August? Already? – How can it be August? Seems like January is six weeks long and July is less than 24 hours. I’m sure August won’t feel much longer. Then it’s winter.
Circle of life – This summer I have noticed that the wildlife population is different. I have only seen two bunnies all season and very few squirrels. The many chipmunks which were frolicking in the yard a month ago are few and far between. The answer is the new neighbors. We have a red-tailed hawk couple that took up residence a month or two ago. The hawk’s cry sounds like shore bird. The beloved husband was convinced it was a bat. Then I saw it. It was sitting on the neighbor’s roof squawking (probably a spat with the missus). There were cardinals around it and it wasn’t interested. It was looking for something else. I know it’s the circle of life and all that but I get very protective of my critters, even the annoying ones (no, not the deer although they are beautiful).
I am the kiss of death – Yes I am. You can be sure that once I like something it will be discontinued. Two of my favorite garden centers have closed in the past few years. The last one was a half mile from my house. That was close enough to drop in and admire the plants for pure “happy” therapy. All gone. The last straw was our local Starbucks no longer carries S’mores Frappuccino’s. I’m not a big frap fan but that one was really good! “They say” it’s out of season. Really? It’s August!
Mindful eating – Restaurant portions are too big for me. Sometimes they provide a second meal and sometimes a lunch snack. When my former work friends and I go out for dinner we split an entrée. Lately I’ve been doing physical work that makes me hungry. Hungry means no control and I eat the whole thing. Then I feel like a beached whale. I am resolved to practice mindful eating and enjoy each morsel.
Happiness – I have the attention span of a flea (a very small flea). I rarely click on videos that are longer than 3 to 4 minutes. Definitely won’t click unless it’s music. I’m not much on “growth” videos (unless someone has one that will make me taller!). However a new blogger I follow, Find Your Middle Ground, posted a TED video of Dr. Dan Gilbert about the science of happiness. I am fascinated by the topic because happiness is so fleeting. What makes you happy one day will be different on another day. I loved the talk. I made a direct connection to experiences in my life. If you have 20 minutes listen here.
So how was your week?