Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ninety Second Post - Lazy?

'THEY' say that if you want to get a job done, ask a busy person to do it. I am so unbusy these days, I'm not getting much of anything done. I suppose this is why these are referred to as the 'Lazy Days of Summer'. 

You'd think this would be the time to write unending blogs full of wisdom and interest, perhaps with a touch of whimsy. Nope; not happening. My creative juices seem to be on vacation with the rest of me. 

My reverend would like his overalls patched. 
I say, "throw them out and buy a new pair".
He says, "they are old, but so am I, couldn't you just fix them?" 
I wonder if they still make those iron on patch things. That's about all the repair work I'm up for. 

There is no cause for panic, motivation should return right around the time school starts again in September.

Last weekend my rev and I travelled to Powell River, BC where my dear Rev. JLP officiated at his niece's wedding. All in all it was a four ferry trip. I leave you today with a few scenic pictures from our weekend get away. You'll see why we call this place, 
Beautiful BC! 

One of the BC Ferries near Horseshoe Bay

On the route from Horseshoe Bay to Gibson's

Our reading place  

A Powell River beach  - shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.

Looking down  from the ferry on our way to Comox.

Powell River to Comox

Comox is just around the bend.

One of several lighthouses we saw

Lighthouse on the way from Duke point (Nanaimo)
 to Tsawwassen, BC

A final view from the ferry just before
 we docked in Tsawwassen

Happy Wednesday, 
I hope you're getting more done than I am.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ninety First Post - Significance

Yesterday I turned fifty five. I now qualify for a Seniors discount at Zellers, Rona and Denny's. Ten percent off is nothing to sneeze at! 

My reverend and I had tickets to the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match but it was cancelled because of a soaking wet pitch. Not to be left home sulking we headed out to take a peek through the PNE prize home. Each year at the Pacific National Exhibition a fabulous house is built on site and a lucky someone wins it at the end of the fair. The house was grand. I shall buy my requisite tickets at the end of August, closer to the draw.

From the prize home we made our way to Robson Street to window shop. We walked and I was overcome by all the incredible summer sales. We had to buy something. Look at all the money we'll save. Look at these deals!!!! My reverend strolled patiently beside me ever the calming force. I was noticing many were wearing some pretty groovy gumboots. Very necessary for Vancouver rain. My beloved found and bought me a pair. Gumboots in July! Woohoo!

My new groovy gumboots!

By early evening we arrived at a lovely restaurant where my daughter and her friend met us for my birthday dinner. The girls and I shared a bottle of one of my favorite wines; Freudian Sip from Therapy Vineyards. Delicious! Naturally we had some food as well.

At some point during the evening, most likely while we were waiting for the girls to arrive for dinner, my reverend asked: "What is the most significant thing you've learned in fifty five years?"

"I haven't learned 'it' yet," was my pithy response. Upon further reflection, I realized that indeed I have learned many valuable truths, ideas, things, along my journey. Here are ten, in no particular order.

Ten Significant Things I've Learned in Fifty Five Years of Life:
  1. Relationships are important and do not develop on their own. They take time and effort.
  2. I'm not always right and that's OK!
  3. Sometimes it's better to shut up and walk away.
  4. People will not always understand me. I can live with that. 
  5. My children need me just as much now as they did when they were babies. Often that need is to pray. (Refer also to number 3.)
  6. My faith; my God is unwavering and sustaining. His faithfulness is new every morning. 
  7. Wisdom can come from the unexpected. 
  8. Save for retirement, but don't beat yourself up if today gets in the way.
  9. Marry someone who you adore and who adores you!!!!!
  10. I have so much more to learn.

It seems I've only begun; my life and this list. How about you? Do you have a top ten list? Maybe more than ten? Less than ten? What significant thing have you learned thus far in your life?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ninetieth Post - Alone

Alone but not lonely!

One of my favorite roses - after the rain.

My reverend is busy working at home and I've ventured on my own to our place in the Okanagan. There is always more than enough yard work to do and our sporadic weekend trips during the year are hardly adequate. The drive from the coast takes just under four hours and the scenery along the way is magnificent. Driving, rather than being the passenger is a bit of an adjustment, but taking the convertible makes the ride quite enjoyable. Last week my mom and I made the trip together. We visited my son (the middle) and had quite a pleasant five days. Mom and I typically last about five minutes before fighting, but this time we made it all the way from Monday to Friday before our meltdown. Sheesh - you'd think this mother/daughter thing would get easier.  I hope it's because we're so different that we fight - I mean disagree. It beats the alternative of me being my mother. 

Breakfast; bacon, eggs and toast, in the shade under the walnut tree.

We had some fun and delicious meals, did some awesome weed pulling, and even fit in a soccer game. My  middle plays in a men's league and hands down is the best on the team. I got to spend some time with my daughter in law to be and was thrilled that the middle's fiance gets on so well with Grandma (GG, Irmgard - take your pick). Throw in a trip to McDonald's with my daughter in law and grandkids and it made for a happy mini holiday.

This trip I'm on my own. There are many friends to visit but that can wait until tomorrow. Tonight is me, my wine, a book, and the TV in the background. It's rained almost all day and the smell of fresh rain is intoxicating. (or maybe that's the wine). 

As usual I have a list that far outreaches the time I'll be here. But my dear reverend reminds me I'm here to recharge; to reconnect with peace; to slow down the pace. I love that whatever gets done pleases him and whatever is left will be done by him. 

These are the times I rehearse the good in life. These are the times I dream BIG. These are the times I write speeches in my mind, books in my head, and brilliantly develop the ultimate plan for: WORLD PEACE! 

It usually takes a week or two to morph into summer vacation mode. But once I do, it is bliss. 

Are you on holidays? At what point do you relax and enjoy?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Eighty Ninth Post - Joy2

What was I thinking. Joy? 
 My ONEWORD 2011.  
Imagine that. 

2011 is at the half way mark. Am I half way full of joy? There certainly have been circumstances that have added bits to my joy tank. But like currency it comes and goes. 

Deposit and withdrawal. At times the balance was overflowing; other times the account was almost depleted. Looking back to January's Post, I see that my wise comments indicated with much optimism that my joy was within. Does that ring true today? I'd have to say more yes, than no. Its roots are deep. Thankfully! 

There have been storms. They have shaken the trunk, whipped up the branches, truth  be told, there has been some reshaping of the outward. Looking inward, the roots are solid; growing deeper, a bit more solid. Joy is percolating; albeit deep, deep within.  This time of reflection is useful. A time to pause, to wonder...JOY...hmm. In fact I do believe I'm feeling a shift even as I write. 

"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
 I want to know what you ache for, 
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing...
                  I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own,
 if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you
 to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, 
to remember the limitations of being human."

                               - Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Clearly I'm not there yet, but I continue on the journey. How about you?