Wayfaring Bootstraps

Life, Love, Art, Smiles, Music and Photos in the pursuit of happiness…

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far….

Some say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Jason says this girl is beautiful and looks just like her mommy. I graciously accept that compliment. Through good times and bad, I know how lucky I am. And I feel how much love we share.


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As the leaf falls….

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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my necessary but unwelcome noose

The need to have a job and make money is a part of life. We have all had a job we abhor at one point or another in our lives. For one reason or another. The kind of job I am writing about today is the one that feels like it is choking the breath from your soul. I have one of these jobs. You wouldn’t guess it if I told you where I work. It is the very nature of my job that is killing me. Or the nature of what my job has become. I am the office manager for a small company that provides service labor. I started working here just before the economy collapsed. The owner had been living comfortably. He had many jobs on the schedule. Lots of money coming in. The economy then took a dump and so did his business. It wasn’t just the economy, but poor business practices as well. This did not help with doing business in a bad economy. Slowly but surely my job became one of managing the office to somehow balancing the money so that all the owner’s bills and company’s bills were paid. Now since we are not a point of sale business, this made my life very stressful. Never knowing when the money would be coming in. I am at the point where I loathe work. I can’t seem to get away from it. It follows me home, eating at my mind. It follows me to sleep, eating at my soul. It washes away all rays of sunlight. I must get out of this. I must quit. Aye, there’s the rub……..I work for my best friend’s husband. My office is his parent’s extra bedroom. I don’t want to abandon my friend. But staying just might kill me. I so long to be in the mountains. I long to have a job where the company’s bottom line isn’t a noose around my neck.

This blog was supposed to be happy and a tale of my pursuit of happiness. Today’s post is my first negative post. But this too is part of my journey.

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No money, no worries

Yesterday I took a little break and left town. I headed up north to Flagstaff. The weather was beautiful and amazing. These photos were taken later in the day when rain clouds rolled in and showered us with fresh coolness. Earlier in the day it was how it could only be in mountains, away from the big city, clear and cloudy. If you’ve spent any time in the mountains, you know what I am referring to.

Last, is a photo of Charlie with his new toy, a promo item from a local vet. The frisbee is bigger than he is! It was hard to get a decent photo of him with the frisbee. He was tearing through the house whipping that thing around. 🙂

Happy weekend all! Surround yourself in love and happiness!





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Very true, even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it.


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In Every Life A Little Rain Must Fall

Phoenix is generally a dry, hot place. But every July/August a little rain must fall. This is one of my favorite times of year. I love the monsoon. The wind blows, temperature softens, humidity rises and for a brief moment the summer nastiness is swept away.





And just in…….our new shaggin waggin/music festival/tour bus has arrived!!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!


Can’t wait to deck it out!

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Anaïs Nin

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”


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We had to demolish the storage room today. It was hot but fun!



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Lake Mary

Out by Lake Mary near Flagstaff, Az.







No words. Simply a photo.


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