by Wendy Strgar November 15, 2013
I have never believed in waiting for the right time. Maybe it is my comfort with chaos or the fact that I have never encountered a moment when everything is how I thought it would be, but mostly I think its because I have seen too many people not go for what they wanted because they were waiting for the right time to do it. So on this note, I was just informed that my turn has come up on a waiting list for a puppy.
I have had several puppies and four babies in my adult life, so it is not blindly that I am walking into this significant commitment. I know how much attention a puppy needs to settle into the great dog you want for a decade. My last puppy is near the end of her life and I want our new dog to be showered in her goodness, so the time has come. Besides that babies of all kinds make life slow down, which is a good thing, even and especially when you are most busy.
So our new puppy was born this past week. I have been on a waiting list for quite a while and just got a note that the newborn litter had 2 more surprise puppies –that they didn’t see in the ultra sound. The idea of the puppy flipped between excited anticipation to anxious rumination about how to fit in another project. Then when I was talking to my husband tonight about adding this new baby to our soon-to-be empty nest and going on about what to call this new puppy and how there will never be a right time… I babbled on with names like Chai, as our current beautiful Ridgeback is named Coco. Then I thought of Simba, one of our kids’ all-time favorite Disney characters.
Just then as I was dipping the tongs of a fork into our honey, produced by our own beehives, which is so exquisite, that it tastes like medicine of the gods, he suggested “honey” as her name. And I relaxed, feeling elated that he knew her name before I did. Somewhere in Southern Oregon is a tiny one week old Ridgeback puppy named Honey waiting to be loved for life.
by Wendy Strgar March 21, 2019
Usually by the time we “spring forward,” most of us have long forgotten our New Year’s resolutions and not because we don’t want to change, but because the big sweeping ones we plan for after our third glass of champagne are so hard to get our hands around in the day to day. While the desire for change is earnest, what most of us miss is that real change is found in the small steps that we do consistently.
by Wendy Strgar February 21, 2019
Our sense of smell is ancient and the source of our most powerful emotional memories. It is also the primal sensory pathway to sexual attraction. And yet, we often give little attention to all that our sense of smell can evoke, in part because we have so little vocabulary for scent. Often we're limited to “it smells like…” and delineated only between pleasant and unpleasant.