At the beginning of 2011 I chose JOY as my word of the year. And looking back I can honestly say there were a lot of very joyful moments, in amongst the many others. What I learned most about joy is that it is always present and all that it is required to experience it is to Wake Up and Pay Attention. Generally joy is in the ordinary moments which so often slip by when we are busy worrying about what happened yesterday, or wishing things were different today. Joy is waking up to reality and seeing the beauty of what is.
A few weeks ago, I started to think about 2012 and what my word for the year might be. I thought about AWAKE..because the more awake I am, the more aware I become and the more joy I feel. I thought about NOW...to remind myself that life is now, and I want to love every moment of it. And then I settled on SAVOUR. Because that is how I want to live in 2012 - savouring every moment and morsel that life offers me. In order to SAVOUR, one must be awake and present. Savouring cannot happen in the past or in the future. We need all five senses to savour life. Savouring is a full body experience!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
One more sleep until we go and fetch the next addition to our family (or should I say our 'pack')! Tomorrow Heidi, our 8-week-old German Shepherd puppy will bounce into our lives and no doubt turn it upside down! The sparse amount of spare time I once had is going to be consumed by puppy training, puppy feeding, puppy playing, and eventually puppy walking (at least an hour a day is what German Shepherds need). Any occasional half hour that I might have used for a random blog post is soon going to vanish! So before I disappear, here's a picture of our adorable Heidi, taken at 5 weeks.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
After a night of heavy rain, high winds, thunder and lightning Sunday morning dawned bright and relatively sunny. We headed off to a 3-year-old birthday party (Pirate's Ahoy!), and afterwards paid another visit to our sweet puppies. They have grown so much in the week since we saw them! It is going to be tough choosing which little girl will be ours (we pick on 24th July when they are 5 weeks old). Here's one of the little girls.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
I spotted the green lipped mussels in the supermarket today and decided that Sarah needed to experience this New Zealand delicacy. I cooked them in a creamy garlic white wine and tomato sauce and we ate them with spaghetti. Glenn and I thought they were delicious but Sarah wasn't convinced (she's not a big fan of shell food and these didn't change her mind!).