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  • Hello Friend…

    and welcome to the blog! I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves the romantic things in life. Tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, old and worn books, slow-dancing to records, painting by candelight, lakeside walks with Rusty, and starry-night picnics with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just the two of us - I hope it brings you smiles and happiness as you snuggle in with your cup of tea and begin reading. Enjoy, friends! (Latest posts on the right!) --->

Yes, Rusty got a makeover today. Mostly a haircut, but he looks completely different! This is his second haircut since we got him and I’m still shocked when I see him afterwards. He’s still so handsome, but I prefer his shaggy locks. :)

Since I wrote yesterday that I would be writing more about my life, I’ll write a little about my Rusty. Random fact: for some reason we call him “Rusties”…ever since we got him we talk in plural form a lot. For example, “Rusties, come get your foods!” I have no idea why, but whatever! People do weird things when it comes to their pets.

I saw this quote yesterday on Pinterest when I was going through my boards (yes, you can follow me on Pinterest! I LOVE Pinterest and following new people – so many good ideas out there!) and thought I would share it. For you people who have beloved pets, you’ll love this one. For those of you who don’t, you’ll still like this one (hopefully, if not just bear with me)……

“He might be only part of your life. For him, you are his everything, the only person in his whole life.”

Doesn’t your heart melt? It’s so true! I also saw this quote on Shana Rae’s blog about her new horse yesterday (she quoted from Black Beauty)……..

“We don’t get to choose the people in our lives.  For us it’s all chance…”

Again, so true! And then I began to think, would Rusty choose me if he could? (I know, a little dramatic, but it’s good for reflecting! :)) So, today I’ve been trying to be an extra good Momma to him, for example, taking him to get a haircut because as you can see from the first photo on the right (don’t judge the non-made bed! Notice the newly-made bed in the second photo! :)) the poor love could barely see. Maybe that makes me a bad Mom for neglecting his lack of sight….either way, I’m going to start making Rusty’s life extra wonderful because it’s true; Paul and I are his whole life and he is only a part of ours.

I am going to make more time to take him for those walks he enjoys so much.

I am going to join him in the backyard more often when he plays.

I am going to give him a carrot treat for no specific reason; just because he is my little love.

I am going to actually take the ball when he nudges it into my hands when I’m working.

I’ll learn to put work aside to play more.

For those of you who are reading this thinking “My goodness. Nikki is talking about Rusty like he’s her child”….he really is! I never understood how people could feel like this, for example, my aunt. She has had two, beautiful, white husky dogs for as long as I can remember. She does my hair and every time I go over there she’s always telling me where her and the “boys” went yesterday or where she’s taking them today…she truly does everything she can to make the “boys'” lives wonderful. And why shouldn’t she or anyone else who has pets? Dogs are probably the most loyal animals in the world (which brings me to this link my Nana and Gramps sent me yesterday – was yesterday pet day??).

So, if you have a pet, love them up today and every day! Try to remember that they are empathetic (have you ever noticed that when you yawn your dog yawns right after you? Rusty does this all the time), loving, loyal, and are able to feel happy or, unfortunately, sad.

Cheers to the loving animals in our lives!

PS. I just LOVE that I can see his big, beautiful eyes now! :)

Well, it’s official! I’ve graduated from college and am now working at home. I can tell you right now, if you would have told me just 1 year and 2 months ago that I would be a photographer with a growing business, I would have said you were nuts. I probably would have even laughed. I had NEVER thought of “doing” photography. It literally happened by chance that I would fall in love with it. Or did it happen by fate? Because really, everything that happens is supposed to happen (some may argue with me on this and that’s ok!) so I guess God knew I was going to be sitting at home with a furry little child curled on my lap while blogging about my new adventure as a photographer. (If my cousin, Ashley, ever reads this I’m sure she’s going to be having a field day with grammatical errors…) So here we go!

It’s Tuesday (I’m actually surprised I knew that – now that I’m home my days seem to blend together) and I’m on Day 2 of my dream job. As of right now I’m working in our living room on our table that conveniently pulls up so I don’t have to crouch over and break my back while sitting on the couch. I have my water, laptop, phone, and tons of paperwork already. It’s tax season which means that instead of someone unknown pulling together documents for taxes, I am now my own boss and I am scrambling around getting everything ready for taxes. I can already say that I do not relish this task. O well. There is also an annoying bell that keeps ringing. No, it’s not in my ears. We trained Rusty when we first got him to hit a bell that is hanging from our dining room doors whenever he has to go outside. Although it has helped in him not going to the bathroom everywhere, it is one of the most annoying sounds ever and he uses it to his advantage and rings it whenever he is bored now. There are stairs going from our living room to our dining room so I probably climb 500 steps a day. Bless his little heart, he’s probably just trying to get me to work out more. :)

I’ll be honest, it’s a little frightening exposing myself to the world by blogging. However, (and this may sound totally creepy but I swear, I’m not a creeper!) I literally STUDY other photographer’s blogs daily. Yes, studying blogs is part of my new agenda when working from home…at least until wedding season starts in just two weeks…then I’ll be working my butt off on many other things. So, anyways, like I said I study blogs. It’s amazing how much I have learned just from reading blogs. Every day I check out my favorite blogs:

Lauryn Galloway – She is someone I recently started following and she is awesome. She’s artsy, quirky, and I just love reading her stuff. Also, she takes great photos! :)

Janelle Elise – LOVE her photos. She’s from Minnesota, too, so maybe I’m extra biased but I love her work. Crisp, clean photos every time.

Katelyn James – She is my absolute FAVORITE. She blogs about everything – her newlywed life, her ADORABLE dog Bokeh, her new house, decorating, of course photography, how to run a business, etc. She’s amazing. I love reading her blog because it reminds me somewhat of myself. She started her business when she was 20 and in college. In just a few short years it has literally BOOMED (not saying mine has BOOMED yet…but it will. I have high hopes :)). She holds workshops, mentoring sessions, everything! She writes about her life together with her husband and adorable puppy (he’s part poodle, just like my little Rusty :)) and is so down to Earth that I imagine tons of people (including myself) feel like they know her on a personal level. She is one of the reasons why I want to write more on this blog and let you all in on my life.

I can’t promise you it will be exciting or drama filled,  but I’m hoping you will begin to feel like you know me and that I’m just like all of you – trying to make something of myself in this crazy world.

  • Tracey PorrecaJanuary 9, 2013 - 3:19 am

    I didn’t know you were interested in Alaska – come on up and I’ll be your tour guide when you get here! And thanks for the shout out – I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whoever wrote that song was dead-on. (I just “googled” to see who wrote that song. It was written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle – fun fact of the day!) I look forward to Christmas as soon as December 26th (my big sister’s birthday!) of each year rolls around. I celebrate Christmas in July with the air conditioning turned on high, curtains draped, blankets galore, “Elf” and “The Santa Claus” in my DVD player, and a hot cup of cocoa in my hands.

Christmas is full of traditions in my family. On Christmas Eve, my mom’s side gets together at my mom and dad’s house. Tradition used to be that we would have our big, Italian, sit-down dinner loaded with pasta, meatballs, salads, breads, etc. It was Heaven. However, we have started a new tradition of each adult bringing an appetizer. We’re going on year two (or three?) of this tradition and so far, it’s not too bad. My uncle and aunt surprised us all by bringing our traditional pasta dinner in a crockpot – Christmas Eve just wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without the Italian cooking.

After everyone has settled down with their food, there is usually a lot of talking going on as well as a lot of laughter. I love my family. On a side note, often times I hear of people not getting along with their family or always having something bad to say about each other – I’m so thankful that I was born into such a wonderful family who get along and look forward to seeing each other…

Santa shortly arrives (this year Paul played Santa – we assumed the children wouldn’t notice if Uncle Paul was missing versus their Daddy or Grandpa were missing), gifts are opened and everyone goes home happy, well fed, and full of Christmas spirit. This year, my mom and dad started a new tradition of displaying a slideshow of photos from every Christmas dating back to when my mom and her brothers were very young. We all loved looking at photos of our Christmases and of family members that we miss such as my brother and his wife and children. They have not been home for Christmas in a few years – they were missed so much this year as they are every year. They live in New York which makes the holidays a bittersweet time for our family. But, they are with us in spirit and my brother, sister, and I will remind each other of funny and meaningful childhood memories we had during the Christmas season via text, picture messages (we send bits and pieces of Christmas cartoons we used to watch growing up when we watch them now…weird, I know), and phone calls.

Christmas Day is surprisingly somewhat boring for our family. We each stay home and do our own thing. However, this year, since Paul and I finally had our own house for Christmas, and I finally had a large kitchen to cook in (large compared to our old apartment’s), I invited my mom and dad over for a seafood lunch. Lobster tails, crab legs, stuffed clams, and broccoli were on the menu and it turned out amazing! Mom and Dad have never eaten crab legs so us pros had to teach them. If you’ve ever eaten crab legs without a cracker, you can understand the excitement you get when you pull out an intact, large piece of crab meat. Bliss! Dinner was just the two of us that night and naturally we had pasta. It really was a wonderful Christmas. :)

Now that you know a little about what my family and I do at Christmas, enjoy the photos I managed to take between eating, drinking my favorite wine, and enjoying my family’s company. I hope each and every one of you had a very merry Christmas!