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noticing six things a day

Heidi is feeling much more comfortable, as you can see. Her training continues. She’s now potty trained too. I also have her walking on leash and for the most part, it’s loose leash, and consistently well behaved. Plus she has learned to really love play, especially with her ball. She’s pretty lucky she ended up living with us.

Australian Shepherd © Diane M Schuller

I need to take another video to show you how well she’s doing with some of her training. But no promises how soon that may be.

Before I carry on with this post I wish to thank all of you who left such lovely comments on my previous post — it was wonderful reading about your own thoughts on cinnamon toast or simply cinnamon. Thank you all!

Have you ever wondered How the oceans got their names! I love learning about things like this — why on earth don’t they teach this in school? I would have been much more interested I’m sure. Remaining with the nautical theme, find out the origins of SOS and Mayday.

Noticing Six Things A Day. I read about this some time ago and I feel badly that I don’t recall whose blog had mentioned it — if it’s you or you know who mentioned it, please let me know so I may provide the proper credit for this concept. Now on to the topic. Let me share with you my list from only one day this past week:

  • tides appear to be breathing as they ebb and flow along the shoreline, often with a whisper if you listen closely;
  • mares tails in the early morning sky;
  • Heidi’s eyes full of expression especially when trying to engage me in some play;
  • while reading before bed beside an open window, the distress call over and over from a Blue Heron, slowly painfully fading …
  • spiders building webs in multitudes;
  • looking closely at the individual leaves on trees as they’re now turning colour, many appear to have blood in their veins

burning bush in autumn ©Diane M Schuller

Okay, now for something utterly uplifting. You need to hear this video. A friend of mine lost her brother recently. As you can imagine, it was incredibly difficult and another friend of hers shared this song with her on Facebook — what a perfect way to add some cheer or hope to someone whose heart is broken. But it’s for those of us who are also in perfectly positive minds too. It had me dancing in my jammies.

So my dear friends, until next Monday may your week be full of wonder and “It’s Gonna Be Okay.”

So tell me one simple thing you observed this week.

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Susan Clark - October 3, 2016 - 2:00 pm

I noticed the volunteer nasturtium’s prolific orange flowers pushing through the fence when I pulled into the yard. Such a cheerful spot of colour on a cloudy day.

Susan Clark - October 3, 2016 - 2:02 pm

Meant to add, isn’t it is a joy to watch our puppies as they develop.

Lisa Gordon - October 3, 2016 - 2:39 pm

Way to go, Heidi!!!!
She really has the most beautiful face, Diane, and her eyes…
To me, they are the most wonderful combination of mischief and sweetness!

Your “Noticing Six Things a Day” is a fantastic idea!! I do something similar, and have for a few years now…learning one new thing a day. Now I have to admit, that most of the time, it is something to do with photography (I really should broaden my horizons!!), but all the same, it’s something new.

The video is great, and thank you so much for posting it here. My brother lost a very good friend last week, and I am going to send this video to him.

You have a fantastic week, my friend. xo.

Jessie Stevens - October 3, 2016 - 2:55 pm

That song is great! I love The Piano Guys but I hadn’t heard that one yet, thanks so much for sharing, I don’t think a person could watch that and not be smiling by the end of it! 🙂

andi - October 3, 2016 - 6:03 pm

Heidi melts my heart! Every time I look at that sweet face it melts me into a puddle.

Really enjoyed reading your list of the 6 things you noticed. I have noticed the spider webs as well. Aren’t they amazing. They are like the world’s original knitters.

Those blood red leaves…swoon!

Gabriele - October 4, 2016 - 5:09 am

Loved your pictures and thanks so much for including the piano guys video. I downloaded that song on my phone. It is simplistic but I fall for it every time.

Roberta Gould - October 7, 2016 - 10:24 pm

Such sweet photos of Heidi..She is a lucky girl. The music is fun and uplifting. I have been watching the finches as they feed on the sunflowers and the hummingbirds really like a Salvia that has red flowers..The rain doesn’t seem to bother them. Love the red leaves. It looks like I will be a regular here… (:

Toffeeapple - October 8, 2016 - 10:20 am

Interesting that you weren’t taught those meanings at school – we most definitely were, way back in the early 50s.

Rachel - October 8, 2016 - 1:58 pm

Your pup is so adorable! I like your list (and wow, that photo!). What I noticed this week? I noticed that the snow is no longer melting from the ground up. 😉 I really enjoy the Piano Guys so thanks for the share.

Candace - October 18, 2016 - 12:28 pm

That is sure a happy video and Heidi is beautiful!