I have been immersing myself in the Beatles retrospective on VH1 Classic for the past two weeks and it is really bringing back some memories, as well as some old emotions I thought were long gone. The Beatles were the band of my childhood. There was other music too, like Motown, the Stones, etc., but the Beatles were my absolute favorite band. Besides that, those boys were all cute ;-)
So I have been filling up my life and ears with Beatles music and stories. It's raining outside so why not listen to Beatles music and clean the house. One thing I've noticed as I watch all the shows is the innovation and the many things started by the Beatles that we now consider staples of the music industry. What an amazing, and fun group! I think I'll always be a Beatle fan.
The other thing I have noticed is that, among the emotions and feelings coming up while listening to the music, are the many things I have wanted to do over the years that didn't get done. There is some regret there and sadness for things and chances lost, but also a realization of how I've changed over the years. My focus and purpose now is so far away from what it was as a teenage. I suppose it's like that for many people. Some folks seem able to make their teen dreams come true (like the Beatles), others are drawn to different dreams as they age. Curious...
When I think of all the things I thought I wanted to do as a teen and what I'm doing now, I realize that I really wouldn't change anything about my life now. I love my animals and the rescue work I do. I love the church Arleen and I are building, and I love my home and family. So I guess, despite some lingering sadness over things not done, I am satisfied with the way my life is going. But I'll always be a Beatle fan.
I have a new, longer term foster dog. Boog will be staying with us until the beginning of December. His mom had to move in with her mother temporarily so we agreed to keep Boog for her. He is a Basset Hound/standard Dachshund mix with a black tongue. Don't know what else is in there but he is black and tan with Basset legs and a tail that stands up over his back. His face looks like a Doxie. And he is the sweetest dog I've met in a long time. He's very laid back and easy-going.
I am sure that if his current owner decides she can't take him back, he will probably stay with us. Arleen already loves him and so do I. Of course, the girls are a bit jealous, but even Bentley is getting along well with Boog. And the every gay (actually, we think he's bi) Dinky is really enamoured with Boog.
I will put up some pictures of Boog as soon as I get some. Right now, we are all getting to know each other and get spaces and places settled. It's always exciting when a new dog enters the pack, but I'm thinking Boog will fit right in. In a way, he reminds me a lot of Brownie, the dog my neighbor had when I was a baby. Brownie and I were tight. He was my protector and we were best friends throughout his life. I LOVED that dog. And Boog reminds me of him. Brownie was a brown, standard Dachshund. Did I say I LOVED that dog?
Right now, Boog is settled in his crate — he made immediate friends with Arleen the first night when he took himself into the crate for bed by himself. After the last two puppies, who hated the crate, this is great. And during the day, if he's tired, he heads right for the crate. That is a plus for Arleen. No more screaming puppies. So the house is much more peaceful with Boog. I hope it stays that way. We need some peace and quiet right now.
Things are moving in terms of the church and stuff, but they are moving slowly. We are working on a Pet Blessing service for October 4, 2009 — the traditional day for pet blessings. I am thinking of having it at Dunk N Dogs. I thought about having it outside at Hines Park, but the weather is a question. I can't handle another rain-out. :-( We were rained out several times this summer.
I am hoping that Sharon can get the back room cleaned out before the 4th. I'm hoping to have a good sized crowd for the event. Well, gotta get to work on the house and Pet Blessing stuff.
Have a safe and blessed day.
Reverend Claudia "Red Feather" Barber