A gorgeous day so far … sun is beaming down on everyone.
I took Coco for a walk and we smiled and said hello to everyone (we do that rain or shine) as we walked down the main street … nice to see all the visitors in town.
We stopped at the canal basin to admire the bridge and look at the boats that were moored overnight … imagine drifting along in the sunshine today … bliss on a stick.
Then we wandered down the road to the water works … my legs are still sore from the cycle ride to Riversdale last week … pathetic!
Coco once again went to say hello to the sheep and was puzzled why they don’t come over and play.
I think the sheep are all standing there looking at Coco and thinking ‘ yeh right … we’re sheep … but we’re not that stupid … no way do we want to play with the big Not Sheep‘.
[Obviously sheep do not have an extensive vocabulary of names for other animals … so everything that isn’t a sheep is a ‘Not Sheep’]
Coco doesn’t even bark … she just stands there smiling.
As Coco ran back and forth smelling and checking things out … I continued my wee exercise of looking at the detail in the landscape … seeing the small things that we usually miss as we scan the big picture.
Love all the flowers …
and even looking at a single fern amidst all the other ferns … is kind of nice.
As Coco ran back and forth I tried a new way to encourage her to come back to me … I stood still and called ‘ back here’ … and as she came back I raised my hand in the stay signal and then pointed my finger down and said ‘Sit … Stay’.
To my utter amazement … she did it … and stayed.
I let her sit for about 3 or 4 seconds and then said ‘go play’ … which she was happy to do.
I think we are growing up a bit together.
I saw the meadow full of flowers and wanted to get a closer shot … so climbed a wee rise … and put my hand in some sheep poo … lovely … and got the shot.
And as we walked along I saw a barge floating down the canal.
I bless every day that I live here in Ballinamore … there is beauty everywhere … if you stop and look.
Coco kept running and I enjoyed all the flowers snuggled into the ferns.
I was thinking about when I gave blood yesterday … fear is an interesting beast … it can freeze you … and it can make you bold … motivate you to move forward.
I’m (and my family) are really afraid of needles … and … I decided that giving blood beat my fear of needles.
Having said that … my heart was racing when I went to the donor centre in our Community Centre … I went there as soon as the doors opened.
It takes a wee while to fill out forms … and get asked questions and have your finger pricked to check your ok … and all the while I’m trying not to think about the needle.
I get escorted to the donor area … I think I may have looked like I was going to bolt … and they check my blood pressure … all fine.
Another nurse comes over and they have trouble finding the veins in both my arms … my heart starts to race as this usually means that they have to move the needle back and forth between my arms … scarey.
I explained my fear of needles and how the last time I went to donate they jabbed the needle into a muscle … yup … I have good reason to fear the bloody things.
Anyway … they found a vein and I looked away with my eyes shut … trying to relax and breathe … and they put the needle in … and it stings.
I kept my eyes shut as I got used to the needle being there … and the nurse asked me if I was ok … I couldn’t speak as tears of relief were wandering down my cheeks … I just looked at her an nodded.
They were really sweet and said I was very brave for giving blood even though I was soooooo scared.
All done … and thank goodness I don’t have to give blood again for 4 months.
All the staff there are dotes and seem to be on the road a lot … often away from home for weeks on end.
After I finish writing this blog post I’m focusing on my lovely long To Do list … this is a week of focusing on the details.
I did my fab mind map yesterday to give me a sense of what was a priority … and because I love ticking things off when they get done.
delighted to see what I’ve already done … and it’s only 11.30am.
- walk Coco – √ done... may do another walk if the sun stays out
- take pictures … upload & resize – √ done.
- write blog post … √ done.
- email my wonderful sis … √ done.
- type up SKIL2 info pack I wrote on the train
- clean kitchen … part of my One Room a Day campaign
- write brothers birthday cards and post them … √ done.
- go say hi to Mags
- drink a litre of water … √ done.… and will drink another before the day is out
- say hi to Dee … √ done.
- do up window boxes … today or tomorrow
- prepare dinner … lovely baked chicken breasts covered in yoghurt and have with coleslaw I made yesterday
- do one hour of Scribus (open source design software) learning
That should do it … and I’ll find time to loll in the sun … wearing SPF 40.
Hope you have a great day.