Monday, January 27, 2014
This sky is from yesterday .. it didn’t show up again today and so I really missed seeing it again and glad that I took some photos to look at later!
Today was the first of 3 days of our exercise group. The weather was a little chilly, the skies were overcast. We were not really totally energized, for various reasons, not all of our group was there. We walked and walked along the ocean .. so calming to hear the relaxing sounds of the gentle waves lapping at the shoreline. Could see some seals off in the distance. Then came time to do our mat work .. and the next 20 minutes or so were spent in various exercises. And I again found out that skipping rope is quite a workout.
Anyway, some stretches were done and we all went our merry way. Glad that we had made the effort to start the week off with exercise outdoors! Oh and we saw many dogs out walking with their doggie parents .. that was lovely to see.
D & I went for a little exploring in a local neighbourhood .. and when I saw this little train village, I just had to stop and take photos. D had taken her son to this house when he was small .. and the owner had invited them through to the back yard to see the full train-yard effect.
I’d heard about this place years ago but had never visited it. We think the owner must be ill or away .. because the beautiful works that he had created seemed to be in disrepair. Ivy has started to take over areas. Some buildings needed repair. I can only imagine the joy that filled this man’s heart as he began the loving task to create the series of train tracks and the many buildings and scenarios in his yard. The hours he must have spent, daily, to build, paint and decorate the many buildings that populated the project. And I could only see the front area. There were entrances through the fence where the trains would most likely have cheerfully made their trips.
I’ll just let you look at these photos … and make up your own stories … they are all there in the buildings …
Hmmmm .. can you see something in the upper window? Is there a little person peeping out the window? A little faery, guarding the railroad station, perhaps? Well, one thing I do know for certain about this most marvellous work of fantasy .. the gentleman enjoyed every single second of its creation. The fulfillment of dreams that most certainly must have brought joy to many .. many people! Of which I am one .. now that I have seen this little world.
Anyway .. we decided to continue on. And then I saw this tree …it stood there, strong and tall. And I could just imagine this appearance of a doorway was an entry to another world and time .. can you see it also?
In the Estevan village, a lovely shopping area, character buildings and all that .. there was this mosaic wall outside of the barber shop .. stunning!!
And here is a close up view of the tiny squares … can you just imagine applying these little pieces one by one? Argh ….
Ah … here is another fluffy blue sky from yesterday .. happy skies.
I was sitting at the kitchen table, watching the birds .. and suddenly .. there he was!
He saw me looking and turned around.
See his little left paw tucked away? I think he was getting ready to grab some sunflower seeds. I’m trying to train him to not eat the sunflowers ..so I rap on the window, wag my finger and say “no … no .. leave them alone” and then I throw out some peanuts. Not sure if I’ll get through to him or not.
I am in the process of decluttering. This process has been ongoing and some days I’m better at it than others. Still, as long as I’m making headway, that is progress.
Once I start, and I must admit, it is a challenge quite often, to just get started. But .. once I do .. I find myself falling into the most positive state of mind as I deal with one item at a time. Emptying drawers, spraying them with cleaner and wiping them dry. Reconnecting with items thought to be long-lost. Some I’ll keep and others I will add to the “donation” pile.
As I do this ..I find myself being lulled into a creative mode .. and I really love this. Every time. The challenge for me is to just get started. And because tomorrow is going to be a rainy day .. I plan to just get started in the morning and spend most of the day in that creative place. I quite look forward to this.
For now … it’s been a day!