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My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.

Embracing the Chaos

Embracing the Chaos

“Because of a dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Because of a dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased.” ~ Mary Oliver

Life has been a little chaotic around here lately. It’s amazing how having a new puppy in the house can turn one’s day upside down!

This morning, my tea got cold while I tried to find ways to keep Bo from chewing on the tiny bit of exposed insulation that is tucked under the step near the back door. Why he found this appealing is beyond me, but he gleefully ran throughout the house, leaving puffs of pink fluff in his wake, as I repeatedly commanded him to leave it (and which he repeatedly ignored).

Bo is only three months old but has already figured out that he can run faster than me. A lot faster. After the third loop around the first floor I finally caught up to him and placed him in his crate so I could catch my breath and have a moment or two of peace.

When not finding enticing things to chew on (the little plastic covers that hide the screws bolting the toilet bowls to the floor are another favorite), Bo takes great delight in ‘playing’ with his older brother, Popeye. Currently, his favorite game is to grab ahold of the fur on Popeye’s leg and tug on it. God bless Popeye; he will usually tolerate it for a minute or so, all the while accusingly looking up at me with his soulful brown eyes as if to say, “Why? Why did you think this puppy was a good idea?” When he has had enough he lets out a growl and finds the highest perch he can lay on.

Ahh, safe at last!

Ahh, safe at last!

I’m learning that I need to be flexible. And patient. And pro-active. A bottle of Apple Bitter now sits on the kitchen counter, and believe me, it has been amply sprayed on the insulation. I first tried to place duct tape over it but he had the tape bitten off and stuck on his foot in no time! I’ve also managed to create a playpen in the kitchen using adjustable wooden gates, which has really helped for when I’m prepping meals.

Overall, he is such a joy. I have been under the weather these past few weeks, and all I have to do is pause and see what he is up to (currently he is laying on his back and chewing my daughter’s favorite afghan) and I find my spirits lifting. He is just such a funny little guy. The first week after bringing him home I worried that I had acted impulsively. It’d been about 20 years since we last had a puppy and I’d forgotten how much energy puppies have. But instead of dreaming of the day when he is finally fully house trained and (hopefully) well-behaved, I am embracing his puppyhood and his boundless curiosity as he explores his new home.


Our coffee table reflects the chaos having a new puppy has created. : )

Around here lately…

…I have been feeling the itch to create again. It’s been so long since I’ve played with my camera or picked up a paintbrush. Painting is hard right now because I need to be aware of where Bo is, so I’ve decided to play with origami each day. It’s perfect because I can do it in the family room while Bo challenges Popeye or plays with his toys. It’s quick with no cleanup so I am able to create something whenever there is a pause in the action. It feels good to flex my creative muscles again.

…I’ve also been reading this book. Have you heard of it? I know so many creatives love Brené Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert, and I have enjoyed their work as well, but this book really addresses where I currently am in my life. I just began it a few days ago and will let you know what I think once I am finished.

…If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I had been knitting an infant’s hat which, when I was two-thirds of the way through, I’d discovered I’d made an error that threw off the whole pattern. Many of you encouraged me to keep going but, in the end, I decided to frog it. I know I am supposed to embrace imperfections but I couldn’t gift a hat that had clearly went awry. I’ve gone back up on the horse, though, and am now working on a baby blanket. Honestly, the hat was going so slowly that the baby had probably already outgrown it.

…Spring has arrived! This has been a yucky winter - freezing rain and very little snow - and I am not sorry to see it end. I love winter activities such as snow shoeing and cross-country skiing, so having such a snow-less winter was not any fun. Yesterday, I began raking the leaves out of my perennial beds and uncovered bleeding heart and daffodil buds reaching toward the sky. They were a welcome sight. I hope there are signs of spring appearing in your world as well.

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Sending some spring joy your way,

Grace

Sharing the moments I’m noticing with Michelle GD

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