We took Geordie for a short run in the woods this morning. Just being in the forest is wonderful, but watching Geordie let loose is really joyful.
He loves to run — doesn’t need anything to chase, or another dog; he just likes to run for the sake of running.
He’s the very epitome of joie de vivre.
But I have to tell you, as soon as we turned onto the wider path near the end of the trails his entire demeanour changed. He hung back, walking like a condemned dog. It wasn’t just that the run was almost over — he’s usually fine with that. The problem was that he realized that he was muddy . . . and muddy means B – A – T – H.
He really is a dog who’s too smart for his own good and he’s always half-waiting for the “bad thing” to happen. It’s partly his personality, partly his rescue dog past, but he’s an incurable pessimist at heart.
I must say that this is perhaps one of the reasons I love him so much.
I can so relate to that “living in the moment” to “worst case scenario” emotional seesaw. Especially now.
You should know that we spared him the bath this time. Just a brisk towel off (which he likes) when we got home!
The weather forecast says it’s going to be WARM next week. Can it be true?
At our house we are skeptical, a bit like wet West Coast versions of the winter-traumatized Canadians in this video from the Rick Mercer Show.
But the robin in our garden seems to be getting ready for something special, so maybe there’s some truth in the forecast this time.
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This joyful exuberance explains why the bird bath needs to be refilled every day …
When you’re anticipating tail-feather-shaking weather, you must have each and every tail feather in top condition.
Spring cleaning complete!
Tomorrow is a brand new day.
In the words of Van Morrison:
“When all the dark clouds roll away
And the sun begins to shine
I see my freedom from across the way
And it comes right in on time
Well it shines so bright and it gives so much light
And it comes from the sky above
Makes me feel so free makes me feel like me
And lights my life with love”
May your weekend contain as much fun and freedom as the robin.
Whatever the weather brings.
Goal: To have as much fun as this robin at least once a day.
How do you seek out those carefree moments?
I love to head out into the back yard, or around my East Vancouver neighbourhood, camera in hand and mind open to whatever lovely thing comes along.
I’d love to hear how you find your daily moments of “joie de vivre”. Just leave a comment to let us in on your secret.