On Friday the new bike track was officially opened by the Prime Minister (Freudian I guess, but every time I type that I have to correct it from Primate Minister). (Picture shows John Key, PM in the blue helmet, riding with Paul McArdle who donated the three tracks (a .5km one, a skills track and a pump track), the bikes, helmets and professional cyclists to train the kids for 6 months.) Today, for the first time in mumblemany years, after being fitted for my very own helmet, I wheeled out a bike, and would you know, I rode it! First corner was sharper than I'd anticipated, but the wind felt so good and I could have kept riding for the rest of the day. Two circuits of the track is a kilometre, and then... well how to stop? No back pedal brakes.... ooooh slow down, slow down, hand brakes. And I did it! Fantastic! I can ride any time I like now!
A link here by the originator of Three Beautiful Things, Clare, on my post in which I mused about not allowing negativities a mention when pondering on the beautiful moments, has had a few comments. And I agree there's a difference between "in spite of the bad service, I enjoyed the meal..." which gives weight to the negativity, and something which is only beautiful because of the unpleasantness that went before. Clare has a wonderful list of such things, and they are indeed Beautiful Things. I enjoyed that people commented.
Singing alto against sopranos, tenors and basses - love it!
The lady who approached me as I was loading groceries into my car and told me that she'd seen another vehicle hit mine. A bit more coating off the bumper, not worth doing anything about, but she'd taken the rego. Someone had actually got involved in something when she didn't have to. I hope she has a happy day!
Phil the handyman has been and painted my new piece of spouting. All good!
I woke at 6.50 a.m. and knew I wasn't going to make the Catholic Schools' Staff Mass and breakfast at 7 a.m. so didn't try. A colleague woke about the same time and made it and was discombobulated all day. Big tick for the "I don't have to do this!" mentality!
Wore my new jacket to work and got nice comments. And it felt good to wear too.
I've just planted seeds for the winter - leek, carrot, swede, spinach and onion. Such potential abundance! And at this stage, so neat and orderly! Pea straw over the top as a mulch, CDs waving in the breeze to deter the birds, it's the start of the next batch of planting.
And ironed a pile of beautiful serviettes used at our gathering on Friday night. I do like nice napery!
I got my new glasses today too, such a joy to see so clearly again! Brings back memories of some decades ago when new clear vision was an annual event. I've done well, thanks to Lasik surgery!
- the gates open and ten thousand people sprint to find the best spot in the arena to enjoy the gig. Past me runs a young man, maybe 20 years old, about 6ft 4, and on his shoulder is a roll of carpet. No tarpaulin or picnic rug for him! A picture that made me laugh and still makes me smile! - the guy behind us who complained to security about our sunshade (five hours before the concert starts but he's sure it'll block his view, even tho we reassure him that we'll take it down - as we do every year - in a couple of hours when the sun loses its heat) comes over and offers one of our party a can of beer. Guess he realised he'd been a dick. - the clothes both gorgeous and wacky, the costumes and some that could have been dressups or might have been just ordinary bad dress sense...! - the music that had us all dancing and singing as if we were 18 again!
Pondering on joining the "Three Beautiful Things" phenomema, I realised that I often find it easier to muse on problems that need solving rather than the beautiful moments in my day. And I wonder - am I a negative person? Am I really someone about whom others think "oh no here's that depressing person again!" when they see me coming? Heaven forfend!
So on I go, meditating on the good things in my life, finding the things that were delightful and stopping and pondering them! (You won't believe how much trouble I had writing that sentence, words such as "but" and "rather than" and "even tho" were desperate to make an appearance. Indicative maybe of negative tendencies.... Hmm....)
So much good in my life, so much to be thankful for!
Today Isaac came round, and to see him pick up big truck sized sockets, and say "wow, this is awesome!" was such a gift. He's a shy Maori man, mid 20s, and he knew what the hitherto unidentified-by-me tools were and what they were used for. And if they were usable. God bless him, he now has a few more than he did before.
Saturday morning, and because I had guests last night, there's no housework to be done today, did it all before they came! (more or less....) I think I'll sit and read before it's time to go a-wassailing!
And tomorrow we're off to Motown. Oh yeah there ain't no mountain high enough, woohoo ain't no valley low enough... to keep us from getting to where we heard it thru the grapevine (and I'm just about to lose my mind, honey honey yeah!) cos when I was a little girl I had a rag doll, only doll I ever owned.... Okay, yeah, well, should be fun!
And the anticipation of an afternoon and evening spent in the company of the same good friends. All good. Indeed.
Watching Sam step up to the plate..... Sam lives in a busy, complex environment and a lot of self-responsibility is required from him in order to get to school on time and have the necessary books or bring back library books. He's 10 and isn't always organised enough to stand equal with other kids whose parents help them get organised. This year Sam was made student librarian and although I did wonder whether this was just creating another problem for Sam and for me, today they had their training session and I watched him and listened to him and realised with very little guidance, this boy could well have leadership qualities! I'm delighted.
A batch of chocolate chip cookies and another of gingernuts cooling on the bench ready to be packed up and enjoyed at the Motown Mission Concert. Yay!
Finding an apprentice mechanic who would be delighted to have Jim's timing light (and other treasures unusable by me!) Jim would be rapt, he was very good at helping the apprentices with spare tools that he had.
God bless my good neighbour who saw me with the massive and very impressive two-handed Bosch drill trying to make holes in the letterbox for the new numbers and sent her husband over to do it - two hours and I'd used a nail and hammer, different nail and different hammer, powered screw driver (okay, I thought it was a drill ...), The Drill and one bit that sort of wore out and got shorter, the bit (that apparently was for wood) that I was using when rescued..... who would have thought a sheet steel cheapo letterbox would have been so hard to make holes in!
A letterbox with - after vandals removed the previous adhesive numbers - lovely brass screwed on number!
The first two tomatoes on my cherry tomato plant! Very late, but it hasn't been much of a summer so far.
And the Mission Concert to look forward to next Saturday! Motown! Yay!
The smell of my wonderful garlic crop. It dried on the BBQ table during the day and is now perfuming the shed. Absolutely stunning in almost everything!
Onions that grew despite the weeds and being forgotten. Found them by accident yesterday and harvested 2 dozen lovely big bulbs. Grown from seed, almost free! And I'm told that onions and leeks do well planted where peas have grown, so I'll plant the next lot this weekend.
A freezer, so the surplus beans and corn (hopefully! will check it out on Saturday!) can be stored and used in the coming months.
Fresh veges, out of the ground and into the pot. The taste is superb, and the texture like nothing you get elsewhere. God is good.
Growing, Cooking, Eating and Sharing - What's happening in the garden and kitchen on an almost daily basis. ..because I have to eat every day, and in the growing season, the garden provides - almost every day!