I returned from my vacation in Alberta and this morning I drove Leo down to Saskatoon to catch a flight to Toronto. We did not actually get tired of each other but that is just how our life goes – lots of travel for Leo. This time he is off to a conference on AIDS. It fits in with a couple of his jobs – his MHO job and his seat on the Sask Advisory Committee on AIDS. He says he will follow the epidemiology stream mostly. He also said that he could be at the conference from about 7am till 9pm but that he thought he might make his days a tad shorter.
Second week he goes to stay with some old friends – Muslims and very devout so I know for a fact that he will not be boozing it up. He will be playing lots of golf. the second week is vacation for him and our friends have been asking him to come and do this for so long. Finally he gets a chance to visit.
Yesterday was a long day of driving. I left my sister’s at about 9:30am and went to Pidgeon Lake to pick Sara up. She was ready to go by about 2pm and we headed home via Wainright. The roads were good so it only took us about 7 hours of driving – got home a bit after 9pm. We drove through some heavy rain. It cleaned the bugs right off the window.
And just about Blaine Lake there was a glorious rainbow that filled the sky. It was a bit too dark to get good pictures – all that I took were a bit blurry and didn’t come close to doing the actual rainbow justice.
Today I decided to wander around the countryside on my way home from Saskatoon.
I took the ferry across the South Saskatchewan at Hague and drove the back roads. There were thousands of little white butterflies everywhere, including all over the grill and front window. They are probably pests of some kind but they were pretty as they rose in clouds from the sides of the roads.
One of my stops along the way was to check out some old buildings. Two little birds were perched on the windowsill. They did not mind me taking their pictures. They looked as if they may be very young and maybe sitting was still the safest thing for them to do!
This is wonderful. It is 1 pm and I am sitting here after a leisurely morning. Quiet time with God happens early for me but that doesn’t mean I have to get out of bed! Not while I am on holidays and a guest in my sister’s home. After all, I wouldn’t want to wake everyone else up early. So after some reading and reflecting, I tucked myself back under the covers for a bit more sleep.
Finally got up around 9. Made some instant coffee – pretty bad substitute for a coffee addict but what can one do in an emergency situation in a house of mostly non-coffee addicts? I needed my fix by that time of the morning and it did quite well. Toasted a bagel around 10:30 and spent most of the morning chatting with my niece. She is fun to talk to.
Chantelle has a tiny little dog – Ginger. Ginger has been getting into all sorts of trouble lately so may actually be ill. He goes to the vet this afternoon. I hope he is not seriously ill since I think Chantelle would be heartbroken. She actually bought this little zebra striped sweater for him. I am not really into putting sweaters on dogs but this one is sort of cute and since I really like Chantelle – what else can I say? A sweater on my dog, Maisy, would likely be chewed to shreds in about 2 minutes. I had to buy a chain link type collar for Maisy. She does not like wearing accessories!
Now it is almost lunch time. I guess I will eat and then decide what strenuous activity I will do for the afternoon. A bike ride would probably be a good idea. I may just decide to sit and read. I could also see myself finding a good bookstore to browse in, or maybe a store with some good sale going on. This is my favorite kind of vacation.
As I sit here letting my frozen lip recover from the copious amounts of local anaesthetic generously administered by my partner, Roger, I am realizing that this is another one of my precious vacation days used up for getting things done rather than for rest and fun. This morning at 8 am, there I was getting a crown prep done. My lip is still droopy – really gives me a crooked smile – so I am not going out in public just yet. Part of another of my vacation days will be spent getting the crown cemented on.
Tomorrow I drive out to Alberta with Sara so that she can be a counsellor at camp. Then I will take a week to visit friends and family and rest before driving back so that Sara can make it to work on Sunday night.
I had fully intended to take some time and do some scenic drives around this province, take lots of photos and just do what I wanted to do. It looks like my time is going way too fast and there will hardly be any time for that.
Since this is a day of playing catch-up with appointments, I made arrangements for my aunt to get some things done too. I want to take her out for lunch as well. We have done some visiting over the past few months but mostly I drop in to see her quickly, bringing her some necessary items and then I rush away to take care of some other stuff. Today, I want to sit with her awhile, visit over lunch and not be in so much of a hurry.
As I realize the need to slow this day down a bit, taking time for my aunt, the list of things I need to do this afternoon is already starting to grow. !:30 – go house viewing again; sometime this afternoon, pay a Sask Tel bill, pack for the trip, gather up all the weeds I pulled from the garden. It doesn’t’t look good for trying to slip a bit of quiet and rest into the schedule!
It seems as if the days of vacation are disappearing – just disappearing without a trace. I have very little to show for the two days I have spent here. The house is no cleaner. No storeroom organizing has been done. The garage sale I need to have is no where near to happening. On Friday I leave again with Sara to Alberta so chances of much getting done around here are fairly slim. Oh well, it will wait.
Today I did have fun. I went house hunting with Michelle. We saw a lot of houses in pretty poor condition but one or two old homes that were very nice. The nicest one was a bit high in price but so nice – completely upgraded with a basement that still needs finishing.
We will see what happens.
And Christian has a job that starts tomorrow at some rock testing laboratory in Saskatoon. One more kid off my couch.
Today – Happy Anniversary Leo – I guess after 36 years we can stand a few days, even if one is our anniversary, apart. I went out for Thai food today, Leo – it was very good. Missed you.
Today has been good but pretty intense. New ways of experiencing God and of being sensitive to his presence. The practice of centering prayer was new to me. I had read about it but it was very helpful to have someone walk us through it.
And the listening groups, sharing stories and really listening. That is something I need to learn – not so much for the listening but discerning what God is saying and speaking what I hear back – that will take some practice. But I guess that is exactly what we are here for – to learn.
And now, it is evening, a hot evening after a very hot day. I am tired. Our day will be a bit shorter tomorrow and that break will be good.
I am very glad that I am on vacation. I need a break and I am excited about going to Chicago for the course I am taking. I hope it is not unbearably hot and humid.
To start out right, I may just go and take a little nap. There is lots of left over chicken curry from the potluck so supper is ready.
This week seems to have been extraordinarily busy. We are getting ready to do some renovations around the office and I have a lot of little loose ends I must make sure are taken care of. Today is my last day of work – actually only working this morning and then we close to move all our charts and stuff to the basement. Right now the office looks really bare – pictures already off the walls and a couple of cupboards bare.
Because we are all going to be moving stuff instead of seeing patients this afternoon, we are having an office potluck. We won’t have to rush to try and fit a lot of eating into a half hour lunch break. We will need to do lots of physical work after we eat so going up and down the stairs hundreds of times will be good for us.
I am looking forward to tomorrow except that I will have lots of home type loose ends to take care of before I leave. sometimes it seems as if the rest of the family is allergic to shopping for groceries.
Maybe I should just let them starve – what a way to coerce appreciation, eh? They will all be so glad when I get back.