As Dawn Breaks…..

As Dawn Breaks…A New Day Begins In Juniper.

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Rays of light sparkle and dance on my window…calling me out of bed to capture the first blush of dawn.

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Wiping sleep from my eyes, I throw on some warm clothes and grab my camera hurrying out the door!

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Daybreak will soon be exploding into heavenly colors full of majestic beauty.

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“God’s Glory” shines with heavenly delight above me as,

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Sky colors dance across my lens, filling my heart with strength of heart and a renewed hope!

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Hey Min-Min? Psssst…wake up…its almost daybreak:)

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Magic time light surrounds me as the silly struggles of life softly fade away…

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It’s a brand new day to write a page or two on a clean slate!

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Deep gratitude fills my heart with joy…today will be full of good things!

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Minnie’s awake…my beautiful green-eyed kitty girl…so very precious to my heart and she is almost 20 years old:)

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And its coffee time…Java Java Jing Jing Jing! (My parents sang that tune way back in the early 1960’s)

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Coffee? Who needs doffee, I’m wide awake and still on the night shift. Hey Minnie, quit yawning…you silly kitty girl:)

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Welllll…Tucker I’m not silly!!! I had the night shift too and Dad snored…kept me and Mom awake all night! Mom, tell Tucker to quit staring at me!

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Lets join in and sing Barry Manilow’s song “Daybreak”…I love that song as it puts you in a happy mood! And its Daybreak…ain’t no time to grieve…its Daybreak, if only you’ll believe and let it Shine Shine Shine all around the world…so lets Sing Sing Sing it to the world…and let it Shine Shine Shine, all around the world! Keep singing Barry!

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Mom…seriously, look into my green eyes…do I look happy? Tell Tucker to buzz off! Now where is my caffee?

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HRCG and her gang are over and out for now…but we will be back:) Now hush all of you guys…we all have to get along:)

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  1. Lily Lau
    Dec 04, 2014 @ 10:34:56

    20 years old, you’d been together for so long… now she’s resting, so beautiful, and we hope she awaits you there for long, before you meet again ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Nylabluesmum
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 16:35:49

    You are so welcome HRCG!! You mean alot to me also.
    Love Sherri-Ellen โค โค

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  3. katsrus
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 15:55:50

    I am sorry about the loss of your sweet kitty. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sue B
    Charlie,Cashew,Garfield,Tubby,Hope

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 20:58:29

      Dear Sue B., Charlie, Cashews, Garfield, Tubby and Hope…thank you so much for dropping by the blog…I truly appreciate your support during this time of grief. I miss my Minnie Girl…this week has been tough and often tears fall. I know she is now safe and healthy but I miss her….

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  4. fozziemum
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 15:11:35

    We have popped over from Sherri-Ellens blog to send you all our love at this time..we may not know each other but as a pet owner we know the same pains…we wish your sweet girl Minnie Mouse endless days of sunpuddles at the rainbow bridge..much love and hugs Fozziemum xxx

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 20:49:57

      Dear Fozziemum….that you for dropping in from Sherri-Ellens blog about my kitty angel Minnie…your comments hug my heart and we do share the pain when we loose our beloved fur animals…it is sooo hard right now…I find myself looking for Minnie as I expect to see her jump up on the sofa where she liked to hang with me…I miss her so much. I know God gave me a sign with the double rainbows so I know she is ok and so much better now…that makes my heart glad but I still miss her furry little self and her meows, her purrrs and her love…sending you hugs and lots of loves for your fur babies…

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      • fozziemum
        Dec 02, 2014 @ 22:50:57

        Indeed their presence is so badly missed..and all we can do is take baby steps..i still feel mine around me…tim makes their memory even stronger..but more bearable eventually..many hugs again for you and your family..Fozziemum xxx

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Dec 07, 2014 @ 15:18:13

        Thank you much Fozziemum:) I do still have times of tears but the good memories are coming back and all of the funny ones Minnie and I had help…she could always make me laugh….sending you hugs:)

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      • fozziemum
        Dec 08, 2014 @ 01:30:29

        That is great..they do have so many quirky ways and when you remember them it is hard not to smile ๐Ÿ™‚ sending big hugs your way too! Fozziemum xx

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  5. onespoiledcat
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 10:04:33

    Dear Marcie…..we just heard about Minnie and wanted to let you know our hearts ache for you – she was such a gorgeous girl and had such a wonderful long life there on the ranch with you. Sending you hugs……big ones……I know she’ll be in your heart forever but the ache is still there………

    Hugs, Pam (and Sammy)

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 20:30:20

      Dear Pam and Sweet Sammy…thank you for your tender hearts, your words hug my heart. It has been a rough week and I find tears often as I look at Minnie’s bowls or her toys…everywhere she liked to sleep or hang out with me…loosing our precious animal babies hurts and Minnie and I having almost 20 years was amazing. I know we were blessed and she had good health until the last few months. She did well with having lost her sight as she knew her way around and I am the protective Mommy who often made sure she was ok…the house feels so different without her. I know she will always be with me in heart and spirit, and I know I will see her again one day, but I miss her soft fur and cattitude, her green eyes and her funny little antics that always made my heart smile…I just miss her. Sending both kitty hugs and Mom hugs too…

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  6. dezizworld
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 13:52:47

    So sorry fur yous loss.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 19:03:16

      Hi Dezi and Lexi, you are so sweet to come visit me…I subscribed to your blog and will enjoy reading about both of yous. You are both so pretty and love that turkey begging look:) Minnie had it down really really good…she could tell what we were going to have whether a turkey or a hamburger and once we had our plates dished up, she would come sit and stare at me…she would wait for a bit and then she would gently pat me with her paw and she would wait patiently to see if I was getting her that one bite…if I was slow she would pat me again but a bit firmer and if that did not do it, she would pat me with a pat and a hook…that always worked and I would give her whatever she was wanting…she was so sweet and smart too…and I miss her terribly. Sending gently kitty loves and hugs.

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      • dezizworld
        Dec 03, 2014 @ 11:32:03

        She sounds pawsum. We awen’t so “gentle”. Altho’ we do attempt a beg first, ifin mommy dusn’t wespond quick enuff we just help owselves. MOL a quick paw in da plate and swipe back and it’s ours. MOL Course mommy’s purretty quick at gettin’ hers plate outta da way these days too. So it’s ’bout a 50/50 chance we get what we want when we want it. But mommy’s always sure to give us most everyfin’ we want, and fur sure all we need. We sure hope you enjoy ow blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Dec 07, 2014 @ 15:22:22

        You two make me smile big:) Ahhhh I can imagine and there were times that Minnie wasn’t so gentle either, when we had steak off the BQ she was ready as soon as I sat down…and she taught me well as she always got the first bites:) Sending you kitty luvs and rubs and hugs too:)

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      • dezizworld
        Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:50:38

        Da first bites? Now dat’s da way it shuld be. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fanks.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Dec 19, 2014 @ 19:01:36

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  7. Marty the Manx
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 12:46:15

    Coming over from Sherri-Ellen’s to leave our condolences.
    Paw Pats and soft Purrs
    Marty & The Gang

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 18:54:38

      Dear Marty and The Gang, thank you for coming over, your presence means the world and it helped me so much…Sherri-Ellen was so sweet to send friends to help me with the very sad grief and loss of Minnie. The last week has been tough without her and I miss her so…she was so special and so sweet, my kitty angel girl and my baby…we were blessed to have the years together and I loved her so very much. She made my heart smile and our hearts grew knitted together…I know she is with me and will be forever but I miss her soft purrs and her sweet spirit, her unique cattitude and her kitty loves. Sending hugggz and lots of kitty loves to you. And I subscribed to your cute blog:)

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      • Marty the Manx
        Dec 03, 2014 @ 06:00:01

        Thank YOU so much! We send you luvs and support in this sad time. Mom lost her heart doggie 5 years ago and still has sad days so we know how hard it can be.
        Marty and the Gang

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Dec 07, 2014 @ 15:20:09

        Dear Marty and Gang, thank you for your thoughts and support. I am remembering the happier times now and doing better but like your Mom I too still have those sad moments. Sending lots of love, hugs and special cuddles:)

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  8. Savannah's Paw Tracks
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 10:26:09

    I just learned from Nylablue’s Mum, Sherri Ellen that you have lost your very precious Miss Minnie. Sending her wind to go beneath her new wings.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 18:44:31

      Dear Sweet Savannah, you are such a sweetie and you make my heart warm..thank you much from dropping by. I do miss my Minnie girl so much…we loved other with an instant love and connection…I will forever be thankful that I was asked to take Minnie when she was just teeny tiny as she truly brought so much sunshine and love to my life…she had a beautiful spirit. Hugs and Purrs with Lots Of Kitty Loves from Mminnie’s Mommy

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  9. Mags Corner
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 10:24:23

    We did not have the honor of knowing your sweet Minnie and we are sorry for that. Sweet Sherri-Ellen and angel Nylablue let us know that your sweet Minnie had to say goodbye and we are so sorry. We wanted to come by and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time. Leaving you lots of warm, hugs and purrs. You will be in our prayers. Maggie, Chancy and Pooh

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 18:32:33

      Hello Maggie, Chancy and Pooh..you are so sweet to drop in and offer your kind thoughts an support…I am thankful that Sherri-Ellen did a post on Minnie right away as I was not able to reach out and could not think clearly enough to write…and she was so nice to point everyone in our direction. Truly the words have helped my heart as they hug it…I miss Minnie so very much. I know she is in a better place and I will see her again but I miss her sweet cattitude and her love…she was so fun to be around as she brightened up the room with kitty luv and sweetness.

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  10. Austin Towers
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 10:21:00

    We came over from Sherri Ellen as she’s told of the passing Minnie cat! We are very sorry indeed for your loss. Such a long life she had with you and we send cyber hugs and purrs, Caro and Austin The Tux โค๏ธ

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 18:24:15

      Thank you so much Austin and Caro…it was very sweet of you to come see me…your support and friendship help my heart feel hugged. I miss Minnie so much, we did have many years together which was a huge blessing, we had a heart connection that was deep, she was my kitty angel girl and I was her Mommy…she was so very sweet and we loved each other lots…I keep looking for her and miss giving her lots of kitty rubs and soft kisses. Sending you hugs and some ear scratches and under the chin rubs too…

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  11. speedyrabbit
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 09:10:09

    our friend Sherri-Ellen sent us,so sorry for the loss of your girl Minnie,Hugs and Bunny snuggles xx Speedy and Rachel

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 17:43:44

      Thank you Speedy and Rachel for reaching out to me…your support means so much. I miss my Minnie girl, she was so special and had such a sweet heart filled with lots of kitty love…I still look for her as she was always with me. I know she will forever be with me in heart and spirit but I miss being able to give her kitty loves and rubs.

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  12. Kyla
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 08:04:03

    Nylablue sent me. The vet says that I only have months to go and I’m only 12. My heartfelt sympathies.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 17:39:35

      Hi Kyla, thank you for coming to see me…your words touch my heart deeply…you are so brave as it sounds like you are not well either? It is so sweet of you to come, the support of so many has helped me begin to heal but I have a ways yet to go…I miss Minnie so very much…she was so brave like you and we had a deep connection in our spirits and hearts. Can you share more with me about your illness? I am sending you soft kitty hugs and soft nose rubs with purrs…praying blessing on you too.

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  13. Jenna,Mark โ€œHuskyCrazedโ€ Drady
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 08:03:24

    I just came from Nylablue’s blog, and wanted to stop by to express my condolences to you for your loss ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I am so sorry โค
    แƒฆ husky hugz แƒฆ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 17:34:50

      Thank you so much for your support and for your condolences…it has been a tough week. I miss Minnie so much…she was always with me where ever I went in the house…she was a blessing to me and to my hubby…she always brought warm smiles to our hearts as soon as we walked through the door…Minnie had so much personality and life to give you with lots of purrre kitty loves…I called her my kitty angel girl.

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  14. Sylvai Rzeminski
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 07:39:17

    The beauty that our fur loves add to our life can never be measured. Each brings something special that makes us better people; and they love us unconditionally, knowing all our flaws and forgiving us for them.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 02, 2014 @ 17:30:35

      Thank you much for your stopping by and for your lovely comment…ohhhh Minnie was an incredible fur love as she taught me so much about life…her love was special and pure from her heart. We were in sync as our hearts were joined. She will always be with me in heart and spirit, with many memories and photos….but oh how I miss her…she made my heart smile and she warmed our life daily with her cattitude and her soft purrrs.

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  15. Toby k
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 07:04:15

    Sorry to hear about Minnie Mouse! I have lost 4 cats and 3 dogs so I know how sad you are! They are all playing together in the great beyond!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 23:00:37

      Thank you Toby…I am so glad that you stopped in…your words as everyone’s words hug my heart and help me so much. Today is very hard…I miss Minnie so very much…and wish I could hold her and stroke her lovingly with kisses and prayers…she was my girl!

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  16. The Canadian Cats
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 06:41:13

    What a love! I just had to visit you.

    (((Shoko)))

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  17. purrfectkitties
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 06:38:37

    Hey sweeties, we are friends of Nylablueโ€™s and just learned on her blog about your sad news. We’re so very sorry for your loss. We didn’t know her but Minnie Mouse was a very beautiful little kitty. We’ll be purring for you all. Much love, Roxy & Tigerlino โค

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 00:56:34

      Hi Roxy and Tigerlino…thank you for dropping in. I so appreciate your words and thoughts…it helps so much to know that others care about Minnie and her life with me…she was so very special and made such a difference in my life:) I loved her so…

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  18. Brian
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 06:14:49

    We are so sorry to hear about dear Minnie. Purrs, love and hugs from all of us.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Dec 01, 2014 @ 00:53:41

      Thank you Brian for dropping in…I miss Minnie terribly…your words hug my heart. Blessings to you and I love seeing all your beautiful kitties…sending them all kitty luvs, soft rubs and purs.

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  20. Nylabluesmum
    Nov 19, 2014 @ 08:58:04

    WE sure are blessed.
    Nylablue’s last bog will be Saturday & you will read about ALL the blessings we received these past 18 1/2 months!
    Thank you for being a loyal reader & friend HRCG! It means the world to me!
    G-D bless you & hubby & all the 4 leggeds esp Minnie Cat!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue x0x0

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  21. Nylabluesmum
    Nov 18, 2014 @ 09:33:26

    We ARE blessed HRCG
    Thank you for your email….I was so excited to receive it ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Nylablue might have 4-5 more days with us. Fingers & paws crossed.
    Love to Minnie cat โค
    Sherrie-Ellen & Nylablue x0x0x0

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  22. Marilyn Armstrong
    Nov 16, 2014 @ 20:33:04

    You are looking totally fabulous. Beautiful pictures, beautiful fur kids, beautiful YOU.

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  23. Nylabluesmum
    Nov 15, 2014 @ 19:06:04

    We ARE truly blessed HRCG with Minnie & Nylablue. They are both amazing & fabulous felines who have given us so much love over the years.
    Altho’ Nylablue has spent only 8 1/2 of her 14 years with me I feel like we have lived 20 years together….we have had that close a relationship.
    Wonderful Nylablue! Wonderful Minnie!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue x0x0x0

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  24. Swoosieque
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 07:26:16

    Love this! Love your babies! Minnie looks terrific for her age, she doesn’t look a day over 5 years old! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Healthy babies are loved babies.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Nov 14, 2014 @ 21:43:52

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much….Minnie is our baby even though she is 20 years old…she has been with us through everything and then some…she was my nurse as I recovered from breast cancer and she was our clown when I lost my parents…living out here with coyotes she has always been in the house and of course we feed her good stuff with lots of love:) Always good to hear from you…my other baby is sleeping at my feet, Ellie, our now year old Aussie…she is a character and so cute:) I hope your weekend is restful and filled with good stuff!

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  25. bobmielke
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 06:28:41

    Howdy! I saw your name on my Like/Comment list and instantly felt guilty for neglecting to keep in touch. I’ve still not managed to drop by your ranch for a visit that we talked about some time ago either. Someday.

    I saw the picture you posted of your Thunderbird and was amazed at how closely it resembles the car my best friend’s father bought upon retiring as a lifelong Ford mechanic. It was his bucket list dream to own one and it’s in his happy hands right now. Richard and his wife Micheline live in retirement in Salem, OR.

    Please check out my blog site for a side by side comparison of the two Thunderbirds. I’m not any kind of car expert but I know they are remarkably similar.

    Also thanks for being such a loyal follower all they past two years. You’ve stuck with me while I’ve neglected keeping in touch. – Bob

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Nov 17, 2014 @ 23:57:23

      Hi there! Don’t feel guilty Bob, as I know how crazy life can be…life can run us into the ground as it seems we can never keep up! Thank you for staying in touch…I truly love love love your photos:) I am a permanent follower! We bloggers are artists that share our life and world through pictures and words…the ups and downs of life…

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Nov 18, 2014 @ 00:01:08

        Somehow the reply left me before I was finished…dang! I am finding my text messages do the same thing…I am writing them and poof they va-moose….like the reply. Anyway Bob I am glad to know you!

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  26. Nylabluesmum
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 20:02:45

    What lovely photos of Juniper sunrise!
    I love Minnie’s pictures & the captions are priceless…especially between her & Tucker!!! I had a good laugh over them…
    Precious Minnie almost 20; Nylablue almost 14 (an old 14 that the Vet said she would not make…)
    We are so blessed…truly blessed.
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too
    P.S.: Kisses to Minnie xxxxxx

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  27. mythreemoggies
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 02:43:24

    Beautiful. I am so close to you in March (Dallas for one day passing from Las Vegas to New Orleans) shame I did not have more time to see this fantastic scenery you have xxx

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Nov 11, 2014 @ 08:58:22

      Yes I would have loved for you to see it too:) We are located in the Eastern corner of Oregon. Your trip sounds like you were in the Southwest area with Las Vegas and New Orleans….would have loved taking the trip to see as much as could:)

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