Bliss Bits 5/1/2014

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.

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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!

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The hillsides are greening up!

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Tiny flowers line the trails.

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I made this Thai barley salad, adding garlic, pineapple, extra veggies, and roasted shrimp.

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Seriously.

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Kauai dreaming.

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A fresh layer of the white stuff in the ‘hood.

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I decided to embrace the snow and get out in it.

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She’s an all-weather girl.

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We hosted some boys for playoff hockey!

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Tulip rainbow!

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The ultimate pout.

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I updated the look of The Usual Bliss! Change feels good.

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Sometimes she tests the guest room comfort level.

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These ranunculus (ranunculi?) lasted forever!

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Chickpea soup for a snowy day! Yum.

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This lovely hike ended in a barbed wire fence, which resulted in an even more spoiled dog.

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Finally renewing my passport for a trip to Mexico later this month!

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Big, nervous smiles for the Flyers (until their season ended later that night).

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One year ago, I’d just returned from a two-part California adventure with dear friends!

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Two years ago, the Flyers were also in the playoffs. My shirt is bedazzled.

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Three years ago, Zamboni was lurking while I cooked up some hamburger.

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And this morning, we took John to the airport. Someone still thinks she’s a baby.

You know. Just the usual bliss.

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8 replies »

  1. I like your new website look, too. Hope the snow ends soon. Terrific Hawaii pics (going to take another look and daydream some more). And, also, sending a virtual hug to you for all you’ve been going through.

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