Sometimes, it’s the little things that offer the greatest “wows” for me. Lately I’ve been reflecting on the beauty and quiet comfort of daily routines– be it meditatively washing the dishes after enjoying Ashlinn’s nourishing meals, taking our simple passagiate (walks!) as the sinking sun illuminates the river in the evenings, the stimulating sounds and scents of hand-grinding and brewing our coffee each morning. These little creative acts make up the artistry of a life well-lived.
I came across a quote by Pulitzer prize winning writer Willa Cather recently that sums this feeling up more eloquently than I ever could:
“Many people seem to think that art is a luxury to be imported and tacked on to life. Art springs out of the very stuff that life is made of.”
Her reflections on making an art out of life are an inspiring reminder to bring creativity and joy to every aspect of our lives. Which routines done with imagination and attention could bring more joy and pleasure into your life?
Today I’m thankful for the life lived with tremendous style by our dear cat, Casanova. Sadly, on Friday we had to make the difficult decision to put him to sleep– for several months he’d been struggling with advanced kidney failure and had taken a turn for the worse.
Although it’s likely this problem was developing for a very long time, we recently learned that his condition was likely exacerbated by the hard water of Rome, high in calcium and other things that are harsh on sensitive kidneys. So I’d like this “thanks” to double as a PSA to provide your pets (and yourselves!) filtered water. You never know what pre-dispositions a beloved pet might have, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Even though he was just a little guy, he had a gigantic impact on our lives. Nine years simply wasn’t enough time with him. His sweet little face and loving presence made such a deep and indelible mark on our hearts.
WE’RE FINALLY GETTING VACCINATED!!
Needless to say, this is a great, big yay. Many of my US-based readers might find it surprising that we hadn’t yet accomplished this goal– most of our friends and family have been so fortunate to have been vaccinated several weeks or even months ago. However, different parts of the world are dealing with Covid very differently. Italy actually has a great vaccination rate but we were having bureaucratic issues which have fortunately now been resolved! We’re looking forward to our first shot this Wednesday. Keep us in your thoughts!
The more sobering side of today’s YAY is thinking about our friends in other countries like South Korea who are having an even more challenging time getting vaccinated than we are. A wonderful reminder to be grateful for the wins that we do have, and to celebrate each YAY as it comes!
Speak to you soon,