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Hi Monday, how are you?  I scheduled the day off today from working at the hospital as part of my self care plan and somehow a cold decided to follow me.  It has been trying to make friends for a couple of weeks and Friday finally got ahold of me.  I’ve been going through a lot so I’ve actually been surprised it hadn’t caught up to me sooner.  So what did I do today?  I slept in.  I played with my dogs outside and enjoyed watching them watch the squirrels scamper up the trees.  I came back inside and did laundry and dishes and then decided to rest again.  Then I decided to go drop some donations off and would see where the drive would take me before my acupuncture appointment.  I had a great lunch watching people and looking at the gorgeous fall colors.  Enjoyed some sushi and thought of the family I used to nanny in Pittsburgh because that’s where I first tried and fell in love with sushi.  And I listened to one of them most fascinating conversations, likely fascinating because by the looks of these two men I never would have guess the words that would fall out of their mouths.  They talked of transference, addiction, and being addicted to the unhealthy mindset.  Right up this counselor’s alley.  And I looked around me and imagined all the lives and hearts of those around me, not really knowing anyone and yet totally comfortable with this fact.

So Monday, thank you for helping take care of me.  I’m watching, I’m listening.

Love these Fall days.

Love these Fall days.


Today’s Self-Care With Kendra

I’m just going to say, the last couple of weeks have been challenging.  I was so thankful for this walk with Kendra today.  The sun was out, (mid 80s I think) my dog Zen was hot and happy, and the air fresh.  We first headed to Goodwill to donations household goodies and we discovered a new trail!  Clearwater Lake leads to a dog friendly (on leash)/pedestrian friendly/bike friendly walk along what first appears like a small canal, becomes a river, and widens to a rocked area.

Clearwater Lake

For you Oregonians, this is near 32nd and Main, off of Jasper Road.  We had only a couple issues – the mosquitoes (they were LOVING on Kendra’s shoulders); the fact that we hadn’t prepared to be so close to water with one dog.

We were pretty envious of this guy chilling on the rock island!

And of course, my star trooper, walked past his first horses ever – three horses on the trail (he wasn’t his usual fraidy self), and gave us his best smile!

Mr. Happy Pants