Putting My Feet in the Dirt July Prompt#1 A bottle of hope sat on the shelf


” You’re just like me, ” my best friend said ” you’re a working dog, a mutt we’re not show dogs like those pretty skinny girls that men hold their stomachs in for when they walk by. “

I wasn’t brave enough to say, ” I’m not an ugly mutt. “

” You’re just like me, ” my other friend said, ” we’re considered losers because we don’t have anything to offer anyone. We don’t own houses or go on expensive vacations. We’re over fifty. We’re just broken down and worn out. “

” I’m not a loser. ” I was brave enough to say.

” Well no we’re not, but that’s not how other people see us. ” my friend said- I think she was daring me to say another word.

I’m not a loser I thought, but I didn’t say it out loud like I should have.

I  have long since put anything good I may think about myself, or have to say to myself on a bottle on the shelf and who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to take it down and open it. But I’ll probably do it alone, when none of my ‘friends’ are around.

Those Jolly Little Sunbeams

Pablo Picasso

It comes as no surprise that people went on line Sunday, one day before Washington state set records for the highest temperatures recorded to JOKE and LOL about how having AC is cool.

Of course they seemed to be unaware that a day later things would get much worse and that people would be resorting to temporary fixes or driving around in their cars to escape the heat for an hour or so- but on the other hand people who would LOL about having AC when they damn well know how awful it was for other people are probably self centered tools who could careless about how they look on social media and to all of their Non-AC owning friends.

I managed to keep the heat down to around 90 in my place, but at various points during the day my dog was obviously in distress and I had to resort to things I learned to do to for my other dog who used to have seizures. When a dog has seizures their temperatures spike and it’s important to bring it down.

When my dog responded quickly to the cold compresses I got scared because he was in a bad way and by just looking at him it wasn’t obvious.


Eff you my Facebook friends who LOL’d about having AC. It’s my heartfelt wish that you feel for one minute how my dog felt when his temperature was about to cause him some serious damage.

Not all of us got to be in your special club- but not to worry-

lots of us wished to be you, we envied you, we acknowledged the special place you held in the Universe.

Now go french kiss your AC units.


It Rained Cats and Dogs… Mostly On The Dog

Today me and Hamish went on a walk with our family around Bradley Lake.

We vowed to walk our dogs around he Lake or to hike the trails around the park rain or shine. We could all use the exercise, ha.

So today we got tested because halfway through our walk the sky opened up and poured rain by the bucket fulls.

After a year of being in lockdown, of gritting our teeth it and getting through the day- the rain felt so good. So did we rush to our cars?

Heck no.

I took my hood down and got soaked and yes- it felt good.

Here are some pictures that my niece took of my dog Hamish. I think the look in his eyes speaks volumes about how he felt about the day.

Anita Marie

Photo Pualani Knapp

Photo Pualani Knapp

Photo Pualani Knapp