Missing My Muse

Whether you’re an artist, writer, musician, or chef, chances are you have a muse who inspires your creativity and joy. For the last 15+ years, mine was Doggie Lily. She passed away yesterday, August 16 after along and healthy life – up until the last few days, anyway.

Lily. March, 2015. Age 15-1/2.

Lily. June 25, 2015. Age 15-1/2.

How couldn’t that sweet face and those sparkly eyes not inspire, or at least motivate, you? (Yes, she was usually trying to motivate me to give her some cheese, cucumbers, doggie treats, or take her for a walk. I bowed to her wishes most of the time.)

Who or what is your muse?

Note: I realized I had the wrong date on the photo, and just corrected it. This photo of Lily was June 25, 2015.


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on August 17, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Muse missed. What a beautiful girl.

  2. Paula Hendrickson

    I miss your muses, Finnegan & Stella, too. They were always my back-up muses.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear that Doggie Lily has passed away. Sending you warm hugs and loving thoughts tonight.


    Sent from my iPhone


  4. I’m so sorry for your loss, Paula. I have a doggy muse as well. His name is Chuck. Just walking in general helps me to unwind and think too. So imagine my inspiration levels when I take Chuck for a walk! Sending hugs your way as well.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Thanks, Hannah. Did you realize today (Wednesday) is National Dog Day? That, combined with the news that Lily’s ashes are ready to be picked up, has hit pretty hard.

      But as I was just telling my sister, if losing pets didn’t hurt this much, it would mean they didn’t bring us much joy. That would be even sadder.

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