Category Archives: Seasons

Finding Joy, One Day at a Time

(I had every intention of posting this yesterday but my computer was uncooperative.  Let’s pretend, for a moment, that it’s still Tuesday.)

I haven’t been around for a while, I know.  Winter has really been kicking my butt lately.  Dark days, dark nights, cold, snow – I’m really fed up, as I’m sure many of you are.  It often feels like there is little or no joy in my life these days.  A short time ago I heard about something called 100 days of Joy.  The idea is to find a moment of joy, however small, and take a photo of it each day for 100 days.  It was an idea that really appealed to me, something along the lines of a visual gratitude journal.

When Skye and I headed out for our first walk of the day, I was discouraged.  Something about the weather left the morning feeling very flat. The colour of the day, the clouds, even the air looked/felt flat.  It made me think that depression is not blue, or grey or black; it has colour but everything about the colour is flat. It has no up or down, light or dark, it’s just flat.  Maybe that only makes sense to me, but it certainly describes the way the morning made me feel.

It didn’t seem there would be anything really uplifting to the day, certainly nothing that merited a photo.  And then, on our after-dinner walk, Skyler picked up a big old tree branch left on the deck by his friend Izzy, and he showed me joy. It’s more than one pic, but I’d like to share it with you.

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I finally finished my do-over socks.  I shouldn’t say ‘finally’; all in all, the pair took only 20 hours of knitting once I’d restarted them.  There were a lot of do-over rounds on these socks for some reason but that didn’t seem … Continue reading

So Much to See

As predicted, it’s not really Spring yet here in Banff.  Though it’s still sunny, things have cooled off a bit.  There’s been a lot of freeze-and-thaw over the past few weeks, as you can see here.

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Both the Spray River and the Bow River look like an ice breaker has come through.

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Roads are clear but trails are icy from the constant temperature changes and I really had to watch my footing during my walk this afternoon.  I did remember to look up every now and then though; you never know what you might see.  Here’s what I saw.

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This lovely tree nymph was seen on the horse trail to Bow Falls.  If you know the story behind it (or would just like to make one up), I’d love to hear it.

What was new in your world today?

 

Falling

I know it’s still officially summer, but the past few days have felt particularly autumnal.  The start of the school year has always made me think “Fall”, even long after I’d finished with school.  And the weather, yesterday and today, has enforced that thinking.  It’s pretty cool out (6ºC, 43ºF) and a little rainy,  but not as rainy as yesterday afternoon – so far.  I stopped by the Banff Farmers Market before the rain started yesterday  and though much of the produce available still screams summer (and still tastes and smells like it too), a transition is underway.  Bags of onions, boxes of peppers, and bunches of broccoli mounded high are telling us to get ready for the season to come.  There were still lots of cherries and strawberries but it was the pears and prune plums that caught my eye.  I’m thinking pear crisp and plum kuchen.

And if you’re wondering how radishes fit into the autumn bounty, get yourself a couple of bunches, wash and trim them, cut larger ones in half and put into a bowl with about 2 lbs. of carrots, cut into chunks, and some peeled pearl onions.  Toss the veggies with some olive oil and freshly ground pepper then spread them out on a cookie sheet and roast in a 375ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, turning once.  When the carrots are tender, remove from oven to serving dish and toss with chopped fresh dill and salt to taste.  Bitter radishes?  Not this way.

A trip to our farmers’ market isn’t complete without a stop at the Black Forest Bakery stall for a loaf of bread.

Yes, you’re reading that right.  Bacon Bread.  Made with double smoked European bacon baked right in.  To get the real bacony flavour of this bread, toast it.  It was perfect with White Chicken Chili for dinner.

I finally finished knitting and seaming my Brigid Jacket, known as Ruby Brigid or just plain Ruby to me.  Happily, it’s been cool enough to wear it already and I am totally in love with it.  Totally.

The buttons proved a bit of a challenge in more ways than one.  It didn’t take long to find buttons to suit the colour and style of the sweater but I was a bit disappointed to find that the buttons I liked were, in fact, 3 sizes of the same button, displayed one atop the other (when space is an issue, shopkeepers must do what they can).  The largest of the 3 was the perfect size but it was so plain, sitting there all alone on Ruby’s buttonband.  It looked so much more fulfilled when I put the other 2 buttons back on it.  Obviously there was no choice but to buy the buttons as a set – times 4.  Yes, that tripled the price.  Yes, they were a nightmare to sew together (none of the holes lined up properly – don’t look too closely!).  And yes, they are totally perfect.  No, I couldn’t have done it any other way.  What do you think?

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It’s snowing like mad out there but that’s okay.  I was tired of the rain anyways. No, this is not an old post you’re reading.  It is June 9, 2012 and it’s been snowing hard enough and for long enough … Continue reading

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It’s been another dull day in our part of the mountains. It doesn’t feel much like the end of May but I did find my first wildflower in the woods yesterday,                                       Calypso bulbosa or Fairy Slipper the ferns are unfurling along … Continue reading