New Year New Commitments


Two New Commitments

Maybe you remember from years past that I don’t generally make New Years resolutions, thus it is only by coincidence that these two “commitments” coincide with the beginning of the year.

A Long Term Commitment

The first one that I’ll tell you about is something that people inquired about after we lost Scout in November. At that time I didn’t have an answer when people asked “will you get another dog?”

After several weeks of trying to give Trooper extra love and attention to bring him out of his apparent depression we decided to see if getting another dog would help.


On Monday, December 30 we visited Lapeer County Animal Shelter where this little guy begged and pleaded and warmed his way into our hearts. We brought him home and named him Ranger. We have since been in puppy training mode. He is smart and learned his name quickly. He bonded quickly with me and my husband and is eager to please us. It is just like having a toddler again since he requires constant attention. He and Trooper have not bonded yet but they are working on establishing their relationship and Trooper has become less mopey and more engaged.

There is so much to say about Ranger that I am sure I will be writing more about him in the future.Β I am going to ask you to bear with me while we are in training mode. As I mentioned he requires constant attention therefore even while I am writing my mind is on what Ranger is doing. If the words “Ranger Down!” or “Ranger Come!” appear randomly in the middle of my post it is simply because that is where my attention was, and even though my husband always proofreads my posts before I publish them hearing or saying these words have become so normal that I am afraid he may overlook them. LOL!

Commitment To My Blog and Readers

This is something that I was mulling over long before we ever dreamed we would be having a “Ranger” in our life and despite the additional time and efforts that I will be putting into puppy training I have decided to follow through with this challenge. This challenge/commitment is to celebrate my 55th birthday. Since my birthday falls on January 5th, just as the year is beginning it is a great time to start. I am going to call this series “55 Things”. It will be in addition to my regular journal type blog posts. I will try to post at least once per week but by the end of the year I will have shared 55 things – short posts that may include quotes I like, music I like, lessons I’ve learned or other things that might come to mind.

We wish you all the best in 2020 and hope you will enjoy for these posts throughout the year.


I gotta go.



76 thoughts on “New Year New Commitments

  1. I like your idea for 55 challenge for your birthday – I wish you luck on it. Happy belated birthday Ruth – I am quite far behind in Reader and just reading this post now … just two days behind but everyone posted at once. Congratulations to the newest member of your family too – Ranger is a sweetie.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I had first thought about doing a list of 55 things but it seemed like it would be a very long post and when lists go beyond just a few things I don’t think we retain much of what we read so I thought 55 separate posts might be better. Thank you for the birthday wishes. It was a very nice day.
      Ranger is a sweetie – he seems to be doing well with training. He is a busy boy but also likes to cuddle. πŸ™‚

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      1. I think you had just the right idea Ruth – it will be a challenge given your busy schedule, especially during growing season, but something I know you will get done anyway. Ranger fit right into the family and everyone is better for his companionship and it is a win-win for him. He is still counting his blessings. πŸ™‚

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  2. Lofty goals. Meeting Ranger was fun. He really is kinda endearing, even in his naughty puppyness. Enjoy him. Looking forward to.the additional 55 thoughts. This is going to be a great year of change

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    1. He’s even more endearing when he cuddles. If we are busy he is busy but when we settle down he will cuddle up next to us or on a lap and fall asleep. So precious. He just wants to be loved. Thanks for spending time with us.
      Prayers for all the changes this year will bring.


  3. Happy birthday! I hope you have a marvelous day. Down Ranger! My birthday was a couple of weeks ago. I like your idea for 55 things, but I won’t copy the practice. I’d have to come up with 77 things.

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    1. Thank you Faye. He is cute and quick. Every time I try to get a picture of him while he is standing he moves before I can take the picture. We have our work cut out for us. LOL!


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