Friday, November 7, 2014

Thirty Days of Mr. Rogers ... Day Seven

Mr. Rogers said, "There is no 'should' or 'should not' when it comes to having feelings.  They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control.  When we believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings."

We never have to worry about someone being near our house without us knowing about it.

Nothing gets past Winnie (and Ruby, too).

"Whatever we choose to imagine can be as private as we want it to be.  Nobody knows what you're thinking or feeling unless you share it."

As soon as a car pulls into the driveway, or someone walks onto our porch, the barking starts.

"How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?"

In Winnie's case, we think that sometimes she forgets what she's barking about and keeps at it WAY longer than appears to be necessary.

Me:  Little things and quiet moments.  I strive to notice and appreciate these every day, instead of rushing through and missing something that could turn out to be special.  This series of Winnie photos is a good example.  Dog barking ... a multiple-times-per-day occurrence at this house, easily ignored.  Taking time to really watch and document the process?  Just another one of the little things, something that could easily have gone unnoticed, that gave a boost to my day.  I hope this makes you smile, too.

(The pattern for Winnie's knitted sweater is HERE.)

During the month of November, I plan to share wisdom from Mr. Rogers with you each day (from the book "The World According to Mr. Rogers") ... Mr. Rogers's words accompanied by everyday images from life here at Hartwood Manor ... this place that I am blessed to call HOME.


  1. Oh my word, she is cutest guard dog ever! :)

  2. 'Forgets what she's barking about' LOL!Definitely something to smile about. Thanks! :) Hugs! deb

  3. Love your Mr. Rogers feature. One of the most wonderful human beings ever. Imagine a world of 365 days of Mr Roger's wisdom - heaven.

  4. Oh yes the "little" moments are often the most important ones.
    So enjoyed Winnier here, she's so cute. My mom's dog, Pixie is like that too but the funny thing is she mainly only barks when my husband walks by the backdoor. Everyone else she ignores.

  5. That TOTALLY made me smile. I could almost hear her too!


  6. She is so adorable! Makes me miss my Chihuahuas even more than I already do.

  7. Winnie is looking so much better in your care than when you first brought her home, she even has a little aparkle in her eyes.

  8. What a neat idea you had with your book. So enjoy seeing your fur family. Good things to ponder.

  9. The best kind of doorbell. But they sure can shatter solitude in a New York minute.


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