Peaks and Valleys

Someone reminded me earlier this month that without valleys, the highs wouldn’t be so special.  We’ve been on quite a ride since Friday, and I had hoped to get photos of the incredible gifts I received on Friday, but… 

I like natural light photos.  It’s rather impossible to get them right now.  Add in a field trip to the city yesterday that took SO MUCH longer than expected, and I’m sitting here at work this morning, and… maybe it’ll be decent when I get home and I can take a few photos of the very special, hand-crafted gifts that restored my Christmas spirit.

In the meantime, I did find the photo of Sis with snow on her nose.  This monster monitor I got at work earlier this month makes a difference!  Isn’t she a hoot?!  Crazy, beautiful dog…

Now, I want to share a few of the peaks and valleys with you.  Some are too personal, so I ask for prayers and good vibes for two dear men I’ve known all of my life who are struggling.  One in hospitalized, but I’m counting a peak…  Yesterday, I feared we’d have a VERY painful Christmas funeral to face and a life-long  friend to hold up, but the news is much brighter this morning.

I don’t think I need to explain that dogs are to me what children are to most people.  So when a friend’s dog is ill or worse, I hurt with them.  I cried so hard while reading Yvonne’s tribute to Beau last night that both of my girls climbed into my lap (no, Sissy doesn’t really fit but that doesn’t stop her) and licked me until I couldn’t help but laugh… which made me hurt all the more for Yvonne and her pack. 

Mugsy & Sissy, January 2008

I guess this is where I confess that part of the reason there was so much snow on the deck when I let the girls out when I got home is I had a little moment in the driveway Friday evening.  Mugsy and Fred LOVED snow, and it hit me like a ton of bricks when I spoke to them as I was getting all of my goodies out of the car.  The love of a good dog is something you just can’t get over when they’re gone, no matter how loving, beautiful and sweet the other dogs in your life might be.

That’s the best photo of my first NH Knitting Mama yarn.  Why am I flashing that?  Well, because she’s having a contest!   If you haven’t tried Amanda’s yarns, this is a great time.  Personally, I want to win, but if not me, then at least one of you.  Be sure to tell her I sent you!

Last, but hardly least, I was especially honored to find myself on Louise’s “silver” list.   If you haven’t put her Months of Edible Celebrations in your blog reader, favorites or whatever you use to keep up with the blogs you simply have to read, you’re missing out.   If you eat, you’ll enjoy her blog.  If you like food history, you’ll love it!  I met Louise through Marjie, and we hit it off right away.  Isn’t it sweet when you meet someone who shares some of your interests that the people in your day-to-day life think are weird?  I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who reads cookbooks like novels, or who enjoys a little history mystery…  Thank you Louise, for a delightful, insightful blog, for your friendship and for honoring me on your blog!

Wishing you more peaks than valleys, although a nice blanket of snow with some drifting does kinda’ even them out a bit…

19 comments on “Peaks and Valleys

  1. Nichole says:

    Sending good vibes your way… and Hugs.

    GREAT pic of Sissy and her snow nose…

  2. Kathy says:

    Warm hugs sent your way..

    Love the pics!

  3. Sue J. says:

    You are so right about the peaks and valleys. Life is full of them. Makes us realize how lucky we are to, occasionally, hit a peak. I, too, cried my eyes out at Yvonne’s post about Beau. Milo just looked up from the couch to see why I was crying. I hugged him, and he licked away my tears. Made me cry even harder!

  4. gaylen says:

    No far – I’m not home with dogs to comfort me while I had tears streaming down my face. I do have Daisy Beagle dirt on my jeans from meeting her at the beach yesterday – does that count for anything?

    I’m sorry you’ve had so many valleys this year. It doesn’t seem like the peaks have evened that out for you any. I hate that for you. I think it’s so incredibly important to count all the small victories as peaks. 2 sicks days spent playing hookie with the hubby and remembering why I love him – peak all the way 🙂

    thanks friend, I’m still wishing you many, many more peaks in 2010. g

  5. Marjie says:

    Sissy’s picture is adorable. We didn’t get as much snow as you, but Thor’s enjoying it in small doses.

    You are right,. Without valleys we wouldn’t recognize our peaks.And while your boys are gone, their memories can never be taken away, and the girls bring you joy every day. Merry Christmas, and let’s keep chasing the damn deer off our front porches in 2010!

  6. AlisonH says:

    Just sent up a prayer for your friend, whoever he may be. Your dogs are adorable and your snow peaceful; best wishes for a Christmas filled with the love that makes all things bearable and even joyful.

  7. km says:

    Wish I had more time to be eloquent about this today…

    Once at a retreat, a speaker talked on and on about agriculture. I couldn’t figure it out. And then he brought up the point that fruit doesn’t grow in mountain tops. Indeed, fruit grows in the valley. M is driving through California’s Central Valley today. The agriculture there is amazing and always reminds me of this truth. The fruit is in the valley. So today as he passes the vineyards and harvested cornfields think about your growth. I know growth is generally not painless…but oh, when you get to the peak and look back at the valley…the perfectly plowed rows are astounding.

    Prayers for your peace in the valley.

  8. Walden says:

    Good thoughts sent your way.

    That picture of Sissy is wonderful. She looks silly and thoughtful all at one time.

  9. Grace says:

    Love Sissy

    we are in the valleys right now without a peak in site, we too have a friend on life support and just keep waiting for the call and today Tom learned he won’t be working tomorrow–no pay, and no warning. It just all bites right now but he is better about it all today and says its my ego that’s causing me pain. Maybe its true but I have always despised his boss and this is just one more straw on this camel’s back

    Oh well, i have to find a silver lining, don’t know yet what it is but I have to find it!!!!

    sending prayers for your valleys!

  10. Mary says:

    2009 has been that kind of year for a lot of us–a few too many valleys and not enough peaks.

    Hope that your friend continues to heal, and that Yvonne gets some comfort in knowing she gave Beau a good and happy life after such a tough beginning.

    Thinking of you.

  11. Sue says:

    That’s a wonderful picture of Sissy. All my Christmas cards this year showed the dogs playing in the snow. Happy memories!

    I cried for Beau last night and today I’m in a deep valley. It was one year ago today that we lost Monty. It all happened so fast that it still seems unreal

    It’s been a rough year and I think we’re all about due for a good one. Samba caught the ball today. That doesn’t sound like much, but believe me, it’s huge!

  12. kathy b says:

    Im going over to the foodie blog. Great images today on your post!

  13. Anita says:

    Of course the photo of Sissy is adorable! She’s just so dang pretty. 🙂

    Lovely, thoughtful post… our beloved pets are never far away even after they have gone are they?

  14. Tuffy says:

    Thoughtful post. Am not looking forward to when i have to say goodbye to my darling dogs. I know we all have to say our goodbyes eventually but I don’t think nothing can ever prepare us for the moment.

    Best to focus on savouring the moments with them. Love the photo of sissy in the snow. What great snowy shots – what camera u using?


  15. Amanda says:

    On top of your post, I watched Marley & Me yesterday. Again. Why do I do that to myself? That movie makes me cry like a baby.

  16. Bubblesknits says:

    Sending good healing thoughts winging towards those friends of yours.

    Love that pic of the Sissy Monster with the snow on her nose. 😀

  17. louise says:

    Oh Channon what a heartfelt post. I learned early on to accept the peaks and valleys in life as paths to inner strength. You just never know when friend, foe or stranger may need a shoulder or a kind word. Given the choice (which of course none of us have,) I much rather glide through the peaks and valleys than ride the roller coaster of unsustainable height and heart wrenching dives.

    Thank you so much for all of your kind words. It is an honor getting to know you and sharing in your world. I could never express how much I’ve already learned from you. Your visits are the silver lining of my day. I thank you:)

  18. Terrie says:

    Praying your friend continues to get better!

    Beautiful picture of Sissy with the snow 🙂

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