Tag Archives: summer

Height differential

via Daily Prompt: Elevate

Forrest came to visit the other day. Time with siblings is good for the soul 🙂 Having reinforcements for dishwashing duty helps too! Retrieving and returning items to their place can prove entertaining when your kitchen is the size of a postage stamp, one of you is going on instinct and the other on habit, one is over 6ft and the other barely 5ft from head to toe. My plates have never been elevated to such heights before and likely will never again see that splendid view from the top shelf, apologies! 😀

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Roadside assistance

via Daily Prompt: Dignify

I was walking home from work the other day and had a comical moment. Someone came up behind me and I stopped to let them pass. “You are amazing!” they exclaimed, and then disappeared around the corner.

If I’m amazing for literally just standing on the side of the road, then the bar is set pretty low. Made me laugh though — it’s nice to get positive feedback once in a while, and in genuine, short form rather than some protracted affair where failed attempts at conversion congregate in front of an audience.

And I do say no. I do walk away. Or steer the conversation in another direction. But it can be exhausting sometimes. At the ferry terminal last weekend, it was a head on collision with Christianity. “We’re Christians! And we’re praying for people. Can we pray for you?” I was so tired I thought they said “We’re Christians! And we’re pranking people. Can we prank you?” We’ll that’s not something you hear everyday, I thought. “Umm…” And Rube jumps in with “No, sorry. We gotta go.” Thank goodness. 

In conclusion, let me say this: Please, I don’t need saving. Just give me some space. I don’t want to be your good deed for the day. I have my own convictions. I don’t push them on people. I don’t have an agenda. Understand that I can’t always share your enthusiasm or relate to your experience.

Thank you,

–Sam

 

Related reading: Forced Intimacy: An Ableist Norm

Mia Mingus skillfully illustrates some of the invisible barriers that exist for the disabled (and I would argue, anyone perceived as different) living in the world today.

Between worlds

via Daily Prompt: Trance

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything                                                                                                           –Plato

One day, I came home from work, lay down and clapped my headphones on my head, played the Outlander OST from Youtube and I swear, it was one of the most restorative and unbeatable 45 minutes of the summer.

 

Past but still present

via Daily Prompt: Grainy

I can’t help it! Grainy = old film and photos.

I don’t take many pictures, and in the age of selfies and snapping what’s for breakfast, my supply is pretty much non-existent. Still, I’m sure given the right circumstance, I could easily become obsessed with this medium.

Nine times out of ten, any pictures I took were of dogs: my dogs, other people’s dogs, random dogs belonging to persons unknown… I used to work teaching dog agility and obedience classes, and when I wasn’t teaching I was tasked with (among other things) capturing the canines and their humans in action — which I loved, and surprisingly even managed a few wow-worthy shots. They say often you have to take thousands of photos to find that one perfect shot. And over several years, certainly there were many, many dogs to shoot!

My favourite series of photos was taken using film; I followed my dog Kita around for a day in the summer. They are grainy and probably pretty terrible, but looking at them always makes me feel so happy, seeing those small candid moments.

I miss you so much, girl ❤ 🙂

–Sam

The return

It’s nice not feeling like I want to hit the panic button every 10 minutes. It’s nice not having time constraints. The world gets too loud for me sometimes, and weekends like this one keep me inspired.

I managed to stay within walking distance of home, which was a nice change. And I walked most of the day both days, out and about exploring in the sunshine (Hallelujah!). I cleaned up, had great day with a friend on the patio, ice-cream at Grandma’s and spent some time watching the sky, which remained near cloudless and hosted a beautiful sunset.

More later,

Sam

 

Well-crafted

via the Daily Prompt: Maddening

Thus prompted, I immediately thought of the movie, Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) based on Thomas Hardy’s book by the same name. I watched it over the summer, on Netflix at the end of a really satisfying day.

I really enjoyed the movie, and would like to read the book eventually! The film was well-acted and crafted, with a soundtrack that I loved and listened to on Youtube for weeks afterwards 🙂

 

 

 

Hike

My mind is busy today. These prompts send possibilities spinning. The dictionary offered examples of usage for the word ‘hike,’ one being he hiked up his sweatpants and marched to the door, which made me giggle.

However, as you will see, camping is on my mind. The post that comes after this one, I actually wrote earlier this evening, with a reference to ‘mozzies.’ And so the trend continues…

Texada comes immediately to the forefront of my memory, with the ‘Moon tent’ and the dogs and bikes and fiddles and Fudgeos and Fig Newtons, beef jerky and chips, hard boiled eggs, clams and oysters… Yum 🙂 We’d stay for about a week. Dig shellfish from the beach, swim tons –and always visit the quarry for a day. We’d hike around throughout the week visiting different spots and reap the rewards of a spirited splash through waterbodies both fresh and saline, suitably available to wash off the dirt and sand and sweat that had accumulated en route.

It was always an adventure, most of our trips seemly occurring right smack dab in the middle of the week forecasted for record-high levels of precipitation, and still somewhere I’d love to return to (now that we are all adults busy ‘adulting,’ week long family staycations are hard to conjure up, but I remain hopeful 🙂 ).

I’ll be back!

–Sam

*In response to the daily prompt Sept 19 (Hike)

 

 

More Joy

The past weekend was amazing, I loved it. I had it all.

First, it was an extra day off, so I did whatever I wanted and didn’t feel guilty in the slightest about using the day for my own purposes.

It rained next, so I cleaned up, had the place to myself, read my book, drank lots of tea and had a great time.

Then, it was sunny. I went for splendid brunch on the patio with a friend, visited Grandma, had a swim, soaked up a little sun pool-side (forgot the SPF, but escaped relatively unscathed).

Hopped on the sea-bus and enjoyed the crossing. Impromptu entertainment by a Nova Scotian Mr. Tumnus with a set of pipes and beatboxing talent.

Met my sister downtown, grabbed a bite, wandered, saw a free concert by Dehli to Dublin (two thumbs way up), found some super snack combos — baby carrots and Oreos, continued viewing said free concert under a beautiful blanket and night sky, with sister and snacks.

Made the journey home uneventful (thank goodness) and hit the hay with a smile.

It was genuine, it was quality, respect, love, laughter and such good fun, for three entire days.

Thank you to everyone who made it happen, you are amazing 🙂