Friday, June 2, 2017

The Moon in June is a big Balloon ....

Happy June everybody. For me, June is just that much closer to sunshine and warmth and outdoor living. Newfoundland can be challenging in regards to sunshine and warmth; but slowly, oh so slowly, it's happening.

Life on The Rock has not been an easy transition for me. Not the weather though: I can take the weather because although the lack of sunshine sometimes affects my mood, my outlook on life is NOT determined by Mother Nature. However, my Norman Rockwell vision of family life is far from true; my family is probably the largest challenge in my life. (Their picture is in the dictionary under the word "disfunctional"! Hahaha!) Sign! It was so much easier to love them all when I was thousands of miles away. 

As well, returning as a 62 yr old single female is socially challenging. I've not had a lot of luck meeting new friends, most of the old ones are busy with their families and routines, and you don't get invited to a lot of events when you don't have a mate. However, my bestie has been wonderful and inviting and supportative; my relationship with my sister is growing wonderfully, and my youngest daughter tries to meet up with me weekly. (Her working long shifts and my willingness to dog sit her dachshund Jack has also helped.)

But challenges aside, this is where I've chosen to be; and I shall persevere and continue to seek (and find) alternative sources of enjoyment. It helps that I like my own company. (And thank you for your blogs.)

Man in the Mountain

Weather permitting, I'll be heading out with a new hiking group tomorrow; beginning with an easy hike, they work up to the more rigorous ones such as the Man in the Mountain trail which overlooks Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands. 

But the "piece de resistance" and a long time dream of mine is to hike Gros Morne Mountain, a day-long return hike and very challenging trail. At the top, you look down over Western Brook Pond and the fjord and further out into Gros Morne National Park.

The west coast of Newfoundland has so many beautiful trails and fantastic vistas. And you're almost always bound to see some sort of wildlife. Just last Sat as my sister and I were drinking along the bay to my dad's house, we stopped and joined a huge group of people watching a Mama and baby whale feeding and flipping in the bay! It's amazing here!

There'll be lots of good food, laughter,
walking and catching up.
But my biggest excitement lately is my upcoming trip to Toronto and then Halifax next week to visit my other two daughters. It's so satisfying to know that they are looking forward to seeing me as much as I'm looking forward to seeing them. I'm also excited for Toronto's much warmer temperatures. Corner Brook is extremely limited when it comes to ethnic foods, so that's high on the agenda. And an extra special treat for me is going to my Korean daughter's graduation from college: she lived with me for 3 years: I taught her acceptance and confidence, and she taught me to love Korean food ..... and zombies! I just adore her. 

Today I'm fortunate:  I'm off in an hour, there's sunshine and Grandma has to take the grand-doggie for a walk. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


DUTA said...

I like the expression "The Rock". I came upon it last summer when I visited the islet of Spinalonga in Crete. Spinalonga is also named 'the rock'. It's deserted now, but it ,sadly, used to be inhabited by lepers (I wrote about the visit in my blog). I also like the lovely, humorous pictures in your post.

Indeed, there comes a time when family and friends are a big challenge, and for our peace of mind, we have to learn to enjoy our own company and take up various hobbies.
Weather is at the top of my agenda. I don't feel too well in cold weather, so it does sort of affect my life.

Have a terrific time in Toronto and Halifax!

Kim Standard said...

What a nice thing to look forward to, seeing your daughters in a warmer climate! I like to laugh at growing old. Halifax sounds interesting

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Life is challenging but it looks like you have fun things to look forward to, especially seeing your two daughters. Have fun.


Life can be challenging it's true. But you sound like you are stomping out a path to follow. I think all families have disfunction in them. yours is no worse. ENJOY what time you have with them all. Time is short.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's great seeing a post with an update from you. Sounds like you are weathering the changes quite well. So nice you have a little trip to look forward to and seeing family is always a good thing too. Hope you have a great time.

sabine said...

130 km is the perfect distance between my family and me. I can spent a day with them from time to time without taking a holiday and I am far away enough to be sure that they will not visit me spontaneously.
You life in a impressive landscape Sandy! Enjoy the hikes and hava a wonderful summer, in your place and in Toronto.

knitwit said...

I know where you're coming from on the social situation. We've been where we are almost a year now and I'm realizing I'm going to have to put myself out there a bit more if I want a social life! Enjoy your trip--sounds like fun!!