Friday, March 12, 2010
Have you seen the movie, Amazing Grace? You might conclude that it is about the writer of the hymn of the same name. But, it is actually about William Wilberforce (1759-1833) who was a politician and leader in social reforms.
I like history and I like costuming. This biography has both. Even though I'm not enthralled with politics, this film tells a gripping story and uses the House Of Parliament to tell the history.
Wilberforce was an unlikely hero, as he was born sickly and almost blind. His father died early in the son's life and yet he thrived being raised by relatives.... ooops that isn't covered in the DVD.
To get back on track, I wanted to yell "hurray" again as I watched this politician trying to change the world for the better: abolish the slave trade, end cruelty to animals and he tried to pass bills to rid society of vices. He called it a bill of Manners. (English words do change through the centuries.)
If you want to see a powerful, well filmed historic movie, I would recommend "Amazing Grace" as one of the best.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
This weekend has presented itself with some lovely spring weather. We have some frost on the windshields in the morning, but by the afternoon, we are into 10 degrees Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
I have gone out for a roller blade session, gone for a two hour hike with my garbage bags in my pockets (came home with 50 lbs of trash I collected along the highway trail) and today I want to survey my front and backyard gardens.
I moved into a house in September and didn't pay much attention to what the previous owner had planted in the front/ side and back gardens. Now that everything is brown and starting to 'green up', I have this brilliant idea to take notes and do some sketches.
Mostly, I want to identify what is there. Then I want to make a map of the eight planted areas with plants labeled as A= cedars, B= daffodils, C= hydrangea etc. I was very fortunate that the lady kept an record of her planting purchases and gave me the envelope of the stickers and tickets with the names (of the plants) and info on them.
There are some plants that I will have to learn about. I do not recognize the name Heuchera, Polygonum, Weigela or the Gaura. I have to find out where they were planted and how to take care of them.
I can identify 16 other choices she put in the garden, so I don't have too much to learn.
Have you ever inherited someone elses garden and had to get up to speed on how to take care of it?
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Folks, now that the Olympics are drawing to a close for the time being, I decided I would get my roller blades down from the attic and enjoy this 53 degree F day. I wore my skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet. The first minute felt surreal and tentative. By minute "5" I was getting a good rhythm and some speed. I am very fortunate that my entire community is paved and well drained. YIPPEE I skated outdoors for about 15 minutes. That's the first time I have roller bladed in 2 years plus.
I came inside for a few moments and did some arm "fly" exercises back and front using my balance ball. That felt so good that I added some bicep curls with the five pounds weights too.
Was that it for today?
Heck no! I got my new skipping rope (jump rope) out of its box and took my kitchen timer with me. I tripped up a few times but I managed to log in 5 more minutes. I wonder when the last time I skipped happened? I seriously cannot remember. Anyway, I learned a bit about my body (after childbearing) and I now know what other equipment I need before I start jumping rope the next time.
Out on the west coast, the breezes are warm, the sun has been beautiful and the neighbours are all waving and clapping. I may find another roller blade buddy in this senior village, but it not, I'll just have to be the one crazy lady with the wheels on her feet. I don't think they'll understand the outdoor skipping either.
Oh well, we all have to be famous in our own way, right???
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