Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Eightieth Post - Wednesdayhodgepodge

Welcome to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. It's hosted by Joyce at From This Side of Pond. Head her way and take a peek. Even better yet, link up your own answers and join the fun!

And now, here are the questions along with my responses for this week's Hodgepodge...
1. What is something about living in this country that you value? 'This country' is whatever country you call home.
The beauty. From coast to coast to coast Canada has some of the world's most beautiful scenery. The majestic mountains, the powerful oceans, the lakes, the flatland of the prairies - a photographer's delight!

Vancouver - Beach, Ocean, Mountains!

2. What is a favorite something you own that is red, white, and/or blue?
My Canadian flag (of course its minus the blue).

3. Do you fly a flag at your house on patriotic holidays?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Seventy Ninth Post - Middle

It was a short but sweet visit with my middle child this holiday weekend. This one - the middle, is in his mid twenties and  is known as 'the good child'. NB: Good does not mean perfect! I have three children: boy, boy and girl/princess. Many have heard stories of the eldest and the youngest but seldom about the middle. Oops, my bad!

The middle, sometimes known as  LRRO, truly is the good (read - easiest to raise) child. He's the child who often said, "don't buy that for me mom, save your money for yourself" and meant it. He is a fierce defender of his brother and sister and extremely just by nature.

The reverend and I picked up LRRO and his fiance from the airport last Saturday. They had been back east visiting fiance's family. I do believe they snuck in a trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto as well; two of the many places that dear old mom has never seen but wants to. We spent the night at the middle's place - he on the floor and us two oldies taking over his bed. Early Sunday morning good child drove to Starbucks and got us coffee and chai tea - see what I mean by good child!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Seventy Eighth Post - Wednesdayhodgepodge

Welcome to  this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. It's hosted by Joyce at From This Side of Pond. Head her way and take a peek. Even better yet, link up your own answers and join the fun!

And now, here are the questions along with my responses for this week's Hodgepodge...

1. What reveals more about a woman-her refrigerator or her purse?
Definitely her purse.

2. When was the last time you went to the zoo? Where? What's your favorite zoo animal?
Vancouver closed the zoo area of  its park slowly over several years. Thankfully Stanley Park is still open and is marvelous, many people say spectacular. My last visit to the former zoo was in December 2010 on Christmas Eve Day. The aquarium is still open and doing well. We were thrilled to see the Beluga whales. What a treat! I don't have a favorite zoo animal.

One of the Belugas at the Vancouver Aquarium

3. What social issue fires you up?
I think the list would be shorter if I wrote about which ones don't fire me up. These days I get pretty heated up about poverty and its impact on children.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Seventy Seventh Post - Wondering

Today in Church our pastor voiced a question I had not previously considered. Having spent well over fifty something  years attending church, there is little I haven't considered. Our reverend (not to be confused with MY reverend), was preaching from Psalms 15. Part way through the preach my thoughts were moving away from the Psalms to........

It's raining, again,
What fun having my dear friend visit all weekend,
Does my knee ever hurt,
I wonder if C's new tattoo still hurts,,
I hope the middle child is having a relaxing visit with his bride-to-be's family in Ontario, 
What did the oldest son mean by his facebook status,
I haven't spoken to any of the grandchildren for almost a week,
my stomach is growling, what should we make for lunch

.........ALL this to explain why I wasn't exactly listening wholeheartedly to the preach. Thas was until PB (Pastor Brian) started quoting from an old hymn, The Solid Rock 

Yikes, PB was getting pretty animated. He's not ordinarily a loud preacher, but he was really getting into the message! I was shaken out of my random, yet entertaining thoughts. My mind was pinged back to the preach. It's an old hymn. I've sung it and played it hundreds of times. Today I experienced verse three with a new perspective.  My mind went from wandering to wondering.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Seventy Sixth Post - Tattoo

My beautiful (and only) daughter is getting a tattoo today. This is her second. She has a tasteful tattoo of the word 'faith' on the inside of her wrist. It's a lovely delicate reminder of.....well, of faith. I like it!

Her existing tattoo
One; one referring to meher mother, clearly and absolutely thinks that one tattoo  is quite sufficient in terms of inking a  body. Apparently the daughter thinks otherwise. She's warned me for months, perhaps even years, that she's wanted something more. I have consistently whined at her to wait, hoping she'd eventually change her mind. Nope, this kid is stubborn!
Mom (me) said,
"Think about it."
"Tattoos are permanent, longer than some marriages."
"Have you seen saggy skin with tats?"
"You'll get tired of it."
"You have such beautiful alabaster skin, why would you mark it up?"
"If you get a tattoo I'll never give you another cent!!!! "
"Well, I hope you'll never need an MRI."
And lastly, to no avail,  "Does your father know? "
"Wait until your father finds out!!!"

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Seventy Fifth Post - Hodgepodgewednesday

Wednesday hodgepodge really intrigued me during the A - Z challenge and I've decided to give it a try.
It's hosted by Joyce at From This Side of Pond. Head her way and take a peek.
And now, here are the questions along with my responses for this week's Hodgepodge...

1. How many times in your life have you moved house?
I've moved fourteen times in fifty four years.

2. What subject would you study if you had a year to devote to it?
Play therapy in relationship to behavioural change linked to attachment disorder leading to detachment et al! oh what the heck, throw in a bit of bullying interventions as well.

3. What in this world breaks your heart?
Heartbroken children/young adults. Hopelessness in our youth.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Seventy Fourth Post - Growth

With all the work I have done to move towards congruence, peace and stability, there apparently is still opportunity for shadows of things past to creep into my life. I suppose the realization  that they are indeed just shadows and not actually dark black images of the present is proof of growth.

I was blessed with - and still have, three remarkable brothers. It was the boys, me, and mom for most of my childhood. Dad breezed in and out between marriages. My mom, in all her craziness; both good and bad, held us together. She instilled in us a love and loyalty to family, to each other. As do all families, we had our own rules of combat. We didn't let things fester, we addressed the many issues that emerged; sometimes functionally, sometimes in a dysfunctional way. At the end of the day, we knew we loved (know we love) each other and continue to live in peace.
I have always been uncomfortable with conflict. It leaves me feeling  unsettled. If I've knowingly offended someone I have a need to make it right as soon as possible. When you are strongly opinionated and rather outspoken, there is a risk of being misunderstood and subsequently upsetting/angering others. For the most part, I temper my words, reactions, thoughts, doings with compassion. However, on occasion, advocacy merges with anger and the pit bull in me breaks off its leash and pounces before I can give the 'stop' command. Yikes, what a mess!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Seventy Third Post - Vote

Today is federal election day in Canada. It comes after a weekend of some pretty heady international news: the Royal Wedding, our Canucks losing game two (maybe that wasn't international), and now  the news of Osama Bin Laden's death.

To all my Canadian friends, resist the urge towards apathy, get out and vote. Take someone with you! This election matters.

And yes indeed, your vote counts.

Are you a committed voter?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Seventy Second Post - Reflections

Hands down the best part of the A - Z challenge were the comments other bloggers left on my posts. Second best was the fabulous blogs I visited and am now following. I entered this challenge because it was a challenge. Typically I write one, maybe two posts a week and it was intriguing to consider the possibility of writing a post a day. Kudos to me for completing. I'm not saying that each post was a 'raise the banner and shout out loud' kind of post, but I did post every day, and with the correct letter!

While I gained many followers - I started with about 8 and now have 59, I am a tad competitive and was disappointed that I didn't reach that magic number 100. Oh well, maybe next year.

A BIG Thank you to: