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“Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.”  Dale Carnegie

I’ve been a bit tired the last few days . . . I think the busy summer is catching up with me.  It’s been a pretty awesome summer starting back in June with the arrival of my Grandson from Maryland, then a trip to the Interior, sharing some of our Canadian sights and culture.  July found us in Oregon and California visiting West Coast family.  Since arriving home from that trip, I’ve been to Vancouver Island for a Wedding Celebration, and up to the Interior again to the Lake for a short respite.  We’re headed back to Oregon for Labor Day weekend to visit my Son who has just moved in to his new home.  I think I just need some down time to fill up the energy tanks.



“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.”  Elbert Hubbard

On the Ferry headed home from Vancouver Island.  That’s Vancouver Island in the distance with a very pretty sunset.  It’s been a stormy, cold and wet week so it was a treat to see the sun setting over the Island.  I processed this in HDR using Photomatix and Photoshop CS6.  



“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”  Lewis Grizzard

Yum, Yum – home grown tomatoes!  My brother is a Commercial Hydroponic Farmer on Vancouver Island.  He’s planted more tomatoes this year in response to high demand.  Normally his Greenhouses are crammed full of Long English Cucumbers.  I always love visiting him and seeing the rows upon rows of vegetables . . . There truly is nothing like fruit picked fresh off the vine . . . 



Rows upon Rows of tomato plants . . .



“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”  Confucius

My Sister and her Husband bought a nice shiny new Motor Home . . . as they spend half the year on the road travelling.  I just can’t help but ponder how far we’ve come . . . as I remember my parents and all seven of us kids packed in to a Ford Econoline Van camping our way across Canada from Ontario to BC and back.  The idea of travelling in a house on wheels with all the comforts of home . . . not even considered.  Yes indeed – we have come a long way . . .



“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” Muhammad Ali


This is the view from my Sister’s dock on Sproat Lake, Vancouver Island.  Gorgeous, gorgeous spot . . . beautifully reflective and a great place to sit and re-energize.




June 2023

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