Or, will I like them?

Of course we want people to like us. We are designed for community. But everyone is not going to like us. And everyone is not going to be good for us.

I’m thankful for my friends, for their love and support, for being able to share tears and laughter. But I know I can be okay alone, because we are never really alone. There’s always God, or whatever you want to call that divine power who loves us no matter what. And there are dogs, those divinely created experts in unconditional love.

Then there are cats. Cats have their own special kind of confidence. Some of them are experts.


One-liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill. Check out more great one-liner’s over at her blog:

The rules for One-liner Wednesday, which I sometimes follow are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Love Me, Love My Dog


Mary Moo

Today’s Just Jot It January prompt is, “mongrel,” provided by Geoff of TanGental.

I like the word “mutt” better than mongrel. It just sounds cuter. But I appreciate the prompt, because it gives me an excuse to write about one of my favorite things: dogs.

“Love me, love my dog,” mom used to say. She was not especially fond of dogs, but she respected that I was crazy about them. I looked up that saying to find and found out it’s an idiom meaning, if you’re going to have a relationship with me, you have to accept what I love. I would add that while you might not love dogs as much as I do, you gotta accept my love for them and how important they are to me. “Must love dogs” was always at the top of my list of characteristics I wanted in a partner. Thankfully my sweetheart fits the bill.

Mutts and mongrels are as lovable as any purebred. They are just as capable as giving the unconditional love that makes me love dogs so much. Most of the dogs loved have been mutts.

Mary Moo, in the picture above, was rescued from the pound about 15 years ago. She appears to be a cross between a beagle and a terrier. She sleeps a lot these days, but there was a time when she was pretty feisty. She did not know how to back down from other dogs and as a result, got into some skirmishes when the step dogs came along a few years ago. It helped that we walked them together as a pack and Mary learned to become submissive to keep the peace.

Here’s a sweet song I found while exploring, “Love Me, Love My Dog.” I might not have found it if Geoff hadn’t come up with the mongrel prompt. So thanks again, Goeff!


And thanks Dan Antion for hosting!



Here are the rules for Just Jot It January:

1. It’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. The prompts will be posted every day at 2am my time (GMT -5). You don’t have to follow the prompt word, but this will be where you leave your link for others to see. Make sure you link your post to the correct day’s prompt. There will be a post like this every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday, and Saturday, when you’ll find the prompt on my usual Friday Reminder post for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS).

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will be at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Even your shopping list. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge (above) in your post so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

If you’d like to look ahead to see the upcoming prompt words, click this link: You can always write your post ahead of time and schedule it to come out on the appropriate day.

The Long and Winding Road of Becoming Me

She thew away her masks and put on her soul

First, I wanted to be a veterinarian

and save the whales

Or maybe a biologist

and save the world.

But way before that,

I was an artist.

I could draw dogs and horses

All day long.

No one taught me this.

I just did it.

And people said I was a good.

I loved to write,

And make up stories in my head.

But I didn’t value those stories much.

I didn’t value my drawings and paintings

As much as I wanted to save the planet

But trigonometry hurt my brain.

So I ended up in the mind field.

Fixing me more than anyone else.

While God helped me

Help people

Save themselves.

And taught me things

I needed to learn

About saving time for me.

Along the way,

I’ve saved dogs,

I’ve saved cats,

I’ve saved trees,

And  God saved me some time.

Because the long and winding road

Never disappears.

It always lead me back to my roots

Back to the work of my soul.



I love how this song can be about anything we want to come back home to.

One-Liner Wednesday: Dog Hair

 I felt right at home with the dog hair and the abundance of unconditional love.


I tend to avoid letting people come to my messy house with the dog hair that’s hard to keep up with, but it helps to know other people have mess in their homes, too. A couple weeks ago, I had a wonderful six day reunion with three high school girlfriends at the home of one of the girlfriends who has two sweet dogs. After a few days, patches of dog hair had collected on her beautiful floor, and I felt right at home with the dog hair and the abundance of unconditional love.

One-liner Wednesday is graciously hosted by Linda Hill at:

One-Liner Wednesday – I Thought We Were Roommates!

The rules/guidelines for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!


“Love me, love my dog.” The mother loves us all.


i'm please do not bother me !



This post is a collaboration:

fabulous picture by Paul Militaru

and peaceful poem by Gigi 

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I’m moving my Stream of Consciousness Saturday post here to my secondary blog for this week because I’ve got a series going on at “Anything’s Possible” for Holy Week. And I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, so here goes with Linda Hill’s prompt of a word that begins with “de-.”

The first thing that popped into my head was my lifelong de-cluttering challenge. I am not a hoarder. I’ve read the diagnostic criteria. But I come from a long line of collectors. Maybe it’s because my mom grew up during the depression. She said her house was “lived in.” Dad still has an attic full of stuff from his military career and lots of clothes and a garage crammed with tools. Some of this stuff is valuable…..

But back to my issue. Part of my desire to de-clutter, (a bigger issue since my spouse and I, and his three dogs, combined households about three years ago) is the thought: What will people think if they see this mess? We haven’t had people over in a while.

We live in a small two bedroom house with three of the five geriatric dogs we started out with together. Well, Doodle is 8, so I’m not sure if that counts as geriatric, but she is crazy….. Our other dogs are 14 and almost 13. Geriatric dogs can be messy. I’ll spare you the details.

So part of this issue does belong to my people pleasing problem. That’s the part I need to not stress about.

The parts that relate to loving me, too, are:

1. I’m not going to stress about this. (Deep Breath)

2. It does make my life more pleasant to live in a de-cluttered space.

So, I’m going to make specific time to work on specific spots. And I’m going to ask for help, since it’s not all my clutter.

It’s so nice to have a cleared table. It will take less than 5 minutes to do that right after I finish this post!

Thanks, Linda!

If you’d like to join in fun of the Saturday Stream of Consciousness fun, click on this link:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!