Picture Challenge 1/3 & 1/4

I promise I took my picture yesterday! I just didn’t get it posted because I blew a tire on the highway. It was epic. It was also dark and I was by myself. A beautiful friend was on the same highway and knew what happened so she pulled up behind me and stayed until my husband could get to me. She is awesome. My knight in shining armor arrived and changed my tire and showed me my very literally destroyed tire. I opted to go home after that and crash on the couch.

My 1/3 picture is of an animal. I could have gotten creative here, but instead I opted to take a picture of Sunny Day. Sunny is a chocolate lab who thinks we starve her. She is a 4 year old ball of energy and so loved. Her favorite thing to do is try to trick us into more food. She will try to convince the people who hadn’t fed her that she never ate. She will walk around with her bowl in her mouth and give us sad, sad eyes. She has managed a second breakfast once or twice. Sneaky pooch.

My 1/4 picture is a favorite thing. That would be my coffee pot. I feel this needs no explanation, ha!


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I woke up, like I do every morning of late, to the sun deceptively suggesting it is later than it really is. It is 6:30. Darn it. I had a whole half hour left of precious sleep. Deep sigh. I really can’t complain though because I love the warm golden glow of sunshine bliss on my face. I very carefully roll out of bed, holding my breathe, knowing that if Zen feels the lack of my presence he will wake with a huge grin and an exuberant “Hiya!” I love how he wakes but I also love the deafening silence of a house full of sleep. I strategically move the pillows so they aren’t too close to him to be a hazard but close enough to allude to my (false) presence. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. I head to the bathroom. It is chilly; 60 degrees with a breeze coming in through the windows. I toss on my robe and tie it snugly. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. I walk by the couch. Sunny Day lifts her head and immediately plops it back down with a “thump” and goes back to sleep. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. I head into the kitchen. I open the copper canister and I am enveloped in the blissfully-bitter smell of coffee grounds. Deep breath. Ahhhhh. The morning peace is so thick I can almost see it. I love these brief moments I manage to stealthily snatch when the sun deceives my internal clock.

I finish scooping the coffee, flip the switch to on, and wait impatiently for it to brew. Shuffle, Shuffle, Shuffle. I head over to the kitchen windows and look out. The morning stillness is tranquil. Deep breath. The smell of fresh morning is intoxicating; sweet, clean, and cool.



Morning coffee

The coffee is ready. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. I head over to the cabinet to grab one of the 3 lucky coffee mugs that are not packed away in a dark storage chamber waiting to one day be used again. These mugs were carefully chosen to stay unpacked. They are my favorites. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. The steaming pot of fresh brewed energy beckons me. I pour the dark brown liquid into my mug. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. I head to The Chair. As I sit I can’t help but wonder how long I will be allowed to relish the deep peace of morning….

Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.