Personal moments

“Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.”   ~John Randolph

“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”   ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”   ~Napolean Hill

Since coming back from the Christmas break, where I took a longer-than-usual-amount-of-time away, my schedule has become a real bear. It is like karma is paying me back for still having sun tan lines. I had too much fun, therefore I must pay. At least that is the way it feels, just a bit.

I shouldn’t complain. In the scope of things, having a busy life, full of rewarding experiences and fabulous relationships is a gift. But, I do need, (everyone probably does), some personal time. A few moments in each day that are for me only.

About a month ago, I started a book that is divided into a dozen chapters. A new daily action is recommended to be added at the end of each week, (time needed to absorb the chapter and teachings). By now, I should be on chapter 4 and finished my 4th new daily action. I have not passed #1 yet. I just can’t seem to devote 15 minutes each morning when I wake up, to myself. How sad is that? But, I keep trying, some days are better than others.


I was recently asked if I had started working out? I must be looking a little less heavy than normal. I replied, “no – that is stress weight loss. I am still thinking about how to add exercise into my life.” Can you imagine? I am not a Nike commercial, (Just do it), that’s for sure.

And so I have to commit. To myself. The time to become better, be inspired. The time to keep my body strong.

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Old notes

It was like finding treasure today.

I was sifting through a bunch of stuff trying to put some order in the house before we dive head first into another school year. I had brought home from work, months ago, all the journals and calendars I have used for the last 10 years. And that was where all these goodies were hiding.

I guess in an effort to make some of the years a bit more interesting, I added little personal touches. One year it was quotes, must have been from one of those page-a-day desk calendars. Other years it was photographs of my family, especially nice to find the ones when the kids were little. And still others had some amazing magazine cut-outs of books to read, music I wanted, visual inspiration, etc.

Finding all these things was like Christmas in September, by myself just enjoying and savouring all the moments.

28 hours alone

My husband is taking my children camping for a short trip. They have not left yet, (kids are still sleeping at 7:45am on summer break) but my husband is busy packing. He wanted to be gone by now, according his master plan, but clearly it will be at least another hour, maybe 90 minutes.

So the question I have been asking myself is, what will I do with all this time? A couple of my friends suggested they will kill me if I clean the house. While I adamantly protested by saying, “that is what the house cleaners are for!” I have to admit that I did consider doing just that. The cleaners are not scheduled for a while and I do a much better job than they do.

No, I can’t clean. So here is what I am looking at: (in no particular order)

  • coffee in the hot tub reading a book, (has to be done now or it will be too hot)
  • sun tanning
  • reading
  • blogging
  • organizing, (this is probably very close to cleaning for most people, but really has to be done)
  • watching movies
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • cooking
  • digital photo album

I’m off to the tub with my coffee…if I work hard, maybe, I can do each one! I know how weird that sounds to most normal people. But that is how my mind works – set priorities, work hard, end with a sense of accomplishment.

Right, I got ahead of myself. My family has not left yet, there is no way I can sneak into the hot tub while they are packing up….


Things I like about flying:

-Reading the newspaper
-Eating a nice hot bowl of soup before taking off
-Watching the planes coming and going
-Warm towels
-Smell of the hand soap on Air Canada planes
-Good meal selections
-Nice tasting drinks
-Time to think
-Magazine articles and ideas
-Movies that I want to watch
-Falling into a deep sleep right on the edge of exhaustion
-The feeling of landing when the flight seemed shorter than usual