Monday, July 25, 2016


Helena, MT  High 91  Low 62

I haven’t felt like blogging since Scooter died. Been a really sad time at the Dixon house but we are slowly adjusting to just the three of us.

Skittlez is doing really good. Gets smothered with a whole lot of love. She hated to be left alone at first and cried the whole time we were gone. In fact she was so pathetic that my sister (who is not a dog lover) couldn’t stand it any longer and has been dog sitting for us when we need to go somewhere. She and Skitz have really bonded. But Skittlez is doing much better as time goes on and she realizes that we will be coming home to her.


Sunrise in Helena, MT


The house is on the market. Jim just about put himself in the grave getting it fixed up. Sure glad the kids did most of the painting for us. Now we just need it to sell quickly.

A beautiful rainbow after the storm in Billings.


It was time to give Jim a break so we packed up and headed for Helena. We’re spending a couple of weeks on my brother-in-laws lot before we head down to the KOA on Canyon Ferry for the month of August. Jim plans to do a whole lot of fishing and the campground is almost on the lake.

Our friend Paul also spent last week here in Helena and we had some really good times together. Tuesday was my birthday so he took us to breakfast at this really great little place down on Last Chance Gulch – No Sweat Café. It was excellent. Definitely going back there again.

We also went to York for a hamburger. They are known for their burgers but we were disappointed in ours. Overcooked and dry. But it was a beautiful drive up into the mountains.

Paul at the York Bar


Us at the York Bar


Beautiful Montana clouds.


Thank you to everyone who sent their love and sympathy and also all the birthday wishes. You guys are the best.


  1. With you two bouncing around Helena and Billings, a friend having moved to Whitefish, Dave's brother having once lived near Ten Sleep, and our daughter having just bought a cabin near Butte I'm finally learning a bit about Montana geography. Mainly that everything is still too far apart. :)

  2. OMIGOSH...Linda, you're bring back memories. I've been to Billings, Whitefish, Ten Sleep, and Butte!

    Sandy, I sent you an email. Glad you're all hanging in there. I know how much you are still hurting.

  3. I know what you mean about the adjustment. I still tear up sometimes when I think about Rusty and Poppy. It's a process. Hope you have a fun August.

  4. Lovin that beard. Good to hear are feeling a little better.

  5. I also am glad you are doing better. Hope your home sells soon.

  6. Crikey Skittlez ..... You sure must miss dear Scooter a lot, aye?? I'm glad your Mom's sister has been keeping you company. That's real nice of her, aye?? Hope the house sells quickly for you ...... Charlie!!

  7. So good to spend sometime with you last week. Have to do it again next year. See you in AJ.

  8. Yes, it definitely takes a while to adjust, glad to hear that you are all making it though that tough time.

    Happy to hear that Jim has finished with all the work needed on your house and that the kids were there to give you a helping hand as well. I hope it sells fast for you both.

    Enjoy your time at the lake and I hope Jim has some great days fishing.

  9. We had our three kids helping us paint along with 2 of our grandchildren. The investment finally is paying off for us. LOL

    It takes time to get over the passing of a pet and you never forget them. I still remember my favorite hunting dog from when I was a kid.

    Hope the house sells quickly and you can go back to enjoying Montana and the Big Sky out there.

  10. We certainly understand. It's a hard time for sure. I haven't felt the urge to blog either. I have trouble even reading blogs but I do. Take care and you're in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Glad that you are adjusting it is a such a hard time.
    Good luck with the sale of you house. And let Jim relax for a while.

  12. Happy belated BD and hope your house sells quickly. I've been surprised at the temps in Helena - are 90's normal?

    1. Definitely not normal. And next Saturday it's going to be 99. The really good thing about being here is that the nights cool down and make for good sleeping.

  13. Poor little dog. They do feel the loss as much as we do. Sounds like he is getting used to being an only child now. Sweet thing.

  14. Happy Belated Birthday. I know you all miss Scooter. I still love that top picture on your blog. So glad I got to meet the pups in Quartzite. I hope your house sells quickly. Will you be staying more permanent in AZ?

  15. Good to hear from you. Poor little Skittlez must have thought everyone left her when everyone was gone. I'm glad she is getting used to it know. And happy to hear the house is on the market now, wishing you a fast sale. Time for you and Jim to start enjoying yourselves again.

  16. One of the sad things I so dislike about owning a pet is losing them. Our son just lost his Golden Retriever who was 8 years old to cancer. It is devastating, especially to his 4 year old daughter.

    Thankfully we can all hold those pets dearly in our memories.

  17. We know exactly what you mean about taking time to adjust. When Sheba, our dog passed away, we sometimes forgot she wasn't with us and would begin to call for her. Time is the only healer.
    Hope Jim catches some big ones for you.

  18. Poor little Skittlez - she was the one I was most worried about. I wonder if they know...

    But like you said, time really helps. And all the years and all the good times and all the memories are so worth it. There's just nothing like having a wonderful, loyal dog.

    You both look so good in that photo! And your friend, Paul, does too! Hope the house sells fast. :)

  19. Good luck, both in the house sale and fishing.

  20. That's a great photo of the two of you. Congratulations on getting the house painted, here's hoping for a very fast sale to a well qualified buyer. Hope August if fun for you both.

  21. So sorry to hear about Scooter. I know that I still miss my pets that are gone.

  22. Hugs to all three of you. We are still missing our little dachsie girl, Gretchen, too. The boys are doing well. Willy is showing his age but has days where you would think he was two instead of 13. Gretchen seemed much younger and we always thought we would lose Willy first. Again, hugs to all of you.


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