08 August 2015

Saturday Smiles

Happy Saturday!   I hope you are enjoying the weekend so far.

At the beginning of the year, the One Little Word I chose was "grace."  Part of that was a promise to myself to be present in the moment, and mindful of the good things.  So today I have decided to tell you the things that have made me smile.

Outside:  a beautiful day.  Sunny, and the heat wave is over.  So going for a morning walk with Dug was really enjoyable.  There was a little breeze, and the air had a tiny chill to cool you.

We met a 12-week old Old English Sheepdog puppy named Blue, who was so wiggly and so kissy, he could barely stand up.  He thought Dug was the best.

On our way back inside, we talked with our next-door neighbor for a while, and Dug and their maltese, named Snowflake, hung out together.  They just got back from a vacation trip to Minnesota, which sounded like it was a lot of fun (plus they missed the heat wave, lucky them!).

Inside:  the kitties and Dug are all well.  Pip seems to have recovered from his urethral blockage earlier in the summer, and his fur is growing back. And thought I hestitate to say it, because I don't want to jinx it, but I think the products recommended by the vet to keep him from spraying are working, since for two days I have not seen (or smelled) any evidence of it.  Keep your fingers crossed.

I've been doing much better keeping the house cleaned up.  Besides out basement, we have three floors.  I have been making an effort every week to thoroughly clean and dust one floor, and dust and "clean up" on the other two.  That way, the whole house stays in pretty good shape, and I don't get discouraged thinking I need to spend hours cleaning and scrubbing.  I used to do this, but got out of the habit, and it really works better for me when I do it this way.

Otherwise:  I've also been getting back to my exercise/being active routine, slowly but surely. I signed myself up for a 5-week class at a local Pilates studio, learning how to use the equipment (which, from appearances, could pass for torture-chamber material).  This week was the 3rd week and I can tell I'm becoming more flexible. I've also been doing more other things, and have some ideas for what else I want to try to incorporate.  I had thought early in the year that I would try running a little bit, but I've only specifically gone out to do that once.  Which was OK, but I think I need to get going on some other things before I try again, so as not to discourage myself.

And I don't care what is going on, I HAVE to smile whenever I see these sweet and goofy faces:

I hope your Saturday - and your whole weekend - finds you with at least one thing to smile about!


SissySees said...

At least you remember your word(s). I don't. Maybe I should flip back through my posts and figure it out and get back with the program!

Araignee said...

Cute critter photos!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

It's hard not to smile when presented with cat belly!

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh at your comment about Pilates. I always thought the equipment looked eerily similar to a medieval rack! LOL

Awwww......your furkids are adorable!

Caffeine Girl said...

I love your system for housecleaning. I need something like that. It's much saner than waiting until company is supposed to arrive to clean like a dervish!

Lorraine said...

Bridget- I am a walker, not a runner. Not a gym person either, but Pilates isn't as brutal as some things.

Dug and kitties- what more can you say?

Mereknits said...

Pets are the best, they make the world a better place.

KSD said...

WOW --- what personalities!

kathy b said...

Big hooray for healthy pets. so relieved Tank had no blockage yesterday, just a painfully bad UTI.
I love your GRACE work. I also love your floor rotation. maybe I should copy you!

elns said...

I love the sequence of photos! Very adorable. A lot of smiles in your post :) I am glad the Pilates is going well and I'm with you, the equipment totally looks like torture furniture. hehe. I've only ever done mat pilates, maybe one day... Meanwhile I'm trying to move away from running and do something more like yoga or pilates or resistance/weight training to support my core and my upper body, but groan! It's out of my comfort zone and it's ... hard! Not that I'm a great runner, but it's familiar. Does that make any bonkers sense? It sounds like you have got some great balance as well as smiles in your life. I need to work on that! esp. the cleaning part, ack!