When I retired about a month ago now, I knew my life would change, but I wasn't sure in what way. My plan was to spend some time ruminating on the direction my life would take when it wasn't being scripted by outside forces (i.e., a job). I'm a believer in fate -- good or bad -- and I believe fate had a hand in what was coming next.
|Chico's denim jacket (old), TeamDiva hat, WHBM earrings|
Anyway...when a thought is put out into the universe, fate has a way of making things happen.
Enter my sister-in-law, Marianne, a devoted dog lover. She's always had dogs and currently has a Bernese Mountain dog and a Jack Russell terrier. The Jack Russell was enrolled in agility training and the training was being handled by some of the people who run the local Giant Schnauzer Rescue Group. When the Giant Schnauzer Rescue Group was given a neglected Wheaten a couple of weeks ago, one of their people sent out an email blast to see if there was any interest before turning the dog over to the Wheaten Rescue group. Marianne forwarded the email to me and the rest is history. After filling out the application and a home visit from a GSRG representative, we were the lucky recipients of the most beautiful, sweetest, 18 month old female Wheaten I've ever met. Her name was Bella but we've changed it to Liberty Bell (Libby for short), a name that my brother Scott (M's husband) came up with. How perfect a name for a little dog who was liberated from a neglectful home the week before our country's Independence Day!
|The new love of our lives: Liberty Bell|
|The perfect jacket for patriotic events|
|Swarovski crystals make up the United States flag|
|Free People flag tank; navy Target cami (have to admit I've worn the tank without a cami underneath, but didn't want that image captured for eternity on the Internet!|
|Target wedges; Michael Kors purse; WHBM bracelet; Chico's bracelet|
|Hard to catch her standing still...|
|A few minutes of rest and then off to see the granddaughter|
|Of course, even Liberty Bell is accessorized for the July 4th holiday!|