The virtues of getting lost


“If you don’t get lost, there’s a chance you may never be found.” ~ Author Unknown

I’m going to get lost for a week or so. Time to take a travel break and find some serenity, inspiration and rejuvenation where there is rain and lush, green forests. Ina and Anna will tend to the garden as Maria is also away. Who knows what mischief they will get into?!


When the cat’s away…

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Spring is quickly slipping by. I said farewell to its blooms today in case they are not here when I return.


All signs point to summer’s arrival including the sprouting of sunflowers,




and the nesting mourning doves in the garden trees.

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I feel better about leaving knowing that this pup has left as well.

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Junior was the last of our hunting dogs. Deaf, it took a little while longer to get him home. But home he went this weekend, with previous adopters who gave Lisa (now Ellie) her new chance at life.


His new people are renaming him “Orion” – for the Greek hunter – and the constellation by the same name. Not that he can hear it. But no matter. I’m pretty sure he knows that his life just got much brighter. Instead of chasing ducks in a field, he can light up the lives of his new people.

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Happy life, Orion. We’re going to miss you.
And happy week to all of you. Aloha. See you soon.


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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

10 thoughts on “The virtues of getting lost”

  1. Have a wonderful and Safe trip
    I love the work you do here…Lights up Faith in humanity everytime I wander in …Thank you 🙂
    Take Care…You Matter…

      1. You’re Welcome and I am pretty sure you will find lots of inspirations there 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for helping us find Orion. He is so curious about the world around him, and is fitting in with our family very well. The birds in our neighborhood are going to be very glad that we keep him on a leash… and the ones in our backyard may not come around when he is out patrolling.

    1. Thank YOU so much for giving him such a wonderful, caring home, Matt! He’s a very special boy…it just took a special human to see past his “disability” to see that he is both clever and loving. Congratulations on your adoption. You got yourself a great one. 🙂

  3. How wonderful that you can get away! Refresh, rejuvenate and enjoy! I love the story of Orion and his new home! I think there will be a little spring left when you get back. 🙂

    1. I hope so…cooler weather this week while I’m away…so you may be right! We will SO miss Orion, but thrilled for his adoption to a wonderful family.

  4. Enjoy! You certainly deserve it. So happy for Orion and his new family. May they have many, many happy years together.

  5. Peace and joy to your break time! Renewal time is so important for all of us, but especially those who use their gifts in care-giving, as you do. So, good for you!

    When you have time, I would love to learn about the camera settings you use to get those amazing bee and hummingbird shots you’re so gifted at capturing; they are amazing!

    Be well, and happy adventures and discoveries.

  6. Wishing you a wonderfully restorative break! What fabulous news about the adoptions: smiles all round 😉 THANK you for these touching and tender photos.

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