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Our governor lifted the Stay At Home order, so we pointed the RV west and headed to Moss Landing, which is situated on Monterey Bay—midway between Santa Cruz and Carmel. We’ve stayed here before, but this time we went with a gift card in hand (thank you, JP and girls) to try our hand at kayaking in Elkhorn Slough. 

The weather gods smiled on us. It was a fine day for paddling. We encountered all sorts of local denizans: harbor seals, sea otters, dignified herons and assorted other birds. We were also treated to an amazing air show when a bi-plane pilot decided to do some mid-air tricks, including several barrel rolls. We couldn’t believe our luck.

I apologize for the quality of the video and pics--my phone was inside a waterproof bag. Best $20 I ever spent. Sure beats buying a new phone.😀

And if you have nothing better to do, check out this OtterCam.

I know we all share a love of animals—especially our pets—and saying goodbye is never easy.

This week we lost our beloved “granddog” Seely. Half Great Pyrenees and half German Shepard, she embodied the best of both breeds. She could “hug” like no dog I’ve ever met. And, while sweet and gentle with the children, she loved nothing more than directing her deep, ferocious bark at squirrels, cars, coyotes, and birds passing overhead.

Sadly, on a very rainy day last week, she jumped out of the ATV—her favorite place to be—and landed wrong. The vet said a predilection for spine issues made the damage too great to come back from. We all loved this dog so much and it’s hard to say goodbye, but it’s better than watching her suffer.

(The photo is a recent one of Daisy and Seely. Technically, Seely was Daisy’s dog—a Christmas ‘pick-of-the-litter’ ten years ago, but we all loved her.) 

Last week's Q&A was: Do you read/write poetry? Yes or No?

I really enjoyed your answers. Thanks for the poems you shared, too. Here is one from a reader friend who lives in Saudi Arabia.

My two randomly selected winners this week are:

Linda Hughes
Glenda Martillotti

(Linda and Glenda congrats. Please email me your pick of either a $5 Starbucks or a $5 Amazon gift card.)


This week’s Question is a bit more light-hearted. Are you doing something “romantic” on Valentine’s Day? Yes or No?

(Two winners will be chosen by random drawing to receive either a $5 Starbucks gift card or a $5 Amazon gift card. Please reply the usual ways:
email or on my DebraSalonenAuthor Facebook page.)

Stay well, my friends, and happy reading,


Next week: I have no idea. 😉

Debra Salonen's Book List

Montana Blueprint for Love
Meet Me in Montana
All the Stars in Montana

Her Forever Cowboy
Never Say Never
Caleb's Christmas Wish
A Baby After All
Love, After All
That Cowboy's Forever Family
Forever and Ever, by George

Prince Charming Undercover
The Daddy Gamble
Risky Baby Business
A Match Made in Vegas

Montana Secret Santa
Sweet Summer's Kiss

Black Hills Baby
Black Hills Billionaire
Black Hills Bad Boy
Black Hills Bachelor
Black Hills Native Son
Black Hills Outcast
Black Hills White Knight
Black Hills Rancher
Black Hills Stranger
Black Hills Legacy

Montana Cowgirl
Montana Cowboy
Montana Darling
Montana Maverick
Montana Gift
Montana Miracle

Her Hero to Love
Her Rogue to Tame
Her Rebel to Kiss



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