This week: sun, snow, laughter, tears, barbed wire, a trip to the vet, and a LOT of hockey. Whew! The last couple of days were unexpectedly emotional. I was humbled by the outpouring of sweet words from friends near and far after sharing my article on Elephant Journal.
I talk a lot about “writing as therapy.” Well, as anyone who is familiar with therapy knows, sometimes it’s pretty uncomfortable. I felt anxious and raw as soon as I saw that the article was live, and it brought not-so-distant pain back to the surface. That said, I’m reminded once again of the kindness in people, and feel grateful for this life– especially when I review the random, happy photos I took throughout the week. Take a peek!
The hillsides are greening up!
Tiny flowers line the trails.
I made this Thai barley salad, adding garlic, pineapple, extra veggies, and roasted shrimp.
A fresh layer of the white stuff in the ‘hood.
I decided to embrace the snow and get out in it.
She’s an all-weather girl.
We hosted some boys for playoff hockey!
The ultimate pout.
I updated the look of The Usual Bliss! Change feels good.
Sometimes she tests the guest room comfort level.
These ranunculus (ranunculi?) lasted forever!
Chickpea soup for a snowy day! Yum.
This lovely hike ended in a barbed wire fence, which resulted in an even more spoiled dog.
Finally renewing my passport for a trip to Mexico later this month!
Big, nervous smiles for the Flyers (until their season ended later that night).
One year ago, I’d just returned from a two-part California adventure with dear friends!
Two years ago, the Flyers were also in the playoffs. My shirt is bedazzled.
Three years ago, Zamboni was lurking while I cooked up some hamburger.
And this morning, we took John to the airport. Someone still thinks she’s a baby.
You know. Just the usual bliss.
One year ago: Part one of my San Francisco ladies weekend.