and then, a few days later, it seems she gave us an unexpected gift.
It was Monday morning, and I woke early. This was very unusual for me, because this summer I have slept and slept.
Likely a combination of much later nights, fresh mountain air, more physical activity, and heavy dark curtains in our bedroom that block out all light,
my sleeps here are often heavy and long.
Yet, when I go back to the city I am up by 7.
However, this particular Monday morning in Waterton, I was wide awake at 5:30am. It seems safe to say that this is the first time this summer that I have been wide awake at 5:30… So awake in fact, that I got up and went into our living room to curl up in my chair by the window and read. Dan would not need to get up for another hour to get to work in time.
I was only there a few minutes,
when I looked out and saw a bear lumbering across the street near our neighbour’s cottage. I have seen a bear hanging out there once before, a few months ago, but it’s always a thrill to see a big animal up close (especially when you are safely tucked inside a house).
As I watched, the bear walked toward our cabin, came around my vehicle and then headed right for our back deck.
Quickly, I ran into our bedroom, woke Dan and told him that there was a bear outside our bedroom window.
The timing was perfect!
Dan threw open the curtains and the bear was right there, 2 feet away.
It looked right at us,
and then went on its early morning way.
It was our own dreamy, before-the-world-is-awake, magical moment of connection with this powerful creature.
I crawled back into our bed and slowly went back to sleep,
and delightfully bewildered.
July, for me, has not only been a month of deep sleeps,
but also of silence.
Certainly, we are a family that loves music.
Ryland, of course, is a talented musician.
Alex, too, has a lovely voice and often vocally accompanies her fiancée.
Both of them, as well as Glenna, are active contributors in helping organize South Country Fair every year.
And Olivia, I think, was born expressing her feelings and thoughts through self-created musical theater renditions of everything (I will never forget over-hearing her in her bedroom when she about 4-years-old singing and dancing quite theatrically at the top of her lungs,
about how hard done by she was about something or other)
and Dan often relaxes and gets his mind off of work,
by strumming away on his guitar.
George and I, though, often just prefer
I have an extensive playlist that I like to add to,
and I love going to productions and concerts,
but I can go through long phases where peace, to me, is
Quiet mornings and evenings. Conversation with no soundtrack
and the sounds of simply going about my day.
The wind. Birds in the morning. Just my book and the turning pages. A walk. My footsteps. Running water.
Driving with the radio off.
This is exactly what I needed for a while, I think.
A deeper processing of another full year and preparing to begin again,
a taking of stock and recalibrating.
I think I am ready, now, for some music.
Some of you may be happy to hear that our pendulum which had swung to the extreme of very healthy eating (remember the celebrated black bean chia brownies), has made its way back in the other direction this week.
My kids feasted on fried perogies and bacon for supper,
Olivia and her friend Piper made a deliciously sweet and cinnamon-y puffed pancake one morning which we doused with icing sugar (I plan to repeat this one this weekend for our visiting family),
I made margarita pizza with 3 kinds of cheese (every time I make pizza dough from scratch, I think, why don’t I do this all the time, it’s so easy- and then, of course, I forget and don’t).
and I made chocolate zucchini muffins with regular white flour and positively loaded the batter with cocoa and chocolate chips (George was still turned off by the zucchini of course).
All of it was lovely and yummy and delicious,
and I don’t feel a shred of guilt.
Balance always finds us again and real food, prepared with love and pleasure, is just so beautiful, regardless.
This is a bit of a celebration weekend for us and I shall perhaps have more food stories to share next week. I am terribly excited, for example, about the suggestion of roasting cherries with honey and balsamic, (thank you Julie Van RosenDaal for this recipe)
How perfectly amazing and impressive does that sound?
Happy happy August long weekend everyone! EnJOY!