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