When I got home from work one night last week I was in a horrible mood. I'm not sure why. I guess I felt exhausted and overwhelmed by the list of things I needed to get done around the house. The last thing I wanted to do was take Truman on a three mile walk. But he needs it, I need it, so off we went.
I always feel better once I start walking but on this particular night I just was in no mood. And then….I saw it. One of those little lawn flags that people stick in their gardens or their yards. You know the ones with maybe a holiday theme of Easter eggs and bunnies or a Thanksgiving turkey. Some of just have flowers. But this one was special. This one had a pretty scroll boarder surrounding the words "Enjoy Life". That's it. That's all it said. But for me, in that one moment, that was exactly what I needed to see.
Seeing that flag made me laugh and cry at the same time. Enjoy life. Right on! I instantly let go of what was bothering me and took a deep breath and looked around. My life at that moment was being outside on a beautiful evening with my best friend getting some exercise, enjoying life. The next time I feel tired or overwhelmed, I'll picture that flag, take a deep breath and slow down to….enjoy life.
There seems to be an epidemic in my community and it’s something that has been bothering me for months. People are not picking up after their dogs. Not only are people not picking up after their dog on someone’s lawn, but they are blatantly leaving it right in the middle of the sidewalk for others to step in. Believe me, I have.
And it’s not just one part of town. I walk Truman ALL over and I’m seeing it in the million dollar homes neighborhoods as well. The weird thing is this seems to be a fairly new problem. I didn’t notice dog poo on the sidewalks every other block five years ago. Now, it seems, it is everywhere I look. Unfortunately, I’ve only seen the offending evidence and not the offenders.
I understand if your bag fell out of your pocket or your dog had to go twice and you only had one bag, but GO BACK AND PICK IT UP. I just don’t understand it. Have we all become that lazy? Is it a sense of entitlement that we’ve suddenly developed that we’re too good to bend over and pick up after our pets? For shame.
I love my community and the pet owners who live in it but let’s all collectively realize the beauty of our community and take pride in where we live. Put some extra bags in your pocket next time you go for a walk and do a little stretching exercise and bend over and pick it up. Let’s turn this trend around!
A couple of months ago I blogged about how my Christmas cactus bloomed at Halloween. Well, to my delight I noticed that my Christmas cactus is all full of buds (even more than at Halloween) and is about to bloom again. My guess is that it’ll be in full bloom by the next holiday which is St. Patrick’s Day.
I did pose the question about strange Christmas cactus habits on the Magic Facebook page back in December. Several of you said that your plant also blooms twice or sometimes three times a year. Thanks for the advice. At least I know its “normal” and I’m not doing anything wrong with it. Seeing it bloom again is much better than watching it wither and wilt away. Maybe by the time it blooms all this cold and snow will be gone? Wishful thinking, I know.