Monday, June 30, 2008

Go Fly a Kite

Imagine for a moment that you are a greedy gas company conspiring with other greedy gas companies about the best way to rip off consumers. There is a long weekend coming and right in the middle of it is a carbon tax implementation. The world price has hit record highs twice in the last week, but you know it takes at least 6-8 weeks for the increase to flow through the system and then whack the consumer. You also know that the long weekend, which has been a traditional kickoff for the summer driving season, will see less driving this year because of gas prices. So folks will not really be filling up on the Thursday or Friday before the weekend. Here is the 'kicker'. Everyone is learning to hate the carbon tax which will hit us tomorrow so naturally, everyone will want to deprive the government of the extra money and that can be done by filling up today. Well, surprise, surprise. This morning the price jumped 5 cents a litre! Tomorrow, another 2.4 cents with the new tax. I passed three gas stations early this morning and all three had jumped the price at the same time by the same amount. This does not bode well for Gordo.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Another Poppy

Early June brought record cold temperatures and now late June is bringing us record high temperatures. Other than for growing things, what good is 34C heat? Nobody is out in it, unless at the lake or ocean beach, and the rest of us are being resourceful at keeping cool. One person who is reveling in it right now is she who froze her buns on the Alaska cruise. In spite of the bad weather, she had a great time, but now, being out in her garden, she is truly in her element. How it did not wither and die in her absence is beyond my comprehension.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Feeling Neglected

I bothered my neighbours early this morning, with lots of noise, partly to let them know that I do not appreciate them bothering me with noise late at night. The main reason I fired up the lawn mower, trimmer, and blower so early was to beat the heat. The gardens have been neglected all week and she who loves her garden is coming home tomorrow.
I discovered that my nighttime suspicions were accurate and it was the possums, and they did eat the last of the strawberries. I yearn for the pre-gun control days. I am not much for possum pie, but this one, fattened up with sweet ripe strawberries might have been worth eating. Mmmm. A possum stew with a sweet fruity undertone. But I digress.
I feel like that truck in my photo. Old, tired, worn out, and just neglected. I think that perhaps Gordo's spies have been checking my blog because every single person I have talked to has already received their 'carbon tax credit' cheque but me. I filled the tank on my pick-up anyways, depriving Gordon of a few cents by not waiting until July 1st. I realised, as the counter on the gas pump was spinning like a swirling dervish, that I had just doubled the value of my truck by filling it with gas!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Strawberry Festival

My strawberries continue to be gnawed on by the slugs so this photo of luscious berries, which I took at a wedding, is supposed to represent what I just ate, as if you care. Actually, there was only one good one tonight and I gave it to my 90 year old aunt who came to town to visit some of the clan. She is one amazing lady! She may be hard of hearing and blind, but you would be hard pressed to know. She was accompanied by her daughter (my cousin) and her son-in-law. I saw these people only once in the last 36 years, but we picked up where we had left off as if no time had elapsed at all. We didn't even make jokes about how we had aged. After sitting in the restaurant booth for 2 1/2 hours, we all groaned about the aches and pains from sitting too long, except my 90 year old aunt. I think she was trying to prove something. I am convinced that age is a state of mind.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tunnel Vision

She who abandons her husband in pursuit of Alaskan pleasures had an opportunity of a life time today, and turned it down. The helicopter left without her, landed on top of a glacier, and then cruised the mountain tops of Juneau. 'Fear of getting cold' was the reason. It certainly was not the cost because somebody else was paying for it. But life is full of mysteries so why should I ponder over one more.
She who is now richer than me, received her 'Carbon Tax Refund Cheque' today and I did not. Another mystery to ponder, especially if I don't get mine by tomorrow. If I get one, it will go to purchase enough fuel for 1 1/4 tanks of gas. Tanks, Gordon. Life's a gas. Now we can watch inflation drive up the cost of everything we require to live. But don't worry. It is 'revenue neutral'. I think I am catching on to that phrase. With inflation, my revenue becomes neutral. And just when I am considering retiring.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Today's photo is a scene I saw in a farmer's field in Bradner. I believe what happened is that he was carrying about one million buttercups in his wheel barrow, tripped on a root, and spilled the yellow blossoms all over his property. After examining the damage, he decided it was rather pretty and just left it and the barrow where they fell. If you have a better explanation, I would like to hear it.
She that cruises was in Ketchican this afternoon. I have never been there. Neither has she until today. Tomorrow she will be parked in front of the Hubbard Glacier, along with 1800 other cruisers, waiting to see some 'calving'. How a chunk of ice falling into the water ever became 'calving' is beyond me. This name was obviously not penned by a cattle rancher. I have never been there, but tomorrow she can say that she was. I stayed home and today I worked. I have been here before and tomorrow I will be here again. After work I will plop an ice cube into my Pepsi and be amazed. I will call it 'calving'.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Pansies, Not Strawberries

I have been looking forward to posting a photo of our strawberries ever since I posted a photo of the blossoms which held such promise. But, wouldn't you know it. Something happened. Actually, several things happened. The first thing was that even though there were a few ripe ones tonight for the first time, the sky turned really dark and the light was not good at all. The post regarding the night life of pansies was such a dismal failure that I rejected a night shot and more talk of the nocturnal goings on of berries. But actually, they do have a night life and that is the second thing that happened. They spend the whole night fending off the slugs, but to no avail. Would you really have appreciated a photo of a slug trail across a half eaten strawberry? I thought not. And, of course, the third thing that happened was that I tasted one, and immediately was afflicted with a strong desire to keep eating. If you eat them really quickly you cannot even taste the slug trail, which I suspect is a bit salty.
To make a long story short, something which I am not good at, there were no strawberries to photograph and I hauled out yesterday's photograph of the pansies, which, by the way, grow right next to the strawberry patch. That is as close as you are going to get.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

That Which Was Once a Yellow Iris

"I have a flower blooming in the garden that you have never before photographed," her loveliness declared. So, I promptly photographed the Yellow Iris and after playing with it in Photo Shop, it became something else. She will not appreciate that, but so be it. She is on her cruise north to Alaska and will not see this abomination until next week. It may have changed back to yellow by then.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

What Do Pansies Do At Night?

She who is beautiful had a red letter day today. For the last fifteen years she has worked Saturdays and today was her first official free weekend after the business where she worked closed down. We slept in. Yes, you heard right. We then sauntered out for breakfast, enjoying our mutual freedom, had a second and third cup of coffee, and then mosied on home, only to get on our walking gear and head out for our morning exercise. We walked Fish Trap Creek Park (affectionately known as Goose Poop Loop), met some friends and had a visit, and then headed home. We then took a quick trip to do some Saturday errands and ended up at an Outdoor Store and purchased some comfy lounge chairs with which to enhance our future Saturdays off.
Here is the clincher. There is always a clincher, isn't there? Tomorrow she leaves on an Alaskan Cruise, sans husband. It's true! The business owner for which she has slaved all these years is taking his whole staff on this little excursion out to sea, all expenses paid. Life is good if you pay the price.
In case you had not noticed, the photo, the title, and the text, do not always have a lot in common. Live with it. I am learning to. Today the title and the photo jive, but how can I write about Pansies at night. I do not sit up all night watching them, but because they have not moved by morning, I am assuming they do not do a whole lot at night. The picture only proves my theory. Mmmm. Maybe I could have written about the night life of Pansies after all.

Friday, June 20, 2008

News Flash

It has just been determined that my third grandson will be a I mean, my third grandchild will be a grandson. Whew, I am a bit excited.


Now that the jogger has passed us by, we can sit at the picnic table beside the calm waters and ponder the words of the young poet in the previous post. There is a sad truth that grips everyone who reads those words. Is it the human condition to be dissatisfied, no matter the circumstances? We can have moments of absolute joy and satisfaction, rarely, but then when we try to recreate them, or extend them, it never seems to work. Something is missing. A deep yearning that there is more. I know we all feel it, and in all the various areas of our lives. I believe it is in our DNA, put there by our creator, to help us realize that there is no true fulfilment in life apart from Him. I suppose that we will never truly live in the moment to the true and utmost joy we are capable of, until we have passed into the next life and live in the mansions of glory that are being prepared for us right now. So I will keep on yearning, not feeling guilty, but knowing that my thirst and my appetite for pure joy will someday be fully satisfied. And I will continue to savour the appetizers that come my way.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Living in the Moment

I usually post once a day, but today there will be a bonus post. I came across this poem written by a fourteen year old boy. I do not know if this is true (that he is fourteen) because such wisdom usually comes much later in life. Perhaps his dad helped him write it for an English project at school. In any event, it made me sit up and take notice.
It was spring but it was summer I wanted; the warm days and the great outdoors.
It was summer but it was fall I wanted; the colorful leaves and the cool dry air.
It was fall but it was winter I wanted; the beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.
It was now winter but it was spring I wanted; the warmth and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child but it was adulthood I wanted; the freedom and the respect.
I was twenty but it was thirty I wanted; to be mature and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged but it was twenty I wanted; the youth and the free spirit.
I was retired but it was middle-age that I wanted; the presence of mind without limitations.
My life was over but I never got what I wanted.
Tomorrow is Friday. Enjoy it. Live in the moment.

Off On The Wrong Foot

While the Irises continue to bloom, the world's eyes seem to be on B.C. these days as yet more feet are showing up on the shores of our fair province. Forgetting about the fake foot found in Nanaimo yesterday, there have been five so far. Theories abound, but no answers, yet. Were they hands, the explanation might be too much football. An often used play in that sport is the hand off.
But the real issue for me, what really got me off on the wrong foot today, was the Federal Liberal Party's new Green Plan. They are taking a page right of Green Gordon's playbook and the key phrase here is "revenue neutral". Our heating fuel and our electricity will be taxed to death in exchange for a few percentage points decrease in income taxes. Industries can buy, sell, or trade 'carbon credits' and what is the bottom line of all this insanity? We will prevent global warming! I could blog on the fallacy of this thinking for the next four years, but suffice it to say that this is lunacy in its purest form. These carbon taxes are inflationary and no amount of rebates or tax cuts will make up for the increase in the cost of living for each and every Canadian, let alone change the weather. I thank God that these Liberals are not in power, and the idea is so far, just that, an idea. When our provincial carbon tax hits in a few weeks, and the feds see the backlash, they will re-think this insanity. Already, the polls are showing 60% of British Columbians are opposed to it. Meanwhile, we are still in a record setting cold June.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A New Kit

I have been browsing through a British publication dedicated to Digital Photography. They call a photographer's collection of cameras, flashes, tripods, lenses, etc. his 'kit'. I have been toying with the idea of a new kit for some time now. To get really serious, one needs not only a great camera, but a few very expensive lenses and some new software programs to take advantage of the RAW format that allows the photographer to be super creative. As hobbies go, this is not as expensive as, say golfing, over the long term. Here is the problem. I want to get back into golfing in my retirement, and I just know that after a few years, the constantly changing technology in photography will 'force' me to purchase yet another new 'kit'. How can one continue this mad cycle with retirement income? Excuse me while I rush off to work.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Memorial

Today I attended the memorial service for Eugene Reimer. Not only was it a wonderful tribute to Eugene, but it was also very God honouring. There were many recognizable faces in attendance and it was a credit to Eugene that he was not only well known in his community and province, but that he had an impact on so many lives. The tributes given to him by his nephew Colin, his children, and Rick Hansen were written and delivered in such a way as to inspire. His accomplishments as a disabled athlete are unparalleled. To see more, go here.

A Glimpse Into the Future?

Look at the picture and imagine for a moment that the vehicle is not a flat bed truck from the forties, but a Cadillac Escalade or Dodge Ram 2500 Cab Plus of 2008 vintage. As the price of fuel skyrockets, will this be our future? I get the sense that life for all of us will be changing very rapidly in the next few years. Market forces will help alleviate some of the problems, but overall, things will have to change and change quickly. China, always referred to as a sleeping giant, has been roused and the impact on the world is being felt in a much greater way than any of us expected. A producing nation soon becomes a consuming nation and with its billions of people, it is proving to have an insatiable appetite. America, the mother of all consumers, will be taking a back seat very soon. And it will not be in a Hummer.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hazy Daisy

Those of you who read ODB probably now think that I am a plagiarist. Truth be told, I did not read the Sunday entry until this morning and it was then I realized that my post on Father was so close to it that it looked like a copy. Pure coincidence, I assure you. The premise is not unique so that two authors would come up with the same idea on Father's Day is not really a stretch.
My Father's Day was the best. The loveliness of my life and my favourite son took me out for a really great Father's Day Brunch at a very popular local restaurant and we were very fortunate to even get in without a reservation. The day was sunny and bright and I later walked to my own father's home where I had a good long visit and gave him his annual new shirt. He liked it, or so he says. How could he not. It is blue like his other three. We then went to my favourite daughter's for the most wonderful BBQ on the patio. The chicken and shrimp skewers were done to perfection and after loading up on not one, but two amazing deserts, we had a good long soak in the hot tub, grandsons and all. I love my family and spending time with them is the best a father can do on 'his' day. Thanks, you guys, it was wonderful.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


These are but a few of the desired characteristics of a good father. I am afraid we all fall short of the ideal. The most important task a man will ever have is raising his children, yet he enters into the job with virtually no experience. What he does have is the inclination to mimic his own father, the intelligence to glean the good aspects of that, and the resources to strike out on a new path if that is what is required. But, keep in mind that we all have two fathers. The perfect one, our Heavenly Father, is the one we should try most to emulate. Matt 5: 48

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Stick Out Your Tongue and Say Ahhh.

The prolific Iris is dominating the views in our garden these days. This is their season and their kind of weather. Viewing this flower from all angles brings a keen awareness of its complexity and beauty. We have several that are sprouting jet black buds, but upon opening, the petals become a deep and solid purple. I would have made a good Bee. I am fascinated by the inside workings of the blossoms and am often caught gently peeling back the delicate folds of the flower to reveal the variegated yellow and black veins that are no doubt designed to lure pollen laden insects to the inner sanctum. I sometimes wonder if the bees simply stop at times, and marvel at the vibrant colours, on their way to do their task.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Pansies Love Company

It looks like my post of yesterday attracted a bit of attention. It was very high in the 'Google search' for Pierre P. who was lambasted for being honest. There were some hits from Ottawa so I am wondering if the 'correctness Nazis' will be at my door soon with a gag order. If I hear somebody say something outrageous, stupid, or even hateful, I will ignore him/her but will defend their right to have the freedom to say what they want. If I do not, I have no right to demand that I be heard when the right of free speech is taken from me. Great ideas are born of vigorous honest debate where the freedom to say what is important to the issue is valued. Fairness and good taste have degenerated into political correctness and we are all the poorer for it.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Courage to Speak

Sorry, no 'terryography' photo today, but something I came across in the news and something to balance it from my email buddy 'Ray'.
Another firestorm on Parliament Hill yesterday as Prime Minister Harper gave an official Government apology for something none of us did. The sad case of native abuse at gov't/church schools keeps raising its ugly head. On the heals of the apology, a Conservative MP put his foot in his mouth with remarks regarding spending in the Ministry of Indian Affairs, or whatever they call it these days. Following a few quotes from Pierre Poilievre, I will post an article that will counter the political correctness that pervades our country and stifles truth in debate.
Pierre: "That gets to the heart of the problem on these reserves where there is too much power concentrated in the hands of the leadership, and it makes you wonder where all of this money is going.
"We spend 10 billion dollars -- 10 billion dollars -- in annual spending this year alone now, that is an exceptional amount of money, and that is on top of all the resource revenue that goes to reserves that sit on petroleum products or sit on uranium mines, other things where companies have to pay them royalties.
"And that's on top of all that money that they earn on their own reserves. That is an incredible amount of money.''
"Now, you know, some of us are starting to ask: 'Are we really getting value for all of this money, and is more money really going to solve the problem?'
"My view is that we need to engender the values of hard work and independence and self reliance. That's the solution in the long run -- more money will not solve it."
Now, here an article in its entirety about an aboriginal who is outspoken in his views of this very thing.
Speaking to a large aboriginal conference and some of the attendees, including a few who hold high office, have straggled in.'I can't stand people who are late, he says into the microphone. Indian Time doesn't cut it. 'Some giggle, but no one is quite sure how far he is going to go. Just sit back and listen: 'My first rule for success is Show up on time.''My No. 2 rule for success is follow Rule No. 1.''If your life sucks, it's because you suck.''Quit your sniffling.''Join the real world. Go to school, or get a job..''Get off of welfare. Get off your butt.'He pauses, seeming to gauge whether he dare, then does.'People often say to me, How you doin'? Geez I'm working with Indians what do you think?'Now they are openly laughing ... applauding. Clarence Louie is everything that was advertised and more.'Our ancestors worked for a living, he says. So should you.'He is, fortunately, aboriginal himself. If someone else stood up and said these things - the white columnist standing there with his mouth open, for example - you'd be seen as a racist. Instead, Chief Clarence Louie is seen, increasingly, as one of the most interesting and innovative native leaders in the country even though he avoids national politics.He has come here to Fort McMurray because the aboriginal community needs, desperately, to start talking about economic development and what all this multibillion-dollar oil madness might mean,for good and for bad.Clarence Louie is chief and CEO of the Osoyoos Band in British Columbia 's South Okanagan . He is 44 years old, though he looks like he would have been an infant when he began his remarkable 20-year-run as chief. He took a band that had been declared bankrupt and taken over by Indian Affairs and he has turned in into an inspiration.In 2000, the band set a goal of becoming self-sufficient in five years. They're there.The Osoyoos, 432 strong, own, among other things, a vineyard, a winery, a golf course and a tourist resort, and they are partners in the Baldy Mountain ski development. They have more businesses per capita than any other first nation in Canada .There are not only enough jobs for everyone, there are so many jobs being created that there are now members of 13 other tribal communities working for the Osoyoos. The little band contributes $40-million a year to the area economy.Chief Louie is tough. He is as proud of the fact that his band fires its own people as well as hires them. He has his mottos posted throughout the Rez. He believes there is no such thing as consensus, that there will always be those who disagree. And, he says, he is milquetoast compared to his own mother when it comes to how today's lazy aboriginal youth, almost exclusively male, should be dealt with.Rent a plane, she told him, and fly them all to Iraq . Dump 'em off and all the ones who make it back are keepers. Right on, Mom.The message he has brought here to the Chipewyan, Dene and Cree who live around the oil sands is equally direct: 'Get involved, create jobs and meaningful jobs, not just window dressing for the oil companies.''The biggest employer,' he says, 'shouldn't be the band office.'He also says the time has come to get over it. 'No more whining about 100-year-old failed experiments.' 'No foolishly looking to the Queen to protect rights.'Louie says aboriginals here and along the Mackenzie Valley should not look at any sharing in development as rocking-chair money but as investment opportunity to create sustainable businesses. He wants them to move beyond entry-level jobs to real jobs they earn all the way to the boardrooms. He wants to see business manners develop: showing up on time, working extra hours. The business lunch, he says, should be drive through, and then right back at it.'You're going to lose your language and culture faster in poverty than you will in economic development', he says to those who say he is ignoring tradition.Tough talk, at times shocking talk given the audience, but on this day in this community, they took it and, judging by the response, they loved it.Eighty per cent like what I have to say, Louie says, twenty per cent don't. I always say to the 20 per cent, 'Get over it.' 'Chances are you're never going to see me again and I'm never going to see you again.' 'Get some counseling.'The first step, he says, is all about leadership. He prides himself on being a stay-home chief who looks after the potholes in his own backyard and wastes no time running around fighting 100-year-old battles.'The biggest challenge will be how you treat your own people.''Blaming government? That time is over.'

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Filtered Information (Warning: Rant)

We all know what inflation is, and we have felt its sting of late. Our Federal Government is giving us filtered information and they got caught in a lie this week. How often have you heard that inflation is only 2 - 3% and you have wondered why it is deemed to be so low? We are being lied to to make us think that the economy is better than it really is. The way they come up with such a low number is they factor out food and fuel! Yes, the two things that are going up faster than all other living expenses are factored out of the inflation calculation! The real figure, some say, is around 10 - 12%. A few days ago, the Dept. of Finance announced that coming inflation would rise because of food and fuel costs. Duh! They speak out of both sides of their mouths. What are they going to do? Factor it back in?
I was merrily piling on the condiments to enhance my chicken burger the other night when something caught my eye. It was the pickle jar marked "Safeway Brand" The bread and butter pickles were good but I almost gagged when I read in bold letters on the label, "Product of India". I am all for the farmers of India earning a living, but that is not the point. Think of it. The huge demands on oil and oil by-products are driving the fuel prices skyward, and here we have an ocean going container ship driven by 5,000 litres of bunker fuel per hour to deliver pickles to the local Safeway store when we can grow perfectly good cucumbers (aka pickles) right in our own valley! People, read your labels and protest. If enough of us do so, it WILL make a difference.
And, get ready to pay yet another tax on your fill-up at your local gas station in July. The asinine carbon tax will take effect and it will be inflationary. Commerce will pass on the increase costs to the consumer as they must. I will be too. But don't worry, it is revenue neutral. You will all be receiving a cheque any day now for $100 to offset this increase. If it were only to offset the increase in the gas, fine, but who offsets the increase in everything we purchase because commerce is passing on their increase to us? It is wildly inflationary and it will be with us for all time. Like the deficit reduction tax on the gasoline, even though we are not running deficits. Like the income tax, which was introduced as a temporary tax during the war to 'help out'. I could go on but my blood pressure will not allow me. I do know that the carbon tax will not change the weather, and will not get people out of their automobiles. How cruel to penalize us for driving when there is no alternative provided. The Ministry of Children would take your kids away from you if you punished your little Johnny every time he ate a cookie, but the only food you ever provided him was cookies.
There now. I feel much better. I think I will go have a pickle sandwich.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Man of Great Accomplishment

Early this morning, Eugene Reimer passed away. Reading the front page article in today's paper will make it obvious that he was a man of great accomplishment and an inspiration to many. He was a world class athlete, and yet I found him to be a humble individual. I first met him many years ago when he asked me to do some work for him. He then recommended me to the rest of his family and I have had off and on contact with him for many years since. I last saw him at a memorial service for a mutual friend. We chatted for at least an hour, a most enjoyable experience. I was saddened to hear in February that he was hospitalized due to a stroke. More recently, I had heard that he was not doing well, and only days later, I contracted to re-decorate his suite in the Towne Centre Tower, which had been sold by his family. They said he would not be coming back. Today, I learned of his death. I read it on a notice board in the lobby of his Condominium Tower as I was coming down from his suite. He will be on my mind every minute as we complete the job for the new owner.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Yes or No

Someone sent me a wise saying the other day and I was thinking of it this weekend as I spent a great deal of time with my growing grandsons. They are soon getting to the age when they will make some very important decisions that will have far reaching results in their lives. Decisions that all of us have had to make, some with regret and others with great satisfaction. The lack of wisdom and experience in youth makes it difficult, but it is true that the entire outcome of life of a human being depends on saying 'yes' or 'no' uttered several times between the ages of 16 and 25.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

More Poppies

On Terryography the Poppies grow
Between the blog posts, row on row.
So I like Poppies. I can't help it. What's not to like about a Poppy. It starts with that fuzzy little bud that hangs down in a dejected sort of way. If you are impatient, you can pry the bud apart to tell what colour the Poppy will be. When it does open, it reveals soft delicate petals that are almost transparent in their delicacy. When the blossom has fulfilled its purpose, the seed capsule appears and as it dries, becomes a Poppy seed shaker. Picking plenty of Poppies to plant, perfects your garden. Just don't plant the white ones!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Lady Of The Lake

The Lady of the Lake, who stands among the Lilacs, has a serene and comely countenance, ageless in her beauty and untiring in her duty as a purveyor of water. Is it the fountain of youth upon which she stands? As the seasons change, her quiet charm remains unchanged. She cannot say the same about those who pass her by. We were once youthful, as she is, and now we can only envy her unchanging state. As I pass by and gaze upon the tranquility of her eternal youth, I must remember that right now I am younger than I will ever be.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Age and Wisdom

This afternoon, I had a long and interesting visit with someone from my past. Wisdom is born from experience and she has both. I thought of other elderly people who have shared their stories with me and I thought of the saying : "The person who considers himself too old to learn something has probably always been that way." There is no end to learning, and therefore no ultimate goal to be reached when it comes to wisdom. Admitting that when one is eighty eight years old, and still has not figured everything out, is indeed wisdom.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Right now, our garden is full of blooming Iris, but a few days ago, I found this lone bloom on the warm side of the house where anything planted seems to be happier with reflected light and additional heat from the stucco wall. I do not know if it materialized, but snow was forecast for the Kelowna Connector today. It is cold! When I think of the other extreme, hot and dry with extreme water restrictions, I think I much prefer this weather. As I write, our furnace came on, and that with a gas fireplace going in the sitting room. I am going on record as not complaining about it. I have no control and it would make it impossible for me to complain when the inevitable hot days of summer come upon us.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


We are told that when God created us, we were created in His image. I was always hoping He was more handsome than me, but seriously, what is it about us that is a likeness of Him and why would he do that? I believe that some of the attributes that we as humans have in common are the likenesses the Bible talks about. To list a few: our capacity for love, our sense of justice, our creativity, our yearning for friendship, and our sense of humour. I have never met someone totally lacking in humour, although I have come close. I think he has made us somewhat like him so we have some inkling as to what he is like. If he was totally unknown to us, we would perhaps only fear him, or at best, not want to know him. I believe God is demonstrating his sovereignty and his sense of humour these days. With the help of David Suzuki and Al Gore, it seems that most of the world has fallen into the belief that we are heading for Global Warming and that we, as humans can somehow control the weather if we just do this or that. Jesus disciples exclaimed, "What manner of man is this that the wind and the waves obey his command?" This was when Jesus calmed the storm simply by uttering a few words. This spring, he is causing unseasonably cold temperatures as if to say, "It is I who am in control of the very nature I created!" I find this both awe inspiring and humorous at the same time, although I don't think David and Al are laughing right now

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Done Ridin'

What do you do with an old bicycle that no longer has any use and is too rusty, rickety and old fashioned to even give away? You prop it up in your garden and plant flowers around it and in it. Perfect! This reminds me of putting an old horse out to pasture, or letting a old retired guy play on the golf course everyday. Everything old can have a purpose, even if it is simply to help conjure up old memories. The Regiers have an abundance of 'old things', more than you will ever guess. As I was made privy to some of their thousands of treasures, I was bombarded with old memories, awash in nostalgia. There was a problem however. I recognized too many of the items which meant that I had to admit that I too was old.

Monday, June 2, 2008


I like rustic fences and this is one of the most unique I have ever seen. Does it delineate a border? Is it meant to keep some one or something in or out? Is it simply a decoration? Like a cedar split rail fence, it seems to be there just for the sake of looking like someone decided to take a natural element and arrange it in an unnatural way, just to give the garden some aesthetic appeal. If this is so, I would say, "mission accomplished."

Sunday, June 1, 2008

When The Light is Right

I was told that when the light was right, and it changes at different times of the year, this is the best spot in the garden. It was stunning and I was running back and forth, trying different angles, playing with the settings on my camera, and then the magic moment struck. All twelve photos were very poor, and then this one, with just the right aperture setting, and at just the right moment, was gifted to me. It was only a few seconds later, the deep shadows invaded the glen and it was just a pretty twilight scene with not really enough light to get a good photo. It once again reminded me of the sweet moments in our lifetimes, the ones that come but rarely, but must be savoured and cherished in our memories.