I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

 

 ©Cathy Sly 2017 

summertime balm

summertime balm

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
— Charles Bowden

The week is full of dogs, granddogs that is as I head up to dog sit for the kids up north for a few days. I wonder if I will call them that, if I am ever lucky enough to become a full fledged grandma? I imagine so. For the most part they delight me, fill me with pleasure and make my life sweeter. This one, wakes me in the morning, after our night together, by tapping his super huge paw on the bottom of my bed. I wake to find him sitting up straight and tall, smiling at me (yes he smiles) ready to face the day, I can't help but smile back. He is big and gentle and pretty comical. 

"The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy."
~ Henry Ward Beeche

The following two nights I pug sit. It reminds me at times, of raising my three boys, when life was full of moments when everyone needed attention at the same time and I was scrambling to get to it all. These two are pretty self sufficient, but still the feeding, the potty breaks and getting them in bed (or rather on the bed I should say as they like to sleep with their humans) can be a little hectic. I find the secret to sharing a bed with three dogs is to be assertive with boundaries and claiming your spot first. 

"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning."
~ Natalie Babbitt

This one requires lots of love and attention as she is blind. Her tenacity always gives me inspiration, unless she is showering me with it at 3:00 am, which she did one night. We kissed and made up however. 

"Perhaps one central reason for loving dogs is that they take us away from this obsession with ourselves. When our thoughts start to go in circles, and we seem unable to break away, wondering what horrible event the future holds for us, the dog opens a window into the delight of the moment."
~ Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Blog post will be off and on this month as August is proving to full of summer fun. I will be off pug sitting one more time and heading to Northern Idaho with friends and then again, later in the month, with family. Between summer wanderlust and the generous joy of the garden, I feel the need to pull back some from this space and take in all summer has to offer up. I am sure there will be a few photos here and there along with my daily journal post (most days), when I can. 

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
~ Ada Louise Huxtable

I hope you are embracing every moment summer is throwing you way!
thanks so much for stopping by! 
xoxo 

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5 on friday || velvet

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