Pro-action vs Re-action

This made me think of my Grandpa Jackson.

He would tell me about his Dog. He always had a dog.

He would say that his Dog was the Best dog.

He would tell me that his Dog was always a Good dog.

I would point out that his Dog was peeing on the floor.

He would just laugh and say, “well maybe right now, but he won’t get better if you focus on what he’s done wrong.”

I think this is a good lesson for today.

We get bombarded by faults. What is: Wrong, Bad, Illegal, and Salacious seems to get all the attention. People seek attention, and behavior is becoming more and more bizarre.

Today I’m grateful for reminders of my Grandfather, and opportunities to treat people as they could be.

Gratitude Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday, a New Month, and the day after a long weekend.

Today I’m grateful for a record production month on August.

I’m grateful the production will carry us through September.

I’m grateful for my kind husband. We went to visit his mother at the nursing home yesterday. He was so sweet with her, and the other residents.

It was a good day for her, she recognized all of us, and was really in good spirits.

Time is marching on, and going fast. I want to soak up every moment before it vanishes.

I’m so grateful for health, and life…Family and friends….strength to get up and work…it’s a good life overall.

Grateful today

Image from Pinterest.

Yesterday was a hectic whirlwind of activity. Vacuum, mop, dust, Grocery store, laundry, and a Pork Shoulder done in the crock pot, with my first attempt at Naan bread. Everything came together like a symphony.

I love a full day, and climbing into bed with freshly washed sheets. There is a definite feeling of well being and sleepiness.

You might be thinking….”Wendy, you worked all day! What are you grateful for?”

I guess I’m grateful that I can. I have the physical, and mental ability to get things done. I’ve always enjoyed that moment, when the house is clean and I sit for a moment in pure satisfaction….even knowing it will soon be dirty again, but for now it is clean.

The sun came up

Image from Pinterest.

Today is another day. The sun came up. My Dolly has her tail in high gear waiting to greet me.

Let’s see what kind of good things I can find today.

As difficult as life can be, I’m determined to look for some good today.

Maybe I’ll head out to the farmers market, and make something yummy?

Quotes about dogs

I found this today in Rob Chrisman’s blog.

It made me smile, and made me miss my Rascal.

I’m grateful to have had dogs in my life.

Here, 14 dog quotes that capture the special bond between a human and their pup. 
“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.” – Bill Murray
“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” – John Grogan
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schulz
“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron
“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” – Doris Day
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
“My dogs have taught me to be more loving, more nurturing, and happier.”- Nicollette Sheridan
“When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins
“I love my pets so if they are happy, I am happy … I have treated all my dogs like my kids. To me, they’re just kids I didn’t birth.” – Kristen Bell
“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler
“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor
“Reason No. 106 why dogs are smarter than humans: Once you leave the litter, you sever contact with your mothers.” – Jodi Picoult
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

Breathing

It’s hard to breathe in a storm.

Professionally, personally, there is so much going on.

It seems like everything has hit at one time.

Parents, children, nephews, clients, co-workers, in-laws, friends….

I’m strapped in for the storm.

But I am breathing.

Tomorrow is another day, right?

Counting the Wins

We are halfway through the year.

It’s gone by so fast.

It’s been a year of loss, accidents, unfortunate incidents, stress, and disappointment.

It’s been a year of travel, wonderful places to visit, reacquainting with cousins and old friends, new photo challenges, Graduations, and new clients.

My family has been hit with some challenges recently that I can’t go into right now, as we won’t know for sure what we are dealing with until next week.

So I’m focusing on how to bring the family together, and the way I know I can do that is by cooking.

Cooking is something I turn to, that very rarely lets me, or anyone else down. We can relax around table, talk, plan, strategize, and pray.

I need something to focus, and keep my fingers busy. These are some of the dinner wins for this year. I just have to decide which will be perfect for our family get together.

Which one do you think would work?

Maybe some Beef Wellington. My family likes beef, and this is just fancy enough and filling enough to make everyone slow down and enjoy the meal. It’s a little complicated, but that’s a good thing for focus.

Speaking of beef, I could put together the King of Beef Entrees, Prime Rib. The family loves Prime Rib, and there will be plenty to send home with the nephews. But I did make it at Christmas….time has gone by. It could be time for the Prime again.

Or, we could do Ham. Everyone loves ham with potatoes, roasted carrots and onions. Ham is easy to send home too.

Maybe some Lamb? Lamb isn’t for everyone, but it’s easy to eat with the fingers, if we decide to stand around and snack. I could do a Tapas sort of thing, and there won’t be any pressure.

Some Salmon? Something low carb, good fat, and super tasty. It’s also a one pan meal and the lemon garlic broccoli is amazing.

The low carb-one pan options continue. This one wins every time. Filet and asparagus, easy, elegant, and not a lot to fuss over with the clean up.

Grateful today

It’s a very humid Sunday morning in H’town.

But I have a smile on face,

Sleep was sweet last night.

Waking and feeling really rested.

Time for prayer,

saying Thank You for all the blessings in my life.

Time for coffee,

Messages from friends.

My list for the day is prepared, and all the better for starting my day with

Gratitude.

Lavender Cactus

I had never seen purple cactus until I came to Arizona.

Up with the Sun on a Saturday. The time change has done a number on me. I never thought that a cactus could be pretty, but I’m digging the purple veins, in this one. Maybe it’s sleep deprivation that lets me see something pretty when I normally would not even look.

Today, I’m grateful for a little time for reflection before the big family gathering.

This will be the first Mother’s Day in 5 years that I’ve got to spend with both of my boys. I’m excited.