Monday, July 06, 2009
"Pray that you live during exciting times." is an ancient Chinese saying.
Excitement is great to add variety to life, but it can be a bit wearing if it becomes a day-to-day experience. Looking for a new place to live can buoy me up one day and become a smack- down to next.
Today I am deciding to hold firm on a straight course and not get all emotional about accommodation and getting a new job. (I'm not opting to commute too far, so I'm not sure about where I should work until I have an address.) I realize this may be a cart before the horse way of thinking, but that is where my head is at.
In 24 hours, there will be an acceptance or rejection of our latest offer to purchase a home.
We are renting, but dealing with a nervous house owner who if afraid of having no place to move to.
I am reminded of the scripture that it is all in HIS timing.
"Where we move, when we move, and how much it is going to cost" is pretty much in God's ballpark. I am trying to visualize settling back in a huge, overstuffed seat while surrendering the steering wheel to One With More Knowledge and Expertise!
These exciting times are starting to lose their sensational appeal for me. I hope to report that I am worrying less because I know it is useless and shows lack of trust.
This situation is not something to rush into. Who wants years of regret and 20/20 vision in the rear view mirror?
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Today was a beautiful day to go out for a short drive and take some photos. I was looking at all the blooms on trees, flowers and weeds. It was not too hot or humid, with gentle cloud cover to stop too much contrast.
Then I got the idea to collect a selection of colours just like on the TV show, "Color Confidential". Have you ever seen the lady who helps people select shades of pigment for their homes?
I chose a white Queen Anne's lace weed head, some bark from a coastal tree called the Arbutus for my orangy-brown, some English Ivy to represent my green, the dandelion is my brilliant yellow, and then purple was found in blackberries, hydrangea, and some sort of weed. Red was roses, and bing cherries.
I don't suppose I will plan to paint anything with the natural colours, but I liked the challenge of locating the various organic items.
Don't you think colour is a personal thing? That's why decorating will always be 'all over the map.'
Sunday, July 05, 2009
On Saturday night while I was out for a walk, I saw a sketch of Queen Victoria on a flyer and I thought I would share it with the Victorian & Tea Room ladies. Who would imagine the grand queen playing a banjo?? Only in Victoria British Columbia, I guess.
Did this add a smile to your day?
Saturday, July 04, 2009
I am enjoying a laidback Saturday and thinking of all the blessings in my life. I had a rocky, emotional week thinking about moving, real estate offers and the uncertainty of living in 2009.
My stomach has churned and curdled enough for the time being.
I have a great big God who looks after my needs but not my wants and I had better figure out which is which! Is moving a need or a want right now? (Unhappy landlord right now.)
This is a beautiful country and province inwhich to live albeit expensive. Island living costs more for food, fuel, materials and housing.
I have a kind, patient, generous, attentive, spiritual man who shares the hours of my life and our current accommodation.
My health is good and I'm aware I can improve my blood pressure and fitness level with this excellent program. I am thankful that I finally 'got it'-- I must live my life with good decisions.
Financially I have options and I am not carrying any debt at this moment. For this I am thankful.
The States may be celebrating their Fourth of July, but I am enjoying my life blessings today!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Darn those calories. I don't like 'em.
I was delighted by an invitation for breakfast out (downtown) and what was I to say to a sweet, dear man who just wanted a morning outing?? OK it included doing some errands too.
When I arrived home, I registered my intake like a good honest Sparkler and it didn't seem too bad.
During the lunch hour, I had my tea, open-faced 'sandwich' in 3 flavours and enjoyed a virtual teaparty experience. Added those calories too. And it didn't seem too bad.
Dinner was a wee bit 'o pasta, Alfredo sauce, drumstick & green beans. I kept the portions less than my usual... went to my nutrition page and WHAMMO
Those calories muliplied when I wasn't looking. I have mean, bad, misbehaving calories in my calculator.
What I learned today is that I really have to back off my other two meals if breakfast is a restaurant treat. I eat more 'out' than if I dine in at home. I was 'treating' myself all Sunday, so I missed my mark.
I hope you have better behaved units of energy at your house than I did.
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