So much to share about the last seven months!
Life has been hectic,busy,heartbreaking,challenging,and yet strangely calming and fulfilling - ALL at the same time! Pippi and Matthew's relationship has grown and with it have come the hurdles we face in any relationship. I had to know that it wouldn't be THAT easy! I'm dealing with a dog, and an energetic one at that, as well as a child who is not able to speak verbally. I'd be a fool to think that this "honey-moon" phase would last forever. Meh!
Well...the economic tenor of the times fell hard upon my little family. With the loss of my job, and the difficulties that ensued from that experience, I struggled to rearrange our living situation and therefore our lifestyle. Pride goes out the window when all that matters is taking care of your child. Blessedly, I have the most wonderful parents ever - and we've built a new life together once again...with our veritable zoo of animals that we love like children. :)
Pippi has been especially happy to be living (full-time now) with the greater pack - which included Annie (my parent's beloved Field Champion English Cocker Spaniel) and Rowdy (my parents first foray - before they new any better - into Australian Shepherds. So shhhhh...don't tell him that he's actually a "mini" - because since Pippi has come along, he looks and acts like a full-fledged Aussie!!) She thinks all of the cats exist only for her "herding" pleasure and happily keeps them indoors where they're supposed to remain, albeit THEY are not always happy about that!
Because of Matthew's love for the pool, she's learned to swim, and help us with the gardening. She's helped Matthew and I carry the hose around to all of our beautiful plants and flowers, AND she's also helped me re-pot flowers and plants LONG before I ever realized they needed repotting. (Are you catching my drift here??)
She's mastered the art of Flippy Floppin' Fun - and can catch her Flippy in the air with circus like acrobatics that rival the skills of the best Flying Disc dogs. Methinks we see a VERY interesting development for her and Matt in the future!! And typical of my over-active imagination, I started to envision how I could develop an "recreational engagement program" for them that could be a template for future endeavors. I call it "Palz with Pawz." More to come on that later!
Tell us what you think of the cover art for the new book in the Bandit Series!