Taking a proactive look forward in the new year

Odds 'n Sods by Elaine Nyeholdt: The quiet month of homemade soup, reading, and junking-out corners is upon us.

  • Jan. 21, 2016 6:00 p.m.

The quiet month of homemade soup, reading, and junking-out corners is upon us.  We settled into a New Year graciously with promises to ourselves; firm intentions to do good deeds, be thrifty, and take more fun-time with little ones.  That is about as excited as I get about a New Year… boring life some may say, but it’s mine and I like it.  Keep it simple.

A proactive attitude is healthier (to me) than a retrospective look back.  What’s behind me is done, like dinner.  Every January has cob-webs of its own!  Go gett’um.  In the Christmas busy-time I changed all the lightbulbs in our bedroom, the only room with a vaulted ceiling…that’s where the cob webs were found.  O my !

There is good nostalgia however, that puts our lives in perspective and makes us smile.  Years ago, (like about 40) we lived in a log cabin Richard had built for us on the Chown River out of Masset.  The wood stove was always going and I used to keep a pot of home-made soup on it- simmering for lunch and pre-dinner warm-ups.  We relished the scent of a meat bone simmering with barley and lots of veggies etc.  It seems a different life-time.  A time when we had running cold water (from a high up rain-barrel), and walking hot water (from the wood-stove).  Many of you remember these times also, and I feel there is value in re-visiting our early years settling here.  Especially in January, to reflect on the days when our children were tiny, our bank account was very fragile, and life was very full.  I am smiling.

Port Clements Community Hall Society hosted a New Years’ party.  The family portion from 7-9 was thoroughly enjoyed by the youngsters, with strobe lights reflecting to the beat of the music and balloons plentifully loose on the big hall floor.  Children enjoy the space to run and be free to act out their feelings in a safe environment.  It’s a pleasure to watch them interact. The adult party was also well received and lasted until about 2:30am, with the interlude of a walk down the dock to watch fireworks, at midnight.  Kudos to the PCCHS for another excellent event, and thank you!

The Minions Movie is showing at 7pm  January 8th (that’s tonight!), in the Sr. Room.  Our Port Rec Commission has taken this project on for now, as the Island Wide Rec Commission is not offering movie nights.  The rules are the same (adults need to supervise their children).

Please take time to appreciate all the volunteers that make our little town so very pleasant!

Here’s to a productive 2016.

Happy New Year all!

 

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