It’s been very chilly and gloomy lately here. It’s hard to be motivated and, once again, I was drawing a blank in creating a post for today. I don’t always have something to say. Luckily sometimes nature speaks for itself. I saw a bunch of birds flying around the trees and wooded area outside my home. They were chirping away and seemed to be playing…flying from one tree to another, then flying around some more, and again, landing on a tree or the grass. It was so fun to watch. I was trying to get a picture but it was NOT easy. Somehow I managed to get the picture of the bird below about to take off. It isn’t the best quality because it was a very tiny bird, a cloudy day, and I had to zoom way in. But I still was very happy to have gotten it. I actually didn’t even know I had captured it. I didn’t see the bird open its wings when I was snapping the pictures. It was when I was reviewing the images on my camera that I saw it. It was a pleasant surprise.
Fall is my favorite season. It’s just too short! I know any time now all the leaves will be completely turned and off the trees. Not only that but the weather is going to get very chilly before we know it.
So I’ll take the lesson from Cino and take it easy and enjoy the warmth of the sun and the beautiful colors while I can. Pets are such great examples of slowing down and enjoying every moment.
Today we’re doing just that. We’re meeting a friend at a park. I hope to get some pics of the leaves and trees. What are your plans?
The most beautiful time of the year Autumn is once again here Take a walk and enjoy the changing trees Under your feet hear the crunch of the leaves Feel the warm sun among the cool breeze Soak it in because soon comes the time to freeze
copyright LeeAnn Johnston/Animals Are Feeling Beings Too
From the day we are born we learn about our world by our surroundings. We learn from those around us; our family, friends, peers, teachers, etc. We pick up habits, traditions, and even beliefs from others. But one day we hopefully figure out who we want to be, think for ourselves (not necessarily just following the crowd), and that means we may come to see some things differently than what others may see as “normal.”
Because certain things in our surroundings/society are seen as “normal”, people don’t necessarily think about what they say, assuming everyone feels the same as they do.
An example of this is recently a delivery person who was bringing supplies to my place of employment started talking to me about how he was recently out bear hunting. I immediately tensed up. He went on to give me details about how it wasn’t easy but he got him. He explained how he set the traps and had to travel quite far to pursue him. He was so proud of this. All the while he is telling me this I am thinking “do I tell him I do not want to hear this?” and “do I tell him that I am an animal advocate and that I care about all living beings?”
It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax! But who can do that with all this anxiety?
My sister brought over these three books for me. Cino’s veterinarian said “with your personality.” Is somebody trying to tell me something?
Actually, I’m kidding. They don’t need to tell me, I know. I am an anxious person. I’m working on it though. But this post isn’t to be a downer or to focus on my anxiety. I am super appreciative of my sister and I am going to read those books. I also love my veterinarian and he’s right…I do have “that personality.” He was actually just trying to accommodate me.
I don’t know who has a harder time when it’s “that time of year” for an annual health screening, Cino or I. Anxiety tries to take over both of us. Continue reading →
I love animals! OK, no surprise. But I also love being creative and I can appreciate others creativity as well. I came across the image below and thought it was the coolest painting. This guy found such a creative way to honor the health care workers.