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A Day in the Life…


In the morning we rise when Daisy cries. She cries to be released from the crate.

I reach in, retrieve her, and she and I go to Pepper’s crate. Daisy bounds in with bunny jumps and face licks and face nips and ear tugs, then we rush outside before she has an accident.

When we come in, I serve the girls breakfast.

Pepper gets big girl food in her bowl while Daisy gets puppy food in her playpen. Daisy wishes she got Pepper’s big girl food and lets us know.

When the sun is shining, and when it is not, we go outside to play. Daisy must wear her long rainbow leash so she doesn’t leave the yard. She is a kite with a long rainbow tail darting here and there after Pepper, who mostly ignores her.

Daisy eats a flower.

Daisy cuts the coleus plants down to size.

Daisy steals Pepper’s frisbee and sneaks away with it.

Daisy barks, and Pepper comes running. Daisy is barking at a shovel that doesn’t seem to pose a risk to person, plant, or animal.

We come inside and Daisy immediately poops. I clean that up and unload the dishwasher and answer some emails and then she is getting fretful and jumping on Pepper’s tail as if it were a small furry snack so we go outside again – where spirits improve.

By noon, Daisy is ready for lunch and a long nap. She won’t eat her kibble unless I mix in pimiento cheese.

When Daisy sleeps, Pepper joins me on the sofa in the library.

“Why does she eat flowers?” Pepper asks.

“I don’t know,” I answer.

“Why does she poop in the house?” Pepper asks.

“I don’t know,” I answer.

“Why does she steal my frisbee? Why does she jump on my tail? Why does she bark at a shovel? Why? Why? Why?”

“She is hard to understand,” I admit. “But I seem to recall that you did a few silly things when you were young.”

“I feel old now. Older than my years. Is Psycho Nugget here to stay?” she asks, and I pet her soft head.

“I don’t know,” I answer truthfully. “Ruth may want her back, or we will keep her. Nothing lasts, dear Pepper. Either Ruth will retrieve her, or she will grow up. Either way, before you know it.”

Pepper rests her head in my lap. She’s not reassured, I think.

I think of the 8 pounds of Daisy Baby snug in my lap and the occasional smile playing on Pepper’s face when the worshipful Baby licks her.

Let’s be patient, I think. In this and many things. Nothing lasts.


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“Why does Daisy sleep with her head dangling off the cushion?” It is one of life’s great mysteries.


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“You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. There is nothing free – except the grace of God,” says Mattie Ross, fictional character in “True Grit”.

“No test, no testimony,” says my friend Vanessa Hickman, quoting her pastor.

You can find me at about the 45 minute mark in the video below. Our minister Ryan Moore’s reflection begins at about the 25 minute mark. Carrie Hininger ran the show beautifully as this year’s Moderator…




  1. Jennifer, you put a smile on my face as I read your post this morning, and yet, you’ve also reinforced my decision to wait a bit longer before investing my time and energy in a new pup!
    I so enjoyed watching you last week from afar (through my technical prowess [*pats back*], I was able to cast the program to my TV). I loved revisiting all of your wonderful interviews during quarantine, and hearing all of the lovely voices of friends and strangers alike. I remember how very comforting your gift was during that time. ❤️

    • Dear Christi ~ It feels like this Time of Corona will never end, and yet it also feels like March was a long time ago. Thank you for staying in touch through the FPC women. And yes wait on the puppy. You can come play with Daisy if you need a fix. xoxo

  2. Soooo happy Bacon is back in the store!

  3. Oh no, the flowers that we all so dutifully water!! Hahaha!!
    Daisy is so adorable!
    Pepper needs a big girl walk with her buddies!

  4. If Ruth ever takes trouble back you will have a very lonesome Pepper. I loved the happiness in todays Bacon.

  5. Beautiful speech! Thank you for chronicling this moment in history from so many fascinating viewpoints. Quite a time capsule, across the spectrum.

  6. Did puppy Daisy figure out how to live at Mama Jen’s forever?!! What a smart little lady! 🙂

  7. Everyone loves a baby, but especially Daisy Baby. Love your sweet Pepper too! And the lessons about patience and changes in September’s chill.

  8. This was a very special and uplifting post!
    Thank you, dearest Jennifer!

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