So I am quite proud of my recent decluttering activities .. it feels wonderful and energizing to look around me at my recently organized little office area. I know where everything is and have begun to find things lost a long time ago.
Which reminds me of a recently read book by Cecilia Ahern (her first name is my middle name and we spell it the same way! ) Anyway, this book is “A Place Called Here” .. and it is very well written, she knows how to portray philosophical thoughts in a most delightful way. I won’t spoil the story for you about the very wonderful ending. But I will briefly list the storyline.
I love time travel stories. The kinds that are simple and believable. And this one has those elements. The lead character is called Sandy Short and she has a mission in life to find lost people and articles. And she is successful, not 100%, but has a good success rate.
We are led along in her daily life, flashing back and forth from the past to the present in a most interesting little journey. One that I didn’t really want to end, as her writings flowed on and on again. So I’ll have to find more of her books to read.
Anyway, I had finished the book when I’d started on my decluttering activities.
And guess what!
– my red velvet gloves that I love so much (still looking for the black velvet pair!)
– 4 nail clippers and DH found another so we now have .. maybe 7 or so in our collection?
– various musical cd’s that I’ve been looking for.
… and there were other items found, but these were the highlights.
So, having read the above book, and coincidentally found the above listed items, I’m sort of wondering about where, really, lost items are kept .. in the interim between losing and finding? Sorta makes me wonder!
I’ve posted more pics of a few days ago, when D & I went shopping downtown and visited some nooks and crannies of the lovely Fisgard Street shopping district.
Such a fun day and one that will have to be repeated.
We’d also shopped at Capital Iron .. this is a fantastic shop located on Store Street, which is located by the waterfront .. where you can see hugs ships/sailboats anchored and being repaired by a local ship repair company. Smell the beautiful sea air.
This store has been around for ages and carries everything you would need for your home (except furniture). They used to have a large area in the lower area where you would find a treasure trove of artifacts, old magazines from the 40’s, bits and pieces from old ships .. you name it. Now that is gone and is replaced by gardening and seasonal items.
Still, it is a wonderful store .. and now carries hot tubs, magnificent BBQ items, furniture, truly decadent and I can only wonder what it would be like to have a home with any of the BBQ equipment!
Anyway, my inner plant magnet drew me to the 50% area! D pointed out a magnificent leaf on a tree, turns out (she found out) it is a Eucryphia X intermedia ‘Rostrevor” .. an evergreen (my favourite) grows up to 40 ‘ (wow, yes, another favourite) and is quite the sturdy plant (another bonus) … plus ..drumroll .. easy to propagate (oh, yes!) and the best times seem to be July. So, I’ll be sharpening my pruning shears and doing just that next summer!
These were on sale, so I only bought 2! And a few other perennials, resulting in a fully laden garden cart. Once these were paid for and we were outside, a very helpful sales person, D and myself .. laying out the tarp in my car to catch any spilled soil .. determining the best way to place my recent purchases in the interior .. when my attention was caught by the most lovely Beardie walking along the parking lot, looking adoringly up at his dog-daddie.
What could I do … I left the sales person and D to load the plants and I rushed over to say a big hi to this dog and asked his daddie if I could take a photo of him (the dog!) 🙂
My heart melted when I saw how the dog politely looked upwards, listening intently as he was told to sit! What an obedient dog he was. And then he sat patiently while I clicked away. His body language seemed to say “Alright now, I’ve been asked to sit politely for a moment and I will do so. But really, you see, I would rather be walking with my daddie. However, I will comply and so I will stay here for a little. Then we will be on our way. Thank you very much.”
Ok, I’ve made the dog’s dialogue up, but that is my interpretation!
I returned my attention to the task of loading the plants and was delighted to discover that this feat had been accomplished in my absence. Timing is everything.
We drove away, car fully laden. leafy branches of the Eucryphia extending into the front of the car so that D was really hidden from view as she sat in the passenger seat. It was as if we were driving in a forest!
And I still haven’t shown you all of the photos .. so will share more tomorrow!
So ..on with this day ..lots to do!