My mom has this saying – “I’ve never been bored a day in my life”. I used to roll my eyes in disbelief, because you know, that’s what you do when mother’s make those gross generalizations. And then, I realized, I agree with her. What is it like to be bored? Those few quiet moments to sit with a book, to catch up on blog reading, to pet the cat…they are therapeutic and relaxing, but certainly not boring.
Why do I bring this up? Because it’s a new year, and once again, life has taken a complete 180 degree spin from where it was this time last year. It makes me wonder what will happen in the next 365 days? This past year has been the furthest thing from boring. The last few years have been endlessly full and exciting, and it can only make me think that the next years will be as well.
I write this on a quiet Friday night, just me and the two cats. Yes, two cats. Firstly, I am looking after my parents’ cat, Tiki, while my dad is in Arizona and my mom is still (yes…two months later) with Grandpa in the hospital. Tiki has moved in and effectively filled the void that Bernard has left behind.
Yes, that’s right, I’m home alone these days. On day #20 something now and it’s been busy yet quiet, and I’m adjusting just fine.
No need for concern. He is gone, intentionally, to go back to school for a 3 month viticulture (grape growing) program. On January 6 we loaded far too many of his possessions into his car, and embarked on a somewhat snowy drive 5 hours inland to Penticton. (**In the summer, it takes 3.5 hours, maybe 4 hours max.) Snow makes it all a bit longer….but it’s a pretty drive.
leaving the drizzly yucky rain of Vancouver behind, and arriving to the light powdery snow and blue skies of the Okanagan.
see those dots on the frozen lake? They are fishing. Ice fishing, that is.
out of the hills, arriving into the Penticton area. Much less wintery here.
We arrived, checked him into his little motel where he’ll be staying for the next three months, and headed out to explore.
My student outside Portable #2 at Okanagan College…his new home for the next 3 months.
On day 2, we decided to drive around and check out some different neighbourhoods that we might be interested in. Time to get oriented and decide on where we want to start searching. We also headed to Costco and stocked his cupboards and fridge up.
A pretty drive along the lake
This is for cute-value only. Look how sweet these (naughty trespassing!) deers are on this house’s terraced front lawn!
After three days, I caught the Greyhound back to Vancouver and left Bernard there to learn, learn, learn.
2011, you are off to an exciting start already!