I have really neglected January 2016, haven’t I! Much has happened since my last post
Before it is too far past Martin Luther King Day, I want to share the lovely drawing my granddaughter Sofia did to commemorate it. She is a great lover of birds and a lot of her drawings are about them, so I wasn’t surprised that the protesters from the 1950s all turned out to be owls… An owl with a pearl necklace. An owl with a top hat. All of them holding signs saying, “We want freedom”, and “We want to be treated fairly”.
Although the end of 2015 was unusually warm, even including the Christmas vacation, January has proved the truth of, “when the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen”. But that’s all to the good for grandchildren who have been enjoying a lot of skiing…Last weekend they went to our cottage and skied at Peek ‘n Peek. http://www.pknpk.com/ And besides skiing they went snow tubing, something I’d never heard of before. It’s like tubing behind a boat, except you do it downhill on snow…….
Here are two brothers on the beach(Ha!) at the Point.
And four grandchildren at ski club today at Boston Mills. I heard that Stevie had a breakthrough and now likes to ski since he can do it so much better now. And Nathan’s teacher is using him as an example for the other kids. Maybe he will love this sport as much as his grandfather did! I loved skiing myself, until bad knees rather put an end to it around 1992. But when I first learned in the ’70s, what a joy it was…How proud I was when one of my brothers in law told me that, “You ski like a 12 year old boy who is determined not to be left behind.” I know it didn’t say much for my style and technique, but maybe for my enthusiasm.
My days, this January, have been busier with Artist Way activites – the three morning pages handwritten first thing every morning and the Artist’s Dates once a week. And I’ve been working on a watercolor of a sort of fantasy city, not done by any means. Still in the study phase while I try to understand what it’s all about. We had to miss class last Sunday and tomorrow is going to be a longer class with communal soup afterwards. I am making savory things in muffin tins to bring.
The other activity taking up my days is Stewart’s Caring Place. http://www.stewartscaringplace.org/
I’ve been aware of this for years. I think I began receiving mail as early as 2010 but never got my act together enough to do anything about it, or even go to see the place. I have been trying to find a silver sneakers yoga class close to home and at a reasonable hour, but hadn’t succeeded and when I mentioned this to a therapist I see, he suggested Stewart’s Caring Place. It was begun years ago by a woman named Mimi Surloff whose husband Stewart had died of lung cancer. He was quite young and as a widow myself I was very sorry to hear this. But after, because they had not been able to find the kind of support they wanted, she began this foundation in his memory. It has all manner of supporting activities for people who have had cancer, or are in the midst of treatment. So now I am doing two exercise classes a week there, and have had a workshop about making skin care products at home and also had nearly an hour of Reiki treatment. All free. There are a lot of things offered and they are also available to the families, and amazingly, if I wanted to do something at a time when I was watching one of my grandchildren, they would arrange for a person (whose background had been checked) to come and watch that child while I was doing the activity. Their room for young children is a delight, and they also have a room for older kids, and all the facility has WiFi.
Besides many sorts of classes, and social events and special workshops, they have a large room with wigs (and hats and scarves) for people who need them because of the effects of chemotherapy, and they have make-up classes and help for those who lose their eyebrows. They also have volunteers who are financial advisers because the cost of having cancer is sometimes overwhelming for people and it’s not a time when one is usually good at making wise decisions. Oh, I think this is a wonderful place where I have already met some very good people and I’m very happy it’s in my life now.