Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Happy Friday!!!

1. Today began rainy and misty outside, but now that’s around noon, the sun is out and the weather is beautiful.  I appreciate winter’s cooler temps, but I have to say, I’m much more motivated when it’s sunny outside.

2. This afternoon I’m looking forward to taking Sofi on a nice, long walk. It’s been pouring rain for the past two days, and that little doggie is in need of a sunny jaunt outside.  She seems to really love our post-rain walks because of all the fresh smells in the air and on the ground.  Our walks are definitely bonding time, and I love seeing her so happy.  Plus, it helps me burn a few calories, so win win.

3. This Sunday, since there’s no football, I’m determined to do a major closet cleanup.   I’d planned to do this after Christmas, but never got around to it.  I know I have a ton of clothes and shoes to donate, and I’m overdue for organizing. I’ve been trying hard not to buy any new clothes, since I’m losing weight and even more rapid weight loss is imminent post-surgery, but I think I’m going to reward myself with a new top or accessory. It will be just the “carrot” I need to complete this loathsome task.

4. I movie tickets that I haven’t used yet, and might find some time on Saturday to head to the movies.  Any suggestions?  Is Django worth it?  Should I see Les Mis instead?  Or is there an indie that I should see? Let me know in the comments.

5. I found this recently on Pinterest, and I’m proud to say that this is how I’ve been living for the past month:


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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I am thankful that the rain let up and Sofi and I were able to take a nice, long afternoon walk. I’m also thankful that the steroid shot that I got last week helped to keep the plantar fasciitis pain at bay.  On the walk this afternoon, it felt like it had been a really long time since we’d taken a good walk together. With the time change, working late, and Sofi going to doggy daycare twice last week (where they walk her 1-2 times per session), it had been a little while since we’d gone.

I love taking walks with Sofi because nothing helps me clear my head or manage feelings of stress like taking a walk with her.  It gives me time to slow down life’s hectic pace and just enjoy the surroundings.  Appreciate the everyday.  With that spirit in mind, I decided to take some photos along our 35-minute walk.


Even an everyday path becomes something worth exploring after the rain.


Sofi saw another dog and his owner taking advantage of the break in the weather.


I have a special affinity for vintage/old cars.  This one caught my eye.

20121117-163515.jpg Beautiful roses.

20121117-163553.jpg This tree was alive with fall colors.


I love the cast of our shadows in this picture.


Sofi got a bit tangled in the leash.  Silly girl!


I love this shot, both for the leaves, and for the “action” shown.


Another great shot showing our movement, along with the fall leaves.


Sofi’s favorite places to sniff out the “news” – bushes.

20121117-163647.jpg Sofi didn’t want the walk to end.

20121117-163654.jpg I had to show my fall decorations.



I love that face and I’m so thankful for it, every single day.


Welcome home!
(I also wanted to show off the new entry rug I bought for fall. I like it so much that I may keep it out longer).

It was so nice to get out of the house, get the blood pumping, and breathe in the fresh air.  I’m thankful for today’s walk with Sofi.

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