I spent the morning helping out at the school with the Grade 9 vaccinations. They were a good group this year! Only one near-fainter and a couple of pale faces and not one talk-back about going back to class. Last year’s bunch, well, a little more lippy!
It ended just in time for lunch with Armen at the Barbú where we hardly spoke about the business ~ still so much to discuss and iron out but not now ~ and mostly spoke about life without Mick and Siran (his sister). It sure isn’t easy, and like me, he misses the little things: impromptu lunches with Mick (I am not quite the same thing!), going to Siran’s for dinner; joining his sisters to visit their mother; phone calls about nothing; working on week-ends. To this last one I told him to take it as a sign. Maybe his inability to work on the week-ends was the Universe telling him to spend more time with your family and less time at the shop! We each have our moments and are still struck with disbelief at our month of December. Losing a sister is not the same as losing a spouse. I could not even imagine losing one of my sisters and he cannot imagine losing his wife. He had a double-whammy with Mick/Siran and I cannot imagine what he’s going through!
So, once we had commiserated enough, we then chose to talk about other things. Things that make us smile. Things that make us laugh. Planning our next camping trips ~ am I REALLY going to drive that Beast and haul that big-ass trailer and join them? I mean seriously, look at the length of that whole thing!!
Anyway, bellies full it was back to work for him and back home for me to go through paperwork… ugh… with maybe a heavy dose of procrastination on The Facebook and The Google and The Twitter and… well, you get the point!
At 4:45 pm with just 15 minutes to get in and get out, I remembered I wanted to pick up bread at Weston (wholesaler) so I hopped into the car. It is to be noted that it is a mere 2 km drive at best! Found what I wanted and stepped out.
The sky was just amazing! Having only my phone on me, right there in the parking lot I snapped a few pics, freezing my hands in the process.
As I crossed the overpass, I actually fleetingly considered stopping (and causing quite the traffic jam) to snap a couple more because by now the colours were splendiferous! No, I did not take the chance of snapping whilst driving (not that I’ve never done that…ahem.) So now I’m racing home, hoping I will be able to capture that sky in all it’s splendour. This time I did stop on the side of my cross-street ~ not completely blocking it… to capture this one.
I parked my car and stepped out onto my driveway to take one last one…
How gorgeous is that? I did not enhance a thing. This is all “natch!” All I did was crop the last one as there were too many cars and yucky snow in the way…
Sometimes, you just have to stop and look at the beauty around you, don’t you think?