And This…

And This...

And this…

this is what turns a frown upside down,

what fills a troubled heart with love,

what stands the test of time as true,

what never disappoints,

what offers support with no questions asked,

what gives with every fiber of their being,

what grounds us to what is real,

what never fails to heal,

this…this is the love of DOG.

Thank you, Kylie and Gidget… you are two of my greatest JOYS!

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Morning Glory. The Bridge.

Morning Glory. The Bridge.

I didn’t even notice as I walked the twelve steps from my patio door across the deck to my writing cottage early this morning. Once inside I rolled out my yoga mat, turned on some instrumental music on Pandora and moved through my yoga poses. I was lost in many different thoughts I was processing as I often do.

I came to my favorite pose – tree pose – and looked out the west side of my window to see what I could land my eye on to concentrate. And there they were in all their splendor! I was so thrilled to see that my morning glories had finally bloomed that I said out loud, “Oh Morning Glory! How I love you!” Out of tree pose I came, grabbed my camera and headed out to snap some pictures.

And look who else was just as delighted to see the Morning Glory—Ms. Bee!

All summer I waited for these beauties to open. Next to the Ranachulus, Morning Glories are my favorite. Could it be because of the fact they are periwinkle—my favorite color—Oh yes, this is true!

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And it occurred to me how the Morning Glory is a bridge—a bridge between the last beautiful moments of summer to the glorious fall days that will soon be here.

Perhaps I need to rename my website/blog to Joyful Paws and Petals?!  Both bring me so much JOY!

Morning glory is the best name, it always refreshes me to see it. ~Henry David Thoreau

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The Truth is, I Didn’t Remember…But then a Pause Reminded Me.

The Truth is, I Didn't Remember...But then a Pause Reminded Me.

Perhaps it was because I woke with a sinus headache, fed the dogs and went back to bed this morning, which isn’t like me to do. But I honored what I felt I needed.

An hour later I was feeling much better and knew today was the day I would stop procrastinating and get the back cover text written for my book coming out this fall, Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s Gift. 

I planted my butt firmly in my writing chair and vowed to not leave it until I’d gotten a draft written. After three hours and may re-writes I was happy with what I’d written so off to my editor it went. Will see what she has to say.

One thing I have to remind myself to do is to take breaks and give myself small rewards for tasks accomplished. So being a beautiful day – suspended between summer and a hint of fall, I set out with Gidget in her stroller, for a walk around town.

As I walked through the senior assisted community complex, I noticed the sweetest, small leaf on the ground. When I looked up, I noted the tree is beginning to change.

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I enjoy savoring every bit of fall and decided to be on the lookout to create an altar from things found on my walk to place in my writing cottage when I got home.

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Small pine cones, two goose feathers, a stone, snippets of wheat grass, a yellow coneflower and two maple leaves were the items I collected as I walked.  Along with my collecting bits of nature on my path I paused to also take photos of things that made me smile. Little did I know it was going to lead me to remembering…

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apple

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…and then I remembered…when I saw this wooden sign in a downtown retail shop…

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Today is three years since Joie passed away…and with it she left me the gift of what I would learn over the last three years…that pausing often in ones life is essential to well being…that the journey and purpose of life is to be happy.

I couldn’t help but feel a sweet joy well up inside me for the spiritual signposts I was rewarded with today. When I got home, I created the altar with a photo of Joie beside it, and have a battery operated candle lit in her memory.

And I’m reminded once again of the divine timing of her life with me…the gifts of transition…and the timing of the book I’ve written about her due out this fall…and trusting in what one can’t always see until it is time.

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