Now getting the area cleaned up to make it a worthy place for her memorial.
I drug all the debris out to the road and Pablo came with the tractor and hauled the piles away.
About the Memorial:
I went around and gathered tons of fresh pine needles, you can see them in the sitting area and in the hollowed out log in front of her heart stones.
Shiner loved to lay in dried up pine needles, one of the first things I do when we get back here is to go down by the lake and gather a bunch of pine needles. I put a few piles in different areas around the RV and she would pick her favorite pile for her outside napping spot. Once she picked her pile. I would bring a dish of water out and put it real close and if she was napping during lunch, she would get that right by her pine bed as well!
Last Years Spot (on left) This years spot!
So that is why Pine needles are special and needed to a part of her memorial!
When you come back to visit, you can sit in Shiner Park and reflect your fondest memories.
If some of her friends are already there, don’t worry there is a lot of room!
You will notice large rocks around the perimeter, there are memory stones along the edge and, heart stones placed in sand. (Don’t worry I will explain in a moment) First I want you to know that all these stones that make up any part of her final resting place, have been gathered from ALL over the Ranch, including the lake! Shiner was a part of everything that happened at Deer Lake Cabins, so bringing a little bit of everywhere seemed fitting for her memorial.
The inside edge that leads to the sitting area is lined with memory stones. A memory stone is where you can share your memory or your name or your message.
This is Shadow’s Message: Here is what he grave looks like right now. The other message stones are from Shylo, Blue, the Birds, Horses, Henry, and Myself:
The blank memory stones on the path to the sitting area are for you.
We would be proud to place your stone on the Shiner Trail if you like, just knowing that she touched your heart makes us smile!
The messages are done with a permanent marker, a Paint pen, or some kind of an outdoor paint. (I know the writing won’t last for ever, but it is the thought that counts)! I am only responsible for making sure your message gets in the right place.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET A STONE ON SHINER’S PATH:
- You can find your own stone (no larger than a brick) and put your own message on it and send it to the address below. OR
- If your coming here in the near future, you can bring some paint or permanent marking pen and make your own! OR
- Send me a note in the mail, with what you want your stone to say, and I will paint a stone for you. (Write Slowly as I don’t read so fast no more (LOL) and PRINT clearly . OR
- You can send me an email with your message on it. OR
- You can leave me a comment on this blog.
Deer Lake Cabins
830 Dream Lake Road
Scroggins, Texas 75480
email: dlccabins (AT sign) gmail DOT (.) com If that confused you just switch these around: gmail.com dlccabins@
Whether I place your message on the path or you do it yourself they should be placed in the order they are received. Just find the first blank stone and replace it with your message stone. The area around her grave is reserved for her family, close friends, ranch employees and etc. If your stone should be with family and close friends, be sure to specify that in your note.
You need to give me your email address if you need me to contact you. It DOES NOT come as part of your comment unless you type it in your message.
I will commit to do this until April 1st, at that time I will post something letting you know if any of this will still be available.
I hope I haven’t confuse everyone, I am kind of good at that!
As far as her memorial site goes, I still have a lot of work to do, however I had made enough progress to feel that the site was now worthy to bear her name and to be her official resting place.
If you don't like the rock idea, another thing you could do in memory of Shiner is to to donate to an East Texas Animal Shelter in Shiner’s name. That way She can continue to help others find their way, share her love and bring smiles to people and animals even in her death.
I will be very busy in the next couple of weeks completing her memorial and surrounding area. When I am done I have something I need to tell you about the Heart Stones and an AMAZING discovery directly related, but it is going to need to wait until my next entry!
Rest in peace Shiner, you were loved by many!