Tanka: Finding Happiness

a smiling senior whippet in a red jacket walking along the beach beside a tidal burn

summer breeze
finding happiness
where we belong
life’s river smooths the stones
that tumble from the mountain

© Xenia Tran

a smiling senior whippet in a red jacket walking beside a tidal burn

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Tanka Thursday: Find

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #132

Tanka: Sea Lace

an elderly brindle whippet in a red jacket climbing lichen-covered rocks

sea lace
the first step
so small
nobody knew
the size of the ocean

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2022: Volume 18, Number 2

lichen-covered rocks on the beach with the sea behind them

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #131

CFFC: Landscapes or Seascapes

Thursday’s Specials: Pick a Word in June 2022 (Bouldery, Perched, Surging)

Haibun: Earth’s Garden

a black whippet in a blue harness walking among wildflowers

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste – Theodore Roethke

The sun warms our backs as we walk along a narrow trail between dandelion clocks and flowers. Rhododendron and lilac are in bloom and their scent seems extra sweet this morning. We feel at one with the wood, the bog lands and the meadow as if we have always been part of earth’s garden.

stirring the soul
goldfinches sing
in the alder

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a blue harness sniffing the grass in a woodland garden

In the spirit of Roethke’s quote, we are sharing some more treasured moments from our last walks with Eivor this week.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #201: Three of a Kind

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lilac

Haiku: Ascension Day

a blue and white whippet walking by a wooden sculpture in the forest

Ascension Day
a myriad of ways
to be reborn

© Xenia Tran

a new tree growing from an old stump in the forest

First of all we want to say a warm-hearted thank you for all your heart-felt messages and condolences we received after Eivor’s passing. It means a lot and it is deeply moving how so many of you feel a connection to him and his amazing spirit. He looked at everything in life with love and I am sure he could feel the love you have for him and your own animal friends and companions too.

As promised yesterday, I am sharing a few more special moments from the last days of his life today and over the next few days.

We wish you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Myriad

Haiku: A Moment to Treasure

a black whippet on a forest trail by a loch looking to his right between the trees

a new morning
all these ferns leaning
into light

© Xenia Tran

ferns unfurling in a sunlit forest

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #200: Every Little Thing

Word of the Day Challenge: Super

Tanka: Brushed by Moonlight

a blue and white whippet looking between the trees down at the water of the woodland pond

daybreak –
a shimmer on the pond
brushed
by last night’s moon
swans feed in the shallows

© Xenia Tran

a pair of swans feeding in a woodland pond

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Moon

Tanka: Sarcoma

a black whippet in a black jacket running through a field beside flowering gorse and spring buds

new life
birds nesting
in the dew
your diagnosis
hits us all sideways

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket sprinting through a field beside flowering gorse and spring buds

It is with great sadness that we learned last Friday that the growth in Eivor’s mouth we had biopsied two weeks ago is a malignant tumour.

Eivor had lumps in his mouth last October and a band of tissue wrapping around some of his back teeth. The teeth and part of one of the lumps were removed early November. The biopsy result indicated he was suffering from Gingival Hyperplasia, an overgrowth of the gums that can threaten the teeth. Although these growths are benign, they can cause great discomfort and the main treatment is surgery.

Because of Eivor’s age, the option to operate would not always be the safest and we were advised to monitor his gums for any future growths and only use surgery as a last resort.

He recovered well from his operation and felt a lot more comfortable. We had a blissful two months where he was full of joy and ready for any adventure. In January, he had a new lump on his gums that was causing him discomfort. The vet suggested it was still relatively small and that we could manage the pain with painkillers to keep him comfortable. His condition deteriorated in mid-April and after another visit to the vet who had been treating him so far, we decided to seek a second opinion from a different vet within the same practice.

This vet was very concerned by what she saw and she took x-rays, biopsies from different parts of the mouth and removed two more teeth that had been loosened by new growths. The biopsy results came in on Friday. The sarcoma cannot easily be isolated for removal and, considering his advanced years and the impact further intrusive surgery would have on him, the best option at present is palliative care.

We want to keep him as comfortable as possible, let him continue to do the things that make him happy, such as small zoomies in a field, and enjoy every moment we have.

After the initial shock we are now grateful that we know and give him the best possible care and support. After all the questions we can now rest in what has always been there, the deep love between us.

If you are blessed with furry companions in your life please give them a big hug and enjoy the precious time you are given together.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Dew

Word of the Day Challenge: Isolation

Tanka: Light Beams

two whippets in black jackets near a grassy bank

drawn in
once the rain passes
through the glen
the first cowslips of spring
reveal a tender yellow

© Xenia Tran

early cowslip blooming in wet grass

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Tanka Thursday: Spring

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Beam

Haiku: Shifting Clouds

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking through fields with cowslip and gorse

shifting clouds –
everywhere we look
yellow flowers

© Xenia Tran

rain coming down over the hills in the distance with gorse between the farmer's fields

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Colour Challenge: Mellow Yellow

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Shift

Haiku: Blessed Rain

the backs of two whippets in black jackets sniffing wet spring grass

blessed rain –
how earth creates
its own miracles

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a black jacket ankle-deep in lush green grass with a black whippet behind her

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #197: The Rule of Thirds

Word of the Day Challenge: Bliss