Saturday, November 20, 2010

What a Difference a Day Makes


This time last week, I was feeling a lot like the leaf above.  Like I was barely holding on to the branch while the wind tried its darnedest to rip me off and send me crashing to the ground.




Then this guy decided to chill out and that puppies aren't so bad.




And this one got her meds squared away and even though she's still not healthy, she's much better.




Which all resulted in this...sweet harmony!!!




And my friends Michelle and Suzanne graciously did thoughtful and intelligent guest posts which gave me some much needed encouragement and time to enjoy this...




And this! 

Then on Saturday, my dear friend Connie came to visit and we spent the day chatting, lunching, and shopping and life was good again.  A day with Connie is always a day filled with calm and wisdom.




And although it took more than a day to make a difference...a difference was definitely made.  Your heartfelt words of encouragement and understanding taught me a valuable lesson this week.

Because of you all, I will continue to blog, but things will be different around here.  I will be taking a cue from Misty Belle and will spend much more time laying on my back in the grass and enjoying the things around me.  

I learned some things this week...

That I miss visiting other people's blogs instead of just trying to maintain my own.

That being outside when the weather is sunny, or even rainy is good for the soul.

That putting decor out in my house doesn't always mean I have to do a photo shoot...unless "I" want to!

That taking pictures is something I do not only for my blog, but also just for me.

That bubble baths are a lost art.

That puppies make everything better...and so do pets in general.

That although I share a lot on here I don't share everything so sometimes only I really know everything I have going on...and I don't have to explain myself as long as I'm doing the best I can.

That guilt makes you tired.

and

That friends, in real life or online, understand when you feel overwhelmed and just want to throw in the towel and they will be there to help you through the rough spots.

So I won't be blogging nearly as much as I once did.  It may be a post without words and only a picture I love for that week or day...and I won't feel guilty and will post whenever I feel like it.  But I know you all will understand, and that, my friends, is what a difference a day... or week makes!

Now...onto the winner of my latest Giveaway!  Thank you again Studio Three Flowers for your generous Lampe Berger Gift Set!


The winner is lucky #26, Grace from Sense and Simplicity!  I am always interested to see what number the old random generator picks and then I go to the comments section to see who has won...it's kind of a little bit of excitement for me...yeah I'm weird like that!  So when I saw it was Grace I had to smile because she was one of my very first blog friends...so congrats Grace...all I need now is your address and I'll put this in the mail sometime this week!


28 comments:

  1. Kat, great post and very cute puppy pics. I may have to follow in your footsteps before long. My poor Bailey has been ignored way too much. I need to stop and spend more time with her, too. I am so glad you will be around. I am glad you spent the day with Connie having fun. And I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  2. Laying on your back in the grass with your puppies - watching the clouds rolling by... Sounds perfect to me. Enjoy! ;)Sharyne

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  3. Hi Girl,
    So happy to hear that you will keep on blogging. You are a breath of fresh air!
    Love,
    Marjorie

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  4. OH Kat~ I love this post! I'm so glad things are better, the photo of all three dog brought tears to my eyes! Thanks for sharing...I'm glad you are enjoying your life! XO

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  5. I love your photos and your post!!! Have a nice day! Ag

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  6. So glad that your babies are settling in, and I especially love the news that the new med regimen is helping your sweet girl. I've gotten to the point where I post once a week, that's all I can really handle right now. But I still love visiting all my favorites, and I'm glad to know I can still stop in and chat :) Kat

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  7. Hi Kat,
    I'm so glad that the puppies are doing better. They are so sweet looking and I know they bring you so much happpiness.
    I'm happy for you that you feel better about blogging and have decided to set some boundries for yourself. I am also reaching that point with blogging and I am going to step back and take stock of what I am all about.

    Thanks for the lovely post. Whether you know it or not, you are also helping all of us by your words.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  8. Deaerst Kat,

    Thank you so much for coming to visit with me yesterday! Isn't our pal Suzanne just an amazing woman? Her writing is so insightful and fresh, and her personna is equally if not, even bigger than her writing. She blesses me so. LOOK AT THOSE CHIOTS! (French for puppies)THEY ARE SO DARLING! YOU DO have your hands full, and if all you have time for is a photo and a few words, that is fine! So many lovely bloggers do just that to keep the lines open to this wonderful world of women that do really care!!

    ENJOY THIS LOVELY SUNDAY, Anita

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  9. I love that all is well in your world again. Being outdoors usually clears my head and makes me happy to be alive... and having great pups around is the icing on the cake. So glad your pups are all finding their way with this newest member of the pack. :-)

    Di

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  10. What a beautiful pup. Congratulations! And welcome back..when the mood strikes and time allows, ofcourse :-)

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  11. yey pup pictures!!!! my goodness that lil 1 is adorable i miss those days but i have come to terms that if a dog is not wanted by 2 people in the household then is best to wait it out....glad you seem better Kat and glad that all the dog's are mish mashing will look forward to your post and pic's......have a wonderful Turkey Day!!

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  12. I think we can all
    learn from your wise
    thoughts, Kat. No
    matter the age or the
    stage, it is all a
    matter of balance and
    for each of us, that
    will be different.
    I was honored to help
    you find yours, just
    a wee bit. Your puppy
    looks like a sweetie ~
    just like her human
    mama!
    xx Suzanne

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  13. I haven't been by in a few days and have missed much, it seems. I woke up this morning wondering how you and your pup were getting along and then realized I hadn't been by!
    We all have thoughts about blogging and how much time it takes not only to maintain our own blogs but to visit those of others. I'm having a problem, also.

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  14. Okay, playing Devil's advocate here ... if all of us are going to cut back on posting, it won't be long before we run out of blogs to visit, 'cause there won't be anything new to read.

    I do about three days a week on my blog, which seems to be exactly how often inspiration strikes. I don't plan ahead much ... not in my personality, you know. Ideas come, I write and publish, and life goes on.

    Yesterday with you wasn't supposed to be a whole day ... but we couldn't help ourselves, could we. Breaking away and saying goodbye, with so much to talk about and so much good stuff left to shop for, is really hard. I loved meeting dear, dear Misty Belle, and Mr. Quinn is totally precious. How appropriate that you captured Kylee with a stick!

    We definitely have a date to come this direction in a few weeks. I can't wait!!!
    Connie

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  15. Glad that you are feeling better. We all feel pressure to keep up with everything and sometimes it just gets to be to much. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy your pups.

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  16. Kat, Yay, so glad it worked out.

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  17. Kat - so glad that you're feeling better! A lovely blog again and wise words for us all to take heed of. Thank you. Love Molly

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  18. Kat,
    Every word of your post resonated with me. I guess that sums it up!

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  19. Thank you, thank you - for the giveaway and also for your friendship - they both mean a lot to me. By the way, I love the photo of Misty looking at the camera with the other two dogs standing nearby.

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  20. Sounds like you are doing better with each passing day. And you are finding balance. We need that in every area of our lives but I think that might be asking for too much. So I'm grateful I have it in so many areas. I love your list...so many things that I hope for myself...

    I'll always be happy to see you post. Selfishly I look forward to your writing, like this post. But you have to find YOUR own balance and you just might have!

    Love seeing pictures of your precious pups!

    XO,
    Jane

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  21. Thank goodness for blog friends and sweet dogs that capture our hearts and are balm for the soul.
    Brenda

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  22. Beautiful post Kat! It was so nice to see you on my blog roll! I am so happy that things are working out and through everything that you went through in the last week and a half that you have come out with such a wonderful attitude towards life! I agree with everything that you said, we need to take time to enjoy the things that we like and do them because we enjoy them, guilt does make you tired!! Finding a balance is my biggest struggle and your words hit home! Hugs to you my friend and I am here anytime you need!!! :)

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  23. Kat, here's your prescription for this week. Rest, relax and reward yourself with a fabulous Thanksgiving!

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  24. Wonderful! Glad you have a new "design" for your blog and that you'll still be around!
    Suzanne

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  25. Kat, so heartened that you found a place of peace and the pet family has stabalized...bless them.

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  26. I'm glad your world has been righted Kat. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to creating stress, I know the feeling. Welcome back and your babies are just beautiful, I love the beautiful sparkle in their eyes.

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  27. Misty Belle is quite a little scene stealer. So happy to hear about the new found harmony between all your doggies. And most of all you sound so much more resolved to slow down and enjoy posting when you can. I think that sounds perfect Kat! xo ~Lili

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  28. You are such a wise lady Kat! Love that list (and will certainly be taking your lead on a lot of those points) and I love that everything is starting to even out for you and those gorgeous doggies:) Hugs ~ Tina x

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