So, here they are....the lot that's been taking up most of my days
and night! Meet the
Delaney, Colleen, Murphy and Maddy!
bred on St. Patty's Day, the
reason for the Irish call names. C.L.A.N.
stands for "Cute Little Awesome Newborns" and cute they are! I have so many wonderful
pictures of these
little guys and they've been so much fun taking care of. They go to their new homes
around the 19th to
the 21st of this month and even though I love them a lot, I'll be
bred Cees' girl, Ruby last Saturday and yesterday and if the
puppy gods are with us, she will be a mom for the first time around
Day...go figure, I never was very good at planning these things out. Not only do I have puppies
on the ground the
4th of July holiday, I'll have another litter on Labor Day...what's up
that? Oh well, it
will keep me off the
roads and safe at home soaking up puppy breath (Big Smile)
month of June just flew by....! I've
been coming home daily to let Ms. Mercy
out to stretch her legs at lunch time and check on the puppies...that's
challenge as one of the main roads home has been closed for repair. So, from June 1st through
July 29th I have to
take an alternate, which hasn't been too bad.
reopen the road the week AFTER the puppies have all gone to their
new homes...LOL. That's
pretty much how
things work though; even the best laid plans have kinks in them most of
time... But that's
okay because I bought
a new car, well, new for me anyway...and the added driving time home
quite a bit in June I think. I
thought it was kind of silly to be sitting
with two vans and no car so I traded in the 1990 Ford Conversion van
purchased a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. I
1994 Intrepid that we'd bought in 1995 and had only 9 payments left on
a driver hit us last March '00 and totaled it.
That's when we
went and bought the 1997 Dodge Caravan, thinking it would
be much better to have with the girls, and it was.
every time I wanted to take
people in it, I had to vacuum it... So,
since the Ford van was a 1/2 ton, V-8 and not very good on gas mileage,
it wise to trade it in on a car that could haul people and not dogs... Course, the girls expect
that they should be
going for a ride in it real soon, but little do they know, they will
the interior of that car! It's
silver with charcoal black interior and once deluged with white Eskie
would never be the same....nope, they have the van, and I have the car!
On June 18th,
which would have been our 24th wedding anniversary,
I sold Cees' 1 ton dually and our 29' Layton
travel trailer. Odd
how things work out. I
had attempted to sell it a couple times in
the newspaper with not much luck.
of year was off and the gas crunch didn't help either.
I was just
getting ready to put some ads in
the Truck and RV Trader when my daughter-in-law called to tell me her
and brother-in-law was really interested in looking at it. They actually came over on
Father's Day, the
day before the 18th and looked at them, fell totally in love with them
said they wanted them. Rocky,
smitten with Cees' truck. Especially
running lights that he had installed over the running boards...I guess
guy thing, but it was one of the last things Cees had done to the truck
can still remember him saying to me, "Okay, now when it gets dark, I'm
going to drive the truck around the block".
"I want you to
tell me what she looks
like coming down the street.”
laugh at that memory...it looked like a Christmas tree all lit up with
lights, it already had them on the cab roof and with the added ones on
running board, and I could have parked it in my living room for
just added ornaments... He
was a happy camper!
I know that they
will enjoy it and since they knew Cees, each time
they look at it, it will remind them of him...
I am so
pleased that it's gone to a wonderful family that will use them
and enjoy them as much as I know Cees and I would have if we could
have... The other
amazing thing is, as much as I was
dreading our anniversary date of 6/18, it was wonderful to find out
and DeAnna's anniversary was the same day!
So, we just
traded anniversary memories and celebrated the fact that
6/18 was a good day! And
it was! Life still
continues to amaze me....
dog show season is upon
us. I imagine I'll
be a bit less
involved with having puppies around.
won't be able to show Ruby as she's hopefully expecting. That's too bad as I've
been informed by AKC
that she is in "Top 20" listings for her breed and if I was able to
continue to show her and keep her there, I would be receiving an
show at the AKC Eukanuba Invitational Show in Orlando, FL this winter. Cees would have been so
proud of his girl,
but I think he'd enjoy even more the little puppies that she's
to have...it's difficult for me to envision her as a mom. She's always
baby and the one set apart from the others.
She was our
first one that we kept from our first litter and so devoted
to Cees, and he to her. She's
pretty difficult year herself and at one point I was pretty worried
might not make it over the grief hill, but she has and now she is as attached
to me as much, if not
more, than Cees. So,
having puppies will
probably be a good thing for her.
will give her something to focus on for a while and me, MORE PUPPY
So, here I am at
the beginning of July. Memories
flooding over me like a Tsunami, so
much more vivid and fresh than those of years ago.
It seems just
like yesterday I was here.... Last
4th of July Cees was in the hospital recovering
from a dramatic time in intensive care.
had been bleeding internally from an upper gastric problem. They had moved him to his
regular room and
purposely given him a north facing room, his nurses always made sure he
with a wonderful view. Our
grand-daughter, daughter, my mom, and I had gone in that evening to
fireworks over Lake Union. It
and we had almost up-front seats.
I sat and watched them my thoughts still drifted to the "what
"where would we be a year from now?” While
you try to push those thoughts to the
furthest crevice of your mind, I can tell you that there were times
the best thought control could not banish them to the darkest recesses
trash bin. It was
at those times I would
look at him and think, "What a special person you are.” I was so proud of him and
how he dealt with
this challenge, what tenacity he had and how he seemed to just tackle
problem as it came along, continuing to remain his usual good natured,
sit here and wonder how the next few weeks are going to be... His birthday would have
been the 8th of July,
he would have been 64. The
day he died
was the 14th of July. I
still don't know
what my plans are for those days.
as though part of me wishes not to acknowledge them because if I don't in a way it keeps
it from being real. The
downside is, it is real and it's one more
issue that needs to be dealt with, so I will muster the courage to look
full in the face and know that whatever the days bring, they can't be
than what they were a year ago. I
never wish that Cees were here now;
going through what he had to endure.
where he is now, I would never wish he could return leaving such
and promise. Grief
is so selfish and grasping. It
only serves those that remain and until
one is able to forget how your loved one has died, you can't begin to
their life. I would
hope that in the
days to follow I will be able to begin to celebrate his life, share
thoughts and ideals that were so dear to him with his children and
grand-children and know that a part of him continues in them. The cycle of life....so
much more real to me
now than ever before... I
though, I never, ever wanted to be able to be this strong. But, it is for a reason
and a purpose that we
face life's challenges...I'm not sure what the reason is for this
person, but I
hope that I'll be able to, whatever comes, face it with as much
purpose and love that Cees did
Lynn Crawford & The Girls,
Mercy * Spirit * Faith * & Ruby
9, 2007 *NEW*
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Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in
the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the
friends, Cees and all the others that have gone on before us are still
on their first day. We're still working on those thousand.
II Peter 3:8 But beloved, be not
ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand
years and a thousand years as one day.