“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder
spending the day running amok in the yard
makes for a huge appetite at dinner time
fresh crab sandwiches, Gus and Baker playing, those soft sheets, a trip to the Skagit, all of us at dinner, pasta and wine, the chickens, walking their woods and coming across Dad’s boat, identifying blindspots and a greater understanding of my heart . . .
when you don’t make your bed before
going to the gym, because you are going
to change the sheets when you get home
and you are gifted this beautiful light!
he helps me clean out some of the flower beds
asking me “how about this one?” over and over
it is awesome to have his help
we walk the arboretum trail
and work a bit on training
he minds me better than he minds him
which makes him a bit jealous i think!
latte art, rain drops on spider webs, a misty morning, bins full of pumpkins outside every store, lentil soup, burning candles and a tired pup . . .
“There's something about the smells of your childhood, isn't there? ... You still remember those small sublime joys with an ache of longing because there's no getting it back, is there? You cannot return to a state of innocence.”
― Beatriz Williams
i have been thinking about more... more thoughts, more depth and more love. i have been thinking about how each day unfolds and how i treasure the hour i have to myself each morning before he gets up, although the dog sometimes demands my attention, and for the most part, i am happy to give it. I have been thinking about the fact that maybe i have something to say worth reading and how if i put a bit more work into it, i might come out the other end more satisfied and confident and with a something that touches others. i have been thinking about boundaries and anxiety attacks and how both are hard and so draining and what i can do to prevent both. i have been thinking about how i have developed a practice that is simple and serves me so well and that all i really need to do to bloom is keep it up (and it really is not all that complicated). i have been thinking about our world and the heartache that has come out of DC, and thinking about how last year it was Vegas.
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
- Ansel Adams