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Lazy Sunday

Can these guys get anymore relaxed?

So I woke up the other day and found this.

You can see my right pant leg, the pink with the light pattern in it, along with my foot in the purple sock peeking out from under the blanket.

Anna is right by my foot, Toby has wedged himself between my knees with his head up near my left hip, and Lola has squeezed herself on my right side near my elbow.

I just think this cuddle puddle is so cute and funny and actually, quite comfortable. However, I don’t know that we can do this for the first couple weeks after surgery, as much as I would like to. Their warmth and presence helps comfort me and aids in my recovery. I say it helps aid in my recovery because I can feel it, and sense it, but there is scientific research that shows how animals can provide aid to people not just from surgery, but PTSD, autism, elderly in nursing homes, and kids in hospitals. So many health benefits just from petting, hugging, and loving an animal. So easy to do and doesn’t cost much.

Wolfie was a good napping companion

Maybe if I had all of the dogs on me during naps after surgery, their good vibes and healing properties will soak into my body and that way I’ll heal faster. I need to get back to stretching. I feel like my muscles have shrunken since I haven’t been able to do any kind of physical activity at all in the last several weeks. I hate it.

But being kind to myself and resting and not overdoing it is vital to my recovery. It’s not like this is a broken leg, this is my spine we’re talking about here. A very delicate, sensitive, and vital part of my anatomy and body function. I don’t want to fuck it up cuz that would suck. So that means lots of rest and doing absolutely nothing. The guys have been forewarned, several times, that I will be doing absolutely nothing for several weeks after my surgery. No laundry, no dishes, the doctor says they don’t even want me vacuuming. HA! It’ll be like I have my own staff to take care of all that stuff for me. I’m looking forward to it.

Of course, I’ll have lots of knitting and crocheting that I can finish. I’ve got a project over a year old that I need to finish. It’s ridiculous it’s taken me this long.

over year long project. I’ve completed more than this since this photo was taken. I’ll post an update soon. really.

I’ll enjoy watching the birds out the front window for now. They are so cute.

waiting for birds
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Quote of the day 

For most of us humans, acceptance, of anything, is so very hard to do. Whether it’s your current job, living situation, romantic life, physical attributes, or traffic issues, we just don’t want to accept things as they are. We are stubborn and fight and resist and pout and just want it to be the way it’s “supposed” to be. 

But what we resist, persists. 

So I’ve taken a cue from my dogs and have just stopped resisting. Animals are so adaptive, they figure it out quickly and just go with whatever is happening at the moment.

Anna (right) has been without her front right leg for almost 4 years now. The very next day after surgery she was in the backyard playing with Lola. Yes, really.  She accepted what the world handed her and added something powerful to it. 

So next time instead of resisting, try accepting then adding just one thing, however tiny it may be, and sit back and wait and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Enjoy your day.

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The wise and wonderful 

I have some senior pets, which I think they are the best. People overlook senior pets because they are old; they are not new, and cute, and funny and precocious. But that’s not the point, is it? 

With senior pets you know what you’re getting, their size and temperament, and they are not as rambunctious. And most of the time, they’re still cute, right?

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What’s up Saturday 

Thinking about all these beautiful things today and how lucky I am to have them in my life.
All is well here, keeping very busy, and some personal life changes happening. It’s all good stuff though.
I hope you are well.

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Decompression time

So you know how you feel after spending a lot of time with family and you are away from home and not in your natural environment? 

Yes, that. 

So it’s decompression time for me; going back to my calm and serene home and my familiar surroundings to regroup. I’m sure there are a lot of people that can understand this, and since I’ve learned more about sensitive personalities and introversion it makes more sense to me. 

I used to just think that I was an oddity, a weirdo, and most people didn’t understand what I meant and was going through. After talking with others, I find I am not so odd.

I love my family very much and so totally enjoy spending time with them, but even after spending time with them I need my quiet time to recharge. If I don’t recharge I end up being extra tired, then I get cranky and then I’m really no fun to be around, even for me.

So today is my rest and recharge day so I can face tomorrow. 

Which means back to work.

I hope you had a restful holiday.

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What the U.S. would look like if all the earth’s ice melted

This is scary, and fascinating. Good thing I’ll be moving from Florida soon.

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the universe is talking to me

I was working around the house yesterday, making some much needed minor repairs, when I heard a very sudden bang! And crash! Like something glass had just broken. 

I dash into the next room (on the other side of the wall where I was working), and sure enough, my glass piggy bank I had as a child – which are no longer made in glass –  was in a million pieces on the floor. Next to it was the ceramic frame I bought in Copenhagen which housed an old photo of me, my dad, my brother and sister when we were very very young. It was lying face up, unharmed, on a rug.

So my piggy bank was in pieces – on the same rug – but the frame was intact. And they both fell from the same height on the same shelf.  

I tried really hard to keep it together. I told myself that nothing was forever and I couldn’t take the piggy bank with me and I need to practice detachment yada yada blah blah blah…

I was good until I started vacuuming. I kept the dogs out of the room for fear of getting glass shards in their feet and started to pick up the pieces. I was fine with the pieces and then I looked at the frame. Perfectly preserved, not a scratch or nick, with my siblings and my dad’s face staring right at me.

Like the piggy bank, I crashed and fell apart. I grabbed the frame with my hand, clutched it to my chest and fell on the bed in tears.   

I used to enjoy working on household projects with my dad. He was so patient and knowledgeable, a real handy man. He liked to help me fix things, and when I did it myself, and did it right, he would say “that’s right daughter”. I can still hear his voice in my head when I work alone now saying “use the right tool for the right job”, “get closer to your work”, “put the tools down in one place so you can find them again”. He got to help me with a few things around this house before he died. I’m glad for that.

It’s been almost 20 years I’ve been in this house, and almost 30 that I have lived here in Florida. I guess what I was feeling – and have been for awhile now – is how much I miss him, and miss the rest of my family that live so far away. 

I’ve been cleaning and purging and making small repairs as a way to prepare to move, kind of a step out in faith, since I honestly have no set date to move. I just have a feeling, you know? Like intuition is telling me, and now the universe is, with this picture frame. Time to let go of the past, and go to where your heart is calling. And dad will still be there to help me. 

dad-navy pics
top and bottom photos: my dad. middle photo: his dad

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Monday motivation 

My micromovement for this week was cleaning off my crafty table so I could 1) see the table underneath all the crap that was covering it, 2) have a clutter free work environment so I could focus, 3) get busy with the pattern for my Trash2Trends project. Less than a month now so I really need to get cracking. 

All this cleaning and clearing has given me a renewed sense of accomplishment and purpose and a drive to keep going. Not to wallow in despair or defeat, or to be depressed by events, but to look at it as just a change. Life changes all the time, the only constant is change, and the biggest difficulty is in accepting that change. 

So I am (learning to) accept this change and to keep going. I am reminded of this quote:

So very true.

I love the type font, it reminds me of my old typewriter.

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Lazy sunday

I was recommended this book after a coworker friend found it and raved about its magical decluttering properties. I’ve read only part – about organizing your clothes drawer – and it’s made a lot of sense, and has made my getting ready for work in the morning so much easier. 

Needless to say, I don’t have any clothes that need ironed or dry cleaned, that saves a hella lot of time.

So now I’m working on other areas of my life and home that need decluttering and organizing. 

So far, so good.  

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Waiting for the day

As other introverts will tell you, if we don’t like you, we just won’t talk to you.

We’re not being mean, or rude, or insensitive, it’s just that we would rather spend our energy on people that are worth it. And we’re not spiteful or angry to the person we don’t like, we’re considerate and respectful, we just won’t talk to you.

And if you’re full of drama? Oof! Forget it, double dose of not-talking-to-you. 

This leads me to confess that I have installed a countdown app on my phone which tells me exactly just how much longer I have to put up with a certain coworker. 

I wish that day was here already.