Thursday, October 30, 2008
The dirt road, in case you are curious, led past pastel cottages to the rocky shore.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Today I made a big mistake. I gave one dog a hair cut intended for another. There is no reason, no explanation. I just messed up.
I had a bad reaction to my error. An adrenaline rush. Heart palpitations. Stark horror.
Luckily the dogs owner was fine with it. Thought the dog looked cute. Today I am grateful for kind people and worried about... my brain.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
“He who plants trees, benefits another generation.” -- Sunephebi
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I believe that we are here for some reason.
It is CLEAR to me that my reason is, in a large part, to groom dogs. But I have no idea WHY. I know it brings me both pleasure and a steady income, but what am I doing to improve the quality of the world with my work? I mean, besides the fact that because of me lots of dogs look and smell better!
These are the sorts of things that keep me up nights, wondering.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Recently a friend of mine was on a tear, complaining. She complained about her husband, her kids, her home, her lack of money. In reality she has a nice husband who adores her, healthy, kind, intelligent children and a beautiful, paid for home. I tried to gently point out the many blessings in her life. She rolled her eyes at me a bit and when mentioned her nice family and wonderful home. When I elaborated, and said something like, "You have running water!" Her eye rolling turned to a scoff.
When I get home from work on an average day, I do things to keep our home running. I might dust the living room pictured here, water plants, do some dishes, start dinner and/or toss in a load of laundry. I am not a huge fan of doing laundry, to be honest, but I AM a fan of having clean clothes to wear! Today, as I tossed in a load of things to wash I thought about how amazing it is that I can just stuff items into this big white box, add soap, turn a dial and come back in 30 minutes or so to find clean clothes. What a huge blessing that is. I am also very fond of having clean, cool, safe water available to me 24 hours a day, with just a lift of a faucet.
Sometimes, if I am feeling a little grumpy, I remind myself just how lucky I am. I never scoff at my running water or electricity, but I do sometimes fail to appreciate them fully. Taking a moment to appreciate the things I often take for granted helps me stay on track. I really don't have much to be complaining about.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wonder what I can do with that chair once the snow flies?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tagged by: Babystepscottage. Thanks. I am told that now I am supposed to tell 7 things about me. Here goes:
1. I have procrastination trubbles!
2. I love bagpipe and marching band music.
3. I am patriotic.
4. I adore my husband and teen aged daughter (even though a teen is enough to make me want to stab my eyes out sometimes!)
5. Home is my favorite place to be.
6. I am developing a yoga addiction.
7. Kayaking is a joyous activity.
Since I am a brand new baby blogger, I don't have anyone to "tag." Maybe soon!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I've always been intimidated by Orchid's. I mean honestly, such stunning flowers couldn't possibly thrive under my care. I get all excited if I manage to get a Geranium to bloom! So this year, right after Christmas, I SPLURGED, and dropped $30. on an Orchid. My plan was to toss it when it got done blooming, because I KNEW I could never get it to bloom on my own.
It bloomed its little heart out for MONTHS! It was early spring before the last bloom faded. Rather than toss the plant I moved it to my porch, tossed some water on it from time to time, and ignored it. And then, it did THIS. And behind these blossoms, is another stem full of buds coming along.
My lesson in this, I think, is stop being intimidated by things. So, I just started a new venture... I am taking yoga class. That is something else I have always been scared to try. I had my second class tonight and lived to tell. I enjoyed it, was able to do everything suggested I do, and I feel terrific. What intimidates you?