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Gratitude Friday

1. Getting everything that needed done for the weekend finished by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

2. Breakfast for dinner while watching new episodes of HGTV’s International House Hunters on Hulu.

3. Walking at City Park with Eric and Sam.

4. The community in my Intuitive Eating book group, the bravery of those women, their sense of humor and compassion, Rachel‘s gentle guidance. It’s so good to have their support, to know I’m not in this alone.

5. A wise and kind animal card reading from the wise and kind Rachael Maddox, full of deep insights and things worth contemplating.

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Bonus Joy: Sam. He’s trying so hard to be a good boy, to be brave without Dexter, but it’s been hard on him. He’s more afraid, more nervous than he used to be — the other night he was making me so sad, sticking right next to me like a velcro dog, afraid of the vegetable steamer and the noises it was making. A few days before that, it was the washing machine. Hang in there Dude, you won’t be the only boy forever.

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Gratitude Friday

rosesfrommygarden

1. Flowers from my garden. As much as I am working on cultivating a garden I can eat, I also want a full season of blooms.

2. Easy and affordable access to healthcare. I am so grateful, especially after this weekend, to be able to get help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from wise and compassionate caregivers.

3. Free Yoga Journals. On one of our morning walks this week, we went by a house for sale that had a full box of about six years worth of Yoga Journal magazine sitting out front on the sidewalk. I passed it up at first, tried to convince myself I didn’t need them, was in the process of decluttering, but ended up going back for them. Truth is, I’m starting yoga teacher training in January, they are my favorite magazine, and after I read them I always use them to collage, so I kind of did need them.

4. HGTV House Hunters and House Hunters International. I’ve mentioned before that being a highly sensitive person, I have to be careful what I watch. I can’t really watch anything with conflict or meanness or horror anymore, which means most TV is out. But I love HGTV. If I could have just that channel, I might consider getting cable again, but for now, thankfully, there are episodes available online.

5. Summer break. I had a dream last night that I was on vacation in Hawaii, but I’d spent most of my time working, being inside, that I was spending the last day there doing laundry and was so sad that I hadn’t enjoyed the trip more. I think that was my subconscious telling me that it’s time to start acting like I’m on vacation, (I’m not really very good at it). I’m listening to Beach House Radio as I write this, and missing the beach so much it hurts a little. This time last year, we were packing, getting ready to leave the next day for a whole month there, with no idea that our sweet Dexter had cancer, no idea it would be his last trip there with us.

Dexter embraces his gray hair.

Bonus Joy: Another week with Dexter. I almost hate to say it outloud, afraid I might jinx it, but he’s gone five days without a bloody nose. A few nights ago, he slept in bed with us the whole night, and his routine for getting in was exactly like the “good old days,” — go out to go potty, come back in and check that everyone is in bed, go find his Little D, hop into bed with us, play with his baby for a little bit, get petted, and finally breathe a deep sigh and fall asleep against my leg. It’d be easier to let him go if he weren’t so dang sweet.