Sunday Reflections

IMG_4038As we near the end of 2015 I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past year. The ups, the downs, the…who knows whats. I’m not complaining by any means for it’s life and I take it as it comes.

Today, after walking the pups, eating, and talking on the phone with a good friend, I got to work cleaning and putting stuff into the donation pile. My winter cleaning that I do every year. I came across some of my grandmother’s old recipes and remembered that I was going to compile a cookbook of them. Just another of the many projects I didn’t get finished this year. So, I put it in my calendar for 2016. There are a few more quilts I want to do next year as well. I cleaned out a lot of jewelry today, stuff I just don’t wear and while doing that I found the sapphire┬áring and pendant DH brought me back from one of his deployment cruises to Thailand. That alone made me thrilled even more so when it fit better than when he brought it back for me.

I located an old photo album of my GSD Clarke. From two days old up until I put him down. So, had a nice long cry there. I still miss him and he’s been gone over seven years now. Some days the pain is just as fresh as it was that day he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was my heart dog. Although I will say my Nina has done a damn good job of taking his place. She was born in May and I lost him about two months later as if he knew she was here now and he could leave me protected. Nina grew up with Clarke’s relative but she took on so many traits of his. So many. She even looks at me like he did, anticipates what I’m going to ask her to do and will pretty much do anything I ask. She’s even learned how to search a house, as my shepherds did. Something I found out when I came downstairs to find the front door wide open. I wear a pendant of a GSD around my neck and it helps me feel closer to Clarke.

We recently brought home one of Nina’s pups and I would be lying if I wasn’t scared that she was going to leave me soon. I recently had a friend lose a Borzoi who is three years younger. Just how my mind works, I know it doesn’t mean anything just, more thoughts.

As I was folding up the quilt I’m donating I was contemplating on what is to come. All the adventures, changes, and new challenges that 2016 will bring. I’ve been blessed, I can say that without the slightest bit of hesitation. I wish all of you a wonderful remainder of 2015 and nothing but a prosperous 2016.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some projects of the writing sort to get working on.

Happy Sunday,

~Aliyah

2 Responses to “Sunday Reflections”

  1. Gynger Fyer says:

    Wow, great memories, the good and the painful ones too. I think we should all do some reflecting. Sometimes we need a reminder of how far we’ve come and take some time seeing where we need to go.

  2. Aliyah Burke says:

    I completely agree with you, Gynger. Reflection is important and while I still cry when I remember him, I know he’s always there watching over me in one form or another. Hope you’re doing well.
    ~Aliyah