Tangled Up in Blue

Blue netting is up and the noise is just beginning.

Monsieur and I have lived in our apartment for 23 years. We moved here when we started to live together. We had both been out of the housing market and prices had escalated sharply in the years following our 1986 Expo. After looking at more expensive new-builds with half the living space, we decided to buy an older, larger apartment that was located on a park-like setting. My teaching job easily paid the mortgage and we planned to grow old enjoying the recreational facilities and community living. Unfortunately, we are now at the beginning of a massive and costly renovation.

Our glassed in balcony, which provided an extra room for our little dachshund, plants, wicker furniture and an occasional piece of musical equipment, has been removed. In the future, it will be open to the weather (rain! wind!). For now, our wicker furniture and our dog's belongings have had to come into the apartment. If the construction takes very long, I'm tempted to call a storage company and to have the goods removed.

Outings can be pleasant distractions from renovations.
Our weather has been beautiful for the last two weeks. Yesterday, a friend and I visited the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. We bought memberships and plan to visit regularly throughout the year. I'd like to
do some botanical sketching. I received the book "The CountryDiary of an Edwardian Lady" as a gift for my eighteenth birthday and the notion of sketching flowers "en plein air" has always appealed to me.

So pretty!

Pleasant weather is an encouragement to make plans for outings. I don't like to drive so I usually take transit or ride with a friend. The United Nations just released a report that 1,000,000 species face the threat of extinction by 2050. Environmental changes of this magnitude will certainly affect the quality of human life. Petroleum and plastic (a petroleum product) have altered the planet drastically. As a semi-retired woman, I have the time to use transit to reach most destinations.

At the gardens, there are insect boxes.

I wonder what the world will be like in 30 years. Life expectancies have been extended so much that I could live to be 97 years old. Our use of resources and of consumer goods will definitely have changed. The children that I teach now will be almost middle-aged. I wonder if all the environmental lessons will affect them. The first Earth Day was held the year that I graduated from high school and was regarded as "a kooky hippy sort of thing". The generation before us aspired to own all of the "modern conveniences".

The ladies of my church make quilts for those in transition.
Each year, a group of women at church work together to make quilts for transition houses and hospices. It's lovely to see their work displayed at church on Sunday. The quilting bee is an activity of 
days gone-by that builds community. Years ago, I read "The Persian Pickle Club" by Sandra Dallas. If you are interesting in women friendship stories or quilting, you might enjoy the book.

I enjoyed this exhibit of floral art by Mat Holstrom at Van Dusen Gardens,

It's almost 7:00 am. The phone could ring to call me to work. Men could appear on the scaffolding...or not. May is starting out to be a glorious month but a month of uncertainty.


  1. That's too bad about the renovations and alterations to your building. Vancouver real estate is crazy. What a great idea to display the quilts at your church - I know they will be appreciated by those who receive them. Van Dusen Gardens is a place I've yet to visit. Enjoy your sketching.

    1. The quilts are a great project. The women work at home and then meet twice a year to finish the quilts. Church members and other quilters enjoy the days.


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