Good morning! I hope your day is going fantastic!
I began this morning by helping someone out. There was a huge grasshopper sitting by my tea this morning. When I saw him, my instincts from forever kicked in, and I wondered if I should squish him. Of course, that’s not a very nice thing to to. Thankfully (for both the bug and me) my mindset changed quickly, and I picked up the coaster under him and carried him outside.
This was a wonderful small act of kindness I was able to perform this morning. It was a bug, so I’m not so naive to think that he’ll live for very long – he’s probably just got a few more days, maybe a month at the most (I don’t know how long grasshoppers live). But it felt so good to help him instead of squashing him this morning. I’m sure the act helped me (possibly) more than it truly helped him. I began my day spreading some happiness and light. Karma is definitely a thing (you know the saying – karma’s a “b”), so it felt good to put some good karma into the world first thing.
Anyway, my husband and I are over halfway unpacked. Yay! I’m thinking that it’ll help give us a second wind to finish up after the trash people take one of our bulky items to the dump. Originally, I was going to keep it. It’s been partially eaten because our puppy got to it, but I was going to put more stuffing in it and get a new slip cover for it. However, I’ve been encouraged by others to get rid of it. It’s so old (three generations), and it wasn’t that quality of a piece to begin with. Plus, so many people are wanting to be helpful and buy us things for both the baby and the new house. I know it’s always good if people like giving you things, but gosh, we still have a brand new microwave in the box from our wedding shower 3 1/2 years ago (because the same thing happened). And our new house is only 872 sq ft. We got rid of so much stuff coming over, but we’re still getting rid of things because they simply won’t fit.
But, I suppose this is a good problem to have, so I’m not going to complain too much.
I did get some pictures of the house! Well, I found some pictures from before we moved in. It’s cluttered up with boxes and so disorganized now that I don’t want to show it off just yet, but here are a few pictures of how it looked 2 weeks ago!
It’s the only yellow house on this street, and I love the color. It’s cheery, and it makes giving directions that much easier.
On a sad note, one of our dogs ran away. Thankfully, the local animal shelter found him and brought him back to us. I’m so, so grateful to them and the family that ended up caring for him in the meantime. It was a sad couple days while he was gone. I know, he’s just a dog, but he’s my dog. I love him.
Ok, let’s get back to more happy. (or, maybe ‘balanced’ is a better word) There’s a movie called Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts that I rediscovered last night. I saw it years ago in theaters, but I was around 14, and I definitely wasn’t able to fully appreciate it. I know that my mom and grandma didn’t care for it that much, but when I watched it again last night, I found that I really like it. It has some good life advice in it. The main character (Julia Roberts) seems to go on a similar spiritual journey as I have over the last couple months. She ends up learning about meditation and Eastern philosophies and finds balance. She really seems to take the whole “be gentle with yourself” idea of Buddhism to heart. I think it’s a great movie, and I’m sure I’ll be watching again.
I would love to chat more, but, alas, I must go. My spouse and I are going to an appointment to meet a midwife about the baby. Supposedly, it’ll be quite a different experience from going to a standard hospital. Hopefully, they can appreciate my lean toward a holistic mindset.