The Hills Are Alive

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Sometimes, I think of myself as a Julie Andrews type of guy. No really. I do.

It’s not often that you look around and all you hear is music! Music as loud as any concert. Music coming thru the trees, in the breeze, on the water, in the river! The birds are singing, the bugs are flying, the sky is wide open! You can feel it all come over you! And that’s when you make a break for it. Yes. I did.

Girl Person has been giving me some freedom lately when it’s safe. And since there are no cars around, she let me run down some stairs to the bottom of the hill and back up. Problem is, when I ran back up, I kind of bypassed the roadblock of her and Digby waiting for me. And I ran into that open field just like Julie Andrews did! And I spun around and around! I didn’t know where to go, so I just kept running back and forth with Girl Person having a lot of anxiety. But I heard all that singing in the hills louder and louder! Everyone was joining in!

Don’t worry. Don’t worry. I stopped when Girl Person had a meltdown. She said she knew I would come back. Unlike Deputy Digby, I know I won’t be able to find peanut cookies in the woods.

The hills and mountains of this Virginia place really make us happy. When you wake up and you know you can see all this beauty without buildings around or lots of persons or traffic, it makes you feel like you are part of something. A beautiful earth with a beautiful song to sing.

Yes. I know maybe I shouldn’t have scared Girl Person. But really, sometimes, you just have to let all your doubts and insecurities fly away with the wind! You have to feel! Actually feel! So take off, leave it all behind, even if just for a few minutes and live. Because you may not get that chance tomorrow. The hills are alive! So are you!

It’s easy to forget who we are. We put pressure on ourselves. Our jobs and life put pressures on us too. Even the past can weigh us down and make us forget the things that make us happy. If you have forgot, the song of the hills will bring your memories back. Thank you, Virginia.

Today, we are headed to Shenandoah National Park in our fixed car! Check in to our Facebook page for updates!

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

Baby Tomatoes and Purple Potatoes

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If there’s one thing I know about, and I’m crazy about, it’s food.

If there’s another thing I know about, which would be the second thing I would know about, it’s the food I don’t like. You can put tomatoes on that list. Also, you can put potatoes, except for sweet ones, on that list too.

But for Girl Person, you would have thought she was having the best day of her life this weekend when she found a farmer person at a little table selling baby tomatoes and purple potatoes in little brown bags.

Yes. She had a moment. It was also like she remembered a singer named Patsy Cline lived near here long ago.

And she felt it. She fell to pieces, y’all.

Girl Person said the tomatoes tasted as sweet as candy and that the purple potatoes, well, they tasted like potatoes. Even I know something can be called the same thing and not be the same thing. She said that things just don’t taste like they are supposed to anymore. Persons try to cut corners. They try to make more that don’t taste as good.

I’m not an expert on baby tomatoes and purple potatoes. No. But I’m an expert on knowing happy. And seeing Girl Person enjoy her purchase on a sunshiney, Virginia day was special.

Did she want more when they were gone? She did. She did. But there were no more to be found that weekend. And anyway, we had no way to get there. Nope.

You see, it was a good thing that Girl Person got those baby tomatoes and purple potatoes while she could. Little did we know, we would be stuck for a few days. But there is no complaining where we are stuck at!

In life, there are times when you have to indulge. Because who knows what tomorrow brings or even later the same day?

Life is about little, indulgent pleasures that help us to remember what life should taste like. Take a little time to remember that today. You may have forgotten what makes you happy. It’s easy to do. But keep trying. You’ll remember. You’ll find it.

What will be in your little paper bag? Fill mine with pancakes. What makes you fall to pieces in a good way?

Deputy Digby Pancake

Stay tuned to more adventures in Virginia this entire week, including Shenandoah National Park if the Jeep gets fixed…hopefully today! Stay tuned!

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