A holiday gift

Two weeks of low 20-degree temperatures overnights (unheard of in the Sacramento Valley), and there is not much left to show you in the garden.


It got an overdue drink this weekend – after the hoses thawed out. The forecast says the worst is behind us for a while.


The only color I have to share with you this week is on the Christmas tree;


the only birds that made an appearance today were stuffed.


So to warm your hearts – I give you Charlie and Linus (photos courtesy of my friend, Rob) –


two pups that arrived at Homeward Bound barely four months of age. They were accompanied by a very unwelcome guest: parvo. You can read their full story here. Suffice to say, they were blessed to have Homeward Bound guardian angels looking down on them. Most times, the prognosis is not good. A few weeks later, our miracle pups are healthy, happy and ready to roll.


They are also adopted.


Both went home this weekend, just in time for Christmas.


I can’t think of a greater gift.


  1. A beautiful tree with wonderful ornaments – love those dogs, and a happy ending. That’s a good thing. And, one thing we gardeners know – perennials come back so I’m positive I’ll see blooms from your garden before I see them from mine. 🙂

  2. I can’t think of more wonderful news!! Were they adopted together or by separate families?

    I love those “good dog” ornaments! They look like they were made with tender loving care! Did you make them?

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