New Beginnings

I started a new job yesterday.  Yes, I am still going to the office, but I will soon have the option to work from home one day a week, which is definitely in line with our future plans.  One day a week, not needing to drive from Indiana, is going to be big. I dream about sitting in an office warmed by a fire with some farm family while working on my day job tasks.  I can say with certainty, that I could dedicate more of myself to my office job if I could do it alongside Perriee. She could be working on something entirely different, but I would be so excited to have her as my “cube mate”.  

As it stands, I have not shared any specific tasks with most people I work with for many years.  We all do different things at the office already, we just happen to share the same space. I think there is a lot to be said about the companionship to get you through the day, working in tandem with others.   The day is a lot more relevant when you can bounce an idea off of someone or just share a fun experience that you had from the night before. Saying that, I will surely miss the coworkers that I am leaving. There were some good ones there.    

Last Year this Week

A year ago this week we put up the tipi.  It was so special because it was the same weekend of Thanksgiving and it brought us joy to have the chance to celebrate the Native American aspect of the holiday a bit more by putting up our native shelter.  It made me feel like I was paying respects to our native ancestors (even if the Cherokee did not live in tipis. I think they would approve).


We are so grateful to have had the help that we did to get that last pole up.  The last pole is the lift pole. The one with the tarp wrapped around it. The videos on the website make it look so easy!   It took five adults three tries to get it up. We got it though and it was glorious once we were able to billow out the canvas around the structure of poles. Thank you all AGAIN!  


Go for it.  When I applied for the position I have just begun, I was totally taking a chance.  It was something I had my eye on for a year or so, but did not know if I would ever be chosen for it.  Around the time I applied for the job, I was realizing how comfortable I had become in my role. That thought alone made me second guess my decision to pursue the new avenue.  I was comfortable. Would it be worth giving that comfort up to start at the beginning again? My cost benefit analysis said, yes.

We do not need to wait until we are in crisis mode to take a chance in a new direction.  Throw your hat in the ring.

Giving Thanks, Cliche, Cliche…

Thanksgiving is here again.  I am grateful.

Here is my list:

I am thankful for my wife. She is patient and kind.  You know, like that Bible verse thingy that everyone quotes at their wedding.  I should go on, but I will just tell her instead.M and P

I am grateful for my family.  Go and say what you will of yours (I hope you think yours is the best too), but, I am convinced that all of my siblings (in-laws included) are the best of any.  We have some pretty darn great friends too. You know who you are. Thank you all!

Our pets are amazing.  We have two beautiful kitties and four beautiful ducks.  Shoot, I am even still thankful for all of the pets who have passed.  Each one was so very special in their own way.

Every single day our pets (or, friends whose language we have yet to master, if you will) are clearly so happy to have us home.  Think about it. Every person you have ever known in your life has not been beside themselves with joy EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU COME HOME.  Like jumping for joy happy. Not just, “Yay, they are here.” More like, “Holy hell!!! You came back AGAIN! Yay!” Never once have I picked up the, “Eh, you didn’t have to come home so soon” , vibe.

I feel those loving sentiments from the cats towards both of us.  They may not greet us like a dog, every time we come home, by panting by the front door with a wagging tail, but they show an affection that is just full of love.  Sometimes it is in the form of a bread knead, or maybe just a kitty by your side throughout the night. The ducks are the same. They shriek for joy every time we walk outside. If they are out towards the back of the yard, they will come running.  I know, it is probably just for food, but let me have this moment.


While we are on this topic, let’s think of some reactions that we never get from our pets, with few exceptions, of course.   

Annoyance.  Anger.  Fear.  Hate.  Aggression.  Deceit.  Disappointment.


I am not suggesting that we must eliminate these feelings towards one another, as humans (although, we should probably work towards that, even if we never get there).  What I am implying is, that we give our pets a little more credit for being so perfect and pure. That is no small feat for us to do, but they do it with grace and ease.  I digress…

I am thankful that I can spell grateful. That came later in life than I would like to admit, but, there you go.  We all can’t know everything at once. I just happened to need to know how to make homemade meatballs and sauce before knowing how to spell that word.  #worthit

It is hard for me to admit being thankful for material things, but thank goodness for this amazing house and for our amazing tipi.  To make it worth it, we try to take care of our homes so that they last longer to reduce the need for more “things”.


Make sure to express your thanks everyday.  Thank your people and thank your pets. Thank the ones who are closest to you.  No one could make it through this world alone. Appreciate everyone who helps to nudge you along, every little step of the way.  Happy relaxing and safe travels!

June and I
June and I, post foot bath. We are still working on our cuddle stance.