Big changes are happening in the UK and Europe and I'm not enough of an economist to understand what that really means. Turkey is talking about possibly granting citizenship to the 2.7 million Syrian refugees living there (apparently without refugee status), leading to a large backlash in social media. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of utter collapse and people are unable to get food in many areas. In Canada we are irritated by the possibility of an impending postal strike.
I am dealing with life's everyday stresses: it is taking time for my boyfriend's construction business to build as he is new to the area; we had to go through the Loan Doctor to finance a truck; at my farm we are grieving the loss of twin calves born to a blind mother... but we are safe, our survival is not at stake. We have options.
We chose to spend the Canada Day long weekend quietly. We did some long-overdue repairs on my kitchen sink; weeded the garden; went fishing; caught up with one of my dearest friends who was in town visiting her family. I photographed Alberta's incredible skies. We fed the blind cow, and her counterparts, a lame cow with a growing calf, who were left behind when we moved the herd to pasture this year. The calf is a source of delight, becoming increasingly tame and playful as they grow more comfortable with us. I am truly saddened by the loss of his potential playmates. But there you are; death like this is a part of nature, in this case not brought about by external forces.
My mood has been a bit low, but my pain levels a bit improved this past week. I did not have any headaches over the long weekend in spite of time spent in the sun :) I continue with my recent choices in supplements, and the nasal spray, which seems to have helped me cut back on other sinus remedies. Mornings are not easy, and I have continued to have issues with the cpap machine (swallowing too much air) so have been discouraged from using it regularly. I appreciated the long weekend, especially as I was given a reprieve from helping with a work function on Canada Day. I give great value to "down time."
And so summer is set to move full speed ahead; let's take time to appreciate all that we have.