The Little Things Make Life Delicious

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Oh, people always say it is the little things in life that makes things worth living.  I agree with that.  Except a big peanut butter cookie is generally better than a little peanut butter cookie.  I always have a but.  Except I don’t.


Sometimes, Girl Person says she wonders how she missed so many of those little things in her life.  Like yesterday, when she walked outside to take out the trash, she looked down and wondered what all these chewed up things were all over the ground.  She looked closer at one in particular.  It was like she had never laid her eyes upon a pine cone.

You know, we know pine trees.  In fact, our family had a whole field of them in that Florida place.  But we never saw anything bother the pine cones, or certainly not eat them.  But here, all these pine corns were.


Left like a night after an all you can eat buffet with no limit on plates. Someone had a party when were inside.  And we were not invited.  Girl Person said that she questioned whether she would have noticed them, even a few years ago.  She wondered and questioned what other things she had missed.

But I knew that I certainly had not missed my calling as a pine nut butter sales dog.  I liked my name just fine.


But then I started thinking about it and I knew. Someone loved the nuts in these pine cones as much as I loved peanut butter.  How was that possible?

I knew that the lovers of said pine cones were perhaps the same lovers and stealers of bird seed.  Yes, the gray, eastern squirrel here in this Myrtle Beach, South Carolina place. Seems as if they are everywhere.  And with so many pine cones for them to crack open and find the pine nuts, I can’t say that I blame them. So I won’t say it.

But Girl Person told me that as much as these squirrels loved these nuts, she was sure that she had not ever really thought about what a pine cone was and what it did.

Well, me neither.

The truth is, and I always tell the truth, that there are so many more little things around us put together than big things.


And when we only see something at a glance, and don’t truly look at it like the pine cone, and who needs the pine cone to live, that is a dern shame as Granny Person used to say.


Only seeing what is in front of us is not respectful.  Because it means we think that we are more important, because we are one big thing than all the little things put together.

So as usual, travel has taught us something else.  That even though we used to see a million pine cones on the ground, we never gave a second thought to what they were.  But a few on the ground, even though broken and chewed up like an apple core taught us more.  Quality over quantity they always say.  Again, who these they people are that always says stuff, I don’t know.  But they have this one right.


I think for persons, it is easier for them not to notice the little things.  If they had to stop, and actually have feelings, many could not do it.  They go, go, go.  It is easier to not feel.  It is easier to not see the little things that make you feel less important.  But if we want to be better, we have to do it.

So, thank you pine cone and your pine nut butter lovers for the lesson.  We will need to appreciate the little things today. And we are going to try and keep them in mind. Yes. Yes. The weekend is over.  And so? That means today, we are back on the road.  We are a bit, if not a lot nervous about driving.  The Big Blue Treat Wagon has not been the most reliable team player lately.  Although we understand the reason behind the troubles, that the Big Blue Treat Wagon is tired, it still is not easy to handle.  Being nervous, in anticipation of something nerve wracking is not fun.  But the little things in life going on all around us that could care less about the Big Blue Treat Wagon?  Well, they are what life is about.  And they are what make life as delicious as a peanut butter cookie.  Well, not as much.  But close.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  It is known that I can do anything.  If I want to.  Usually, I do not want to if anyone else wants me to.  You know, to look at me, it would seem like I am listening to every word you say.


And since you think that I am listening, you think that I am going to do whatever it is that you would like me to. But then, I do not.  And well, at least you got to look into my eyes.  that is all I can say about that.

And definitely…most definitely…the signs around here at camp in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina want me to read them. I can read.  But you know?  I don’t think that I can read this sign.

Persons always say that it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. And since our dinner time is usually 5 o’clock, and Digby always thinks it is dinner time, no matter what, I tend to agree with this reasoning.  So what is a Sheriff to do when the law says that he can’t go to his happy place during the day?

It is not like I even want to go during the heat of the day, but that is not the point.  The point is though, that well, I uphold the law. So I have to obey the law.  But I am not happy about it. Especially when I have to sit in a shrine to wait til I can go.


Yes, a shrine. Girl Person says that this shrine is not for everyone to come tell me how great I am, but that she built it to keep out the mosquitos.  The millions and billions of mosquitos.  South Carolina? You have this sign too.  And well, the mosquitos obviously agree.


So.  Signs.  They are everywhere.

And I am not sure why we have to be told some of the things that they tell us.

If persons can’t think enough for themselves to do what they should do, I don’t know what to say about that.  Other than, sometimes, if a sign presents itself not written down, maybe you should pay attention more to that.  Like yesterday morning when the persons were trying to sleep and the air conditioner started yelling and smoking.


Yeah, this trip and our journeys have taken this Big Blue Treat Wagon RV to its limit and I suppose all the signs are adding up to changes. And yet, when you decide to go with the flow, you have to realize that you might need a boat to keep flowing instead of the RV.  Especially when you find more stuff wrong with it as the day goes on.

Yeah, sometimes, the signs aren’t so clear to read.

Yeah, some signs tell us exactly what to do.  Like that sign here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  But what if the signs are as mysterious as me?  Not so easy now, is it?

Deputy Digby says that all signs tell it like it is.  But that some of us have selective hearing like when Girl Person tells him he has to cut back on the pancakes.  Or when he has to share with Jax.

But here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we hope to find some more signs to fun, and a place where mosquitos aren’t allowed.  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?  We know that this is going to be a week of fun.  I see the signs of sunshiney, of sand in my paws and blue skies.

Life can’t be perfect all the time like my brindle stripes.  Sometimes your air conditioning stops working  Sometimes, you have to buy every citronella candle in the camp store. Sometimes, you have to take a shower with a spider. Sometimes, you have to take a shower with mosquitos. Sometimes, something blows out under the RV that is causing some big, big time wasting. But if at the end of the day, you can laugh about it, and even at yourself, the signs will tell you that you can do it. Because you have “done it” before. The signs will tell you that you are strong.  Because you have been strong before. And the signs will tell you that you have a clear direction, but only if you just keep following them. Don’t ignore them. They are there for a reason.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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