A change is as good as a rest


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I no longer have a corner office.

Card table home office desk with office chair and houseplants in the background

I have the guidance of a local Feng Shui consultant to thank for this. In addition to rearranging furniture to face this year’s auspicious directions, this exercise provided me with the opportunity to apply project management skills, and creative patience with space management in our humble home. Since completing a college program in December, I can reclaim some space and rest my overworked brain.

I also got in some major dusting, sweeping and archeological retrieval of cat toys. Although it is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, it’s always the Year of the Cat around here.

The home office desk layout now faces a large window which provides natural lighting for video conference calls and training sessions on the days I can work from home. We can soon put away the DayLight Lamp that provides light therapy and motivation now that brighter mornings help us emerge from the darkness.

Christmas Cactus house plants on kitchen counter

One can hope that the recommended location for the Christmas Cactus plants will give them the opportunity to bloom now that they are not spending half the day in glaring sunlight in which the others thrive.

Some of us need to stay out of the bright lights and noise while quietly performing our work. We can thrive with weekly check-ins and words of encouragement.

I love our rental home that supports the need for shelter, comfort and creativity. I have a home. That is one of the things to be thankful for as we suffer the news about people worldwide being displaced by territorial, political conflict and natural disasters. Some world events break my heart and trust in mankind.

Thanks for dropping by. Take care of yourself and each other.



The Year of the Cat

Around here, it’s all about the cat.
I welcome and enter the Lunar New Year celebrations in a quiet manner but with appropriate treats. Happy Year of the Rabbit / Year of the Cat. T


The Tabby Cat seemed pleased to hear that some Asian cultures celebrate this Lunar New Year as The Year of the Cat rather than The Year of the Rabbit.

Around here it’s always about the Cat.

Geneva Tabby loves Cheetos

We have been following the news of the efforts by one Asian culture in Canada to bring awareness of their animal of choice. It seems like a challenge to get the message out above the noise from a culture with more marketing clout.

Year of the Cat: Vietnamese Canadians want their zodiac recognized this Lunar New Year

This older white Rabbit lady is willing to partake in the food and colours of celebrations either way, just to get through the dark, cold days of January and February.

These different cultural interpretations seem insignificant considering the war, hunger and strife that surrounds us, needing our support and attention.


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Safely distanced immersive art experiences


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A friend and I attended the Imagine Monet immersive art exhibit in Ottawa this week.

You can too, in a city near you.

We figured the $46 ticket price and “exit through the gift shop” expenses were well worth the 40 minutes we spent wandering around slowly or sitting on ornate benches while absorbing the colourful images that morphed to the accompanying soundtrack.

One of the ornate benches welcomes art lovers to sit a while
A colourful display of an old favourite painting

The late morning crowd was small, focused and polite. People respected distancing protocols. Some even kept their face masks on. There were no small children racing about or sprawled on the floor due to boredom. I would say it was more enjoyable than last year’s Van Gogh exhibit.

The Immersive Van Gogh art experience of August 2021

I love the impressionist art style, appreciating the beautiful works created during “en plein air” outings. I had to put aside my opinions of Claude Monet after reading reports that he was an abusive husband and father. I still enjoy his work so much that I chose not to “cancel” the show.

You would have to work hard to convince me to visit an immersive exhibit for Pablo Picasso or Jackson Pollack. Forget Salvador Dali!

I leave you with a water colour rendition of the Water Lilies and Japanese bridge, something I did in late 2020 while on staycation during the first year of COVID-19. It looks okay from a distance 😀

My crude watercolour rendition of Water Lilies and Japanese bridge, December 2020 TJ

Thank you for dropping by. I hope you will find some beauty in your day.