Halfway there

Good morning! Day 3 of days off, halfway through. Bit cloudy today ☁ with a chance of showers, nevertheless we shall carry on with our adventures :D
Yesterday was a very nice day, starting off with a family dental appointment. I know! How do you contain the excitement, right?! Well, into each vacation a little practicality must fall. And so we pressed on, to lunch.

Our plan was to take them to Chinese buffet, since we so rarely do it, but they said. We want East Side Mario’s, they said, and proceeded to list of reasons why this had to be  the lunch destination. I must admit give me a choice between Chinese food and pasta, the noodles win everytime.

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Mario’s is outside the mall, so we did a post meal stroll to work it off. As always happens when I go shopping after a meal, I’m much more susceptible to the siren song of the goods and services available. That is to say, by the time we left  my stomach was still  full but wallet was empty.

The day was neatly wrapped up by a session of kite flying, my husband’s joy.

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Today’s plan takes us further afield: train ride downtown to the new Ripley’s aquarium!  Gonna be great! 🐟🐠🐬

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Sinking in

Morning! 🌄
It’s Day 2 of my week off and the relaxation is fine! I so rarely take this much time off at once, so this feels like heaven…
The main reason Hubby and I took a week is so we could spend some time the kids, going out and about town. Yesterday we went to a very nice public park with a huge picnic area, and a beach. We had more idea this place was here!

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We grabbed some food on the way and settled in with our blanket and chairs. Funny thing is we spent more time walking around exploring, which is one of my fav things to do in a new spot.

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Lots to see and do, and a chance encounter of a friend we hadn’t seen in years!

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Lovely long pier to stroll along and the weather was perfect! Great vacay so far 💛❤

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Morning blooms

Hello all! This is day of a week of from work and I’m lovin’ it!
My usual “day off” place to be is on my porch, and here I sit. The sun is bold and bright

From here I can watch neighbours go by, listen to the birds in the trees and observe nature doing it’s thing in the garden.

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Tears

Something is on my mind and I CANNOT rest until I say my piece.
I spend a fair amount of time on various social sites, including Twitter. It’s a fun place where I enjoy participating or just observing. But there are moments when I come across something that makes me want to shut myself off from the public domain, out of sheer despair.
There’s something trending now called TwitterPurge named for the awful movie that’s in theatres now. What’s going on is a group of young men are spreading half/fully naked pictures of young women through Twitter. These pictures were taken for the most part, by the girls themselves and sent to a boy they THOUGHT they could trust.

Parents!  Please tell you daughters this is never a good idea, No matter how much the boy begs or threatens her, do not send compromising pictures to any guy.
Parents! Please tell you sons that gaining a girls trust to have her send pictures of herself and then passing them around is never a good idea and is a crime.
And to the lowlifes who are smearing it around Twitter….Oh man I can’t say what I really want to say.

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How much?

Another Malaysia Airlines plane gone down, this one by a shot heard round the world. It seems odd to me that one airline should lose two planes in highly unlikely circumstances in ONE YEAR.

It’s not sad, or tragic, or distressing. It’s more much much more than that. It is, to quote a line from a book I once read, “The outside of enough “.
How much, I ask myself and the Universe at large, on what has become a regular basis. How much child abuse, how much exploitation,  how much unkindness, raw cruelty and brutality can one planet bear before we implode or explode?

I am old enough and well read enough to know that what takes place now is not by any means the first time pain has been inflicted on the innocent and unsuspecting. But I do believe that the same way  individuals have a breaking point, so does the collective consciousness.

I think we have just about reached the boundaries of the outside of enough.

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One moment of joy

I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with the latest social media trend #100DaysofHappy. If you’re not it’s simply this: each day, for 100 days, you post pix or comments of something that makes you happy. It can be as big as a raise or as small as a baby’s smile.
As much as I appreciate the concept I honestly can’t get into it. This may sound bad but I’m a natural pessimist, glass half empty kinda gal. Not that I haven’t tried to be happy and think positive thoughts, cuz I have. But I believe that some people just are what they are. There are folks who jump up in the morning and spread sunshine like jam all day long! I’m more of a midday person, and spread my sunshine in a more conservative fashion. There’s No right, No wrong ☀

Now having said that, I must tell you that I can occasionally see the brighter side of things….usually on a payday Friday, and after a couple of drinks 🍸🍸
On the other days I like to keep it simple, and focus on finding joy or peace moment by moment. Most days that comes at lunchtime when I go sit in the car, kick my shoes of and relax. There’s a train station close by and frequently one train or another (freight or commuter) will pass by.

I LOVE the sound of trains: the clickety-clack over the rails, the distant train whistle in the night. They speak of travel, adventure, something new and exciting along the way. This sound gives me momentary  joy, as it carries me away, just for a little while….🚅

Feel free to share your moment of joy ☺

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