Finding Home

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Have you ever been away from your home? Maybe you went on vacation.

Maybe you went to work for a long time.

Maybe your home was even taken away, like in a disaster or a storm. I’m sorry about that.

Maybe you miss your home town, where you were born or where your family is.

I know that feeling. I miss people. But I did find home. And it wasn’t where I thought.

One time, we lived in that Florida place. And it’s nice to be back there right now. I sure do love the beach and the nice sunshiney. It feels like home. It smells like home.

But I started thinking about home. And why other places felt like that to me too. A place called Bodega Bay, California sure felt like home once. It also had the ocean. The sunshiney…sometimes. But it had wonderful food and salty breezes and so many hiking trails and creeks for Digby too. Yes. That felt like home. Felt good to remember it.

I also thought of our house on wheels. You know its had its share of problems lately.

And as we were traveling the other day and couldn’t find propane or fix our house on wheels, we were frustrated. The slideout wouldn’t come in. We were a mess going down the road.

When we got to our campsite it was smaller than we thought and harder to get it in than we thought.

We were tired and irritable. I looked around at all the other houses on wheels and I was wondering if it all made any sense. Did we have any home? At all?

We took a walk away from that Big Blue Treat Wagon for awhile. I was happy about that. I didn’t want to go back in there. I was mad about all the problems. But when I got back, the persons had somehow made it feel…like home. There was my bed. My rug. My toys. My treats. My home.

When we have disagreements with friends or family, we still love them because of maybe our history together. Or memories.

No matter what happens, we still have love for them.

And no matter what has happened or what will happen with the Big Blue Treat Wagon, I’ll remember most the nights as a family in a new place, talking about what we could see or do. I’ll remember how it feels to wake up in our same bed but have a new picture outside of our window.

Traveling has made us find home. Home is in your heart. What makes you feel good. And it’s ok to change your home. As many times as you need to. Or maybe not at all. We don’t know what this year will bring. But I do know as long as we find somewhere, someplace and some way to feel home in our hearts, that’s where we will go.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Your Dog Is Really Cute

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a kind word worth? I say a million pancakes. And that’s a lot of pancakes.

We have had many dreary and rainy days lately. Days when the rain comes pouring down. Days when the storm clouds won’t pass. Days when it feels like the sun will never come out. And sometimes it doesn’t. At all.

It’s been easy to get down when we can’t be outside as much as we want to.

And yet, life goes on with or without the sun. Doesn’t it?

But often, all we can see is what we are going thru. Or how we are feeling. We are in our own world. And it’s easy not to see what is happening with others.

As Girl Person was taking a walk thru camp on a dreary day, she saw someone else walking their dog. They seemed kind of down too. And Girl Person didn’t really feel like talking to anyone. She was cold. And her feet were wet from her wet shoes. And yet, this person had a dog. And something in Girl Person’s mind told her to just say it.

“Your dog is really cute.”

The person looked up surprised. She didn’t want to talk to anyone either. But she felt a little ray of sunshine all of a sudden. And she smiled. And it seemed like the weather changed a little bit. But only on the inside.

That’s the way it is. You can’t change the weather. Sometimes you can’t change anything. You can change how you handle it. And often, the best way to make your day better when you can’t change your situation is to make someone else’s day better.

It’s not easy to do. Not everyone can be in a good mood all the time like me.

But it’s something to work towards isn’t it?

So say something nice today to someone. It can be when you’re walking down the street and you see someone frowning. It can be letting someone go ahead of you in the grocery store line. Whatever you choose to do today, tell us about it. Pass it on. Your dog is really cute, by the way. See? It’s that easy.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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