What emerged over the month?
PATIENCE. I am really enjoying this whole gentle unfolding process. So new to me. Bearing witness rather than being in charge or responsible for anything more than myself. It has been a lovely evolution.
What were the big and small victories?
September started the same way August ended, with me and 30 other women enjoying the hot and humid tranquility of the Sevenoaks Retreat Centre at the foot of the Shenandoah mountains. | Caden passed his DriveWise course. We’re just waiting for an instructor to start driving around with him. | Chloé prepared for the start of school with a massage at Zenbar – Caden had a facial and pedicure! | In defiance of Mercury Rx, I had a smooth and uneventful trip home through Laguardia – even landed at Pearson early! | Cole made sure I had Carole’s carrot cake for my birthday. Best gift ever. | Labour Day had us over at Appleby moving Chloé into residence. She got her sister’s old room! #legacy | Caden enjoyed pre-season varsity volleyball camp. | Julia stopped by with her mum to pick up her things left in our garage over the summer. | Based on the silence, Chloé is fully engaged in her new duties. | As S1 Leader, Caden had to attend training. His crew is all back together again! | Cole moved into his new residence at UofT. | Garnet stayed with us for a few days before he was able to move into residence. So much for my plan to avoid the crazy of move-in day! | My wardrobe needs a serious upgrade. I’ve been treating myself to one Eileen Fisher outfit in spring and one for fall. At that rate it’s going to take me forever! I broke down and got myself a few things shipped from the US. | We enjoyed the Blue Jays vs Red Sox from the box at Rogers Centre. A fun tradition! | First day of classes and only one to photograph and take to school! Weird. | Invitations to my birthday gathering in October were sent out. | Gallery shelves are now complete with all photos on display. | Chloé went on the new boarder trip to Camp Pine Crest followed by Caden taking his M1 “homeformies” the next week. | Much was learned at a weekend writing retreat at Arowhon Pines. | World Cup of Hockey! Go Canada! | The Voice returned which is a big deal in this house. | Mercury Rx came to an end. | Chakredy Pendulum call was positive and upbeat. A completely different approach to this work. | Welcome Mabon (autumnal equinox) | Lunch with Lise is always so much fun. Four hours at Harper’s Landing! | Back to Kundalini. How I’ve missed that wonderful start to the weekend. And, even better, the time has been moved to noon. Perfect! | Felting of Angels and Fairies class with Jenny Cairns was so much fun. I enjoy learning new-to-me things. So many amazing things to learn and to at the Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, I’m a fan! | Day in the Life is a challenge on a Sunday with just Caden and me – and Tucker, too. Made the most of it. | Caden went to his first Optimates dinner. Proud mama! | Bank meeting to get caught up, guestimating the markets and completing paperwork. | It was so fun to have Grampy, Beth, Jamie and Cole come watch Caden and his team play volleyball at St. Mike’s. | Tucker turned 1. I really should have found him a party hat. | Rheumatologist confirms my “witches finger” is not arthritis and I definitely show no signs of rheumatoid arthritis (one more genetic issue). Now on the search for a surgeon who specializes in hands. | Nothing beats a spa day or a fresh haircut. | New Moon Intentions are going to be powerful this Black Moon. Manifesting lots of positivity going forward.
What were the lessons?
A bit of a malfunction in the kitchen resulted in microfibre cloths melting onto the stovetop. Ugh. Another replacement project! | Caden still has his braces. He is NOT happy about it. | First week of classes created some shake out with courses dropped and others picked up. | After 14-months I got a non-apology. How does that work? By the end of the conversation she said she said, “I don’t know why this is such a big deal”. So, why are you calling? #SoOverIt | Chloé has been sick, sick, sick at school with an almost-cold and an itchy rash. The health centre has chalked it up to stress. She has not left boarding all month and she’s been working like crazy! Because of it she missed her Gold and final Optimates dinner.
Back on the front burner is my health. My primary focus is: MOVE MORE. The setback being my uncooperative left hip. Stretching is not enough and because of it I am not flexible enough to participate in yoga – so swimming it is! I loathe the idea of being cold and wet, but I need to feel better and to do that I’ll have to be cold and wet through fall and winter – and spring. New bathing suits have arrived and all excuses have been eliminated! Now to suck it up and get into the pool.
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE
Great quote: “The woman who doesn’t require validation is the most feared.” Mohadesa Najumi via Bella Grace Magazine.
What we watched and enjoyed: So many finales! So many premieres! A busy month to be sure. Caden is a huge fan of America’s Got Talent (and we both enjoy the irony of there not being an American judge on the panel!) and were so enthralled with EVERY act in the finale it didn’t matter who won! I’m looking forward to seeing more of “Notorious” and “The Good Place“.
Books found on my nightstand: Big Little Lies (completed while in Virginia) and The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty. So much fun to read for fun! Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, for the book club I’ve decided to join. I also have H is for Hawk which is the reading for November. Medical Medium, Present Over Perfect, Love Warrior and Thank & Grow Rich complete the pile! And Colette Baron-Reid’s new Uncharted just arrived, looks good!
Music that had me moving and singing along: I am positively addicted to Comeback Kid by The Band Perry. Others on my recent playlist: Wish That You Were Here by Florence + the Machine, Get Low by James Vincent McMorrow, Over by Rachael Yamagata, Somebody’s Love by Passenger, Close to the Sun by Eden Royals and Lose It by Oh Wonder. All so good.
Weather: UNCLE! Enough of the humidity (especially when the month started in Virginia). I can handle the heat, just not the unending moisture in the air. Then the second week of the month arrived and with it the humidity cleared, the skies turned bright blue and the bugs disappeared. Bliss. Now it is cool (15C) and gray and from my office I can hear the lake. Wild!
RIP: It’s not worse when someone young passes, but it really shakes you up. José Fernandez the Cuban-born American baseball player died due to a boat collision at 24. On the other end of the spectrum, Arnold Palmer, American Hall of Fame professional golfer passed at 87 and at 94, Shimon Peres the Polish-born Israeli statesman and Nobel Laureate, one of those “great men” from my youth, passed away due to stroke. Sad.
Unexpected: I watch CBS Sunday Morning as often as possible. Clearly I missed a few weeks as I was surprised to witness Charles Osgood retire! Jane Pauley will be a wonderful successor.
Discovery: The Ho’oponopono Prayer: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you. This has become integral to my evening ritual. It is the last thing I say to the dark before I go to sleep. I’m starting to feel the shifts.
Exhale: I’m feeling like things are coming full circle. It’s all good.
Online Courses: Fierce Grace Collective with Carrie Anne Moss; Creativity Workshop with Elizabeth Gilbert; Sacred Wheel Immersion with Allison Carr; The Moon Sisterhood with Anne Hayman; The Inside Story with Susannah Conway; 50 Questions with Heather Plett; Journaling into the Deep with Jen Morris; Origins with Anne Davin; Chakredy Pendulum MasterClass with Alexis Saloutos; The Wisdom of Story with Glennon Doyle Melton and Brené Brown; One Little Word with Ali Edwards; and, FIT2016 and Scrapbook Your Year with Cathy Zielske.
In-person Courses: Fall Colours Writing Retreat, Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park w/Brian Henry | Writing Kid Lit w/Brian Henry | Felting Angels and Fairies w/Jenny Cairns
How was your September? What are you noticing in your life?