Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


  Saturday evening we sat outside by the campfire…As I said once before, Dennis  would sit by a campfire if it were 110 in the shade and he had to sit in his skivvies.. We had been to the Moose Lodge for a beer and a wine….OK, maybe it was 2 beers and 2 wines..At any rate, we came home to enjoy the warm evening outside..The clouds were like cotton puffs ….and there were storm clouds to the South….


Sunday morning, Den worked on putting in an extra outlet in our Hiker bedroom.  He wanted a designated outlet for plugging in our heater when we are hooked up to 30 AMP..It seems we use the heater lots in Texas, especially in the mornings of December and January. Sometimes I forget it’s on and go and start the fireplace/heater in the living room…not good..Also, you have to be careful about the coffeepot, microwave and the electric hot water heater when running our little heater…Electricity- shmicity..I don’t understand Ohms from WATTS from AMPS.  I DO know that if you stick your finger in a socket it is like getting a lobotomy!!!


So now you know how I feel about electrical stuff.  I really prefer not to get involved, but, alas, I have smaller hands than McGuyver…and that means fishing cable through itsy places, like under the drawer in the kitchen. This is my contribution…Sometimes working together in tight places can be fun…But….NOT with electrical stuff…

About 11AM ,we took a ride up to Uncle Jr’s and Aunt Jeanette’s home in Montgomery.  Den had purchased a cap to install on their fireplace chimney to help keep out the Raccoons..When we got there, we found that they had caught 2 raccoons in the live trap they had set by their house…Den asked Jr. what he did with them and he smiled and said,” I dropped them off at your house”…NOT FUNNY UNCLE JR!!!


No, that isn’t Karnack in the turban..That would be Aunt Jeanette, fixing us some snacks…She is 95 years young and can work circles around me..Are those wine glasses on the table??? Yes….and she can drink me under the table, too. After a full day of visiting with our Aunt and Uncle, we got home, cooked outside and fell into bed…They can do that to ya.

  I got a call from my brother-in-law that my sister, Darlene, was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin.  She is 7 years older than I am (69), and has many health issues… COPD, an enlarged heart, diabetes….and now they think she may have a fractured hip.  So I got in the truck Monday morning and made the drive to see her…I HATE the drive up there, but I LOVE my sis more..The traffic is horrific..lots of nasty, fast driving, lane changing, cell-phone talking, bumper to bumper drivers…I’m getting too old for this stuff!! Maybe I should apply for a handicapped sticker..I could be handicapped..mentally…after driving on this race track!!

  Naturally,  I got lost…..I had the directions on a post it note, stuck to the truck radio…But it isn’t easy maneuvering in and out of traffic, trying to read street signs , all at the same time…I went to the wrong place..OF COURSE!  I was at a clinic, so I figured they could point me in the right direction….and they did.

wrong place, Donna!!!              FINALLY….

All said and done, I got to see Darlene…She was going to have an open MRI today for her hip….We had a visit, and I left when they came to do her tests…I will keep track of her, for sure….To make a long story longer…Monday evening, my daughter, Chris from Indy, called …crying.  This will send chills down any mother’s spine… Their dog, Sara,  jumped the fence in their backyard, ran across the busy highway and was hit by a car and killed…Heartbreaking…That will take the wind right out of ya …been there..done that…losing an animal. No words will console …

I have this feeling about pets, especially dogs….Their time on this earth is shorter than ours, as a rule…In that short time, we grow in many ways and learn sooo much from them.   They give much more to us than they take, and when they leave us, we feel so empty..But I feel like they are at peace,  somehow they know that we are better people for loving them, no matter how short the time was that we had them..Thanks, Sara Jane, you taught us lots….


  1. so sorry for the loss of Sara-Jane!..dogs and their owners..unconditional love is all!!..there time on earth is short!!..may she rest in peace!
    hugs.. :(

  2. Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge...together...

    Author unknown..

  3. So sad to have things like that happen. An amimals death & especially a pet's death almost always seems to affect me more than a human death. I can't even watch anything on TV with animals in it because the animals often end up in bad situations. Makes no difference if it's a pretend show or a real show. Can't handle seeing animals suffer in any way, shape or form. I feel so sad not only for Sara Jane but your daughter Chris as well........:((

  4. Let's hope your sister recovers from her hip injury and is home soon and fully recovered. It was really nice of you to drive all that way to see her, I'm sure that lifted her spirits a lot.

    Losing Sara-Jane like that it is just tragic. As a long time dog owner myself, I remember just how it feels to lose a beloved pet. Words help a little, but the only real remedy is time. After enough time, only the good memories and times remain. I hope that time comes soon for your daughter.

  5. Oh my!! First, I hope you sister improves with her hip real soon. Please keep us updated.

    I am so sorry to hear about Sara Jane! It has been almost a year since my sweet Molly (Shih Tzu of 18 years) died. She was my baby and I still cry when I think of her. I agree with Al...I can't stand to watch a movie etc. where an animal is killed. I can take the humans more than the animals. Please tell your daughter we are thinking of her at this time. So sad. Rainbow Bridge is such a sweet verse. I bet I've read it a hundred times this past year. I'm glad Lisa shared it with you.
    Take care!!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  6. Donna, what a day for you, first your sister and then the loss of Sara,tell your daughter she has our sympathies, the loss of a pet is hard enough when it grows old and it's time has come. But the unexpected loss due to an accident is much harder, Sara was a beautiful dog with a pretty face. We still are mourning the loss of our yellow Duke, even though we have had Rigg's for over a year now, and Lord knows he sure keeps us busy and entertained, but everyonce in awhile Donna will say I sure miss my Doodlebug, which was Dukes nickname. I hope your daughter and her family will have a new pet soon to help heal the loss.Your freinds, be sfae out there. Sam & Donna.

  7. Is that a for real rotary dial phone behind Anunt Jeanette? Those are worth about $100 plus.

    Sorry to hear about your sis and hope she does well.

    Sorry to hear about Sara Jane that would be hard to take.

    Love the poem from Hembree that is nice and says it all. I copied and saved it.

  8. Yes...that is a rotary phone on the wall behind Jr. and Jeanette..Their whole house is like stepping back into the late 1950's. They just now got rid of their turquoise refrigerator...
    Thanks to everyone for you kind words and support...It meant lots to me....

  9. Oh Donna! I'm sad to read about your daughter's loss of Sara Jane. She was a beautiful girl. It's heartbreaking :( How old was she? What a terrible loss.

  10. I'll proudly accept the Official Cavedweller status! How's your daughter doing today? I hope she's not there alone. I imagine the house will be too quiet for a long time.