Day 121: Violet in the Morning

(Teacher says: Music I posted in comment section is a must to play while reading.)
 This is Violet in the Morning. My little Labradoodle. I also call her Spastic Colon, but I thought the title Spastic Colon in the Morning might give you the wrong idea.  I am carrying her in my arms in this photo. That is my scarf. And, yes, those are her very sad eyes. This is my first time taking a camera on a walk since I moved to Washington. Violet was initially very excited to walk. She showed me this by jumping up and down about three feet off the ground and wrestling with her leash. But once we were outside the front door, she didn’t seem too happy. She was tugging, and pulling, and shivering. I thought she must be cold and said, “You’re a dog. Toughen up!” And I giggled. Because giggling in the morning is fun.
This is my tree. I call him Fred or Sheldon. I can’t decide. He doesn’t care, because trees will go by any name, as long as you hug them. 
When I passed this tree Violet was still shaking. A few blocks later and she was pulling back on her leash. Being the logical gal I am, I thought to myself, “Hmmmm. Maybe she senses danger. Like a mountain lion or wild leash-free dog.” I was still a bit clueless and exaggerating events in my mind.
About the time I reached this stump, I leaned down and soothed Violet with gentle pats, and reassured her she had a fur coat to keep her warm and that there was no pending danger.
This crow was watching us outside the lama barn. We kept walking, Violet shivering and tugging, and me clicking away happily.
Flowers by my home
 Early Morning Mist. Can’t beat this calming scene.
 One of my favorite properties. They have outdoor weddings here sometimes.
About the time I captured these ducks flying overhead, and was thinking I wish I had an audio recorder to capture all the bird sounds, I realized poor Violet wasn’t cold or scared. In fact, she was having a doggy seizure! This wasn’t her first. So I scooped her up and held her. And I continued the walk with her in my arms.
I have a friend who I promised to carry in my thoughts today. So as I carried my doggy, I imagined I was carrying the person’s burdens. This worked for quite sometime.
This scene caught my eye. The two friends, the dog being held, but then I noticed the broken leg. Made me wonder a bit about things.
Me wondering about life.
 Fake seagull in ivy
 Neighbor’s yard
 
 Fish atop a mailbox
 Hidden School Bus
Old Bus Stop

 Here comes the sun
 
I had to keep setting Violet down because my neck and back were aching something terrible. She was sweet. Just sat there and smiled up at me.
Interestingly, this was the least violent seizure she has had.
Here are photos of my favorite part of the walk. To me, this is one of the loveliest places in the whole world. I carried Violet most of the way. First down the hill and then back up, sometimes in a cradled position and sometimes like a baby slung over my shoulder. She shivered. But with every step I took with her, she calmed more down. I kept my friend in my mind.  It was a very enlightening experience. Especially considering my sensory issues of having dog breath in my face and my physical issues of having difficulty lifting things. I was quite happy and pleased with the way the walk turned out. I reflected on the way life is—how we never know what to expect—and that sometimes it is best to just make the best of things. And so we walked on.
Do you see that little blue light? I like that very much.
 Green, green, green!
 Love this
 What a lovely tree
 Pure Bliss
 Looking up and smiling
 My favorite road
 A little red
 More of my favorite road
 And then comes the water
 Just heavenly
 More lovely nature
See how small the people are and how tall the trees are?
Swings! Lisa, do you see the swings?
Violet felt better after I carried her for about forty-five minutes.
And I leave you with my favorite trees. I call them the Humping Trees. Can you see why? I love when nature makes me giggle.
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38 thoughts on “Day 121: Violet in the Morning

  1. Wow!! Beautiful pictures! The picture with the blue light-I swear it looks like the silhouette of a person and the blue light is like right in the middle where someone’s heart would be. Just had to take like 5 second glances and everytime I see it. Anyway just thought I’d share what I saw 🙂

  2. Aaaa!!! I LOVE this post! Love, love, love!!! I am dancing a happy-booty dance, clapping and saying whoooooooo!! Love. The pictures are awesome and I SO enjoyed taking a walk with you. It felt like I was there the whole time with you and Violet.

    AND “Fred” is a very important name to me. I have only called one person by the name of Fred. (It was not his name. All other people named Fred I call something else…like Sheldon! Lol!) BUT I call trees, critters, rocks, flowers, etc…. Fred. Hee hee Oh, humping trees are the best! They remind me of Baucis and Philemon. Did you see that poem?
    http://mindretrofit7.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/questioning-the-intertwined/

    AND Cat Stevens! YES! How many exclamation points can I fit in here?! Can you tell I liked this post a lot and I am a little excited?

    You are the awesomest!! Love you too!! 🙂

    1. So happy you LOVED it. I soooo loved doing this. I thought of taking all my blogging friends with me while I was walking. It was a great morning. LOL about Fred….who knew??? We call them the same things. hee hee
      Loved your poem. So full of depth, and made me ponder. Glad you liked the humping trees. giggles
      Thanks for your Awesome note. Now I’m even more joy-filled. 🙂
      Sam xoxox

  3. Exquisite photos! They leave me with rapture for the beauty of this area. I live in WA, too. Also, your pic of the “humping trees” inspired me with an idea for a poem. Grand posts, all, but this is one of my favorites!!

    1. Oh, then you know Washington’s lovely green! Thank you for your kind message. Rapture is the perfect word. I am so happy I got to catch some of the beauty. Can’t wait to hear about your humping-tree inspired poem….giggles. Sam

  4. awwww…sweet, sweet violet 🙂 🙂 hope she’s feeling a lot better now 🙂 🙂 i love the beautiful shots, Sam 🙂 🙂 thanks for sharing your refreshing morning walk…nature lover here…love the music you posted 🙂 🙂 always a fan of cat stevens myself…giggles — those humping trees…more giggles 🙂 🙂

  5. Beautiful pictures! My children also named our front yard tree… We worry about Steeve in Winter when the temperatures are really low, we celebrate him coming alive again every Spring and he looks gorgeous on Fall.

  6. you live in paradise…just paradise….what a lovely, thoughtful…real, but metaphorical walk….I felt like I went with you on this journey and am better for it

    1. You did go on the journey!!! I’m certain. 🙂 🙂 🙂 So glad you liked the walk. I am better for it, as well. Deeply spiritual, playful, and energizing….and much more….but I’ll ramble…. Hugs to you, Sam the fruit

  7. Is Violet sad cos you are not calling her spastic colon anymore to avoid being misunderstood??
    I think so 😯
    please give Fred a hug from me 🙂
    and hey i want to live in that beautiful beautiful place where they have these marriage functions..oh that and the early morning mist are serene and my favourites.
    HUMPING TREE IS A SHOWSTOPPER 😆
    am so glad you found your virtual husband ..its every girls dream..yay to got him 🙂
    hugs 🙂

    1. You ALWAYS without doubt bring a HUGE smile to my face! You are such a gift. Glad you liked the Humping tree. LOL! Isn’t my virtual husband hot!!! I just adore you so. Huge hugs my sweet friend. You are the essence of beneficial grace and kindness. xoxoxo Sam

  8. What a beautiful walk you have. I am envious. The flowering shrubs are rhododendran, native to the East Coast of the US. The tree covered with ivy is dead (ivy kills trees). Love all the ferns. I can tell it rains a lot here. Violet will probably like her walk better over time.

    I enjoyed the photos. Dianne

  9. I love everything about this post, what a lovely place to walk.
    I think you already knew that I would LOVE these photos…hehe
    Wow….the water! Can you go swimming in there? I would love to go swimmng in there.
    Yay to the swings….yes, I see the swings. giggle.
    ~Sam, I thought you were a wood elf that is a gnome my friend. I Love your red hat. 😉
    LMHO at the humping tree, it’s wonderful what nature does isn’t it.
    I’ve grown carrots that have looked like that, humping carrots. hehe
    Also…I think it is hilarious that we both have dogs that won’t walk when we both enjoy nature.
    I got a Rotty so I’d feel safe walking on my own in the middle of nowhere…..pfffft
    At least you can carry your dog, sort of.
    My dog is bigger than me, so when he sits and goes to sleep. I just stand there waiting.
    Or buy a bacon sandwich and lay a trail of bits to make him move.
    Love you loads BASNA Woodelf.
    Lees. xxx 🙂 ❤

    1. Oh…one more thing. Your virtual hubby is a no no for me. I love Cat Stevens and I adore Morning has broken but he looks WAY too much like my Dad back in the 70’s so he’s not my type. Sorry. 😉
      Alienhippy out of here now. See you later. xxx 🙂

    2. So your dad was hot?!! lol 🙂 Yes, I knew you’d love 🙂 Didn’t know you’d find the frogs, though. I have super powers and am able to move between fairy, gnome and wood elf! I forgot to tell you. I understand your confusion. lol

      NA Love trees that are like that….lol carrots? lol
      Your dog 🙂
      ~ xoxoxo BASNA Woodelf 🙂

      1. I had to copy and paste because I put the comment in the wrong spot…..that’s why “reply” was on my last response. lol. Didn’t want you to think I was asking for a reply. lol 🙂 Sam

  10. First, glad you are home safe and sound. Next, why would you leave? It is gorgeous there! I wanna come! Next, I see awards. Does that mean you can now be nominated? I wanted to nominate you for my own award that I created, but didn’t because I knew you didn’t like those types of things.
    Finally, “Sisterhood of the Blog Award”!? An award I can never win! Oh, now I am so jealous! I may have to consider surgery!
    Love you bunches,
    Scott

    1. Yes, prude-dude didn’t like awards…she was humble to the extreme…the new SAMMY is embracing them. lol. I always “liked” them but didn’t want to have to choose 7 blogs to list, as I didn’t want to have to choose a select few. I know, the Sisterhood of the Blog Award is like sooo cool! Yes, our area is breathtaking…makes up for lack of sun most of the time. Have a great day,
      Sam 🙂

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