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Chev Truck -favourite finds & people

birthday-grillWhat is this?

It is a gift from my son,& his bf & partner, wonderful Brig,  who is patiently holding it so I can see it.  The question was did I want it all.  Hmmm tough decision.  In the end I went with the fender and logo.  I would have loved the whole truck grill, BUT I did have to be somewhat realistic.  I don’t live on land with lots and lots of room, we are on a city lot, walking distance from the city’s core.  It now sits in the living room where I can see it every day.

PL Principle # 3   have a mind of appreciation towards others and things.

I am grateful that my son and his Brig are so thoughtful, they are such blessings in my life.  I appreciate that he spared me going out to the metal yards to round this up for myself.   I was planning on have a go at going there with the tools to harvest whatever I could find.  But lovely Brig and he went out on their own, and found it for me. =^_^=

prince-edward-2011-sand-banksA day of adventure, at Ontario’s Sand Banks.  It was on the cool side, the summer tourist and cottage season over, the beach was a paradise of sand and surf.

prince-edward-sand-banks-2011There is something hauntingly beautiful about spending time on a beach that at times is so crowded with human energy, that it is buzzing…  and finding it quiet and peaceful.  The land simply “BEING”.

prince-edward-sandbanksWe will be heading out at the end of this week, to go where-ever the road leads.  I love my memories of a time that was, but I am keen to discover, the world that will unfold as we take roads less traveled in our quest for new places to appreciate and enjoy

PL Precept #18  Each moment is a turning point

Learn to appreciate all and everything in your life, everything happens for a reason.

Oyashikiri

11th. Ancestors’ Day

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On the 11th of every month, we celebrate ancestors Day.  through this ceremony we express our gratitude for the love and virtues of our ancestors, and those who have contributed to our lives in a way that has shaped us into the person(s) we are today.

I speak often of appreciation, and gratitude, why because it is important to realize and remember that we do have much to be thankful for.   I thank the Universe every day for the blessings in my life.  I am alive and able to experience the joys that come my way.  Sometimes I don’t realize it is a joy, I “react” but.. in the long and short of things… usually, almost always, I come to realize that the obstacle or challenge was a gift.

Sometimes we forget how wonderful something is, till it reappears in our lives.  Be open to the “adventures” that come your way.  Believe that if it is “in your face” there is a good reason for it.

Pl Precept # 15    All is a mirror

PL Precept # 11     Always be with God

Service is at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday 11th

bridal flower by Oli in Australia

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

golden-chalice-flower-5sGreetings to you on this lovely sunny day.  The weather has turned a little cooler than it was last week, but I love the hint of zest, that little tang or crispness that has filtered in pinging our hardwood trees with a flirtatious  kiss that starts the leaves blushing and in some case, turning crimson red.

Driving down the highway towards Orleans (Ontario) I was totally smitten by the wide sweeping colours that waved to me as I passed by.  The sun was beaming down and all around me… there was pure happiness in the air.

orange-firecracker-vine-flower-1sThe flowers here are Oli’s from Australia, they too are enjoying this time of year.  No matter where we are on this planet.. what is that old expression… it is always after 5 pm somewhere, if not where we are.  The sun works its magic wherever it is.

So do we….. PL Precept #8, live as the sun.

Music is a venue that brings friends together.  tonight I will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness at a party, the DJ always plans his events to challenge us in our knowledge of music from the past many years. His eclectic style and library of tunes, means he is “really does ‘ challenge us.. who can name this tune, what date did this come out..etc. (DJ Nick from Michigan)   He will be followed by a DJ from Oklahoma  (Bluelou McGrady) who with his brand of Blues will have us moving and groovin’ unable to sit still for longer than a minute, no matter our best intentions.

When we share our talents, and give freely of our time to inspire and great good times for others, happiness and friendships blossom and bloom.

The venues for these events, the first one is at Pacifique owned by the lovely Eclair Martinek, and the second event is at a down home southern bar/club  Rocking the Blues complete with swamps and alligators owned by Miss Kira Wyldfire, please note, all names have been changed to protect the innocent. =^_^=

These ladies practice living their lives, walking the path of true friendships and welcoming hearts, this is reflected in the people that work with them and the audiences they attract.

pink-begonia-flowers-1sWe all come from different backgrounds, worlds,  places, our histories are different,  our lifestyles could be miles apart, but what we all have in common, is the desire to be happy, and to live peaceful and joy filled lives.  We love our friends, and we cherish those who have stood by our side through thick and thin.

This is Canadian Thanksgiving, the American one is in late November, and the Church of Perfect Liberty, we celebrate Thanksgiving every month, on the 21st.  We focus on gratitude, appreciation and give thanks, for all that we are, and will be and for those we love and appreciate, past and present.

PL Precept # 10   Love yourself and Others

PL Precept #20   Live Maintaining Equilibrium between mind and matter

Love is forever, it really is…

Share a smile today…

Oyashikiri

photos, Oli in Australia

Clubs, Pacifique ,SL,Second Life , Rocking the Blues, Inworldz and the Blues Loft, Inworldz

A stop along the way

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I knew no one was home

so I  took time to roam

explore, and  enjoy the decor

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she’s had her doors done up out of wood

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I turned to the Ford

I admit it had a charm

and, it wasn’t in a barn

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this is the babe

who welcomed us in

when these ladies, give with the charm

I can’t help but beam

with delight

I raise a glass to the bad ass

owners who track them down

and give them new life

PL Precept #7    Everything exists in relativity

each picture, shows a piece of art, someone made time, to reconstruct, or build

these gems for us to enjoy.

on my part, appreciation, and gratitude is sent out to them for their time and efforts

just reliving my visit brought back a big smile.

Oyashikiri

Thursday Doors 9.29

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smell the sea

follow the crowd

to the

fresh catch

 there is no match

indulging  in the day’s catch

I totally enjoyed

the succulent lobster

stuffed into my roll

a treat, indeed.

PL Precept # 7  Everything exists in relativity

APPRECIATION -& GRATITUDE

for all that happened and went into

my being able to enjoy

such a delight.

Chop Suey Friday – Japan

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These were the doors that we went through every day.  To classes, lectures, meals, and these are the same doors that we came through for our refuge. Our time out, our time away from “activity.  We were 12 ladies in this room. yet, it is amazing that when in the room, in your own space, if you wanted to  just lie and be quiet, tend to your whatever… you had that space.  Even though many of us were in some way strangers, we co-existed with a sense of harmony that was “extra-ordinary”.  Somehow, we knew when to communicate, exchange and when to simply “be”  That is an “art” in itself.

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Every morning, many woke early to make the journey to this sacred place to pray.  Some would do it several times during the day. When we had the torch ceremony, many marched  there from the residence carrying a torch.  This was a sight to see as darkness fell, and all one could see was the torches walking in unison towards the First Founder’s Tomb (Okutsuki)  Usually I would be in the procession, this year, due to my jet lag  condition, I got there by bus, so for the first time, I saw the flames coming towards us, it was awesome to see.  The feeling of being part of such a devout ceremony was moving.

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There are no words that can fully describe the journey I was on.  Yes, my body did not like the jet lag, and had me lying low at times, but the energy and the positive interaction of everyone around me made the experience one I will never forget.  There were times where my thoughts drifted in and out of a tired overworked mind.  I did some of my most brilliant thinking during some of those “out of body” moments, too bad, the memory cells were on vacation.

PL Precept # 18  Each Moment is a Turning Point

Pl Precept # 7  Everything exists in Relativity

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my heart is filled with gratitude

for the experience

and the new friends made while in Japan

Oyashikiri

Gratitude and Prayers

Rev. Eisuke Inagaki, a friend who looked out for me every step of the way

Rev. Mamaru Itagaki -another friend who made sure I was alright, and for his wonderful Shikiri before I left

Rev. Atsushi Tsuji – I would have been sad to have missed the time with you

Rev. Fukito Kimura – how wonderful it was to meet you once again

Rev. Ichinen Furuichi – a new friend, with a Hawaiian background, I look forward to more discoveries

Rev. Misuo Michishita who I was honored to meet with for a consultation

Rev. Toyomi Hirayama who translated for us

Rev. Maruyama Noboru and his wife Akiko – what a happy moment to discover he spoke fluent French (Paris)

Rev. Ise Kouji whose generosity will always be remembered =^_^=

Rev. Higashigata, Arturo  if only I could speak more Spanish =^_^=

-My apologies that I can not name all the wonderful people who made this visit so special – You aer all in my thoughts and prayers with much GRATITUDE

oops can’t forget Rev. Eugene who made sure I had all my meals booked.. =^_^= and recruited “sitters” to look out for me.

Japanese bath and…..

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The sign points the way to the ladies bathing area

this time around, I didn’t get the sliding doors into the area

once inside, we remove our shoes

and put them in the slots allotted for guests

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On entering into the first room, there are sinks on the left

 to the right an area to remove and put  your clothes in a designated shelf box

once you have removed all your clothes

you can enter into the bathing area,

it is again through a pair of sliding doors.

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the chair you see in the back corner

is a massage chair,

I regret to say, I never had the opportunity to try it

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on entering there is one north american type stall

next to it is a sauna,

which again, I did not get to use

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the next picture will show you the most popular way

to shower and remove the day’s “grime”

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I have found that this is the most comfortable and practical

way to wash.  You do your hair, and rinse off well

before you can get into the bath itself.

Soaps, shampoo and conditioner is provided

Once you are all cleaned and rinsed off,

only then, do you enter the bath.

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then it is back to the dorm

refreshed and relaxed

ready to roll out your futon

and tuck yourself in

This picture was taken after

some of the participants had gone

we were 12 to a room

what you see is what was in front of me,

from my little “home” while there

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this little nook, is where we could get hot/cold water

or cold drinks (vending machines)

just outside our room.  Where the two ladies

are looking is into another smaller bathing area

International visitors are welcomed once a year

we came from North American, Brazil, Argentina

Spain, and, and….. the North American participants were from the States

except for moi,  the only Canadian.

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This delightful woman was like our “den” Mother, she

and her crew, manned the International Office,

took our keys, gave out the keys.. rooms were always

locked when no one was in the room

The staff worked from the wee hours till late into the evening

answering questions, helping with our needs,

ensuring we got to meals on time

We always knew we had them there to look out for us.

Even though the majority of them could not speak English

it is amazing how efficient they were

and how we all managed to communicate

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it is a VERY  long journey from where I live

to Osaka, Japan, and from there to PL headquarters,  about another hour away.

was it worth it

yes, every minute, second of the pilgrimage

was a blessing

my sincere gratitude and love  goes to all

who shared this journey with me

making it an unforgetable experience.

Oyashikiri

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