Wolfgang’s Garden

Photo: AM. Moscoso

I don’t know what to do with myself when Spring comes.

I used to have an herb garden.

I collected herbs the way other people collect friends on Facebook.

My cat Wolfgang would sit and supervise and  I would talk to him and he would ignore me and we both had a good time.

One day I noticed Wolfie was holding his head at a funny angle and drinking bowls of water in a day.

His kidneys were failing and by Summer he was gone and I let my herb garden go wild and most of it died off and I didn’t care.

I buried Wolfgang out there and to this day I stay out of  what used to be our favorite place in the yard.

I don’t know what to do with myself when the Spring comes.

I guess I’ll hide until the Winter and hope the snow comes and covers what’s left of me and Wolfgang’s Garden.


Photo A.M. Moscoso


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The Holly and The Hamish

Hamish Macbeth  December 2014
Hamish Macbeth December 2014


When my puppy Hamish saw snow for the first time, he was somewhat underwhelmed.

At the time, I thought Hamish was going to grow up to be a serious dog- when he saw things for the first time he would sit and study it- then he’d give it a lick, roll it in mud or dirt leave it and come back to it later.

I mistook Hamish’s ability to assess new situations and turn them over in his mind as a lack of interest in his environment and that was certainly NOT the case.

Hamish was a studious dog and it turned out that he was wicked smart.


Hamish Macbeth December 2016
Hamish Macbeth
December 2016

This is Hamish’s second snow and now that he knows what it is, he is loving it!

Not only that, my serious little puppy has grown up to be a happy go lucky, confident and smart dog- I couldn’t be more proud of him.

So my favorite Christmas Memory is this new one involving Hamish Macbeth

It’s not a bad thing, it doesn’t mean that my older memories don’t mean anything to me anymore

I think memories should be like strokes of color in a painting- each one adds to this great big  splotchy picture that you can look at and make sense out  of even if you hang it upside down or look at it with your eyes almost closed.


Hamish Macbeth checking out the first snow of the season and only the second snowy winter he’s ever seen.


Someone is ready to chase some snowballs!

Christmas should be an adventure- snow or not, cookies or not- but I’ve come to believe that Hamish has turned out to be  a pretty important element to  my Christmas experience and all of the new memories yet to happen.


Hamish and Pualani- Hamish's first Christmas 2014
Hamish and Pualani-
Hamish’s first Christmas


Our Random View: Christmas Writing Prompt-Favorite Christmas Memory.

More Fun Then A Gift Wrapped Basket Full Of Puppies

christmas-clip-art-holidays_christmas_holly_1For me, nothing says holiday fun like puppies and dogs- and the more the merrier!

Here is a clip of the biggest collection of pups you will ever see (my cousin’s pup is in this clip ) – I mean WOW! All that’s missing is some snow!

And of course it wouldn’t be  Christmas without my boy, Hamish Macbeth ( his Holiday pics follow )


So look close and prepare to have your winter heart warmed up- for me it wouldn’t be that time of the year without my dog. Enjoy!


Among this over flowing basket of puppies is my cousin’s dog, Xavier.

(YouTube video of the pack of beauties and baby Xavier:)

1. Xavier shows up first on 0:42 in the middle of the screen.
2. Coming down the hill at 3:49
3. At the water hole, to the right, at 6:40
4. And sitting on his favorite rock at 8:09.


Can you spot the 120lb nine month old puppy in this happy holiday snap?



Two years ago my Hamish was just a puppy- so in the spirit of the holidays my nieces wrapped him in gift paper and he kept it on until the tape warmed up and it all fell off.


Hamish and Pualani
Hamish and Pualani Christmas 2014

Here is a picture of Hamish from Thanksgiving 2016- minus the wrapping paper!


Hamish might be a bit big to wrap up and Xavier is most definitely to big- but because of these two special guys, there is going to be some fun and love around our homes this Christmas.


Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of The Year Without







In A Word- Bliss

 Developing Your Eye I ( WordPress )  is a 10-day photo challenge for bloggers of all photography levels, from beginning photobloggers to pro photographers

Day Four: “Bliss” —

What is bliss to you?

Today’s Tip:  That’s a caption. Today, add a caption to your image so viewers know what they’re looking at!

Photo: AM. Moscoso
Photo: AM. Moscoso

This is my cat Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- he was suffering from kidney failure and died a few months after I took this picture.

But do you see that look in his eyes?


He fought to stay with me for as long as he could- and he did.

He was almost 18 years old when he died.

Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso

Hamish Macbeth!

He came into my life when I was in the midst of a lot of change and uncertainty.

He was happy as a pup and he’s a happy go lucky full grown dog.

I can’t believe in the midst of such great loss ( my Dad and cousin had died just before I got Hamish and I was suffering from severe depression ) I was able to raise a creature like Hamish.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

A few years ago the King Tut exhibit was on tour and it stopped in Seattle.

There was a giant statue of Anubis at Train Station and it looked over the building I work in.

I was an embalmer and I grew up cutting my teeth on books about Archeology. Anubis has always been a meaningful figure to me.

Having him watch over me for a little while was … bliss.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

Deadmen ( and the ladies too, of course ) DO tell tales and I felt them everywhere at Saint Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans.

I took this picture on Halloween- The most blissful day of the year.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

Werewolves on Halloween in New Orleans.

Halloween does not and it cannot get better then that.

Yes it can. But that was SUCH a great Halloween.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

The Beginning of fall and the promise of Winter right here in this light and with this wonderful dog.


Hamish and The Wolf


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Photo: A.M. Moscoso
Photo: A.M. Moscoso (2014)

Hamish Macbeth

was tiny, sweet and small

He had yellow eyes, a bounce his in step and no manners at all.

I thought he’d be like that forever, a pint sized funny dog

And then one day he disappeared and in his place I found:

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

Hamish Macbeth all grown up

Smart and sweet and tall.

My yellowed eyed boy grew  up

But in my eyes he’s still so small.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso (1991)

Wolfgang Amadeus

was tiny, sweet and small

He was everything a cat should be

with a little touch of dog

Photo: AM. Moscoso
Photo: AM. Moscoso

We grew old  together

my blue eyed Wolf and me

when he died

and left me

I felt so very