Happy Dogs.

Sometimes all you need is a picture of your happy dog from an earlier adventure to get through the day.

Purple Fields

Some wildflowers alongside the bike path near my home. Again, I’m not sure of the name, but are a bright, cheerful reminder of the good things in life.

The husband asked me the other day when my next blog post was going to be and I said I didn’t know. Thus why this is my second post in two days. I hope these pictures inspire me to keep writing and sharing.

Winter Wonderland

snow, walk, woods
A snowy walk in the woods.
Image by Ashley M. Eveland

Snow didn’t come as often in the town I grew up in. Of course, when I was a child, there seemed to be snow (and snow days) all the time. One memorable year, we left school for Christmas break in December and didn’t come back to school until February because of all the snow. My dad and I would go outside and build snowmen and snow angels; then, he’d either take me sledding or pull me around the block in my sled while wearing horse bells. You can imagine how crazy it made the dogs during that time.

As the years went by, snow came by less and if it did, it didn’t stick or stay for very long. Our winters became very mild. Even though I’m not a fan of the cold or being out on icy roads, I missed seeing the snow during the holidays. It made it so much happier and joyful.

And then I moved further north in my state. What a difference a couple of hours makes! It seems we had snow every other week. Our snow had finally melted last week and over the last few of days our snow has arrived again. It’s kind of nice being out in the snow sometimes. On Saturday, my husband and I went to the park with the dog. It was so peaceful to walk through the snowy woods and watch the dog leap and bound over snowy logs. I was so surprised to see him do this as he doesn’t like to be out in the snow for very long any other time. His senses must have kicked in overtime.

I enjoy watching the snow fall through my many windows. Occasionally a squirrel or two will bound across the yard and it’s so cute to see.

It doesn’t make me want to move up to Alaska, but at least it makes me appreciate the beauty of a season I don’t stop to enjoy very often.

Things I Love

Because it’s been a rough week, I wanted focus on the bright side of life. Because when we hit a rough patch, we tend to forget about the good things that keep us going. Today I want to share some of the things I love.

  • Snuggling on the couch with my husband watching a show (Amazing Race) or a movie (last movie: Christmas Vacation)
  • Seeing my dog just sit outside and enjoying the first snowfall.
  • Getting into a book that has caught my attention.
  • Learning to snowboard with my husband.
  • Learning a recipe that my husband and I both like. (I was never a cook previously and to cook something and seeing my man enjoy it is wonderful.)
  • Falling asleep with my head on my husband’s chest.
  • Going on new adventures, even if it means going to a new park I haven’t been to yet (especially since I’m in a new area.)
  • Having my house become decorated with Christmas.
  • Finally being able to listen to Christmas music. It’s making me relaxed and happy.
  • Seeing the sunrise or sunset.
  • Stargazing with my husband.
  • My husband in general. I love him so much. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
  • Homemade smoothies.
  • Going for a walk with husband/dog.

What are some things that you love this season?

Mornings.

people walking on embankment near river
Photo by Kei Scampa on Pexels.com

Mornings have an aura of sacredness.

They have a gentle quietness, a cocoon of peacefulness that can’t be found at any other part of the day. It’s the time of day where I can focus the most.

The last few mornings I’ve been especially enjoying my time. I’ve been reading my religious book of choice for a short time, taking my dog for a walk, and getting some things done. I feel revitalized, energized, and hopeful.

I think a lot of it has to do with having a routine. My dog expects to have breakfast by 8 a.m. He wants love, exercise, and attention. I have another animal as well that I need to go out and check on and take care of. Animals don’t understand that you’re tired from lack of sleep. They don’t care if you don’t feel like getting up that day. They want (and need) to be taken care of.

I’ve also been trying to write every day and I don’t want to spend the day tapping my finger against the desk wondering what to do (even though a lot of times, especially past couple days is what I do.)

Having a set schedule gets me going and having things to do in the morning gets me inspired for the rest of the day (usually.) I want to take advantage of that. I hope it continues.

What part of the day do you enjoy the most?