October . . .

This really, really, reall-yyy is the busiest month of the year. Always has been. But this year, it has been busier than ever. When I looked at my calendar for this month, there wasn’t a single day that didn’t have something going on. From dental appointments to field trips. It really has been some kind of crazy around here. I’ve actually got several posts about art that were ready to go up, but my heart has been so far from the computer. I’ve been absent from twitter, pinterest and even facebook.

On Tuesday the 18th, I had to put my dog down. Yesterday was actually the first day that I haven’t cried. And I’ve done great today, too. I have been a total wreck. She woke up fine that morning, but within 30 minutes she was puking, pooping, breathing heavy and couldn’t really stand up. I took her to the vet as soon as I got everyone else to school. Since she had been fine, I was really hoping it was viral. Apparently, she had a massive tumor that had ruptured causing her to get sick – QUICK. I chose to have her cut open before I made a decision to put her down. Needless to say, she had been sick for a very long time and I had no idea.

This dog was so loyal. I have had her since she was 5 weeks old. I got her for my other dog – Frenchie. That is what dog owners do – get a dog for their dog. I was devastated when French passed. But this time has been awful. I think where I didn’t have a dog to come home to made it so final. When I came home from dropping off the kids two days after she died, I screamed out, “TIDDLES! COME GIVE ME SOME LOVE!” I’m sure it was only a split second, but I actually had the complete thought run through my head, where is that dog and why isn’t she killing herself to get to me! Because that is what she did when I came home. She would hang out with me, at my feet the entire time I would paint during the school time when the house was empty. She would even follow me to the bathroom when I was cleaning out all my brushes. She was the type of dog you didn’t need a leash for. She always walked beside me. There was no need for a doorbell. And I swear when you said “bye,” she would always say “bye” back. I think eventually we will get another dog. And I’m sure it will be a Sheltie. But 8 1/2 years was such a short amount of time with my dog. It might take me that long to accept a new one.

For all those who left me such sweet messages about Tidbit, thank you. And to all those who cried with me, that means more than you will ever know.

The day after the Wheelers all were traumatized by the loss of our pet, Carson and Lawson turned 5. I can’t believe my twins had another year older. We had a party outside the home this time. And I’m soooooo glad I did. With Tidbit’s passing there was noway that I would have been in any shape to clean my house and cook for everyone. We privately rented the Discovery Center. It is one of those hands-on type museums for little people. It was fantastic!! I wish I would have taken more pictures so that you can really see this place. We had the whole place to ourselves and we had a substantial amount of people. AND none of my kids flipped out on me – miracle!

I love posting pictures like this! It blows me away how much Carson and Lawson look alike. Which really is probably one of the stupidest things I’ve ever said since they are identical! But those jokers have my head and everything on it {Poor kids!} It is hard to see it in this picture, but the parts in the hair are actually on the opposite sides of the head. These two are what is called mirror image twins. Lawson’s {the middle picture} part follows mine. And amazingly, his hair has crazy body in it like mine. I’m sure it would hang in ringlets if I would let it grow it out. {Not gonna happen.}

And like I told you guys in the last post, I swear that I’ve been painting. And somehow, I’m going to have to pick up the pace because . . . .  My van has the doors that will automatically open with a push of a button and the passenger side door has blown a motor. A teeny, tiny part. A part that is going to cost me $1600 to repair. You read that right – One thousand, six hundred dollars. Because it wasn’t bad enough that it got stuck open when I was rushing out the door to pick up the kids from school while it was raining, the joker will open up while I’m driving down the road!! Hopefully, I’ll be able to push some paintings out this month!

And proof that I have been working, I’m going to show you guys some sneaky peekies for your viewing pleasure!

There are a few sneaky peekies for you to wonder about. I’ll start posting them individually during the next few days!

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About Kim
I picked up a paint brush for the first time 7 years ago, and haven't put it down since. My goal - To paint a canvas for my son's nursery. I never dreamed a business would be born out of it. {And if you saw the first canvas, you would think the same thing, too!}


  1. Jo says:

    I am so sorry abt the loss of your pupperoo. I thought I’d never have another but a year later my heart was empty and we got a puppy. I was so afraid I wouldn’t have another furbaby as good as Emily. Isabella will never replace Emily and is almost opposite in likes but she has stole my heart in a different way. Take your time to grieve You’ll know when its right…..hugd to you and your family

  2. Becky says:

    I am sorry about the loss of your dog. In January, we had to have our lab mix euthanized. When we adopted him from the shelter, he actually was the next dog to be euthanized and we added 11ish years to his life. Actually, he added to ours. I still miss him desperately. He was a big, black dog – and if you know anything about rescues. they are the last to be adopted. We did adopt another – a little puppy mill rescue who was very abused. A chihuahua – total opposite. I do love looking at your art work, and I will be thinking about you in the days ahead……I have been there, still am some days.

  3. Tammy says:

    So sorry to hear about your Tidbit. I had my 18 1/2 year old cat put down on the 15th and cried for a week. It’s such a huge loss. Hang in there!

  4. I’m so sorry about your dog. A friend of mine went through the same situation. Her dog had cancer and didn’t know it. If only dogs could talk.
    RIP Tidbit.
    And, you don’t have to tell me about car repairs….been there, done that. I’ve always wondered who pockets all this cash? $1600 for a tiny motor seems excessive. Ugh.
    Lastly, your paintings look beautiful as always. :-)

  5. So sorry to hear about your dog. I know she was an important part of your family. RIP Tidbit!

  6. Megan says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog! I had to put my lab mix down in January after he’d lost 1/3 of his body weight (150 lbs to 99) in only 4 months. Part of that was due to a ton more exercise but part was due to cancer. We didn’t know it until he stopped eating. It was so sad. They said he could last a day or a week or even longer but at some point he would die and it could be just like what you went through – horrible! So my dad and I (who loved him like his own after the dog went to live with him for a few months while we had the baby), went to the vet together. One of the saddest things we’ve done this year. I hope you and your family can move on but I know it’s hard. Other dogs and animals do help but nothing ever takes the place.

  7. Erin says:

    Love your blog! You are such a gifted painter! So sorry to hear about your furbaby! :(

  8. Renee says:

    So sorry for you loss. I would be devastated if my little guy died. Thinking about you as you deal with the days to come.

  9. I am SO sorry for you guys Kim. We have a great loyal doggy like that and she is only 2 1/2 but I cannot even imagine the day that she is gone from us. And to have it happen like that with poor Tidbit is just so sad. I really am terribly sorry for you. :( (

    Hang in there sister!

  10. HouseMama says:

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful dog.
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work – I just love it. I love forward to putting out my Fa La La again this year!

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