It’s a brilliant day

Today, it is. The heat has decreased and the humidity torture is less depressing, as well. My blog posting gaps have increased, though, thanks to all kinds of unexpected issues. It is a time when I am aware of all things I still have to tackle and bring to some conclusion, yet, I don’t do anything here and there. The privilege of older age is that you can mentally sort through the urgent things and make a reasonable decision: there’s hardly anything that cannot wait for a bit longer. For instance, posting a new article which won’t be seen by that many anyway.

It’s a wrong decision from the point of being present on the internet, but a very beneficial from the view of general feeling-and being-well-aspect. Ever since we became billions on every social media site and every blogging platform, the importance of one single post lost its meaning. Life is not long enough whatever way you look at it. I’d prefer much longer stretch of feeling like in 35-50 period. I find that around 50 it was when I had still huge energy and motivation to fight every internet battle and to squeeze myself out like a lemon to grab attention. Over time, the need to be present everywhere has really lost its attraction.

Being present in moments which matter for me personally has become more important. Sooner or later, we all realize that there will be things which we aren’t destined to do, learn or pursue. Time limits our ability to perform everything at the same level of devotion and achieve the same level of success in all areas which appeal to us. It takes huge time to achieve adequate skills in any area nowadays. However, the abundant numbers of experts and people who do counselling means there’s too much advise about everything. 

Let’s talk about how-to posts. Mainly, there are 2 groups. The first group, usually, in technical aspects of using software, app, social media or blogging platforms, writing or drawing and painting tools are helpful. The second group is where the heading says “how-to”, but the article lists reasons why and immediately takes you to the button to purchase something. We already know why, if we are looking for the practical application of this new whatever it is. I’m really interested in finding examples of using a tool, a strategy, I want to see how it looks in reality, but that’s not possible. There are immediately ads and all kinds of offers to buy. Food takes very much space on the internet, as well, too much for me personally. I stick to the old and extra simple recipes, better yet, the ones which consist of a few ingredients. That’s also very beneficial for our digestive system.

Then there are the numbers articles: 10 things what to eat and 10 what not to, 7 ways to wear an outfit, 6 ways to relax, 5 ways to prepare a particular food and to exercise. Very often it is “how to be happy” in numerous ways. It’s usually a list of things which we all know, have or do not intend to have, do or do mind doing. It’s something which we are aware about, but we have a reason not to engage in it, or we are already mastering that aspect. This type of list provides with no discoveries. One advice can never suit all. The most interesting articles for me are about personal experiences, the diverse ways we live.

Today, it is a really brilliant day. Just with the right amount of heat and sunshine. With well-formed attractive clouds sailing the bright blue sky. With bees still working blooms and butterflies hurrying from one flower to another. With tomato branches almost touching the ground because of the heavy fruit. With fantastically orange and perfectly round pumpkins. I also saw hummingbird 2 times this year. That’s so cute for my location!

The summer has been too short as always. It was too hot, we had too much rain, it was too dry sometimes, too stormy here and there. And it will be definitely too cold in the winter. No perfect weather for us, and here I laugh a little. Our feeling of entitlement has spoiled us. I personally do not complain, I take summer over winter any time. The virus has had big impact on our life here in Ontario, as I suppose, in the place where you are at. We thought it will be a fairly swift battle and we would be done with it. Maybe you have lived as you wanted, but I here couldn’t. Restrictions are still all in place, except, there is no lockdown.

I have such insanely huge amounts of produce, I’m not sure what to do with it. We are giving away part of it to husband’s colleagues, sometimes to anybody who will take it. I am seeing all benefits of growing vegetables and flowers from my own seeds. These plants are very strong, they practically do not suffer from the regular plant diseases. It makes a lot of sense to take care of your own seeding material. Since I haven’t been anywhere, only at home (almost 2 years already!!!), I am attaching a few pictures of my garden. It can be enough, but dreams and memories take me to other places; where I have been, which I will visit and what I’m not going to see. Well, the Earth is small and big at the same time, just like this life: so uncomplicated and manageable one day, but absolutely stunning or overwhelming the next.

Have a good September which is just around the corner! Thanks for reading!

17 thoughts on “It’s a brilliant day

  1. The things that are truly important to us become apparent with age. For me, among them the garden, the sky and how it looks at certain times of day, a small flower underfoot, how friends and family feel, what can I do to help them. The Internet holds many good things, but can certainly drain one dry.

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    1. They do, they become the only things we sometimes care about.
      You know, I can see I couldn’t understand my parents fully when I was even 30. Age changes perception of everything.
      Thankfully, we do not have to change attitude towards our personal values.
      Internet definitely drains energy. I agree, the older we get, the more we appreciate the beauty of this world, especially, the tiny moments which touch us deeply.
      Thanks very much!
      I hope your fall season turns out well!

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  2. Yes, there is no one solution suits all template available. Everyone has their own likes and ways of seeking hapiness. I agree too that the article which convey something different are what generate interest.
    Stay blessed always.

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  3. Wow, your garden has exploded with beautiful, bountiful life! Isn’t that just incredible? How something so small can turn into such an incredible display of nature’s ability to provide for us. We should take more advantage of it and, while you do see more home gardens, more of us could benefit from our own.
    Your pumpkins and tomatoes look divine, by the way, you can tell from the photos that your plants are well tended and cared for. It’s amazing what a little love and some hard work can do!
    It is a shame that Covid is still creating so many problems for people.. The hope was to have more progress by now but, alas, it appears not. We just keep moving forward.
    Have a lovely week, Inese, I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying some more pleasant weather!
    Stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Sheri!
      You know, once everything is planted, it just sort of grows. I was thinking the other day that it’s more difficult to decide what to do with all produce. We’ve given away lots of it to anybody who was willing to take it. It’s amazing that not everybody wants organic vegetables. They say like: what am I going to do with all of this?
      Always something new.
      It is truly amazing how much and how big plants grow from one small seed. The mysterious plant DNA!
      I am more certain than ever that plants which I started from my own seeds, not store bought, are doing much better.
      That is one more thing most people doubted here.
      I find this all strange here in Ontario. Well, most people have only grass, what can you expect?
      Anyway, we are definitely enjoying the harvest and it usually lasts until the frost ends growing. Every single day something fresh and clean and definitely delicious!

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