128 Days of Summer

Adventures from April 28 through September 1 of 2013

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Thursday, August 22

Today was mainly comprised of steadily working through my to do list. I also got to redo my friend’s Bible! The best part was sending him a picture of the torn up old end sheets before I finished. The final product isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the better ones I’ve done. The end sheets in the front aren’t completely straight, but thats ok. It will complete it’s job properly.

Otherwise, I got to slack line a little today. I haven’t done it in ages (well, since before camp) but I took a step today! YAY FOR PROGRESS. Just think how good I could be if I hadn’t gone to camp….alas.


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Tuesday, June 18

Today was another hammocking day and progressing through my library books. It was quite enjoyable, and I only had one person creepily ask if I needed a push. Uh … no. Thank you. The wind is sufficient.

In regards to books, which is what I seem to be talking a lot about, I read the third instalment of these books taht weren’t exactly a series, but were all about some of the same people and written by the same person. They weren’t half bad actually. Bewitching Season, Betraying Season, and then today’s Courtship and Curses. Not bad at all.

I picked up the other book at the library because I distinctly remembered reading it in sixth grade, but I just could not remember what it was about. It’s called “Once Upon a Marigold”, and it was a nice little read. Completely juvenile in it’s detailing and humour (I spent half an hour relaying the horrible pun jokes to my friend), and as I read it it slowly came back to me. Oddly enough there was one part about silverware and knowing which one to use … ok if you read it you know what I’m talking about, it has occasionally just popped up in my head and I couldn’t remember where it was from. Now I know. It was kind of fun to take a walk down memory lane with the book though.

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Sunday, June 9

Today I was so privileged as to go watch my sisters paddle and drum in their high school regatta. AKA i watched them race in  their dragon boats. It was kind of fun as I’ve never seen them do it before (missed it last year for camp). They did pretty well too!

Worst part of the day was I burned my part (pun?). It hurts. But luckily, the sun won’t be out for a few days so hopefully it will heal. How are you even supposed to protect against burning a part? Kind of hard to put sunscreen there without getting it all over your hair ……..

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Sunday, June 2

Quite a few glorious things today…so a list!

1. Taught my first Sunday School lesson. Not half as bad as I had expected. I guess camp counselling was good for something!

2. Taught some church family friends about the joys of slacklining. Delightful because it attracts so many people. How to meet your neighbours and make adults have a good time 101.

3. WATCHED THE SWAN PRINCESS. Honestly, one of my favourite movies. I don’t really know why I like it so much … but it isn’t complete until you watch the music video at the end of the 1995 VHS … which I had to find online because I was foolish and watched my DVD version instead -_- BUT HERE YOU GO. (FYI, it starts at 1:45)

Eternity – Dreams Come True

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Friday, May 31

Today was, again, super hot. But instead of hammocking, I went on a picnic with my friend! It was splendid to catch up with her over some delicious food (see below), and honestly it wasn’t that dreadful in the shade. I absolutely love spending time one on one with people. It’s just nice to be able to talk and hear each other … and then to be able to be silent and just enjoy the river (we also went on a delightful walk).

picnic 2

(Also, I’ve clearly been reading Anne of Avonlea now because I’m still using big fantastical words … perhaps this will subside when I finish the rest of the books … we shall see.)

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Thursday, May 30

Today was absolutely scorching. It was SO HOT. And me, being silly me, decided it was an excellent opportunity to go hammocking. In the heat of the day.

Not my best move ever, but it was still glorious. Until the shade moved. I read Anne of Green Gables, and now I find myself inserting words like “dreadfully” and “terribly” and “awfully” into random sentences like Anne did. Oh dear. Nonetheless, I love the book and Anne’s adventures. They bring laughter, and I always eagerly await my favourite parts in the book, just waiting in suspense to read about them. Waiting for her to make up with Gilbert at the end is almost agonizing!

Now that I’ve read the first, I am compelled to move onto the other 7. Ugh. Waiting for House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside = painful, but sooooooo worth it. All the books are so lovely :]

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Wednesday, May 22

Today I conquered a great fear of mine. I took the bus!

Ok, so it isn’t a huge fear, I don’t freak out at the thought of riding a method of public transportation. On the contrary, I find it relaxing to not have to really worry about driving/road conditions, and know I can’t do anything to rush the trip. It is a conquering-fear type thing because when riding the bus near my house, I had to fend off a rather overly-persistent guy who basically asked me to move in with him. I was 18 at the time (not that asking now would make it any less creepy), and, to be honest, it set a bad taste in my mouth for bussing around. Therefore, I’ve opted to get a ride from my parents when at all possible, even if it means getting somewhere a few hours early.

Anyhow, I took the bus and, as freaked out as I was, I ended up leaving an hour too early, and took an hour earlier train downtown, and got rained on. Le sigh. BUT the rain wasn’t very heavy, and I got to walk through the beautiful park I found last time I walked to Bootcamp-Small Group on a Wednesday.

Overall, it was not a horrible bus experience, and I think I might take it more often now.

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Tuesday, May 21

Lilacs, lilacs, lilacs!

I absolutely love this time of year because it is when the lilacs are in bloom! Lilacs are basically my favourite flower, even more than pansies (which I doubly love). I’ve been telling my parents that my dream is now to get married at this time of year, and my bridesmaids will carry down the aisle branches of lilac bushes and pussy willows.

lilacs pussy-willows-001
I can already see it, can you?

I went on a walk today to find all the lilac bushes I could find and just inhale deeply. It was glorious and peaceful. I also ran into some old friends from middle school I haven’t seen in …. probably 5-6 years. It was … way more awkward than it should have been. Oh well. You can’t win everything!

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Sunday, May 19

Three Things:

1. Good message. I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I was going to. He was speaking on some verses in 1 Timothy 6 with the purpose of showing how we are to share amongst believers. The concept was two-fold. First off, we should be content in what God as given us, needing only God food and clothing, because we both come into and out of the world with nothing (6-9). In addition, everything that we do have is purely a gift from God while we’re here (17-19). If it doesn’t belong to us anyway, why would we have qualms about giving it away? We wouldn’t. It was definitely something to digest for a while.

2. Seeing old friends. I surely wasn’t expecting to run into a camp friend today, especially the one I did. I realize the camp is in the same town as the church and my family, but it was a blessing to run into him anyway (he was a counsellor of mine 3 years ago and is still working). Camp people just always are good run-ins because pretty much all the memories you have are good ones, and seeing them reminds you of those good memories

3. Slackline. I taught my sister and my other two cousins how you’re supposed to slackline. I say “how you’re supposed to” because they can’t do it yet. I, personally, have finally mastered the “step up” and can take about one step. Yay! (I also got in a good hour of hammocking. It was delightful.)

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Tuesday, May 7

Today was beautiful, so I decided to go for a walk after I did my little bit of Greek studying this morning. My tan was fantastic afterwards. I don’t understand how two days in the sun make this much of a difference in my tan lines, but apparently they do. Not that I’m complaining …

Anyhow, the walk was so that I could scout out potential slack line and hammock places. So it was exciting. I was a little worried that people were going to see me walking and think I was crazy for walking up to trees and trying to guess their diameter … but I don’t think I freaked TOO many people out …

The best part of this walk was actually not finding trees that I think will work (though I did find some), it was walking these paths I haven’t been on in ages. Being gone for the last two summers, I didn’t frequent the parks around my house very much, but today I did. I walked ways I haven’t gone in a long time, and remembered some pretty strange things I did as a child. The most startling realization as I walked around (this is weird, ok?) was that everything I thought was HUGE as a child was actually … pretty small.

Do you know how when you were younger, things seemed large? The slide at the park was super big, trees were gigantic, and distances were measured in Mr. DressUp shows (at least for me) when driving, and when walking things took forever. Well … it didn’t take near as long as I remember walking to my elementary school took. I guess my legs grew a bit! But the most startling thing that I used to think was big was this one curb. I remember biking to school and having to walk my bike over the bump. The first day I rode over it I felt so big and accomplished. I took a picture today to remember how … actually tiny it is. It’s sort of pathetic really…

Tiny Curb
Pathetic, I know

However pathetic my former self was, it reminded me that God is bigger than my problems. yea, right now they look huge, I have to walk my bike over them or I’m stuck and don’t know how to get out … but God see’s my problems (similar to how my parents saw this curb) and sees it as a little teeny tiny bump. It reminds me about how I’m supposed to trust.

Trust unconditionally.