Tuesday, June 23, 2009

summer days ...

summer days have arrived ... and with it, a feeling (maybe even need?) to be outside ... to LIVE ... i guess i've come out of hibernation! ... and look who came out of hibernation with me this year ... my hubby ... *smile* ... he has made an effort to go out for a little walk when he is able, to try and build up some stamina ... and it has really been sweet to stroll around the block ... or go sit at the beach with him ... last year i think leo got out 3 times for walks - if that ... this year he has already totalled 5 strolls ... they haven't been long ... but that doesn't matter - the point is that he is trying ... yay! ... oh, this pic was snapped by a friend just this morning ... not the prettiest part of the walk, but our smiles try to make up for the lack of scenery behind us ... *grinning* ...

i was at my aunt's today ... enjoying another sauna and also a visit with some of my cousins ... even though the younger people are swimming already - i think i'll still wait until at least july before i attempt the cold fast moving waters of the river!
and indie continues to be a good companion to us ... he is an indoor cat - though he does enjoy sitting on any window perch to watch the goings on ...

tomorrow is another city trip for me ... i hope to see maria while there ... she has been pretty tired lately with the dialysis ... it definitely takes over ones life ...

just filling you in on some of my activities ... i am so glad that when there is a quiet moment, i can visit my blog buds ... i am going on 5 years of blogging this fall ... and though i don't have a huge circle of blogging friends - i treasure each one i have made ... i think God has placed you in my life for this time ... for a purpose ... thank you for all your encouragement in hundreds of countless ways!


In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

19 comments:

Mari said...

Do you know how happy it made me to see you and Leo, hand in hand outside! Yay Leo!
That sky picture is beautiful!

Sita said...

Yay...let's LIVE together...I'm tired of 'existing'...sunshine is so good, huh?
Blessings to you,
Love, Sita

Debra said...

Great picture and how good it is to be getting out and about!

I too feel blessed to have such great blogger friends.

It's been very, very warm here. Like 101 with a heat index of @ 105! I keep saying...what will August feel like? LOL!

Blessings

Maggie Ann said...

How nice, to be out together. What a sweet picture of you both. You look so tiny next to your husband! I love the way you see the beauty in the sky and nature. I'm like that too. So many ahhhh moments! I am thankful to know you via blogging. Well, its sooo late....again. This time I had a good reason anyway. I was downloading the new free test version of Microsoft Security Essentials. (only about 3 times until I finally figured out how!) Well, I'd better run...this already IS tomorrow!

Mimi said...

how wonderful to see Leo taking a stroll with you... you have such a beautiful place in which to enjoy God's creations...
and I'm also happy that you finally found a compatible cat for Leo to enjoy....
wishing you a very happy summer...

Susan said...

Oh those smiles say it all. So happy to see and read this. Love the quote. Friends are definately one of our gifts from God.
Susan

Pat said...

Opening your blog this morning has set the tone for my day..and happy and joyful tone!
Leo looks so good, and you my sweetie look about 15 years old! It's hard to convey the joy I feel just looking at this picture, and it proves you can truly have love through Christ for people you have never met.
Tell Maria I send my prayers and love for a continued recovery and peace served with a cup of joy!
Blessings!

grammy said...

It was nice to read your last few posts I missed. Good to see you guys outside. Glad your hubby is able to get out a little. The cat is so cute. I can just imagine how soft it is. You make the sauna sound so relaxing... I should try the one at our rec center (o:

Amrita said...

Hi Saija, in this post I almost bumped into uou while you were on your walk....radiant photo....while Kitty watched us from the window under the lovely sky.

Glad you enjoyed your day.

Have a good time with Maria.

Love, Amrita

Fred said...

What a great picture of you and Leo. I'm so happy to hear that he's out and about with you. I hope the trend continues.

I forget how we found each others blog, but I'm glad we did. I enjoy your writing and inspiration.

Catherine said...

How wonderful that Leo is getting out and about with you for walks! I hope he continues to be able to walk with you regularly and that you both continue to enjoy it!

Indie is such a cutie-pie.

Best wishes to Maria!

Crown of Beauty said...

Oh Saija, what a delightful post to read today! It was special because of the picture of you and Leo together.

And that picture of Indie on the window sill under those lovely curtains, what a striking dark versus light contrast...

that river does look cold!

Thank you for posting, the quote at the end is so special.

Want to tell you how blessed I am by your posts, Saija.

Praying for Maria.

Love
Lidj

Cathy said...

I love the picture, sweet Saija. And I'm so glad summer has come and that Leo is getting out with you. Praying Maria will feel better ~
Love and Hugs,
Cathy

Nancy said...

What a sweet blessing to have Leo walking at your side outside!!! Good for him, I will pray that it continues and he gains strength. My blogging has fallen off as well but I do try to check on my favorite reads. (Hugs)

Felisol said...

dear saija,
the best picture i have seen for a long long while. leo and his saija walking.
and smiling.
god bless your days.
now and always.
praying for maria too.
from felisol

auntibeck said...

You are a blessing to every one...God bless you--love the "walks" picture!

Flip Flop Floozie said...

So glad to see both you and Leo out for a walk..I know it makes you wildly happy!! I am happy for you and have never met either one of you although i feel like I know you anyway!! Smile!!
Indie is a cutie..Our Annie is doing well. She will never be an outside cat..She loves it inside...
Hope your day is going great..
Sandy

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thanks so much for your visit and your kind caring words....I see from my visit here that the challenges of life are with you and Leo, too....How good that you were able to have this stroll with him....Bravo!

Life surely is hard, I know....and that quote you have on your blog today is so very very true!

Your Kitty is very sweet looking. All my cats have always been in-door cats because of where we live....Too many dangers out there---including Cayote's....But they all always seemed to be fine with it. Dear "Sweetie" doesn't even show much interest at all in the outdoors....He seems very content to just be with me---And I am truly grateful! He is a great great comfort!

Take good care, my dear...And again, I thank you for your Birthday words.

stf (lorna) said...

yay for walks and strengthening muscles and stamina

God is good