Sunday, February 28, 2010

Seeing beauty in everything

The 'worst' seems to be over, winter is slowly packing the bags and makes room for spring.
It has been raining on and off and the snow is melting and melting and melting...

The birds are very enthusiastic and start training their voices for the big spring concert (I don't have a date yet;-)...
I filled up the bird feeders again yesterday, probably for the very last time this winter.
They will be able to find enough food without our help as soon as the snow is gone.

Mika loves to sit outside under the hedges and study bird behavior.
He's allowed to go out every morning, while we keep an eye on him. We don't want him to go too far cause the road is very close by the house. So far he hasn't been interested in wandering off, but that might change as soon as the snow has melted (he doesn't like his paws to get too wet!).

Cleo is a very happy and frisky dog. She loves to play with the little balls she and Mika got from Auntie MJ, and that can be very noisy.
She loves to bark and pushes the ball with her nose in our direction. She knows how to get attention and when you look in her eyes she's all happy and proud that she did it again.
She makes us smile and laugh every day, we are blessed to have her with us.
I think life would be very boring without animals, at least for us.

We'll move out (of this house) between end of April and end of May, hopefully we'll find something else until then. We've been looking for a while now, looked at a few properties but it's not easy. It definitely doesn't help that we are very picky about the location. There are tons of houses for rent and for sale right next to a main road, nice houses, very affordable, but that is not what we want.
We want a nice, cosy place on a quiet location, somewhat off the main roads.
Nothing wrong with that, right?!

We went looking at a house on wednesday and on the way there we say the house in the photo above. Nice looking place! It just needs new windows and some paint!
The location isn't bad either, situated on a slope looking west over a beautiful landscape with lake.
I really wonder why places like that (and there are many around here) just sit there, abandoned. No one seems to care, not even for selling them...

Yesterday we went for a walk on the beach by Åhus, but we didn't see much beach, only lots of snow and ice. But it was still a nice walk, most importantly for Cleo. It's not easy to find places to walk at this moment, places that are somewhat "dry" and clean.
Cleo doesn't like to get dirty or wet.

I hear a lot of people complaining about the weather, the long winter we had, and I have to admit that I too think sometimes "this is disgusting, all the rain, the dark clouds, not much sun, the cold, BÄH!"

But that's just the way it is her in this part of the world.
AND there is nothing we can do about it.
The only thing we can change is the way we think about it.

One can decide to complain OR to see the beauty in everything.

Yes, there is beauty in everything, it just needs a bit more effort to see it.

Have a fantastic week everyone!


  1. There is a lot, more than a lot, of beauty in winter snows. But then after so much of it, you get tired. Doesn't make a difference if it's beautiful or just get tired of fighting it and worrying about family coming home late on icy/snowy roads. It's time for spring, where we will have a more colorful, warm type of beauty...and I'll all for it....debbie

  2. Very nice photo of Cleo with her Christmas present in her mouth! Glad that she likes them and that she has fun trying to keep them away from Mika!!!

  3. I agree, there is beauty in everything! Glad you've been able to find it. Love the photos of Mika and Cleo!! Did you enter the one of Mika in PW's dog photo contest?

  4. Love the shot of Mika. Such a pretty kitty. Good luck with your house hunt.

  5. Gorgeous shots of both Mika and Cleo!! And I really like your new header photo!! Through the lens of your camera, EVERYTHING is beautiful! ;-) ~Janine XO

  6. You have to stop and smell the roses...even is mud and snow.

    Enjoy each moment for it is precious and cannot be done over again.

    Love life.

    I can't wait to hear about where your next home will be!

  7. I'd vote for enjoying each day but when Spring is hanging out just around the corner it is very difficult to just....wait ~ and be happy about it. Ah to feel the sun each day.

    Your are absolutely about the animals. What would life be without them? Love the photo of your little dog with his favored ball. What a happy expression on his face.

  8. Very nice cover photo, loving it....;)

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  10. Beautiful photos and thoughts, good luck with your house hunting!

  11. Your animals seem very happy and contented. Nice pictures.


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