About Littlesundog

I did not intend on being a farm girl.  I was dead set against it.  Having spent my youth on a small family farm near Utica, Nebraska, I carried quite a chip on my shoulder about the bumpkin lifestyle of rural folk.  I professed to overcome my country label.  I wanted to live the life of a city girl.  Well, at least I wanted to experience a little excitement.

In the course of my life, I have experienced more than a little excitement.  Enough to kindly show me that there is something appreciated in coming back to one’s roots.  I am not a farmer in Oklahoma by any means.  My husband, FD, and I live on ten acres on the outskirts of town.  We live a simple life here.  It is much easier to care for ten acres than it was growing up in the north and tending to hundreds of acres.  Perhaps that’s why I appreciate my roots now… the demands here are on a smaller scale. I am proud of my hard work ethic, my common-sense logic, and the ability to survive on little. I am still a farm girl at heart.

This blog is about life on our little piece of land.  It’s about tapping into the farm girl ways I grew up with, and utilizing the best of what I learned; to enjoy life and live simply.  This blog celebrates my relationship with nature, and my appreciation for experiences that have changed me. The most influential teacher of my life has been Daisy deer, an orphaned fawn we raised. I still spend time with her in the woodlands… and I am still learning from her.

I hope my day-to-day musings will reflect the simple things of life.  Sometimes overlooked or not noticed, the ordinary aspects of a day are often the most thought-provoking and ponderous.  I hope you enjoy my thoughts and my photographs.

© Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…

207 thoughts on “About Littlesundog

  1. I started this day with thousands of work related issues racing through my brain so furiously that by the time I actually got to work I was already exhausted! Then I read this and as I read I could feel the stress over work simply drifting away. Keep these posts coming – they will be my link to sanity!

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    1. Oh, thank YOU! How many times have I relied on you to help me deal with stress and chaos? We always manage to have a few good laughs about life. Thanks for helping me “feel the love” when I needed it most!

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  2. Dear Lori,
    I just love your blogs! I read them everytime I get an email notification that you’ve done a new one. They are well written, are refreshing and never stale, and calm me down when I’m having a bad day. I’m not very blog-wise, so I guess this is how I tell you how much your blogs mean to me and how much pleasure and common sense they provide. Keep up your enjoyable writings and keep including your very good photos.

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    1. Thank you Gail!! I’m not very blog-wise either so it’s been a bit of a challenge to work my way through the technical aspect of this. FD (my husband) is so encouraging, and the positive responses I have gotten build my confidence. These blogs provide so many capabilities but I just tap into the basics. Writing is relaxing for me. It helps me relieve stress, but mostly it is a way of creative expression. Photography is a hobby. All of my life, wherever I go I see pictures… of life and moments and interesting textures and colors. Blogging allows me the best of both worlds. Thanks so much for your encouraging words!

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    1. I’ll email you tomorrow! I’m so excited I could bust! Who knew stories about Daisy would gain such interest? Thank you for your support, and for being my morning inspiration! I always have my first cup of coffee reading your blog!!

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    1. Thank you! Making Freshly Pressed was so unexpected, and I’m so happy! I agree with you, being with nature is a wonderful life. Watching animals and birds living in the moment and just “being” has helped me slow down and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of all life forms. Thank you for your comment!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! Yes, simple is good. Too bad it took me so many years to figure that out. I often think of my upbringing, my parents and Grandparents. I value the things I was taught. We were simple farm folks. Funny how that was never appealing when I was young, but it’s what I boast now!

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    1. I read your story about Zorro. I too have suffered the loss of orphans. Despite much research, sometimes we cannot know what happened to these little ones, nor why life did not progress. You have documented with beautiful photos, and you have wonderful memories of the short life he lived. These experiences have meaning… different for all of us. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and photos of Zorro. Thank you for your kind words about Daisy.

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  3. I’m a fellow Husker – hope you haven’t gone to the “dark side” of Sooner-land – lol! I grew up in Omaha, and have always appreciated the hard work and grace of my rural counterparts. Love reading your blog!

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    1. Well, what kind of Nebraska girl would I be if I went to the dark side?? Egad! I am not much of a football (or sports) person but I am all HUSKER just to antagonize the folks around here! I get no respect… I’m called SHUCKER around these parts. I hate that we’re not in the same conference anymore. FD and I were always the “House Divided” which got a lot of attention at the games and among friends. Glad to meet you! I subscribed to your blog… gotta love another HUSKER cohort!

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      1. Yeah!! Glad you’re sticking to your roots :)! I know, I really hated to leave the Sooners in the Big 12 – oh well … someone thought it was progress. Thanks for the subscribe, my new blogging friend.

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        1. I am glad to see the “Bugeaters” shirts and paraphernalia making a comeback! Personally, I love the original name… I mean, don’t you feel one would have to be somewhat of a barbarian to eat bugs? Anyone can be a Corn husker.

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  4. Lori, Charlies Soap – have been using it for several days now!! It is the best detergent I’ve used. I put 1/2 a scoop and some hot water in a pan with some white shoelaces that had black stains all over them, and BAM – the stains are gone. Thank you so much for the tip. It’s a tremendous addition to this Laundry Guru’s cupboard. Who said the blogosphere isn’t educational?? Thanks again.

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    1. Great to hear! I brag on Charlie’s all of the time. I also love their Indoor/Outdoor surface cleaner. I use it as a pre-soak or pre-treating spray for stains on clothes and carpets. It’s amazed me time and time again. This red dirt in Oklahoma is tough to get out and Charlie’s handles it! Plus, they advertise it for baby clothes. Very amazing product! I’m glad you tried it!

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  5. I’m not sure where to post this message and for some silly reason I can’t find a way to email you. But I know tomorrow is the scheduled release day for Daisy and Holly and I’m thinking of you. Good luck and God Bless.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have been spending a little extra time out there today, IN THE WIND, telling Miss Daisy how exciting tomorrow will be. She’s been especially affectionate lately, and perhaps she knows things are about to change. FD and I will have our cameras tomorrow, and I believe a friend was going to try to bring a video camera so that we can share the release with everyone. I appreciate so much that you remembered, dear, deer, friend!

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  6. Dear Lori,
    You have a beautiful blog and after reading your post about Miss Daisy and Holly, I know you have a beautiful soul as well! I am a fellow nature and animal lover, my husband and I have 8 furry children of our own(7 rescue kitties and we also care for a fixed feral on our back deck) It always makes my heart sing when I hear of others doing so much for animals:) You are a wonderful writer and I am looking forward to keeping up with your blog.
    Karen
    PS. I hope that the release of Holly and Daisy back into the wild goes really well tomorrow. That would make me so sad to see them go, I get too attached to animals

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    1. Karen, I’m right there with you! A kindred spirit! It is difficult to detach, and though we’ve done this before with various doves, ducks and a squirrel, I think Daisy and Holly will be hardest to let go. Daisy especially. There is something wonderful though, when they continue to return sometimes after a year or two, in knowing that even though raised by humans, they can survive on their own instinct.

      I have just had a look at a very little bit of your blog, and I can see I’m going to be thirsty for much more reading!! Perhaps a new project is just the distraction I’ll need after tomorrow… something to keep my mind from worry. You are a talented creator! I look forward to this new-found friendship! Thank you for your very kind words this evening.

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    1. Marilyn, I just read about Paper Sam and LOVED it! What an interesting blog you have. I’ll be reading more! Thank you for the compliment about my blog. I hope to relay a message of what nature can bring us, and what can be gleaned from a simple life. I find myself connected with so many people who share understanding, compassion and love through blogging. What a great link MJ Monaghan is to have connected us… and it goes on and on! Thank you so much for responding and exposing me to your own, great collection of writings! I cannot wait to read your “communications”.

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  7. It’s wonderful how you could capture the images and the soul of the nature and express your feelings in here.. 🙂 I really like the background of your blog. The image looks mysterious yet somewhat elegant. HAve you got a full picture of it?

    Subhan Zein

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment. The background photo is simply a winter scene of tree branches, after an ice storm and a light snowfall. I was photographing winter birds in the snow, which made for very beautiful background. Ice presents beauty of its own. I love getting out with the camera when the town is silent (due to loss of electricity) and taking shots of the landscape, while listening to the crackling and falling of large tree limbs, buckling under the weight of the ice. I can email you the photo if you like.

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    1. Oh Marilyn, I appreciate your friendship so much! So glad we have connected… I find myself looking forward to your posts to see what interesting subject you have brought to the day. Thank you so much for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! It is such an honor to receive this from you, respecting your writing as I do! I appreciate your kinds words about my blog (on the link you referenced).

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  8. Hi Lori!
    I am stopping by to let you know that I am passing The Very Inspiring Blog award on to you! You and your awesome blog are very much deserving of it and I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog and hearing all about Daisy and the rest of your beautiful animals. You are an awesome writer and I love reading about your adventures 🙂 Feel free to accept this award or just relish in the fact that I think your blog is great and you, very inspiring 🙂 I have just published a post about it on my blog where you can find out more about it.
    Karen

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    1. Oh, thank you so much Karen! Your comments and support always make me feel so good! I appreciate your friendship so very much… and your blog posts are inspiring! I will check out the details of the award soon… if only I could keep my hands out of the dirt! You know the weather is warming up here and my gardens and flower beds are calling to me… unless I’m sidetracked by Daisy deer!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I appreciate your confidence and thoughtfulness in nominating me! I’ll be sure to check out the link and rules soon… that is if I can make some computer time! This time of year I’m out in the gardens and flower beds, loving my DIRT time!

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    1. Thanks Marilyn… I will have to pull myself away from the outdoors and work on a few blog posts. There is much to share! It is indeed gorgeous here right now. It’s hard to say if you will find me in the woods, in the gardens, on the mower, or feeding Miss Daisy a snack. I have a hard time deciding just what I wish to focus on in a day. It’s just so beautiful this time of year!

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  9. You sure are popular with bloggers! =D

    Such an interesting blog, I can’t wait to get my own place, hopefully with chickens st least. Your blog makes me want to get somewhere NOW!

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    1. Welcome Rachel! It’s so exciting to have a little piece of land to live out your dreams on! I will be 51 this month, and it was just 5 years ago we moved here. I grew up on a farm and as a young girl I disliked the lifestyle and hard work. The “About Me” page tells all about that. It wasn’t until I was in my forties that I realized I loved the land, and I paid more attention to plants and animals. I became aware of nature, and living in the moment as animal life does. I hope you too can soon reach your dream of a little stretch of land, chickens and whatever else tickles your fancy! Be positive!

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  10. Hi Lori. I am glad I checked out your blog, It is a peaceful spot to stop and enjoy a little nature meditation. I used to get out for backpacking adventures a long time ago, but haven’t done so for MANY years. Your photos help to recapture that sense of the beauty of the wild world. Thank you!

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    1. Oh, thank you SO much! What a lovely compliment. I really think nature saved me… turned my life around. The wildlife here has really caused me to think more about living in the moment and enjoying whatever delight comes along in a day. I’m so glad you enjoy visiting here for some beauty and tranquility. There are a few laughs in some of the posts as well. Thanks for visiting!

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  11. Rich people have money in dollar or pound
    Wealthy people have glorious nature arround
    Rich people invest in buildings, high rises
    Wealthy people enjoy beautiful sunrises

    Thanks for sharing, on this beautiful blog.

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  12. I just found your blog and I’m in love with Daisy!! How blessed you are to be able to enjoy her and the other creatures of nature. I wish everyone could see animals this way. Thank you for the beautiful blog!

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    1. I am so glad you are joining us! I was just down with Daisy as a matter of fact! I noticed a giant wound on her right hip yesterday (there’s another blog post… nothing went good yesterday!) but there was little I could do to help her. It needs stitching and there is no way to do that with wildlife – even as tame as Daisy is with us. I conferred with my friend Ruthie, and as long as Daisy could lick her wound, which the saliva has antibiotic qualities, she could self-heal. I oberved her licking the wound two times before she took off to the woods again. I noticed today that it is already healing nicely and though an ugly, gaping wound to her hide, I think she will be fine. She is a pure delight, but oh the worries of being a deer mama! I think you’ll enjoy previous posts regarding our wildlife here… make a little time to read them on a rainy day!

      Meanwhile, I’ll check out your blog! It’s wonderful to make new friends!!

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  13. Thank you for such a peaceful and loving place. I would love to seek refuge from the big city and its big city problems. Your words are inspiring and truthful and allow a sense of peace to overcome my issues.

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    1. Thank you so much Tanja! It is funny how I longed to experience the city life as a young girl. I did, and I thought I loved it, but as I grew older and discovered more about who I was, I realized I was deeply rooted in the country and nature. We only have 10 acres on the outskirts of a small town, but it is country to me. This woodland area behind us is teeming with nature and wildlife, more than I could imagine. Just walking through the woods, taking notice of the small things like decaying wood… which is really alive! Alive with fungus, organisms, and insects. Everywhere I see life.

      Keep your dream of living in nature alive… you can achieve it you know. I was almost 50 before it happened for me, but I knew in my heart for many years that I wanted to be closer to nature. Now I am here and it’s even greater than I dreamed it could be!

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  14. Cheers for following my humble little Tasmania blog :). I noticed that you were on Argyle socks list of scientific blogs that she followed…time to add you to my rss feed reader 🙂 I hope you enjoy your forays into our chaotic attempts to live a penniless sustainable more meaningful life 🙂

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    1. I’m sure y’all will keep this Okie farm girl entertained, and up to snuff on sustainable living. I’m a penny-pincher myself, so I’m quite interested in whatever kind of information you put out there, including “chaotic attempts”! I hope you enjoy my tales of Daisy deer and other wildlife… and nature!

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      1. I think its amazing to be able to read about other people’s “first person” stories because they reveal so much more about a country and give it a sense of real “place” than documentaries and nature programs can. We have deer in Tasmania as well. They aren’t native but they are wild now thanks to people ignoring fencing heights ;). We haven’t had any visitors here on Serendipity Farm but should one ever appear I will definately share it with you all on teh blog 🙂

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        1. I am not sure what kind of edibles you have around your place, but deer seem to have an appetite to most everything around here. My roses get a good trim all year long, as do my blackberries and herbs. I’ve had to put up a lot of fence to keep my gardens from being demolished. Still, it’s pretty cool to see the deer all around.

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          1. I don’t think that deer would be able to get a look in around here as our garden has been claimed by the native wallabies and possums (not like your possums, much cuter and no pretending to die when you confront them…ours are little bruisers!). The possums eat the higher stuff and the wallabies guzzle the lower stuff and leave poor stripped trees in their wake…they tend to leave the immediate area around the house alone because our 2 American Staffy boys like to wander around the deck and remind them who is boss (the wallabies and possums are boss 😉 )

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    1. Thank you so much! 182 acres is a lot of land to keep up with! I daresay 10 acres is just right for us now that we’ve tamed it a bit. I think the woods will always be a bit wild and unkempt, but I like it that way, as do the wild critters.

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  15. Your blog is very interesting little sundog…and thank you for following my blog.One of the blogposts I made is about camels which is owned by an omani sheik that we visited just recently.Farm life is a nice way of life and not a way of woes that city life offers.I would like to go back to the farm someday…

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    1. Thanks so much and you’re welcome! I agree with you that city life and community living brings about many challenges and problems (I like your word “woes”). As a young girl I thought that was what I wanted. I am so thankful that over the years I found my farm roots again, and now understand and appreciate the abundant joy in bonding with nature and simple living! I look forward to reading your blog!

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  16. I’m happy I found your blog. I grew up in a rural place too, in the Philippines and so can imagine how it is to look out the window and see trees. I’m living in the city for now but I do wish that someday, I can go back to a farm. For now, I can probably do hiking where I feel nearer to myself and to nature, and follow your posts, which gives me a sense of serenity!

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    1. Hello Mark, and welcome to my humble blog. Oh, I hope too that someday you can return to the farm life! Always keep that in mind and be positive. I believe it can happen for you! Until then, you are welcome to hang out here. There are many funny animal and nature stories in the past posts… feel free to read them at your leisure. I’m so happy to have you for a new friend!

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  17. Very cool award from MuckingMoms (quite a tongue twister and I wouldn’t say it in public X times in a row – imagine what might come out). Have you down the work to get the other awards? Naw, you are too busy for that – RIGHT? This is one you should go for girl. They even have your gravatar pic up on their home page. CONGRATS, littlesundog, my friend!

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  18. Or in French and that’s your fault
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    Ou en français et c’est votre faute :
    Prix ​​très cool de MuckingMoms (tout à fait un virelangue et je ne le dirais pas à X fois publics dans une rangée – imaginer ce qui pourrait sortir). Avez-vous vers le bas le travail pour obtenir les autres prix? Naw, vous êtes trop occupé pour cela – DROIT? C’est celui que vous devriez aller pour fille. Ils ont même votre gravatar pic up sur leur page d’accueil. CONGRATS, littlesundog, mon ami!

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  19. Greetings from Australia,
    I’ve lived in a city most of my life and I can tell you that whenever I venture into the country or nature I feel so serene at totally at peace and am full of joy. I love the country; simplifying ones life and enjoying the beauty of Creation is an amazing thing. I sincerely wish you all the best. Take great care and God bless you and your family

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    1. What a kind and wonderful comment… and greetings to you from Oklahoma, US! I think most people, given the time to slow down and really spend time in the country, will find that same serenity and peace you speak of, when they take off to the country. Even spending just a bit of time on the weekends, hiking or walking nature trails or visiting parks can recharge the spirit, giving us the rest we need. You have a wonderful day too, my new friend! I’ll be paying your blog a visit!

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      1. You are most welcome and it’s my absolute pleasure. I agree with all your words beautifully said I must say. In actual fact, if it were up to my circumstances alone I’d gladly move into the country and be surrounded by nature. I could not think of anything more beautiful than waking up in the morning to the sounds of birds with the wind rustling through the trees, and the sun casting its rays on the veranda. Take great care my new friend from Oklahoma 🙂
        God bless you

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        1. That is exactly what we have here. We live a simple life, just atop a slope that looks down into a woodland area. We see all sorts of wildlife and birds. Each morning the birds sing, the foxes scamper around in play, and you might spy a rabbit, skunk, or opossum making way home after a night of foraging for food. We have chickens here so the roosters are always the first to start making a ruckus in the barn before daylight. It’s heaven, I think!

          I hope you might some day live in the country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that came to fruition? Blessings to you! By the way, I love your blog!!

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  20. Thanks for you lovely words of encouragement; the description of your house sounds like something out of a fairy tale and that is a beautiful thing indeed. Thank you for sharing your amazing experience of home, and yes I would dearly love to live in the country one day.
    God bless you and your lovely family.

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  21. I saw this and could not help but put in a ME TOO. With a short break while house building, I’ve lived in a rural area for 33 years and still love the serenity. From what U say, I think you would also love the country, photographymemoirs!

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  22. i’m so glad i stumbled across your blog–already, reading just a few entries, I have learned so much. I appreciate the time you take to write with such detail and wish you well on your caretaking journey!

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    1. Thank you so much and I’m glad too that you stopped by! Many of my past entries are some of my favorites… especially about raising Daisy deer and the antics of Frosty the Squirrel! Wildlife here has certainly been a blessing to me, and I continue to share the lessons and messages from nature. I’ll be stopping by your blog to check it out… so many amazing people in the blogging world!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! I look forward to reading all about your adventures! I always find it interesting how varied wildlife is in different regions of the world. Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Hi Lori,
    This is Thao, we had meet on the plane from HSV to Atlanta. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed our conversation and am glad to meet a friend with similar views who I’ve happen to meet by chance. Funny how life works, but I do believe that there are certain people that are introduced to ones life to enrich it with color and vibrancy. You my dear have given me such a fresh outlook in our short but engaging meeting. I hope all is well. Take care.

    ~ Thao

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    1. Hello Thao!! I am so happy you wrote! I too enjoyed getting to know you! That day was so amazing! I had an interesting experience on the next leg of the trip as well. I’ll email you and maybe we can keep in touch that way. I hope you had a wonderful time visiting your family. I’ll be sure to write you this week! Thanks for getting in touch with me!

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