Friday, 8 February 2019

Snow ghosts

Blankets of snow everywhere. The beauty of the season is inside too. A great excuse to hibernate -  watch television - drink hot chocolate with a little brandy - write - read. 

Friday, 25 January 2019

If it is seasonally cold where you live today, well, that's good

I have a Finnish friend who has a wealth of information in all things Finnish.
She said it's great that we have a really cold day today. Huh? What's that. Everyone else is shivering with annoyance.
In Finland there are name days. At one time people placed more importance on the name of the day you were born rather than your birth day. An almanac or calendar has all the name days listed and sometimes new names are added as they become popular. Paavo (a man's name) is given to this day, January 25th. And the saying is that if today is very cold then summer will be warm. But if today is unseasonably warm then the summer will be cool. Who knew?

A routine for a wintry day indoors.

Knees and feet wide. Gently let knees fall side to side. Let the spine soften and follow.

Bring one ankle over the opposite thigh. Lift legs. Relax head and neck.

Stretch back into puppy or extended child. 

Aah, downward dog. Soften the knees to relax and lengthen the back.

Warrior II. Stretch thighs away from each other.
Side stretch. Forearm on thigh lengthen through the side.
Warrior I
For some awesome stretch....slightly drop back knee toward floor. Breathe.
Downward dog

Side lying twist
Legs up wall or Savasana

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Busy and smiling

I was complaining to Don about how busy I was with the garden. He stares at me and tells me I’m smiling. 
Hmmm, true. As I cook I’m listening to Xavier Rudd’s new song Storm Boy (on album of same name). A grateful thanksgiving feel. 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Time for tea and a book

Sitting here in the warm, humid morning after a night of rain. Oh my! I’ve never seen so many hummingbirds at one time. In one peripheral vision view I see eight of them. I haven’t seen them all summer but here they are. They’re trying everything out: the russian sage; the wilting day lilies; the comphrey; the potato flowers; the geraniums; and the monkshood. The monarch caterpillars have all turned black and died. The little birds seem to be interested in the carcasses. White butterflies flit about (I hope they’re not cabbage moths).
There is always time for tea in the garden. I was reading a very good novel and then the garden overtook my senses. I feel such joy in my own garden. There is no where I would rather be. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

Car less freedom

Tomorrow, it's two months with no car. I've had ready access to a vehicle since I was 18 years old and I thought it might be impossible. I've sure had people tell me that you can't be without a car in Thunder Bay. And that the bus system is terrible. However, it depends where you live in the city and where you work. I can do it. My bicycle is no longer collecting dust in the shed. I feel healthier. Actually, I know I'm healthier - I can bike up more hills than before and I feel like a super being. I want to shout out with my arms in the air, like Alice, my granddaughter, "I can do it!"

Don was telling someone the other day that it's improved our relationship. My eyebrow went up. Yeah, he said, we depend on each other more. We get groceries together with our bikes and backpacks. We go on adventures together on our bikes. He likes seeing me have fun. And being stronger.

I have more connection with nature. You just never know when it's going to rain. I used to get annoyed when I got wet and now I don't because it's bound to happen. I can smell the trees and feel the pockets of hot air and cool air. There is a feeling of freedom moving through space. It's what the car advertisements are selling you - a car flying on the open road through forests and lake country, a beautiful sunny day, and so on. They never show you the congested traffic. Well, you can still get that freedom and spaciousness on a bicycle.

I feel more like a "we" than a "me". I don't know how to explain this.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Connection to place

This week I took a walking and food tour of my own home town. Sue at Seek Adventure and Tours took a few folks around the popular Bay and Algoma area. It was an awesome morning! Besides having tasty bites at 5 unique locations I learned where Thunder Bay really got its name. And more about Lake Superior than I’d heard before! I felt a sense of home and place and pride in the resilience of our community. I highly recommend bringing your guests or just for the sheer fun of it - taking a staycation morning. 

Me and Rebekah at our last stop.