I have been having a rough time of it lately and the only reason I’m telling you this right now is because our dog is so often my saving grace lately. Troubles come and go, as we all know ~ and no matter who we are, none of us are exempt, are we?
So in my melancholy mood on this beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, I set up my chair and table under the dogwood tree out back and took my knitting basket with me. I’d just been to the yarn shop and bought some beautiful skeins and a beginner’s pattern for a lacy scarf that’s knit on circular needles which I happened to have in the right size. But I couldn’t understand the easy pattern instructions and found myself becoming really frustrated (which was ridiculous), and before I knew it, I was in tears.
Over a knitting pattern? Seriously?
I haven’t cried in a long time and I loathe self-pity, but I must have needed it and I’m glad to have it out of my system for now. But the fact of the matter remained that I still couldn’t understand the simple pattern. So I went in the house, found an old project I’d set aside last year, and began the calming, repetitive motions which soon began to help.
I’ll figure it out later, or google it or something.
I detest feeling sorry for myself, especially when I have so much to be thankful for.
And this dog is one of my biggest reasons.
The mailman came up the drive earlier that day with a box for my husband from REI. Inside was new pair of boots for him and a warm shirt, plus a little something for his best friend.
I took note that there was nothing for me in the box, but that’s really ok. Because the last time something came for me, I might have been a little offended. I remember writing about it here.
But this ball on a string is hands-down George’s favorite toy ever.
I had to run in for the camera and get some shots of his happy face.
We played fetch for nearly two hours (with plenty of breaks in-between) while I sat there knitting and throwing.
Throwing and knitting.
And he fetched.
And posed for portraits.
And had a grand ‘ole time.
* sigh *
If you have a dog who loves to play fetch, I highly recommend this tug ball. And it’s currently 60% off at REI. Here’s the link ~
ps – george says hello.