IWSG-March 2019

I’m sitting at my lovely desk, typing on my super groovy laptop, listening to New Order as a spring rain drizzles outside. I’m warm and comfortable. I have a mug of coffee. I have Girl Scout cookies and three bars of fine chocolate. It is hard to ask for anything more.


Also, it’s the first Wednesday of the month, which is Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop day (and apparently the only time I ever blog anymore. Do better, Ryan). Check us out HERE. Sign up and play along.

This morning, before the rains fell, I took the Athena to the dog park. The place was empty. Apparently, most owners feared the water and decided to stay home rather than embrace the wonderfulness that is the dog park in sketchy weather. My German shepherd was full of energy and with no dogs to play with, made the best of it by running ahead of me as I walked laps around the three acres that make up the park.

Usually, we both prefer the place to be filled with happy, looking for fun, dogs, but I have to admit, I quite enjoyed having the place to ourselves this morning. The cool wind made my cheeks numb, and the occasional moments of light rain stained my glasses, but being outdoors with my dog is among my favorite things in the world. She is always joyful, often mischievous,  and infinitely curious. Her sadness is always temporary. Chasing a leaf, or scrap of paper thrills her. The very prospect of going anywhere causes her body to shake with anticipation. She reminds me to pay attention to the little things, and I needed that today.

I’ve been ungrateful and wasteful lately .

I have so many opportunities to write and create that I allow to slip into empty unused hours. I spend way too much time consumed with the dull and the mundane. I make millions of excuses. I’m letting my life stagnate and that should be unacceptable. Days like this one, when I actually do write, when I share and communicate with others should be the norm, not the exception. It’s time to carry today’s momentum into tomorrow.

Dogs are awesome, aren’t they.


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7 responses to “IWSG-March 2019”

  1. jrose88 says :

    Dogs are precious and we don’t deserve them. ❤️

  2. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    I couldn’t agree more that dogs are awesome and that dog parks are very happy places. I’m glad you had such an enjoyable morning and that it inspired you to write this post and maybe much more! Your winter blues will ebb away as spring sun rays will bring a smile to your face soon!

    These days, I wish I had a comfortable desk to sit at and write. My creativity and writing and reading and productivity have become stagnant as life on the road takes over. Enjoy those small things in life! And, the chocolate. And, of course, Athena’s company. Dogs are what makes us smile! BTW, we hope to check out Best Friends Sanctuaty either in Aprïl or May. That should give us a really decent soggy fix!

    • Ryan Carty says :

      That dog certainly brightened my perspective today. She usually does and I should give in to that feeling way more than I do.

      I’m excited for your trip to best friends. I do hope it also includes a stop over here in the city of salt. I’d love to meet in the real world, maybe share a meal and a bottle or six of good wine.

      • Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

        Like mentioned in the PS of my last email to you, I certainly hope we can make it up to SLC, but we will have to see about our timing and route by then. I would love to share some wine and food with you, and give Athena some pets in person!

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) says :

    Sometimes animals are the best teachers.

  4. jmh says :

    Beautiful sentiment, Ryan, though everyone needs a break sometimes.

    My cats have taught me that, when all else fails, nap and cuddle.

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