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Monday, September 5, 2016


In November 2014 I was blessed to meet Linda Stubbs before Nick's Championship XC meet which was held in Sterling, Kansas where Linda and her hubby Phil and their daughter Tressa own and operate the Broadway Market. They were new to the business when we first saw their quaint little place. But the rave reviews and their awesome menu makes lots of locals as well as folks passing through S M I L E! Linda is a dear heart, she is one of the first bloggers I met in 2009 when I started blogging. She is a marvelous friend. You will meet her once and love her forever.
I had asked Linda to pray about my awful back pain and she gave me the information on this nifty little device. I ordered it ASAP and it arrived this morning giving me the first relief I have had in two week! My low back pain was nagging at me and after our Kansas trip on the 28th to return Nick to KWU it went from bad to worse.  What a sweet deal this is and the cost about 1/3 of a medical massage. I am so happy to have this that my hubby ordered one for himself too. The only other recommendation I would give you is make sure you use rechargable triple AAA batteries so you can save in the long run on the cost of batteries. 
When I was just a kid my oldest sister and her phamily lived on an Army base in Fort Bragg, NC. They trained the members of the Green Beret there. Her neighbors were moving overseas, My sister already had a beautiful Collie named Lassie and the neighbors had a beautiful AKC registered miniature standard poodle named GiGi. They could not take her overseas with them so we gave her a new home. My dad paid for the dog to be flown to us in Pueblo, Colorado and GiGi Regina Olivera became my pet. I loved that girl. Her mother had been a circus performer so GiGi came from a line of excellent pedigree and first class dancers too. She was smart and pure black in color. She was a gentle pet and had one litter of beautiful AKC registered pups herself. My dad allowed us to keep Renee who had the legal name of Renee d'Orleans Antoinette for her AKC papers. I loved mom and daughter alike but can not find a photo of us with Renee. Both mother and daughter passed away from complications of breast cancer. But they gave us all great joy and I will never forget them or the kindness my dad showed that little dog traveling nearly 1700 miles to come home with us. It is a nice memory I like to hold on to and shared it here for Sandee and everyone at Aw...Monday.

Well having lunch with my hubby at Famous Dave's today, I snapped this photo of this magnificent moose over their fireplace. Although I am not a fan of animal heads in homes and places I snapped it to show you this guy:
I figured Jeanne and the Blue Monday folks might like this guy, a pinterest find. He is warming himself in Lake Moraine after a bath in the Banff National Park, Canada. I am always in awe of these giant creatures especially the rack on their heads. Wow! Graceful and that weighs a lot! The water around him here is blue and crystal clear as well as the sky and the mountains in the backdrop. Ah....
The summit of Pikes Peak at 14, 110 feet. Rebekah was happy she went there and conquered the mountain.
Her climbing buddy Colton. Since Jacey and Harrison are in Wisconsin this week, he is being a bachelor. He is a fearless young man and he often goes up the mountain off trail. He always loved climbing even as a small child.
Could there be a climb in Harrison's future? He loves hiking with his daddy. Look at that smile. They were at Chataqua last weekend. I figured a photo of him would make me smile and the blue in these last three photos would go along with Blue Monday too.
The views up there are amazing. It was a long time ago I climbed this mountain. Ah......youth!
Love this Love is...
Oh Maxine, she is too funny! She should have taken a stroll through the Home Depot today. She would have seen a big Halloween display. Now that my back is feeling a little better I can think straight again and will hopefully get these posts for September up. Have a great week everyone.


Jeanne said...

Good morning Anne, I am so thankful that you found something to relieve your back pain. I suffer from lower pack pain from time to time as well. I found that regular exercise of laying flat on my back and pulling my knees tight up to my chest, one at a time, really helps.

Love your story about your darling black poodle. I haven't mentioned it but our precious Cheri' has cancer that showed up in a lymph node but nowhere else. All the tests did not find a mass. So sad. What kind of cancer did your poodles have? She is not showing any signs of illness so far. So puzzling. She is 7 years old.

I truly can't imagine sitting in 8 minus weather but I get it. Smile.
I pray your back improves my sweet friend.
xo, Jeanne

Sandee said...

I'm so glad you have something that will work on that back pain. I hate it when my back hurts.

Awww on Gigi. What a lovely story about a very loved dog. So precious.

Have a fabulous day honey. Big healing hugs. ♥♥♥

Edna B said...

What a great photo of the moose in the river. My eldest daughter and her husband do taxidermy. Not my idea of a fun hobby, but they do a great job with their mounts.

I loved your photo with the little black dog. What would we do without our furry friends? They bring us so much happiness.

You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Kathe W. said...

love the photo of your sister!HaVE A GREAT DAY!

Summer said...

So nice that now have something to help with the pain. Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday evening ♥

Little Wandering Wren said...

Your back pain sounds horrible, great that you have found some relief - I did smile at the thought of you and your husband both searching for the new batteries at the same time!! What a cute photo of the mountaineers together - I'm bursting into song here "climb every mountain'!!! Well that's the song of the day now - you have a lovely one!
Wren x