Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thanksgiving day dawned clear and the temperature soared. My sweet brother in law, John, helped out by clearing up the drive and walk ways. He soon got so warm he peeled his shirt off. I had to laugh when I saw him, surrounded by snow yet shirtless!
We fed 20 people and the house was filled with laughter and chatter. There was no angst. Just pleasantness and helpfulness and good conversation.
And then... everyone goes home and this old house is quiet again. All of the build up and planning and preparation is over. The cold porch is laden with leftovers, and we find ourselves ducking out there to snitch a bit of turkey, a taste of cake, a glass of wine, a slice of good pie. As for me, I usually take a nap or two in the days following. I bask in the memory of the joy of being together, remember the echoing sounds of good conversation and savor the flavor of the left over goodies. The thankfulness? It lingers.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Recently one of my grooming customers told me that they wanted to find a home for their Maine Coon cat- a huge guy with a sweet disposition. I thought of the mice and looked at the massive cat. I think the mice have met their match.
We dubbed the new guy "Catfish Hunter." He is settling in, getting to know the lay of the place and meeting his new staff. He has the dogs trembling in fear as he stalks about. One impressive feline; I have a feeling he is going to earn his keep.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
There are all these intricate connections in our lives. Some we take for granted until the link breaks. And then because life is the way it is, we move on, stronger for the experience, saddened by the loss. It's a lot to think about.
Monday, November 7, 2011
We stayed in the home of our friends. They offered us the warmest, most gracious hospitality. The first night we dined on Couscous made by their friend (and our new friend!) from Algeria. Another amazing woman from Germany joined us for the feast. So it was 3 Americans, 2 Canadians, a German and an Algerian all at the table. As we ate and talked and laughed I couldn't help but look at this bunch of us; a blend of languages and cultures and experiences, all joined together because of... pet grooming. I could never have imagined that my passion for grooming dogs and cats would take me to the places it has. On Sunday my friend and I gave a seminar on cat grooming to 16 women from all over the province. Our work was well received and I think all of us had a good time.
If I could have looked through the key hole to my life and seen the bright kaleidoscope of colors that would ebb and flow to create the wonders I experience, I never would have believed my eyes. I can hardly wait to see what happens next!