So are the days of our lives? Did anyone else watch this soap opera? I can't remember how or why I started watching it as a teenager...maybe I was home sick for awhile? Maybe I was even younger and this is what my mom watched. I can't really remember but I remember the blue screen with the huge hourglass on it with the sand running through it and the voice over saying "and so are the days of our lives" and wondering what that really meant? That are days are getting away from us? That the end of our time is inevitable? It all seems a bit gloom and doom when I think about it like that!
Maybe the message was though that time and life go on, slowly and surely. We can't stop time but we can enjoy the time we have and be present and embrace each stage of this life we have here on earth.
Since both boys started school this fall, I have had some reminders that time is moving along.
Adam and I went shopping a couple of weeks ago for clothes to wear on a school field trip to La Boheme. His English teacher said no jeans and no shorts which is pretty much all Adam wears. We did a powershop while Colin was at fencing and found pants, a belt, dress socks (Adam thought this was so unnecessary), a shirt, a tie and shoes in 45 minutes!
Adam commented that he aged more in that 45 minutes than he had in two years. He felt so old all of a sudden. He looked so handsome all dressed up and of course I got a little teary.
Adam has been to one opera before with his grade 6 class but this was with his grade 10 Spectrum class, they were getting a behind the scenes tour, had to find dinner on their own downtown and then didn't get back to the school to 11pm. Such a great experience for him!
Colin (my baby!) is in high school. He often stays afterschool to "hang out" with friends, watch the girls' volleyball games, participate in the longboarding club, etc. I ran into his principal last week and he mentioned that Colin seems happy and is very social. He went to his first high school dance on Thursday night and stayed to the very end. He had a great time and his feet were so sore from dancing so much!
(glasses were a part of his costume!)
At yet another reminder (or alarm bell, depending how you look at it) is that Adam is going to be taking his test to get his driver's liscence in early January. I stopped and picked up a manual for him to start reading on my way home from work today. Oh my. Times they are a changing!
And Hallowe'en is a changing and moving along for us too. Adam actually has a hockey game Hallowe'en night and Colin will stay home for this first time and help me hand out treats to the neighbourhood children. We're not going all out with decorations this year which I know might disappoint some of the little ones but the boys still want to carve pumpkins so those will be aglow!
This being the weekend before Hallowe'en, there were a few Hallowe'en related activities around here, but really, not so much (compared to previous years). The boys are kind of meh (teenager talk) with the whole thing. I asked them what two decorations we needed to put up and they agreed that the neighbourhood children would expect the scary doorbell and the flying bat. The boys took care of putting those up for me and that was that! Two carved pumpkins out front and we will be good to go!
I did a little detour while doing errands on Friday and picked up some Krispy Kreme treats. Total sugar overload.
I made up little hot chocolate treat bags for some of our friends with marshmallow ghost Peeps.
I took Adam to hockey practice on Saturday and Neil went to North Van with Colin for the first cup game for soccer. They lost 1-0 in the last few minutes of the game which was a hard loss in the rain. Even in the dreary rain, driving and walking outside is beautiful. I love autumnal colours and they actually distract me a bit when I'm driving!
I woke up to the sound of snow geese honking overhead (grrr...) on Sunday morning and the bright sun...the sun makes the colours of the leaves and pumpkins even more vibrant. The boys and I drove down the street to pick up some pumpkins. Just two to carve and two sugar pumpkins to cook for pie! Neil is going to be shocked. Really.
The boys still humour me with a photo....just one though.
Now we just need to find time before Wednesday night to carve them!
The boys and I had fun tracking down a whole bunch of scarecrows in Steveston. The merchants get more and more creative every year and I love how the scarecrows either reflect the store, the store owner or the whole Once Upon a Time thing going on in Steveston.
Hands down, our favourite was the scarecrow eating plant outside of Prickly Pear.
We have a few more areas to explore and hope to find some more cool scarecrows before the end of the month!
Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, we drove into the fishing village of Steveston for my ballet lessons. I have fond memories of that drive before our dance teacher changed locations. I also remember going across the street to Steveston Park and playing on the old fishing boat that was the iconic structure of the playground at that time. Twenty years forward and I worked at the Steveston Community Centre for several years teaching preschool, dance and various other children's programs. I was the summer coordinator there for three summers and my last position there was as a preschool coordinator. I saw so many changes to the park and to the community over that time. My first elementary teaching job was down the street from the village and there I taught for 11 years. Colleagues and I would treat ourselves every once in awhile to lunch in the village, often at the Cannery Cafe.
When I became a mother, we moved into the Steveston area, a bike ride distance from the village. The boys spent many many hours at Steveston Park and both went to preschool at Paddington. I went to highschool with the owner of Splash Toys and our boys were regulars there - loving the train table! Garry Point was one of the boys' favourite places to go and explore when they were younger and they have grown up with Steveston being a part of them.
Fast forward to now, and I have become an addict of the show Once Upon a Time. I resisted watching this filmed in Vancouver-area tv show because I try not to watch television dramas anymore as I know myself and I just have to know what happens next! Even with the convenience of PVR-ing, I don't want television shows to occupy what limited "free" time I have. Part of this show is filmed in Steveston and when filming is happening, Steveston gets transformed into the town of Storybrooke, Maine where fairy tale characters from another world are trapped by a curse, but don't know they are fairy tale characters. I have been caught in the middle of taping twice, both times when I have been in Steveston to pick up sushi or pizza for dinner. Anyways, I gave in and bought myself the first season on DVD and am not proud to say that I have watched the pilot, 22 episodes from season 1 and am now caught up with watching the 3 episodes that have aired so far from the second season.
So today, after a long sleep in on a professional development day, we drove into Steveston for lunch and a treat (or two) and a walk around the village. We ate at the Cannery Cafe which still has its Granny's Diner sign up from the show.
The bread place, pet shelter and Mr. Gold's pawn shop all have permanent signs up while the rest of the stores have their regular signs up now, ready to be transformed for the next round of taping.
As we walked around, I explained the premise of the show to the boys and Adam called it a fairy tale mash-up and we made all sorts of literary connections. I just told them it was so cool to see the village as part of a television show and it really just pretty much looks like the real Steveston, except with Storybrooke signs. You can tell many of the merchants have embraced Storybrooke. Sara's Ice Cream has flavours named after all the characters and Splash has a fun display in their front window!
It was a fun afternoon out with the boys, seeing Steveston through a different set of eyes!
The rain finally arrived last Friday. I had been holding off doing the final clean up of the garden because the weather had been so amazing and I was hoping for a few more ripe black cherry tomatoes! I drove the boys to school and realized that I better get to it as the rains were probably only going to get worse. I pulled on my boots and rainjacket and pulled my last few annuals out of their pots, took down the hanging baskets and picked the ripe tomatoes.
Such a lovely colour!
I pulled out the tomato plants and added them to our green can and noticed the bright red leaves of the strawberry plants. Clearly the nights are getting colder and the plants are going into dormant mode.
The pots are put away for another year and the soil is ready to rest.
The autumnal colour brightened a dreary day...Colin's tree, the hydrangeas and sedum.
So goodnight garden...have a good long rest and I'll see you around March!
Rain and soccer and puddles and more rain. Hockey practice and rain and cuddling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. A rained out Apple-palooza and cups of tea watching dvds of Once Upon a Time. Homework and rain and a kitchen with smells of homemade chicken noodle soup and spiced applesauce cake.
Ha! Unlike last month, I actually got myself together and remembered to take twelve photos today!
Twelve photos on the twelfth day of the month following Ella's Take 12 photo challenge. This month's prompt was inspired by the change of seasons and to capture change and transformation both inside and outside your home.
Today was our first rainy day this fall and it sort of now feels like fall has really arrived. Socks and jeans are being worn and we are turning the heat on as needed. After dropping the boys off at school this morning, I tidied up things in the garden and picked the last few ripe cherry tomatoes. The birch trees are dropping leaves and Colin's tree is starting to transform into autumnal colour. After a few errands, I took the long way home and took a quiet misty morning walk along the river. It's good to be alone with your thoughts every once in awhile. I treated myself to a chai tea latte today, definitely my fall hot drink. The change in the kitchen is also evident - the flavours of fall have been coming out of the oven including the family favourite ginger molasses cookies and roast pork with fresh cranberry sauce. The tropical pink candles and summer flowers on the kitchen table have also been replaced with pumpkin spice candles and fall-ish plants. Small signs around the house that the seasons have changed.
I love the seasons and the different changes they all bring. I can't imagine living anywhere that doesn't have the four seasons. Every season I say, "this is my favourite season" and I really mean it at the time. It's like the season that we are coming into is just what I need at the time. Funny how that is.