Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Have a Neurotic Dog

Hello my name is Lynne and I have a neurotic dog. There I said it. I’ve failed as a doggie mum - first by getting a neurotic dog and second by letting her get so out of control. I should have known better; I really should have. I know dogs and I know what to look for and what’s good and what’s not but she was so darn cute she came home with us. And that’s all I have to say for myself about that!!

Who could resist that little face. Isn't she adorable? 

Yesterday Astro and I went to a canine behaviourist to hear (to the tune of $130) that my dog is in fact neurotic...well duh!! I already knew that – what I don’t know is how to fix her, because what we’ve tried hasn’t worked very well.

Here’s the answer...are you ready? It’s a biggie....cheese whiz. Yes, you read that correctly. Cheese whiz and a clicker are the answers to my prayers. I’m not too sure about this (as you might be able to tell), but I’m willing to give it a try.

I will keep you posted on our adventures in clicking and cheese whiz, and in the mean time if anyone has any great success stories I’d love to hear them.

She's getting ready to pounce...look out!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Busy Weekend

We had a busy weekend here. Jon worked away on the removing the old siding and covering the house with aspenite to level it in preparation for the insulation and siding. He’s starting on the side of the house where the garden is already and where it’s going to be added to this year so I’m happy about that. The sooner I can get gardening the better! Right now all the garbage from the siding is right where the pond and new garden are going to go. 

You never know what you’re going to find when you’re renovating an old house. Yesterday when the siding came off we discovered critter holes in the house. Jon took it all in stride (of course), me, not so much. YUCK. I’ve been assured they’re really old holes; but still. L

Critter holes :-(

I decided a couple of weeks ago that we need a little pond between our two walkways leading up to the house. We’re eventually going to have a large pond in the front yard/edge of the field but I want something smaller that we can sit by and enjoy – something a little more intimate and close to the house. I’ve been pouring over a book Jon bought me and websites to plan exactly what I want; it’s been so much fun. It will likely be much later in the summer by the time we can get to it but I can’t wait and in the mean time I can make sure it’s all planned out thoroughly.

This is my inspiration’s much bigger and fuller than we’ll have but it’s the general idea of what we like. Very natural looking.

Image from

Over the weekend I finally got my pansies planted. I bought a few violas to go with them and I put them in my favourite trough planter. They look a little lonely in the yard but I feel like I’m making a statement with them. They say “A gardener lives here!” 

A gardener lives here...really!

There is so much mess in the yard and my only flower bed is currently hidden behind a big stack of lumber so my little pansy planter has a big job to do until the lumber moves and the yard gets cleaned up. While we work on the outside of the house and gradually get the yard cleaned up I have to work with what I’ve got. J

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It’s a quiet kind of day

It’s a quiet kind of day. The wind is howling and the rain falling and I’m sitting in front of what is likely one of the last fires of the season. I’m feeling quiet and contemplative and I’m savouring the solitude....even the dogs are resting quietly.

I wish every day could feel like this – not rainy and windy, but peaceful and calm.

After a busy weekend I’m grateful to have several hours to myself to bring myself back to my centre and to acknowledge the peace within.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Messy Messy!!

My house is driving me a little nuts. When Jon and I tore down the storage room a few months ago everything in it had to move into the rest of the house so I have all that stuff in the library. Then I decided it was time to move Shane out of his big room and into our smallest so I could move my creative space into that room. Along the way I decided it was best to move Bradley into Shane’s room and me into his room so for the last several weeks our upstairs has been in disorder too.

Too much stuff...not enough storage.

Jon has been working away on the house – all but one door has been changed/installed and 15 of 19 windows have been changed or installed. The windows might have been changed but because we’re on a little bit of a time crunch the interior jam extensions and trim haven’t been installed yet so they look messy.

Yesterday afternoon Jon decided it was time to start ripping the old siding off to start getting ready for our new siding; which means the outside of the house is a big mess too. Our yard is still a big muddy mess with little or no grass......did I mention it’s all driving me a little nuts??

I have a relatively large capacity for mess and disorder but this is too much for me.  I have to remind myself every few minutes that things will get worse before they get better, but they will get better! It’s just a matter of what I do in the meantime? UG!!

P.S. Check out the little tent Jon made to save my tender plants....what a guy I married. He’s the best! J

See the tiny baby plants under there?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Joy

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about all the things that bring me joy. I truly believe the more we know about what brings us joy the closer we are to it. If you’re aware of the things, both big and small that fill you with joy and gratitude you can always be on the lookout for them.

I feel very fortunate to be a person who finds joy easily. I’m not sure if I came this way of if I’ve just unconsciously cultivated it in my life – either way I’m grateful. I think of joy as an easy spiritual practice that we all have access to.

    Here’s a (sort of) short list of things that bring me joy:

  • Listening to my guys laughing – it doesn’t get any better than that!
  • Playing with my dogs
  • Walking hand in hand with Jon
  • Hearing Bradley playing his music
  • Catching up with Shane – especially when he's home
  • Gardening
  • Taking pictures
  • Writing
  • Birds –especially chickadees at the feeder
  • Butterflies in the field
  • A beautiful spring day
  • A beautiful fall day
  • A beautiful winter day
  • Wandering around the garden
  • Reading outside
  • The smell of our fire burning when I drive down the driveway
  • Being warmed by the fire on a chilly day
  • The trees lining our driveway
  • Crab apple trees in bloom
  • A good cup of tea (well steeped)
  • A cheesy movie
  • Belly laughs
  • A single blossom
  • Purple
  • Old buildings
  • Being by the water
  • A meal I didn’t have to cook
  • Being up before the sun occasionally
  • A soft breeze
  • A great pair of boots
  • A relaxing day at home after several out
  • Grocery shopping with Jon
  • A clean kitchen floor
  • A new book
  • Flowers...did I  mention flowers?!

I could probably go on and on all day. J

What brings you joy?

Monday, April 2, 2012

It Really is the Small Stuff

My week is off to a wonderful start. Jon got my clothesline up so I have my first laundry of the year on the line! Woo hoo! I have my first leaves of the year and when I went out to hang the laundry this morning I noticed a beautiful pattern of ice around our well.

It really is the small stuff that bring me joy! I’m very grateful.

Ahhh...clean sheets for Bradley.
Poor Astro tied up - she insists
on running away.
My first leaves - Yay!! Any suggestions on how to deal
with the mold that's already starting?  
I think the ice is so pretty.

I hope it's a great week for everyone!