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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 283 :: trust the calm

12 Oct

{trust}  

Tomorrow we start a cleanse, a 40-day cleanse. However, after today it will probably be a 35 day cleanse. Not because we will quit early or not make it all the way through the many, many shakes and plant-based foods. No, the reason has more to do with the bath I took today.

While I was in the bathrub I heard a noise downstairs. The more I listened the more I thought Brady was wrestling a plastic bag, which I assumed he got out of the recycling bin. He has taught himself how to open the recycling bin and dig out the contents. So imagine my surprise as I walked downstairs in my bath towel looking for a plastic bag and instead found an entire bag of green power shake opened up and dumped on top of the couch. It is obviously plant-based because it was bright green. And there was Brady licking his paws.

The more I looked the more I saw little bits of green shake mix all over the floor, the blankets, the rug and the beige couch. In every place where he had licked he rubbed the green mix even deeper into the fibers of the couch.

I panicked as I debated how to clean it out. Adding more water could stain everything. Adding a cleaner could bleach everything. So I did a little of both. I am happy to report that a handheld Dyson was able to vacuum up most of it. The rest seems to have disappeared with a little water, cleaner and elbow grease. 

Brady disappeared too, right down to his kennel where he knows to go when he is in trouble. He’s one smart dog. He also, apparently, liked the power shake mix which maybe is a good sign for the next 35 days.

Maybe it’s a lesson in staying calm. If nothing else, it’s a reminder that we can trust Brady to sniff out any kind of food. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

{trust}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 96 :: trust new adventures

7 Apr

{trust} 

We have created a spring monster. This morning Brady whined and ran around the house until we figured out what he wanted …to go back to the dog park. 

So we did, and the very first dog family we met at the park had a little puppy Vizsla. It was like looking through a time machine and remembering what Brady looked like, played like and acted like seven years ago. 

It has me thinking about new adventures and how bringing Brady home was such an adventure for us. Here’s Brady’s very first blog post from way back. Justin and I trusted that Brady was the perfect addition to our little pack way back then, even though we were still in the middle of our mobile cross-country adventure. But sometimes you have to stretch yourself and try new adventures. 

And of course, trust the power to live… and those little puppy moments. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

Lovemore,
Jamie

{trust}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 15 :: snuggly snuggle

15 Jan


{trust}  

We are watching the first This Is Us of the year and through a few tears (as always) we are mostly snuggling. And by that, I mean, Brady is mostly snuggling and taking up the couch.

My rule about no dogs on the couch lasted about three months. Somehow Brady has worked his way up to our level, slowly and one paw at a time. But somewhere inside of me I trust that this is how it is supposed to be. 

So now, we have a fluffy dog bed on the floor that goes unused and we have super furry snuggles on the couch. Which if we are counting dog years it is totally worth it.

Lovemore,
Jamie

{trust}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 256 joy is good memories

18 Sep

{Pup}

Tonight at dinner, I was asked if I had pets. Of course, the answer is yes. I immediately found photos of Brady and then had to also show off a photo of Pup. Just that simple act reminded me how much JOY that dog brought to our lives. Any pet, really, has lasting effects and lingering affections that make up random acts of joyousness.

So many good times and good memories come from our pets.  What joy to be shared, to be savored and to be stored in memories forever.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joyful}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 21 :: tears of joy

21 Jan
{nail biter}

We woke up in the middle of the night to no power. No electricity, no lights, nothing but darkness.

There was a huge windstorm that blew all over town and blew down trees and then blew out all the power in our neighborhood. I took the dogs out in the darkness. I drove to Starbucks just to get my hands on hot water (for my prescribed morning tea).

On my way home I saw a dog walking down the street and noticed he was hopping along — on three legs. He was missing a leg but it didn’t stop him from hopping along after his owners. He looked as happy as could be. As if he had no clue that dogs usually come with four legs.

It may have been a sign.

The power came back on at  12:00 PM.  The Patriot’s game started at 12:05 PM.  Just. In. Time. But, the tension didn’t stop there.

The Patriots played the first three quarters like a dog with three legs. Hopping along but not quite hitting their stride. It wasn’t until the final two minutes OF THE ENTIRE GAME that we Patriot’s fans could breathe again. The Patriots came from behind for the AFC Championship win but a few of us almost had a heart attack in the process.

Justin, of course, was as cool of cucumber. But when the game was over, I cried. Tears of joy – and possibly some pent up, sitting on the edge of my seat pangs of panic and frustration.

Easy to say on this side of it all – winning in the final minutes. And I think that may be where tears of joy come from… the hope that everything will turn out the way you want.

Oh, Joy – on to the Superbowl!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 363 :: a kind lesson

29 Dec
{these two}

It’s been a year, 2017. Amidst it all two things have been constant: Pup and Brady.

Sometimes for comic relief, other times for adventure. One thing I am absolutely sure of… there is nothing kinder than the love of a dog and the wag of a tail to the rhythm of joy. Times that by two and you’ve got a pretty kind life.

If there is nothing else in this year to teach me the power of kindness, there are these two dogs. They are cuddled up on their dog bed right now, wrapped around each other and snuggled in for the night.

In this year of Kindness, they have taught me this: Lick it better and shake it off.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{shake it off}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 315 :: lessons from a puppy

11 Nov
{snuggle}

What do you do when you can’t find a blanket to keep warm? Well… if you are Brady, you find a way to finagle a way under the mattress sheet. Like, all the way under the fitted sheet. Without taking it off the bed.

I have no idea how Brady stroke this pose earlier this week. But he did and then stayed there long enough for me to take a photo. Like he was proud. Posing actually.

I have to commend the effort. This is one tenacious dog. He gets what he wants. In some ways, it reminds me of extreme self-kindness.

Don’t stop until you’re proud.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{proud}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 293 :: 4-letter word friday

20 Oct

Pets. 

On this 4-Letter Word Friday, I am touched by the kindness of pets. Specifically, my two dogs.

Pup, at age 16 (and a half!) is just a daily miracle. His big brown eyes can see straight through a person. His impeccable sense of timing (wake time, breakfast time, nap time and dinner time) is always on point. And he loves to cuddle more than the furry kitties he watches outside the window.

Even Brady, our crazy one, is full of love. I think it’s the love in him that makes him would so tight. His love of food (any type of food), meeting new people, running after the rain and catching flies is done with full-on enthusiasm.

Both keep us on our toes. They sometimes make me wonder who is really in charge here. And yet, I can’t imagine life without these kind creatures.

So this Friday is devoted to pets. pups and dogs.

May they awaken your soul with kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{the kindness of pets}
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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 162 :: opposite of kindness 

14 Jun

Who me?  

This is not a look of kindness. This is a look of too many monkeys jumping on the bed.

It’s also a look of:
 What? Who me? Why are you yelling? 

Maybe it’s bad four-legged parenting. The bed was made and then I swear I turn my head for a moment and I find two dogs, a messy bed and two looks of incredulousness.

I yell. Then I laugh. Then I take a photo. It’s a cycle with these two.

I think their job is to keep me on my kind toes. And I think kindness is trying to teach me patience – and how to roll with it. Whatever “it” may be.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{cycles?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 144 :: kindness is…

28 May

Sunday Car Rides. 

Today we took to the sun, and the road. ALL of us – two dogs and two humans packed into the little Bug. And while nothing makes Pup happier than a car ride….

He doesn’t like the water. But he LOVES meeting new people! And new smells! And other dogs!


And watching Pup watch the world go by reminds me that it’s very KIND to take a break, a little car ride and soak in the sun. (Even if you don’t like getting wet!).

Happy 3-Day weeeeeeeekend!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{car rides}
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