I have a confession to make. I’ve been keeping a secret from some of you. Since mid November the hubby and I have been house hunting, and after looking a many homes this past week we put an offer in on one, the first place that we looked at as it happens. We have yet to hear back from the seller, and then of course there is the potential that the inspection reveal a deal breaker. So it is far from a fait accompli, and I feel superstitious talking about it here.
But, I felt I had to set the scene, which follows a week of phone calls, internet research, emails, combing through real estate documents and reviewing mortgage ‘products’ (for some reason this phrase sets my teeth on edge). It was also a week of ice storms and bitter cold. And so, when I woke up early this morning and discovered that it was sunny and a relatively balmy 40 degrees, I let out a metaphorical sign of relief and decided to literally take a day off.
I spent some time cleaning the house, and then put Stella in the car and set off for the weekly meeting of the Positive Pitbull CGC group. Usually we are working with our dogs, getting them ready to take the Canine Good Citizen test but this week we were doing a 2 mile ‘urban hike’ through downtown Raleigh, focusing on socialization and walking calmly in a busy environment. It’s a fun group, and we sure do turns heads, walking 6 or more pitties in single file down the side walk!
Afterwards, I dropped Stella off at home and put Grover in the car and set off for the North Carolina Museum of Art. The grounds surrounding the museum are dotted with large sculptures and feature several wide, paved paths that wind through the gardens and woods, and link up with the Raleigh greenway system. It’s a spot I love, and an easy walk for my slow old guy.
Walking with Grover can be very meditative, his pace is slow enough that you have time to look and observe, and he is a quiet and easy companion. I stopped from time to time to take pictures, and collected a few leaves and pinecones that caught my eye as potential subject matter. When I got back to the house, I pulled out my sketch pad and made a couple of quick drawings.
Maybe it was all the walking, or maybe it was the drawing, but I’m feeling peaceful, centered and prepared for the week ahead, for which I am grateful. I think what I need now is a cup of tea and a couple of chapters of my current read!
P.S. For those of you who are remembering my New Year’s resolutions and wondering ‘what happened to that?’, an update: I’ve been fairly successful at eating fewer animal products, but could do better. Ditto the weight loss, down 3 pounds so far. Gold star for making it to the gym/yoga very other day or so though. Still haven’t started the Neti routine but I’m doing well on the smarter shopping and the lights, and on track with the medication reduction. Viva la goals!