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incredible holiday

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Never judge a book by its  cover…. our room was clean, big, it had a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, big screen telly and internet.  Oh and two big queen size beds.  It was just off the big super highway when we turned off on to hwy 15 going into Kingston.  This was our view from the balcony ..it wasn’t the time year to be sitting on the balcony but.. wanted to share this with you. The road you see there is the hwy. where you can’t see off to the left is the super one.  Yes, we were constantly  hearing cars, trucks etc. driving past.  In the morning, we were treated to the activity of the heavy equipment being started up.  It was all good, we enjoyed ity all.

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The pictures were taken early morning, the day following our arrival.  Kingston is a popular tourist attraction especially in the summer, and it is not only a military base, but swarming with the activity of the Universities and the buzz of student life.  for more on the city you can check out this link

http://http://tourism.kingstoncanada.com/en/index.asp

As wonderful as the city is, we were there to treasure hunt and chill.  Eartha  (name changed to protect the innocent)  and I were on an adventure, and yes we included some craft shopping (Michaels)  We were in our glory, on the days we were there we encountered nothing but discount days, one store had 75% off, another 50% then the next day or was it the day before it was 40%.  It is not the you spend a lot, it is the thrill of the hunt. Some of you will get this, others I know will just shake their darling heads (Hello B!)

Everything was a positive. The internet was iffy in our lodgings, but we were still able to have a giggle, and what messages I did retrieve were so appreciated. We had been told to expect snow, rain, freezing rain, but all day everywhere we were the sun shone down on us, blessing our day with warm sunshine, blue skies, friendly people, we laughed, we talked, and we ate.

We found this restaurant called the Mandarin (no it was not lost) it was just new to us. =^_^=…. Chinese New Year as most of you know by now is coming up Feb. 7 in China, 8th here.  Already the celebrations have begun.  It is a big restaurant (franchised) that means the different Mandarins, for example there is a big one near here in Orleans, are owned by different people.  This one, was in full-blown celebration mode, with the red lanterns and the red symbols of good luck, prosperity, health and happiness festooned all over in all the rooms.

Yes, there were different rooms with different themes, on our last day we sat in the Fish room. Huge divider of tropical fish and Chinese wall mural of fish.  The servers and attendants were all in smart well pressed uniforms of Chinese red, the ladies sported tops in Chinese brocade, everyone had training in how to greet guests, the special bow, the hot towels prior to eating and then another fresh hot towel after the meal.  the service was 1st class excellent!  The owner made the rounds, welcoming everyone, and offering the traditional red envelopes. A grand experience.

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It was  a wonderful time away, it wasn’t the destination, but the getting there.  Once there it wasn’t our physical environment, but the sense of happiness and friendship that carried us through the various things we did.  The discoveries we shared. We didn’t  think about tomorrow, we lived the moments and therefore, we were constantly celebrating the “wonders ” of the day.

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The start of a new year should always be a celebration of new beginnings and the renewal of the joy in our hearts.  We sweep out the old and bring in the new. According to Chinese tradition, a red envelope is a symbol of luck.  When we give someone a red New Year envelope, we are wishing them good health, wealth and luck for the coming year.

We got two on our trip.  yahhhhhhooooo, double luck!   KUNG HEI FAT CHOY !!!

namaste      –      oyashikiri

PL Precept # 21  Live in Perfect LIberty

PL Principle # 12    I will get up pleasantly in the mornings

PL Precept # 2   I will not have complaints about others, matters, nor the weather.  Rather I will always be creative and will look for shortcomings in my own thinking and actions.

Gananoque gateway to 1000 Islands

That was our destination, we headed for majestic shores of the St. Lawrence and the 1000 Islands in the Township of Leeds. When we take to the road it is about relaxation, meeting new people and  making friends and memories. We are incredibly fortunate to live in a country where we can enjoy nature, big cities and small communities in practically any direction we decide to travel.

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Whether you are into Arts and Culture, taking in a theatre production, and free outdoor concert in the park Gananoque has it all.  We spent time in the town park, where its serene ambiance, the light summer breeze and the good company made for a most enjoyable way to spend the time.

IMG_20150902_171416416Often we are finding ourselves, on the move.we are setting off in one direction or another, and time passes us by, and is gone before we know it.  In the truck when the miles speed by, the world around us is like a movie of our own  making. Being the passenger, my world is certainly different  then my husbands.  He is focused on the road, and the vistas and thoughts that crowd his awareness.. Sometimes we see the same things, sometimes we don’t. We are in the same vehicle, going the same direction, both in front seats…But we are not seeing the same things.

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And that dear friends is true in all we experience say and do….=^_^=   On the way back, we were driving into a real whopper of an electrical storm.. Spoiled wife, was nodding on her side of the car, while hubby got to experience the real highlights of the spectacular event.

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We had gotten me a warm fleece throw to wrap around myself on the way home… and i was snuggled in for the night-time drive..  =^_^=   oh, I heard his exclamations of wonder and awe…. he was enjoying his movie, and I mine. We shared every moment of our  journey, together in our own way.

Life is good when we appreciate each others differences. When we learn to live in harmony with the uniqueness of the world around us…..  the everything exists in relativity.

namaste     –      oyashikiri

sweet relish & smoked oysters

Even when we do our best, some times we don’t feel that the outcome was what we wanted or expected. On reflection, when reviewed, often we are left wondering.. “what were we thinking” If you love to cook,  you know, if like me, you are someone who creates the meal from scratch and on the go that what seems great in thought, does not always translate well to the tongue and taste buds.

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Life situations are much the same, we think we want, or feel that something just “has” to happen, or we want to reach another level in our careers, we just “know” that the change will somehow make our everyday life sooooooooooo much better. We will be soooooooooooo much happier, etc.

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Then we reach that plateau, or when we acquire what we thought would make life so much easier, the reality hits home. Life is.  The sun still shines, the rain pours, bills keep coming in, and friends come and go.  Nothing has changed except the players and the environment you are in.  In other words, everything has changed, but you still feel that discontent, that “je ne c’est pas quoi” When we live doing our best, then each moment of the day is a good one, we are happy about what we are doing and our choices.  If the outcome isn’t what we wanted, then revisit the “want”. It isn’t always the destination, more often than naught, it is the journey that counts.  Now is what matters. Happiness is … (we all have our own happy button, find yours)

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Why on earth was I thinking oysters and sweet relish?  oh well, that was then, this is now.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

 

 

 

 

* Dill with it Art Print by Phil Jones (society6.com)

** found on buzzfeed.com

*** steamykitchen.com

Guess what food item will be on the grocery list today =^_^=

Good Morning Everyone!

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In my meditations this morning, I came across a Blessing Chant, I’d kike to share it with you. It is a chant adapted from the Pattanumodana  (Teachings of Buddha >edited by Jack Kornnfield)

Just as water flowing in the streams and rivers fills the ocean, thus may all your moments of goodness touch and benefit all beings, those here now and those gone before.

May all your wishes be soon fulfilled as completely  as the moon on a full moon night, as successfully as from the Wish-Fulfilling Gem.  May all dangers be averted; may all disease leave you.

May no obstacles come across your way and may you enjoy happiness and long life.

May those who are always respectful,honoring the way of the elders, prosper in the four blessings of old age, beauty, happiness, and strength.

nederlands,amsterdamPL’s lesson of the day is about being pro-active, in an ever changing society.  a reminder to keep  our minds and eyes in tune with the changes and to learn to deal with them in a proactive manner.  This busy picture taken in Amsterdam, Nederlands (found on Pinterest) while peaceful in it’s own way, is not the tranquility captured by the photographer of the top picture.

Where would you like to be today?  Which destination captures your imagination, if you could close your eyes and with a snap of the fingers be right there, in what direction would you go?  Choices, ahhhh isn’t life grand!  Have a blissful day everyone!

Live in Joy > Live in Peace             Oyashikiri

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