Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Different Point of View

A number of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to exchange my rain-soaked view (see previous post) for something much better when friends in Canada welcomed me along on their vacation to picturesque Lake Chandos, a couple hours northeast of Toronto. I had been planning a couple days' "staycation" once my summer responsibilities for the Institute ended, but screw that -- I decided that everyone at home could fend for themselves while I vacated northward to relax and reboot. 

Back home now, I'm trying to hold on to some shreds of my vacation-induced zen while enduring the dysfunctionality and disaster that make up my work days, also getting through this final semester of study for my M.A. degree (which hopefully is the ticket out of the former!), and last but not least, balancing the appropriate measures of patience, supportiveness, and ass-kicking that my daughter requires to get her back on the path to becoming an independent adult. So far, so good, but it's only the second week of September. 

Here at home I may not have a lake just outside my door, but I do have a new perspective, I think, focused less on what I need to do for others, and more on what I want -- and, dare I say it, NEED -- to do for myself. Imagine that....

Now, if the dog would only realize that she doesn't need to have breakfast at 4:30 a.m....


  1. Dog's eat at their own schedule and if that wet nose in your back doesn't do it you know Denise they eye is next.

    You were close, very close to the wilderness of Ontario/Quebec. God how I miss those forests and hidden lakes.

  2. Mark, as long as the dog doesn't set her stomach clock back an hour when Daylight Savings Time ends, I think I can hang on there.

    The trip was my first time in that part of Ontario, and I hope not my last!

  3. We all need to touch base with Mother Nature on a regular basis to understand triviality of our daily grind.

    Ontario is beautiful.

    the Ol'Buzzard

  4. Hi, Buzz....I do get regular infusions of nature, but vacation gave me time to practically live outdoors (thankfully the cottage had an indoor toilet, though!)

    Thanks for stopping by!


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