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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Feeling Blue

I'm feeling blue today - I think it's all this rain we're getting again! Yesterday would have been my mother's 87th birthday and I was thinking about her all day. Then today because of the rain, I didn't feel like doing anything. Then I got to thinking about all those wonderful summer days we'd spend at our cabin at Shuswap Lake - days of rest and relaxation, fun in the water and lazing on the wharf as it rocked me to sleep in the warm sunshine. The nights were just as great as my husband would build a campfire while I made the coffee (usually instant in those days), and then he'd serenade me with his guitar. I could listen to him sing forever! My favourite, though, was the Animals' House of the Rising Sun and I'd close my eyes and let him lull me into reverie with his rich voice. I don't have too many photos of us together in those days because one of us always had to be the photographer. However, this is us on our honeymoon in July 1973 when some visitors came up to stay a couple of days with us. Those are wonderful memories. I think I'll feel a little blue today as I miss him even after all these years, but tomorrow I'll carry on. Enjoy the music below.

Sunday - feeling a bit less blue and looking forward to the sunshine we're supposed to be getting come Tuesday. I walked down to our local village market and on the way home picked up two movies - Premonition and Miss Potter. They should get me through the evening and I think I'll go visit my Dad tomorrow - take him some Irish Spring soap that he likes and some life savers for his dry mouth. It helps to think of others at times like this.


meggie said...

A beautiful photo of you & your husband. I have just met you- blogwise. My mother would have been 87 this year too. I will never stop missing her.
The House of the Rising Sun is one of my all time favourite songs!

Ruth D~ said...

Bittersweet, those blue days. Sweet, sweet memories mingled with longing . . .

I think we need those days. They're like cleaning drawers and organizing things into piles, memories in this case, and then we feel better.

You have my empathy . . .

Janice Thomson said...

I agree with Ruth on this one Leslie...the blue times make us appreciate the sunny times so much more. Hang in there for this too will pass.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Celebrate the love and remember the happy times. You are such a handsome couple.

Josie said...

Leslie, that is a gorgeous photograph of you and your husband. What a nice looking couple. Remember the good times, like these in the photograph.

I still think about my Mom every day too, and sometimes I even talk to her.

dragonflyfilly said...

i don't know why but i always thought your blog was called the "pedagogue"!!! - where did i get that from?

well, i know what it is like to think about a parent on their birthday...and i hope your blues will turn to pinks soon!

i know that it is not much of a consolation to tell you that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, but there it is...and i hope that you enjoy your movies. That reminds me, i want to get that Potter movie too.

But the reason i came over initially was to tell you that you have been "Smoozed".

cheers for now, hope the sun comes out for you,

Sienna said...

That is such a gorgeous photo, what a beautiful couple...and exactly what the others have said too Leslie, don't ever feel you are alone (I know! crikey, several thousand miles Australia-Pam!)...but your not, we are all here, thinking of you and sending just the bestest vibes..

We love ya mate, take care.


HeiressChild said...

hi leslie, what a beautiful photo of you and your husband. i guess we never stop thinking about them, even though some days are better than others. when we see our children, we see their dad in some way, either thru their looks or their personalities.

i hope today, monday, finds you in much better spirits. we need some rain here; i was looking at the trees and you can tell they're getting too much sun and heat, and not enough water.


now that should perk you right on up!

Jaclyn said...

I miss him too mom...but I love you all the more for taking care of me all on your own.


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