Meanwhile, welcome! It's Thursday once more. I haven't had much spare time to write a non-Thursday blog post, but thanks for coming back anyway to see what our I Like post includes this week.
Let's start with skunk cabbage. I like it! Wikipedia describes skunk cabbage as a "foul-smelling plant", which I quite resent! It's not foul smelling. I think it is better described as the smell you would expect if a well manicured skunk were to buy an expensive floral perfume from Macy's and spray it all over her fluffy tail. Not bad, right?!
Skunk cabbage is in full bloom around here. Here are a couple of photos taken via cell phone on my morning walk with the poodles. Look how bright and alive that yellow punch of color is amidst the gloomy bog! What's not to like?!
When I get back from a nice walk with the poodles, having smelled the skunk cabbage, I like to do yoga. Yoga has been a part of my life for 17 years now. I don't do it every day. Sometimes I go for weeks without so much as a down-dog, but when I do it feels very right. The combination of intentional breathing mixed with stretching is very soothing.
The problem with doing yoga at home is that it generates a lot of interest from the locals.
So I guess one could say that I actually do doga, not yoga. (apparently "doga" is a thing, but I've never actually taken a class.)
If you're interested in incorporating yoga into your life and don't want to go to a group session, I highly recommend the "Namaste" series by Kate Potter (click link for demo video). Her videos are 20 minutes long and she has a very calm voice that is easy to follow.
Poodle Pick of the Week
This week the poodles picked bones - raw, juicy bones!
I don't feed a raw diet, but for the last two years we have purchased 1/4 of a grass fed cow from a local farm (for human consumption) and with said cow came some bones. These bones are butchered with dogs in mind, the right size to be safely enjoyed. They are frozen up until the poodles get them, so they don't develop any bad bacteria. The poodles get to enjoy gnawing on them in the sunshine and when they day is up, the bones are too. (I take them away or they quickly get gross, but by this time they are mostly spent anyway.)
It's a rare treat, but one they both LOVE!
And, it's good for their teeth too.
Happy Thursday! The poodles and I hope you treat yourself to something special this week.