Saturday, April 29, 2017

This Week

Today I got up around 7 AM, which is late for me. I usually get up around 6. Sometimes as early as 5:30. I wasn’t always an early riser. There was a time when I slept past nine in the morning. Then full time employment came along followed by kids. With a job I had weekends off and could sleep in if I chose to. But with young kids it was a different story. They got me up early seven days a week. And now that they’re grown and have moved out, I have my cats. Try telling cats they have to wait to be fed. They will nag you to death until that bowl is filled. And after you’ve been dragged out of bed and they fill their bellies, you know what they do? Go sleep. The little stinkers.

The most amazing man in the world is also the handiest. He can do every job around the house including taking apart big and small appliances that need repairs. When he was a little boy he was very curious about how things work. He’d dismantle items like clocks to explore the inner workings and then put them back together. Not always successfully in the beginning, mind you, and not always with his parents’ knowledge. But they weren’t too hard on him, he said, so he continued to build these skills that just got better and more diverse over time. Right now he’s tackling our vacuum that decided to up and quit at the worst possible time. Dust quickly builds up around here as we scrub and paint and organize, and a vacuum has become an essential item. If it can’t be fixed, we’ll be forced to buy another one quickly. We’ll see how this plays out.

Yesterday when we were out for coffee, we discussed our back yard/garden area. We have a corner lot with a 4 foot high chain link fence around it. You know how much privacy that offers. Zero. You know how disturbing that is to an introvert who wants to garden in peace without passersby and nosy curious neighbours peeking in? Very. A new, higher and more private fence is out of the question right now. Much too expensive. We need other options. Natural ones. Evergreen shrubs come to mind even though I’m not a big fan of them. I’m thinking boxwood, which is very popular. Do you have/grow these? What other suggestions do you have for a green solution?

We hung a bird feeder outside and have been enjoying visits from a variety of birds, but mostly American Goldfinches. They are so adorable. The cats have been enjoying the visits, too. From behind a patio door. I know they would love to get their paws (or jaws) on one of these little critters but that won't be happening. Ever. In any case, all these signs of spring are wonderful.

That’s all I have to say for now. Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

You Asked, I Answer (Introversion, Happily Ever Afters, Pakistan and New Home)

Another week means another round of answers to your questions. Here we go...


Tina asked:
How much of an introvert are you?

I am very much an introvert. When I do too much 'people-ing', I end up needing a period of total isolation to recharge my internal batteries. This can be a day or two or a week or two. It depends on how much people-ing I did and how exhausted it left me. It’s not that I don’t like to socialize. I do. But I prefer to get together with a select group of close friends or family members that I can have sincere and meaningful conversations with. And I particularly like a one-on-one heartfelt connection with someone whose company I really enjoy.

I'm not a big fan of parties or spending time with large groups of people, especially if most of them are unfamiliar, but sometimes it's necessary. I attend and make the best of it, and unless I'm having a lot of fun, I bolt as soon as it’s polite enough to do so.

On the other hand, I do enjoy being in public crowds where small talk and interaction is not necessary and where I can sit quietly and simply observe my surroundings. These public spaces include parks, malls, popular venues, bookstores, museums, restaurants, vacation resorts, beaches, theatres, and so on. In these settings I'm connected yet disconnected, if that makes any sense.


Linda asked:
Can I have a happily ever after like you? I want what you got.

Anyone can have a happily ever after. But not all ‘happily ever afters’ are equal. Each one of us defines it in a different way. When I was searching for mine, I knew exactly what I wanted and needed. And I was ready to take on all the responsibilities, commitments, compromises and sacrifices that came with it. My husband is the most amazing man in the world to me but he might not be to someone else.

We are all searching for something or someone to make life’s journey that much more interesting. Whether it’s a partner, a job, faith, a pet or a calling that will add a certain joy in our lives, there is a happily ever after for all. You just have to know which one’s for you and make it happen.


Baili asked:
What do you know about my continent Asia and country Pakistan, any personal opinion on the base of knowledge?


Are you done with your new home settlement and how are your new neighbors there?

Aside from its location and that Pakistan is one of the most populous countries in the world, I’m afraid I know little to nothing about your country. The same goes for the continent of Asia. I have general knowledge that I either learned in school or on my own over the years, but there is so much that I don’t know. I love learning about different cultures and traditions, so I always enjoy when you share what you eat, what you do, what you enjoy and what surrounds you on your blog. It gives me a glimpse into your part of the world, which is not only educational but also fun!

We are far from being fully settled in our new home. Although most rooms are functional and a few are fully done, many still need a good scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint. And a lot of our stuff is still in boxes. We are moving forward but there is still plenty of work ahead of us. When we first moved here, I was sure we'd be done by the end of April but quickly realized that it’s an unrealistic goal. The entire house from top to bottom and inside out (including garage, garden, walkway, patio, balcony, etc.) needs a facelift. We estimate that we’ll reach our goal some time in the summer. Or fall. Thankfully, the house has no major issues and all this work, although exhausting, is purely aesthetical.

Our neighbours seem nice enough and certainly very quiet, but we’ll probably get to know them much better now that spring is here and people get outside more. There is one neighbour that we know more than all the others because he is the one that sold this house to us (he was the real estate agent hired to sell it). He lives right across the street!


That's all for now, folks. I'll be back next week with more. Have a good one!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Is it Monday again? It sure is. This day just keeps on coming around again and again. How was your weekend? Ours was totally slack. Since Thursday we haven't done anything major around the house. We were champion slackers and we're not sorry. Not one bit. But today will be different. Today will be a day of hard work.

Yesterday was a glorious day. People were out and about. We were, too. And our street was filled with children playing outside. It's always nice having kids in the neighbourhood; they really liven up the place. And it's also nice to see so many of them spending the entire day outdoors instead of indoors glued to electronic devices. Nothing like fresh air and lots of exercise. Reminds me of my childhood.

Now let's get to the funny stuff!

Have a terrific day, everyone!