November 19, 2011

it’s a weekend, so Frank could walk with me, and be my camera man. In ten days, he’ll be retired. The weekend walker will become….what? It’s the big mystery for us, how it all unfolds. But then isn’t life itself the mystery, and the unfolding always unknown? Ergo, retirement is life as we know it.

November 18, 2011

the view about 7 a.m. was so dramatic. The sun was rising, but the clouds were dark. There were streaks of green grass left, but also the rusty wild grasses. It’s all about the quality of the light in the colder seasons. It has more intensity to it, creating these painterly scenes out of what, in warmer weather, seemed mundane. Same scene, different light. We can emulate this.

November 17, 2011

sewing, for me, always is with a purpose, and that guides the project to completion. Painting is more random. There is no known recipient. The finishing can wait. It always gets complicated like that. It’s creative, but creates questioning. Sewing never does.

November 16, 2011

16 degrees in mid November. The only place for Daisy and I had to be the beach today. I just need to be outdoors when it’s great weather. What does that make me? A fair weather outdoor lover.

November 15, 2011

talking on Skype today to Forest, almost 3, in New Zealand. did I have toys for him to see? The whole conversation was so interactive! My toys “spoke” to him, he wrapped a wooden train up, to give to me when I arrive in December. Then he unwrapped it to borrow it for awhile. Of all of the technological advancements, the one that lets you communicate like this with those you love, is the very best. Now, in my day….

November 14, 2011

it wasn’t a chilly day, but certainly windy and overcast. Not my cup of tea, but for these wind surfers (they have a kite, and a surfboard, and often fly above the waves) this day was perfect. It helped me, a little blue in this weather, to see these “water babies” embracing the day and being in fact so grateful for it, just as it was.

November 13, 2011

We visited a friend, to go for a walk in her area which is filled with Deciduous trees ( fall colours are in short supply on our shore). After the walk, Frank got to do some trouble shooting on the reno and was a great help! I love that we both have strongly developed interests and hobbies, and that there’s a respective vicarious enjoyment in them. We don’t have to worry about being bored or boring one another. Yeah!

November 12, 2011

as Frank is contemplating some life changes, it made us both take note of the trail sign today. It’s easy, very much so, for us to jump about in our ideas for the future…but staying the trail is often the road to contentment. Making peripheral changes instead (not throwing out the baby with the bath water) could be our trail of choice.

November 11, 2011

the earliest birthday I ever celebrated! Nov. 11th is not that close to Dec. 1st, but my scrabble group knew I’d be away then, and sprang this on me! I think that friendships are the foundation of my well being, after my family. I cherish them , in all the places we’ve lived. They are what I’m left with when we’ve moved away, and what I find in the new place. They are the best birthday gift of all.

November 10, 2011

when I was young, I thought part of being an adult meant you just didn’t like ice cream and chips anymore. Why else did we youngsters have to beg our parents for their purchase? Now I think it was the times. Today having them at hand is no biggie. So I don’t need to beg anymore, but I do! I beg Frank NOT to bring them home! Tonight he did, though,and I felt like a kid again. Nostalgia, you’re fattening.