When it rains…it’s just fine

February 8, 2014

There’s nothing wrong with the rain.
I think that the problem is really all this sun! And it hasn’t rained in days.
Yup, it’s been that kind of week round here.

I’m having a miserable, rotten cold, PMS and migraine, plus, today, a pipe burst outside, just under the patio.
Thank you Universe! That’s a lot of Zen you’re asking for. 😕
I think you can completely understand the contents of my shopping cart:


OK, to tell the truth, one of those chocolate bars did go back onto the shelf, and there were also bananas (not pictured).

I think we both feel a bit…meh…

Chloe’s university is on reading break this week and she’s taking full advantage of that.

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I’ve cleaned up and organised the library/family room and it’s been lovely hanging out there with my books and my biggest mug of hot Earl Gray tea.


This is also the only room in the house with a TV. (We’re not big on TV and I fully subscribe to the notion that one TV in a house is enough, (if not too much), for any family). Along with the one TV policy is also the basic cable only policy. Which costs $5 more than the basic internet feed and means that we basically get about 20 channels and only about three are worth watching for the occasional news cast, although it’s usually so sensationalised that it winds me right up.

But it’s been lovely having those three channels to watch some of the Olympics. And that’s exactly what C and I did with our tea and our blankies. We watched the opening ceremonies. Did anyone watch them? I must admit that the part where communism was depicted was tremendously difficult for me to watch, having escaped from Prague and from communism. But I reminded myself that it’s all history and individual people who also suffered, who also would have chosen a different way if they could have. And here was my beautiful child beside me watching, also feeling angry about the lack of human respect and gay rights and captured whales, and she was mustering the same amount of Zen I was to rise above it and enjoy the spectacle.

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I only managed one more page in my personal journal. The words which spoke to me formed these two sentences:

“Approach the known fortress. The list of formidable attractions are jewels for the shop and community.”

I didn’t know why I was moved to draw my own personal Ganesha on that page because the words were telling me that I should believe in myself, that the gifts I have, that I can bring to you all, are like jewels.

And then the pipe burst.

And then I approached the fortress that is plumbing and hidden shut off valves behind little painted over panels, and main water valves in the house and overbearing tiredness and sniffy nose and crampy tummy and headache…and still have to go make supper… then I knew. Ganesha, remover of obstacles. Fortresses beyond the Etsy shop, beyond the business of my art. Approaching the fortress of every day life. I’m so very grateful that I’ve created my own personal Ganesha to remove the obstacles in my path.


I’m on the mend now, my good friend Leo has been by and told me the house won’t fall down and that he’ll replace the pipe just as soon as the weather warms, supper is made and I’m about to catch up on today’s Olympic highlights on one of the three channels and drink my tea. Go team Canada/England/Czech Republic! (Yeah I know, I have a split personality nationality) 😀

In the mean time, should you need your own personal Ganesha, then just let me know and I’ll be very happy to make you one and send him out to you.


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  • Reply vastlycurious.com February 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I send you well wishes Veronica ? I just deleted over 2000 WP alerts. I have to keep some close and others I just cannot answer. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks so much Kathryn. Feeling all better now. 😀

  • Reply Joanne February 9, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Oh Veronica!
    You deserve every chunk of that chocolate – both of you 🙂

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Lol, thanks Joanne; and I so had some. 😀

  • Reply dawnsrays February 9, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Chocolate and Earl Grey. You know how to set the stage.
    I am not a fan of the Olympics. I will watch some of the summer ones, like the diving and the gymnastics but other than that–meh
    I am liking your found poetry in your journal. I have been a postcard making fiend this weekend and I think I might not stop!! it’s all in fun and the spirit of sharing so it’s all good.
    Enjoy your Sunday, catch up with you later

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much Dawn. I grew up figure skating with a view to go into the Olympics so I’m all over them, but I completely understand your point of view and it’s all good. 🙂

      • Reply dawnsrays February 12, 2014 at 2:47 am

        Wow,, that is exciting! You never know what you are going to find out about people 🙂

        • Reply Veronica February 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

          I know! 🙂

  • Reply Hettienne Grobler February 9, 2014 at 4:40 am

    your post reminds me that winter is approaching – we still have wonderful sunshine here in South Africa, but the chill is setting in! I love the idea of your personal Ganesha in your journal and the idea of the ‘fortress’! Om gam

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Oh yeah, I keep forgetting Hettienne. I hope you’re ready for winter. I’m so ready for spring! I’ll make a few Ganeshas and send them out. 🙂

  • Reply dianecayton February 9, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I am in love with Chloe’s shirt! Must have one…..

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Oh no Diane…lol. That’s an authentic Stones tour shirt! Bet you can still find one on Ebay or something. Hope so. 🙂

  • Reply Renee Dowling February 9, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I know how you feel, sometimes it does pour, and chocolate and tea and journaling seem to be the only things that can create a rainbow. You are so fortunate to have your daughter home with you, I hope my son comes home for reading week during the Family Day weekend, I miss him so much and haven’t seen him since Christmas.

    We have satellite tv and you are right, there are so many channels with nothing of interest on them. We usually only watch the same three or four channels and the rest….bluh. I haven’t watched the Olympics yet, but I have been following the controversy over human rights on the radio.

    I am envious of your family library! I have always wanted one, but only have room for a corner in my front room. I do spend time admiring it though when the sun is shining just right highlighting the beautiful colours and titles.

    Enjoy your cuddles with your daughter, fortunately “this all too shall pass” and life will go back to Zen.

    I am so glad you were able to join us in Canada and you have the rights and freedoms all people are entitled to!

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Renee, it’s so lovely to get to know more about you. 😀 I hope your son came home for the weekend. I’ll go check in with you and find out. Although I’ve been in Canada for millions of years now, my heart is still very European and Bohemian, and it’s there that I love to go for long periods of time. 🙂

  • Reply Anna Streater-McAllister February 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    My dearest Veronica,
    Hello! I too, am suffering with the same symptoms you are this week! Ugh!!! 🙂 ! Please continue to feel better despite all! Zen never disappoints; always arrives gently and our emotions follow. I would love my own Ganesha! Take care!

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Anna, I hope you’re feeling better, I am now. I’ll make you a Ganesha. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein February 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    what a horrible combination … i hope you are feeling better xo

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Feeling better now Daryl. Thank you so much. 😀

  • Reply Pondside February 10, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Get well soon – on every front! I have always found Earl Grey Tea to be the antidote for just about everything.

    • Reply Veronica February 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Feeling much better now, thank you so much. So true about the Earl Gray. 🙂

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