Feeling Lighter

Earlier this morning I was sitting here in my chair thinking that my French doors, or rather what I see through them, are reminiscent of the aquarium I had in Texas.

No, it doesn’t have beautiful fish swimming in and out of rocks. But it is my most picturesque view.

It is where I see flowers bloom and birds flit about the patio. It is where I see rain and occasionally snow fall in the winter. I see squirrels and once in awhile a possum walking along the top of the fence.

It is my glass aquarium on the outdoors. My little piece of nature framed.

It is where Ivy sees whats going on outside. Where Charlie gets excited about squirrels and wants out to run up and down the fence after them.

When Ivy sees a bird, I know because her tail goes low and swishes about with purpose. She has never been close to a bird, no closer than the French doors, but still her cat instincts kick in and she knows the pretty birds are supposed to be her prey.

Sometimes I think about getting another aquarium. The one I had was pretty big. A couple came in every couple of weeks and cleaned it and sometimes brought fish.

They told me they drove from Tyler to the Dallas airport and stood waiting when the planes came in bringing the fish they’d ordered. They immediately took over and got the fish into a cool place so they wouldn’t be stressed.

I don’t know. Maybe it would be fun. Or maybe it would be too much of a chore. But I still have memories of the one I had and how elegant the bright colored fish looked as they winnowed in and out of the stacked rocks. It was mesmerizing to watch.

Feeling LIghter:

I feel lighter today. As if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Charlie has had a couple of weeks where he didn’t want to go out, didn’t really want to eat. His appetite was waning. And it was quite worrisome.

But this weekend he has a bit of a spring in his step. His appetite is back. And once again he enjoys going out in the sunshine.

Of course I tell him how proud I am of him, what a good boy he is, and how much I love him. He basks in the positive and excited tone of my voice.

I must give credit where credit is due. The land therapy is helping. He is walking and getting about better. He seems to feel better.

And of course this is cause for joy.

Tomorrow morning we will be at the rehab clinic just like every week. The experienced women there will work with him and I will sit watching.

On Thursday morning we will be there again.

Feeling lighter is such a good feeling.


Similar Posts


  1. Glad to hear Charlie is feeling and doing better – and that you are feeling lighter, too.

    Aquariums are expensive and a lot of work, especially if they are salt water fish. We have a built-in aquarium in the wall of the basement family room – but it’s empty! When we were going to move into this house 29 years ago, the previous owner said he was leaving the aquarium behind. I asked him how in the world do I take care of these fish and he said, “Beats me – they were my ex-wife’s!” I went to the library and got books on salt water aquariums, but it was so complicated (plus I was busy enough with a 2-year old and I was pregnant with my 2nd) that I said, “forget it”. I simply fed the fish their food that was there and that was it. Of course, they eventually died.

  2. So happy to hear about Charlie and that you are feeling lighter. I used to have a large aquarium and loved watching the fish. It was very calming. I’ve though about getting a small one, but not sure where I would put it. They have one in the lobby where I live, so that may be as close as I get to having my own. xo Laura

  3. So glad to hear Charlie is doing better and feeling better… and you too! So nice to have a weight lifted from your shoulders. I love the “view” out my bedroom window as I can see our back yard and (graveled) patio area with all of the pretty plants, flowers, and shrubs that are finally filling out and creating the feel of a little oasis… with the fountain we put in, I love it. Wish I had a remote for that fountain, so I could turn it on in the mornings from my bedroom! I dream of having french doors out of our bedroom onto a little deck where we could sit in the shade and listen to the trickle of the fountain water. It’s the best view in the house! Seems we always tend to have a favorite spot/view wherever we live. Hope Charlie continues to feel good and you too. Marilyn

  4. To see Charlie looking so good and eating soothes my soul. He’s such a dear sweet boy ! Hope your day stays light and bother free. Happy Sunday !

  5. I feel lighter just reading this post. Congrats to Charlie and to you for putting a little spring in my step today. Hoping that Charlie’s therapy continues to help him feel and function better. Charlie feeling better is almost like mental therapy for you.

    Enjoy your day.

  6. Very good news to hear that Charlie Rose is feeling better. I will keep him in my prayers that his health continues to be better each and every day. Hugs to the three of you from WI

  7. When we have had an aquarium I have found it to be very soothing to watch. But caring for one is a bit of a job. It must have been nice to have someone come in to care for yours in Texas.

    So glad to hear Charlie has perked up. And so fortunate that you can get all the therapy and treatments he needs. He is a well-loved doggie, for sure.

    I know what you mean about enjoying the view through your patio door window. I love having a visual access to my backyard to be able to see the trees and the flowers and birds, too. I think having that kind of view is healing to one’s soul.

    And feeling “light” is good for the soul, too. Happy Sunday!

  8. Hello,
    Charlie looks as if he feels well. He is such a handsome boy! Keep up the good work.
    Linda, Ella, and Simon

  9. such great news to hear about Charlie and you too. it’s such a wonderful feeling to have a weight lifted from us.
    have you ever read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle? it seems to me to fit right in with your new Bo Ho feelings about your life and home. there is great beauty in it. and peace.
    I admit this is my third reading of it. never could get into it before. this time for some reason it just resonated with me. and now it has become literally life changing. I’m so glad I tried it a third time!
    maybe Charlie feels like a new dog with his handsome new haircut! πŸ˜€ xo

  10. Where is the “heart” button. Love this post. Have a blessed Sunday…I love to look at aquariums..only have had goldfish bowls…agree even that was much work. :0) … You have a great view/aquarium…

Comments are closed.