Tag Archives: joy

Walking and talking (poetry in nature)

Walking and talking

enjoying the path,

enjoying the cool fall air,

the leaves filtering daylight

colors and light changing with each step.

Stopping by the creek

listening to the water

listening to your description

of whirling water followed by calm

a metaphor for life

But mostly enjoying the company

Chicago Cubs Players Weekend

I’m a lifelong Cubs Fan who no longer lives in Chicago. An afternoon at Wrigley Field is always a good time and an important stop during my week in town.

This weekend is Players Weekend complete with alternate uniforms and nicknames!

For the full experience, a Chicago hot dog (mustard, chopped onions, neon green relish, tomato, dill pickle, and NEVER ketchup!) is required.

And the icing on the cake: Cubs WIN!

Creekside hiking with Charlie

Charlie and I enjoy exploring trails and hiking along a creek is fun for both of us. Charlie loves being able to get a drink along the way. Sometimes he cools his paws in the shallow edges but when his friends go for a swim, he won’t jump in.

Today there was a log that he walked along while Bhakti swam nearby. If you use your imagination, it looked a bit like the iconic Patrick Swayze – Jennifer Gray scene from Dirty Dancing.

I wonder what movie Charlie and his friends will reenact next?

Quote to live by

Recently I was nominated to share my 3 favorite quotes. I had previously done this challenge, so I’m sharing one at a time now. I saw this on a magnet last weekend and it exemplifies my approach to life.

If you aren’t finding joy in the little things, you are missing out. For those who are in the middle of a three day weekend, use this gift of extra time to find something that makes you happy and embrace it with both hands.

Charlie’s Day

As told by Charlie, age 11 weeks…

There are so many wonderful things about being a puppy, but today I want to talk about the joy of a new toy. Mom’s trying to teach me to fetch, yes I know I’m part Retriever, but so far it’s not my best event.

 

This time I didn’t even try! If she wants it, why does she throw it across the room?

 

Perfect for teething!

 

Okay, I brought it back. But I’d really like to just chew for a while.

Snowy Day Puppy

When you’re a puppy and only ten weeks old, everything is a learning experience. Today, with about six inches of snow, Charlie romped and ran making tracks in the forest. Sliding, rolling, and digging joyfully. The only one enjoying it more than Charlie – me watching him. He’s the perfect combination of agile and clumsy; navigating rough terrain at times, and plunging headfirst into snow banks moments later. He truly is poetry in motion.

Writing Date

I don’t typically write about my own writing in my blog so indulge me, if you will.

Today a friend who is a very accomplished author with wonderful habits and rituals came for a writing date. She explained how she infuses fun in her daily life and writing process. We visited for a while and she met my new puppy, Charlie. 💗🐶💓

Then we agreed to silent, dedicated writing time sitting side-by-side. We’ve talked about how writing alone shouldn’t be hard, but sometimes the focus isn’t there.

It was a lovely morning for so many reasons. I wrote the final draft of the back matter for a picture book and revised another book based on feedback I received over the weekend. Thinking about the ritual of writing and what makes it both gratifying and successful is now something I will consider as I write. I know this will impact my productivity and my enjoyment.