Category Archives: Grieving

In Colorado

Sunrise in Missouri

Sunrise in Missouri

Windmill

Windmill

Bales

Bales

Oil Derrick

Oil Derrick

Kansas

Kansas

Kansas

Kansas

Colorado (Pike's Peak in the distance)

Colorado (Pike’s Peak in the distance)

We visited family in…

Suburban...

Suburban…

Denver

Denver

Window Garden

Window Garden

Williams

Williams

And Spy Sister (aka Spy Garden Reporter) checking out...

And Spy Sister (aka Spy Garden Reporter) checking out…

...third row seats at Coors Stadium.

…third row seats at Coors Stadium.

with her friend, who owns...

with her friend, who owns…

this...

this…

pig!

pig!

Pine

Pine

Rest in Peace to Smoochie’s brother, who died at the young age of 55 on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Sky Ridge Medical Center of complications of liver failure. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

Pine Cone

Pine Cone

“It ain’t dying I’m talking about, it’s living. I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.” (spoken by Augustus McCrae)  Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

The Spy

The Spy

Baseball Field at the edge of Arapaho National Forest

Baseball Field at the edge of Arapaho National Forest

Mountain Flower

Mountain Flower

In the Woods

In the Woods

Mountain Flowers

Mountain Flowers

Hiking

Hiking

Pine

Pine

In the Rockies

In the Rockies

Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose

Elevation 9,230

Elevation 9,230

Sunset

Sunset

Fairburn Mountain

Fairburn Mountain

Brrrrrr!

Brrrrrr!

Cold,

Cold,

Rainy morning at...

rainy morning at…

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Hiking

Hiking

The cold rain didn’t last too long…

Hike

Hike

Wildflower

Wildflower

Stopping to check out the view

Stopping to check out the view

Craggy

Craggy

Yellow Coneflowers

Yellow Coneflowers

Hiking

Hiking

A snake!

A snake!

 

Yellow Mosses/Lichen

Yellow Mosses/Lichen

Wildflower

Wildflower

Mountain Meadow

Mountain Meadow

Valley

Valley

Toes in a cold creek

Toes in a cold creek

Wildflower

Wildflower

Mountain Climb

Mountain Climb

Great hike! (2.5 miles!)

Great hike! (2.5 miles!)

Mountain Flower

Mountain Flower

Panorama Point

Panorama Point

Panorama Point

Panorama Point

Panorama Point

Panorama Point

Back at the cabin...

Back at the cabin…

Swing

Swing

Fresh Guacamole haha

Fresh Guacamole haha

I wrote this in third grade (the Spy starts third grade on Monday!)

I wrote this in third grade (the Spy starts third grade on Monday!)

Dessert

Dessert

Good morning!

Good morning!

Goldens near...

Goldens near…

Golden, Colorado

Golden, Colorado

RIP Madison Marie

Madison Marie (Maddie) 1998-2013

Madison Marie (Maddie) 1998-2013

Here are just a few highlights and pictures from her long and full life:

Maddie hanging at the Cribworks on the Penobscot River, ME

Maddie hanging at the Cribworks on the Penobscot River, ME

She rafted and swam the rapids on the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers and swam across Lake Parlin in Maine. She swam in most every pond, creek and beach in Connecticut. She swam in the Gulf of Mexico off Palm Island, Florida. She swam in the Atlantic Ocean off of eastern Long Island, New York. A few weeks ago, she swam for the last time in Wildhorse Creek in Missouri.

Parlin and Maddie

Parlin and Maddie

She had one great true love.

Parlin and Maddie, her first and only love

Parlin and Maddie, her first and only love

She never complained and rarely barked.

P1010590 (500x375)She drank white Russians on occasion in her younger years. She attended Wesleyan University with me and taught me more about love and faithfulness than any of my professors.

P1050136 (500x375)She dutifully followed the kids everywhere. Even to preschool. She had lots of experience having accompanied me to every college babysitting job I ever had.

P1040873 (500x402)She loved romping through the woods. The ultimate retriever, you could show her a rock then cover her eyes and throw it as hard as you could out into the woods and she would come back with the same rock.

P1030403 (500x375)She was at our side when we got married. She was always right at our side. She’s been to bars, summer camp, church, classrooms, frozen lakes and sandy beaches. She was with me at the office on my last day of my first real job.

On our wedding day

On our wedding day

Maddie was the greatest dog.

P1010600 (500x375)My husband writes:

Maddie was one of only two puppies born to Molly, a fine breed of Golden Retriever in a small town in the northeast kingdom of Vermont.  I worked for a time for the owners on the farm where she was born and was graciously offered one of these dogs for free when they came of age. When 8 weeks came to pass I waited for them to release the pups to make my pick. When they let the pair out of the pen I was sitting off in the distance, and she came to me in a full sprint. Fell into my lap and never left my side. She had picked me. I was asked to consider the other pup as it was stouter and had the qualities of a superior Golden; I never gave it a second thought. I was right. She was the best dog I’ve ever known.  She was a tough, hardy dog that never backed down when threatened by another dog, but never picked a fight. I never once worried about her with my kids. She would patiently endure their harassment and then follow them with concern when they would go outside. I was blessed to have her in my life for all these 15 years and I will never forget her. Rest in peace Maddie.

maddie (333x500)We would really appreciate your thoughts and comments (your email address will remain private). To leave a comment click on the “reply” just below the “RIP Madison Marie” heading of this post.