Monday, 20 October 2014

Getting There by Susan L.

  A good part of the weekend was spent getting rid of stuff, organizing other stuff, and tidying up. The place now only looks like a small bomb went off. I made boxes out of foam core board for all my binders and wrapped them in decorative paper. They look nice on the shelf now instead of a disarrayed chaos of colour that flopped around like binders always do.
  My creative writing efforts are in a couple of the boxes as well. I took the time read through some of my efforts before filing them away. It was a bit of a journey down memory lane although most of the writing wasn't dated, something I'll try and do in the future.
  It's nice, too, to be able to get things together for a donation trip to a local second hand store. I've decided to get rid of some things I had brought with me when leaving my ex. They don't fit with the décor and they are a bit of a trigger, stirring up associations I'd sooner leave behind.
  And books. My goodness, I have no idea why I have hung on to some of them! There was more than one sneeze fit as I pulled them off the shelf. (A sad comment to my housekeeping skills.) They were bagged for the store or to take to the centre where we have a book exchange table.
  The next job is tackling the computer area. An old laptop, and two towers have to be started up and purged. I want to make sure I have all the photos and creative writing off them before taking them to the recycler. Then I can get rid of the desk. The kitchen table serves me just fine for the laptop and  has a window to look out of. A much nicer writing environment!
  I am feeling somewhat anxious and overwhelmed by all that is still to be gone through. I need to remind myself it doesn't all need to be done today.
  "And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth. Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "One thing you lack; Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me." Mk 10:20-21

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Rainy Drive by Susan L.

  H. and I went for a long drive yesterday to admire the autumn colours. It was unfortunately a rather miserable day, rainy and blustery, so we didn't get to stop and hike anywhere as was our original plan. Although because everything was soaking, the colours were more intense. There were spots where the road narrowed and we drove through golden woods bathed in an iridescent light. There were some beautiful spots as we wandered up gravel side roads undiscovered and into small villages that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. And at the start of our travels, a rather faint rainbow made an appearance, the promise of a sun that never appeared. We stopped for lunch in Creemore, a touristy town with gift boutiques, a microbrewery, and many deli/bakeries that offer their delicious goods.
  On the way back, we ended up on a road that had no winter maintenance. Glad of my little SUV, we bumped our way along it admiring the scenery. We also ended up a bit disoriented but H, being the excellent navigator she is and armed with several maps, soon found our way again. I swore we were going west but we were actually heading south. With no sun in the sky,  it was easy to get turned around.
  We live in the area called the Headwaters of Ontario. Somewhere nearby is the highest point in Ontario so there are many small rivers and bubbling creeks that begin high in the hills. They have names like the Noisy River, the Pretty, the Boyne, the Nottawasaga. Some head south to Lake Ontario, others discharge north into Georgian Bay. The Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve, cuts through the landscape and provides amazing views. At least they would have been amazing if the rain had stopped.
Still, because of the altitude, it felt like we could touch the clouds.
  Following a winding, undulating road, we discovered future potential hike sites in the Pretty River Conservation area. There's no main entrance for parking, the road simply widens so there is a place to pull over. The trails wander up, down and around the Blue Mountain. I'd never seen that area before and look forward to nicer days when exploring on foot is possible. 
   "All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; To the place from which the rivers come, there they return again." Eccl 1:7

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Requests by Susan L.

  There's been several anonymous commenters who have asked how to get in touch with me. They have mostly come from comments that have been relegated to the spam folder. Is it naïve of me to not think there's an ulterior motive? Whoever they are, they don't want to reveal their identity yet are willing to post a link to whatever product they're endorsing. I've tried to follow a couple these links to contact them at their request but ran into a brick wall. If it isn't least when it comes to technology, I get frustrated.
  Which I suppose is like a lot of other people out there as well. That's why I got rid of the scrunchy letters that acted like a security wall. That way it's easier for commenters to say their piece.
  So, my dear anonymous readers, I have no problem that you choose to remain nameless. If it means you are willing to share, bless you for doing that. However, if you want to get in touch with me, you'll have to take the chance and give me an email address...oh... doing that will put it out there for all to read. Maybe that isn't the best idea.
  If I'm reluctant to share my own email...Yup. I get it.
  It's possible to set up an email account specifically for the blog. What a great venue for some peer support!
  I'll do that right now and post the address in the introduction. I look forward to hearing from you!
  "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever." Ps 138:8