Hi there!  On the weekend I went with my dog for a walk in the ravine.  I hadn’t been there since the beginning of summer and decided that I wanted to go before the colours all changed on the trees. I guess I wanted to see the last abundance of summer’s growth in the bush  — and take a deep breath as we have all sent our children off collectively back to school.  I felt a need to enjoy a bout of “nature” to calm and soothe me.

I texted my husband so someone knew where we were and set off.  Interesting there were around ten dogs that Benny and I met going through the paths –and mostly women walking their dogs.  I think there were two men on the paths in total in the entire half hour it took to enjoy the walk.  I  guess other women were feeling the same call to nature.  The walk was very soothing although my pup strikes a pretty quick pace.

Something about the fresh air and exercise restores the soul.  I knew my dog needed a bit of fresh air because he got sprayed by a skunk in our own back yard the night before.  A good jaunt helped him set things right as well.  We got the stink off him fairly quickly — but alas the house is still under siege of the hefty waft.  Airing, candles, room spray and washings have helped remove much of the stench, but I’m afraid time will be our greatest ally.

My husband — who jogs long distances — met us coming up the path. We made plans to “do coffee together” later.  A lovely morning and a needed haven.  I will have to do a walk in nature again soon.

I will end with a bit of Scripture which was fitting for the day:

“because of the tender mercy of our God,

by which the rising sun will come

to us from heaven

to shine on those living in darkness

and in the shadow of death,

to guide our feet into the path of peace.”  Luke 1:78-79

May you experience your own walk in the ravine — an unexpected pleasure in the busyness of life.

Talk at you later — Share if you care!  Always — V’Ron




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Hi there! I am on Facebook under Veronica Aukema. Please feel free to check my Facebook page out. Although there is a lot of information provided about me there is a lot left out unstated. Between the lines -- you may gather upon a closer scrutiny that there is someone in my life who lives with Autism. Truth is there are two. John and I have three children and two of them live with Autism, and they are: a 20 year-old young man and a soon to be 18 year-old young woman. The original title of my lay press blog was going to be: "One Foot in 'Aspie' world -- and the other upon a banana peel." However since I also want to blog on health trends, faith and just plain 'what I learned the hard way', as well as -- autism issues "Straight Talk" was born. As I am a European Canadian and tend to be quite straight forward -- it kind of fits. Let the conversing begin. Always-- V'Ron

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