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The enormous value of pets in your life.

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My two fur babies.

Who knew. Did you know?

I always thought that a person had pets only because you love animals, I never knew that they are enormously beneficial to your health and well being too. Did you know that?

Of course, there have been quite a lot of articles about the psychological benefits of pets in the last years, but have you read them? I’ve skimmed through a few, and was a bit dismissive. Lately I’ve been thinking about it a bit more.

I adopted a border collie x just over a year ago – yes, the one on the picture in my last post! – and she has been such a delight. Playful, happy, lively, loving, lively, clever, sweet and lively. Also, a pain in the backside, because she is so into chewing things (like most puppies, I suppose) – it started off with shoes, then I noticed strange holes in some of my area rugs and bath mats, then plants, her toys, and now, a year later, she still chews on things. And she is lively. Did I mention that? Very lively…

So I’ve been thinking about the actual benefits of having a dog. She is so loyal and loving, she loves taking me for walks, and she does not have moods. I’ve read a few articles lately, and it is not hard to believe that a pet can change your life for the better.

If you are still sceptical, have a look at this, and this, it will surely convince you that pets are waaaaaay more than ‘just’ animals. They are aids like guide dogs for the blind, they are companions to children and the elderly, they are a comfort to the sick and even hugely beneficial to Alzheimer patients, and the list goes on. I know they can sometimes be a pain too, but their positives far outweigh their negatives. And all they want in return is food and love.

My precious little granddaughter sharing a cuddle with Duke. (Apologies to my daughter for stealing her picture, but I absolutely just had to xxx)

Be kind to your fur babies, look after them well, because they look after you the best way they can.

Until next time, enjoy your pets! 🙂

Jack of all trades, master of none?

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I’ve been concentrating on writing about wellness lately, maybe because that is where my mind is at, for the moment at least.

I am not an expert on wellness, or psychology. I read up about a range of different ways to relax, to keep calm, and not to let the stressful times we live in impact too much on my life and health. I am getting to the point of being very knowledgeable about my own wellness, but other than that I am still trying out different things to see what works for me.

I am also not an expert on cooking and baking, although I love doing both. I watch a lot of cooking and baking programmes on TV, and I’ve tried some of the recipes – some came out brilliantly, some less so. I do not have the time, in my days or in my life, to perfect my techniques in the kitchen, but I haven’t had many complaints about my food and I’ve received quite a few compliments, so I think I’m doing OK.

Some of my efforts in the kitchen, during lockdown. Bread, rusks, pancakes, rolls and sauerkraut. The sauerkraut was something new for me…

I adore knitting and crocheting. But, you guessed it! I am not an expert in knitting or crocheting. That’s fine – I’ve made quite a lot of things that have made people happy over the years, so I’ll carry on doing just that! I have made coats and jerseys and beanies without patterns, but I’ve never ‘designed’ patterns or made videos on YouTube, and I can live with that.

Some of the projects I’ve made or finished during lockdown. Beanies for my son, beanies for my granddaughter, and some jerseys for myself.

I also love photography, but I am very far from being an expert at that. So I will keep taking pictures, probably until I die, and nothing much will ever come of it, but that’s fine, I enjoy seeing things ‘in pictures’, and I love saving moments for myself, and maybe for the people that love me, for after I’m gone.

I wonder if it’s better to be okay in a lot of things, but not an expert, or should I have focused my attention on one of my interests early on – maybe I could have earned more money out of that? But that’s a moot point, since I will never know what the alternative could have been!

I will keep dawdling on in my own way with the things that bring me joy – maybe, in the end, that is all that counts.

Until next time, stay safe and be happy. 🙂