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Gratitude Friday

1. A slight turning towards Fall. Some people don’t want to hear it, but it’s getting light later in the morning and earlier in the evening, some of the grasses are turning from green to red and gold, some flowers are dying off and others are getting ready to bloom, we had to trim some of our sunflowers that were heavy and leaning out over the sidewalk, our tomatoes are getting ripe and pumpkins turning orange.

2. The pool. I’m so glad that even though I don’t have access to a lot of things I used to do regularly for my body, I still can get in the pool, (and no, I don’t wear my mask in the pool).

3. New friends for Ringo. Our first two dogs, Obi and Dexter, had a girlfriend named Brea. They absolutely adored her. Obi and Dexter went first, and Brea made it until a few months ago, was 16 years old. Her family just got a new puppy, Juni, and since Ringo is now our only dog, we had to make sure they met each other. I also got Ringo some new babies to murder.

4. Morning walks. We saw a deer and Ringo really really really wanted to go say “hi.”

5. My tiny family. I was saying to a friend recently that I feel so lucky that during this chaotic, stressful season, I get to spend time with beings I really like to be around. Ringo is not making things easy: after a lingering wonky belly and possibly acid reflux and then a sprained ankle, there was an incident at the park where he may or may not have swallowed a bone (turns out he didn’t). We are taking him in on Monday to check in with his vet, just to be sure we haven’t missed anything. After you unexpectedly lose your other dog, you don’t really have the bandwidth for anything to be wrong with the one that’s left.

Bonus joy: a new lounge chair, hanging out with Kerri and Juni, writing and hanging out with Mikalina, all the things that are supporting my state of mind right now, good books, good podcasts, good TV, good movies, good music, texting with Chloe’ and my mom and brother, peaches, cheddar cayenne biscuits, bran muffins with dried raspberries, cucumbers from the garden, a/c, pay day, resting in a dark room in the afternoon, watching Forensic Files with Eric, naps, how green the backyard grass stayed this summer, rain, Obama’s eulogy for John Lewis, the internet, all those who continue to work and put themselves at risk so we can have the products and services we need, good neighbors, baby animals, comedy, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.

Gratitude Friday

1. Home sweet home. The longer we live here, the more I love it. This week a picture of our front garden from last year showed up in my memories, and I was amazed how much it’s changed in just one year. Gardening teaches you so much about patience, about not giving up.

2. Practice. I haven’t been doing as much yoga lately. I think that’s linked to the grief I’m feeling about not teaching. I need to be patient and see how that practice might arise again, what new intention is there to discover. In the meantime, there is writing and meditation and dog.
3. Our garden. So much is blooming. The watermelons are getting bigger and a few tomatoes have turned red and we ate the first of the broccoli. Our cucumbers have slowed down a bit but that’s okay because I was having trouble keeping up with them. We had a minor tragedy this week when I realized blister beetles (over 100 of them!) had almost completely eaten my 15 year old clematis that usually is lush and green, covering the full section of wall on the back corner of the house. We got it under control, and I think the clematis will make it, and the rest of our garden is so far safe.

4. Pie. Eric makes a mean pie, even uses the outside grill so he doesn’t heat up the house, and I am happy to eat what he makes. This week it was peach.

5. Morning walks. We saw a beaver this morning, and a sickly racoon that caused us to reroute. There aren’t too many mosquitoes if we stay clear of a few of the hot spots, so we still got to see the river, and the SKY.

Can you see the beaver?

Beaver!

6. My tiny family. Ringo seems to finally, finally be over his wonky belly — fingers and paws crossed it sticks. A few times this week it was too hot to do family yard time, so we did couch time instead.

Bonus joy: peaches, a big glass of cool clean water, Beyond Burger, laundry done and put away, working in the garden with Eric, playing and cuddling and singing with Ringo, magic mail from Mikalina, going to the pool, catching up with Janice, hanging out with Mikalina, seeing Teri, texting with my mom and brother, puppies, reading, good books, good podcasts, good TV (Love on the Spectrum on Netflix is really sweet), reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.