Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunny Sunday Morning - This and That

July 30th, 2017

Saying goodbye to this hot, hot dry month of wildfires
 resulting in a dire game of musical accommodations
for those poor people in towns affected by the flames that have been devastating
the central part of our Province.



So many families leaving homes threatened by fire;
 so many other little towns nudging over to make room for these evacuees
 and welcoming them with hospitality and compassion.

Will August be any better?  
The weather makes no promises for rain in the next three weeks
but the last two weeks of August have invariably been damp and cloudy, 
and one can only hope.....

Our own dear ones still under Evacuation Orders, 
but like so many in the Chilcotin who have stayed home to protect their property,
 were elated to finally get into town (after three weeks) 
to re-stock groceries and farm supplies 
and that little refreshment after a long, hot, smokey day!!!

Here at home I have plans for August.
Well, I have plans for every month, - not always ones that reach fruition,
 but nevertheless ones that make the month meaningful.

I hope to greet the new month with an empty loom,
 having great and illustrious visions of finishing
my Summer Garden Scarf today.


Sometimes my hopes, no matter how great or illustrious, forget
to take into account the amount
of energy available to me in one afternoon!!!!

Tomorrow is the last day of July, so that gives me
twenty-four hours grace.......

Here in mid-summer, as the days grow shorter (than they were)
I take Bruce out for his evening jaunt a little earlier
and at the end of the lane the sweet sliver of the new moon
grows a little each night.
If it is dark enough a gleaming scythe, holding
the old moon in its arms.
mister google

That choice of words is quite ominous and I didn't mean it to be
It is really very beautiful, despite having rather
dark connotations!!

During these summery days when the car finds a home
at the front drive-in, rather than in the garage,
it has been easy to hop in and go visiting or to shop
but lurking in the back of my mind  l am conscious of the fact
that the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is going to run his finger
down the list of drivers in their nineties
and when he discovers my name he will immediately jot it down
on the list of the ancient who will receive orders to visit
their Doctor before the next birthday rolls around
so that he can examine your wits, your eyesight, and any other physical factor
which might give the Doctor pause to recommend that
you continue to drive.....

I ponder this, and wonder if I should make the effort to keep my license.
I don't worry too much about my wits and general health,
but I know they place a great emphasis on eyesight
and IF I plan to continue to have that precious piece of paper I must
make an appointment with the Optometrist, Dr. Zak,.

Probably in August!!

Which brings me to my next "this and that" for the month...

Charles mobile electric cart sits in the garage, fully charged,
just waiting for me to feel less vulnerable when I take it down the lane,
trying to get familiar with the beast.




Last Sunday I went for supper with a dear son and DIL
and during the course of the meal the subject of the cart came up,
and my reluctance to use it.
Son said - "It's just that she doesn't want to be seen on it..."
And I have to acknowledge that he is right.
Dratted ego again!
Don't want to appear ancient
and one of the crowd who swish down the road, 
flags flying on their mechanical cart...

So that is on my August list, (as it has been on every monthly list
for the last three or four years)
But this time I am DETERMINED.

On my list for today is the creation of a number of small quiches
(company coming for lunch during the week)
and I think it is time for kitchen duties.

Tomorrow I will pay obeisance to the White Rabbit,
but today I must say farewell to July
and put the air conditioner on...

Right now!!!!




5 comments:

Chip Butter said...

Our weather forecasters are often wrong with their long-range outlook. Rain may come to the Chilcotin sooner than "they" think. At least one can hope. Our July rain was really not expected to amount to much, but we ended up with almost four inches of oh-so-wonderful rain!

As always, I enjoyed your post. Your summer garden scarf woven from colors found in your beautiful garden is such a lovely thing. I so admire your many talents - weaving, writing, music, gardening... And, wouldn't you know, I added another couple of lines to my journal from daybyday, "Be in love with your life - every minute of it." (Even if it's riding down the street on the mobile electric cart! :~) I hope your August gets off to a great start. I'm working on mine...

Hildred said...

Chip Butter - Thank you for such a nice and hopeful comment! I hope you're right about the rain - heard tonight 6,000 families out of their homes..whole communities turned upside down!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The fires are so frightening...so glad your family is safe .... I hope the area gets some rain soon. Your "rough draft" plan for August sounds good... that is rather the way I make all my plans these days... always subject to change, but there is a plan in there somewhere! (Not as creative or as ambitious as yours, you will not be surprised to hear.).

Tomorrow is Bill's birthday ... shall I say white rabbit or happy birthday first?

Panharith said...

As always, I enjoyed your post. Your summer garden scarf woven from colors found in your beautiful garden is such a lovely thing. I so admire your many talents - weaving, writing, music, gardening... And, wouldn't you know, I added another couple of lines to my journal from daybyday, "Be in love with your life - every minute of it." (Even if it's riding down the street on the mobile electric cart! :~) I hope your August gets off to a great start. I'm working on mine...




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piseth san said...

we ended up with almost four inches of oh-so-wonderful rain!


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