Doggy Photo Shoot Day #39

Doggy Photo Shoot Day
“Food is my absolute first love, can anyone doubt that?” Sir Thomas’ thought. He is always super happy with his food finds during our daily walks.

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Every Morning I say…

“I will have a good day, today! Today, if something bad happens; I want to be able to process the bad in my mind; and I certainly want to find the good in it to move my life forward!”…This is my tip to me.  My mornings begin with this short phrase.  A short phrase, which, for sure, has an enormous impact on my day.  I’ve been doing this for a few years now.  This short phrase has now developed into a healthy habit in my life.

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A bad thing happened here. All parties involved, thankfully, were fine. My daughter was shaken up. She was one of the parties involved. The accident happened four months ago. She still thinks about it and has become a more conscious driver. The bad in this has been processed. And, the good in this is that we are able to move forward in our lives. Lesson learned.

What do you say to yourself each morning before starting your day?

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Doggy Photo Shoot Day #32

“What are you doing to me?” “Wrapping me up?” “Oh, No.” “Oh, but it feels so soft and cozy.” “Maybe I like this.” Sir Thomas trying to understand why we do what we do to him. Sweet Sir Thomas.

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Doggy Photo Shoot Day #30


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“I’m a big follower of Sir Thomas.  I know you know him already. He has taught me how to be a beagle. My family keeps insisting that I’m a pit bull. What do they know? I do love my family though.” (Dixie’s thoughts)

No Pain, No Gain. Oh, Not This Pain!

Workout finished.  Not exactly the way I wanted it to.  I hurt my lower back.  Excruciating pain.  No idea how it started.  It did not happen during my workout, but right after.  Maybe while I was putting away weights, steps or risers…who knows.  (I heard that)…it has nothing to do with my getting older! 🙂

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Having low threshold for pain, I immediately hit the websites –  read, and read on lower back pain. Started treatment.  Iced the affected area, then used heat.  Alternated that for a good couple of days.  Took ibuprofen as well.  Consulted my dear websites, again.  Next step – added some stretch exercises.   (I heard that, too)…I’m not going to the doctor!  And, stop telling me what to do!

After two days, I felt well enough to try my Body Pump class.  Using my body weight for squats and lunges; and low weight (about 5 lbs) for the rest of the class; I finished the one hour class.  For the rest of the week – I kept low weight and focused on my form.  The week ended well. Pain level, in control!  (Heard that)…Awe, that’s sweet!  Thank you for believing in my research and treatment. 🙂

Source of my back pain – who knows!  But I do know that nursing that pain, helped.  I’m happy now –  that much I definitely know.

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I’ll go for a walk… with who?

When I crossed our main street to get to the sidewalk, Thomas, my beagle, pulled me to the left, a path we rarely take, as I, automatically, turned to the right, a path we usually take.  I decided to follow his lead.  He seemed happy.  His tail wagging, he took his time walking.

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Nice cool breeze on a warm wintry day kept embracing us. And, the mostly cloudy day felt more like spring, not winter.  I felt my mind happily hopping.  I heard a complex symphony of sounds in the background – The chirping of the birds flying over us; the humming of the cars whizzing by us; the soft bark of a dog coming from nearby distance; the rustling of  leaves on trees around us.

As Thomas and I sauntered, I couldn’t help but chuckle remembering an encounter with an acquaintance – I had asked her about why she preferred walking alone.  She had blatantly answered, “Sweetie, because I can fart freely!”

I, too, realize walking by myself is immensely satisfying!  An accurate definition of myself would be  – me and my dog!  These walks are exclusive –  My conversations with myself remain private; my quiet times remain absolutely and phenomenally soothing; my silly but unavoidable burps, spits, and farts become one with the nature :).  Thomas and I walk completely immersed in our own worlds.  I walk leisurely at my own pace.  Actually, leisurely at Thomas’ pace :).  But, both walking, joyfully.

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Doggy Photo Shoot #29

"Folks, have a great year. Make 2016 a year to nap! The best year to dream! Dream big! And, may all your dreams come true in 2016," Sir Thomas wishing you the best in his best way - set to take his first 2016 nap😀.
“Folks, have a great year. Make 2016 a year to nap! The best year to dream! Dream big! And, may all your dreams come true in 2016,” Sir Thomas wishing you the best in his best way – set to take his first 2016 nap😀.

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Oops! WP Weekly Photo Challenge

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What’s that stuff sticking out of Sir Thomas’ head?  It looks huge and heavy!  As far as I know, Sir Thomas is not related to Hercules.  And, this certainly is not his Top Hat!  OOPS! It’s a water-tank.  I was attempting to take a picture of Sir Thomas looking out the car window, and this oops happened 🙂

Oops!

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Starry skies! Happy lives! (Remembering)

About 6 years ago, on a crisp, clear, starry night I walked from my house to my neighbor’s house.  I could see my neighbor, Jim, busy setting up his professional telescope.

All set to look up! Photo credit: universe today.com
All set to look up!
Photo credit: universe today.com

A few kids and adults from the neighborhood had gathered on his driveway; ready to view the moon.  I  had found myself looking up; it looked so bright when it really was so dark.

I was excitedly waiting my turn standing behind the kids.  I finally got my turn!  I saw the craters in the moon… I can never forget the glimpse I got of this faraway beauty.

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These are the kind of craters I saw through Jim’s telescope.  Photo credit: space-facts.com

Jim proudly spoke to us about the stars, moon and the planets.  His love for the outer space showed!

Then an amazing thing happened!  We got to see Saturn!  With its rings!  They were fuzzy rings. Nonetheless, they were THE RINGS!  Fuzzy yes! But not fuzzy in my memory!

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All set to look up! Photo credit: universe today.com

Today, I came to know that Jim passed away last night.  He had been fighting cancer for the past three years.  He seemed well, and we did not expect this.  But, last night, he was taken to the ER, where he took his last breath, and transitioned to another life.

As I was pondering about him, I realized that last night, too, was a crisp and clear night.  And, the skies were filled with stars.  Jim was not able to set up his telescope, but I bet he was looking through the grandest of telescopes.  And, he decided to take a leap into the unknown – What we know as death.   The body is left behind, but the soul travels on.

Jim, all the best to you in your life-after-life.  The experience on this Earth was in preparation for something beyond our imagination.  I bet you can see planets, moons, galaxies, & universes up close now…

Every time I’ll see a starry night with a glowing moon…I’ll thank you for the night out with the telescope!

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