I had planned to sit down and write a post last Tuesday after breakfast and then all hell broke loose. As you may or may not know, there was a terrorist attack in our nation's capital. (I can't believe I am even typing these words.) I won't go into details (you can google that yourself if you really want to know) but suffice it to say all thoughts of updating my blog were wiped from my mind.
I am still trying to absorb what happened. I kind of feel like I did in the wake of 9/11 where so much of every day life seemed trivial and superficial. I don't know that I feel like things can or should go back to normal and yet on some level, I know that we can't allow the darkness to swallow us up. We have to move forward.
I felt the need to post this to acknowledge the reason why words are hard to come by right now. I have some scheduled posts coming up early next week, but you'll have to forgive me if it takes me a bit longer to get back on track.
Meanwhile, I am reflecting on these words of wisdom:
"My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do."
I had planned to post photos of the Cranberry Festival that we attended yesterday, but we ended up getting caught in a downpour to end all downpours. Fortunately this happened after we'd had our pancake breakfast and we had a giant golf umbrella. I felt bad for all the vendors who were frantically trying to keep their stalls dry as buckets of water poured down from the tops of their tents. It was unreal. Anyway, in lieu of new photos, I give you an old favourite.
I wish my fellow Canadians a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
We are having our feast today and our house will be fully of family, friends & dogs. We jokingly refer to this day as the Festival of PIE-we tend to have several pie choices, come dessert time!
As is my tradition, I am posting this harvest prayer. I am not religious, but I do love the sentiment.
(Anonymous 17th Century Sermon)
Please be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance,
And none can say why some fields blossom
While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun.
Take hope that your season will come.
Share the joy of those whose season is at hand.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
Their choices in life no more easily made.
Give in any way you can.
Give in every way you can.
Give whatever you possess.
Give from your heart.
To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither.
Care less for the size of your harvest than for how it is shared,
I keep meaning to post about our trip to Whistler three weeks ago, but things have been so busy I'm just getting around to it now. We had a fantastic time and the weather was spectacular-sunny but not hot. We had meals out on several restaurant patios so that Indy could be with us. We hiked an amazing hike, which I would love to tell you more about, but I am writing an article to submit for publication, so for now I'm not sharing photos or details.
We rented a canoe and did some paddling on Alta Lake, giving Indy his first canoe experience. He was so good-he lay down in the middle of the boat and just popped his head up to see where we were going. I had fully prepared myself for the possibility of our canoe being overturned if he decided he needed a swim (he is a Lab, after all and swimming is his bliss) but he was content to just relax and enjoy the ride. The only time we thought something might happen is when a flock of Canada geese were taking off from across the lake and Indy heard them honking. That immediately got his attention, but fortunately he just wanted to see them, not go after them.
I don't usually shop when on holiday, but this time I saw a few small things I wanted. The Canada Home shirt was something I had pinned on Pinterest ages ago and happened to come across in this lovely little shop called 3 Singing Birds. I also found a beautiful handmade style mug at Starbucks and couldn't resist. The grey bamboo bird scarf spoke to me at June van der Star's booth at the Farmer's Market and I had to have it. It's super cozy. Lastly, I wanted a t-shirt with mountains on it because I love my mountains. I love that it's orange!
We stayed at our favourite hotel, Summit Lodge & Spa. I'd won a 2 night stay in one of their deluxe suits and they did not disappoint. The room was beautiful and spacious and super comfortable. If you ever travel to Whistler, I highly recommend staying there. We've been guests at Summit twice now with Indy and have nothing but glowing things to say about our experiences there. The service is impeccable. The staff left these sock monsters tucked in every nook and cranny of our room as a joke. It was pretty funny. I gathered them all up to get a group photo on the back of the couch.
The food in Whistler is always amazing. I had a Thai Salad from the Brewhouse one day and a rockfish taco and a chicken taco from La Cantina Urban Taco Bar. The rockfish taco was fantastic! I have never had a fish taco before, but this one was super crispy and light and the pico de gallo on top was just a party in my mouth. *SO* good! We had take out pizza one night from Avalanche Pizza because we'd had it the last time we were in Whistler and enjoyed it so much. They even delivered it to the hotel for us, which was super nice!
We were there for 3 days, a short holiday, but one of the best we've ever had. It was so relaxing and I'd purposely picked a weekend where there wasn't alot going on in the village, so it was much quieter than the last time we'd been. (Crankworx weekend in August was nuts!) Whistler in mid-September was perfect for us and we both felt this was the best vacation we've ever had. We love Whistler so much that every time we're on our way home, we're already trying to figure out how long it will be till we can return. I don't think we'll ever get tired of it-there's just so much to see and do and it's so incredibly beautiful there.