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Monday, April 4, 2016

My World April 5, 2016

The big crane is on the horizon. A huge high rise is going in on a busy street despite many protests.

The tall crane on the horizon lets me know that big changes are coming to my view. I've long known this was happening but never really thought of it's impacts on me since I don't live so close to where the high rise is being built.  In the past week though I've seen the crane there every day.  It is there to stay until it's done it's work and it is clear that the finished work, a high rise, will interfere with my view.  Residents in the immediate vicinity of the new building protested long and hard against the new building because it is the first requiring a change to the density of the area. Vancouver is out of land so all new buildings are going upwards rather than outwards. That is a sign of the current times.

I've been feeling poorly again. I've been sleeping much more than usual and I'm also taking naps. This is very unusual for me. After a few days I discovered it was a chest cold so I'll just have to let it run it's course.

Normally when I'm feeling under the weather I find productive ways to occupy my time.  But in this instance I've really been trying not to push myself." Rest" is my unofficial word of the year. It's unofficial because I didn't choose it until February.  I wasn't going to choose a guiding word for this year.  But this word came to me in mid February or so and somehow it seemed "right".

What about you dear reader? 

Did you choose a guiding word for the year?

After doing virtually nothing but sleep, rest and eat for a few days, I got quite bored.  I finally picked up my e-reader and continued reading a book called, The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan.  I didn't know what I was in for when I started to read the novel and I don't want to give anything away.  But I am about 20% into the book and enjoying it so far.

I didn't read any summaries or reviews of the book before started reading it.  Ms. Tan is one of my all time favourite writers and I generally assume I will like any book she writes.  I'm happy to say that I believe this one will be to my liking as well.  I'm not going to write a book review here as I'm still in early stages of the book.  If you are interested at all, I recommend reading a summary here or here (where you can also sample some pages and hear a sample of an audio recorded book).


In addition to making a bit of progress on the book, I also knitted a few dish cloths. I'm trying to use up the bits and bobs of my dwindling cotton yarn stash. I'm taking my time with these latest dishcloths.  When I'm tired I make mistakes and I don't want to have a mess on my hands, lol.



The Solomon's Seal (above and below photos) has doubled in size in 5 days or less.  It's amazing how fast plants grow with the sunshine.  I need to get out and clean the garden soon but that is another thing I don't feel up to and gardening isn't my favourite thing. I only like to look at and admire plants once they are planted and growing.


 The next few shots I was experimenting with the lens focus.




I had a special outing planned for the weekend but I didn't get to it.as planned.
 Now the weather will be a bit inclement for awhile and then I'll be busy with a few other things.

Hopefully I can squeeze it my outing some time soon.  It will provide a lot of wonderful opportunities for photos which I can share with you.
 I hope you are enjoying life where ever you are in this big, wide world.


Thanks for visiting my world today.

I'll be joining Our World Tuesday and
stopping by to see what is happening in your world.

19 comments:

  1. hope you are feeling better soon

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  2. Hi Penny, sorry to hear your feeling under the weather, hope you feel better soon. I think the changeable weather is the cause, one minute its warm them freezing cold. My word this year is "relax" I am stealing little moments to drink a whole cup of hot tea, to sit in the garden and listen to nature a little me time. Lastly what is the name of that fluffy plant you took? Its so pretty x

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    1. Hi Joy, thank you for the kind thoughts. The name of the plant is a cat tail. It normally grows in swampy areas. What I photographed is a remnant of it.

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  3. Lovely pictures and amazing aspects seen from up close.
    About the word select by you, rest is indeed, a good one. We need some time for ourselves. In january, I choose: Confidence *-*
    Greetings and good health in this lovely week of April! A beautiful Springtime!

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    1. Another great word for the year. Thank you for your good wishes. Sunshine and a bit of cloud are here today after 1 day of rain. Not as bad as I was expecting. Tomorrow we are supposed to break a record for warm temperatures.

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  4. My Solomon's Seal isn't up yet. I keep looking for it.

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  5. I am so sorry to hear you are not feeling good. Take good care of yourself and get plenty of rest. Lovely photos.

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  6. Keep us posted on the high rise. It will be interesting to see the results.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear you are feeling under the weather again and I hope the "rest" you are finding somewhat enforced will be just the thing to help you gain some mojo and feel better. You certainly have been busy in that time with your wonderful photography, reading and knitting. So three cheers for that.

    I picked a word -- "Listening." And I'm doing my best. What is sometimes challenging is that when I listen, some of the things I am told are not things I can share so I carry them with me. And some I can share to help illuminate others. It's a tough balance.

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    1. That a great word, Jeanie. I wish more people would listen ;-) I have to work at it too. It would be hard if you cannot share what you hear. That happens to all of us at time. I'm sure you do a great job at balancing it. xx

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  8. my guiding word for the year is 'What if'.
    hope you are feeling better now :)

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  9. love the plants and the view of your town.Pretty!

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  10. I do hope your chest cold is over quickly. Spring ailments seem to linger longer than most. Feel better soon.

    The new high rise will really mess up your views of the beautiful landscape.

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  11. Hello, I am sorry you are not feeling well. Getting a lot of rest is important. Sorry you will be loosing your pretty view to a high rise or maybe it will be just a bit. Take care and I hope feel better! Happy Tuesday, enjoy your week ahead!

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  12. So sorry to hear you are not feeling good. The images are all very nice. Hope you are better now.
    Greetings from Turin!

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  13. So sorry to hear you are not feeling good. The images are all very nice. Hope you are better now.
    Greetings from Turin!

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  14. Nice set of pictures - nerd good to feel unwell, or have a view built out. Hope things improve.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  15. Hi Joyful, Excuse my lateness in posting this comment. I’ve been somewhat out of the blogging mood for a while and just now getting back into it and just now reading this post. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling poorly and I sure hope that by now things are much better. “Rest” is a good word for the year and, for me at least, it is essential to stay in good health. Just the cover of Amy Tan’s Valley of Amazement is quite intriguing … I read one of the summaries, and think it sounds like a book I would enjoy … thanks for the suggestion. Lastly … about the crane … Those things became a symbol of doom to my view at my previous location. Development and change is what actually caused us to move to a new place. Life is all about change and sometimes it gets pretty difficult. I hope your view, which is beautiful, is not blocked too much. Keep us posted please! I always enjoy your sky photos from your deck!

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