Here Comes Autumn

squirrels gathering nuts (free clip art)

squirrels gathering nuts (free clip art)

We’ve had a couple days of rain and a couple cool nights, so it is nice to see the trees have been prompted to start turning color.

The autumn color here is one of the most beautiful features of this area. The variety of trees makes for all different colors, from light yellow poplar leaves to dark golden maples to orange elm and bright red dogwoods.

The squirrels have started their gathering of nuts and burying them in the ground. I love watching the little critters scampering about the yard searching for new hidey-holes.

A New Awareness

corgi (free clip art)

corgi (free clip art)

Today while waiting for the veterinarian, I was chatting with a lady in the waiting room. She had brought one of her Corgi’s in for a health problem. She was very nice and so was her dog. She mentioned that she just got a job and was working to rebuild her life. Last year she lost her father, then the following month lost her job. Six months later she lost her home to foreclosure.

It gave me pause to realize how much this woman has been through the past year. Yet she has managed to hold onto her pet and even though homeless she brought her dog to the vet for care. I admire her for that.

Music is in our blood, our hearts, our souls

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music (free clip art)

Music has been in our family for many generations. My grandfather used to play the piano in the silent movies back in the 1920’s. His brothers, his parents, and grandparents, were all musicians. So it should not have come as a big surprise to me when I noticed young Jeremy checking out the guitars at the guitarcenter.com website last night. I was just surprised that he had not expressed an interest in learning how to play an instrument earlier in life!

Getting fit

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belly dance (free clip art)

One of the drawbacks to my job is that it is largely sedentary. I’ve noticed that when I am sitting at my desk, it isn’t too long before my legs and knees, back and shoulders start to bother me.

So I’ve decided that maybe I should exercise more, thinking that if I am more physically fit that I would be less crippled up by doing my job. The trouble is that I hate to exercise! A good friend of mine has suggested that I take some belly dancing classes with her. She told me that she has been taking belly dance classes for a couple of months now and that it has helped her lose an inch off of her waist and improve her posture, too! She said that belly dancing is so much fun that she is in a good mood for several days after the class, and that it doesn’t seem like exercise at all! I went online to see if I could find any belly dance classes near where I live, but I couldn’t find any. So maybe I’ll join my friend and carpool up there with her to the class she takes. It’s probably more fun to take a class with a friend anyway!

I love to dance

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dancing couple (free clip art)

When Debbie told me that she has signed up for dance classes in santa monica ca I have to admit that I felt a pang of jealousy. It has been too long since I’ve been able to go out to a dance class, or go out dancing. There was a point in my life when all I wanted to do when I had some free time was to go out dancing! I love moving my body to the music. I really miss that more than words can describe.