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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday, Magnolia!


What can I say about one of the greatest loves of my life?  For starters, I did not want another dog, not yet.

We had lost our Belgian Shepherd, Nikki, to canine bloat on Memorial Day, 2004.  I wasn’t ready for another dog.  My husband insisted, and contracted with a bleeder near Jacksonville, Florida.

Maggie was born on January 20, 2005; she was tagged as purple girl, which is my favorite color!  She was two months when we got her, and it was love at first sight!

My husband named her Magnolia, with the agreement we would call her Maggie.  Her full name is Bilgay’s Legacy Magnolia.  We agreed that we would not show her, and we were not allowed, by contract, to breed her.

Our Maggie is a very intelligent, sensitive, loving, funny dog.  She always wants to be with her family, and sulks when she sees one of us is going out without her.  It is easier to travel at the speed of now, to be in the present, with my dog.

Some of Maggie's nicknames are Smudgie, Stinkletoes, Stinklepuss, The Love Dog, Wolfie, etc.  Mostly we call her by her name.

Maggie is my constant companion.  I am blessed to have her in my life, and I can state that she has brought, and continues to bring me great joy.  Today is her tenth birthday, which makes her 64 years in people years, according to my husband.  May Maggie live long and prosper!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014



I know, It's been ages since I've written; but I really have been busy with life.

When we moved to the "space coast" 8 years ago, I really didn't like the change.  Of course I don't like change, anyway.  It took me a while to realize that I was experiencing age prejudice when applying for work.  I never realized that I was "over the hill" in my 50's, what a shock.

What I have learned from these years is patience, and to slow down.  As an energetic, self-starting person, this was very difficult.  I do think I have slowed down considerably, now.  A car accident, and resulting treatment were major contributing factors.

You have to take the good with the bad, this is life.  I am blessed because things could have been much worse for me.  I have good people on my side and I am thankful for that.  I have good health and love in my life.  I have great family and friends.

So, as I leave Florida for the most part, and move on; I head toward another chapter in my life.  As the GEN-X's like to say, it's all good!

Here is a poem from the up and coming book, A Redhead Looks At 60!

Peace out,


Don’t Desert Yourself

Oh yea though I keep walking through
The desert of my past
Criticizing what went wrong
And if only I hadn’t said or done that

We can’t go back and fix these events
They are carved in stone
All we can repair Is our attitude toward ourselves
And move on

We need to give
Our inner children
Some tough love
And encourage them to grow up and out of the past 
And into the now. Carpe Deum!


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