Staycation Days 11-15 (Monday -Friday)

Happy Monday to all!  Well, like the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. My staycation is officially over and now its back to the grind.

I’m okay with that.  Although I’m not looking forward to seeing how many emails are waiting for me, I welcome the routine and catching up with my colleagues.

 

Here’s a condensed version of what last week looked like.  Monday I headed out to Mont Tremblant for the 24th Annual Blues Festival.  I am so glad I went.  It’s so lovely out there.  The hotels in the village are nestled in the mountain.  Picture if you will a 360 degree view of lush greenery and mountain peaks and cobble stone streets.  It looked a little like a cross between Switzerland and New Orleans French quarter.

It was my first time at the blues fest.  The act I wanted to see live was Angel Forrest.  She is amazing.  I also “discovered” two new acts; Godboogie and Brody Buster.  Their tunes are now securely downloaded to my iPod. Love it.

My hotel was amazingly awesome for a three star.  In fact everything there was super clean.  The area has a distinct chill vibe to it.  It’s a favorite for hikers and ski bums/bunnies.

The drive back home on Tuesday morning left me feeling a little blue (no pun intended).  It was a mix of wishing I could stay longer and just wanting to go home.

Tuesday was spent just chilling at home and catching up to PVR’d episodes of 20/20/  Something was off though; I just couldn’t shake the restless/lonely feeling in my gut.   I glanced over at my guitar sitting in the corner and dusted it off, opened up my Yousician app and spent time practicing.  A couple hours flew by, just like that.   When I was done, my fingers felt raw from the strings, but the feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment was undeniable.

Wednesday I spent the day with mom.  I picked her up and we headed out to Granby Zoo.  I had not been in years.  The weather was perfect; a little on the coolish side, but the animals were in full view and not hiding from the heat.

Thursday was another quiet day spent working on the decorations for the church vacation bible study coming up next week.  Later in the afternoon I got an invite from the prodigal to come over for supper.  He is turning into quite a good cook and his new apartment is coming along nicely.  His girlfriend’s little son is starting to warm up to me.  managed to get a hug from him as I was leaving.  There’s a bit of an unpleasant situation going on there, but that’s a story for another post.

Friday was spent on decorations again and later in the evening I caught up with a friend and we went to see a comedy show on Crescent street.  The headliner, Andrew Searles, was pretty good.

The weekend was a blur.  I didn’t do much.  I’m super chill now and hope that vibe stays with me as I open the fifty million emails waiting for me.

Have a good Monday, all.

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Staycation Day #3 (Sunday)

Sunday.  The day of rest. The weather here still was not cooperating all that much.  Maybe its for the best?  Knowing me, I would be racing around all over town trying to cram as much in as I could.

I did my best to truly relax, but I’m still having trouble with that. Sitting still and reading a book and doing JUST that would be amazing.  I truly envy people who can do that without getting up to put another load of laundry in, wash dishes, spot tidying up.

So, this was my version of a rest day.  After my morning smoothie, I went downstairs with the furballs and let them enjoy fresh air as I sipped my tea on the steps.  They LOVE going outside and never stray far from me. It’s pretty funny.  People on the street always stop and ask if they ever run away.  Nope, they do not.  They stay very close by.  I’m sure they think I’m some sort of witch with her two black cats.

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Who needs a weed whacker with this guy around?

I spent some time in Scripture.  It was nice, so quiet and the cool wind was refreshing.

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Then I moved on to my latest read, CEO of Everything by Gail Vaz Oxlade.  Remember her?  She is the loud mouthed financial guru that would tell people how it is on the series Till Debt do Us Part and Princess.  My e-reader decided to up and die though! Aak!  Thank goodness for the wonderful world of apps on my iPad.

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I basically just poked around the apartment until church.  Service starts at 4pm; I left the house at 4:15.  Every. Single. Week.  Yes, I have issues with time management.

After church I went out for a bowl of soup with a friend. Oh I know! Soup! After church! Woohoo! Livin’ the dream, folks!  All kidding aside, I do this because I know this lady from church is a little lonely since she has retired.  She never married and has no children.  She’s a sweet person and I enjoy chatting with her.  Although she is somewhat naive in some respects, she is very strong in her faith.  We have some great conversations.

My day ended with just sitting with my feet up in the evening, browsing on the internet with some jazz playing in the background.

Speaking of jazz, today I’ll be heading down town to the Montreal Jazzfest downtown. And yes, I’ll be bringing my umbrella.

Staycation Day #2 (Saturday)

My friends, I wish I had a more exciting day to report, but it rained sooooooo much out here yesterday.  I don’t mind a little sprinkling here and there, but this was ridiculous.  I was starting to keep my eyes peeled for an old guy building an arc.

So, a better part of my day was spent preparing my new walk-in closet/office.  The prodigal moved out two weeks ago and that spare room is officially mine once more.

After much pulling and pushing, my Pax Ikea wardrobes were transferred back to that room.   It goes without saying, but I could not have done it without the invaluable help from my little assistant, Angus Mckitten.

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No idea where Waldo is, but I think I just spotted Angus Mckitten.

So, finally, the rain stopped at about 6:30 pm.  Part of me wanted to just be lazy and flake out on the sofa, but that is a trap I don’t want to fall in to.  Being single, it’s all too easy to just give up and do nothing.   I hit the shower and headed out to the local Canada Day festivities.

At first I thought everything had been cancelled because of the weather, but then eureka! Sign of life appeared in the distance.

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There was all sorts of fun stuff going on.  Canada is very multi cultural and so the city of Lasalle once again hosted a soup kitchen with flavors from all over the globe. Yum!

 

Some acts were good, and some better than others.  The important thing is that they came out and entertained.  The Samajam Rock Show was crazy fun.  They basically gave you “instruments” (drum sticks and other items) and you followed along with the beat. They even had their own musicians and they play all the rock classics everyone knows.

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Judging from the kids’ reaction, the music was good.  Their night went something like this:

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Hilarious!  I couldn’t help but chuckle.  Then there are the people who think they are really good dancers and make a spectacle of themselves.  Equally entertaining!  One mom was swinging her kid around so much I thought his arm was going to be pulled right out of the socket.  Her energy level outlasted his and by the end of the evening she was practically dragging his limp little body by his feet back to the car.

All in all, it was a good night.  I have to say, our burroughs put a lot of thought and care into pulling together family oriented festivities.  At first I felt a little odd showing up solo, but I’m glad I went.

Just as we all were leaving….the skies opened up and it poured rain once more!

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Staycation…and I’m Taking You All With Me

Woot woot! Fourteen glorious days off.  This year will be another staycation.  However, that does not mean that I can’t make the most of it. Planning ahead of time is key to enjoying what can be a fantastic vacation, without breaking the bank in the process.  Its kind of like playing hookie from school without the guilt. staycation-real

I’ve put  together an itinerary of local events and things to do for the next two weeks.  I find if I don’t do that, my days will be wasted away just sitting in front of my laptop. Social media can be such a time thief and hours can go by like seconds.

Today is Canada day!  Happy 150th, old gal!  I wish I could say that the weather is cooperating, but it isn’t.  The skies are grey and heavy.  Judging by the pounding in my head, that’s the way it’s going to be aaaalllll day.

So with all the stores closed and a limited budget today, what’s a gal to do?  After I finished laundry and cleaning, I think I will pull on my rain-boots and go for a walk by the lake shore and check out the festivities.

I am so looking forward to the time to myself, but you are all welcome to come with if you’d like!

Just to kick things off on the right note, I stopped by to see the prodigal yesterday morning and to settle this mama’s worried heart. He is fine and learning to adjust to his new living conditions and what it is like to share an apartment with his gal pal and her little son.  It’s in God’s hands now.  My job is done and I have to trust that all will be okay.  It’s my time now.

Then I drove out to mom’s place and we visited one of my favorite uncles.  This man is so crazy talented.  He gave me one of his paintings and I feel so blessed to have this beauty in my home.  Here she is:

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Then we headed out for a nice pasta supper together, followed by sipping tea on her front porch and looking out at the mountain and chatting.  I love it there, it’s so peaceful.

What are your Summer plans?  Are you heading abroad or stating put?

So that was my Friday, Day #1 of the Staycation.  More to come.  Happy Saturday all!

 

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