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Hello from Sunday night

Do you guys do this?
Do you sometimes wish for things that aren’t instead of feeling grateful for things that are?
Yeah, I’m all over that these days.

Simple things; like not revelling in these warm, late summer days and wishing for cooler days of autumn so I can wear my sweaters, knowing perfectly well that when those cool days come, I’ll be wishing for the warmth of today.


I think that a couple big things are bugging me these days.

Thing one is that I just miss Robbie so much, and thing two is that tomorrow I have to be brave and check myself into surgical day care for a small procedure which I’m dreading.

Now you probably all know that I’m the product of two doctors, so it doesn’t make much sense because I’m just pretty au fait with all things surgical, so I guess it’s the full moon.

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Still, this week/weekend has been a pretty fabulous one, (ocean and river time), and C and I even caught a special pop-up yoga class, outside, in a parking lot, under the deep blue sky.

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We’ve been looking for a new yoga studio, and must say that we’ve found a couple pretty fabulous ones, but then fell in love with the beautiful energy of one certain tiny tattooed yogini, so maybe we think we may have found the perfect fit for us.

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Lately, I’ve been noticing red. Is red the new black or something? Anyone notice that? Maybe it’s an autumnal thing, but red seems to be all over the place. Personally, I’m all over that too. I love red.

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And unusual food things. You know, It was cranberry festival time in the country today. Maybe that why red was all over the place. Maybe it’s a cranberry thing. I had cranberries in my arugula and gorgonzola with roasted pear salad at lunch. That little sweet hit of red with the sharp cheese and the peppery arugula was just wonderful.

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I also had coconut prawns with a mango chutney. Who ever thought to roll shrimp in coconut laced batter? Brilliant, wasn’t he?


There was a bit of antiquing in the country today. I fell in love with a doll. The doll in this mosaic image to be exact. My children wince when I bring home old toys, and especially “creepy old dolls”, as they’re commonly known round here, but I don’t care. Now that I’m you know, like an adult and have my own house, I’ll buy all the creepy old dolls I want…so there! (stamps foot) But actually, this doll looks very much like the memory I have of a cherished childhood doll which was left behind in the Czech Republic when we escaped. Maybe I’m always trying to rebuild what’s been lost.


Maybe I’m just in a funny mood tonight.

So I guess I better also tell you all, (because by now you’re all going, “come on V, what’s it all about), that the procedure I have to undergo tomorrow is not a sudden thing. I’ve been watching a growth slowly enlarge in a salivary gland over the better part of a year, and ultrasound and MRI confirm that there is a tumour which just shouldn’t be there, so out it goes.

Out it goes tomorrow morning and off to pathology, where I’m pretty sure the diagnosis will be non malignant, because statistically 99% of these kinds of things end up benign, and also, the scans don’t show any other enlarged glands.

Still it’s a bit on the unnerving side for me round here. (And most of all the Vanity Smurf in me doesn’t really want a scar on my neck… Oh have to tell you a funny story: the surgeon said, “we’ll just put the incision in this wrinkle because incisions tend to heal better in natural creases.” and I said, “what wrinkle!?!!?” And he said, “well, OK, but eventually you would get a wrinkle here.”)

But for tonight, I’ve got a wonderful wild salmon in the oven and it’s fragrant and salmony, stuffed with lemon and red onion slices and a large bunch of rosemary, thyme, fennel and marjoram…

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…and I’m about to go sit over here with one of these and relax and think about the full moon.


Sharing with Judith and the Mosaic bunch and catching up with everyone when I can. Biggest hugs to everyone.

Comments: 10

  • Pondside

    September 7, 2014

    Well, good thoughts are certainly winging your way, through Active Pass and across the Strait. May it all be over quickly, painlessly and positively negatively! (can you believe I wrote that??? but you know what I mean, I’m sure)
    In answer to your question on my post about moving, we are staying on the Island – just moving closer to the water!

  • jae

    September 7, 2014

    Wishing you courage and all the best, and a prayer that your surgery goes smoothly and all is well.

  • September 7, 2014

    Hi Veronica,

    Gorgeous photos of your Sunday in your beautiful Vancouver! Wishing you the very best with your procedure and results! You have such a positive aura, anyway, and I’m sure it will shine through!

    Happy Monday!


  • September 8, 2014

    Nothing like rushing your wrinkles. LOL Wishing you a safe and successful surgery Veronica.
    I haven’t been out in the stores much but judging by all the reds you showed, it could be the colour for this winter.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday. (catching up day for many)

  • September 8, 2014

    What a lovely post! Filled with yoga, red, fun things and memories! Good luck with your surgery and bring on sweater weather! I always feel like I can add layers if I get cold, but I can only take so many clothes off if I’m too hot! 😉 Happy Mosaic Monday!

  • September 8, 2014

    All the best for today and your first wrinkle.

  • September 8, 2014

    As always, thanks for sharing your day in words and photos. Sending good thoughts and virtual hugs your way.

  • Anna Streater-McAllister

    September 8, 2014

    Praying for a speedy recovery for you Veronica! Many blessings physically and spiritually to you!

  • daryledelstein

    September 9, 2014

    hoping that its all over but the shouting – lower your voice! – and that you’re sipping something lovely through a straw … red is such an autumnal color as is purple .. to me purple is THE fall color .. not sure why other than it just always seems to be the color i turn to as soon as the temps cool .. today its a pair of very purple suede ‘loafer’ like shoes …

  • September 10, 2014

    Lovely images…I especially loved the biscuit tin.

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