Sometimes I feel that I speak too soon for my own good. Arabella, my remaining cat, died Monday. It's very saddening. I had already said goodbye to Chin a week earlier, and then tragedy strikes. James said it was her own doing, since she liked to sneak out of the house--often. I could attribute her [...]


My Social Anxiety and the Compulsive Nail Biting

There's anxiety, and then there is social anxiety. Personality-wise, I am just prone to anxiety--it could be related to my Tritype 415. The point is, I have always feared being around other people. Knowing I have to have a conversation with someone, stranger or acquaintance, causes me a stomachache and my hands may even shake. When [...]

I Am Surely Cursed as a Pet Owner (Long Story-ies)

I do not actually believe I am cursed, necessarily, but let's just say that something always goes wrong. This could be anything from some kind of disorder, wild or loose animals, poison, bot flies, running away, or just bad behavior. I've only been able to keep a couple dogs around for over ten years, and [...]

Antique Shopping, Chinese Food, THC Gummies, & Dunkirk

This weekend, we (rather he--since I resent doing it) drove out of town to Colorado Springs. The goal was to kill two birds with one stone. James and I wanted to look for decor and watch a movie. Overall, we just wanted to get out. Extra-small town life can make a person feel that way. [...]

I Guess We’re Finally Renovating

My husband and I live with my mom, and ever since he moved in, he thought the house needed fixing. My dad had wanted to make changes, but he was elderly and he never had extra savings for something like that. He's passed on, but we are here--young, creative, and cheap. Anyway, just about everything [...]

Goldendoodle & Chihuahua: First Hike (Attempted)

So being who I am, I figured, "Why not take the dogs on a hike?" I know it may seem out of place to take a Chihuahua hiking, but this is the same dog who can eat a meal his very own size. Maybe that doesn't seem to compare, but what I really mean is [...]

Camping at DeWeese Reservoir

So this time around, James and I decided to take the dogs camping with us. We accompanied our friends Les and Jan to Westcliffe, Colorado. Camping at DeWeese Reservoir is actually free of charge. There are two options: the shaded pine tree area up the hill or anywhere around the lake. Les and Jan have [...]

Gem Lake and Lily Mountain Hikes

Let's start off by mentioning that the Gem Lake trail from the Lumpy Ridge trailhead is free. There is no national park fee even though it is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park. This hike is considered moderate. It took about 3 hours for us to complete it, though we did spend some time [...]

First Time Camping Experience/2nd Wedding Anniversary in Estes Park

I must be that one American who hasn't experienced many "American" things in life. No, I had never been camping before; therefore, my husband thought it would be a good idea to try it for our second wedding anniversary. We traveled about 4 hours away to Estes Park since that is where we were married. [...]