August 3rd – Accessible & Abundant

I grew up in small town Saskatchewan. My Mother was a more than capable homemaker and cook, but shopping was limited and there was only so much she could do with a seasonal garden. She made do and she did amazing with what she had to work with.

Shopping nowadays is something that never fails to amaze me. We are so fortunate to live in an abundant country like Canada, at a time when producers, modern science, and adequate distribution methods keep our stores stocked with affordable goods to fill our every need.

If I am ever looking for a reason to feel grateful, it is as easy as looking around our house at the variety of food, pet supplies, cosmetics, and general household products that fill our shelves and cabinets. Naturally, I then feel grateful for my husband who works so hard to provide for us and who actually does the bulk of our shopping. I feel grateful for everyone who works all the way up and down the supply chain. And, I definitely feel grateful for the power who has placed us here in Canada and blessed us with this abundant life. Gratitude is like that! One grateful thought leads to another, and another, and anotherπŸ’ž

I don’t remember ever having fresh mushrooms as a kid and I definitely don’t remember having artichoke hearts. Now they are always in our fridge. πŸ˜‹
Variety is the spice of life – and the oils and the Caesar mixes. πŸ₯³
Feeding our furry and feathered friends is as easy and economical as a trip to the Dollar Store. 🐿️🐦
Pampering my hair and skin. πŸ˜‰
Healing Dan’s feet from decades of workboots and cement floors. πŸ€—
Keeping it clean – easy peasy with readily available cleaning products πŸ—‘οΈπŸ§½πŸ§€
Dan made a dedicated trip to a hardware store and came home with insect repellent refills to keep my meditation corner bug free and comfortable. πŸ¦ŸπŸ•·οΈπŸœ

There is no end to the variety of amazing products that are readily available to me – every day! So much to be so grateful for. 😘

I hope you are all having a great day! Take care and I hope to see you tomorrow. πŸ’ž

What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.

Brene’ Brown

(The difference between privilege and entitlement is that one is a blessing and one is a curse. πŸ˜‰)

Kat Fur

I have had three spaniels in my life. My first was Laddie, who was a pure black Cocker Spaniel. Laddie was my father’s pup back when I was a young child.

The second spaniel in my life was a dark brown and white Springer Spaniel named Sprocket. My brother in law gifted Sprocket to my children when they were young. Sprocket was hardly the sharpest tool in the shed. He was also as big as a horse and intent on running every chance he got. Fun times.

Both Laddie and Sprocket were beautiful dogs. They had medium length, curly hair that required little grooming. I thought that was typical of spaniels, until we got Kat. Kat is a King Charles Cavalier.

At her best, Kat looks like my idea of a typical spaniel.
It takes a while and a lot of brushing as winter goes on but her fur remains somewhat manageable
Twice a year, Kat’s fur gets out of control.
We take her to my daughter’s or a local groomer for a serious shave/ haircut.
And then there is our new reality – isolation KatπŸ™„

The current pandemic has created health and economic crisis around the globe. There are heart wrenching stories and pictures that fill our news feed daily. There are true heroes and heroines who have stepped up. There are pathetic excuses of humanity who have shown the selfish, evil side of humanity.

And then, there are the little things in life that we have come to take for granted. The services that we typically have available. I knew going in that there were a lot of things I would miss. I didn’t realize that dog grooming would be right up there.

I can’t wait to see how long it takes before Dan and I start missing our hairdresser. I can just see me back in a pony tail and Dan in a man bun.πŸ˜‚. Or not…

May you and yours be safe and strong throughout this difficult time. πŸ’–