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My Poor Dog

Hi, My People!

Sunday was an out of the ordinary day. It started like any other day; multiple cups of coffee and a marathon of Hoarders…as a neat freak myself, I am weirdly obsessed with Hoarders and what makes them tick…it’s usually trauma based, in case you were wondering, but I digress.

So my day started off ordinary until my sweet, but often demanding, dog (that’s him in the picture above) began to harass me to go out for a walk. I put on his harness and snapped on the leash and out we went. I was very dressed up in my checked flannel pajama pants, a cardigan and flip-flops…it’s the south and flip-flops are pretty much a year round shoe choice, at least for me.

As Gus (my dog) and I headed up the street something weird happened. About halfway up the street I began to run. RUN. If you know me, you know I don’t run at all…never. But yesterday morning something, perhaps the brisk morning coupled with the vibrant colors of the changing leaves messed with my psycho psyche. Like Forrest Gump I heard a voice yell “Run, Diane, run!”

Gus was running to keep up, his head cocked and terror in his eyes. I know he was confused and not sure what the heck was happening. It was pretty funny to see his reaction.

I ran in spurts, five feet at a time (remember flip-flops) until we made it back home. Believe me, the dog wanted back inside and away from my crazy. Luckily, no neighbors were harmed witnessed my fun run.

The remainder of my day was out of the ordinary as well, as I played mechanic assistant while my husband put brake pads on his car. It was exhausting, but kind of fun.

I got to jack up and down the car, retrieve tools and give my unsolicited advice on perhaps an easier way to do things…my advice was neither welcomed nor taken. I figured out pretty quickly men don’t like it when you move in on what they perceive as their territory; in this case auto repair.

As sort of fun as helping proved to be, my body did not fare so well after a smashed finger and my back jacked. Oh, well. The brake pad was successfully replaced and I milked that smashed finger for all it was worth…about an hour.

I am not sure what happened to me yesterday, but I liked it. Today, however, I’m going back to coffee and a memoir of a woman you grew up with hoarding parents.

Blessings, Peace and Love,

Diane 💙

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Blooming Far Away

Hi, Lovely People,

You know the saying "Bloom where you are planted?"It is a good quote and something I try to practice. Lately, however, I find myself wishing I was planted somewhere else…like on a sunny beach with my freshly pedicured feet buried in the sand.

I am feeling so unsettled, restless and completely overwhelmed. Oh, how I wish I could get away. Away from my worries and woes for a while and into my paradise; the ocean.

There is just something about the sights and sounds of the beach; the sun shining brightly, wearing sunglasses, bologna sandwiches, the waves crashing to shore, the seagulls squawking and searching for crumbs, schools of tiny fish swimming close to the shoreline, collecting seashells, children laughing, the smell of suntan lotion, people watching. Not to mention the beauty of the water and the feel of powdery sand along with the usually buff, over bronzed chair/umbrella rental guy. Heaven, I tell you. Simply heaven.

I have not been on a vacation in too many years to count due to circumstances in my life.  Seeing all the vacation photos on Facebook is nice, but it always sends a little twinge of pain through my soul. I'm happy for anyone who can get away and bloom somewhere else for a while. I dream and pray for that opportunity.

Some day I will get away and when I do, I will not only bloom, I will give praise, appreciate every single second and flourish. I am hoping that time comes sooner rather than later. Until then, I will continue to bloom, even if it is slowly, where I am planted for now.

Wishing you blessings, peace and love,

Diane 💙