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 


the sky was so blue today and the air was crisp and cold
the sun flowed through the dirty windows hitting the hardwood floors
and showing every speck of dog hair and dirt
we did manage to get the Christmas stuff put away
and the upstairs all cleaned up
while we worked the dog soaked up the sun on the unmade bed


the sky looked like snow all day
but it never came. . .
i felt so bad today that the dog and i took an afternoon nap
i wish i could kick this cold
there was an email from judy, and all is well 
and i already know i won't keep up with all the projects
i have planned for the 2015 

i told him i was so mad we both had wasted 
his whole vacation sick
and then i thought how blessed we are that 
it was nothing more than bad colds
we took the dog for a long walk along the Cedar
and then came home and i cooked a really nice dinner

he left early for the east side 
and i worked on the Christmas time capsule
i had to remind myself to enjoy the process
and let the frustration of the music go
after i settled down i could not pull myself away
and worked until it was done
feeling extremely blessed and full 

i called and asked if he would come out and help me with some heavy lifting
of course he said and it made me realize that i just need to ask for help
others will most likely help, if they can, and asking for help is not a flaw on my part, 
i don't need to prove to anybody that i can do it all by myself
he stayed and had dinner with me and that was nice,
just the two of us for a change. . .  

it felt good to be back at Zumba this morning after two years
i kept up and felt so amazing afterwards
i wonder why i don't do things that make me feel good more often
i wonder why i kind of fight it
i need to work on reminding myself that a little bit of exercise
goes a long way in improving my whole day

the dog and i sat and watched him pack
and we talked about how hard it is to be away for so long
the questions he has now about how to balance work with his personal life
later we went to dinner with justin and cannon
and i watched as he and his older brother laughed and talked fishing
it was harder this time to put him on the plane
because i know part of his heart is here now
but i also know this is part of life
and he will figure it out