Doing Stuff

Growing up, Dad was always, always doing something. Either he was working as an architect, or doing something around the house.  He might be reading, but that was the most luxurious thing he would ever do.  He built things, created Christmas cards using block printing, put together our stereo (remember, the kind with all the lit-up tubes?). You get the picture.  ‘Lounging’ was not really a concept for him. ‘Are you being useful’ was his phrase.    My sister does the same; she moves and moves and moves. She got another degree while raising three kids, how does someone do that?! I just got back from a trip to Greece that she organised, and was oh so tired from it. Happy. But tired.

Well, now that I’m all grown up (mostly), let’s see whether I can start to emulate their ‘doing stuff’ way of life. Up till now, it’s been go-to-work-eat-sleep-survive.  Things have changed, and for the better, so the next few posts will be about my getting off the couch. Of doing, of experiencing, of breathing in this world that I’ve unimaginably been given.

Oh, and here are Billy and Georgia.



For Dog Lovers

Dad and I spent the last few days down in Boulder, with Rebecca, Eli, and Kaziah. (Kylie and Rick off doing other things.) Thought I’d introduce the dogs in my Colorado life.

Annie is D&K’s dog. She’s lovely, lovely. These two shots of Dad and I were taken in their new cottage garden. I tried to get one of Kathy, but to no avail.

Shiloh is the eldest of Reb’s pack, the ‘old man’. He’s a Standard Poodle for those of you who didn’t already know that by looking at him (I didn’t). He’s gentle, and kind, and these days slowing down.
Kiri is second in line in the pack. Ellie, his playmate and also a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, passed away just a bit ago, so both Kiri and the family have been sad. However, when we visited, it looked like Kiri was beginning to perk up again.

Bernie is the newest addition, just 10 weeks old. Everybody is madly in love with her, and why not?

And here is the pack together, all vying for treats from Reb. Very cute.