It’s Day 5 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Today I am going to focus on how I can do anything and everything better by giving some thoughts to organizing. Nothing is too insignificant to consider. And some things are too big to ignore. They are like the elephant in the room that no one mentions. I am sick and tire of feeling overwhelmed. That’s a plus for me. I do reach a saturation point of enough is enough. I see what is happening. Opportunity is not looking for me. I have to look, find its door and knock loudly on it.

So here I am, changing my routine a little. I am sitting at my keyboard in the morning sunshine. I am sipping my cuppa and tapping my little blogging heart away. I have all the makings of lunch prepped and ready. I’ve fed Oscar, my sourdough starter for the bread process this afternoon. The kitchen floor’s vacuumed whilst waiting for the kettle to boil. I’m making good use of time normally thoughtlessly wasted.

I did scrolled away a good amount of it upon getting up with my first cup of tea. My excuse was that I was just ‘easing into my day’. It didn’t do anything to help me have a positive outlook to know that racisim is well and alive in our city. Though I have chosen to live my life without it colouring my world, I have felt the sting of it in this Covid times. Things and people’s attitude appeared more crystal clear. Thinking and trying to understand all of this is a waste of my time and energy. It belongs to the file of the anti maskers, conspiracy theorists and Donald Trump supporters. I best move along to better things.

I, now, do have a better vision and understanding of myself. I fuss too much on things and people I cannot change. It is not that I have a grandiose impression of myself, but maybe I do. I do have this propencity for telling/expecting how people should behave. I am limited by my tunnel vision. I have only be able to see/feel from my side of the fence. It’s a waker upper. I’ve lived a limited sheltered life. I feel as if I haven’t been out in the world. It is still better to wake up late than never. I have to remember to save my advice and time for myself.

I am going to shake up the way I do things a bit. I know that they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Sheba taught me that you could. She was the best dog/teacher ever. I miss her but she is in a good place. She visited me in the guise of a fox on our moonlight ski in December. She was probably worried about my safety, taking up cross country skiing in my old age. It is never too late to change and/or to pursue something new. I am not pretty on skis and will never get to the Olympics. But I have made great progress – for me. I now can put my skis without a huge struggle. I know how to get up from falling. I can now fall without banging my head. I am starting to have a sense of the glide.

It’s almost 11 weeks since I’ve taken up the sport. Sometimes I am very disappointed with my progress when the guy whizzes by me effortlessly. He can do 3 rounds around the park to my one. I am quite happy when I am not comparing myself to others. I was ecstatic making it down a gentle slope without falling. I just have to think of the small victories and I feel pumped again. That’s the trick, I think to sticking with something. I have to spend the hours and make changes on how you do things to improve. Otherwise, I will be like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day , waking up to the same morning every day.


  1. Leung,

    My philosophy is on a daily basis, always try to learn something new…pace myself and just breathe. Changing routines are good from time to time, but most don’t often ‘like’ change. Me, I’m always up for the challenge. I’m glad you were able to focus this morning. I’m with you…there are things in my life, in my house that I just don’t have the energy to deal with them today, so they are on my ‘to do’ list.

    1. Thank you. I’m trying to focus again this morning. I decided it’s a good thing to spend time reading and writing in my sunroom when the sun is out and putter at other things later. It’s a cold one this morning. Good for baking bread.

  2. Great post. I’m not a believer in that old dog new trick thing. I am into you’re never too old to learn. Glad about your cross country skiing, I decided to take up snowshoeing again but I haven’t gotten out there yet. I am going to take my dog and go attempt it next week. Maybe I’ll post about it 🙂

  3. My childhood dog was named Sheba. She was the best dog ever, too!! I love that you channeled your Sheba to come visit in the form of a fox.

    And I love how you’ve started skiing as an adult. I’ve never been skiing and my kids and grandkids are always asking me when I’m going to try it. My answer is never! It’s not for me. But I do admire those who take it up later in life. I could go for snowshoeing. I don’t think I could get myself into too much trouble with that. LOL

    Nice post–love your style.

    1. Thank you, Melissa. Never say never! My skis were sitting in the basement closet for over 30 years waiting. Now I’m hooked but I think I will take a break today. Woke up to – 33 C, -40 with windchill.

  4. Don’t compare yourself to others, you are doing great! I miss skiing but I wasn’t that great either. But I didn’t care, at least I was getting out in the fresh air.

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