September 26, 2021
My favorite fruit, especially on hot
Summer days is watermelon. I had
to post this Susan Wheeler print with
the bunnies enjoying their boats in
the creek, and the watermelon slices
to snack on while they sale around.
Do you have a favorite fruit that you
love in the Summer? Or all year round?
This not mine. It's a borrow pic.
But I fell in love without. And
I have fresh lavender, two small
hearts that are purple and white,
and a vintage basket very similar
to this one. I plan to create this.
Have you ever copied a design?
I love bookmarking future ideas.
What I'm wearing .... my pyjamas! Freshly showered with bare feet and two long braids in my damp hair.
What I'm reading .... still reading the same book. Still slow ....
What's happening in my kitchen .... dh is making homemade pizza for dinner. Mmmm! So good!
What's outside my window .... the sun is hitting the trees and the vibrant Fall colors are incredible.
What I'm thankful for .... a sweet cottage to live in amongst the new season upon us.
What I'm smelling .... pumpkin spice melting in my Scensty burner. Smells like Fall in the cottage.
What I'm hearing .... dh teasing dgs who is having a rough moment. A bit of acting is happening right now!
What I'm crafting .... dgd's dollhouse in progress.
What's on my mind .... I've been battling a cold all weekend and trying to figure out the Covid rules for returning to work tomorrow, if I'm allowed to ....
Words to live by .... great quote above!
Namaste, my blogging buddies.
September 24, 2021
Last week, we had some pretty significant losses at our community hospice. The air became heavy, our hearts saddened and weary. I sat on the floor, outside of one of the suites, when the family asked if I'd be close by. My response "I'll be just outside the door," and that's where I sat for a good part of the day, keeping those out who didn't need to be inside. And present for those who needed a break from listening to the last breaths of their loved one. A break to cry, share and listen. It was an honor to be there and to offer care and compassion. These are the cherished moments that make our work so valuable, and yet, so hard.
I've kept busy all through the week but each family who was grieving their personal loss of their loved one was always present in my mind. By yesterday, I was tired and the tears I had held at bay began to creep from the corners of my eyes. Someone would ask how I was, and the trickle would begin. I spent time in my office, trying to put the sadness aside. And would take breaks and sit in my favorite counselling room. But by the middle of the afternoon, I couldn't keep the tears contained. Dh came and picked me up a bit early and home we went, where I could cry without making anyone else sad. I'm so grateful for staff that knew even though I had smiles on my face all day that something wasn't quite right. As the counsellor who offers support to all, it's sometimes hard to remember that I need to grieve too and feel all the emotions around me. I had today off and it's been a wonderful day of enjoying the sun, putting life back in to order, Zoom calls with amazing people, and dreaming about tonight, tomorrow and the future. I'm feeling more hopeful for returning to work next week. The weekend will be busy but restful so I'm sure my energy will be restored as well. Can't wait!
Hope you've had an amazing week. And that if
you have tears, you are well supported, as I was.
September 21, 2021
A beautiful spot on the ocean to take
their vows and dance the night away.
That is the U.S. on the other side of
the water. Guest chairs on the grass.
Dd, dgs and ds talking about the details
for the ring bearer and the proud groom.
A tent to cover everyone for the late
dinner and the fun celebration to follow.
Gramma and dgs waiting for their cues. This
wedding was a whole year late because of Covid.
But the wait is turning out to be so worth it
as their plans begin to unfold. Such a great day!
After settling in to our grand hotel, we
had lunch at our favorite Irish pub, did
a bit of shopping and then indulged in a
quick swim in the cool pool and a warm
soak in the hot tub. After showering, it
was our time to get ready for the "night
before the wedding" family dinner. We
headed off to a sweet Italian restaurant
and met up with our son and daughter
in law to be, and her parents and family.
It was a great night, with amazing food,
laughs and new memories. We left with
full bellies, aching sides and smilies on
our faces. Home to the hotel and long
sleeps to be ready for the wedding. It
was a relaxed dinner the night before.
Last night was a late night in our cozy little cottage as we watched the tv and kept refreshing the websites that were tracking the results from our 44th National Election here in Canada. The election was just called on August 15, 2021 and we went to the polls on September 20, 2021. It was not a lot of time and at the end of the day, a whole lot did not change. I'm not sure why the election was called when our current Prime Minister decided, in the middle of a Pandemic, and half way thru his current term, to suddenly call a "snap election." Why?? We'll never know but we all voted, nothing really changed and today, that election cost over $600,000 million. So disappointed in this current government. And hope when we go back to the polls AGAIN in 18 months that there will be a change .... we truly need new direction.