I must have totally overdone it the past couple of days without realizing it. I totally overslept and missed church. I was feeling really badly about it, and then I remembered that church is everywhere. It was a beautiful morning, so Liesl and I went to the dog beach in Carmel. The beach at Carmel is so beautiful and I am with a small dog who is so joyful that I can not help but feel how fortunate I am. I feel so grateful in these moments that I remember that it is a form of church.
I love watching Liesl at the beach. She is in a state of bliss running into the water, chasing her ball, and meeting the other dogs. She just looks so happy. I love walking with her, smelling the salt, feeling the cool ocean mist on my face, and the warmth of the sun on me. There are times I look at the view and the sheer beauty of it takes my breath. I am blessed to be able to live here in such an amazing place.
Liesl slept the rest of the day, while I watched the race and puttered around the house. She had her weekly bath (that beard collects dirt like nobody's business.) She just got up a couple of times for her loves, kisses and neck scratches.
It has been a really good weekend. I got a lot done, but mostly, I have spent most of my weekend walking in gratitude. I am grateful for the blessing of my house, my little Liesl, my family, friends, job, and all of the love in my life. I am grateful to live in a place of so much natural beauty, for gorgeous sunsets, and the sense of serenity and peace in my life.