There are always going to be things in our lives...in our loved ones lives that we can not control (to an extent, of course). And these circumstances or happenings can create a whole whack of frustration for anyone involved. Take for instance, addiction. Addiction comes in all forms...it is not just about drugs and/or alcohol. Saying that, drugs and alcohol are MAJOR problems in our society today. (I watch intervention, quite a bit. Very sad but an incredibly enlightening show. Sometimes they end happy...not always.) These days 'Meth', 'Crack', 'Ecstasy' and 'Heroin' are quite rampant among many teens and adults these days. Some of these addicts are quite functioning...CEO's that are high on heroin while they are running a huge corporate meeting. It is quite unbelievable, unless you hear of an actual story...you may not agree with me. (But I have heard the stories...i watch Reality TV! lol) (Just don't be so quick to judge a "junkie". They all have a story and a reason why they turned to drugs in the first place.) Anyways...being in love with someone with an addiction is an obvious frustration. Watching your child, husband, wife, sister, brother, mother, father or best friend fight the demons of addiction is a difficult, sad and very frustrating life experience. It's frustrating to watch someone you love slowly take their life and seemingly not even care about it. The inner person screaming out for help cares though...and it ends up being those close to them that have to help pull them out of the deep dark abyss of pain. It doesn't always work...frustrating. I feel that is how people end up on the streets...alone with their addiction. So sad. :o( It makes my brain and heart hurt to think of the millions of addicts, their struggles and the black hole that they have been sucked into. Frustrating.
Cancer, Alzheimers, Leukemia, Kidney Failure, ALS...there is an enormously long list of diseases and illnesses that are taking people from life...from living life. I can not imagine having my Dr. inform me that I have cancer. The instant drop of my heart into my stomach would make me throw up in the moment the news hit my ears. I have had friends and relatives get the news...it is very scary. I have also seen them rise up and become amazing and brave warriors...fighting with strength, positivity and determination. The things that us humans go through in life feel like too much sometimes. No one should have to fight just to live...there is absolutely nothing fair about that at all. It is so hard to watch someone you love suffer. Frustrating when you can do nothing to make it better. I know that just being there is a whole lot for them. Support, love, laughter and some delicious food (soul food!) can do much for the spirit. That is all that we as humans can do for one another. No matter what the situation...sickness, addiction, divorce, depression or a crisis of any kind, we need to have empathy for each other no matter what. It really is love that connects us all...I feel some days that we are losing that. It makes me sad...hurts my brain thinking of the people in the world that are alone and dealing with something difficult in their lives.
So...vat vuss going on zis veek fur me? (that is in my German accent...)
Sunday April 15 12:12 pm
So Springy! Kathy brought the warm feelings of the fresh season into Artworks. It looks so pretty! I love the colours of the lanterns...and the parasols! The sun shining through the windows is awesome. I love this time of year...when it feels so amazing to have the sun warm your face again. The excitement of the coming summer heat and swimming in the ocean. Wheeeee! I am getting supah stoked. Today (April 22) is Earth Day and it is going to get up to +20! Woot woot. I will have to sit out on the deck and soak in the precious sweet smells of the freshest time of year.
Monday April 16 12:12 pm
When you live on a small island that is not hooked up to city water, you have a well or a cistern as your source for water. Here, we have a well with three cisterns as back up. To most effective way to keep the water safe for drinking is to have a UV filter installed to keep it clean and free of gross things that can come from yucky water. (I don't know the technical words for this stuff! lol) Anyways...my friend Ken is THE water guy on the island...making sure you are safe. ;o) He needed a new ad...I wanted to do it for him. I am no graphic designer...but I like to play with the photoshop. This is what I finished for him this week. Cute and Colourful. ;o) Withey's Water Treatment...Servicing all your water concerns. With a smile! ;o)
Tuesday April 17 12:12 pm
I had my camera in my purse...but I was on a table with needles all over my body at 12:12. Accupuncture! I had accu done years ago...it gave me relief at that time. I went for 7 months, two times a day...it was awesome. I have only seen Brenda here 4 times...and that is all within 2 months. When I leave her I feel good...but it soon fades. She gave me this bottle of liniment. It feels good when it is on...I love the tingling! I just know that right now I really need to take it easy. Things will start to heal...I have never really taken it as easy as I should be. Breaks don't do as much as actual, full relaxation. My tub is my best friend now. In fact, I just got REAL bubbles for my tub, 'Conair' bubbles. It is meant to help reduce muscle strain...maybe all that I am doing now will give me the real relief I so badly need! Fingers crossed. ;o)
Wednesday April 18 12:12
Yes Maggie! I know, I know, I know! All she wants to do is what she wants to do right then and there. And she will make sure that you know it. In and out and in and out the sliding door in the back to the front door. It either means she wants food in her dish or to get outside and go for a walk. hee hee hee...Old Lady, you so smart! ;o) I took this pic and off to the beach we went. Clint chauffeured us both there...how nice.
Thursday April 19 12:12 pm
Veronica is home from Thailand and Cambodia!! Fun times she had on her adventures...accompanied by her boyfriend Dylan of course! She is so tanned and beautiful and happy from the amazing places she saw and the beautiful people she met. It's nice to have her home though...safe and sound and dog in tow ready for walkies! She has a most handsome lab/pittie/whatever else is in there. He is quite a specimen to behold! ;o) Grandma Maggie loves young Swayze too. Keeps her on her toes with a youthful bounce in each step! ;o)
Friday April 20 12:12 pm
Happy 4 20!!! I got to spend my day with one of my favourite peoples...Joelle!!! Yay! She needed to take a trip to Nanaimo for work...it makes it much more fun when you have a friend on the ferry and the drive around town. Plus...you can stop for sushi!! Always nice to get to town and do a good grocery shop too...SuperStore is a must stop shop when over there. The sun is shining and we are moving in the line up to get on board the MV Quinsam! The ferry ride is fun when it's sunny and warm...especially when the boat isn't too full. Peeps get out their cars and hang out on the deck in the rays. Love it!!! ;o)
Saturday April 21 12:12 pm
Totally left the house sans camera! bad me! Didn't know how long it would take...how long Kate and I would spend at the garage sale or the GIRO. (Gabriola Island Recycling Organization...like a thrift shop!) The garage sale was the best I have been to in a long time. Wicked deals...we scored hugely! I got this ceramic owl clock...$1.00!!! Also, a cute mirror with owls painted on it. It's not like I am a huge owl fan or anything...I do think they are mighty cute though. Clearly someone in this home loved them. There were much more items avec la owl. It wa sa fun day...retail therapy spending no more than $15 and getting two pairs of pants, a hoodie, a bag of dresser legs that I needed, owl clock and mirror, 70's hardcover school books and a couple of brooches...SCORE!! Thanks for bringing me along Kate! Ended yesterday having dinner and drinks with a table full of friends...Mariko, Bryan, Kate, Lynn, Steve, Brenda Jack and Clint. The Surf is back in business and we are all VERY happy about it! Sunset evenings with a pint of beer! ;o)
What will I be getting up to today. Happy Earth Day!! Plant a flower...or just smell some! xox