My week of gratitude

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We just passed through Canadian Thanksgiving.

I took my usual vacation so I could extend the gratitude, times for reflection and enjoy me some cool autumn temperatures.

We had a mixed bag of weather but that didn’t affect the memorable moments during various family gatherings.

autumn colours Gatineau Hills

Camp Fortune ski hill and fall colours

Accomplishments:

  • Succeeded with an argument-free, three-night, four-day visit from a sibling;
  • Tasted several new, healthy dishes – even helped make a batch of Keto freezer cookies;
  • Learned an exciting new recipe;
  • Avoided tourist-y crowds in Gatineau so we could see the fall colours of the Gatineau Hills (been there, done that);
  • Attended a fund raiser event that supported medical research plus the love of reading. Came away with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a bag-o-books;
  • Went for morning walks when it wasn’t rainy and dark;
  • Only had to use the Ottawa public transit bus service twice;
  • Read, relaxed and got in lots of afternoon naps! They are SO underrated.
autumn path 2019

A lightly carpeted path in the park

autumn trees and waning moon

The waning moon accompanied me on my morning walk

autumn moon tree

Tickle, tickle moon!

I spent no personal time on a Windows computer. Yay! 

windows 10 feature update blue screen

Your PC will restart several times – and make you guess if it does!

I got to spend more time with the Tabby Cat.

tabby cat being cute

Now it’s reality time on a Sunday evening. I feel like a kid on a school night, having not finished my homework and dreading the next day. I have a job. I have a job. I want a job closer to home! 

What are you thankful for? 

T

Going to extremes

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I have skipped seasons in my corner of the world, from one extreme to another. 

We are half-way through summer and stuck under what is called a “heat dome“, a stagnant mass of hot, humid air lingering over much of southern and eastern Ontario, and Quebec.

As a positive note, this heat must be good for growing the crops, for farmers to produce the food we need. Right?

The Central Experimental Farm

At times, I whimper and wilt quietly in this heat. At others, I want to lash out at people for their stupid acts and hurtful words. 

Spring seemed to sprint by with nothing much memorable except for a short staycation and sisterly visit. I finished one college course, changed my program of focus and started another.

On the Summer Solstice weekend I had a whirlwind tour in planes, trains and automobiles to the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) to stay at one offspring’s trendy downtown rental unit then travel by subway and intercity bus to visit the oldest boy and his growing family. I felt blessed to visit their joyfully busy home bursting with toys and baby gear.

grandma bracelet

When the weather (and temperatures) permit, I try to get out for early morning walks along my regular routes for meditation and prayer. I express my gratitude for getting up, dressed and making it outdoors. It is refreshing and inspiring to be surrounded by birdsong, and occasionally spot local wildlife.

Urban rabbit

Urban wildlife

A couple of weeks ago, I had to say farewell to one old cat whose health was waning, especially after a heat wave in early July.

farewell snuggles the old cat

It was a bittersweet occasion to relieve the old boy from the pain and discomfort. I have to admit that I am sleeping better due to less midnight caterwauls and early morning breakfast service calls.

The other one doesn’t seem to miss him, enjoys the extra attention and is holding out well with her twice-daily Insulin shots.

tabby cat sitting surrounded by plants and air conditioner

Miss Geneva enjoying the comforting hum of the air conditioner

After she goes, I will have expendable income, more money and freedom to travel. I can finally shake the Cat Lady label and maybe start dating again!

Succumbing to keeping up with technology, I got a new cell phone that takes awesome photos and wants to assist me with many other tasks – which gets creepy at times! As a worker in IM/IT, I  see the advantages and risks that Artificial Intelligence can present. I do not see a need in my home for ID-IoT technology.

I am waiting for my course marks after completing a final exam a couple of weeks ago. This eager beaver already registered for another course starting in September.

Even if I don’t transition into Career 2.0 in a couple of years, I like how this keeps my mind active, gets me out to meet new people and make new friends.

Yes, I am still working for a living and complaining about the commute with unreliable public transit. The positive side is that I get most of my reading done while riding the buses.

We can’t escape the vitriol and poisonous political rants to the south of us, and now we have to filter out the attack ads related to a Federal election in Canada this fall. It used to be funny with the late night talk show comedians pointing out the foibles of the US Administration and their witless leader but after a while, it becomes depressing and surreal because America can’t seem to shake off elements of divisiveness and blatant bigotry.

To end this entry on an encouraging note, the weather people have just announced that the heatwave warning has ended and the dome is dissipating, just in time to start the work week all over again!

Stay cool, Canada as we endure the extreme weather changes and political climate – and if anything, remind ourselves to do as Ellen says, “Be kind to one another.”

Thanks for dropping by.

T

Sneezings greetings

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It seems like a long lonely time since my last post.

I miss writing, sharing insights and cat pictures. I have been so busy with school work, the day job and life distractions. I am almost finished that online course on Environmental Citizenship. It’s interesting. It’s emotionally, mentally and physically draining!

I am also finding it a challenge with self-discipline and time management to get at weekly assignments before the deadline.

Now at the tail end of a cold and final week of the course, I appreciate when my homework coach offers motivational visits.

black cat checking in on homeworkI find comic relief watching YouTube videos with Stephen Colbert, or short clips on psychology and philosophy with Jordan B Peterson. I read his latest book “12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos” and even pushed my hard cover copy on my youngest son.

As a Mother and Grandmother, I agree that we need to address the issue of identity politics, divisiveness and tactics used by social justice warriors. We need to educate, to guide our girls and boys so they will grow into healthy, well-balanced members of society.

 

If I neglect the final assignment for this course, I think I can maintain an 80% average and earn my credit. I need to rest, recover and get ready for the holidays with my loved ones.

Small Christmas Tree w chocolates and stockings

Our wee tree is waiting for one adult child to visit and help add the decorations. It’s a tradition.

I have been digging into those chocolates though – you know, to help me with schoolwork stress.

What are your plans for the Holidays? Will you adjust your travel mode, gifting options and meal plans to lessen your Ecological Footprint? Sorry not sorry. 

Thanks for dropping by.

T