A Week In My Life
“I think daily life is the most beautiful and wonderful thing that anyone can have.” – Ana Tijoux
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Week 2 with A Month of Multiples (Kim Klassen) had several assignments, including documenting everyday life and real (raw) life. I combined them together to a week in my life.
Walking at the local park – I love going here. It has paved paths which is nice when it’s rainy or I’m tired. The dirt paths give my feet and ankles a great workout, although I have to be careful not to trip. Best of all, it’s only a 5 minute drive from the house!
A day trip to do some photography – We drove to the western edge of Virginia to a town called Dayton. It was cute, we had a nice lunch at a local restaurant, chatted with a number of locals (our cameras and tripods created a lot of curiosity), and got some nice pictures. In this picture, the Blue Ridge Mountains are in the background.
Reading on the deck with a clingy old dog – He’s getting even more tumors and instead of being squishy, they’re rock hard. He’s not breathing right either. But when I go outside to read on the deck, he wants to be there with me. I’m loving him as much as possible while I still have him.
Trimming nails for the same old dog – Since he doesn’t go outside much anymore, his nails grow long really fast. I think it’s easier for him to walk if they’re short, but since he hates getting them cut, I’ve let them get longer. It’s not ideal, but I don’t want to argue with him over it anymore. It’s not fun for either one of us.
Taking a walk around the neighborhood – Between our subdivision and the sidewalks on the main roads, I can go a good long ways. I usually turn around at this corner, but I always enjoy taking a minute to enjoy how pretty it is.
Our crepe myrtle came in bloom a second time! – All the crepe myrtles came back in bloom recently and they’re even more lush than they were in July. We’ve never had that happen before, but they must be liking the cooler weather and rain.
Walking an old beagle twice a day – His walks are mostly sniffing for cats in the storm sewers these days, so he gets his own walk separate from mine. On the days it’s super hot or he’s limping, our walks consist of checking out the side and front yard. It makes him happy and helps him sleep better.
So that’s my raw and real life! Thanks for coming along and having a chuckle at how awesome my days are.
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.
Lulu: “That looks like a pretty nice life to me. Hello, old dogs, from a young dog.”
Charlee: “And a couple of young cats!”
Chaplin: “Aww, old dog #1 reminds me of Dennis. I sure do miss that guy.”
You have a great real-life indeed. Enjoy those two dogs as long as you can. Loved all the photos. xo
Thanks Darlene! It’s hard to believe how old they are, isn’t it? They were so young when we first got to know each other.
I will do my best to take Mr. Emerson’s advise!
It shouldn’t be so hard to do, but it is on some days. We are so blessed in so many ways. When I find myself griping too much, I remember that each day is a great day and to treat it as such.
That is my goal as well Nancy.
Awwww, your “clingy old dog” tugs at my heart strings – he looks so sweet. I have very much enjoyed the second week of this class – documenting real life, and seeing everyone else’s photos. This is a lovely series.
Karen – Thanks for the lovely comment! I agree that it’s been great to see what we’re all doing in the second week of class. Kim’s class is definitely sharpened up my eye for looking around.
The old dogs make me teary most days. The Vizsla is in his final days and I will miss him when he’s gone. I’m hopeful the beagle will be here longer, but he’s old also.
Nancy – sounds a bit like a week in my life – aren’t we lucky!
Theodore keeps me walking and moving about and I am trying to be more disciplined in writing every day. Sometimes that works – sometimes not so much.
Loved seeing your world and the old dogs – especially that beagle boy!
Enjoy this week of your life too!
Thank you! It’s always nice to hear from you. I’m glad Theo is still doing good. They sure do keep us moving with those demands for walks. Which is good – I get out a lot more in all kinds of weather because of that beagle.
You enjoy your week(s) also!
The addition of his paw is so perfect. The life and slipping away of life with an old dog. It is so hard to watch. Great adventures, and don’t you love places that are 5 minutes from home.
I’m glad you liked that paw! I start photographing them quite a few years ago on a less-than-inspired day for my daily photography. Since then, I do it pretty often to mark the passage of time.
I love being a tourist in Virginia. Like Michigan, it’s a very beautiful state. That particular spot (Dayton) was about a two hour drive away, which was very doable for a day trip. Today though, we went into downtown to antique. I haven’t done Kim’s class on still life yet, but I’m thinking the shots I took at the salvage store might be it for me.