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A Sunday moment

Good morning, it has been about 3 and a half years now since my husband passed away, for about a year prior to his passing, I had begun the process of downsizing, packing and taking away the excess, passing items on to the Goodwill type of charities that recycle items to add to their $$s for serving the community. I have continued this practice with the exception of during the “shut downs” when the charities could not receive or process the items. As soon as they opened their doors again, the morning ritual beganagain.

Every morning I take a box(s) and or bags and fill them with items to be dropped off. ( we have a 1.5 bungalow,) my husband had two offices on the upper floor. Having been in the news media and a communication/editor he had the upstairs set up pretty much like a news room and office. From his days of being a reporter, photographer and on air newsman for the various media outlets, he had an accumulations of supplies. Till his illness became too invasive, he kept records and notes about anything that was of interest to him. that included documenting the weather changes etc. “Once a news hound, always a news hound

I have not taken down his white boards,/black boards, or even tackled his desks yet, but bit by bit I’ve taken away books, maps, reference materials, DVDs, recorders, speakers, microphones, notebooks (ones waiting to be filled) his clocks, one for the different time zones etc. It is amazing how over the years, we accumulate odds and ends, what seems like little bits of information, ie. maps, books on various subject matter that is being researched etc.- it is 1, 2 pieces at a time, but over the years, it just becomes “stuff”

No, its not only his offices that have been slowly worked on, but my own living space… I take things out, carload at a time, and there is always more. Today, I noted, progress has been made.

“I’ll do it later. No, I’ll do it now.” to make progress do anything while its still fresh.

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On my part, I am doing my best to weed out my closets, drawers and shelves etc. It is a cleansing process. and NO I am no longer bringing more in, something does come in, means something has to leave.

Oyashikiri

interlude in Arnprior

With one thought, “the world” will change. changing your way of thinking will make a difference on how you perceive the world.

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What a joy filled day. A friend came by, she drove, we went to Arnprior, I got to just sit, enjoy and take in the beautiful scenery along the way. There are no words for how much I enjoyed visiting the retreat we went to. There was a private beach that I got to visit and bask in the sunshine while she conducted her business. How far out fantastic was that! No one around, just me and the waves gently rolling into shore. Heavenly!

I will admit the climb back up from the beach to the retreat area.. tested my stamina. Going down was easy, the climb back up, LOL its called exercise….

I am a happy camper.. hope to sleep soundly this evening.
Oyashikiri

my space

enter the serene landscape of Dewberry

The further you walk into the quiet of the woodlands, the more serene it gets. There are places along the way where one can sit a spell. I have found a fallen tree to sit on, where I can hear the sound of a babbling stream, as it merrily makes its way through the dense forest carpet, some days I m may hear another traveler off in the distance, but that is rare. (week-ends it might be different)

Each season brings a different decorated theme. Each passing day there is something new to discover. the landscape is forever changing.

Please let me explain that the quiet while in the woods is not without sound. There is a constant singing and chatter of the birds and other residents of the forest community. Their voices blend to create a soothing lullaby to the ears of an urban traveler.

In PL when we are faced with a problem, we work at resolving the “issue” by looking at how we, ourselves can change , what we need to do, to change our thinking to redirect negative energies towards more positive vibes. For me, my daily time spent in or near the woodlands helps me to focus, to listen to my inner voice. To replay and consider conversations with my friends. God (Nature) will always provide. We have to learn how to “hear” “be receptive” mostly, we have to “let go and let God”

There are 21 Precepts in the PL Philosophy, each one is a guide, or a “key” to help us through our journey. The first one, Life is Art.… is my mantra…. I am the artist, and life is my canvas.

PL Precept # 2… To live is to express one’s self.

I share my world with you, why, because, I see and feel love when I am in Nature, and we all need love.

Oyashikiri

nature therapy

Today was a day for reflection.

yesterday I found this little fellow sunbathing
today I watched the breeze weave and dance through the tall grass
I heard the rustle of vegetation and a wee chipmunk ran out, I was walking softly she was like a herd of cattle. =^_^=

the quiet of the day, the slow walk along the path, the vegetation, the birds, the activity of the wee ones in the woods, a blessing.

peek a boo

I see you looking back at me, I was thrilled you didn’t fly away

Free yourself from being overly attached. Overthinking hinders ideas and actions.

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I took today as a ME day … I spent the day visiting with nature, even drove out to Shirley’s Bay and the Firing Range, it had been a very long time, it was good to revisit, and reacquaint myself with places I haven’t been to in years, now I can plan to go again. Sometimes we do the same things over and over .. visit the same places.. there is just so much more to explore and discover. A big thank you to my friends who are encouraging and being supportive. Actually to each and everyone of you… you inspire me, I appreciate you.

Always and forever

yellow sunshine

Express your appreciation with enthusiasm. Appreciation is the driving force for progress and development.

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>> perhaps we make a lot of noise, because we don’t want to listen <<

>> happiness is a state of mind that I enjoy, I like being happy… <<

Happiness is…. sharing kindness, and genuinely caring.

A Sunday moment

sit by me,

we can cool our feet in the water

while we waste away the day

we need not speak

no words would do

physically we are two

but, in our hearts we are one

this one moment, is an eternity.

You light up my life…

Saturday

Make today a different day. Instead of doing the same old things be creative and do things to improve your day.

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Oft in quiet solitude, I think, in retrospective mood,

of all the days and years gone by, of memories that will not die.

I think of times so long ago, Acquaintances I used to know,

and how they used to stop and share a little joy, a little care

I think of moments in the past, when happiness just had to last

Its light with bright endeavour shone, As if to warn – dull care, begone!

I think of many golden days, all special in so many ways.

Good times were had by one and all; Bad times? Nothing to recall.

Oft in lonely solitude, I think in recollective mood,

Receiving an old cavalcade, of memories that cannot fade.

J.M Robertson

Yesterday morning during my walk, I was chasing signs that fall is on its way.. =^_^=…

Have a good day everyone!

Oyashikiri

Sharon Sharon Sharon

photo by Sharon

Oh dear, I opened my mail to find a photo from my friend who has a large countryside hide-a-way where she goes fishing, riding and exploring. Isn’t this a little cutie .. I’ve never been in one, but I can imagine it can take you into a lot of places. I do remember with great fondness of a day out with a gal pal who has a couple of Jeeps, It was a few years back, well ok, maybe over 5 years.. but I can still feel the exhilaration riding the jeep over big huge boulders and then down the other side into a ravine… it was slow and easy, the human controlling the jeep as it slid and eased its way over the rough terrain. An adventure I treasure, that I’ll never forget.

It was a totally different way to see and explore the woodlands, and for sure they travel in areas, that now as a hiker I am not seeing. Someday, maybe in the fall, I’ll find out more about the other outdoor experiences, where other modes of outdoor fun is had.. I know there are clubs and special trails they go on, another mode of enjoyment I’ve only caught a glimpse of, but not seen or know anyone who has done it, is mud trials?? races?? I think they test their skills and vehicles driving in mud??

What is “normal” is different for each individual. Everyone has a different way of thinking and doing. It’s important to understand others’ feelings.

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Currently I’m caught up in watching a show about “catching the waves”.. yesterday I saw them doing white water kayaking in the Ottawa River, “running the rapids”. There are so many different ways to enjoy the outdoors, thanks Sharon for reminding me of that.

I love my circle of friends, I truly do, each is so unique and special in his/her own way, I can’t do it all, but through my friends I can experience so much more of the world around me. Sharing, caring, loving, all acts that make the world a better place.

YOU light up my life! Smiles back at you. YES YOU.

Wednesday

oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive

It is when we deceive ourselves. NO of course not, we don’t set out with the intention of deceiving, but often it begins with a little “white” lie, and then, out of the blue one day, we find ourselves dealing with a situation that is totally so not what we were expecting or wanting. It is the little habits, the small acts that we do on a regular basis, we do them without even thinking, they become just “something we do”

Over the years, I’ve spent hours reading, taking in information that was of interest to me, I learned how to meditate the TM way (Transcendental Meditation) I learned about and tried Yoga, Pilates, joined and went to a gym to use their equipment, even tried a personal trainer a few times.. Nothing stuck. Yet every new piece of information I took in (what communicated itself to me) was stored, and when doing a mental exercise often these little tidbits would factor into my final decision to do or try something new.

One day in the dead of winter when I was driving one of the backroads to get to “my birds” I thought to myself, “What am I doing” I remember there was only one other set of tracks on the road, and already they were almost covered by the still falling snow. Heavily burdened branches were bowed with the wet sow that clung to them, some almost touching the roof of my cat. I had no choice but to to go very slowly, and be totally focused on my actions. When I got to the parking lot and the car was parked, I sat back and just relaxed in a wonderful glorious moment of awareness, I was happy, I was thrilled, I was content.

I sat in my car, totally still, watched the big snowflakes land and slide down my windows.. they were still warm from the heated interior. It was a moment of pure bliss. I was so aware of myself, the moment, my surroundings.. Then the calls filtered in to me, the birds knew I was arrived… There was a flurry of action around the almost empty feeders.

I have always enjoyed the winter, but not like I did during the past winter when every day I went out into the day and began spending time with the birds and other woodland animals who came to call when I was there.

Its not the same in the summer, the summer months produce a totally different vibe. My daily routine in the fall and winter .. was and is different. Spring and summer months I’m not able to capture the same “stillness” My “habits” I acquired over the late summer, fall and winter months, were not harmonious with the spring months, nor in this season called summer.

Once again, I’m reminded that the only thing in life that is constant, is change. These past 3, 4 weeks I’ve been deceiving myself, yes I do enjoy some of the “adventures” but if I’m honest with my “self”.. I’m not having the same kind of “satisfaction” with my visit to the woodlands, certainly not, journeying into them.. Today’s calendar..

Have a “Let’s do it” attitude. Even if a task is difficult keep in mind it is given by God and accomplish it.

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Gonna have to work on this one, give it more thought. I think I’ll go with the flow. I went out earlier to find that it is a wet drizzle, with spurts of downpouring. Guess its time to dig out my rain boots, and make sure my rain jacket is handy. I’ll find a place to walk where there is a more open trail.

optimistic and positive!

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