Thursday, December 03, 2015

Yeah, weird alright.

< I took this pic last year at the side of my house. I love the red mailbox against all the white.>

That's me. I had a super busy week, jammed with meetings and sessions and training and budgets and planning. And at one point of it I was struck, when talking about making our community more age-friendly (all ages, not just elders)as we were discussing a few who are having challenges (loss of licence, mobility) and I reflected, internally, ah, the poor old things. And then realized, mein gott, they are waaay younger than you, babe. A kind of chill runs through me, you know? Gratitude I am so active, and extraordinarily mindful to make improvements in the lives in my community. We are seriously discussing appointing a volunteer "helper" to each challenged resident. Nothing too extreme: a daily check-in, a Sunday drive, coffee or tea in the community centre.

Anyways, after this week, there's a massive storm (20-30cm) forecast for tonight and you know what? I am so looking forward to it. Leo has brought in a load of wood. I have spare water in case the power kicks out. And I've now indulged one of my end-of-day's greatest pleasures: the bra comes off, the PJ's go on and the "robe" which isn't really a robe at all, it's an ancient oversized LL Bean hoodie, gets donned. Like a private uniform. The books are stacked, knitting's in the basket, the 3 oil-lamps are freshly wick-ed and filled, the candles are loaded and the car has been tucked into the garage. AND the snow shovel's put in the hall. I'm ready. Bring it on.

I love these kinds of days. Isolated and snowed in. No demands. No meetings. No office. Just me and the fire. And my pleasures, my knitting, my books and my writing.

Life is very precious and sweet in this moment.

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  1. Sounds like heaven to me, babe!
    Makes me want to be there.
    Here we're having melty days; it's weird but wonderful.

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    1. Oh the Meltie's coming Sharon high Temps next week. So I'm relishing the thought of the no obligations day. LOL
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  2. That sounds just lovely...Glad some nice days and things are coming your way.

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  3. We get very few of these kinds of days here in the southeastern U.S., but still I know what you mean. What I notice most on those days is the quiet. The snow muffles sound, but there's also the fact that few of us will venture out in snow. We're not accustomed to it and don't know how to drive in it. Well, except for the four-wheelers down the road, but they get chilled and don't stay out long.

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    1. I love the muffled quiet Diane though the wind is tumbling around periodically.
      And the power holds fast - always a concern out here on the Edge.

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  4. My favorite kind of days, too!
    Love the red mailbox also :)

    xoxo
    Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan - the mailbox only looks this good in a good snowfall :)

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  5. Sounds like the storm comes at just the right time for you to let your hair (and your bra!) down after a hectic week. We never get snowed in here, the weather is never severe enough, but it would be nice to have an excuse for a few days at home doing nothing in particular.

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    1. Yeah, it's a great excuse Nick, never would have them back in the days in Ireland. The odd time in Ontario. There's something so toasty and hermity about it all!

      Though it is clearing up now!

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  6. There’s a gale blowing outside, the rain is lashing the windows and the whole story is to be repeated tomorrow. We went to a special supermarket an hour away this morning to stock up and, you know what, I don’t care what the weather has in store. The tree that might have fallen on the house or some unsuspecting dog walker in the castle has been felled. Books, the computer, a good meal and a reasonable bottle are waiting; apart from a quick run with Millie round the outside of the house there are no tasks.

    Nobody is expected to call, I have nowhere to go. Hurrah!

    Sometimes to be alive is all it takes. How right you are.

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    1. I hear your storm was pretty grim, Friko. There's nothing like being inside and safe is there? I would be a successful Hibernator for for the entire winter with me treasure trove of all you mention.

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  7. That wintertime coziness is something I miss here in the tropics. My you do sound busy most of the time,though.

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    1. Life is full Hattie with very little I don't enjoy doing.

      I think by the time Feb rolls around I'll be ready for some rays. It won't happen though :(

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  8. my kind of day :)
    here at the moment
    will be close to 60 and sunny all week
    unusual, but know your kind of day is on the way.
    Enjoy this special time...

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    1. Tx Ernestine. I had forgotten a party tonight turkey dinner I need to attend. Dressing "decent" feels beyond my capacity at the mo.

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  9. Let me confess. I admire you, Grannymar, Tammy Cathy and a few men too who are all senior citizens and who live alone mostly. Despite living with my son, daughter in law, dog and among good friends, I get to think morbid thoughts quite often and particularly when illness comes in as it will once or twice a year. The whymyitis can be quite debilitating. When things like the floods in a city in the South where most of my family lives happen, the moribid thoughts can be overpowering. My physician friend says that it is quite normal for a man of my age and sends me packing with the advice to go and spend some money to eat a good meal in a good restaurant!

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    1. I don't really believe it has anything to do with living alone or in company Ramana. Me, I have morbid and even frightened thoughts too my friend. Particularly in my season of unending grief and ill treatment. I honestly didn't think I'd survive and my physical health suffered and still does.
      But my outlook is striking positive again and the old ghosts smile. For now.
      I'd sure like to join you for a good meal!

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  10. Hope you are still enjoying being storm-stayed, as we say in Nova Scotia. It is only cold here in Labrador, but still, I just don't feel like wandering as I have in past years. I am puttering on two manuscripts, a rug I want to have hooked before we take off in less than two weeks, and, of course, stupid housekeeping. Argggh. I'd like to not care, but I do. So there you have it.
    Back at it.
    Love at ya, jan

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    1. Oot and aboot tonight Jan, at a Christmas event in our town hall, hot turkey dinner, scoff and a scuff as they call it, some old Irish mush music and waltzing, I love the waltz, so elegant. You have a lot on the table for completion. Housework always waits as my granny used to say. Our family motto now. LOL

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