Saturday, October 12, 2013

Giving Thanks

Meeko was telling me that I haven't been focusing on him enough lately. True. I've been working very hard the past few weeks, both on a commissioned painting and preparations for an autumn arts and crafts show.  He has been getting less chin scratches and sofa cuddles from me. Our walks have sometimes been at a faster pace than usual (that part he doesn't really mind). Sometimes they have been later in the day than normal and he has had to work harder and harder to get my attention (sock stealing, sighing, stalking my every move, quiet but heart-wrenching crying beside me).

This is the Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. The weather is absolutely beautiful. It is a time for looking around us and giving thanks. My nephew and his girlfriend are visiting, so I was forced to stop working and pay attention to other things. I did some housecleaning this morning. As I was cleaning the kitchen table, I noticed that the chrysanthemums in the pots on the back porch weren't looking great. I went out and started deadheading them. It was methodical, soothing work and they look beautiful again. As I was looking after them, it hit me that I hadn't worked in the garden since early September. I realized that today was the first day in weeks that I haven't either been working on a painting, my Etsy shop or my show preparations. (You can see some of what I've been up to on my Instagram page.)

Meeko accompanied me outside and I gathered flowers and leaves from the garden and filled several vases. So now, autumn is outside and inside.

Our guests have arrived and Meeko is very happily entertaining them.

This weekend, I am giving thanks for being forced to slow down a little, for the beauty of nature, for my garden and its gifts, for family, friends and my sweet and patient furry boy.


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  1. I am thankful for all those things for you too, Kathleen. May you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. It was a good Thanksgiving for many reasons. :)

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  2. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, my friend !
    Such a sweet Meeko & such a beautiful bouquet !
    oxox

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    1. Thank you, my friend. It was lovely.

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  3. Lovely colours in the bouquet, have a happy thanksgiving, such a lovely thing to do, we should all do it! Meeko looks so sweet, you can'y possibly ignore him can you. :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie! :) Yes, Meeko is impossible to ignore. We love him so.

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  4. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Kathleen. hugs to dear Meeko. Such beautiful delicate work. love ,Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana, for your good wishes and kind words.

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  5. happy thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family xo

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    1. Thank you, Margie. I appreciate your presence here.

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  6. There´s so much to be thankful for and in your case I imagine Meeko is one of those - lovely pics and enjoy your holiday! :-)

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    1. Meeko is most definitely on my 'thank you' list. My friends here too. :)

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  7. I would love to have Meeko with me when you are busy, my heart is broken :)

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    1. Meeko said that is the best offer he's had in ages. He is packing his bags and moving to Paris! :)

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  8. Beautiful dog and photographs
    I give thanks I found your blog.

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I'm glad you found it. :)

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  9. Dear Kathleen - I am sure Meeko will be thankful too that you are taking a break. Sometimes we can get so caught up in work that we forget what it is like to just enjoy those quiet moments that we can putter in the garden or the house. Hope your Thanksgiving was lovely. Have a great week-end coming up.

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    1. It is definitely easy to forget to slow down sometimes. Puttering can be very restorative. Hope you are having a lovely October too.

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  10. Meeko looks so much like my Shushu

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    1. Then Shushu must be beautiful too. :)

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