Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Children test our patience constantly. To be calm and able to listen takes more than Job ever expected of us. Children have selective listening. They know how to tune out better than most adults. Of course, if there is something they are not supposed to hear they will. A 3 hour activity should wear us down. Come home and chill, have a quiet time. Nope-children seem reeved for the next event. Adults can insist to stop-read, watch a movie, draw a picture or take a nap! Putting a child in a spot where an impromptu nap happens is a good strategy thus causing quiet for awhile. Children get cranky when tired but will not admit they need to rest! Insisting on down time after an outing is a good way for a family to regroup. The adults sure need it! Having my grandchildren for a couple of days teaches this Nana to find ways to regroup and reclaim her energy. Quiet times work and if a little nap occurs so be it.
Monday, August 25, 2014
A nice landscaped garden by the library will last for a few more months too.
So summer is not over yet with all the beautiful colour around town!
How about your area? How is the colour?
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The time to reflect and plan are upon us. Enjoying the bounty of the summer season with more market visits is so enjoyable. It is one aspect of Summer that is missed when all the crops are in and it's back to hot house tomatoes and cucumbers. Wearing all my whites for a couple more weeks before the Fall garments must emerge for the cooler temperatures. Finishing some projects and getting back to others. Helping the children with their children as school is around the corner. What else can be visited as a day outing? If warm, just enjoying those rays with a good book. Just stopping and smelling the roses- well because there are roses in the garden to smell!! Picking the herbs to be dried- some parsley, basil and oregano. Can I dry some mint too? Of course needing to hear the whining from many that it was not a good summer! I think it was an amazing summer like every other one. Beats boots and coats so wearing long sleeves occasionally was okay. Actually it is not over until the fat lady sings or here in Canada we say- until the snow flies!!
Friday, August 22, 2014
As many of you know my father-in-law died from ALS- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 40 years ago. It is a horrendous neurological condition that completely disables a person but one has one's faculties. The recent fun challenge that people are taking-pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads is fun. Then challenging someone else to do it too. It is to bring awareness to ALS and then a donation is made to a local ALS Society. The media experts were analysing the current trend last night on TV. They were talking about marketing and how it has changed. Get over it! People do not want to be analysed. Something has touched people to do this because- well it feels good. Doesn't take much to do something that with the donation may make a difference in a person and family's lives. I just find it very endearing that many people I know have taken the challenge. Even heard a neighbour last night challenging her brother before she had the water put over her head. With all the sad news and trouble spots of the world, the current phenomenon is uplifting and easy to do and fun! Love seeing the videos on Facebook. My son-in-law was challenged so he is going to take one for the team!! I had thought that my daughters and I could do it but Domi you are the family trooper!! Here's to the people suffering from this affliction and the families supporting them. Maybe with the surge of new donations, a researcher out there may come through with a breakthrough! We can always hope, can't we!!