Don’t Be Jelly. We Made $23 In The Rain.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Some days you wake up and think, well, uh oh.  You know that kind of day? Where you just feel something is a little off? Yeah, so that was yesterday.  We thought that we were on our way to that Virginia place.  But the day had other plans. And our back up plans needed plans of their own.

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As we were about to pull out of our campsite, the Big Blue Treat Wagon grumbled when the key was turned. And then? Well, Boy Person tried again.  The RV tried again.  Grumble.  Little grumble. Boy Person kept trying.  It kept trying.  But the last time? Not even a grumble as loud as the Deputy’s stomach at 5:55 p.m. before dinner.  Nothin.  Nothin at all. And we were stuck.

Now, they say when it rains it pours.  And as the deadline to check out of our campsite loomed over us, the skies above turned gray.

It was time.  Time to admit that whatever the problem was could not be solved quickly.

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And as we went inside, Girl Person called up the next campsite to cancel it for the day.  Then she went to pay for another night here in New Bern, North Carolina.  And after that was all said and done?  Well, we came out with an extra $23 for our trouble.  And I thought, hey.  You know, $23 is nothing to be scoffed about.  $23 for a whole morning and afternoon of drama and trauma in the rain seemed like it could have been worth a little more than that.  And we still had a problem.  A very. Big. Problem.  But it wasn’t so bad.  Because I had Jelly.  We all had Jelly.

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Yes, I named her Jelly. Peanut butter and Jelly.  Goes good together, doesn’t it?

You see, Jelly was getting her first taste of life on the road.  And it wasn’t a good one.  I didn’t want her to be too scared and nervous about traveling.  So I tried to explain to her that this happens sometimes, and that even on a day like this, there were a few things to be thankful for.  Even when Boy Person kept trying to fix the RV and it would not budge and we were standing in the woods crying with Girl Person.

You see, we may not have made it out of our campsite.  But that was a good thing.  Because if we would have, we may have broken down on the side of the road.  And if we would have broken down, we could have been stuck there. And it was better to be stuck here in an almost empty campground in campsite #5 with an extra $23.

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I tried to explain to Jelly that as time goes on, we are realizing how much it counts.  Every minute, every hour, every second wasted being upset is just not acceptable.  Sometimes, things happen to make us realize that it is time to regroup.  Time to make changes if we have to.  And when you have others around to support you, the travel to those changes thru learning lessons can make the next minute, the next hours better.

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And as Boy Person banged on stuff and tried to talk to the Big Blue Treat Wagon and get her to start, the clock was ticking. It was looking like maybe the next day we were going to earn another $23 again.  And that’s when we heard it thru the woods.  The sound.  The roar.  The Big Blue Treat Wagon sounding like herself again.  No grumble this time.  And it was like I was hearing that roar for the first time. And then I realized.  This was the first time Jelly had heard it.  And that was pretty special too.

Because as bad as our day had seemed, to see Jelly’s face light up (yes, it did), was worth all the trouble.  Our day had not been wasted.  No.  There were lessons learned and tears cried.  But through it all, when the day was done, we knew that the next day had it’s own possibilities to be better.  We can hope.

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So even on a day when all seems lost, see what you have gained.  And if it’s $23?  Buy some nice bread for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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She’s A Lady

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Have you ever met someone that brought out the best in you?  You’re welcome.  But even I can appreciate the beauty of another. A new friend named Lady.

And when she invited the Deputy and I over for a late breakfast at her house in New Bern, North Carolina this weekend, I can tell you, it was love at first sight.  For her.  Seriously.  What did you expect?

You see, it is not often that law enforcement is actually invited over.  Usually, we invite ourselves.  But we were asked to come visit Lady and her person, and I don’t turn down an invitation to go to a house without wheels with air conditioning and treats.  So yeah, we told Lady that we would stop by.  Girl Person had told us about her.  Lady was about eight years old and her person had recently adopted her.  

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And I knew as soon as we pulled up that Lady had really been fortunate.  Not only did she have a person that loved her, but she got to live in this pretty New Bern place with all the rivers and the forest on a tree lined street.  Oh, as a dog, you can’t ask for much more than that.  We knew that no matter what Lady has been thru in the past, it was going to be alright.  And I really wanted to tell her that in person.  

As usual, the Deputy thinks that he can win over the ladies with a bit of howling and generally making a nuisance of himself.  He is extremely good at that.

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 But I had to lay down the law.  On Digby.  With a bit of maple syrup and chicken nuggets, all bets are off for the Deputy and if he had pants, that would have been off too.  He doesn’t know his limits, and this was not that kind of party, and well, he. Was. Arrested.

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Life on the road can get a bit lonely sometimes when the persons have so much to do and so much driving to do.  So to meet new friends in itself is a treat for us.  And well, just an hour or so together made me realize life is sure more than a schedule.  There is always going to be something to do.  You are always going to have work to do.  But as Pappy used to say, “sit down and stay for awhile.”  And I don’t think many persons do that. 

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They think that they have to finish all that they need to do before they can enjoy life.  Well, let me tell you this, unless your name is Deputy Digby Pancake, you are always going to have something to do.  So leave it for today, and make time for someone who wants to see you.  Make time for someone that needs a bright spot in their day.  Because not only will they be happy for it, but you will be too. 

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And that thing that you have to do tomorrow?  You can bet that it will be there.  And something new will be added to it. We are often our worst critic.  Unless you are me, than there really is not much to criticize.  You see, we are too hard on ourselves.  Life is not about that deadline, or that grass that needs to be mowed.  Life is not about that bill that is a day late or those clothes that need washing.  Life is about the people and animals and nature that make it up, that was there before all of these distractions came into play. 

So take a breath.  Meet a new friend. Call an old friend.  Say a kind word.  Do a kind deed.  Eat some spaghetti.  It’s that simple.

And as Lady was rescued by good people and found her new life in a beautiful world, know that new beginnings are only made when we put away the old and make way for them.  Don’t keep doing the same things and expect different results.  If you want to be happy, it may be time to try something new.  Ask Lady.  After she is done admiring me.  You may need to sit down for awhile.

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Well, New Bern, North Carolina?  We are leaving today!  It was so much fun, and we learned a lot. 

But we are on the road again today…a very long trip and we need good thoughts sent our way for the Big Blue Treat Wagon!  Here we come, Chesterfield, Virginia! 

And Lady? Until we meet again, I will admire the flowers you gave me.  I’m real excited about getting them.  I have never received flowers before.  But I’m not sure if I have ever met such a Lady before either.

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Until we meet again. We wish Lady well on her heartworm treatment that starts today.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

Lady came from the good people at Colonial Capital Humane Society in New Bern, North Carolina.  They go above and beyond to help animals!  From organizing fostering, events, vet care and even going out in the swamps to rescue…they do it all!  Find out more about them and thank them for saving Lady on their Facebook page!

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