Even under the least desirable conditions (rain, snow, sleet, ice, and let's not forget those - 40 C wind chill temperatures), I always come back to thinking that walking my dog first thing in the morning is pretty much the best possible way to start the day.
An ideal opportunity to welcome the new and rinse out the old before the chaos of the inevitable takes over and the monkey mind sets in.
And this time of year, well, it's hard not to be in love with the outdoors. Everything is lush, fresh and inviting. Flashes of life and color on every corner.
Even our cat is getting in on the action! Our frolicking feline will actually walk to the park with us (au naturel) and hang out while we throw balls with our dog. Then, unprompted, he makes the pilgrimage home, several blocks, turns and obstacles away. Considering most cats have a brain the size of an edamame bean, I find it rather remarkable. The sense of direction, the desire to socialize, the ability to navigate. It's mysterious and miraculous to me all at once. Cats are utterly cool creatures.
Here's to your morning glory!
A bowl full of goodness
Try not to eat all the batter!
Press down firmly so that everything sticks together
Voila! your slab ready to be cut into bars
Monsieur Black ~ Handsome Devil! (always in formal wear ;o)
In 1945, the Dutch Royal Family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa
in gratitude for Canadians sheltering Princess Juliana and her daughters
during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands
Today, Ottawa showcases over 1 million tulips in its Annual Tulip Festival