robinmay On Gracie's first day home, she looked like this. Today she looks a little bit less like a lost piece of lint and a little bit more like an overstuffed pastry. And she's just as sweet. Happy 10th birthday to my sidekick, my friend, and one of the top two loves of my life. Let's celebrate ten more, k? But first...a birthday walk. xo. 3d
  •   sophdooley @surandell hehehe, I know! A lost piece of lint! Nawwww 3d
  •   cardigangirl Happy birthday sweet Gracie. 3d
  •   alimatuk206 Good morning 3d
  •   tanyiatabouli Aw! Happy Birthday dear girl! your captions are so rich Robin, you don't have to use very many words to make such a big impact. Lint....pastry... this made me smile. 2d
  •   3girls_1dog Your niece Nora's only response to this picture: Awe!!! 2d
  •   robinmay @3girls_1dog I can't believe Nora hasn't even met Gracie! Soon, k? We miss you guys. 2d
  •   kristineghia Happy Birthday Gracie! 1d
  •   hilarina79 Overstuffed pastry!! That is too adorable. Happy bday precious brave dog!! 1d

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robinmay I may have picked up this tiny spruce specifically for his little gingerbread friend. (I shouldn't really be allowed in garden centres, ever, near Christmas time.) 3d

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robinmay As I snapped this photo the Love Boat theme song was playing in the background. And we were both kind of okay with it. 4d
  •   wayne.cormier So serene ! 4d
  •   robinmay @brandosphotos She's better every day, I think. But then she'll try to jump on the couch or something and fall and set herself back. We've got to help her be patient :) 4d
  •   brandosphotos Poor baby! Wants to be well now @robinmay. 4d
  •   yousouf0000 its nice tho 4d
  •   jodypea our sweet family dog when i was growing up got hit by a car. my entire family sat on the floor for months while she was recovering so she wouldn't be tempted to jump up on the furniture to be with us. it was ridiculous, but she was family. 3d
  •   robinmay @jodypea I love it. They give us everything. Moments like these let us give at least a little bit back. 3d
  •   hilarina79 Gracie IS a love boat :) 1d

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robinmay Mmmmm. Another night of making cookies and trying not to eat them all. Gotta stock up! Christmas is going to be extra Canadian this year: My parents are heading down from Georgian Bay on Sunday, to help us celebrate our first Christmas in our new home. Lucky, right? They may even bring us some ketchup chips. 5d

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robinmay Insert shark emoji. But like, a friendly shark. 5d
  •   l2niee ur awesome gracie...i hope i could meet u one day...wishing you heal fully from the isurgery and may u always be healthy anx full of joy...i woof you ....lotsa love all the way from asia!!!! 5d
  •   robinmay @l2niee Thank you! From Gracie and me :) 5d
  •   mungkorn_th Love.... 5d
  •   ainocecilia There is no shark emoji, or is there? Somewhere? 5d
  •   flowersvintageshabbychic Thinking of you my little Instagram friend so glad Gracie is getting better i do nothing but worry about my fury friend . I suppose you could say he's changed my life in every way just seing his little face makes my life complete . its going to take time for Gracie to recover completely but she has you guys and that's all that matters lots of love and snuggles . xxx 3d

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robinmay Usually the sun sets and I walk Gracie home in darkness. But these days--these precious, magical days--we dance home merrily to the twinkle of coloured lights. Christmas, I love you. xx. 6d

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robinmay Look at my heart go! 1w

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robinmay Here it's easy to confuse the earth with the sky, mixed as they are on the palette of our lakes. 1w

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robinmay I've a long history of being the sort of person who tips hugely and awkwardly says thank you for the world's worst haircut. BUT I'M TRYING TO BE BETTER. So yesterday's trip to the salon was an exercise in calculated assertiveness. Because if I don't verbalize my wants and needs, I'm pretty much just counting on dumb luck and/or psychic ability to get me what I want and need...right? (Note to self: This doesn't apply only to haircuts.) 1w
  •   susedavis I identify with this completely 1w
  •   mushumla I'm the same way. Your hair looks amazing. 1w
  •   anishvinod Wonderful look 1w
  •   ismailahie So nice 1w
  •   theartubesinchesterfield @robinmay I hear you! I struggle with assertiveness which is strange as I used to have a high powered job. But when I let let that job I wanted to leave the 'hard' part of me behind too. But I have finally realised, after years of being trampled on, that I need my assertiveness back. I am practicing "no sorry, that doesn't work for me" like a mantra! Divine hair do by the way xx 1w
  •   danielle_dev me too. I feel tough inside until it's time to open my mouth. Then I turn red and cower loll 1w
  •   karishma17 True that 1w
  •   lindalaughs I always think they would want to see me leave the place satisfied and would be doing them a favour by saying what i would like it to be like. 1w

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robinmay The more people I talk to around here, the more I realize I've been living in the teensiest little bubble, inside a slightly larger bubble, for a very long time now. And I'm not gonna lie: sometimes I kinda want to climb back inside. Did you know that it takes WORK to interact with people who don't share your world view? With people who in some cases fundamentally oppose it? It takes work and patience and compassion and curiosity. And sometimes it even takes some good old fashioned tongue-biting. It's startlingly easy and dangerously deceptive, I think, to surround ourselves with people who say only yes. But to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with someone who views the world from a million miles away? That's where I am now. And that's (for the moment) where I'll stay. Because sometimes it's less about preaching to the choir and more about harmonizing with it. Right? 2w
  •   makeitadouble 100% yes! 2w
  •   tarakleffman Right 1w
  •   2ndaryhwy this is interesting because i've lived in a world where there are few viewpoints that agree with mine for a long time. it's refreshing when you meet people who have common ideas, but it also teaches you there are three sides to every story. hear them out, find out why, and sometimes you find common ground behind the rhetoric. sometimes that's a good starting point. 1w
  •   italiamarie13 I moved from Seattle to Virginia 2.5 years ago. The only way I can describe it was as a culture shock. When I tried to explain that to my new friends from VA they didn't understand what I meant, how it was different than anywhere else. There is definitely a collective different "world view" and it was a hard adjustment and to be honest it still is sometimes. I know what you mean about thinking that perhaps your personal views aren't as open minded as you thought. But it can be hard to be open minded when faced with an aggressive opinion. Pick your battles I suppose. Set it down if it becomes too heavy, pick it up again later. You're not alone. 1w
  •   _lookbrooke @robinmay thank you!! a lot of the time I feel like a fish out of water because my time in LA and my education really shaped me into an altogether person than I was when I moved there. I swear, I am the black sheep of the family now. But I am so happy to be here and I know that I will gain skills that I wouldn't have needed so much in LA where everyone is in agreement. Thanks for this post! It meant a lot to see that you're going through something similar! 1w
  •   bcameron232 @robinmay I'm from Ga but I have lived in the Caribbean, Northeast and now Pacific Northwest US. I know where you're coming from. The weirdest part for me was when I realized I was the different one and now I'm reminded of it every time I go home as I keep a silent southern belle smile on my face! 1w
  •   suzredwine Amen. 1w
  •   mgmerringer Words to live by, really. 5d

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robinmay Look who enthusiastically-ish joined me on my soggy walk yesterday! That little shaved bit above her paw is left over from surgery, but it's got me thinking that Gracie would look *awfully* cute with a traditional poodle cut. Just gotta convince @matthewjay... 2w

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robinmay Some things happened today: The builder took full responsibility for Gracie's accident and will be covering her vet bills AND Gracie tried to jump on the couch for the first time since surgery. All this happened, of course, with Christmas carols playing in the background. xx. 2w

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robinmay I'm candy-making today in the company of Christmas carols and an unexpected gift of orange loveliness. I never thought I'd say it, but I maaay be officially sick of chocolate. Who's gonna eat all these misshapen truffles?? 2w

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robinmay Post-kibble theatrics. Today's healing milestone was a happy morning tail wag, immediately upon opening her eyes. It is, truly, the little things. xx. 2w

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robinmay Few things are easier, harder, or more rewarding than being deeply, passionately, reverently you. 2w

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robinmay Finally! Our wedding album! I'd been putting this off for far too long (like over a year....eek!), but partnering with @artifactuprising was just the kick in the bum I needed to stay up waaaaay too late one night and create this gorgeous memento. Featuring photos from our dear friend and photographer @pketron, it's as beautiful as I knew it would be. Thank you, @artifactuprising. We ️ you guys. 2w

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robinmay My kitchen today is the scene of a Christmas cookie extravaganza. So! Much! Butter! This whipped shortbread recipe has been on my family's festive menu for as long as I can remember, but this is the first year I've made it myself. Based on how many I've eaten so far, I think it's best I let someone else do the baking next year. One for me... One for the freezer... One for me... One for the freezer... Two for me... 2w
  •   kentjong So cute 2w
  •   fatma.aljuburi1992 Niiiiiiiiiiice 2w
  •   chuckzcx ur good at it 2w
  •   jazkiwi1 those r awesome 2w
  •   halfgirl This made me smile so much! And makes me extra excited to get back to my parents' house later today, so I can christmas bake with my mother, like we do every year... 2w
  •   susiesongmusic Thank you for sharing the recipe! Can't wait to try 2w
  •   nika.adler ימי 2w
  •   disaacs Thank you for sharing the recipe! 2w

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robinmay We just watched this sore little lady heave herself up and out of her cozy bed, teeter her way across the slippery hardwood floor, and curl up neatly in the most healing place ever. Christmas cheer and Christmas tears are such close friends, aren't they? 3w
  •   heathermunro61 A beautiful picture!! Hope she gets well quickly !! 2w
  •   lexydie Aww, sweet little peanut. 2w
  •   tanyiatabouli Aw. Little peanut. Love her 2w
  •   amberblitz Love you Gracie, let that light heal you baby girl. 2w
  •   amolnut890 Merry x' mas! 2w
  •   joystclaire1 Xxx 2w
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  •   mrcanadian24 She's beautiful me and my man have 6 cats haha I think a dog is in the cards for us soon :) 1d

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robinmay Those rare mornings when I wake up and remember that I straightened my hair the night before? Ahhhhhh. I'm embarrassed to say that they're almost indescribably blissful. I'm--on the outside, at least--pretty low maintenance. But I've shed more than a normal amount of sweat wrestling with my hair over the years. I have zero styling prowess. Zero. And I have an attention span shorter than your average yawn. So on a good day my hair hangs in tousled, untouched waves. But on a NORMAL day it hangs partly in waves, partly in babydoll-esque ringlets, and mostly in kinks and zags and bunches of frizz that will very nearly swallow your fingers whole if you are brave enough to venture near. (And don't even bother with a comb unless you place little to no value on your time and sanity.) For years I kept it super short. Like, two inches, maybe three. It was platinum. It was pink. It was inky black spikes. But this mane feels more like the me in my heart, and the me in my heart is long and messy and grateful for the occasionally smooth day. xx. 3w
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  •   lnaw Your hair looks great! Always and all ways. 2w
  •   _susandrea_ You are just adorable 1w
  •   s.toney I love your hair so much that I am growing it out to be like yours 1w
  •   teffi_ohne_s Beauty 1w
  •   reet27 I love u. 'coz the way you click most importantly the way you think before you click. 4d
  •   bojan332 Fantastic for my optical nerves ♡ 4d

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robinmay First outdoor Christmas lights in my adult life! Strange, right? But I've always lived in a loft or a condo or an apartment. Having outdoor space is a delicious bit of novelty. And hanging lights with my HUSBAND? Endlessly, wonderfully weird. I'm not sure if that particular novelty will ever wear off. But if it does, I'm officially reminding myself to pop back here and remember this moment. xx. 3w

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