Flowers for Kris and Today’s Haiku


We lost my sister Kris six years ago.  My brother-in-law Den had these flowers placed on the alter at church this weekend in her memory.

My memories of her lately have been when we were young.  She was 9 years older than me but still found things we could enjoy together despite the age difference.

One memory I have is of her and I watching spooky movies, just the two of us.  Our younger brother was too little for spooky movies and we waited until he went to bed.  We shared a huge bag of chocolate chip cookies dipped into short glasses of lemonade as we settled in for spooky movies until I fell asleep.

Here is my Haiku:

  • our expectations
  • satisfied with shared terror
  • and sister giggles

Love and miss you Kris!


Haiku for National Adoption Weekend At PetSmart, a Message for Uncle Sam


We were both rescued as puppies.

I (Roscoe on left) was supposed to be 60 pounds but forgot to stop growing and weigh 90 pounds.

I (Monty on right) was supposed to be 40 pounds but I also forgot to stop growing and weigh 60 pounds.

Mom says it is okay because big dogs have big poop and it is easy to find to pick up!

Our haiku for this adoption Weekend?

  • adopt with your heart
  • handsome guys like us await
  • your love this weekend

Our Uncle Sam needs a puppy🐶


Today’s Haiku, The Maze Continued, Part Five

Refuge Maze
Refuge Maze


Something has changed.

Anxiety changes to doubt.

Hallways are no longer dangerous.

The wind, still screaming, somehow smells fresh and is invigorating.

Terror subsides to doubt.

The familiar voice calms you:

  • walk into the wind
  • be brave and trust the future
  • be stronger than doubt



Guest blog post Monty a Blizzard!


Hi my name is Monty and I am a guest blogger here on sanseilife.


Thank you for your support and reading my dog Haiku!

We had a blizzard yesterday here in Arvada, Colorado.  I am sure it was a blizzard because Mom came home early from work.  Roscoe and I helped her make a batch of home made dog food, yum!  We loved having the extra time with her.


Here are the pictures of Mom’s parking lot at work and the street in front of her building.  This weather prompted her boss to let her come home early.


Here is a picture of one of our cars and our yard.  A true winter wonderland.

Mom is one of the few people who loves a good snow storm so us dogs are lucky to live with her.  Here is my Haiku:

  • snowflakes bite her face
  • she romps with us in the yard
  • fearless as a dog


Today’s Haiku, Appreciating a Sunrise


An amazing thing happened Sunday night that has lifted my spirits all week.

I realized this morning that I had become somewhat depressed and that I was not appreciating the things placed right before me.

For example, here is a beautiful sunrise I enjoy every morning while walking my dogs.

  • today, a true smile
  • on my lips and in my heart
  • watching the sun rise

Starting the day with a smile is uplifting.  Yikes, I have even been humming all week!

Today’s Haiku, The Maze Continued, Part Four

Refuge Maze
Refuge Maze


Anxiety fills your chest.

Racing down unfamiliar hallways your instinct tells you to find the familiar but your fear leads you down dangerous pathways.

Is this a nightmare?  You scream in an attempt to wake yourself up.  The wind screams back pushing you further into the unknown.

Overwhelming terror.  You are truly lost.

The familiar voice reaches out to you:

  • do not trust your fears
  • you must fight or you are lost
  • you are not helpless