“Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation, It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life – this I know for sure.”
― Oprah Winfrey,
I used to do my Sunday Gratitude, which then changed to Weekend Coffee Share, which then became an occasional Weekend Share (because I had stopped participating in the Coffee one and when wanted to do it again, I realised no one was hosting it. Mix in all of that my lack of stick-to-it-iveness and just plain laziness or easily-side-tracked-ness and you get one of these. A Sunday share I started too late to finish on Sunday. So had to change the title. Again. 🙂 Welcome to my world of DADD Dale’s Attention Deficit Disorder.
In my defense (okay, okay, call it an excuse), François left Sunday for a two-week, sun-filled vacation. Alone. It was an already planned thing but I still spent part of my day moping and feeling all woe-is-me. Then I spent another part of the day trolling the vacation websites, because, why not? Why not also go away for a week to resource myself? Then, I changed my mind and decided no… save the moolah and go back to Tuscany in October. Yeah, Baby. Now, we’re talking! We’re cooking with gas! We have a plan! And not just knee-jerk reaction brought on by envy.
Friday was my day to get things done. Went to see Raffi to bring him our (the boys and mine) income tax papers and he did them right there on the spot! The best. I then went to my mother-in-law’s to empty her mailbox and collect any tax papers to bring to her accountant. Did that but saw this beauty on my way. I’ll definitely have to go back and get a better picture. You know, when I’m NOT in my car. Though I was not driving, I promise!
I then decided to go and visit Jean as my timing was good. Saw this at another stop light.
Now I know we Canucks are a tough lot, and we Quebeckers really like to take advantage of clement weather, and all that… However. It was only 4°C (40°F)! These two must have had the heater blasting!! Again, I was stopped at a stoplight 😉
Spent an hour with Jean, and she was happy for the visit. She is much nicer in person than on the phone. Did not once give me shit for “putting her there”. She’s gonna get lucky with a second visit on her birthday with the boys later this month. As traffic was going to be a bitch, when I left her at 4:30 I hightailed it to the Forum AMC Theatre, hoping to catch the 4:45 viewing of “Lady Bird”. Managed to park inside, run up, get my tickets and buy myself a child’s portion of popcorn and drink (came with a little canister of m&m’s) for the ridonkulous price of $8.25, get a seat at the back and only missed the commercials and maybe the firest preview. Woot!
I loved the movie. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe were great in their roles as daughter and mother. A coming of age story that takes place in “no-where” Sacramento, California in 2002, it deals with the insecurities of pre-adulthood, of social class, of wanting more yet not ralising we love what we have until it’s gone. That love-hate relationship that girls and mothers can share is something I’ve more heard about than experienced as my mother was (is) a very “non-invasive, figure-it-out-by-yourself” kind of mom. At least from what I remember! Will have to ask her. Maybe I remember it wrong. No wonder I’ll never be that type of writer who can describe in great detail their lives. I’m so in the moment, I move forward and let go of what was. Dunno if that’s a good thing or not.
Got home at 7 and ate some left-overs. Vegged on the couch watching stuff I’d taped till a couple of Iain’s peeps came over . Don’t know what was so funny but they were laughing up a storm.
They began playing drinking games and after a few, hailed me over to join them. Not every day your son wants you around so you have to grab it when it comes! First was some pyramid game where 10 cards are placed, ya, in a pyramid. The rest of the deck is dealt to the players. First card is flipped over, anyone with a matching card places it on top and names a person who takes a shot (or beer
sip glug). If you have two and give them both, the person takes two glugs. Second row, same thing, one card is flipped only now each card is worth two and so on, going down to four. That game turned out not too bad and the boys didn’t all pick on me and I was able to dish out a few myself.
They then decided I was the next “bus driver”, but took pity on my and only lay down 7 cards. First card is flipped and I have to say if the next card in the deck is higher or lower than that one. Jeez. If you’re wrong, you take a glug and start over. If you are right, you move the the next flipped card and do the same. All is well as you go down the line and get them right but as soon as you make a mistake, it’s time for a shot and you START OVER!! I did my part and figured enough was enough by 1 am. Saluted the boys and I attempted to go to sleep. They were still going strong at 3 am and I couldn’t sleep so I got up and wrote my Pegman Story!
On Saturday I woke up to big, fluffy, Christmas-like snowflakes. Really? F*&?%! Enough already. It was pretty, I cannot lie… but. No.
After coffee and breakfast, Zeke and I made our way for a nice walk. Always a good day for a walk as far as he is concerned. On our way, I noted the hockey rinks are done for the season. I decided we would go as far as my favourite willow. I had stuff to do before François showed up so I couldn’t take more than an hour or so.
On our way back, we met Gus, an 8-yr-old Great Dane and Lou-Lou, a young pug. So funny. Zeke and Gus were getting to know each other and Lou-Lou was tugging at her leash, wanting to play with the big boys! What a day to NOT have my camera. Sigh. I thought I caught a good pic of Gus and Zeke so we could compare their sizes but sadly, no. However, got a good one with Gus and Lou-Lou and their humans!
And, because I like to torment you with food pics, I made Aidan really happy by announcing we were having Chinese Fondue for supper. That’s one way to guarantee they (the boys) sit at the table for more than 15 minutes…
I think I’ve kept you longer than I should have. But may I show you my new flooring, installed just this morning? I’m telling ya, this house will be on the market by the end of the month!
Thanks for sticking to the end. I promise next one won’t be so long (though I may have made that promise before, eh?)
A few of the 10,000 things that make me happy and grateful
31. Giant snowflakes – even if they are in March
32. New flooring installed – one step closer
33. Being invited by my son to join him and his buddies
34. Fondue night – a time to chat while we cook our own food
35. Willow trees – they just make me happy