A few months ago I was introduced to LeeAnna and a group of inspiring friends who get together most Thursday’s to share a list of likes and loves over on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color. Through the year of Covid 19, political drama, deaths, murders and political unrest, I found it to be very soothing to stop and think of the things in my life that bring me joy and happiness. A bit of positive reinforcement can only help, right?
First and foremost, I love my family and my friends. My birthday on the 15th brought many phone calls, FaceTime visits and on line chats with my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends and an amazing lemon tart for dessert! 😊
I love my home and the beautiful Province I live in. British Columbia has everything from mountains, waterfalls to a beautiful desert area. I have had fun fishing, hunting, hiking and even gold panning in this amazing province full of opportunities to see and do anything outdoors.
I really like getting to visit other friends homes and studios. I had the opportunity to visit Dragonfly Organic Studios, which belongs to Lori, a talented friend who does amazing glass work as well as quilting. She actually built her studio herself, and has these incredible doors that her Dad made. Both of them are very talented people.
I like visiting other provinces when their isn’t a pandemic just to see the varied landscapes in our country and one more trip to the east Coast of Canada is on my bucket list. I would like to go back to the town I was born, Chatham New Brunswick and visit Newfoundland since it is the only Province I have not yet seen. I just keep telling myself “Some Day 😉”.
I love having my machines back from the spa and am enjoying some FMQ time. This was one of my favourite finishes but I can guarantee myself that I will never ever use wool roving for batting again. It shifts and puckers never endingly.
I really like being able to contribute to local charities. Every year the food bank has a Christmas Party for their recipients. Normally the crafters in our community make small items that the kids can pick from and volunteers help the kids wrap the items so the kids have gifts for their Moms and Das. This year the party is not able to be done. Instead the meals will be cooked and put in takeout containers and delivered. We have been asked to make our items and they will be included in gift bags so the kids can see what they are gifting their parents. I have started using my scrap stash to make items for them. My goal is to have 24 or more done by Nov. 30 which is our deadline to have items dropped off. I’m making snappy bags with the tape measure closure.
Another source of happiness in my life is working for both our Provincial and Federal elections. Monday and Tuesday saw me leaving home at 5:30 am, driving an hour over a nasty pass with some minor rock slide action, through foggy stretches and in to the town where I was scheduled to supervise the advance voting. It was so much fun to see the young people coming in to vote and getting to know my staff. We did have deliveries of home baked lemon squares (my favourite) one day and caramel/chocolate goodies the next. It’s always been my way of doing my civic duty, but it was even better this year with the goodies arriving to show the community support. Everything went well with masks being worn, face shields and masks on staff, hand sanitizer and plexiglass glass shield all in place. According to a news report I heard, advance voting and voting by mail is up by thousands this year. It will be interesting to see the results on Election Day, October 24, 2020. We managed to close down and get out of the hall by 8:15 pm and after a stop at the office, I can say I was home enjoying a cup of tea by 9:30 pm.
Yesterday our federal government survived a non confidence vote (we have a minority government in office) so we will not be heading back to the polls until possibly December if there is another vote.
I don’t know about you, but I’m just feeling so done with politics right now.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Do stop over to Lee Anna’s to see what every one else is appreciating in their lives this week. 😉 Carol