Wednesday, May 4, 2016

This That and the Other Thing

O mama, it is hot outside again today! I have only stepped outside long enough to get the mail out of the box by the front door. The blinds and curtains on the windows, along with the windows themselves, have remained closed since we went to bed last night. Seems our strategy to open all the windows up in the cool of the evening and then close them again before the heat of the rising morning sun is going to work. I am very comfortable inside today!

Decided to take a lazy day today. I watched the daily coverage of the Fort Mac fire as often as I could bear to look at the devastation, read a book and coloured two of the patterns in my new book. Talk about a time waster, but it was fun. It is certainly apparent why my son is the family artist rather than myself, haha! I can barely manage to colour within the lines! Aiiii yiiii..... My use of colour mixes is appalling and my fingers are covered in blotches of felt marker colours, fortunately of the washable variety!

My husband starts a very busy few days at work this week. After staff meeting at the church this morning he had a visit to make to hospice care and that will take a huge emotional toll on him. There will be a funeral coming up soon. Sigh....always a difficult event. Starting tonight he has a series of pickups and drop offs to make at the airport as members of a special provincial committee spend two days here, working with our bishop, the canon for education and my husband on a plan and curriculum to standardize our clergy training. So much running about, so many ideas to sift through, so much curriculum to put into place as soon as possible. Three days of crazy busyness will be involved for everyone concerned. Suddenly it will be Sunday once again, another sermon to have prepared, another session with a baptismal candidate and on it goes. Only a month now until his annual four weeks of holidays, but it feels like it will never get here to me! haha

A friend I was expecting to come to visit today was not able to get into the city after all. I am sorry she had stressful hassles arise that prevented her trip, but I am grateful she gets to visit her family out of town soon and have a complete rest! I hope her few days away from her regular life will be as peaceful for her as my one day of rest has been for me today.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

God Save Fort Mac!

Fort McMurray Alberta is on fire. Residents by the tens of thousands are trying to flee the flames and dense smoke as the fire bears down on the town, driven by strong southwest winds and a daytime high temperature in the +30's. Highway 63 out of town southbound is now closed and everyone attempting to leave is being forced out to the north. There is nowhere substantial town wise to go to in the north. The Super 8 Motel is on fire, the hospital has been evacuated and closed, homes are burning, the flames are dangerously close to the highway on the north end of the town and has jumped highway 63 to the south and across a main intersection within the town.

Adding to the potential for an even bigger disaster is the closeness to the flames of the major oil sands projects.

Please pray for the people of Fort McMurray. The flames are catching up to the evacuees, the smoke is so dense drivers can barely see enough ahead down the road to evacuate at all. An entire RV park has all ready burned to the ground and homes are catching fire. O the poor people. I am heartsick...

Sigh.....not a good sign this dry prairie spring.

Yippee! Success!

I had fun working at the raffle table at the seniors' home tea party this afternoon. Lots of our parishioner ladies were working there and that made it even more fun.

When I was through there I did decide to walk home. I took the shortcut my husband told me about. It cut off between three and four blocks, plus it gave me the opportunity to walk over piles of loose rock, gravel and gaping holes in deteriorating asphalt surfaces. Learning again to balance on rough terrain is confidence building.

Now it is time to make dinner and help get my husband ready to go to his church vestry meeting this evening. O happy day!

Blessed Heat Blessed Sunshine Blessed Day

Both of us were up and ready to go at a relatively early time of the morning for a day off work.  Right after breakfast we went out to do our shopping chores and it was a lot of fun as we went to a store we hadn't been to here yet in a search for some ankle weights for my husband.

We ended up buying them at the east side Canadian Tire as they had the best deal on the adjustable style my husband was looking for.  I made a surprise purchase for myself as well....aiii yiiii....am I losing it or what?  After scorning the whole idea for the better part of the last 2 years I broke down and purchased an adult colouring book and some fine tip coloured markers.  It is a book of intricate patterns, rather oriental in style and I find them appealing.  I will see how much colouring I actually do before I become completely bored and embarrassed by it. Not being an artist in any sense of the word, other people have to create the designs for me and I just put in the colours.  Time for something new in the area of calming relaxation.  

It is glorious outside today.  It is warm and sunny and there is only the gentlest breeze instead of our usual gale force wind conditions.  I wish I had more to do in the way of chores to fill up the earlier part of the afternoon by being outside, but before 3pm I have to be at Qu'Appelle House for the 50th anniversary of their seniors' facility. They are having a tea and I will be there for an hour to sell raffle tickets.  I am happy I was asked by one of our church women, who is organizing the staffing, to participate. Slowly but surely I am being included in the ministry of helps in our church and it is a lot of fun for me.  While I am there my husband will strap on his new ankle weights and go for a walk.  

I am hoping to be able to walk home from the tea.  I have counted the blocks, thought about the route and I think if I just overcome the temptation to rush I can do it.  There is a coffee bar with outdoor benches on the sidewalk half way home so if I need to sit down for a minute I can certainly do that. Physically I am pretty sure I can do it, mentally I still have some overcoming of fear to accomplish.  I caught the toe of my sandal on the floor of the grocery store this morning and although I didn't come near to even tripping, let alone falling down, I shook for a good fifteen minutes afterward.  Fighting the fear is a necessity or I will never leave the house alone for any sort of useful walking exercise.  I have to do a lot of walking in Vancouver in another few weeks' time so I need to get into better long distance walking shape physically and mentally!

Well, off to start eye balling the contents of my refrigerator in an attempt to come up with an interesting and healthy lunch for us.  On the first warm and lovely days of spring weather I hate having to cook.  Today is the kind of day where meals should be magically prepared and presented to me, the prep, cleanup and dishes all completed without my having to participate!! haha

Bless you all today!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Warm 'n' Lazy Day for Doing Census

Sun, glorious sun!  Warmth and sun are what we have going on here today.  It is wonderful, I have to say...there, I have said it!

Got some racing about done this morning to my favourite grocery store after a nice sleep in, interrupted only by the back up beeping mechanism on the management's large dump truck that was in operation all ready prior to 7am.  Got my Mothers' Day card away in the post.  Found some proper maple syrup on sale at a pharmacy...the last place I would have expected to find such a bargain!

The mail arrived just after lunch.  In the pile of junk mail I found a request for census to be completed before the end of this month.  So glad I did the online version.  It was quick and easy and, bonus, we had the short version of 10 questions, end of story.

I wonder how the new census strategy will work:  refusing to mail out a paper copy of the questions unless it is requested by the recipient of the notificiation.  That will throw a few of our more elderly citizens, like my parents, for a bit of a loop.  They have to mail away their request, postage being their own cost to cover, get it in well before the end of May and then await the paper copy in the mail, also to be filled out and sent in before the end of May.  I am going to have to check with my parents and ensure they understand what is required as they have a tendency to not read instructions very carefully and then find themselves under time crunches for deadlines.

For myself it was great to be able to fill in the questions online.  While I don't think computer technology is always the way to go, for something like this it is very handy indeed.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wahoo! All Through!!!

The suite is clean!  The work is done, finished, completed.  I should have a good 7 hours or more to enjoy it before my husband returns home and starts scattering his "stuff" hither, thither and yon once again.  YAY!

So grateful for the time and energy to complete this task today!

In between the chores, I have had a series of emails from church friends asking me if I would care to accompany them to various upcoming concerts around the city over the next couple of weeks.  Of course I have agreed to go to each and every one of them!

In order to go to an afternoon concert the day we are hosting a big dinner here, I have completely revamped the menu, making it a cold meal rather than a hot one.  Looking at the long term weather forecast has confirmed that I shouldn't be even thinking about putting on the oven that day anyway!!  It is all good!!  A concert plus fun company sharing a meal here in my home all in one day...how blessed am I, right??

Stereotyping

Not long ago a friend of mine told me that she is tired of being cast in musicals and dramatic productions as the "funny fat girl".  I can so relate.  As soon as I gained the enormous amount of weight I put on in my middle 30's I discovered a whole new world of stereotyping opening up to me in the arena of public performances.

I am proud of my friend. She had an offer or two this past winter from her choir director to do a fun song, but it seemed to hinge on her weight and the stereotyping that happens when someone who weighs a few pounds also has a very cute face to go with it.  

I have to be careful not to take offense FOR her, but I do understand how she feels and I am very, very proud of her for refusing to do the songs.   

Good on you my friend for not only recognizing the stereotyping by people who should know better, but for also refusing to be sucked into it!