Comfortable

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Someone got a new bed last night.

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Do you think she’s comfortable? Up until recently Gretchen have refused to sleep on any bed I got her. I tried about a gazillion different models, before giving up. Her preference have been the floor, or the bare ground outside…until two weeks ago when I noticed that she started to nap on the patio furniture. Aha, I thought to myself, time to try getting her  a bed….again. I gave it to her last night, and she slept on her bed the whole night. As we speak she is once again sound asleep on her bed. As she is getting older I’ve noticed her getting wounds from sleeping on the hard ground, and the floor. I’m so happy that she realized that a bed is better for her. LOL.

I hope you’re having an awesome almost Halloween! I did carve a couple pumpkins today, and roasted the seeds (They were SO good.)

Love,

Ms Zen

Fall – A Time To Play

There is a time for everything. Even the good book says so. I think fall is a time to play. I so love this beautiful fall weather we have! It’s been 78-80 degrees almost every day. After a hot hot summer it’s a wonderful relief. My body appreciate this weather. Even the cold, chilly evenings (don’t laugh my northern friends. I mean chilly for here.. lol.)

Last Sunday I was sitting outside, relaxing by the pool for several hours. Something that would of given me a heat stroke a few weeks ago. I’m so enjoying this amazing fall weather.

I can tell that my dog enjoys it as well. She is more comfortable, eating better, and her coat looks better as well. Her coat didn’t really like swimming in the pool 20-30 times/day….(her coat was the only one having an objection.)

I am filled with gratitude for the life that I feel returning. The cooler weather sooths my soul. I can’t tell you enough, how wonderful it is. My viking blood can never really get used to the desert heat. That said, now, this time of the year, everything is perfect. It’s beautiful, the air is crisp. I’m inspired to get out, and stay out all day long. I’m itching to explore some more hiking trail. I have several that I’m hoping to explore within the next few weeks. (The only thing keeping me from doing so is the fact that I’m in between vehicles. I’m looking at trucks every day. So I will find one soon. The right one.)

I’m both eager to explore the trails for the sake of exploring new territory, and enjoy nature, but also because I want to experiment with my new camera. (If 3 months old is still new? It’s still new to me, since I don’t know it inside out yet.) I got a new bookshelf yesterday. It’s a short one, shaped like a cube, with four shelves within. Just perfect for the corner between my bedroom window, and the closet. I put my most precious, inspiring books there,  and placed my camera on top (safely away from little curious hands..) but still in the open, where I will see it all the time. I’m thinking that it’s going to both remind me, and inspire me to take more photos. Something I usually do every day, but because of the heavy work load lately, I have almost forgotten my love. I already used it several times. Picked it up, experimented with the settings, captured some moments here and there. I’m starting to get more and more excited about the camera, just like I knew I would be. I’ve also decided to order a big print of one of my favorite photos from Grand Canyon (I’m thinking of this one. Or, I might have to go back and capture a sunrise?) To remind me of more adventures, and how I refuel my batteries. Do you have a strategy to refuel your batteries this time of the year?

I hope your week is everything good you can imagine.

Love,

Ms Zen

(Ps. The photos in this post are simple photos taken with my old iPhone 4… I know, it is time for a new phone..that will be sometime after a 4×4 vehicle, and a telephoto zoom lens, unless it breaks before that. I’m not a material girl, I just want things to work, for their given purpose. The right tools, that will do the job, allowing me to focus on the important stuff. LOL.)

Faithful Friend

 

I certainly wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that the past four months of my life have been very intense.

First the Carr Fire, that raged only minutes from my house in Redding (CA,) forcing us to have bags packed, and evacuation plans constantly updated for a month. There’s no words for that kind of stress, when the air is difficult to breath, even with a mask.

Then there was my sweet daughter’s wish to live with her dad and his new family.

Then there was my decision to sell my horses, and move closer to my daughter. The only alternative after saying yes to her.

Then there was adjusting to living in a city for the first time in my life. Not any little city either, but Las Vegas.

New job. New friends. New favorite places. BUT in all these changes, my faithful German Shepherd have been there, every second.

There is no words for how much it means to me to have her in my life. Her constant zest for life, joy, love, and beautiful eyes watching me wherever I am.

It’s definitely one of my greatest blessing to be able to bring her with me to work every day. I miss the horses I had to say goodbye to, like crazy, but she does make it easier.

Gretchen is four now, or thereabout. The vet estimated that she was two years old when I got her. That was two years ago. It’s been two colorful years, that’s for sure. Everyday I do feel that she rescued me, and not the other way around. Gretchen’s soul is old and wise. I feel blessed to have her in my life.  I finally feel that the pieces of the puzzle is coming together (better than I could of imagined,) and it would be wrong to not give her credit for the fact that I still have my sanity. LOL.

I hope your week is absolutely fantastic so far, and continues to be so!

Love,

Ms Zen