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I went in search of wood that I can try carving. I first went back to Petrie Island to see if I could find a small block of bass wood on the ground in the mulch, under the dead vegetation. I was on a mission. Found lots of water logged, wet, or burnt pieces of wood, a lot of it was decaying, some in worst stages than others. Wanted something the size of a brick. Found lots of twigs, dead branches, often with huge splits or splinters. As a form of exercise I did pick up a log about 3, 5 pounds, that I carried while I walked. Kept changing from my right to the left arm. Had to find something that wasn’t too round, my hands are on the small side.

Again the bird that I kept coming across was the robin. I did have two chickadees that came around looking for food, but I had none with me. Saw several little chippies too, they are small, takes awhile to recognize them as they silently slip in and around the underbrush going about their business. I saw some kind of water “rat” it was plumb maybe the size of a football, not pretty or cute at all. It dove into the water when I approached and didn’t resurface. (that I saw)

I also found a new trail to explore, Flood Line Kiln Trail in the west end. Not far from Jack Pine Trail. I walked to the end to see the ruins of the old buildings. (the trails did continue, leading out to another part of the west end) I returned the way I came, back to my car.

It is amazing that I have driven by this location many many times, just never knew it was a green space open for the public to enjoy, The parking sign is there and once you know where to look, it is obvious, but it has gone unnoticed by me for years, I knew of the other three sites further down the road, but not the Flood Line Kiln. The ground was still wet and muddy in places, there were even patches of snow on the ground, will go back in a month or so.. should be very interesting.

The pathways are there, it is up to us to be present and aware, when the time is right, the opportunity will present itself. Only in extending ourselves, do we grow.

Multitasking reduces your joy by half. When doing something, give it your all. There is joy in everything.

Perfect Liberty 2021.23

Don’t rush or allow yourself to get flustered. When you rush, it limits your ability to pay attention to detail, and often leads to careless mistakes. With a prayerful mind, take a deep breath and act calmly.

Perfect Liberty 2016.22

Oyashikiri

forever – always

shades of gray

The walk wasn’t that long to reach the water’s edge, but it was cold, and my fingers were not happy. The old arthritis just broke out in song, loud and clear … it wasn’t pretty. Still I soldiered on, I could hear the geese honking I knew there would be activity on the water.

They heard me coming and loudly protested the intrusion, flying up to where they could see who was coming, the actually up and flew away.

Here we are, mid week, it was cold, but I was not to be deterred, I still am getting used to walking the landscapes, it will take me more walks to build my stamina. I walked beyond where I usually walk today, really worth the effort to see what I will have to explore at another visit. Coming back though, I hoofed it right proper, my hands were so cold by now, the arthritis was not being kind … and I had not one pair of gloves with me. The good weather the last couple of weeks, lulled me into a false sense of security.

PL Precept #18 Each moment is a turning point. Postamo-nos sempre na bifurcacao entre o bem e o mal.

PL Precept #1 Life is Art. Vida e Arte.

Wednesday

there is something about a bird in flight – that sense of freedom it represents.
there are black birds everywhere these days. ( 2 bird photos Num Ottawa)

Today in PL we celebrate (21st of each month) A day of Appreciation – It is an important service, we give thanks and express our appreciation for the many blessings in our lives. We members humbly express our appreciation to God for all the blessings of the past month and sincerely ask to be guided and protected in the coming months, We renew our determination to follow and practice the PL teachings.

Due to Covid restrictions, tonight’s ceremony will be performed by Rev. Eugene at 7 pm. but the church itself will not be open. Instead we ask you to pray with us from home. If you wish to visit the church personally during the day, you may do so, please call ahead first.

Sunday service will take place like it did last week, please check in with us, we will have limited capacity. Sunday service will be at 10 a.m.

A thankful heart leads to happiness. When we really pay attention, we are surrounded by many things we can be thankful for; society we live in, the kindness shown to us by others. You will be able to find true happiness when you can see and appreciate these things.

Perfect Liberty 2015.21

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.21

OYASHIKIRI

Petrie Island .1.

this is where I wanted to be

There is nothing as enjoyable as a quiet walk along the water’s edge. Early morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins in earnest.

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.21

Feel joy in doing things for others. We all live helping one another in our daily lives. Let’s find joy in helping others first.

Perfect Liberty 2011.10

Oyashikiri

Beaver Trail

I went to Beaver trail, just for a peek..

Since my shadow is very plain to see.. I can’t very well deny having done so. I did behave I only wandered in so far, I kept my car in sight Took a few pictures and headed back out. I was on my way to church, OK, yes it was a bit of a detour, somewhat past the church, but … =^_^= it was in the west end.

I was intrigued by this huge slab of rock, people have used it to put seed down to attract the birds, I will examine it more at another time, I had limited time today, and I had set a time limit and distance to what I could and could not do during this outing. I am still supposed to be home recuperating. Sigh.. I didn’t acquire the nick name “hard head” for nothing.

I have to admit to being very very tired by the time I was ready to head back home. I left the above location and found my way to the church, after service I didn’t dawdle for too long, my body was giving me warning signs.. it was tired and wanted to be home. I will go back… I also found Pinhey Forest today, now that I know where it is, and how to access it, that is another of my “to explore” locations.

I should have perhaps not done as much on my first outing .. but.. I came home feeling like I had accomplished something, and with the desire to go back .. it was exciting to have found new places to explore and discover. I heard birds, but I didn’t see any, oh that is not quite true, I did see birds with the squirrel when I arrived, they flew away tho’ as soon as I started on the path towards them. (black birds )

PL Precept .. #1 Life is Art – Vida es Arte. – Vida e Arte.

Does that rock give you any ideas? What if anything does it remind you of?

Oyashikiri

obrigado thank you

photo by Num Ottawa

The power of kindness is overwhelming .. I thank you all so much for the kind words and good wishes sent to me yesterday, and to my friends here in the city who rallied around lending support. I had no idea that the surgeon would require that I have constant attention after the surgery, I expected I would come home and go to bed. But no, the curve ball was that I had to have someone with me until the sedation had gone and I no longer had dressing in my mouth. Bonnie my efficient and very capable friend who was with me, was given the instructions.. I was totally ( my attention span) not present.

With Bonnie in charge, she had everyone knowing what was happening with me, and what was to happen. LOL I was too busy trying to deal with the freezing and my body’s reaction to what had just happened to it. Anyway, my heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you who wrote, texted, (everyone except me I guess knew I wouldn’t be talking) My friends coordinated their visits, food was prepared/and or arrived ready for me to try and eat, my dearest friend Christianne stayed the night to make sure I behaved, I’m sure.

It was after nine before I could consider actually lying down. No lying down while dressing was being used.. sigh.. after all the pain meds had disappeared into my body, I slept.

Today I will listen to the wise and rest, my mind on waking thought it was going to get going again, but my body had another thought, one that has over ruled the mind. REST is what it will be. Thanks again everyone.. I do appreciate each and every one of YOU.

where I’d like to be – but not today =^_^=

Thursday 15th.

the newness in the green as it is being bathed in the spring sunlight.

There is beauty in every direction you can look, look up, look down, look all around. there are not bounds to the wonders of this Universe, and that includes the wonder in YOU – in fact – YOU are part of this vast Universe, and your presence in it.. is what makes it even more magical. Q

Have a great day today everyone – be kind to others and yourself. ” smile, and the world will smile with you”

Please if you are looking for doors, visit Dan’s site.. Thursday doors will be well presented there today. https://nofacilities.com/2021/04/15/naubuc-and-broad-thursday-doors/

I’ve posted this door before, but since I am unable to really do a full Thursday Doors today, I am going to share this one with you again.

Welcome to all those who enter – Peace lives here

In the top picture, for me the doorway was the invitation to enter the glade that was provided to me by Nature herself. This second door is a physical one, and one that is recognized by many as a place of worship, at one time such doors were always open, sadly … this is not the case any longer.

But Nature – is always ALWAYS right here with us, all around us.. part of our every day, whether or not we acknowledge Nature/s presence, it is there . one need only “look/feel”

24 hours

Was amazed that I noticed it.. I just knew that that limb had not been on the ground yesterday. I actually moved it off the roadway. Did a lot of overland hiking today while exploring, found an opening and went into the fenced area, found where they had put up fences and where the animals would go to cool down on hot days.

needed a walking stick to balance, the ground is actually almost two feet down in places, the vegetation is so thick and layered, you have to make sure that the land underneath is solid and there isn’t a big hole.
I loved the solitude of this morning’s walk, the birds except for a couple of hard working woodpeckers were quiet.

Just since yesterday, the growth on some of the trees was noticeable. What looked like they could eventually be pussy willows.. had doubled in size.

I will miss my walk tomorrow because the surgery will be so early, I was very happy that today was clear and I was able to get out for my walk. Interestingly, while I had the clear blue skies, back in the city, not twenty minutes away, they had rain.

Perceiving equals doing. Each time you notice something, it is a gift from God. don’t miss this opportunity to act.

Perfect Liberty 2021.15

Face challenging situations with a positive determination. when you encounter difficulties, boldly take measures to over come them. By creatively finding solutions, you will feel the joy in tackling any situation.

Perfect Liberty 2019.13
You are in my heart always!

Wonderful Wednesday

I spied two old tree gents having a chin wag…

Nothing wrong with my imagination. Wandering the back roads and nature trails, is fodder for my story telling, my imagination goes into a different gear, all on its own. I see the forest people the community going about its business, and I catch friends having a mid day chat. Come another couple of weeks and they will be harder to spot.

I know they think if they stand really still, no one will see.. But those of us who seek are always rewarded, especially if the sun/shadows work in our favour.

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.14

The Universe is continually in motion/movement. So are we, we don’t realize that even standing still, we are, or parts of us are moving. We are beautifully built. =^_^=. The weather forecast says tomorrow should be much like today, and today was basically clear if not always sunny, and it was mild. Means . I might try and do another “walk”. Come the very hot summer weather that Ottawa is famous for.. I will be not wanting to venture out, I will be a gal who keeps her central air company.

I found one of my marketing brochures the other day. On the cover it says “Rediscover the inner peace and quiet, of the mind, body and spirit. Oneness..” it goes on to says my sessions were “a self directed method of getting in touch with your inner calm” It is amazing that now, many years later ( this brochure is at least 20 some years old) I am still very much into believing and living my life, as I describe in in my brochure.

“Life is a dance, every step you take follows the rhythm of your “chi/energy”. It is your link to the Universe.”

Still today, I work at finding my inner calm, and for sure I try to cultivate a way of life that will unclutter my mind.

We are mid week dear friends.. “Let’s do it” One step at a time, let’s work towards “world peace” we begin with our Selves. Peace within, radiates a calm for everyone to enjoy.

the road ahead

We’ve all been on such a road, it goes somewhere, but we don’t know where. It is not open to traffic, you want to see what is at the end, you have to hoof it (walk) or bicycle. Fortunately for me, a young man and his charge came along on bikes, because my feet were draggin.. I flagged him down, did he know this road, and yes he did. “how far do I have to go till I reach the end?” “See up ahead, around the curve?”

he pointed up to where the above road barriers were .. you can just make them out in the first picture.

“When you get to the bend, the road will change from pavement to gravel, you will be about half way” Wow, I was going to be late for my 10:30 – 11 a.m appointment, I would have to turn back. No way could I manage to do the whole walk and get back in time.. besides my legs were telling me I’d already been doing enough walking for the day.

obviously at one time, this was a well travelled road. but no more. It is all part of the NCC green space now.
you can see remnants of old fences now.. once all the growth starts to happen, this may not be so visible.

As I walked back to my car, I wondered how it must have been, likely there had been animals out in the pastures that are now slowly being over taken with vegetation again. I saw a lot of creeks and water beds.. it will be fun to explore on another day.

This area, where the blocked off road is, is not the part of Dewberry where most of the hiking, snowshoeing, X-cross country is done. But I’m told the rewards are worth the walk, especially in another few weeks when there will be flowers a lot of interesting vegetation at another observation deck that has been built out over the water.. Trick is you got to get there, and it is a hike. Hiking through the trails is walking on trampled earth, the terrain is very different, this walk along the road, is just that.. you are walking on a paved road. I’ll tell you about the unpaved part when I actually get to do it.

Thanks for sharing this part of the journey with me.

We are all wonderful in our own way… Although results are important, your effort is what is truly precious.

Perfect Liberty 2021.13
he was a long way from me.. but I did manage to get a picture before he took off on me.

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