Saturday, August 11, 2012

And so, we begin again  . . .
Last weekend I harvested all the tomatoes that had survived the Great Garden Neglect of 2012 before Hubby pulled out the plants for me.  Save for a few that were eaten right away, I blanched them to remove the peels, put them in quart freezer bags to enjoy when the heat of summer is but a distant memory.  I'm not ready to be done with a garden though.  Our climate is mild enough that we can try again.  This Beefsteak beauty holds the promise of vine ripened tomatoes from our backyard when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around.
Looks like I am going to have a gardening assistant.  A little background - I told Hubby when we lost Daisy that I was done having a doggy.  DONE!  Loving and losing was just too hard.  I instructed him that NO MATTER WHAT I did or said - he was to remind me of my resolve.  Happily, both he and I have failed miserably in trying to keep that resolve.
Larkin Calliope Estelle
will be joining our family next weekend.  She already has a name tag, collar, leash, bed, toys, snacks, food waiting for her.  As well as enrollment in her first puppy kindergarten class the following week.  Call us suckers  . . . . but the daily drear that has gone on here makes for a bleak outlook on life without the pitter patter of puppy paws,
This photo of Daisy telling Santa what she wanted for Christmas arrived in our mailbox today with a card from Santa (and his helpers) at the place where Daisy went to K9 camp each week.  Daisy is missed by everyone there . . . . looks like Larkin has some big paw prints to fill.  I am sure she will do so with grace and lots of snuggles.

52 comments:

Shakerwood said...

We said the same thing when we lost Marley but as much as I didn't miss the hair, the mess, the expense - did I mention the hair? -, I missed the companionship the most. I do know what it is like to be home alone all day while Dear Hubby is at work. They bring more joy than anything.

Welcome, Larkin!

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I hope you do have vine ripened tomatoes when Thanksgiving & Chritmas roll around. Not an option here...I wish it was! I can't wait to hear of the gardening adventures with Larkin Calliope Estelle! She is beautiful! Blessings,Karen

Jan said...

We've had some breaks between dogs, but life just isn't complete without one. Congratulations!

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm so happy to hear Daisy sent a new little angel your way.

Loris said...

Oh that is such good news! Larkin looks adorable and ready to fill your life with goodness and sharp puppy teeth :-) I can tell you that having a new furball to take care of really helps. No one will ever take the place of Harper or Daisy but Larkin will make a new spot in your heart and help you remember the love you shared with the other two without so much of the hurt.
Sabra has really brought us some needed joy and has turned out to be the perfect companion to Mosley. We have been rescued in more ways than one.

Diane said...

I'm so glad for you both-and Larkin is one lucky pup!

quiltsbycheri said...

oh joy to be had :)

quiltsbycheri said...

oh joy to be had :)

WoolenSails said...

I say that every time I lose a pet, no more cats or dogs, but it leaves an empty spot in my heart, we need a pet to love. I have come to realize, that the time is not important, but what we do with that time, while they are with us. She is just adorable and I love the photo of Daisy, she is missed by all.

Debbie

Pokey said...

So glad to see you have some happiness coming to live with you again! Nothing like that companionship that a pet can give!
:-}pokey

Mad Red Hare said...

It is hard losing one of our fur-kids, but there are so many out there that need love too! Congrats on the newest addition to the family!

Milah Frost said...

Lucky Larkin! She scored big when she met you, her furever family.

Sharon said...

When I saw the first line of your post I thought, Yes, they got another kid, and then you went on about your tomatoes. I'm so glad I read to the end, what a sweet dear puppy you have coming to join your family.

sewprimitive karen said...

Hooray, a new pup! The photo of Daisy is just so remarkable.

Jenny M said...

Larkin is too cute! I am looking forward to the warmer weather so I can get my tomatoes seedlings planted out.

Lorraine said...

Welcome little Larkin! I wonder if that tomato plant will look like a plaything to her :)

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Well #1, congratulations on finding Larkin who looks so adorable. And #2, Tomatoes at Thanksgiving? I am officially jealous.

Karen said...

I just knew that there would be another set of paws come into your life.

Janet said...

I cried so much when you lost Daisy. I am so happy that you and your hubby are getting Larkin. Is she a Golden Retriever? I lost my 17 year old in October of last year but I have my 9 year old so I have not gotten another. Every time I see somebody getting a puppy I want one. I know Mudd would like it too, I think or maybe he is too spoiled being the only "child". I can't wait to read about the new puppy and her adventures.
Janet

Paula, the quilter said...

Aw, welcome to Larkin! I can't get hubby to agree to a fur friend and it has been 10 years.

Gail said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you all!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great news! She sure does have big paws to fill! What a sweetie!

Angie said...

Awwww, Libby, I know how HARD it is to let one go---how HARD it is to not have the 'pitter patter of four little feet' in your house, not have a little heartbeat at your feet---AND how hard it is to say 'okay' again, BUT I also know that it is all worth it---when there are the 'pitter patter of four little feet' in your home and heart again... Huge hugs to all of you and Bayley, Marlee and I am doing a happy dance over here at Ships Landing :D

Tina said...

Larkin is just BEAUTIFUL!!!! I am so happy that you guys are getting another buddy!! My husband couldn't take losing our Bobbi dog three years ago and still hasn't come around to getting another dog and I can't tell you how "empty" this place feels without a puppy. Can't wait to see more pictures when Larkin comes home! I'm sure Daisy is giving her a big thumbs (paws) up!!!

Linnie Quilts said...

It was almost 5 years before we could think about opening our hearts to another sweetie but then Sadie Anne Zoe came along and captured us. She's a rescue girl and our lives have exploded with love ... she has given us far more than we could ever give back to her. Love her more than words...welcome Larkin (LOVE the name). Excited to see your pictures and hear of your adventures together ;-)

dee said...

Dogs wrap themselves around your heart and make everything happier. I'm so glad you got Larkin. We got Lucy a couple of weeks after Henry died and it eased the pain and brought smiles to all of us. That unconditional love thing is hard to resist. I'm contemplating getting another Corgi when the construction is done.

AnnieO said...

Good luck with your next crop! Of tomatoes, I mean. The puppy--who could resist that? You are all dog lovers through and through and without one, your family is incomplete. Glad your reserve crumbled to let the love in.

Nancy in MT said...

I'm hoping your new pup will fill your hearts with joy again. n

Candace said...

Well I'm just tickled that your resolve melted into Larkin, Libby! Isn't she just a sweetie! Is she a Golden, too? I know Daisy is happy for you too and I'm sure she'll be keeping an eye on her from doggy heaven. What a totally nice gift from the K-9 camp, too!
Cheers!

Lori said...

Ah, Looking forward to seeing more of Larkin!!

Beth said...

Oh my goodness Libby she is adorable, and I love the name. I am puddling up over here, I am so happy for you!

Carol said...

Oh Libby, we're sooooooooooooo excited for you...she's a doll...can't wait for her to come home. I cried when you lost Harper, I cried when you lost Daisy and today I crying tears of joy for Larkin coming to live with you!

Anita said...

Larkin looks so adorable and I love her middle name :) Can't wait to see how she does in Kinder! Good luck on your tomatoes too, I also neglected my garden and you've inspired me to check out our local nursery for fall/winter veggies :)

edie said...

Wild cheers and happy dancing!!!!!!!! I am so glad your resolve crumbled. I am another one who cried when you lost Daisy. One thousand plus cheers for you! That cutie patootie Larkin is one lucky little girl.

Mimi said...

Oh the heck with your resolve.....Larkin is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E !!!

suz said...

I'm glad you decided to get another puppy. Daisy and Harper were wonderful dogs and Larkin will have a perfect home!

Susan said...

Bring on the joy!!

KC Quilter said...

So happy she is coming into your life.

Barbara said...

So excited for you.......little Larkin will have the best new family to love.

A Quilter Awakens said...

She looks like an intrepid explorer!

Karen said...

I'm so happy for you both on your new puppy. We also said the same thing after our precious Hogan left our family. I just couldn't go through that pain again. BUT - as you know that companionship is something that once you've had you just can't be without. Looking forward to watching her grow :)

Hugs - Karen and Cami

Darlene said...

Good for you and your hubby! Larkin will fill the void and make everyone happy - including Daisy!

McIrish Annie said...

I was just waiting to see how long you would go! LOL! so adorable! can't wait to meet her. by december her paws will be a little bigger i'm sure!

Stina Blomgren said...

BIG SMILES... Enjoy your new little miracle ... :0))))

Cathi said...

I am so glad! Larkin is a very lucky puppy, coming to live with you and your husband. She looks absolutely adorable!

Jeanne said...

Oh, I'm so happy to hear that Larkin will soon be joining your family. She looks adorable. Although she will never replace Daisy, she will soon have her own place in your hearts.

Hogan's Adventure said...

So happy for you and that joyful little Golden...felt so bad when you lost Daisy. We have a 3.5 month old Golden, Lucy, who brings so much joy after the loss of our last Golden. For some reason, I think you live on the central coast....is that true. We have a house near Pismo.

Deana said...

I'm so happy for you getting your new puppy. We're the same way. We just have to have our furry kids under foot. Deana

Dixie said...

Wonderful news, and a new puppy to look forward to. Well done, Libby! It has not been a great year for tomatoes. Although I bumped my plant last week and a green tomato fell on the ground, do I picked it up and put it on the kitchen counter. Lo and behold, it actually ripened and was delish!

Stephanie D said...

Awesome! I hesitated to say anything after you'd lost both Harper and Daisy, but we dog people just can't be without one. Our lives are incomplete without that heartbeat on paws. And what a terrific name! Can't wait to read more about her!

Carole said...

Welcome Larkin! What a cutie pie she is! What fun it will be for you both! Hugs!

Taryn said...

My golden was named Daisy. It's been 8 years without her now and I am sorely tempted to bring another one home nearly every day. Pictures like those of your little Larkin don't help me keep my resolve. But, my life now isn't good for doggie parenting so I enjoy the photos and posts of your puppy. Enjoy her!