Last Week

It’s been a L O N G couple of days for me  . . .

I’ll start with something good.  I finally finished my photo wall after about 9 months (should I be admitting that?  NO!)!


Thursday was a really hard day for me.  We had to say goodbye to our dog of, 12 1/2 years, Max.  He was having so many problems, I won’t list, but I’m still wondering if we made the right decision.  I keep hearing phantom barks and I can’t believe he is really gone for good.  He took up so much of my time and energy and although it was grueling and it brought me to a bunch of bad words on a regular basis, I put up with and cleaned up the many many daily messes out of love.  Our old guy went missing several times, while blind, out all night, in the cold and somehow we always got him home.  And now, it’s just hard to believe that he won’t be coming back.  Goodbye sweet Maxi!  I’ll miss our walks!

Friday, I had a chocolate pavlova (What Katie Ate recipe, to be exact) made by my sweet Australian friend- talk about the real deal.  All I can say is . . . heaven.  Our friends hosted the loveliest dinner party and I felt pretty spoiled.

And oh, I got my hair done.  I’m still working on that ombre look.  I think the darker needs to come down a little lower.  I wanted the ends to be a bit brighter for the contrast but I think it might be a little too much.  To fix or just leave?

And here is to a new week and a fresh start of a day!

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  • Felicity
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 1:17am

    So sorry to hear about your Max.
    Having had to do the same thing in October I can relate totally to the doubting – I shared this with our vet and she reassured me that he was being brave for us and that he was actually suffering quite a bit despite rallying.

    I hope that you are able to find ways to celebrate all the joy that he would have brought to your lives over the years.

    Big hug,

    Felicity x

  • jenna ♥ a little blue
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 3:05am

    I'm so sorry about max! how awful and hard that must have been. all dogs go to heaven so I'm sure your little buddy is in peace and having a blast ;)

    I also live your gallery wall – Congrats on finishing. I have exactly one frame up… And I started 3 years ago!! lol uh sad.

    hope you have a wonderful week

  • LissyLou
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 4:28am

    so sorry to here about Max.

    That pavalova – goodness!!!! it looks amazing…and love your photo wall xx

  • Sarah B
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 4:43am

    So so sorry about the loss of your pooch. I cannot comprehend how sad I would be to lose my furry kid.
    I just saw a Choc Pavlova with salted caramel topping in a mag the other day and thought I might try it. Sounds very naughty.
    As for your hair, it's lovely as it is!

  • Exquisite Accessories
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 5:53am

    Oh Trina I am so sorry to hear about Max bless him I am sure you did the right thing its a shame to see them suffering, I love the wall of photoes it looks great.
    I bet you loved digging into that gorgeous dessert yummy!! :)

    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 7:21am

    FOR MAX:

    The Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven
    is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies
    that has been especially close to someone here,
    that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

    There are meadows and hills
    to all our friends
    can run and play together.
    It has plenty of food, water and sunshine,
    and our friends are warm and comfortable. .

    All animals
    they were old and sick
    restored to health and vigor;
    Those who were hurt or maimed
    are made whole and strong again,
    exactly as in our memories
    of times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content,
    except for one small thing;
    each miss someone
    very special, which had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together,
    but the day comes when one suddenly stops
    and looks away. His bright eyes are intent;
    his eager body quivers.
    Suddenly he begins to run from the group,
    flying over the green grass,
    his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted,
    and when you and your special friend finally meet,
    you cling together in joyous reunion,
    never to be parted again.
    The happy kisses rain upon your face;
    your hands again caress the beloved head,
    and you look once more into the eyes
    confident of your pet, so long gone
    of his life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross together the Rainbow Bridge ….

    hugs from BRasil
    ps-sorry for the very bad translation

  • Sarah
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 7:52am

    I love the hair color, it's beautiful!

  • christine {bijouandboheme}
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 8:26am

    Oh Trina, I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Max. I can totally relate to the daily grind but love you feel for a dog so I'm truly sorry for your loss. On a happier note, your photo wall looks fantastic and I think your hair is bang on colourwize- I say leave it as is. xoxo

  • Christina
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 9:34am

    Trina, I'm crying at my desk about Max. I'll be praying for you and the fam. It's never easy and he will never be forgotten!

    Your hair looks lovely. You look stunning.

    Wishing you a blessed week.
    Your friend, Chrsitina

  • Kara
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 9:44am

    Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about your pup. Never an easy decision. :(

    I do love your photo wall and your hair looks great.

    Hope you have a better week.

  • annechovie
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 11:14am

    I love your picture wall AND you hair, Trina. Both are LOVELY! xx

  • Chic Coles
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 2:46pm

    We are all so sorry to hear about Max. May he be happy and safe.Hair is looking good.

  • Beth - In My World...
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 5:26pm

    I am so sorry about Max.

    On a different note, your photo wall is BEAUTIFUL! And I think your hair looks great, too.

    And now I'm hungry from staring at this dessert, so I am off to bake something tasty.

  • paula
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 5:38pm

    so sorry about your pup :( I ADORE your hair. so pretty. love the photo wall too.

  • drooz studio
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 9:20pm

    sorry to hear about Max. each day gets a bit easier (we lost our beloved Boston last May) … i still can't even let myself think about it. do love the hair, wall & necklace!

  • Miz.November
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 9:27pm

    Darling, So sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. We had to put our boxer down after 12 years. He was just pitiful. You did the right thing. Its still hard, though. And it will be for a long time.
    Hugs to you.
    p.s. Your hair looks great.

  • Vickie H.
    Commented on January 17th, 2011 at 10:08pm

    Put Max's picture on the wall.

    So very sorry!

  • Peggy and Fritz
    Commented on January 18th, 2011 at 12:12am

    I'm watching the The Bachelor crying at your post. Something's wrong with that picture. Veronica's comments hit me. I'm looking at my little munchkin Ginger sleeping right now and can't even imagine the day I have to do that. My thoughts are with you. On a happy note, that dessert looks so yummy. I want to pour myself a glass of wine and stick my fork into that.

  • Keisha
    Commented on January 18th, 2011 at 12:42am

    Hey Trina, I have been so busy I forgot about Max..bless your heart, I cant imagine all you are doing! I had to comment tho because I was just looking at Lauren Conrads hair last night and loving it. I have never been able to translate that to a hairdresser, but look at you, you knew the name of the style:)

  • Jen of Made By Girl
    Commented on January 19th, 2011 at 2:34am

    DId you dog pass away or did you give him away? it just didnt seem quite clear….either way im sad for the fact that you dont have him anymore… :(
    Im very worried about my boxer….he passed out the other day and then woke up out of nowhere..thank God. But hes 9 yrs old so i know his time will come not long from now…..

  • Louise (Table Tonic)
    Commented on January 20th, 2011 at 12:17am

    RIP Max.
    Wow, I can't imagine how hard wrenching that must be.
    He's in doggy heaven now, though – A room full of extremely expensive sofas with signs saying sit/stand/rub yourself on me.

    And PS I just came here (a long overdue visit!) then went straight to Anthro and bouoght that amazing necklace, despite the fact that the shipping to Australia cost as much as the necklace itself (grrrr)!


  • la la Lovely
    Commented on January 25th, 2011 at 5:41pm

    Thank you all for the super sweet kind words.
    Yes, we had to put Max to sleep. He was 12 and it was a horribly hard decision for us.

    I love what Louise said …"He's in doggy heaven now, though – A room full of extremely expensive sofas with signs saying sit/stand/rub yourself on me."

    I feel so blessed to have all of you bloggy friends!

    ps- Jen – glad you're dog is ok… that is so scary
    Lou -I'm glad I could provide a little shopping inspiration. That is crazy on the shipping but once you receive you'll forget all about it!

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