Driving My Life Away

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. I know. I know. I am the picture of the whole package. Not half a package or an undelivered package or a damaged package. The whole package with a bow on it.

Catch me on a Tuesday or any day and I’ll tell you that being a whole package comes with responsibility. You’re expected to know it all. To always look good, which is never a problem, and to always have a plan.

But what if you wake up on that Tuesday and just…don’t? What if you wake up in a panic and remember all you have to do and you don’t know how you can do it? What if you’re worried? What if you don’t want to be a package?

That’s the time you have to put in some bubble wrap on your pride and pull it together. So here’s the deal in a peanut shell. We are gearing up. Suiting up but not with pants. Repairs and all that stuff to get back on the road in a few weeks.

We have sat here too long. Situations like sickness and sad things distracted us from happy. And when the persons have a Depression Monster always trying to get in, our door was left open. And it got in. So we are gonna try to get away from it. If the Big Blue Treat Wagon cooperates. That’s a big if. And we have two ways to approach it.

We can either do our best to get ready and have a backup plan in case of emergency or we can worry. We don’t usually have a backup plan. So this is a big obstacle in itself. If you have that Depression Monster too, you probably get it.

Where are we going? That’s a surprise. And you will just have to wait and see! This trip does have a purpose if it all works out. But maybe it won’t. That won’t change the trip. Just the destination. And although every package has a destination, it can usually be rerouted. That’s the great thing about living in the Big Blue Treat Wagon.

If we don’t like where we are going, we have the option of turning right back around.

We all think we should have our lives figured out by some point. Maybe it’s a certain age we have given ourselves. Or we think we will figure out life when we get that job, that house, that car. But in every package is an invoice. What was the price of your goals? Was it too high? Are you too hard on yourself? We know we have been. We may be driving our lives away. But we are living. And that is a special delivery we will sign for.

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Are You Waving At Me?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. We’ve all been there. To a time and a place where the clock stood still. To a time and a place where you didn’t know who that was, but only that maybe you did. To a time and a place where someone waved at you. And you waved back.

Girl Person was at the grocery store this weekend.

Buying her usual round of matzo crackers and ice cream for me, Digby’s maple syrup and Boy Person’s favorite cereal. She threw some paper towels and cauliflower in her basket and she was out of there.

Girl Person isn’t the how do you do I’m doing great and life is fabulous and everything kind of girl. No. She’s the I’m outta here and I’m peopled out and I have two dogs to get home to and I want to make some vegetarian lasagna type of girl.

So when she so speedily pushed her shopping cart to the car, ready to throw everything in there and get home, she looked up to someone frantically waving at her. Her first reaction was to think she had to run, run, run. She had a vegetarian lasagna to make. Or she could turn that shopping cart around and pretend she needed more oregano. Anything.

Instead, she gathered up her saneness and tried to push away the crazy. And she mustered up all her courage to wave back. After all, that was the polite thing to do. This person must know her and not know she was rushing home to the cutest dogs in the world.

And obviously, this person didn’t know. Because as Girl Person said hello, the waver rushed by her faster than her self esteem drifting away. The waver was waving at someone else.

Well. That was a predicament. Girl Person was embarrassed and wasn’t even worrying about her lasagna now. She had to cook up some courage to make this look like she knew all along that wave wasn’t for her. She looked around. Had anyone else saw this situation? And right in front of her was another shopper rushing to get their peanut butter cake or something. And he thought she was waving at him! When he realized she wasn’t, the whole waving situation kept going and no one ever really found out who was being waved at. Was it a hello wave? A goodbye wave? The world will never know.

You see, saying hello and acknowledging others is one of the things we can do to make someone feel like they matter. That they aren’t invisible. Do we realize the power that acknowledgement has?

I know that when persons speak to me and Digby and don’t just walk on by, it makes our day. We want to be noticed. Dogs get frustrated when we can’t greet each other. Why aren’t people more like that? When did it become ok not to speak or say hello?

Girl Person realized that although that wave wasn’t meant for her…actually…maybe it was. Who has passed by you today? Don’t you wonder what you missed? That’s me. I’m waving at you.

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