What emerged over the month?
Never a dull moment. Pretty much the theme of my life, but June has little bits of everything. Many endings, many beginnings, and everything in between.
What were the big and small victories?
Cole came in to town to take Max in for service. Then he went to work at an event at Appleby. Funny stories! | I went to a fabulous session called Painting from the Inside Out up at the Joshua Creek Heritage Centre. | After some research, many e-mails, and some time, I finally got the right form from the Ministry of Education. The form and fee have been submitted. Now my future is officially underway! | Birthday plans (for me) are being organized. October 16. Almost 6 weeks after my birthday, but at least I fit it in this year. My 50th, 2 years late! | I went with my sister Beth to listen to Arlene Dickinson. Great talk! | Enjoyed lunch at August8 with my friend Robin. She’s on board for a project that starts in November. Tons to look forward to this fall! | My Week in the Life book came back from Mixbook and I’m thrilled with the results. So happy to find a company that prints 8.5×11 templates! | I bought myself a new Fitbit Alta as it is more in keeping with how I want to present myself – the purple one was a bit too … purple. | Chloé was surprised by a promposal and will be accompanying her good friend – the tuba player from concert band. Plenty of excitement: dress, shoes, hair appointment, boutonniere order, pre- and post-prom plans. Exhausting! | Finally found a groomer who will clean out Tucker’s ears! | Spa day, what a treat. | The gallery shelves are up in the family room and it is going to look fabulous! | The Timpani drum set has been delivered from the school for Chloé to practice on this summer. They take up a lot of space! Apparently, Chloé is very good and should keep up her playing. | Chloé turned 17. What?!? | We celebrated my niece’s high school graduation at Nota Bene in Toronto which was wonderful – and required new sports jackets for my boys. | A small but mighty turn out for our Desire Map book club reunion. We will, of course, try again to get everyone together again. | Claire went to write her French exam in Kingston then off to Montreal with friends. Fun! | Elaine has been having a Pampered Chef party with Star for 12 years – and I think I’ve been to most of them! This time I got some things for the BBQ. | Father’s Day BBQ was hosted by my sister and husband in Toronto. It was fun for all. | PEONIES. My garden is full. | Welcome Litha. | I registered for 78 Mirrors starting next month. I’m really looking forward to learning more about Tarot. | Another closing ceremony for the kids. I skipped. Too hot and not mandatory for me! | Hello California! | Chloé enjoyed prom – 30 hours of partying! I witnessed via SnapChat. | Chloé had a crazy number of driving lessons leading up to her road test! We have another driver in the house. She got her G2 on the first try. | I love spending time out on the deck of the Oakville Club. | Chloé learned that she will be Co-Head Student Ambassador as well as Intercultural Leader for Walker House next year. She is beyond excited! | We finally got around to getting Caden his new OHIP card. | Sting AND Peter Gabriel in concert. Fantastic! A wonderful way to wrap up the month. #swoon
What were the lessons?
Claire now has braces – the old fashioned kind. Her overbite is one of the worst they have ever seen and the Invisalign were not going to fix that! Total rip-off. Shame on the shyster in Kingston. | CanadaAM has been a staple in my life since returning to Canada in 1991 and it was cancelled – with 2 days notice – on the 3rd of June. Boom. After 43 years on the air it was a terribly disrespectful way to treat a broadcast institution. | The blood clot remains. | Claire was rear-ended while driving home from work. Her 9-month old Rav4, Ruby, has a big dent. She learned a lot as both the car and insurance are in her name and mama couldn’t fix it on her behalf. | Chloé’s very favourite teacher was let go. | Tucker ate Caden’s elastics for his braces. Again.
We (finally) got a rowing machine. With that, the medicine balls, the yoga/pilates equipment, TreadClimber and Tucker needing regular walks my practice was focused on FITNESS this month. Now if I could just get myself over to the club for morning swims I’ll be all set! I got myself a new Fitbit Alta – a bit more presentable than the purple one I have been using (or not using, because it doesn’t “work” with everything). My first Kickstarter item I supported came in, a HidrateSpark which is working and has been synced up with the Fitbit to keep track of how much I drink.
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE
Great quote: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Muhammad Ali
What we watched and enjoyed: Caden is beside himself with joy now that America’s Got Talent is back. He pulls up his top acts on YouTube and we all get to see only the good bits! | Caden also has all of us hooked on Grey’s Anatomy – we’re just starting the 5th season, again for some of us. | The Tony’s were spectacular. It reinforced how much I want to see Hamilton in person. We downloaded the soundtrack until we can see it in person. | Soccer. Lots of soccer. Iceland? Amazing! | Basketball, too. Except for the fact that “King James” is a big cry baby.
Book found in my truck for the inevitable parking lot reading: Recommended on my retreat was The Liars Club by Mary Karr. Wow.
Book found on my nightstand: A collection of short stories by Mark Haddon called The Pier Falls.
Music that had me moving and singing along: Peter Gabriel and Sting in concert at the ACC was BRILLIANT. I’m enjoying a personal ’80s revival.
Weather: Ah yes, summer has arrived, in all her fully bloomed erratic glory! I am a bit concerned over the lack of rain, it has been so very dry. Perhaps July will make up for it – bring on the thunderstorms!
RIP: A tough month for losses. CanadaAM off the air after 43 consecutive years. | On 04 June, I woke to the news that Muhammad Ali passed, so many thoughts swirled through my head. As a kid I watched all of his fights and vividly remember Howard Cosell’s excited commentary. Muhammad Ali was so much more than a fighter, he was a legend, an icon, for so much more. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Amen. | The 49 victims slaughtered in Orlando, so terribly sad. | Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, another icon, passed. | The EU as we’ve all come to know it. | The attack on the airport in Turkey. Incredible. Awful.
Unexpected: In 1984, I received my first (non-obligatory) bouquet of flowers given for no reason other than he felt like it. They were yellow roses received from a nice boy who lived on the guys side of my University dorm. We were never close but I remember him as lovely and it as a sweet thing to do. Mid-month, I got a LinkedIn connect request and we’ve caught up. So wonderful to see lovely people have lived a lovely life full of love and success! | Brexit. Beyond all logical expectation the UK has left the EU. Strange times ahead. | PK Subban was traded and my family of Habs fans are stunned with only one being crushed by the news.
Discovery: By way of my brother-in-law, I discovered “anthem” playlists on Spotify. After further investigation, I located an article that pointed me in the right direction. I was looking for some instrumental music to write to through my days and I believe I have found exactly what I need! | Mingle magazine. I love everything from Stampington and never saw this until mid-month. Since Claire’s dream is to be hospitality and event planning I now have a subscription.
Exhale: Grade 11 and Grade 10 (Senior One and Upper Two) have been completed – for the 3rd and 4th times. I plan to enjoy the lull between now and the start of the next round! 82 Days between Closing Ceremonies and First Day of Classes.
Online Courses: Fierce Grace Collective with Carrie Anne Moss; Creativity Workshop with Elizabeth Gilbert; Sacred Wheel Immersion with Allison Carr; Fairyologist with Doreen Virtue; Ask Your Guides with Sonia Choquette; The Moon Sisterhood with Anne Hayman; The Inside Story with Susannah Conway; Tell It and Being Seen with Liz Lamoreaux; One Little Word with Ali Edwards; and, FIT2016 with Cathy Zielske.
In-person Courses: Next Steps in Creative Writing with Brian Henry of Quick Brown Fox. A group of us meet every Thursday afternoon and Brian leads a constructive critique session of the works submitted for the week. I’m looking forward to taking the Kid Lit course starting in September! | Conscious Booksmith Retreat with Christine Mason Miller in Ojai, California.
How was your June? What are you noticing in your life?