Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happiness is........

Happiness is...... a wet dog on a warm summer day!!!This is my dog Maggie this morning on our walk by the river. This is pretty much her routine every morning no matter what the time of year...even January! Oh, to get this much joy out of just splashing in the water!
Being this is summer and getting hotter (close to 100 degrees today where I live) we should take extra care of our pets. I know we hear it all the time,but please don't leave your pets in cars this time of year. Just do a little experiment....go sit in your car, in the sun, in a parking lot somewhere about noonish and see how long you can stand it before you start overheating. It doesn't take very long at all, just a few minutes actually. So be extra aware and be kind to your pets. Leave them home in the air conditioning, sleeping peacefully on your couch!!
Most of my time this week has been spent doing prep work for some upcoming commissions I have and for an entry in the Michigan duck stamp contest. I have been gathering reference material, doing sketches, etc. and hope to start working on the actual paintings next week. I also hope to get a few paintings posted that will be for sale.
Since this is a holiday weekend we should stop to consider just what happiness is and count all of our blessings, especially that we live in a country with so much freedom! Happy 4th of July and please, God, bless this country!!