Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Happy Things #1

These happy moments are things might be things I am digging right now, events that are happening or a past memory that is on my mind.

Our treat after Challenge Peneticton's 34 C 1/2 Ironman  triathlon.

Vancouver, you took my breath away!

Lunch with my guy at Jericho Beach. 
Ironman Canada- what a day!

River fun

Supper in the field with the kids and Grandpa and Grandma out visiting from the hospital.

A family pic before the 3 older kids left for school.

Apple pie making day!

An easy Sunday morning fat bike ride with my husband.

Walking in the backyard, enjoying the fall leaves.

Spent 15 min in 12 ish C water helping get the dock out at the lake.  So peaceful.

A Thankful Heart

I have missed this little cyber space of mine.  Posting, blogging, journaling, expressing myself, making connections.  Corny but true.  My whole social media life has taken a ride in the back seat the past while.

Change, going with the flow and adapting have been front and center.  This September was the first time in 13 years I have not returned to the classroom (as a teacher).  This change has been on my mind for a couple years and this past June, the decision was finalized.  Many reasons for this and it didn't come easy as anyone who leaves a steady job they enjoy can atone to.  But it has been the right choice for me.  The simple story- I just couldn't be superwoman anymore.  A leap of faith, scary and some fumbling involved as I find a new normal.  I am planning to pick up some teaching days when things around the farm right now so I won't be entirely out of the classroom.

So my office view looks a bit more like this these days.

Using straight cut header to combine wheat

Using pick up header to pick up canola swaths

I'm certainly not the clean up hitter but have been promoted from pinch hitter to being on the batting list full time.  It has been different.

I had full intentions of sharing a few of my frustrations on how long it has been since my last post, complain about my internet that doesn't seem to work with MY computer, whine about how exhausted I am -

but I won't.

Compared to the people who have endured terrible hardship and have lost everything in one of the many hurricanes, compared to those who are recovered from injury and those who lost a love one after the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, compared to the troubling incident in Edmonton Alberta and compared to my aunt and cousins who are just down the road, grieving the sudden loss of my uncle yesterday -

 there is a bigger picture and it doesn't have anything to do with my small inconsequential inconveniences.

In a few days, Canadians will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  Despite the difficulties we face and the turmoil in our communities or countries; we are blessed, we have many things to be thankful for.  

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I came up with an idea for Thanksgiving Bags to anonymously leave for our neighbours. (I'm pretty sure none of my neighbours read this blog!)  We will be putting these bags together in the coming days and plan to deliver them on our bikes (no noise) very early Sunday morning (like 4-5 am).

So, in tough times I am choosing to do what I always do to get me through.

 Run, trust and do good

and then repeat that tomorrow.