I found a new view on my daily walk. Just a few yards down a city easement. Too bad I'll have to wait another 10 months or so to catch the sun rising here! I took this about 10-15 minutes before sunrise.
S playing with her second cousin in Avonlea the evening before a family wedding. It's nice to see how she enjoys young children. She was excited to have a babysitting job this week and another lined up for next week (different families). Also today, the girls finished a week of Vacation Bible School: Georgia as a participant, Madeline as a Captain (one who helps the group leader), and Sophia as a member of the entertainment team (singing and dancing on stage; getting the kids excited).
As an editor and writer, I spend 98% of my work days sitting at a computer in my office. Today, I spent the whole day with a Customer Service Technician observing Internet and TV installations in people's homes. I sure had a beautiful day to be out and about! (Not counting the 10-year high of mosquitoes.) This was at 8 am when the CSTs leave the warehouse.
I'm not sure how to sum this up... Several shopping trips for dresses and shoes for L&C's wedding, volleyball camp for the older girls, and I enjoyed having Dash walk with me in the mornings. It was a busy time work-wise. Neil and I subbed another route the first two weeks of July (nearly 2 hours of delivery each morning), and Neil started working for Skip the Dishes (on top of Grocery Freedom), as his term with Prairie Sky School ended in June. No work vacation for me until August.
Neil has been a cooking many things in foil lately, thanks to a foil feature in Food Network Magazine: 50 Things to Grill in Foil. I've been enjoying it. Broccoli with garlic tonight. Beets with vinegar and mint (added after cooking) and carrots with tarragon are other foil dishes he's cooked for me.
The garden seems even more alive when sunlight is dancing through it.
Other than 2 minutes taking pictures this morning, I've been going through the books that came out of the girls' rooms while they were in Edmonton. It's a huge amount of books! Deciding which ones to part with hasn't been easy. I need their input for some of them. And it's been a trip down memory lane. :)
Super moon! I had just seen Katrina's post about shooting the moon before stepping outside at 4:30 this morning, and there it was in plain view (amazingly, because we have many mature trees blocking it most of the time). I grabbed my camera and longest lens and took a few shots with the recommended settings (ISO 100; f/8.0; 1/125). Fun!
The older two were in volleyball camp this week. Their first time in a camp like this. They both enjoyed it, but M especially loved it. At the end, she received the Coaches' Award for being the most enthusiastic, helpful, coachable, and improved throughout the week. Awesome! I love that they recognized these attributes as well as volleyball skills.
Sophia also did well! They both came home with excellent player evaluations, and both received "high five" awards during the week. Madeline's for improvement on the first day, and I think Sophia's was for smiling and cheering. She's always a great cheerleader for her team.
I read quite a bit, but it's not often I read a book just for fun. I picked this up at the new Little Free Library in our neighbourhood a couple weeks ago, and I'm glad I did! Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
P.S. This is my 2500th post on this blog! (10.25 years)
This morning, I let Dash walk with me on my paper route without a leash for the first time -- and he was so well behaved! He paid no attention to joggers, people getting into vehicles, cars driving by... I never had to raise my voice, and I was confident he knew where I was at all times. He would sniff for a bit and then sprint past me. I'm sure he got more exercise this way. He knew every turn before I got there, and he loved it! I loved it. The leash is annoying when delivering papers.
I had been wanting to try this and am glad I finally took the chance. Of course I had a strong feeling he would stay with me, as it seems to be his Aussie instinct. Oddly, we encountered far more people than usual and no rabbits, squirrels, or cats. I did put the leash on him for a few minutes when I saw a lady walking two dogs.
About 15 minutes before sunrise. Long day... Since I had to take the girls shopping for dresses this evening, I was out practically all day (home only for breakfast and supper). Didn't get home until after sunset.
Some of the things I learned today: A bug bite or sting (I didn't see the creature long enough to ID it) can be incredibly painful. A bug bite or sting will get you a tetanus shot if you're due for one. I will never again use my hands (not even with gloves on) to pull material out of a damp, dark place (I'll use a shovel next time). Bonus: I had time to read while waiting in Emerg, and I was only there for 3 hours (wait times are typically much longer in my city).
M and S went swimming this evening at an outdoor pool (G was at a friend's house). We certainly have summer weather now! The temp reached 30C this afternoon. I didn't take this; Neil did -- but I asked him to, so it counts. (I did take other pictures today, but didn't like them as much.)
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson