An opportunity for a recent getaway turned out to be a remarkable memory. I am so proud of how well my little sister, Ginger, adjusted to our family’s love for traveling. A getaway to Laughlin, Nevada is a perfect learning experience. Laughlin is about 2 hours away. When in Laughlin, we stay at the Pioneer Hotel and Casino on the Colorado River. This is a very pet-friendly establishment.
Ginger pleasantly surprised us all with how well she adjusted to walking on a leash. It is quite amusing to see her zig and zag as she walks along. Her little legs move at a quick pace. I can only surmise it is because of her short attention span and the fact that she gets distracted easily. The object that gets her attention entices her to dart about. In doing so, she wraps her leash around Mr. Mike’s legs.
Ginger certainly has her antics. Let me share a few with you. I discovered she loves chasing leaves. As we walk along the River Walk, breezes from the Colorado River lifts fallen leaves encouraging them to dance along the path. Watching her chase after them is quite amusing especially her attempts to pounce on them. In the process of her chase, she darts in and out of legs and even attempts to crawl under my belly. Not only is this hilarious, as I am so short and there is not much room between the ground and my belly, it tickles.
On another walk, we encountered a flock of pigeons foraging for seeds in the tall grass. I guess she thought they were a pile of fluffy leaves. Their pecking and scratching for food stirred her curiosity and she decided to give chase. As she did, they took flight. You should have seen her startled expression as they dispersed just out of her reach. Mr. Mike and I enjoyed a good chuckle.
Ginger tries to follow my example, but, the poor thing gets done in by these cute and adorable puppy instincts. Ginger’s inquisitiveness and impulses helps her to learn and provides us with many memories.
Traveling to our get away.
This Valentine’s Day is a special one for our family. Earlier this year our family received another bundle of Cavalier charm with my little sister, Ginger. This Valentine’s Day is her first one and we are marking it with a special get away to Laughlin.
Bekah and Ginger join me in wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day. May today be a wonderful day filled with much happiness and joy.
Yesterday, 2/8/17, was the last of day of our Goodreads Giveaway. 676 people registered for this giveaway. Congratulations to the two lucky individuals won. They are Leighann Washburn and Roland So. Your signed copies of Bekah’s First Adventure will be mailed out within the next couple of days.
Like the vibrant colors in this picture, mindfulness is an active process in experiencing our thoughts and actions in a very conscious effort or with intention.
Mindfulness is a state of active open attention to the present. Maintaining mindfulness requires active participation in living. For me, my journey toward mindfulness is a work in progress as I work at living in each moment and awaken to each experience. At first the practice of mindfulness can appear to be a struggle, but, with practice is achievable. Mindfulness can be applied to all activities–writing, gardening, knitting, and sewing.
There are several steps in my mindfulness journey. The first is let go of my conscious thought and focus my energy and mind on the current task I’m doing. I work at savoring each experience. When faced with challenges along the task, I acknowledge and accept them without judgment and then refocus on my task. Deep breathing throughout the tasks helps to keep me centered and allows me to develop a rhythmic flow.
Let me use my knitting to demonstrate these steps. With my knitting in my lap, I focus on the tapping of my knitting needles and the feel of the yarn as it passes over my fingers. I marvel at each stitch and row. I work on savoring this experience.. I also concentrate on steadying my breathing to help me increase my awareness of my knitting. I become engrossed in my knitting and develop a rhythmic flow. If my chance, I drop a stitch I don’t let it bother me. I accept it, correct it, and continue with my knitting. I do not waste time chastising myself. Deep breaths help me to remain focused on my knitting. The end result is mindfulness knitting or knitting in the moment. My mindful knitting becomes a vibrant experience. Bright and full of energy.