Sweet Memories

The theme of this week’s Sunday Stills, is Lazy Days. Well…I don’t think that I ever been called lazy in my whole life. I’ve been called a lot of things, but never lazy. I like to stay busy. Not in the nervous I can’t relax kind of way. I just feel satisfied when I work with my hands; in the garden, baking bread, grooming a horse etc.

There’s only been one exception, and I enjoyed that exception immensely. It was the first six months of my daughter’s life. The oxytocin high from nursing put me in a content emotional state, that was very relaxing, in a way that I hadn’t experienced before. I rented a house in the beautiful Napa Valley (CA.) It was nestled among vineyards, in a picture perfect setting. There was ten acres belonging to the house, (and the neighbors had a bigger property that I had access to as well.) My daughter and I went for long, dreamy walks, and spent hours on the back porch over looking the pond in the picture. Those are the closest to lazy days that I have ever experienced. I don’t want to go back to them, but I sure appreciate the sweet memory. Looking back, it feels almost unreal.


A sweet senior dog that adopted me, on the first ranch I worked at in California, is buried overlooking this pond. Neikka was old when I first met her, around 12-13 years old. She refused to leave my side. I knew her almost two years before her time was up. She was definitely sent to make things easier for me. She had problems with her eyes when we met, and later on she became completely blind. That did not stop her from doing her duty, which she thought was to be by my side, no matter what. I sometimes tried to lock her up in my yard (3acres,) if I was planning on going for a longer trail ride, that I thought was going to be too much for her. The fence was 6 ft high. She was part greyhound, and cleared that fence, even after she became blind. One time she even attacked a black bear that she thought was too close to me. The bear wasn’t actually a threat, he was busy eating blackberries. The bear just pushed her away, and kept eating. Lucky for us. She got some scratches from the incident, but not bad. She certainly deserved the most beautiful resting place my loyal Neikka. 

How is your weekend so far? Fancy left for her new home yesterday, and I received photos of her in her new home. Her new family is very happy, and she looks happy, which makes me happy.  I know that they are going to love her a lot, and I feel extremely good about her home. Ghost’s home fell through, and I need to find him a new one. Sooner than later. I said no to several people after this family committed to him, because I really liked them, and they seemed knowledgable. I’ve started to contact the people I turned down before..It was a very emotional day. It ended in the best possible way with a visit to a Mexican Restaurant I hadn’t been to before, and the company of a good friend. 

I’m going to work hard on a home for Ghost, and finding a reliable car for me today. I looked at some cars yesterday. I’m not a mechanic, but if I find something questionable with a car, it’s probably not a good car..lol. Since I am going to drive through the desert a week from now it need to be a good one. Some places on the way have spotty cellphone reception. 

I hope that you’re having an awesome weekend! 


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

23 thoughts on “Sweet Memories

  1. I am the same way, that I like to keep busy all the time. Such a sweet story about the dog that adopted you and beautiful how he tried to protect you from the bear. Dogs are amazing animals.

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  2. A beautiful, poignant post Maria ❤️ you are sharing a part of your heart and soul with us and I truly appreciate that. Keep going, you’ll find that car and the home for Ghost. Tenacious people somehow carry on and come out on the other side better. That is you, my dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you ❤️

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  3. What a gorgeous photo! That must have been a great view to see every day.
    Your Neikka sounds like a special girl. Animals give so much to us. Sorry about Ghost, perhaps the Universe is conspiring to give him a better home.
    Hope you find a good car to carry you to the next chapter of your life. It’s something I loathe doing as I feel totally out of my depth mechanically. That said, I’ve been fortunate in my choices over the years.

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    1. Thank you Eliza! Yes, the universe guided him to a home more suitable for him. I couldn’t be happier.

      I personally dislike purchasing vehicles as well. It’s a lot of money, and I don;t know enough to know for sure that they aren’t fooling me in any way. Buying arose is much easier.. I’ve been pretty lucky with my vehicles so far. I feel blessed. Thank you for your most kind comment.

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  4. Some of the previous comments already say what I feel about finding a home for Ghost and the sweet memories of your dog! One day you will look back on your own amazing photos and feel those wonderful memories, while making a brand new set of them! Best wishes my friend, you are almost on your way to a new adventure! I feel like I’m saying goodbye to a neighbor, but that is silly since we will still connect online! I love all my fellow California bloggers and feel a special kinship with them.

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    1. We will still be neighbors, almost 🙂 The distance isn’t that great. Maybe we’ll meet in the middle, for a photo-hike in Yosemite one day? I will keep up with you blog. I enjoy the Sunday Stills. Have an awesome week!

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  5. Wow, I’ve got some catching up to do now that we’re home from our road trip! Wishing you all the best on your move – keep us posted!

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! This is my last week in northern California. I’ve had some unexpected changes in my life lately. The only right thing for me to do is to move to Las Vegas. This country girl is to become a big city girl. (Not that I think that anything really can take the country out of me..which might be a good thing.) I’m mostly excited, and very curious about how this is going to play out.


  6. Hmm, that doesn’t sound all that good. Is there a need for worry? It’s a horrible feeling when you don’t feel safe in a situation. These fires had me experience that feeling recently. I hope you’re OK, and praying for a better week ahead.

    Ghost found a wonderful, loving, and knowledgeable home yesterday. I am so relieved and happy about that. That made it easier to say goodbye to him. He is very special to me.


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