1.Hang 20 Dude! Need a pick-me-up this morning? Turn up the volume and watch these dogs catch a wave in the Coronado Bay surfing competition in San Diego. Look at them go! According to one of the judges, the dogs are rated on length of ride, poise and “flair.” Ricochet won in the large dog category – you can see part of his ride in this clip.
Being a city dog, Reggie says, “Pshaw” to all these surfing dogs. You want to see real talent? Try stealing a bagel from the craft services table of an on-location movie shoot without getting caught.
2. Water Lily. I was at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden last weekend doing some research on bonsai for my WIP. The place is no Keukenhof, but it’s a mere 15 minute walk from my apartment. The water lilies were starting to pop up. There are even a few koi in the pond.
3. Reggie on the roof. Sometimes, at the end of our morning walk, Reggie decides he would like to visit the roof deck in our apartment building. I’m nearly always running late to get to work. I don’t have an extra 10 minutes to hang out on the roof. Then I one of Carla’s mantras from her Shine post: There’s always time to kiss the cat (or dog).
So I give him the okay and he runs up to the very top of the stairwell and waits for me to catch up. Hey, he has 4 legs.
When I finally get the door open he runs around sniffing all the plants and chomps on a few of the tastier leaves. It’s like a Where’s Waldo shot.
Then he poses, giving his Blue Steel look before heading back inside. I should also take a moment to point out that I have absolutely nothing to do with the gorgeous plantings on the roof deck. If I did, the place would look like Death Valley. This is all the work of my neighbor who is a landscaper.
4. Kiva Update. Fabiana from Paraguay has been repaying her loan on schedule (38% repaid so far), so I had enough Kiva credit to make a new loan. For those of you not familiar, Kiva is a non-profit that connects lenders and borrowers around the world to help alleviate poverty. Through their site, you can find someone in need of a micro-loan and send a donation to fund their dreams.
This time around, I found Musoka in Kenya. She is a “dynamic entrepreneur,” 40 years old and mother of eight children, who are all in school. She sells fabric (Bitenge) from the community market in Katindo. She started the business with her own money. This loan will enable her to buy 10 double reams of fabric (Bitenge) and make other small investments in her business. My amount is combined with others from Sweden, Romania, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Greece and more. In a country where the average annual income is USD $119 per person, these loans help people get on their feet or expand their businesses.
5. The heat is on. The air conditioner that goes in my living room window is a bit of a monster. It’s heavy (for me) and awkward to place on the sill. Last year, it would have tumbled right into the alleyway below if I hadn’t quite literally caught it with one finger, nearly requiring stitches in the resulting gash. Knowing that the city was in for a spell of hot weather, a kind neighbor offered to install my air conditioner. (We all take the air conditioners out of the windows for the winter.) I hemmed and hawed. I’d rather have done it myself despite the obvious risks to life and limb. I didn’t want to put him out. “It’s no trouble,” he said. “It won’t take long at all.” I still hesitated. Why? What’s the big deal? He did come and it took him less than 5 minutes. In fact, we stood around talking longer than that while I thanked him about 50 times and made sure he hadn’t strained or pulled something. Do you find it difficult to ask for or accept help?
Have a great weekend, everyone!