My transition from cluttered to simple living.
Monday, May 31, 2010
1. What is your favorite book and why?
2. If you could be anybody, living or dead, who would it be?
3. What is your first memory? Why do you think you remember it?
4. What do you think is your strongest asset?
5. Do you like parties? Why or why not?
6. What is your favorite activity?
7. Why do you blog?
8. Do you get regular exercise? If so, how?
9. Are you happy? Why or why not?
10. Tell something about yourself you want to share.
I was one of those six bloggers and am going to, over the next few posts, attempt to answer her questions...
1. What is your favorite book and why?" My very favorite book was written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847. " Jane Eyre" is not only a love story, but, according to Wikipedia...
"Partly autobiographical, the novel abounds with social criticism. It is a novel considered ahead of its time. In spite of the dark, brooding elements, it has a strong sense of right and wrong, of morality at its core."
I first read this novel in my teens. I have read it several times since. I often imagined myself in a reversal of roles, and wondered if I would one day have someone love me as much as Jane loved Mr Rochester. I think I shall read it again, and I encourage you to do the same.
2. "If you could be anyone living or dead, who would it be?" Now this question gave me a lot to think about! I am afraid that I cannot narrow that down to one individual... At times, I think I would like to live like Thoreau. I would like to write like Bronte and paint like Bateman. I would like to have the hope and faith and the ability to envision a better world, as did Martin Luther King. I would like to have the inner strength of Rosa Parks...and yet, I would like to be the guy that sat across from her on that day when she refused to give up her seat. I wish I had the wisdom and peaceful demeaner of Wayne Dyer. For the most part, however, I am just glad to be me. I have the bounty of a great family and I would not trade that for anyone or anything!
3. "What is your first memory?" My first memory is being held in someone's arms and waving up at my dad who waved back from a window in a brick building. I looked at him through a chain link fence...and no, he was not in prison! I later learned that I was around three years of age, possibly younger...and my mother held me so that I could see my dad who was in hospital at the time. I remembered this incident as it was a painful memory...and I think pain can leave a lasting impression.
Thanks, DJan for including me in this exercise. I will answer your questions over the next few days!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
a. To examine or go over carefully for needed repairs.
I am pretty happy with those descriptions. Unhappy with the road I was on, I knew it was time to change direction....to live more mindfully and to adopt a simpler way of life. To do that, I needed to examine every aspect of my life, and steer my craft towards more peaceful waters. I knew it would take time, thought, effort and review, and that the journey might be lengthy. It has been, and it will be. I think this process will be lifelong.
There are times when I think that I am "almost there," and then I realize that although there have been gains, it is very easy to slide backwards...easy to allow past behaviours and negative thoughts to steer me off course...and during those times, I have to remind myself to captain my ship.
Along the way, I have met many interesting and wonderful people. Many are on the same path. They inspire me to do better, and to keep on paddling. So...with that in mind, I humbly want to say "Thank you." Your comments here, and your blogs, where you share your journey, inspire me. You are the wind at my back and the light in the distance....and I am ever grateful
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Supper is whatever I can scrounge. I am trying to stick to salads or lean meat and veggies. When I am hungry, I snack on high fibre, low fat bran muffins. I think I eat like a queen...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Leaving the car in the driveway is a choice I seldom make, but yesterday I had a twinge of conscience and asked myself this question. "Why do you talk about the effects of our thirst for oil...and seldom ride your bike? Is that not hypocritical? I mean, why recycle paper goods if you do not use them yourself?"
So...with a renewed resolve, I hauled the bike out of the garage and peddled to work...and man, did I feel self righteous! The trip took me a little less than 15 minutes.
Throughout the shift I thought about my ride home later that evening. I looked forward to it. I looked forward to flaunting my resolve to hubby who I knew would wait up for me. It was 10:30 at night. It was dark.
I gave my report to the oncoming nurse and casually mentioned that I was anxious to get home as I was biking. I might have thought that she would impressed. Wrong!
"Wendy" she said. "Did you not hear about the two cougars that were spotted in the field behind the Home?"
Well...to be perfectly honest...I hadn't. I had forgotten, when I set off, about the bear that had wandered through town last week.
I think I handled the situation well. I told the nurse that I had no concerns, and then when I was out of her sight, I coerced a young nurse-that-happens-to-like me to walk me to my bike. I even talked her into giving me a 5 minute head start if I walked her to her car.
The trip home was less than 7 minutes. My heart beat like a trip-hammer. I am SURE I was followed.
I have a new resolve. I will NEVER ride my bike at night again! Yes...I do want to lose weight...but not as a result of a run-in with a cougar or bear and given that I seldom drive anywhere during the week, I think I can relax a little and enjoy the drive to work tonight as I never have before. I will be parking as close to the door as I can...
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I am tired. I am ready for some time away. I need to refocus.
What is it that can't wait? What HAS to be done? Where do I most want to spend my time? Why do I have to leave home to focus? Has the demands on my time been imposed by ME? I think so....
I feel as if I have been on this treadmill for the past 30+ years. It has been a curse bred by necessity at times, and an incessant desire to please and make others happy.
I know the drill... "What would you most regret if you knew you had little time left?"
I would regret that I had not spent more time with YOU...my kids, grand kids, my husband, my dad, my friend and...my paint brush.
So here is to the new day...and to the Overhaul of my priorities...and to resolve...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Did I say that the food was superb? I tasted fiddleheads for the first time....and pansies! How nice it was to be served a wonderful meal, and not have to clean up afterward!
I think these chairs have my name on them! Perhaps you might like to come along! You won't regret it! Absolutely lovely!!!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
We have been lucky as far as our weather is concerned. Although we have had cool days, we have seen a great deal of sunshine and have had ample rain. I cannot help but wonder, however, at the reports that I am hearing, of snow in the West. Perhaps this is not unusual weather for Westerners... I don't know, but I am thankful that we have been spared this weather, as I am sure the impact on the crops grown here would be devastating.
My seedlings are beginning to sprout and I look forward to the end of the month when I can put them in the ground. If all goes well, we will have enough vegetables to preserve and ease our grocery burden...and that of our families.
I have been busy painting, knitting and sewing...and working when I have to. As I near retirement, I find I enjoy work less. I think that is a good thing in itself.
My thoughts drift today to the news that seems to get worse as time passes...the oil spill. I cannot help but think that, if we as a whole lessened our reliance on this fuel, that the world would become a more peaceful, and healthier place. It is a disaster of epic proportions, and wish I lived closer to help out in some small way.
So today's post is just a ramble...a collection of thoughts. I am glad that I have found this blogging community. For the most part, the blogs I follow are the writings of people who are doing their best to make this world a better place for themselves and their families... people who aspire to lessen their impact on the world, and in doing so, inspire the rest of us to do the same. Thank you for the inspiration!
Monday, May 3, 2010
What would this garden be without the diversity of colour and species?
Is the purple tulip more beautiful than its dainty little neighbour, the "Forget-me-not?" (How could we forget you?)
This shy little violet lay hidden beneath some shrub.
I think the flowers who look skyward remind us to do the same.
Pear and apple blossoms feed their nectar to the bees and later will feed their fruit to us. My trees are not touched by pesticides. It just doesn't seem right.
There is beauty in diversity...and you need not venture further than your backyard to find that beauty.