2020.10.16

The office while in Taos, NM

Grateful eyes look at each thing as if they had not seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. David Stiendl-Rast

We are coming into the last days here in Taos. Over 2 weeks, this casita became home. Waking to the rooster crowing, the morning light into our office, and the surprise baked treats made by Richard have made our time here wonderfully cosy and warm.

Sitting outside at the end of each day to watch chicken channel has been a joy. Amazing to watch them do the same things each day. We will miss our little black hen, Stumpy.

Grateful today for my mate – for finding this spot… for our host and all the care he puts into Casa Gallina…and for all the memories (and of course, photos!) we will carry with us.

2020.10.15

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” Rumi

The past week was emotionally challenging. COVID continues, the American election season is in full gear and work life is demanding. Perhaps it was the combination of all these things that sent me spiraling into feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness.

After a few hours, I was calm again, and able to talk with my mate as we had a glass of wine and watched the chickens run about. We wondered about the effect of daily news reading on our emotional state, and we decided to stop reading any news until the election is over.

No more news, no Facebook, no Twitter and no email newsletters from the Morning Brew (this one’s tough) or OZY. Easily done.

After 48 hours, I am happy to avoid all the news sources. Still I felt I needed to something more. Time to add daily gratitude back into my day. A photo I’ve taken with a quote on gratitude for each day… Today is day 1.

My Irish Charm


My Irish Charm

As we drove from Brevard County, our phones went off…
Emergency Tornado Alert… What?!!
Thankfully no incident and we made our way to St. Augustine.

Enjoyed walking through historic St Augustine.
After lunch, we continued on our way to Savannah, Ga.
Another Emergency Tornado Alert! with lightning striking the highway!

Got off the highway to wait out the storm, and then decided to carry on.
30 minutes later, we were in sunshine, and made it safely to the hotel.
Whew! No doubt, my Irish charm had something to do with it!

Grateful today for
making it to Savannah without incident,
the beautiful place that we are in – so looking forward to more exploring…
and for another city to do my favourite thing…
– hold my mate’s hand as we walk, explore and experience new places.