Wednesday, April 25, 2012

restorative walking {S.W.D.}

Outside my window...
It was another beautiful spring day today.  Right now the sun is sinking below the horizon and the sky is a mix of pale yellow, nearly white, and powder beautiful.  It is very quiet outside, there is a stillness that I can almost feel.

I am thinking...
I really should hurry up with this blog post up and go to bed, even Steve is there before me (that never happens anymore).  But it's just so hard to tear myself away from my evening internet time!

I am thankful...
I have the best little family ever!  We were on one of our evening walks this week and I just saw us all together and thought, "Wow, what an amazing little group we are!"  I am so thankful to Steve for working so hard to provide for Riggs, me and the dogs.  I love every minute of staying home with Riggs and know that not everyone has that opportunity.  My husband is such a provider, I love it!

I am creating...
There has been a lot of sewing going on in the house lately.  I am just obsessed with quilts, as you can see on my crafting board, here.  I just finished piecing the top of a baby quilt and am working on writing out the cutting instructions for my sampler quilt (te-di-ous).  I also have a pinwheel quilt I could cut out - who knows what I'll decide to do next?  I don't, that's for sure.

I am hoping...
I would love, love, love it if the sellers would agree to close early.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up about it - but wouldn't it just be lovely?

Around the house...
There are about three sewing projects strewn about on the desk.  There are boxes (both empty and packed) all around the house.  There are puppy toys in a pile on the entryway rug (Tutka's favorite place to lay and collect his toys).  There are dishes that need to be washed - lots of them.  Our bookcases are empty.  The laundry is (at least for today) done and the baskets are empty.  I am cuddled up on the couch in Steve's sleeping bag, content and happy to be blogging away instead of doing something more productive.

One of my favorite things...
Sadly, I think one of my very favorite things is spending quality time with my laptop.  My husband spoiled me after Riggs was born and bought me my dream laptop - a 13.3 inch Macbook Air.   It is so amazing and works perfectly for everything I use it for.  I love it!  

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Tomorrow I have physical therapy.  Sunday my Aunt Connie gets here - so exciting!  I cannot wait for some quality time with her...also I can't wait to see her with Riggs.  I know they will just love each other!  It is just great to see her again so soon after the last time (at Christmas and she got to be here when Riggs was born - so special).  Other than that we don't really have many plans for the weekend.

A {few} peek(s) into my day & I am learning...

Today I took a walk, a long walk.  I walked for an hour and a half with Riggs in the stroller and Tutka on the short leash.  It was an important training time for Tutka - he was learning how to heel right behind me with slack in the leash and how to sit each time I stopped.  I also had him sit each time someone passed by, to try and control his excitement at wanting to see them.

He is going to be a big dog, and I would much rather he wait to be approached than have him running up to people like a crazy dog.  He did very well, and I know I need to do this everyday to work with him.

What I didn't realize is how much I needed this today (and everyday).  I walked along until my nerve pain and resulting muscle tightness went away completely, and it's funny, in that same hour and a half, all of my stress and tension had melted away too.

I sat on a bench by the lagoon at the end of the walk, and just felt so energized and refreshed and at peace.  It was truly the best hour and a half I have spent in a very long time.

I think there might be a message from my heavenly Father in this sciatic pain.  How interesting to have an injury that hurts worse the longer I sit on the couch and feels best (nearly normal) after I've spent some quality time on my feet, walking leisurely along at my own pace.

I am usually a fast walker, I like to get where I'm going, but not right now (over extending the nerve is incredibly painful and makes everything much worse).   God is forcing me to get outside and take the time to appreciate his beautiful creation that is all around me, bursting into life.   What a blessing walking is, both for my body and soul.

my happy little walking buddy

love this - such a Steve face


  1. Love your outlook on your situation! God is good! Glad you got in such a lovely walk, my boys certainly loved ours and it really gave us a good chance for some lovely and funny conversation!

  2. God-centrism as you face challenges produces the best results, doesn't it?

  3. lovely post...what would we do without after bed-time internet time?-lol