WQWWC :: Relax

journaling routine

Relax. Pockets of ‘me time’ during the day, sometimes not easy to find room for self-care in the middle of the daily business, but it’s a must to be able to do so. Early ‘me time’ sometimes starts with morning pages and a cup of coffee, other times it starts with a run by the river.

early morning pleasure

Either way, these are moments for relaxing and organizing my thoughts before getting ready for the day. As an introvert, it isn’t easy to be in contact with people and socializing at the work place. I need down time, to think and recharge.

Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges.

Bryant McGill
favourite corner in my garden

My garden is my private paradise. Taking care and admiring the flowers and the vegetables or just sitting down and looking at the sky and feeling the breeze washing over my face and my hair. When at home I make sure I have a garden walk at least 3 times per day, generally after each meal.

on the deck

Nothing more relaxing than spending a hot summer afternoon with a book and a refreshing drink.

Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.

Jane Austen

Sharing with WQWWC, this week’s theme is Relax. And you? What you do to relax during the summer?

Tanka Tuesday :: Within

radiance catcher
craving the light and the warmth
hunting for the sun
clouds bathing me with desire
a wish in each step
the sparkle lays within me
my soul smiles sunbeams
when I see her reflection
brightening the wildflowers

Happy Summer! Finally it is here, I’m sure I’ll miss the spring freshness, but I’m ready for all the pleasures of the summer.

It has been cloudy these last few days. I went to a park in the last day of spring, the longest day of the year to see the sunset, but I think the sun wasn’t aware that lots of people were outdoors waiting for its performance that evening. Anyway, it was pleasant to be outdoors in the middle of beautiful flowers. And as Rumi says:

Don’t you know yet?

It is your light that lights the worlds.

Rumi

Tanka Tuesday this week is a theme prompt – Discovery – I didn’t use this word in my poem, but you can feel that it is about discovering the light/energy that lays inside each one of us. I used the form Choka, a new one for me, it contains 9 lines: 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 and doesn’t need to rhyme.

I hope you enjoy it!

WQWWC :: Summer

 “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”

Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

Here, in Canada, we have 9 months of cold weather, so the 3 months of summer are a dream to come true. It is time for gardening and enjoying the outdoors. I like to wake up earlier than usual, generally the birds songs do the job of take me off the bed. I run/walk by the river and parks in my neighborhood, always with my phone to take pictures of the beauty around me.

” Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” 

John Lubbock

Eating healthier is another summer thing for me. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and cutting down on the fat and sugar.

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 “Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”

Beach time is a must too, I go south for a few days to enjoy the ocean, but not last year and not sure if it will be possible this year, we are still in lockdown.

Hope you enjoyed to hear my summer highlights and please share yours in the comments, I’d love to hear it!

Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

WQWWC – Summer

On the way

a secret message: find your anchor

I had a lovely morning outdoors yesterday, Saturday! The weather was just perfect, the crisp air and the sunshine. This beautiful painted rock was on my way, I believe this message found me.

beauty nearby

The flowers are blooming, it’s like they know that they should show our their beauty now, there isn’t time for later, the temperature is dropping faster.

Wishing a lovely week to your, enjoy the rest of this season.

Square Perspective – Bug

june bug

June bugs are still hanging around here, so many of them! They come from the Tomato farms surrounding the city. They land on our clothes when we go out in the evening, before coming back in we need to removed them to be sure none come inside home. I missed one few days ago and it started to fly in the middle of the night in our bedroom, I had to wake up hubby to take it outside.

Square perspectives

Freshness

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“Freshness is essential. That makes all the difference.”

Julia Child

We have lots of fresh produce here in Ontario right now. Farmers are everywhere selling their harvest: Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries, rhubarb …

Hubby got strawberries and blueberries yesterday. The kitchen smelled freshness as soon as he opened the shopping bag.

Sadly this freshness doesn’t last long. By the end of August, we have to go back to the supermarket and buy fruits and vegetables imported from other countries. These fruits come by ship, so weeks traveling before reaching here. They have almost no taste and zero smell.

Each season has its own offers, so I’m enjoying the freshness of summer!

Hugs,

E.