Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 Life goes on......the weather is terribly hot these days. I venture out with the dog for short intervals, sitting in the shade, admiring the blooms in the garden while he intends to his business. The house is cool, thanks to the air conditioning, as I think I have said before. Cool, but very enclosed. No doors or windows open, - no breeze wafting through..... I sometimes think of the house we (husband) built - (our good friend, George Angliss designed it) when we first moved on to the VLA project in Cawston. We had rectangular screens below the windows, enclosed during cold weather by little doors, but in the summer they were shaded, and were wonderful places for cool air to circulate, - of course if there wasn't cool air, and just hot sun,every thing got closed, and kept the hot air out..... The house was located at the top of the orchard, - pasture for the sheep above, reaching up to the hills that shaded the valley. Well, sometimes shaded - in the mornings, at least.... In the late evening on hot summer days we still had sunshine, located as we were half way up the hillslide. The sun chose in those summer months to go down through a slit in the hills, so it was with us well into the evening shining through the one narrow window we had looking out over the valley. But we were young, and hot weather wasn't the problelm it seems to be these days.... Well, I really don't know what I intended to say in this post, except for the little weather report. I guess I will go back to the beginning....."life goes on". I get a little weaving done - no baking or housecleaning, except for the duster twirling around some days.... I am pleased to have youngest son staying here with me, - off working during the day, but lovely in the evenings and good to know there is someone else in the house as the night goes on. Bruce and I went out into the garden for a short while this afternoon. I admired the great swathe of those golden flowers that tower over the fence - at least ten feet high, and (as I think I said previously) great for privacy. We didn't stay long, - even in the shade it was fairly hot, and I thought about a nice tall glass of lemonade, or something equally as thirst quenching. I have been doing a little knitting, and a fair amount of reading. Still reading Robert McFarlane, and I reached Teilhard de Chardin down from the shelf to muse a bit about his "Hymn of the Universe" I thought something nice and light would be great, but I am a very sparse visitor to the library these days (age - quit driving - etc....) and I didn't find anything light on the shelves here at home that appealed to me. Son has just come home and we were discussing Jordan Peterson and his Daily Wire, which gives us both much pleasure and information, and helps to form many opinions as to what goes on in Canada and in Canadian politics. There are wild fires burning here in B.C., - and I guess elsewhere. One of them is fairly close to us (although certainly not close enough to cause us any concern that we would have to deal with it). The yellow rose in the garden has grown tall and wide and carries with it great quantities of blooms and buds. Tomorrow I will get a picture of it when Bruce and I go out for a little fresh (but warm) air. The weatherman says cooler days coming - soon, I hope....

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wednesday, July 27th Going out for supper tonight, - lovely thought. Youngest son has just been to the store for me. The thoughts of not having to cook the chops that he brought home, tonight, fill me with delight!! We are going through such a spell of terribly hot weather. Bruce and I went out into the garden this morning, but didn't stay more than five minutes, or so, it was so full of sunshine, and hot, hot, hot. The sun is just great in the months when the rest of the weather is cool, but in July!!!!! A shady spot is more to my liking...... Picked a couple of raspberries, which are nice and red and juicy;, but there are a number of bulbs that have just shriveled up and have died in this heat. It is cool in the house, thank goodness (or thank the air conditioner, and I suppose that is 'goodness' right now,) and I am lucky, lucky, to have it. I find refuge at the loom, and the air conditioner makes sleeping such a treat when one isn't hot, even with the blankets thrown off..... Right now the house is closed up tightly, and the shades are drawn. I am off to the loom, and this July day will pass, fairly comfortably..... Soon it will be August, and then September, which I think is my favourite month of the year. The start of everything good!

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Sunday night.. The start of a new week, and I am hoping that it will be more productive than this last week has been. The weather has been so very hot, and I have been so very languid. I wander around the garden, poking here and there, and enjoying the flowers in bloom, but I don't really have a lot of energy to do anything but 'enjoy'. Brought in a few blooming stems to plunge into cool water in one of my fancy vases, and a rose bud that has taken up residence in a tea cup on the window sill.... And a bunch of those lovely yellow wall flowers, - I don't know the exact name for them, so I just call them 'wall flowers' as they grow tall and sturdy and provide great amounts of privacy in the back garden, growing against the fence as they do..... There was a 'do' today in honor of one of the ladies of the parish, but I am ashamed to say that the terribly warm weather (and my age, which is getting quite forbidding when it comes to gadding) kept me indoors where I read a bit and watched some interesting television, and was, on the whole, quite happy with a book in my easy chair, with the house so nice and cool. If I had been 88 I would have been moved to go, my sense of duty being stronger in those days than it is now that I am pushing 98. Being that age has its pros and cons, - it makes a lovely excuse for staying home, but on the other hand it is a dreadful reasons for missing some nice outings.... I have a warp on the loom that is challenging me to finish it this coming week, and as it is not a very exciting warp I am faced with the chance to finish it off as soon as possible, or putting my stool at the loom far down on the list of things to do next week. I think I should bite the bullet!!!! In the last few months my bed has developed a voice that gets louder as the evening goes on, and I hear it calling to me now, so I will gather up my Ipad and a good book and go and so what that bed feels is so urgent, - probably lonely again and wanting my company!!!! I hope for cooler weather this coming week, but the weatherman doesn't seem about to harken to my wishes and so I guess the sun will shine, furiously, and I will look for shady spots outside and keep the cool air coming inside from the cooling doo-dad we have going.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Happy Birthday to the First Born.......

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

July 13th, 2022 Oh my, it is hot outside!!!! The temperature on the front porch is pushing 30, and I know there are spots in the garden that are even hotter. However, I also know that there are spots outside in the shade, that are a little cooler, and where the air is fed by the haze of the sprinkle-sprinkler, - that is the one that just throws a haze of water around and makes you feel that the thermomenter is really a few degrees less than what is showing. This is the kind of weather where you do all the hot things in the early, early morning, and in the afternoon you hide in the shade with a good book, and give thanks for air conditioning in the house. I am going out for supper, and chastise myself for not picking a bouquet early in the morning, to take with me. I will check the back garden for shady spots or maybe there will be a few sweet peas along the eastern wall that will make a fragrant handful. Well, I will prepare myuself a nice tall drink of ice-cubed lemonade and go and see what I can find growing in the shade. Unfortunately the time when I could appear in public with a minimum of clothes (shorts, etc.) is long past and I will have to don the old lady's version of summerwear, - the kind that keeps the sun at bay and covers the wrinkles!!! In my memory is an afternoon when I went with Charles to a private meeting at Okanagan College in short, short pink trousers, and didn't feel at all out of place. Ah, my beloved is gone, and I don't feel at all comfortable in summer's unclothed state any more (sigh)...... Oh, life does get complicated, once the years pile on - even a pair of sandals is questionable once the feet lose their youthfulness!!! However, my new motto is to praise what comes, and what is here to stay, - so off I go. An old lady in her garden......looking for shady spots....

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24th, 2022 Friday again,....... Lunch came, and was delicious except for the green beans, - green beans and I don't hasve a fondness for each other!! The house is responding nicely to Jan's clean-up, - I am so lucky to have this service. Not that the house gets untidy like it once did when there were six children at home, and I guess that in the past, when the children were growing up, housekeeping took second place to their needs. I am not sure that my mother-in-law would not put housecleaning up a notch or two, but I remember Marnie Bomford's advice that I don't place it first - family is most important, - and I think probably her words touched my heart and meant I would never be awarded a shining star for clean corners!!! Oh well..... I don't have the excuse of six children at home now, so it is lovely to have Jan to clean every week or two..... Spring stays spring-like - we haven't hit the hot weather yet and it's a pleasure to be outside. Mainly sitting on the blue bench - I get scolded if I pull weeds, so have to do that unobtrusively...... Thanksful that the flowering plants are mostly perennial and make a nice showing without too much effort. The main thing is to keep the cutch grass from growing tall and towering above the other greenery. Steve brought a great contraption yesterday, - one that helps you get into bed istead of standing on tiptoe and swinging the legs up after the rest of your body!!! I don't know when the bed learned to communicate, but it definitely calls to me as the evenings wear on, and this makes it much easier to respond, and enjoy music and a bit of Candy Crush before the eyes close - thankfully.... I am having good thoughts about winding a new towel warp and using up all the bits and pieces of various colours, but so far it is only "thoughts' and I haven't attached the cotton to start winding. Being 97 makes it easy to procrastinate, but when you are 97 time is of the essence and procrastination should be a thing of the past..... Still, I think how lovely it would be to use up all those cones with only a bit on them and I think the reslt would be quite cheerful in the kitchen. Well, the afternoon stretches out before me, - I think the house will soon be empty and I will be able to wind to my heart's content = or my shoulders complain.