My transition from cluttered to simple living.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
"The Black Bloc is this stupid tactic that the people that are causing the damage downtown are using to try to pull the police away from the main line.
All of the district managers from the downtown core were at my store all morning and then shortly after the beginning of the protesters passed by my store things got a little crazy so they (my store managers) evacuated us to another location. We did have to pass through their route, but the groups we cut between were peaceful. The windows in my store got smashed up after we had left. Everyone from my store left as a group and we stayed together. Everyone is safe.
This is all very frustrating and a bit scary. I don't feel like this is Canada, and I really don't feel like this is Toronto. I really mad that young people are destroying the places where other young people work to earn a living and pay for their education. It's especially frustrating that the world is seeing this and thinking that this is what Canadian youth look like. I've been really happy with how the police have been handling everything; they seem to be approaching the whole thing in a really sensible way that is keeping the general mass safe and specifically targetting the troublemakers."
So... I hope that my readers appreciate that we Canadians do not support these people. They are thugs. Their actions negate the actions of the peaceful protesters.
White hood or Black... It is all the same thing. Cowardly individuals hiding behind cloth.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We are taking our dreams from the shelf and we are moving on! Thanks to the gentle prodding of a good friend, and motivated by a desire to "minimize pain, and to maximize our pleasure" and by the desire to live smaller, we have decided to move.
So... we found this...and knew we were home.
So please send positive thoughts and prayers for a quick sale of this home that we now live in, so that our dreams can be realized....now.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Mr Otter seemed undisturbed by our visit, and continued to busy himself with all those things that Otters do...
Mr B loved our outing and could not seem to get enough pictures! But wait! There IS more. Next post ! (Hehe!)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
We discovered the culprit is the Apple Fly Maggot. Last year I hung out mock plastic apples that were coated with glue and caught many flies, but I see they are at it again this year.
Does anyone have a cure for this? Should I just cut them down? It is discouraging to put so much effort into something that does not give back...
Friday, June 4, 2010
Question 8.... Do you get regular exercise? No...but I have all the good intention in the world. Unfortunately, I have poor follow-through. I am working on that.
Question 9..Are you happy? If not, I should be. I have everything to be thankful for. At times, however, I am prone to feeling melancholy. It isn't truly sadness and is difficult to describe. (I think I may have inherited this state of mind from someone I love very much.) My best self-cure is to focus on the present, because the future terrifies me at times. When all else fails, the following words I find comforting...
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The red-toed tree frog was done for Natasha...a young girl that lived with us for a time.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
4. What do you think is your strongest asset? I believe that my strongest asset is having a large supportive family. We do not sit on each others doorstep, but we can always count on each other for support, guidance, and a healthy dose of love when we need it.
5. Do you like parties and why or why not? Hate them. (Unless they are family celebrations.) I do not do well in crowds. I don't drink. I never feel comfortable in just being myself...and I just can't communicate well with people I barely know.
6. What is your favorite activity? Hands down, painting. Unfortunately, I don't do enough of that. There never seems to be enough hours in a day, but when I do find the time, I also discover that the hours pass...and I think about nothing else but the emerging image on the canvas.