Category Archives: 2020

Summertime 2020

This year has been different indeed – for everyone in the world! It’s been a time of tension, of stress, of getting back to spending time with family, and to reliving our summers of the past – time spent with family going camping, or just spending time with each other.

While we can look at 2020 and think negatively of it, we can also remember the good times we had, the quiet times of just enjoying the quiet, and embracing time spent alone, perhaps thinking of a new future or new journey you’re on. Today was one of those days for me – some time alone by the Hamilton waterfront, enjoying a coffee and watching the waves crash, the sun shining down on me – it was very hard to find anything wrong with the world today.

Whatever you think of, try to remember the times that brought some extra joy to you this year. It’s definitely one to go down in the history books! Not all history has to be remembered as bad though.

Velcro or Teflon?

Do you consider yourself Velcro or Teflon?  Do you let things said to you stick with you or do you let them slide off?

During this difficult time, I think we are all under a lot of stress and how we deal with it is affecting us both physically and mentally.

As many know, I am a positive person and always try to look at the positive in the world.  It’s been very difficult these past couple of months to do that but I really strive to do this every day. 

That being said, I am also not one to talk much about my feelings with anyone. I tend to keep them bottled up and eventually stress gets the best of me and I blurt things out without really thinking about the repercussions of what I’m saying and who I’m saying it to.  I don’t mean to say things that might be hurtful to someone, but there are days when life has taken over and I don’t let things slide off of me, like Teflon.  This happened just recently and I fear that I may have caused a rift between myself and a very dear friend.  It was not intentional but it has happened and while I don’t regret what I said, I wish I had said it in a nicer way.  The Velcro part of my brain got me saying things that my normal Teflon brain wouldn’t have said. 

I blame this on the pandemic because it has been stressful for me, as it has with everyone.  I need to get back to my positive self-talk, which is how I usually am.  I heard Gillian Mandich speaking on a local talk show today, and what she said about the Velcro and Teflon brain resonated with me, and what she said with positive self-talk was what I needed to hear.   

“Positive self-talk is the flip of negative self-talk. It’s not about seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses or looking at circumstances with eyes that see only what you want to see. Rather, positive self-talk is about recognizing the truth, in situations and in yourself. It’s about showing yourself compassion and understanding for who you are and what you’ve been through.”  Gillian Mandich

So just remember, as I am each day, that it’s okay to be stressed at this time, but also remember to think before you speak, because you really don’t know what the other person is going through.   Let’s all be kind to each other and be respectful.  And remember, be safe!

Choices

We make choices every single day; what to eat, what to wear, what to do.  We make choices that are sometimes good ones, sometimes not so good.  But we always have a CHOICE.

So in this troubling time with Covid-19 rapidly spreading throughout the world, let’s make some good choices.  Choose to stay home at all times.  Choose to wash your hands with warm water and soap A LOT! (of course this should be a given that we do this, however, there are people out there who need to be reminded to do this).  Choose to check on neighbours, older relatives and friends who are alone to make sure they are all right.  Choose to do the right thing – we all have it in us to do the right thing. 

I heard this song yesterday while I was sitting on the balcony, enjoying the afternoon sun, and I couldn’t help but think how appropriate this song is right now.  We all have choices to make – why not choose the ones that will save people’s lives?   Be safe everyone!

George Jones – Choices – YouTube

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Lyrics

I’ve had choices
Since the day that I was born
There were voices
That told me right from wrong
If I had listened
No I wouldn’t be here today
Living and dying
With the choices I made

I was tempted
By an early age I found
I liked drinkin’
Oh, and I never turned it down
There were loved ones
But I turned them all away
Now I’m living and dying
With the choices I made

I’ve had choices
Since the day that I was born
There were voices
That told me right from wrong
If I had listened
No I wouldn’t be here today
Living and dying
With the choices I made

I guess I’m payin’
For the things that I have done
If I could go back
Oh, Lord knows I’d run
But I’m still losin’
This game of life I play
Living and dying
With the choices I made

I’ve had choices
Since the day that I was born
There were voices
That told me right from wrong
If I had listened
No I wouldn’t be here today
Living and dying
With the choices I made

Living and dying
With the choices I made

The coronavirus, Sylvia Browne’s prediction and my thoughts…

The coronavirus is exhausting – I do not have it but the media coverage of the virus is exhausting.  I understand that we must be informed of the developments – but the constant onslaught of depressing news is just that – depressing.   Let’s keep informed, but let’s only share facts that have been checked.  I am guilty of this – I was sharing stuff early on that I had not fact checked and am now going to only share fact-checked stories.  It’s definitely good to listen to updates but let’s not spend 10 hours a day watching the news!

I am not a follower of psychics as they really aren’t ones to be factual, I did however come across the prediction that Sylvia Browne made:

                From Snopes.com

“In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments. Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely.”  A quote from the book of Sylvia Browne in 2008

While it would be nice to believe that this will go away as quickly as it came, I don’t believe that part. However, despite this prediction happening at the same time of SARS, this is eerie.   I am somewhat hopeful that this will, in fact, happen but that is just wishful thinking.

As I walking this morning in the beautiful spring weather, I was thinking about the most recent news, being that the air is becoming clearer in China, the canals of Venice are clear enough to see in, and other phenomena that are going on.  Perhaps – and please remember this only me thinking aloud – but perhaps some greater being has looked down on us all, looking at the greediness and the wastefulness that has been happening for years and years by all of us, and they decided to make us clean up our act.  Now this is quite the drastic way of doing this – but it gave me some pause to think – maybe we should look at this virus as a way to become more healthy, less greedy, less wasteful, take better care of ourselves and those around us, and become better, kinder people.   

So let’s hope that Sylvia Browne was right and that this will go away as quickly as it came, let’s clean up our environment, help our neighbours, and become a better world.   We may have to wait a while to do this, but I know we all have it in us and that we can do it.  I will be doing my part – will you?

Dreams can come true!

2019 was not a great year for many reasons, and I was really looking forward to the start of 2020 in hopes that this year would be better. Well, praying and dreaming and hoping has worked!

My son has moved out to Vancouver BC and is now working at a fantastic job and is advancing in his position quickly. He loves it out there. He’s happy and it was the move he needed. He has dreamed of living there for a long time, so his dream has come true!

My daughter is expecting this year – in August – and I am OVER THE MOON about being a grandma. I honestly never thought she’d want a baby but here we are – a new baby and a new life is on the horizon. I cannot wait to be a Grandma!!

As for me, changes are on the horizon for me as well. Changes that are exciting and also maybe a bit overwhelming, but it’s all good changes. I am excited for this year and all the changes coming!

Never give up on your dreams – with hard work and perseverance, you can make your dreams come true!!

These boots…

These boots were bought in China. I had trouble finding anything my size there because Chinese women apparently don’t have size 10 feet! I was laughed at when I started looking for shoes asking for my size. I broke down and bought a pair of men’s boots for the winter. I must say – these boots are the best boots!!

These boots have seen many places. They were with me while I travelled around China – to Harbin and the Ice Festival, to Shenyang, to Jilin – all trips made in the winter. These boots kept me warm for the cold Northeastern China winters!

These boots came with me to Chile. I walked many many miles in them, wandering through the streets of Santiago, up the coast of Chile, into the desert of the Atacama, and then on my way home to Canada. (Note: it is much easier to wear heavy footwear than to pack them and pay the extra charge for baggage!)

These boots have now weathered through 3 Canadian winters. They are starting to wear out but I have no desire to replace them. They are part of my travels and they will continue to be part of my travels so long as they last. These boots, like my passport, are calling out to me to start exploring again. I can hear them both, and I am answering those calls!

These boots…. are part of me.

So long 2019 – on to a better 2020!

2019 started off as a pretty great year – I jetted off to Spain, Morocco and Portugal. I had such a fantastic time and met so many amazing people – I was really looking forward to the whole year being as great as the start of the year of 2019.

Well, it has turned into a very trying year in many ways. My own personal being was okay, but it was a stressful and trying year. I am happy to say that, as the end of the year arrives, it appears to be turning around. 2020 looks like it’s going to be a much better year.

There are so many things to look forward to in my life in the upcoming year and, as I have learned this year, I will take one day at a time and look forward to what each day will bring. I am planning on a prolonged visit to SE Asia – Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand are on the list this coming year. I hope I can make it work out and I am going to try my hardest to make this happen.

I have learned to be even more patient this year, and once again I have discovered just how strong I am, and learning new things about me and my tolerance level.

I did manage to squeeze in a quick trip to Ottawa, a city in Canada that I had never seen before, and I was mesmerized by the beauty of our capital city. I hope to see more of Ottawa one day, and more of this beautiful country I live in. PEI, Northwest Territories, and even Nunavut is appealing to me. It’s on the longer bucket list of mine.

So while the year comes to an end, I look back and think of all the positive things that have happened, and reflect on the trying times, and know that I have become a stronger person because of them.

Time to let 2019 go, and head on to 2020 with my eyes wide open, my head on straight, and my dreams even bigger.