Gratitude

1. Morning walks. This week we even got out early enough one morning to catch the sun rise on the trail by the river. And instead of a wild turkey high up in a tree, there was a cormorant. There were also heron fishing and lots of deer, and of course geese and a few kinds of ducks, along with other kinds of birds and lots of things budding and blooming. Ringo also saw (smelled?) something at the base of a giant tree that got him very riled up but it was too dark for me to see what it was, and I wasn’t sticking around to find out.

2. Mulnix Animal Clinicand in particular Dr. Gaffney. We’ve been taking our dogs to this clinic for the past 20+ years. We miss Dr. Mulnix so much (he passed the year he decided to retire, didn’t even make it to the celebration that was planned that summer, so we never really got to say an official thank you or goodbye) but Dr. Thomas stayed on, took over, and has grown the clinic to include all female veterinarians and an updated facility. Dr. Thomas was Sam’s vet after Dr. Mulnix stopped working and had also seen Obi and Dexter from time to time. Dr. Gaffney joined the practice just after we got Ringo and has three cattle dogs of her own, so we knew she was the perfect fit for him. And we were right. She loves him so much, and it means so much to me to know that she is doing her extra best to care for him. Ringo went in for his annual exam yesterday and he’s doing really well, and when/if he isn’t, I know they are there to help.

3. Spring. It’s finally happening. It’s a few weeks late this year because of the weather but this week our maple tree is getting leaves and my peonies are coming up and I can see tiny flower buds on the lilac bushes. It’s still a few weeks out before we can plant anything new and there’s still some question about the grasshopper population or the availability of Nolobait this season so I’m not making any definite plans but am looking forward to whatever we are able to pull off this year.

4. Reading. I have been spending WAY less time on social media and one thing that allows me to do is read more. Besides laughing and flowers and trees and dogs, books have always been one of my most favorite, beloved things.

5. My tiny family, tiny home, tiny life. I am so looking forward to this summer, hanging out more with Eric, working on the house and garden, sitting in the backyard, taking naps, cooking together, sitting on the couch doing nothing, making each other laugh. This week in my Facebook memories, the picture of Ringo standing on the end table came up — he was so feral, so wild when he was younger, not that he’s changed that much! 🙂

Bonus joy: bran muffins, peanut butter balls, raspberries, good TV and movies, listening to podcasts, my primary care doctor, getting all the yearly appointments and checks out of the way, dark chocolate covered walnuts (sorry Eric, I found your secret stash), giving a gift that makes someone cry and hug you, bright yellow chrysanthemums, the hydromassage chair, the pool, sitting in the sauna with Eric, going to bed early, down pillows and blankets, a warm shower, a big glass of cold clean water, clean sheets, stickers, kitchen counter love notes, a big mug of green tea, sitting in the yard with Eric and Ringo, how soft new grass is (Ringo says it tastes good too), sunshine, shade, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.

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