Sunday Driving on Friday

Max and I did our big hike-about and then decided for a drive out to see Alvise and to pick up the second angel.  I am big on walking, with no purpose but to walk.  The same goes for driving…nothing is more wonderful than getting out onto the roads to explore and to see how the seasons are changing. Arriving at the studio, it was so lovely to breath in that wonderful air that comes with being in close proximity to the mountains.  Dripping with the scent of evergreen and melting snow, the morning has left me ready to curl up for a nap.

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This month’s blue-eyed angel is embellished with the Equinox. The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. This happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. The animal represented on this angel is the rabbit (in our neighbourhood, these guys are just losing their winter coats) and the alder lichen, one of the rabbits’ favourites.  I felt the angel was calling out for a hug and so I embraced her!  Beautiful!

Welcome home, little lady!

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On the drive back to the city, I really enjoyed a CBC interview with musician, Hayden.  In his career in music, he has experienced and thought about all of the same things as I have as a visual artist, but for slightly different reasons.  It was a very affirming experience to hear this interview.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2685092791

 

Drives to Appointments

This whole series of short posts is about how I hope to remember to help others.  When life is such a whirlwind, it’s easy to become spun up in your own life, so much that you don’t remember that there are very practical ways that you can help others.

Naomi and daughter, Erin, are forever-friends.  I remember watching them perform as colour guard together…such beautiful and energetic young women!  Now, both married, they continue to share their journeys as women in a very different world.  Recently, Naomi has enjoyed the birth of her second babe, Jasper. We are grateful for Jasper. Well, on the day that I did a call out for a ride to my doctor, Naomi and Jasper made the time.

kindness-quotes-hd-wallpaper-26Off we went in early morning, in the rain, to Forest Lawn.  Thank you for your offer of a ride, Naomi.  I loved our conversation…and all to ourselves, I feel like I got to know you more for the very first time.  I love you and I’m grateful for your kindness.

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The Pleasures of Beautiful Food: Thank you, Jenny

Mom and Dad used to stop and have a piece of pie at Jenny’s Country Lane Coffee Shoppe & Restaurant.  Dad always mentions the coconut creme, but the day I went along with him, I had my favourite, lemon meringue.  It’s a tough thing, losing the person you love and for countless reasons.  One of the difficult things is returning to the places where you shared your conversations…the places where you shared beautiful food…the places that you, as a couple, shared with friends and family over many years.

One of those places, for my Dad, is Jenny’s.  Located in the lovely town of Stirling, on Mill Street, Jenny’s is occupied by ‘regulars’ and exudes friendliness and good aromas. On that particular day, everything about the experience of having pie at Jenny’s was different because we didn’t have Mom to share it.

North of Belleville, my parents loved sharing the drive to Stirling together.  Honestly, my parents enjoyed sharing ANY drives…and usually they found something entertaining to do before they turned their car around again to head home.

Jenny is busy writing down a wee history for me to include here, so stay posted. I hope that if my readers are out that way, they might stop in.  Jenny’s is open Monday – Sunday 5:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Mom used to buy little gifts and spiritual books in this neighbouring shop, Hearts To God

Mom used to buy little gifts and spiritual books in this neighbouring shop, Hearts To God

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Driving to Spruce Meadows

Looking to the left…lake iced over except for an open circle in the middle.  Ice marked with dark lines, like wrinkles on an old man’s face…a huge mouth gaping open.  White ice dazzled by evening light, molded, beautiful and somehow indescribable. (she writes on, not knowing if that ‘e’ belongs after the ‘b’)  Ducks live on the traced line of the open circle, creating a darker outline and inventing something other-worldly.
 
As she drives home, going east now, all is slightly dimmer…the water now is ‘coloured in’ with living birds.  The car shifts slightly to the right as she notices a huge flock of birds approaching and then swooshing into the middle of the action…a spot for every bird…she ponders parallel parking as she carries on, somehow changed.