Friday, September 23, 2022

Five on Friday: Quotes from My 5-Year Diary




"Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it."
GEORGE ELIOT


With autumn officially here, I'm adjusting my thoughts to be thoroughly present to the seasonal changes going on around us. It's been a very full week, with all manner of planned events and several unexpected situations.

As my mom's garageman noted when we went to pick up her car: I'm sorry it's not ready yet, almost done, but it's been the kind of day where Thursday and Friday are rolled into one. It was Wednesday as he said it. Oh yes, said I, I understand, it's been that kind of day for us as well. We chuckled. I intuitively understood his meaning—two days' work rolled into one; two days' problems rolled into one; two days' worth of busyness all rolled into one. And then some days we don't even know what day it is. Ha, sometimes life is like that.

On this cool September Friday, I've been dipping into my 5-year quote diary, looking at lines that have caught my imagination these last few days. If you don't know about the diary, you can find earlier posts HERE and HERE. I'm grateful to have access to so many inspiring and insightful thoughts—lines that make me sit up and take notice. I'm also appreciative of the many photographers who make their beautiful photos available to use, gratis, on sites like Pixabay.com. What a gift. On that note, here is Five on Friday. Hope you enjoy.



— One —
"Every morning lean thine arms
awhile upon the windowsill of heaven and
gaze upon the Lord. Then with the vision
in your heart, turn strong to meet your day."
attributed to THOMAS BLAKE



— Two —
(Brunetti) thought of something Seneca had written in one of his letters,
advising us that it wasn't until we had begun to go without things
that we realized how unnecessary they were.
Note from a Donna Leon Venetian mystery


That's certainly true in some cases. Interestingly, I have also found the opposite to be true, when I had gone without and realized something was necessary to my well-being. I guess it's about paying attention, knowing when to let go what I do not need and fully embracing what I do.

A note about Donna Leon's books. I love how thoughtful she has made her main character. While Commissario Brunetti works through his current investigation, he often finds himself musing about life, about the books he reads, about the authors his wife is devoted to, why people do what they do. As an avid reader myself, I find his musings thought-provoking and entertaining—often I come away with new thoughts and book titles to chase down in real life.



— Three —
"It is important to be able to hear 'the poetry of earth'.
W.O. MITCHELL


It was one of my great delights this summer to sit in the garden while reading, for the first time, the classic novel Who Has Seen The Wind by W.O. Mitchell. It's the story of young Brian O'Connal growing up on the Saskatchewan prairies in the 1930s. Mr. Mitchell's prose sometimes reads like poetry.



— Four —
"Realize that life is glorious, and you have
no business taking it for granted."
ANNA QUINDLEN



— Five —
"(My friend) set me an example of how to deal
with life gracefully, and I hold it in mind
even if I can't always imitate it."
HILARY MANTEL (1952 - 2022)
from an interview she did a few months ago before she died



— Bonus —
"On my patch of the planet, the days keep getting shorter.
I'll miss these long, light-filled summer days, but
there's something about earlier sunsets that feels
like the language of my soul right now."
PARKER J. PALMER
as seen on his Facebook page




Wishing you a beautiful weekend,
Brenda


Photo Credits:
Top - KimGreenHalgh90 from Pixabay
One - HoaHoa111 from Pixabay
Two - Jennifer Latham from Pexels
Three - Raman Talpada from Pixabay
Four - S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay
Five - Tammy Shook from Pixabay
Bonus - Juanma Martin from Pixabay







Friday, September 16, 2022

The Queen, Memories, Dahlias




In Memoriam
Queen Elizabeth II
1926 - 2022


Some of my earliest memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are probably from seeing the postage stamps, which bore her image, my mother used to mail her letters. And certainly from the lovely portrait I saw of her in public places—in our school, at the post office, in our community hall. It might have been the portrait above, it feels so familiar, which is why I chose it for this commemorative post. (artist unknown, image found on the internet)

As a girl, I remember waiting with my family every Christmas Day to watch the Queen's Address. The regal event was all part and parcel of the day's beribboned festivities. And when the Queen came to Canada on numerous occasions, I eagerly waited to catch the clips of her on television and in the newspaper. My mom as a girl made a scrapbook of Royal visits. She remembers waiting with her mom and dad to see young Princess Elizabeth step off the train in Edmonton with her parents, the then King and Queen. Mom's scrapbook, lost in the attic of her childhood home, came to light years later to the great delight of us all. It thrilled me to carefully page through this tactile remnant of my mom's girlhood. I think it captured my own imagination for the Royal Family. I was always glad Canada was a part of the Commonwealth Family.

The closest I came to seeing Queen Elizabeth in person was when she visited Edmonton, Alberta in August 1978 for the opening of the Commonwealth Games. I was twenty-one, had moved to the city earlier in the year, had started my first adult job. My first summer in the city. The news came down in our office that the Queen would be at the Alberta Legislature one morning, and anyone who wanted to join the lines could head down the hill to see her. The Queen no doubt came that day to meet her viceregal, the Lieutenant Governor, Alberta's representative of the Canadian monarch and to meet the Premier of Alberta, Peter Lougheed. It must have been a quieter day for the Queen, I don't remember hoards of people around that sunny morning. I easily found a spot near the north entrance of the stately domed building where she came out, stepped into the waiting car (probably a Bentley) with the royal flags fluttering on the hood. Her entourage slowly drove by, so close I could almost touch the car. I don't recall if she waved. I know I did; I might have had a little flag in my hand. It was a thrilling moment. Not having a television or a camera (certainly no iPhone), I bought up all the newspapers to clip photos for my own Royal scrapbook.

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This week I've been gently following the news of the Queen's coffin on its journey from Balmoral to Edinburgh to London, where she now lies in state at the Palace of Westminster until her funeral on Monday, September 19th. If you've been watching, you may have noticed the lovely wreath of white flowers set on top, designed using some of the Queen's favourite flowers picked from the Balmoral Estate. It included dahlias, sweet peas, phlox, white heather, and pine fir. info from Country Living magazine

The other afternoon, Rick and I visited the nearby St Albert Botanic Park where we hoped to see their beautiful fall display of dahlias. There was a definite autumnal feel to the day, warm sunshine mingling with crisp air and the sound of leaves scrunching as we walked. Since dahlias were a favourite of the Queen's, I wanted to pause right there amongst the dahlias. . . to honour the memory of this gracious lady I have known all my life and have loved as our Monarch.

Here are dahlia photos from our visit, including one pearly white blossom which I took especially with Her late Majesty in mind.









"May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

From King Charles's Address following his mother's death
—the line originates from Shakespeare's Hamlet



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Wishing you a beautiful day,
Brenda





Monday, September 12, 2022

Guest Blogging Elsewhere Today




"It's the habits you develop over your lifetime
—that will make you or break you—as a writer."
Unknown


Today I am guest blogging over on InScribe Writers Online.

Our assignment this month is to write to the theme "Creative Daily Rituals", in which we explore our daily writing patterns and how that's working for us. I hope you'll join me HERE.



Wishing you a beautiful day,
Brenda


Top photo by Kim van Vuuren on Pexels