Drinking champagne in the rain…

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A couple weeks ago I met a few friends for Sunday brunch. We sat on the patio drinking champagne, laughing, and the rain began. We watched as patrons scurried inside to get cover from the rain. We looked around and noticed we had been seated under the only tree that provided protection from the rain. It was one of those moments that makes you stop and think say, ‘huh’.

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We continued drinking our bubbles, trading stories, laughing, just loving the weather and people we were surrounded by. The rain continued. There was something magical in the air. It was a feeling that cannot be put into even the most eloquent of words. I would not have changed a thing about the weather or that afternoon. It was perfect.

I have not stopped thinking about that afternoon. The patio. The smiles. The sound of the rain. The warmth of great friends. The bubbles, oh the bubbles! I have been hooked on champagne, bubbles, ever since. The other night at our favorite wine bar I ordered champagne and the waitress asked what I was celebrating. My response was, “the people I am with”. Isn’t that the greatest celebration of all? Having people in your life that are genuine, kind, and care about you, care about how your day was is something that should be celebrated every day!

Every now and again I will get that fog of sadness or loneliness that starts to creep in slow and steady. On days when it feels the rain is coming down all around me, I will remember  this storm will pass. There is a tree to shelter me. Friends to hold me. And bubbles may be just the reminder I need that all will be fine. In time, even perfect. Whenever I am amidst a storm, I will reflect on the wonderful people I have in my life and drink my champagne in the rain.

eb7a9d9d39add19a22fd4d46fce51b81Much Love,

JV

 

Where has the year gone??

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I cannot believe that is is November! Finally, temps here in AZ have dropped below 90 degrees (at least for this week!) and the digs and I can get out and enjoy some hiking.

This month brings my 10 year wedding anniversary with my amazing husband, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, and the holiday shopping season kicks off!

I have already begun my holiday shopping…jealous? The best part is I did it from my couch! Avon launched their Avon Living catalog this month. It is loaded with home decor, cooking supplies, toys, items from Disney, Mikasa, and Lennox too! The first item I ordered for myself was the glass light up angel. She is beautiful! I will get a few more to place on window sills. This angel is stunning enough to be displayed year round.
Happy shopping! 🎁🎄🎍🎁

A Request for Help

This is my co-worker/friend’s husband. Please read, share, and support. Not all treatments and therapies are in a pill form.

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Scott and Bigby at Work

Some of you know that Scott has been raising and training a service dog to treat his PTSD.  We had discussions with each other, his doctors and our family and friends before embarking on this journey. We’ve received amazing support from The Foundation for Service Dog Support that supports first responders.  From the moment Scott began to take his dog Bigby to work with him our lives have changed. Scott was able to break his cycle of isolation and enjoy being out in the world. He truly enjoys working as a Missing Persons detective. I was able to transition from being a caregiver back to being a partner for the first time since he was shot.

This dog has been well behaved since the first day on the job. This dog has been well behaved since the first day on the job.

Unfortunately, the city of Phoenix does not want Bigby to come to work with Scott, and their reasons are unfounded, being based on both erroneous…

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