I Made a Pie

By A.J. Llewellyn

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I have blogged before about losing my dog Venus and how badly if affected me. Sometimes when I am very low, beautiful moments happen. Yesterday for example, a nurse from the rehabilitation center where Venus and I often volunteered saw me outside my building and asked where we’d been. In the last several months of her life, Venus was physically not up to walking far, let alone cavorting around the hospital beds of people who yearn for a little canine therapy.

The nurse was genuinely devastated when I told her I’d lost Venus. She said some of her patients were still there at the rehab/longterm care facility and often asked about her. On a whim, I borrowed my neighbor’s dog and went over to the small, private hospital. To see the joy on people’s faces at the small, wriggly bundle of puppy love made me certain I will get another dog soon. They are the best therapy ever!

One old lady I remembered from my last visit ten months ago asked about my dog. “What have you been doing?” she asked me.

My automatic response is usually. “Oh, working.” But here she was, stuck in a wheelchair, lonely and sad…and I said, “I made a pie.”

Her eyes lit up. Somebody was making conversation with her!

“What kind of pie?”

“A Blue Hawaiian pie. Somebody sent me the recipe and I had to buy all this booze for it.”

“Really? What kind?”

“Blue curacao and pineapple coconut rum. I guess I’m stuck with them now because I’m not a big drinker and to be honest, I didn’t really care for the pie.”

That old lady laughed and laughed. “Don’t ever regret trying new things,” she told me. “Always regret the time you didn’t take to try something new. As you get older those are the moments you regret.”

She is so right. I did it. I made a pie. Not my usual thing and the memory still makes me smile…even if the ingredients were more than my weekly food budget! I might just make a pie and take it over there. With my neighbor’s dog. It felt good to be there, to make people laugh.

But what about you? Have you ever spent money on something you regretted? I’m really curious. I really want to know.

Aloha oe,



11 Responses to “I Made a Pie”

  1. AJ,

    I know how much you miss Venus and some dog will be lucky to get you as a mommy. You are such as wonderful and giving person. I shouldn’t be, but I am amazing at how much you give to others.

    lol, I spent too much money on too any things that I regretted buying. That only because I am a very compulsive buyer and really don’t spend enough time think about whether I need it or not.

    Love ya,


  2. I have a hard time spending money on myself unless i honestly need it. My apple laptop was kinda a splurge but i can rationalize it because of my classes and its not likely in a year i will need a new one. Nor will i *knock on wood* kill it like i have my other ones. The things i buy that i regret tend to be things for my kids. like the fact until 2 days ago they had a Ps3 AND an Xbox 360.. Why in the hell do they need 2 gaming systems PLUS their hand held gaming devices. We Sold the PS3 because we needed the money. But i get made every week or every other week every time a new game or accessory is brought. Granted My SO and the kids are smart they trade games in for news ones but then there are the preorders of new Games Like of all things Lollypop Chain Saw… Buffy meets Zombies with a chainsaw.

    I have many regrets in my life. None i will talk about here promise.. But I dont regret the things i have tried sometimes the outcomes but never that i tried. 2 of my biggest regrets gave me the 4 most important things in my life. So maybe they aren’t really regrets just happy accidents that gave me wonderful surprises.

    OMG I have gotten really off the Question.. Sorry AJ…


  3. Nothing major. I usually do consumer research for the big buys. I have regretted buying certain food products which didn’t live up to the hype or taste like what I remember from my youth.

    I did pay $1,500 to reattach the ligaments in a cat’s leg. I don’t regret it, but frequently wonder how much a simple amputation would have cost.


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  6. Anne, I love that you did that for a cat. You are so my people! And I am glad you don’t regret it. Was the cat okay afterwards?

  7. I think those four most important things must be your kids, Silver. A great gift to the world. I love them all!

  8. Thank you for sharing that story, A.J. I actually teared up a bit. I visit some relatives, who are in nursing homes, a couple of times a year. Not only are they excited about the visit, so are the other patients. I also bring in baked goodies and fruit for all to enjoy. We all get a kick out of the visits.

    OK, to answer your question. Several years ago, I was unemployed. I was living on my savings and could not afford to buy anything that was not a necessity. I bought a Sony Reader. It was on sale and I had tons of books in PDF format. I regretted that purchase for a couple months and then I found a job!!!

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  9. My children are my greatest joys and the biggest pains in the ass… I know how much you adore them and they adore you just as much..

    Thank you sweetie


  10. I know what it is like to lose a pet that part of your family. My nine year old was with our dog when we lost him. He still talks about it everyday. I can see the love in his eyes. My prayers to you.

    I have bought some food that I thought wasn’t worth it. I have also tried some higher end restarauants that weren’t that good. I felt cheated out of a good meal and money. Oh well. Looks aren’t everything.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  11. I have many times. I bought something I really wanted and got it home and said what am I going to do with this? But I bought because my mother thought I should have it. I love your story though. Thanks for sharing.

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