Saturday, August 16, 2014

I Did It!!

For a couple years now I have not been able to walk as much as I used to but since my husband wishes to do the West Coast Trail next summer I told him he would have to train, train, train.

And what is good for him must be good for me too. But only the training... I am not doing the trail. 

We left home right after 11 this morning, drove to the bottom of the hill and walked for 2 hours and 45 minutes...  anyone who has been here will know why we drove to the bottom of the hill. After you have walked 11+ km. hiking another 1 km. straight up is not pleasant.

I am so pleased to be able to walk again... I am home and not in pain so am over-the-moon happy!

Two happy hikers!

Not recommending this for everyone... just do what you can, when you can.

And above all, be well.

My Extraordinary Everyday Life . . .

"It is the simple things in life 
that are the most extraordinary."
- Paulo Coelho

This year I planted edible strawberries in and among the flowers in my overhead garden boxes... they are thriving.

In my little five-tree orchard the 'HoneyCrisp' apples are looking good, nearing picking time.

Love the symmetry of this little tree down by the lighthouse. I had not noticed it's loveliness before.

"Extraordinary things 
are always hiding 
in places people never think to look."
- Jodi Picoult

My husband says that my speciality is finding delight in the little things in nature.

My wish for you is the same.

Be well.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Come Down Friday . . .

"A flower does not think of competing 
with the next flower, 
it just blooms."

Rest, relax and be well.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Love My Kids . . .

Before this week gets underway I have to share my thankfulness for last week. This is my second family belated birthday blog this month. Whew! Hope this is not an indicator of things falling behind here. 

Topping the grateful list was the birthday of our son, Alan, on Wednesday the 6th... 

When I go travelling, Alan, I think of you. You love to do research about travel but your schedule is so limited that you can only travel vicariously. 

When I think of a pure, true dog lover, I think of you...

Alan, you have introduced some graces to our family... you are kind, compassionate and gentle, all traits we admire.

Wide, open spaces remind me of you and your love of the peace and quiet of country life.

When I think of your wild and crazy family...

I think of you!

Hoping your day was lovely. Please accept my apology for being late. 

May your new year bring you all you wish for and many blessings besides.

Love and a big hug. 
God be with you and above all, be well.

"Yesterday is history, 
tomorrow is a mystery, 
today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present."
-Bil Keane

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thinking Post Birthday . . .

One week ago, Maizy, you turned 14, and I want to remind you how grateful I am that I am your grandmother. Your lovely ways are treasured and I carry you in my heart every day.

My wish for you in your 15th year is this:

Whatever is Good and deserves Praise
Whatever is True
Whatever is Noble
Whatever is Right
Whatever is Pure
Whatever is Lovely
Whatever is Honourable... Philippians 4:8

God be with you, dear Maizy.
Love from your Grandma and Grandpa too.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

KISS... Keep It Simple Sweetheart!

"A man is rich 
in proportion to the number of things 
which he can afford to let alone."
- Henry David Thoreau

If I could point you to just one very helpful blog I would tell you to read Leo Babauta who publishes a couple times a week at ZenHabits:Living the Simple Life.

Click here to see his post for yesterday. Truly, a man after my own heart.

His gospel of simplicity in life is one I have been trying to live for some time. Leaving the busyness we had in our last life has helped some but just now, after 12 years we are getting around to discarding the riffraff 'stuff' that we brought with us and cleaning house in our two storage spots here at our island home.

We have this little tin shack tucked in the trees off our driveway that we call The Tin Shack.

No, not the dirty little old trailer... the shack to the right of it. The trailer gets the treatment next!

The Tin Shack is 10x20x8 feet tall and it has been so full of unnecessary items and papers that you could barely walk into the little house. Sherwin helped me start so we could move out one piece of furniture we wanted up in our new studio.

Well, that took some doing, but that one item did not clean out the place. Not sure exactly how many hours I spent there but this past Sunday I gave it a final sweeping and announced I was done. What is left there can be gone through at his leisure, whenever!

Also, if any of you are looking for large white envelopes for a project... Here are at least 3000 for the asking. Only one hitch, they all have Acorn Developments return addresses from Westbank days!

The folks down at the local recycle depot know we are cleaning house. They were a little horrified two Wednesdays (they are only open on Wednesday and Sabbath) in a row as we emptied out two very large truck loads of paper, two different kinds of plastic and glass.

What a relief!

But, alas and alack... that was only the beginning. This week we started on the garage, another case of riffraff up to the ceiling. Sherwin wondered why I didn't do a before photo as I was starting this job. I said, "I think we should be too embarrassed to show anyone what it looked like before!"

So your fine sensibilities are being protected. By yesterday noon we were about 1/3-1/2 done. Like the Tin Shack it is another 12 year drop and run disaster. Don't know what to do with it so just drop it anywhere and run for you life before it all fell on top of you.

One complication in this building was MICE! Now my granddaughters know my love for MICE. Maizy and Lucy, I truly tried not to screech when I came upon them but I did hate every evidence of their busy little lives intertwined around our worthless goods.

Anyway, we are well on our way to having a great garage that will never see a vehicle parked inside it but it will be a giant workshop and storage place for tools and our crafty machines!!

On the left table you can see two machines for rock cutting and polishing... and at the far end of the room is a laser machine to write words/quotes/whatever on rocks or wood.

And many shelves with bins of rocks ready for action!

Facing the other end of that room I found a closet jammed with totally unnecessary bags and boxes, cleaned out the debris and made this into a safe place for household 'can't-get-rid-of-yet' stuff. At least wood and rock dust won't have such easy access to these things.

Wish us well as we wind up that job this coming week. Oh, and do read the blog post I recommended at the beginning. Leo is a great inspiration.

This morning as we went for our first walk of the day I said to Sherwin, "I didn't think to ask 48 years ago, before our wedding, if you were a hoarder... Big Smile." He said it never crossed his mind either.

We are receiving The Cure for Hoarding!!

You all have a great new week.
God be with you and above all, be well.

Art Lesson, No. 1

For the past few years I have been dabbling and doodling and not making progress in the world of art. It is fun to dabble and doodle but I want to make my art something more.

Last Sabbath I put this "Crown Imperial (fritillaria imperialis)" on paper... fond remembrances of Paris and particularly Versailles where I saw this flower up close.

It has since gone into the BORING file and I announced that I need lessons. Help!

Hence, Lesson no.1...

Sherwin is not an art teacher but he has taken lessons and so even though it may be a little like one hungry beggar telling another hungry beggar where to find the food, he has sat in a lot of art classes and something must have rubbed off.

I love his work so I went to his book where he took some classes a few years ago and started at the beginning.

There is my beginning, just following in the footsteps of my 'teacher'. When I looked at lesson 1 I thought, "I know that..." but after I worked with those colours for a while and studied his page I saw a lot that I had not previously noticed.

Wish me well and since this blog is the journal of My Life you will probably be subjected to my 'progress'.

I am very thankful today that I have this opportunity to spend time with my art.

Wishing you all a lovely Sabbath day.
Be well.