We need spring to come! It’s been a long haul, and there are days when I’m tired of myself and my attitude. I’ve grumbled too much about the ice, I’ve dreamed too much of going home, and my headaches have been worse.

I’ve snapped at people because I’m tired of being stuck in the house since I don’t drive in the snow and ice. All in all, it’s been a much worse winter than expected. And my skin and hair are awful!

This year seems worse because Gary had a total knee replacement on December 21st and a second one on February 16th. That means jumping into the caregiving role and doing tasks around the house that are typically his job. It’s absolutely worth it because by May he’ll be out of pain and we’ll be able to do lots of fun things that he couldn’t do with bad knees.

There’s a bright spot in my life. Even in the winter. My dog loves me just as much or even more today than he did the day we met. He loves me in my ratty bathrobe which has become my work uniform. He loves me with straw-like hair, ashy skin, a bad attitude, and depression. And you know what? He’s been the best thing about winter!

Dogs are always awesome. But I’ve come to believe that dogs are at their best when we are at our worst. They not only love us, but they appreciate us, are grateful for all we have done, and simply are.

There are so many dogs in shelters across the nation who want someone to love, to appreciate, and to simply be their person.

I’ve discovered that I’m not perfect but I sure have the perfect dog. He loves me just the way I am. Who else in your life is so understanding, so much fun, so good, and so willing to forgive?

Life isn’t perfect. Find the perfect dog and life will be pretty darned good. Even in the winter.