a morning to be pleased with

Mickey on top of the world.

For some reason I feel on top of the world today.

Damn, it feels good.

I am drinking the best piping hot large soy Africano I have had in a long time. It is heavenly. Caffeine is divine (but who am I, to tell you? You already know, really). I walked through gentle misty rain to get this liquid perk, my rain coat squeaked and squeaked along the way, and my feet didn’t get wet because I remembered to pull on my waterproof boots before I left the house. But really it was only a whispery rain, so there wasn’t too much to worry about.

Every one I passed along the way was pleased. Pleased with Friday, maybe? Pleased with Life? I ran into someone from my Old Job Life at the coffee shop and he was pleased. Pleased with his daughters, pleased with Today, pleased that his coffee was almost ready. I waited at the crosswalk for the light to change with two women who were on their mid-morning coffee break, who were dressed the same (browns and taupes and greys and riding boots) but different (one in tights for pants, one in a skirt for a skirt) and they were so very pleased it wasn’t raining very much right now. And that the quiet girl in the next cubicle didn’t seem so nervous anymore.

My parents will be here in a few hours. I am pleased that I will be eating dinner with them tonight. Drinking wine and laughing and getting updates and giving updates and being a daughter tonight. I’m a daughter every night. But you know what I mean.

And I am pleased that I am writing and writing right now, which always feels good. Except when it doesn’t feel good because I get stuck for some reason, but I am not stuck right now and it just feels good to document the million and one things that feel good. Right now.

Like coffee. And my dog stretching, slowing shaking sleep off. And lazy rain diligently rinsing the leaves of the tree by my window. And John making a beeline for work, energized and pumped up (he doesn’t even need coffee, somehow. He makes a game of dodging raindrops).

On days like this I can see, so clearly, that everything is the way it is supposed to be. Sometimes I worry that something is not right. Sometimes I worry that I am not doing something right.

But today I know the raindrops are falling the way they are supposed to and that my part in it is the way it is supposed to be. So I write it all down to make sure I have something to remind me. So that on the grey days I can look at a sunny picture from a dusty walk and let that carry me for a bit until my next best soy Africano on a morning to be pleased with.

14 Responses to “a morning to be pleased with”

  1. Peggie says:

    Loved this:

    “On days like this I can see, so clearly, that everything is the way it is supposed to be. Sometimes I worry that something is not right. Sometimes I worry that I am not doing something right.”

    beautiful and dreamy. and yes. today is perfect here too.

  2. And Mickey looks the same color as sunshine!

  3. spokeit says:

    That dog makes me smile EVERY time!

  4. Kari says:

    I love when I wake up feeling that way 🙂


  5. Maggie says:

    What a great post, Shauna! Love the reminder to be grateful for all those simple pleasures! Plus, that picture of Mickey is just too cute!!

  6. I went to the park today with my dog. I just started walking my dog recently which is awesome because she’s awesome. I ended up talking to another dog walking citizen and he had a poodle chihuahua mix and a dog that kinda looked like a mop. I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure they nickname them mop dogs. My brother has the same dog. My dogs name is Kalua, which was random, because it was also the name of the mop dog. Not only that, it was both the names given to them before we adopted them.

    2 questions I want to ask you:

    1. Would you change a dog’s original name when you adopt them?
    2. How much is too much to get an operation on a pet?

    We talked about his dog getting old and needing to get spinal surgery. I was wondering if you could give me your take on these issues.

    • @Jonathan- Two Kalua’s- what are the odds? 😉

      1- Name change: My first dog, Mickey, didn’t have a name when we brought him home so we just came up with “Mickey” on our own. Our 2nd dog, Kayloo, is a rescue dog and started out her life as “Laloo.” We adopted her when she was 2 1/2 months and I thought Laloo was difficult to say so we ended up changing it to the totally “normal” “Kayloo” (yeah I know… much easier to pronounce). So, yes! If they are young I see no worries with changing their name. If they are older and changing their name confuses them I wouldn’t bother.

      2- $ for operation: I think this is an incredibly personal/individual question that an owner need to make closely with their vet. There are so many things to consider: age, type of surgery, chances for recovery, what kind of recovery (crate rest?)… I think quality of a pets life is incredibly important- meaning I want my dogs to be able to be pain free, run around and do “dog stuff.” If they can’t do that I want to do what I can to make sure they can do that. Of course, operations can be very expensive- I think having insurance for our pets takes some of the monetary stress out of the situation and lets owners really concentrate on what is best for their dogs well being. All that said I can only imagine how difficult this question must be to consider. My dog has hip dysplasia so we are going to have to monitor how she is doing and at some point we may have to make a surgery decision. It’s such a tough decision. I’m sorry if this isn’t overly helpful- I know it’s a big decision and your friendly clearly loves Kalua. I am sure he will make the best choice for Kalua.