Musings- old and new – ending of June and beginning of July

What a week

This has been a great week. The graduations happened, followed by celebratory dinners and gatherings. A friend’s 80th birthday party on Sunday, and we finished off with a  Canada Day Celebration on July 1st at a friend’s beautiful lake house. Dragonflies were at the lake, and they enhanced an already great day. Furthurmore, we participated in a regatta as such, with most people on the lake going crazy. Boats decorated to the nines for Canada Day and sailing from one end of the lake to the other in convoy. It sounds a little corny, but it was a lot of fun. These moments of celebration remind us of how important it is to always make room in our lives for family, friends and community.

Those were the bigger highlights that we all experienced.  However, what really stood out this week was the unexpected fireflies close by on my evening stroll around the block. I discovered this wonderment on Friday night, and each evening, I go back. Fireflies have been embedded in my hippocampus since childhood and still stimulate unadulterated joy.

Anniversary

And then there is the 13th year anniversary of my cycling the Cabot Trail for my 65th birthday – a big, audacious, crazy goal that went so very well (and could have gone so wrong) and is one of my favourite memories. What is significant is that this year, in the same month as my trip, my daughter, her husband and friends are also cycling the trail. They leave Friday morning and are gone for one week. I am pleased about this partly because I am hoping to get a little credit for my prowess (haha) since they are only 50-52.  I hope that they enjoy it half as much as I did, and I await their report.

So now I am starting my next 13-year cycle, including my dream of hiking the Kumano Kodo this October. Serious and realistic training mode is about to begin as I do my part to get ready. So, today, with the help of two people I haven’t met yet, I am signed up for my first two hikes in the Gatineau with The Ottawa Rambling Club. This is not something I would usually do because I am not a fan of heat, humidity, bugs and group events. I love people, but I am not much of a joiner. However, in the interests of my major purpose this year and the responsibility of preparation, I am venturing out of my comfort zone to see how it all goes. It reminds me of 13 years ago when I was filled with trepidation about biking the Cabot Trail and the fear of holding everyone up, getting eaten by a cougar, and flying over the cliff into the sea because I lost control of my bike—none of which happened. Whew! It goes to show you that our insecurities should not be in charge of what happens next.

Truthfully, I am really excited. and will get my bug spray before Sunday.

Poppy season in Vancouver is still strong, and my son keeps me stocked up with beautiful specimens.  I am awash in the beauty of it all. Please remember to test out awe walks for yourself, especially when facing something difficult. Several short spurts of beauty help over the long haul.

Notes

1:) It is summer 2024 – may you make memories. Have fun, relax, listen and look. Make each day memorable in small ways.

2:) A poetry break Li-Young reading From Blossoms (a lovely summer poem)

3:) Rainier cherries from Washington State arrived, and I indulged, as I do every summer, in these delicious fruits. This is the only cherry I buy from afar, and I do so without apology. Fortunately, they arrive a month ahead of the local ones, so I don’t have to choose. What do you find irresistible?

4:) “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”― John Lubbock

5:) A hundred thank you’s for stopping by here. Warmest wishes, Trudy

10 replies
  1. Meghan+Innes
    Meghan+Innes says:

    I’m cycling the Cabot trail in your honour mom. I am happily in denial of just how hard it’s going to be, I’ll report back in a week. Xoxoxo Meghan

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Am I not fortunate? Thanks Meghan. Believe me, this will not be that hard for you but for sure it will be fun. You might just love it. Love you lots, Mom

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  2. Sandi Anderson
    Sandi Anderson says:

    Fireflies and dragonflies. How magical and precious. Memories of childhood surfaced for me reading this. Thank you always Trudy for noticing and sharing the beauty and magic 🌸

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Thank you Sandi. When I see dragonflies I think of my mother and when I see fireflies I think of her mother, my Nana. Memories are mysterious – what really sticks with us in the course of a lifetime. Warmly, Trudy

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  3. Pam Thomson
    Pam Thomson says:

    Last evening, I heard my first circada of the summer, rubbing its wings in a tall tree over my granddaughter’s soccer game. Seems like such an ancient sound or maybe just a sound from my childhood and I am ancient. Anyway…I heard it say, “All is well.”
    Two nights ago, I turned on the porch lights which shine over the garden and marveled at the sight of a host of Hawk moths feeding at the Hummingbird feeders. These moths, fly and look remarkably like a hummingbird and I never knew that they came in the dark to sip the sweet nectar in the garden.
    Everyone has their first cutting of hay off the fields and the hay wagons are lumbering down the roads. We are really into summer now and counting the days. Thank you Trudy.

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Thank you Pam for painting such a beautiful scene with your words. I suspect you must be a poet. It is kind of you to take the time to share this here. With gratitude, Trudy PS speaking of poets, I am delighted that you enjoyed From Blossoms. It is a favourite of mine, as is the poet.

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  4. Janice+Falls
    Janice+Falls says:

    You have captured some of the essential joys of summer – lakes and fireflies and cycling, though you forgot ICE CREAM in the shade 🙂 I cannot have a peach without thinking of From Blossoms and the Rainier cherries you introduced me to – an annual delight. happy days of summer my friend xoxoxox

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Ah Janice – the person who introduced me to peach ice-cream at Merry Dairy that is also very hard to get as it is such a brief season when they make it. Not to mention all the significant poets and poetry that are in my life, also thanks to you. Ice cream in the shade is now on my list for this afternoon. :-))Warm summer hugs, Trudy

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  5. Helen
    Helen says:

    I’ve never seen fireflies, but Summer days for me are bare legs and walking on the earth with bare feet, hearing the chirp of crickets and the sawing of cicadas, and hearing lawn sprinklers as they rotate, showering drops of water on thirsty plants and hot children. From growing up in Australia – thanks for these lovely homages to this precious season.

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