April 10, 2021 – The Gropius House – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, My Mom and I adventured to The Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The Gropius House is a Historic New England home, the former home of Modernist architect Walter Gropius and his family. Walter founded the German design school known as the Bauhaus. The House is currently a museum, and tours are offered for a fee.

We had a simple Adventure to The Gropius House. We were pleased to have my Mom with us on this Adventure, a stop on the way to our main destination. The Gropius House had a unique structure, as expected being the home of an architect. We walked around the home, and the grounds searching for color, and details. We found some beautiful signs of spring, and a lovely rock fence framing the property. It was a surprisingly warm, and gorgeous day. So glad we could check out The Gropius House today (This blog will not be rated).

Throwback Adventure

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

Today’s Throwback Adventure is from an Adventure I had with Shadow back in May 2017 to Campbell Falls in Norfolk, Connecticut. We had a day full of Adventures which included the spectacular Campbell Falls. It was beautiful, and had a magnificent song from the rushing water. We were able to climb half way up the waterfall, providing a different viewpoint. I have great memories of this special day with my boy. You can see a video highlight from this spectacular waterfall below, and click here to see the original post: May 27, 2017 – Connecticut – Campbell’s Falls.

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

If you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s photograph is an absolutely precious photograph of Wilma and her Mother. This photograph was taken long before I knew Wilma. I adopted Wilma when she was 12 weeks old, when she was rescued from where she lived in Alabama. I really cannot get enough of the adorable tiny Wilma and the way this photograph captures the bond and nurturing care of her sweet Mama. On an amazing note, her Mother was adopted by someone that is on our facebook rescue page so we get to see what she is up to as well. So so thankful to have this special photograph.

So although I cannot take credit for taking it, I will forever treasure it!

Happy Easter

Wilma and I want to wish all our family, friends and followers a Happy Easter! One of my fun ways to celebrate was of course a greeting with the Easter Bunny! Wilma was quite entertained with this meeting – which caused me quite the laugh. She was scared for about five seconds, and then relished the endless belly rubs and attention. I only captured one video, but of course I took endless photographs. It was a fun event! This was the second time Wilma has met the Easter bunny as two years ago Shadow and Wilma posed elegantly! The first round Wilma thought he was a big furry blanket, always my energetic entertainer. So of course I must include the photograph from the first visit, a special memory, and snapshot, in my heart.

I wanted to thank Quite Fetching Barkery and Pet Boutique in Grafton, Massachusetts! They not only host events like meetings with the Easter Bunny they also have amazing cakes, and a shop. Definitely check them out if you are a crazy dog mama like me!

Happy Easter from our to yours!

Remembering Shadow

It has been one year since we lost our sweet Shadow. I had an amazing 12 years with him, he and Buster had an amazing 7 years together, and Wilma and Shadow had an amazing 3 years with him. He really took a piece of my heart with him when he passed. I feel peace looking at endless photographs and videos of him, our Adventures, and the simple times at home. I always hope that he and Buster and are enjoying themselves wrestling, and cuddling. Today I choose some of my endless favorites, and for those of you who did not see my collages from last year I figured I would put the link below so you can see more. I cannot believe it has been a year, but am so blessed that he had 12 wonderful years in this world, changing my life forever. Cheers to my special boy!

Remembering Shadow: Remembering Shadow

Remembering Shadow with Wilma: Remembering Shadow and Wilma’s Adventures Together

Remembering Shadow with Buster: Remembering Shadow and Buster Together

April 2, 2021 – Downtown Mystic Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Downtown Mystic Connecticut. Downtown Mystic is located on the Mystic River and is the hub of restaurants, bookstores and shops. It is a popular tourist location.

We had a people-filled Adventure to Downtown Mystic Connecticut. I actually drove through this area several times looking for parking and determining if we felt like immersing ourselves into the tourist filled streets. Eventually I found a spot and we decided to wander through the town. There were endless people, and a few dog walkers here and there. We found a dock along the River, the drawbridge, a wharf, and walked past numerous shops, and restaurants. There were many tasty smells that filled the air, yummy! We found a couple statues throughout, adding some art to the scene.

Before leaving I found an outdoor ordering window for a small bakery, right next to the car. Poor Wilma must have thought we were at the ice cream shop as she hopefully gazed and charmed the employees while I waited for my iced chai drink, and tangerine cupcake. She even rejected the treat they kindly came out and gave her, my spoiled girl. Do not worry Wilma, the ice cream shops will be open before you know it and we will then be adding it to our Adventures (haha). So glad we decided to explore Downtown Mystic Connecticut today (Rating: This blog will not be rated).

April 2, 2021 – Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park – Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton, Connecticut. Fort Griswold is the site of the 1781 massacre by the British led by Benedict Arnold, during the Revolutionary War. The grounds include the Ebenezer Avery House, the Monument, and a Revolutionary War museum. The Fort borders the Thames River.

We had a scenic Adventure to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. We arrived to find the Fort in a quiet neighborhood, few visitors in sight. We began heading through the field over to the Fort, the location framed by a bright blue sky and beautiful clouds. We explored all the areas of the upper Fort, and found a tunnel leading to the lower area. After traversing through the tunnel we found a trail down to the lower area of the Fort. We explored every aspect of the Fort we could find. I found it so interesting, and beautiful, the views of the Thames River spectacular, and in the opposite direction spotting the Monument from afar. We took our time exploring and appreciating the experience. So glad we could visit Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park today (Rating: 4).

April 2, 2021 – Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls – Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls in Putnam, Connecticut. The Putnam River Trail is a three mile Trail that runs along the Quinebaug River. It crosses various parks, passes the Cargill Falls, and has benches and bridges along the path. There is even a dog park on the route.

We had a flurry-filled Adventure to the Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls. Although I am normally a lover of snowflakes being that it is now April, I was quite unimpressed. We parked at one of the numerous parking lots on Kennedy Drive. We walked and walked. We found some artwork, sculptures, and spotted mills across the River. There were several times we went down to the Rivers edge, to check out the view. Wilma enjoyed some sips, and thought about some energetic digs, but mostly just enjoyed the scene. As expected we appreciated Cargill Falls, composed of cascades below the dam. Although Cargill Falls is not one might consider a “normal” Falls it was more impressive then I expected. We saw several dogs, runners, walkers, bikers, and several people fishing. Overall I found the pathway quiet, except for the sounds of the nearby traffic. My favorite parts of this Adventure were the artwork, the Falls, and a beautiful arched bridge. Wilma loved walking, sniffing, finding some rocks to climb, and yes more grassy rolls! So glad we could visit the Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls today (Rating: 3).

VIDEO OF CARGILL FALLS

Throwback Adventure – Hopeville State Park – Connecticut

In April 2015 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to Hopeville State Park in Griswold, Connecticut. Hopeville State Park is a State Park popular for camping, boating, hiking, fishing, and swimming. It contains 544 acres of property which includes Hopeville Pond, and the Pachaug River.

We had a restful Adventure to Hopeville State Park. I actually do not remember many details about this Adventure, but do recall resting on the beach, and the boys enjoying some sandy digs. It is amazing seeing the peace and quiet of old photographs, while since COVID parks have been packed full of people. So glad to locate these photographs, of yet another Adventure with my boys (This blog will not be rated).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

If you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s snapshop is a puppy photograph of Wilma, I would guess she is about six months. She is perfectly posing in one of our bright red chairs. It seems like she was just a puppy the other day, but now she is four! She really has come a long way! Here she is….