Theme: Summer Sun
Picture Source: A Little Dabble
I’ve been so busy these last few days.. sorry for the delayed post! I hope you are all well.
Today was such a beautiful day. It felt as if it were spring rather than Autumn! It was ~15 degrees today! (Celsius of course.. II’m not too sure how much it is in Fahrenheit!) It’s quite deceiving to have such nice weather in the middle of November, when we all know that in a couple of weeks we won’t even be able to see the ground because of the snow, nor will we be able to go outside without wearing some 35 layers of clothes to stay warm!!
This weekend we celebrated E’s birthday. His actual birthday is tomorrow, so more celebrating to come! I’d like to make him a fun birthday cake… any recommendations? I would greatly appreciate any input!
I decided to finally put up some pics from the past few months. I love how my Ottawa pictures turned out from the Byward market. All the colors of the fruits and vegetables were so vibrant and pretty, I couldn’t resist. And the leaves! Gosh I love Autumn. E and I went to Ottawa in October to spend our 3.5 anniversary, and to celebrate my uncle’s birthday. It was a lovely weekend.
How was your weekend? Did anything exciting happen?
I must apologize for my lack of posts lately. I’ve been busy figuring out what to do with my life… masters programs, volunteer programs, med schools, and all the applications involved. It’s overwhelming, tiring, and so darn exciting.
I spent the weekend with E in Ottawa celebrating my Uncle’s birthday and also our 3.5 year anniversary (even though it was a couple of weeks ago, this was our little excursion away together). It was nice to get away for a day. The colors of autumn are warm and calming, and so beautiful. I really can say that one thing I am super grateful for in Canada is that we have 4 distinct seasons, each with their own characters, colors, smells… I look forward to the beginning of seasons whenever they come each year. The drive there and back was relaxing and tranquil. So nice to just catch a breath of the fresh air and enjoy al the colors.
I’ve also started noticing Halloween decorations popping up here and there, and boy oh boy am I excited!! I haven’t planned what I’ll be doing this year… nor have I planned any costume ideas. We shall see!
I also finished my book. I read “The Good Earth” by Pearl S Buck for the third time. I have to say, I really love this book, but for some reason I can never remember what the story is. So, I decided to read it (yet again). The story is so beautifully written… so descriptive of the early 20th century in rural China. The book has a sequel which I have yet to discover.
Have you ever heard of the foot binding craze in China? The book discusses it briefly, so I looked it up to learn more about it.
Basically young girls were urged to bind their feet (ie their mothers would wrap up the young girls feet as they were still growing in bandages that were so tight, they literally broke their feet and toes so that they would fold into themselves), in order to make their feet 3-3.5 inches long. Back in the day, this was considered desirable in girls to be wed. It was a sign that they came from affluent families, and that the girls didn’t have to work in the fields (seeing there was no need for their labor). So, because of this, they are solely for their man, making them desirable brides. The craze stopped in the mid 1900s, seeing that the process of foot binding was excruciatingly painful and posed dangers later on in the girls’ lives… and might I say thank god! I don’t think any girl should suffer to simply be more desirable for men. Maybe this is more new age thinking, but geez, just the thought of breaking my feet, day after day, so that they can be 3 inches long seems ridiculous to me! Not many women have bound feet anymore in China- some of the elder ones do, and you can see here how tiny (and deformed) their feet are
Do you have any book recommendations?
Let me know!
Here is another thing i tumbled upon- a list of things that make me happy, and what makes me who I am. Again, not much has changed, but I added a few things here and there. So here it is, the life’s (old) happy list… revamped!! 🙂
smile- the world is a beautiful place.
family. friends. eran. music. kissing in the rain. guitar. piano. south africa. culture. spirituality. art. leonard cohen poems. ayn rand & chaim potok books. curiosity. my girls. my boys. dawson. systemic anatomy. environmental and bioethics. >80%. blueberry iced tea. my hazamir girls. westmount crew. camp massad. love. life. no regrets. individuality. passion. complexity. creativity. explore. travel. brazil. australia. israel. europe. sushi. red bull. limos. painting. abstract. charcoal. springtime. tulips. daffodils. daisies. poetry. pictures. nature. chai lattes. pjs. snuggling. red, orange, and yellow. listening to the rain fall. spas. twilight. jemima, elseby, torq and gregory. sudoku. hot cocoa. tea. my roof. picnics in the park. tams. bubble tea. bubble baths. cats. tommy, sally, mitzy, and tooky. the 90s. hugs. kisses. lip balm and lip gloss addict. chilling. smelling good. hot showers. spontaneity. afro-caribbean aerobics. lollipops. kung fu. sex in the city marathons. road trips. gin, diet 7up and lime. vodka melon. naps with the girls (and the boy). jello shots. “never have i ever…”. red wine. surprises. countryside. spooning. up north. frozen yogurt with strawberries and mochi. dancing to sean paul. snow. fireworks. warm socks. tomatoes, avocado, nectarines. hot underwear. ferries. bon fires. getting lost. text messages. sunday mornings. breakfast. mornings at the greasy spoon. hippy. vinyl records. fireplaces. laughter. beauty. summer dresses. vintage. stories. orange curtains. brick red walls. meditating. bowling. barbecues. memories…
People I’d like to meet are people who are kind, curious, passionate, genuine, and sincere.
Here are some of my favorite quotes and lyrics:
“learn to love”
“don’t mistake kindness for weakness..”
“one can never anticipate passion.. it just.. happens.”
“A bird who takes flight usually goes back to its nest to feed. Whether it’s like or love- take in the air and the scenary, ca te feras du bien.. Someone who loves YOU for YOU- someone rough and beautiful will allow the unseen emotion to come out. And when that happens, you’ll love too… Good luck and strength. The strong can love too.” -KA
“…honesty is a hard attribute to find-when we all want to seem like, we’ve got it all figured out…” -lifehouse
“life is one big road with lots of signs, so when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.”- Bob Marley
” Is love alive?”
please feel free to post your life’s happy list! i’d love to read them.
hearts and kisses,
my favorite roses: yellow with red tips (E knows this already!!)
and my ultimate favorite….
This post is inspired by Fanny’s Acorn post.
My top 10 favorite things and moments of Autumn are:
1. snuggly scarves and wooly socks
2. watching the leaves fall from the trees.
4. quirky tuques and comfy sweaters
5. hot cocoa with marshmallows.
6. collecting and making piles of colorful leaves, then jumping right into them.
7. seeing the mist of my breath at the same time as not having to wear a heavy jacket.
8. pumpkins, maple syrup, cinnamon and spice.
9. foggy mornings.
10. picking and eating my favorite Mcintosh apples.