Every now and then when I’m walking dogs, I will just stop, ask them to sit for about 30 seconds and then I will say “walk on”. That is there cue to start walking again. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. They’re super focused when they’re on the walk and I like to know I can get their attention any time I need it. 2. It’s good to continue to incorporate training into their daily routines. Just as we need to continue to refine our skills, so must dogs.
This always reminds me how important it is for me to pause and reflect on the past week and then think about the next one as I “walk on”.
Paws | Week of 10.19-10.25
• planned and prepared for my Mom’s 70th birthday.
• continued to work on a book binding class for my friends Girl Scout troop by binding an actual book.
• called my Grandpa in England.
• picked up some great books from the library on the subjects of weaving and macrame.
• stockpiled supplies for my Pen Pal Kit for my new pen pal in Australia.
• spent the day hanging out with my 10-year-old niece. We walked the dogs, watched hair styling and makeup tutorials, made iPhone case covers and DIY Crayon Lipstick. Yes, we made lipstick using crayons. Turned out okay. I recommend a nice blend of fuchsia and magenta from the Big Box of Crayons.
• made Christmas cards with my Pinterest gals.
• made dog beds and collars to sell on Etsy.
• made collars for Woody and Ellie.
• decided to postpone prepping and painting exterior lights.
• managed to clear leaves and debris in the area where the pavers will go in the backyard.
• started reading Shattered by Dani Pettrey. Halfway done. (It’s a fast read)
Walk On | Week of 10.26-11.1
• final touches for my Mom’s 70th birthday.
• call my Grandpa in England.
• make more dog beds and collars to sell on Etsy.
• prep, organize and schedule my November blog series, “30 Days of Christmas Ornaments”.
• take Mindy to the vet for a procedure. Prayers appreciated.
• take Ellie to the vet for a follow up from her dental surgery. Prayers also appreciated.
• pay bills.
• buy large quantities of candy for neighborhood kids for Halloween.
• make birthday cards for November birthdays.
• finish reading Shattered by Dani Pettrey.
My favorite quote from the week: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. Seuss.
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I follow the CraftSanity blog and podcast and a couple of months ago Jennifer interviewed Chiaki O’Brien, a SAORI weaving instructor. Jennifer remarked at the beginning of the podcast that anyone listening to this interview was in grave danger of wanting to start weaving after listening to Chiaki. She was right.
Hey dad – You know how mom takes us walking in the morning and then both of you take us for a walk at night? I really like that. We should do that EVERY night. It’s awesome.