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Having the whole area to myself, meant I could be a little silly. OK, well maybe a bit more than a little… I had a great time, I could run, jump, spin,turn and do a stretch and bend, I tried a few high kicks.. and discovered that I no longer have that can can kick I used to be able to do. hmmm. was it because of my big winter boots*, my 2 winter weight vests, my big winter quilted coat.. or… was it plain and simple I’m not in the same condition I was 10 years ago. (* I blamed my cleats that I have put on my winter boots for stopping my ability to glide and spin properly..)

I made the time to walk the whole area, making sure I put makoto (sincerity) into every step. I had no excuse, no diversions.. I was alone… even the birds had other things to interest them.. they were not following me or wondering what I was doing.. I got about 20 minutes of walking, skipping, etc. before another car came crawling along the road and into the parking area.

Today’s little “time to myself” moments were needed. Why I think I have to be out and at the feeders at a given time is beyond me.. I need to work on my “I’m retired” skills. Yesterday I did the walk (the trail that winds its way through the evergreens at P23) and today I “played” in the parking lot. I’d say it is a good start to the new year. Keeping active will ensure that my “body/mind” will not get lazy.

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.

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See the dragon looking up, waiting to be fed?

Playmates are everywhere… one just has to be watchful, and aware … they are lurking waiting to be seen/found.

Not a soul did I meet on the trail. One young lad came along on a winter snow bike (wide tires made for biking snow trails) he disappeared within seconds, only to be seen in the distance later on when I was on the trail that loops back to the parking lot. It was overcast, skies were rather dull and the clouds were plentiful, never-the-less it was like a mini winter wonderland. The birds were quiet, it was a tranquil walk that led me past the familiar and loved winter white evergreen and trees, along the trail.

Look.. this is the red belly woodpecker, .. sorry no. it is not the one hanging around the feeders, but one that Photographer Hien T. Nguyen ( Neihtn2012) took, I have permission to share it with you. https://neihtn.wordpress.com/2023/01/22/five-seconds/

Yes, patience is a virtue. Birders at P23 yesterday found our little guy flying around enjoying himself yesterday. Be aware that the feeders have also been drawing a few sightings of not so welcome guests… but then… to meet the very diverse community, you’ll have to drop by won’t you. =^_^=

Being asked for a favour is a chance. When someone asks for a favour from you, this is a chance for you to help others. Face the chance proactively.

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Oyashikiri

Happy New Year. Rabbit

Good Sunday morning. This little quote hangs on the back door, I see it every time I use the back door. Let me rephrase … I pass by it everytime I use the back door. this morning when I let the dogs out, the Chinese New Year red celebration good luck symbol caught my attention, and I lifted it to straighten it and saw the words that I had hung there months ago. Why had I covered it up… I have been walking past it and not seeing it. What a good message to start my year with.

Discover something new today. have a willingness and an interest ... start your day with excitement.

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Resolve – A firm determination to do something… decide firmly on a course of action.

The most famous Rabbit in chinese culture is probably the “jade rabbit” who resides in t he Moon Palace. “Legend has it that three fairy sages transformed the selves into starving old beggars, they came across a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The beggars asked for food, the Fox and Monkey both had food and shared it. The Rabbit had nothing to share with them… wanting them to be well and not to starve to death, he jumped into a fire determined to save them. The sages were so moved by the Rabbits sacrifice that with their powers they revived the rabbit and granted it eternal life. sending it to live in the Moon palace with Chang Er the Moon fairy.

Some say on a full moon if you look closely you will see the beautiful Chang Er fairy and the cheerful Jade Rabbit singing together in the Moon Palace. The Chinese it is said are fascinated by the moon and celebrate Moon Festival on the 15th day of the eight lunar month – families watch the full moon together. It is also the romantic festival for lovers. Looking at the moon links them together.

Happiness is sharing life with you… Always and forever.

Gung hay fat choi

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

Today is also the 21st. which in PL is when we celebrate the most important service of the month. Thanksgiving/Day / aka. Day of appreciation. we offer our appreciation and pray to be physically and spiritually renewed.

Be grateful for everything. express gratitude. Be open to new possibilities. Accept everything with appreciation. Small changes can bring about a fresh outlook

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The Lunar new year is a celebration of “family” of “community” we begin weeks before the actual full moon, we clean our homes, (literally/figuratively) our “minds” “hearts”.. we examine, we reflect on the past year, and humbly express our apperception to God/Universe for all the blessings of the past year/month and sincerely ask to be guided and protected by the grace of Oyashikiri in the coming days/weeks/months.

People take time off, business’s close not for the day but often for a week or more so that family members that need to travel, can make their way home for the holiday/celebrations that will take place in their home towns/villages etc.

It is a joyous time, if you are blessed to have community/family to share the time with, all the better, but it is also a time (in my case) for spiritual renewal, and self acceptance/understanding and appreciation …

Please note… Due to the service this evening at the church, there will be no Sunday service tomorrow. Service tonight will be at 7 pm if you can make it.

Where ever you are, whatever you are doing – may the Universe smile down on you and yours now and always bringing much Happiness ……Joy……Prosperity and ….. Good Health.

Oyashikiri

Moving forward

Move forward with confidence. Experiences you have acquired through efforts so far are wonderful. Give it all you’ve got.

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The skies are cloudy and overcast – we have snow falling again..but it is mild. yesterday I did get my walk around the bog in. The above is the winter landscape that faced me. The world was quiet, the bird were busy at the feeders enjoying the fresh sunflower seeds with bonus tidbits of a variety of worms. The woodpeckers were showing their appreciation for the new suet blocks. We all enjoyed the comfortable community we were able to share. An early bird photographer came along, other than that, it was quiet on the home front.

Check with your church – all the snow should be cleared in time for service tomorrow, but check with Rev. Eugene San if you are in this area where there is a winter storm warning in place.

Oyashikiri

Stay safe everyone!

If you are travelling for the Chinese New Year, please be careful.

Now

Came across this huge poster the other day.. I tried to get a good picture to share, that is why I have put two copies of it up in case you can see one better than the other. I first saw such a poster when I worked at CTV (Canadian television media) back in the early years when it was a budding new industry. The new Pr man had arrived and was setting up his office. He had come from Hamilton and there against his wall was such a poster with interesting doors of Hamilton (Ontario/Canada) Do these posters still exist? Does anyone have an actual collection of the posteres? We are an avid door chaser group, besides sharing the doors here on Thursdays… do we have our own collection of door posters? What do you do with all the doors you’ve collected over the years?

For more doors, please visit Dan site.. https://nofacilities.com/2023/01/19/officers-quarters/

The turning point is now. Life is a sequence of moments called now. You have the key to turn yourself around.

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You seriously want me to get up!

being mindful

Be mindful with prayer. if you work on things with a prayerful heart, there will be many things you can be taught.

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– Just listen….

17th.

Snow, blowing snow, high winds, visibility is not good, roads are not all cleared, the cold temperatures means that under the fresh snow is the possibility of black ice, there are hidden dangers out there.

The path to achievement is “to start with what you can do” try to find out what you an do towards challenges in your own situation. This will pave the way for achievement.

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Today is a brand new day! What adventures will we have today!

Gratitude

oh dear, who typed up her blog and posted from her virtual blog site. … here you go… reposted on proper site. Blessings!!

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Gratitude fills my heart when I see pictures or read something that reminds me of friends/family, past and present who have shared time/memories in my life. As time moves along, and some memories fade … others are born and are alive in our thoughts/prayers.

Make the best use of materials and money. You can do different things as materials and money play their roles. How to make them work is important.

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Most important, is to take the time to listen to your own thoughts/feelings/needs… charity begins at home. How often do you put your own “needs” aside .. because.. sometimes that is not a good enough reason… If you can’t determine or know what makes you happy .. how can you possibly expect someone else to.

Oyashikiri

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Jan.15

It was a brilliant day. Eartha and I finally got away for our day trip to Ogdensburg, NY. We didn’t gear away till mid morning, and we actually got home early evening. Ogdensburg is about an hour’s drive from here, the border crossing was unusually quiet. We had only a couple of cars ahead of us when we crossed over into the States, and we were the only car returning to Canada when we headed back. Unusual, but appreciated, cuz we were tired.

We were only hours away from home, yet the weather, was so much milder. People were in (believe this) shorts and cut offs. Mind you they were wearing fall sweaters, some had on hoodie type sweat shirts or jackets… but the snowsuits and winter apparel seen worn when we left home. Mind you, we have just had a snow dump, as you can see from the above picture that was taken in the morning when I went out to P23 and P22 to feed the birds/crows.

While in Ogdensburg we were told about a new Asian Buffet, all you can eat, with Free Ice Cream! Guess where we had lunch. (1000 Linden St. open 7 days a week) It was different from the Asian buffets I am used to here .. I did ask, the Cook was/is Chinese. They have lunch specials for take out which is something we don’t see up here at our Asian buffets. You can also do Carry Out buffet in the States, I don’t find that here too often. And KNOCK YOUR SOCKS off prices. Here a noon day buffet at our favourite buffet is over $20 ea. for lunch .There we paid just under $20 for TWO.

Happy Sunday morning everyone.. because of the storm I missed the feeders at P22 and P23 Friday, yesterday the feeders were empty and full of snow… Guess where I am headed as soon as this post is put to bed.=^_^=

Express your feelings straight away. It will be good if you could express your feelings as they are to people around you, when you are happy or when you are troubled. also it will be a good chance for you to get to know others.

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