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Attitude of Gratitude

Friday, July 10, 2009

The last 2 months have been unsettling. I have had a job come to an end, been informed of a massive (illegal) rent increase, crashed into by an adult-driven go kart (5 stitches in my left eyebrow) and been in the market for a house.

All these events have come to a satisfying conclusion and I have an overwhelming feeling of peace and thanksgiving.

I wish I could personally thank all Sparklers who have said a prayer on my behalf. Merci beaucoup!

Last night, we received an email that the wee house that we had our heart set on....
would be available as of July 31st. I'm moving!!


The ups and downs, the stomach knots and sleepless nights did not make a speck of difference to the outcome. It let me know how concerned I was in this real estate search process.

I KNOW this is not a happy ending like the fairy tale, but instead, a challenging new chapter in the story of my life alongside my new partner. For this home ownership opportunity I am grateful. For Donald's clear-headed thinking and diplomacy -- I am grateful.
For this and so many more opportunities during trying times.... I am saying "Thanks."

  
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LINGUISTMARCIE 7/10/2009 4:58PM

   
Oh, Karen! How great! You're going to have to post all kinds of pictures of the wee home!

Just watch out for the little expenses of home owning you aren't necessarily expecting....like what it's going to cost to re-plumb the kitchen sink! emoticon

Welcome to home ownership, though--no more rent! Yay!

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Holding A Straight Course

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?

  
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CANBDONE 7/6/2009 7:39PM

    Welcome to the Wednesday night team...I'll pray for wisdom. I believe He has a plan.

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Colours Of My Region of the World

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.'

  
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CANNOTFATHOM 7/5/2009 7:26PM

    Considering my sister and I don't lean towards the same colors....I would agree it is a personal preference :)

Penny

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/5/2009 4:57PM

    What an original idea this was, Thanks!
I do think color is a personal thing, and decorating, as we are all different individuals with diferent likes and dislikes.

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Queen Victoria Sketch

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?

  
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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/5/2009 9:09PM

    I really cracked up at the "We Are Not A Muse" at the bottom of sketch

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CANNOTFATHOM 7/5/2009 7:24PM

    Thanks for sharing!

Penny

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Happy Fourth of July

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!

  
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KUNGFOOD 7/5/2009 1:33PM

    Best to you and your man for figuring out a new path together!

Sounds like he's a keeper.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/4/2009 3:29PM

    What a great blog and a great philosophy!

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