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)

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

Tanka: Renewal

close up of a blue and white whippet on a woodland trail by a small loch

light settles
in tree stumps
and flowers
diligent notes
of spring’s renewal

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet on a woodland trail with fading daffodils

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.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Stump

Your Daily Word Prompt: Diligent

Tanka: Interlaced Reflections

a wooden bridge and leafless trees reflected in a small loch

morning dew
a bridge and trees
interweave
the wild and the man-made
in the loch’s reflection

© Xenia Tran

a black senior whippet in a warm jacket on a woodland trail beside a small loch

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: Wild

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Interlace

Tanka: Mist of Seasons

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the grass beneath a wire fence

morning mist –
the slower I go
the more I see
kind souls who went before me
fly with me in the wind

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Winter 2022: Volume 18, Number 1

a senior black whippet in a winter jacket walking across a hill beside a fire fence

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.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Season

Tanka: Stone Spirits

a blue and white whippet carefully stepping across shingle and rocks on a tidal beach

precious earth –
each stone its own
aura
our souls so closely aligned
with all that we see

© Xenia Tran

close up of a senior blue and white whippet bending down to sniff stones on the beach

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a blessed Earth Day tomorrow,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Aura

Thurday’s Special: Pick a Word in April 2022 (Salient)

Word of the Day Challenge: Unusual

Tanka: Tree Spirits

a large piece of driftwood on the beach draped with seaweed and a whippet walking behind it on the sand

east to west
in the warm wind
driftwood
filled with song from places
where a quiet bird listens

© Xenia Tran

a large piece of driftwood on the beach with seaweed draped around it

The willow trees and shorter pieces we saw on the beach reminded me of ‘Willow’ from Spell Songs, so here is some music for you today too:

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.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pitch

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Short