On Sunday evening my darling, LM, took this photo and there it was for me in my morning e-mail on Monday. The way he loves nature endears him deeply to me.
It's already Friday and the beginning of several weeks of more than usual busyness. Tonight we are going to a concert (Zoe Lewis) , and Saturday I will begin 5 days of dogsitting. By the end of next week daughter, Anne will be here for a visit.
Sometime in there we will celebrate Kristi's birthday with a bowling expedition and a homecooked dinner.
As many of you know, I've been dealing for a long time with a lot of pain for various reasons, most recently from a torn rotator cuff that needs surgery, and arthritis in one knee. I've been managing the pain with ibuprofen but really do not like how it makes me feel, physically and emotionally, not to mention how awful I feel when I wake every morning, and the bleeding ulcer I deal with. Eight days ago, I decided that I was just going to stop fighting the pain with a pill. I made up a little plan to use my breath and my mind to cope. Each time the pain enters my consciousness, I embrace it, "say hello," take a long slow breath and exhale, and within seconds I have no further awareness of pain. It has been a week of incredible success and I feel so much better, alert, happy, and empowered. I only have this moment and in it I am pain free. it sounds way too simplistic but it is working! No ibuprofen for eight days is amazing to me. I'm so grateful.
Happy weekend all and wishing you beautiful sunsets!