my dog. I can just picture a giant photo of Shyla bounding towards me with those beautiful eyes, or another wall sized photo of those incredible silloutte shots of her with the magnificent sky in the background. Yep, that is what I would do.

  6. Sending you wishes for a happy Christmas with family. We will be thinking of you as you prepare for your surgery.

    Hugs, Kathie and The OP Pack

  7. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you stay strong through this surgery. We wish you all the best!

  8. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers -- have a Christmas season filled with love and peace. And as always, thanks for the wonderful blog! You are more of an inspiration to many of us than you'll ever know.

  9. Wow, that second picture is absolutely gorgeous!!

    Hope everything goes well with the surgeries!!

    Merry Christmas to you and the pups!

  10. Gosh, that truly was a gorgeous sunset!

    Surgery... the word makes me shiver. But I hope this will help you to get back to normal and be able to ride pain-free.

    Merry Christmas to you, the Runner and the Labs!

  11. Sorry you have to spend the holiday season preparing for your surgery. As always your photos are fantastic. You are so lucky to live where you can see such amazing skies. They are a rare occurrence around here.


  12. Nice to be able to leave that stress behind and just enjoy the outdoors...and dogs.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  13. Knowing that there is someone out there who can appreciate nature like you do brings me peace.

    I hope I can learn to do the same one day.

  14. You are in our thoughts and prayers, KB. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  15. Dogs are expert at doing things just because they feel good. I hope the energy you draw from your rides today will sustain you through your recovery. My guess is the duo will be very solicitous and help make you smile.

    Mango Momma

  16. just awesome. i hope your holidays are merry.

  17. Merry♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Christmas♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ☆☆☆And¸¸✰¸¸ a ¸¸✰¸¸Happy ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪New¸¸✰¸¸ Year

    Take care of yourselves and we'll be thinking of you!!
    Ron Jim and Sophie

  18. Wishing you a beautiful Christmas filled with lots of laughter and light from your special pair!

  19. We wish you and yours health and peace! Merry Christmas!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  20. Merry Christmas to our friends in the Rockies!

    Lily Belle, Muffin & Mommy Kim

  21. Thank you for your daily reminders to be grateful and see the beauty in the world. Merry Christmas! Lee and Phod and their Lady

  22. I hope Piper never realizes what a slouch I am! ;)

  23. Hi Y'all!

    You are in our prayers and will continue to be until you are recovered from your upcoming surgery.

    Hawk aka BrownDog

  24. So beautiful your location and as I had an operation just a few days ago the joy of a short walk with my Kirra helps the recovery.


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