1. Nutcracker is circling like a vulture. The good thing about Girly staying home is she was able to make all of the rehearsals. Last weekend is the point in our rehearsal season where individual dances are woven together into scenes. Watching Girly and Zany work together as mice warms my heart.
2. Oreo the guinea pig: While they were in rehearsals, I snuck over and bought all the bits to give the adventurous guinea pig a proper home. When Zany got in the car, he was pleasantly surprised.
3. I think Oreo is expressing his gratitude.
4. I made it to level 300 in Candy Crush.
5. Turtle adventures- Three years ago, Girly discovered a newly hatched turtle-Cinna- in our lake. Of course she “saved” it from the big fish who might eat it. With a promise of keeping only until it was bigger, we made a home for it. A few weeks later, she found another one. It seemed to be from the same batch of eggs. This one-Green Guy- was a bit savvier and it took her a month to catch it.
Early this summer we released Cinna back into the lake. He was big enough and kept escaping from the tank.
Green Guy however, was content to eat lettuce, chase a few fish and sleep under the light.
The past few weeks, his appetite waned. The weather is still nice here, so I suggested we set him free. That way Green Guy could get comfortable in the wide world before winter.
It was fun to watch the little guy race for the water and swim. Unfettered by glass walls.
6. It was Veterans Day here and I am grateful for all those who served in the military. The day is significant for me because of my Dad. He served stateside during the Vietnam War. We lived on base and in military housing until I was around 8. Growing up, in spite of what society said about Service Men and Women, I understood their sacrifice. Their secret keeping. The more we can do to support them, the better.
7. It’s winter and that means most of the time Daisy is in my jacket. Because tile floors are cold on dachshund feet and bellies.
8.. Yoga. I went this week, feeling quite out of sorts because of the disastrously emotional weekend. I was able to go with out one ounce of anxiety-which was nice.
9. Writing and leaning into the pain, is an expression used in yoga a few weeks ago. Because of it I began writing about a very painful season in my life 20 years ago. In Yoga I was able to move past Anger and into what its’ trigger-Fear.
10. Growing up is hard. Especially on the patience of a parent. Watching them make mistakes, opt not to participate or marathon gaming. In the middle of this slow progress for them, I am grateful they even want to be around. They are willing to learn and in small steps move forward in life.
I just need strength as I practice this Virtue of Patience.