The Perfect Time

NoodlesA chain of events on Labor Day weekend brought smiles to a puppy named Noodles, three sisters and undoubtedly many others.

As we waited for my sister at a parking lot to go for a bike ride, Noodles came out from the woods, his tail between his legs, no collar.  Barking and growling, he wouldn’t let anyone close.  Attempts to catch him were fruitless as he kept retreating to where he seemed to have bedded down since his solo journey began.

We went for our bike ride, seeing him as we went up and down the trail.  As we left the Lambs Creek Recreation Area near Mansfield, we parked again at the first parking lot.  Noodles was returning to ‘his’ area from an excursion across the roadway and near the trail.  He couldn’t reach his secure area because we were there.  Scared, lost and hungry, Noodles finally laid down, munching on some grass.

We were not going to leave him there, so I planned to drive down the road to McDonald’s to get a burger and egg sandwich to entice him to come with us.  As I walked toward my car, I made a noise with my mouth and said, ‘Come on…let’s go home.’  I got in my car and left, but my sisters saw he had begun to come toward me when I left.  By the time I got to McDonald’s, my sister called and said they would meet me there because they invited him into the car and he gladly obliged.

When they got to the restaurant and I brought the food over to the car, Noodles’ tail was wagging back and forth so much his body swayed.  The fearful, growling puppy had transformed into a loving, grateful friend. He showered kisses on us all, thankful for the rescue and nourishment.

My sisters drove to Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries in Tioga County (you can find them on Facebook or Instagram, too) where they helped and named Noodles.  Thank you all!!!  Noodles now has other friends, so if you’re looking for a pet, give them a call.

A chain of events – a traffic stop, multiple chance encounters and sharing love to dispel fear made it the perfect time to bring a smile to the hearts of a lost puppy, three determined sisters and the volunteers at a magnanimous, heart-filled organization.

Moral of the story:  It’s always the perfect time to do what you need to do to help others, even if fear makes it appear they don’t want your help.  

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Big Pest

This is one of the beaver’s that’s been causing havoc on the canal, bringing water levels at Lock 8 down three foot in a day.  She’s probably 30 pounds or more. MVI_3173

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Mother Nature’s Gifts

High in the trees overlooking the Mauch Chunk Lake, at first only the white was visible.  Nearing his perch, I glided closer, awed by his majestic, natural beauty.

Early morning tends to be a good time to see Mother Nature’s gifts, but you can only see them if you’re aware and focused on the present moment.

Like this eagle, I kept a wandering eye on what was around me.

See anything lately?  Look up, down and sideways and you’re sure to partake in Mother Nature’s gifts.  Enjoy!

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Focus on Spring

     Mid-February in PA gets to be a time of transition.  Snow, sleet and ice still cover the ground but intermittent bouts of higher temps and seeing the ground below provide the hope for spring to come.

This weekend’s Daytona 500 marks the start of the racing season, a true sign of the change of seasons.

In another month…after probably another large snowstorm or two…the snow and ice will melt and the ground will warm and begin to yield its abundant offerings.  Crocuses and daffodils are right around the corner.

Thought for the day:  Focus on Spring!!

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This, too, shall pass.

This morning’s temperature in my back yard is 24…quite balmy compared to the sub-zero temps we’ve had over the past week.  Thursday morning started out at 9 below zero, not including the warnings created by the wind chills estimated at 30 below.

Walking out this morning, the hairs in my nose do not freeze.  The tips of my ears don’t tingle.  I don’t dress like an Eskimo with layers of clothing and headgear.   It’s not quite balmy enough for the flowers I long to see..cabin fever has struck.

Despite the below freezing temperature, 24 degrees feels so much warmer  compared to recent weather.  Yet it’s all relative.  A 33-degree temperature spread is like starting the day at freezing (32 degrees) one day and 65 the next.  It’s the same spread but it’s not hard to tell the difference.

So many things are relative.  We compare what is to what was or visa versa, making judgments based on those comparisons.  Bottom line:  it doesn’t matter what we think about it.  It truly is what it is.  We can’t change the outdoor temperatures any more than we can change so many other things in life.  It’s all relative.  The key is to cope as best you can with the hand you’re given.

I just try to keep in mind:  This, too, shall pass.  Feeling the cold will make the warmth feel so much better!! 🙂






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Do You Have a Morning Ritual?

Little Miss Abby and I have a few morning rituals to get our day started.

First, Abby likes an energy (Reiki) massage.  She’ll talk to me, following me around  while I’m making my green tea until I sit on the love seat and motion for her join me.  Then she positions herself so her butt is near my left hip so I can begin our morning ritual.  She usually gets three to five minutes, sometimes more, of two-handed petting, getting massaged from the tip of her head to the end of her tail.  When she’s ready, she rolls over just enough that I can do her stomach, a taboo place for anyone else to touch.

After we’re done, I go into my office, sit on my recliner and begin my morning ritual of reading and writing.  When she’s ready, she’ll join me, knowing the only way she gets a hand on  her body is if she sits on my left side.  So she jumps up and turns around to put her but next to my left hip.  She rests her head on my leg as I write and read.  Cuddling is another part of Abby’s ritual.

What does the ritual do for us?  For Abby, it gives her undivided attention for a few minutes and an energy boost to begin her day.  For me, it helps me to begin my day with a dose of unconditioned love.  I, too, get the energy boost and the positive energies I can carry forward with me.  It’s calming yet energizing and brings a smile to my heart knowing how much she enjoys the ritual…as do I.

How about you?  Do you have a morning ritual?  Please share.

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What We See

What do you see here?

I see an aging cat who still loves playing.  Every Christmas this little one decides she likes the bags more than the contents.

What I also see is a feline who has gotten herself stuck…stuck in the handles of the bag.  She’s just put herself in the wrong opening.

We do that, too.  At times we put ourselves in the wrong place or opening where we think we should be and then we get stuck where we really don’t belong.

Mia (or is it Lily?)  can tell she’s in trouble and needed help getting out of this predicament.

Sometimes we don’t recognize where we’re at is not where we should be.  We can’t see what is really right in front of our eyes if we choose to look.  Our eyes see what we think we want yet we can be oblivious to the what our hearts tell us.  What do you see?


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The Fire Within

Shadow on the CanalToday’s outing on the canal left me wanting more.

Yes, it was windy and 45 degrees but for a January day in Pennsylvania, THAT is great!

Too much work and not enough daylight made me a self-created prisoner in my own home over the past few days.  Today I appreciate the wind because it helped to blow off some of the ‘stink’ of being cooped up indoors for a few days.

One thing fellow Pennsylvanians may appreciate in this photo are the shadows.  Shadows mean the sun is out!  Shadows have been a rarity over the past six to nine months as rain and clouds dotted the landscape.  I wish I could bottle the sunshine and the feeling it generates.

While some may focus on the barren trees and muddy trail in this second picture, I see the bright, puffy clouds back lit with sunlight.  The reflective calm of the canal’s water remains in part of the water  while other parts shimmer as the wind dances across its surface.

We are very fortunate today.  I know in January we could be shoveling from a foot of snow or slipping and sliding on icy sidewalks.

Today I appreciate the elements of earth, water and air. Although not in its traditional form, these other three have truly created a fire within me to remain outdoors.  Although we haven’t had a bad winter so far, I look forward with anticipation to the springlike weather and longer days I know are on their way.

The fire within burns brightly, as does hope for what is already here and is to come.

What fuels your fire?

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Always we hope…

     Happy New Year 2019!

Many people use January 1 as a time to make resolutions and I’m no exception.

This year I had no idea what that would be until this morning when I sat in my recliner to do my normal reading and writing.

It came to me that I just needed to ‘be’… be who I am…be present…be patient…be generous…be loving…be forgiving…be forgiving…etc.

After I decided to just ‘be’, I read days #363 to #365 of a Daily OM course I’ve been taking since last year, A Year to Clear What’s Holding You Back.  The course gives snippets of ideas, comments, etc. every day to clear emotions, clutter, and everything else that keeps us locked to the past.  I was floored when I read Day#363, entitled “This is it” where the author shared a poem entitled “Always We Hope” written by Lao Tsu.  I felt compelled to share it with all of you.

Always we hope

Someone else has the answer

Some other place will be better,

Some other time it will all turn out.

This is it.

No one else has the answer

No other place will be better,

And it has already turned out.

At the center of your being

You have the answer,

You know who you are

And you know what you want.

There is no need

To run outside

For better seeing.

Nor to peer from a window.

Rather abide at the center of your being;

For the more you leave it, the less you learn.

Search your heart

And see

The way to do

Is to be.

So for 2019, my resolution is to ‘be.’  I have no idea what that looks like, but I’ll let you know as we progress through 2019.

What resolution(s) have you made?

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Striking Out

          A mid-August early-morning bike ride yielded what I called a patriotic day.

On my way up to Lock 7, I saw a red fox at the base of the water on the other side of the canal.  Unfortunately, he took off before I could get my camera in place.  Strike one.

I slowed my pedaling pace and got my camera ready.  Unfortunately, a deep, guttural growl in the woods to my left motivated me to quicken my pace up a bit more.

The quicker speed left my camera unable to capture the blue heron soaring over the canal in search of food.  Strike two.

On my return trip, my camera again failed to capture what I first thought was an eagle.  The bird was large like an eagle but its white breast made me uncertain of what it really was.  Strike three.

Three attempts; three failures.  I struck out on capturing nature’s critters:  a red fox, a white-breasted bird (osprey??) and a blue heron.

I realized although I struck out on capturing pictures of the beauty I saw, I still reaped other rewards.  I brought back a sense of being one with and in awe of nature, an elevated heart rate and a picture of these small white flowers along the water’s edge.  At least they didn’t move!

Sometimes when we put our disappointments and failures aside, we can gain a different perspective.  All we have to do is look.

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