New Family Addition

This post isn’t a “I’m back blogging and now look at me go” type, it’s more of “lets dip our toes in the water” and see how it goes type of post.

I’m sure as with many people, COVID over the last 18 months or so quickly put a screeching stop on travel plans, perhaps other than to your local grocery store or somewhere close by. That certainly was true for us and other Canadians across the country. Due to travel restrictions throughout Canada and especially the eastern four provinces, we hadn’t been able to see our daughter other than phone and “FB live calls” since the summer of 2019.

Things have certainly opened in Canada over the last nine to ten months with the introduction of vaccinations to fight the ongoing pandemic.

Getting to the point, Lynn and I just got back a couple of days ago from hugging, kissing and visiting with our daughter and her partner Andrew out in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Without going into a exhaustive post of everything we did, including the width of the emotional spectrum we experienced, let me just say it was wonderful, magnificent, soul quenching and just plain fun.

However, about a week before we left, our daughter informed us that there was going to be a slight change to plans once we arrived. How so we asked?

Well, we are now “grandparents” to a seven week old female Siberian Husky, named Roo.

So, that’s it.

I may blog up more of our trip east, but for now I don’t want to push it. Although, pounding the keyboard for these 300 words felt good, I had to force myself to do it.

Nevertheless, we shall see how things go.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

At This Point In Time

Well, it’s been almost one month, a big four weeks more or less, since I’ve posted anything.

Yes, we were on vacation for the first two of those weeks and unfortunately, I’ve been back at work for the last two weeks.

To be honest here, the thought of creating any type of content(of any description) literally would ramp up my already throbbing anxiety new and really exciting levels of distress.

So, no new posts in a month or so.

And the reality is, I’m not sure of there will be anything of creative writing substance coming from yours truly in the near future.

I really do feel burned out in the blogging realm.

Not so much in the writing world of things, but exceedingly scorched as it relates to the blogging universe.

As I look back, I’ve created over 900 blog posts(and yes, some of them are updates and re-posts), but nevertheless those 900 have in many respects drained the tank.

I will admit that this feeling of burnout isn’t entirely due to simply blogging and writing. Much of it I suspect falls of of where I’m at in my life at this moment.

Which in many ways feels like burnout…….which it probably is.

So, what happens next?

I don’t have an answer for that, other than to say we’ll see what happens as time marches on.

I have decided at this point to point “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” on an extended “leave of absence” so to speak.

I really do appreciate and have a heart full of thanks to the many, many of you who participated perhaps just once or often on a weekly basis or somewhere in between in making “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” a wonderful exercise in creativity(on your part) for over a year.

I don’t think I’m at the point yet of completely abandoning my blog and blogging altogether.

I am really proud of what I’ve accomplished in the wonderful and often frustrating world of writing and especially in terms of “justabitfurther” as an entity within the blogosphere.

Writing, blogging and creating poetry has forced me to look very deep within myself and often having to come to grips with what is/was hidden within the crevices of my soul.

This isn’t goodbye post or anything close to that(at least I don’t think it is).

What I think it ultimately is or will be……is simply part of the evolution of “justabitfurther” as a blog “organism.”

Life moves on and changes are part of that process we call living. This is part of it.

So, not goodbye….but how about I’ll catch up and talk to you all later.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Vacation Edition

Good day to all of you that take time out of your busy schedules to participate in our weekly “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

The past number of weeks have been a challenge in terms of responding and reblogging all of your wonderful gifts in terms of writing for the prompt.

It seems that work, home life and life in general keep getting in the darn way.

In addition, I still find myself in a writing slump that has been difficult to shake.

And now, Lynn and I are on vacation.

So, for the next couple of weeks, “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” will be on vacation as well.

I will work at reblogging the your submissions that have been sent in, mostly since Week 51(I think) over the next few days.

We hope everyone of you whether you’ve participated in the prompt just once, several times or are simply seeing this now, are doing well and keeping fine.

Until the next time.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 55

Here we are at the end of the month….well pretty much at the end.

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

We headed back to the east coast of Canada once again. It must be a subliminal thing going on here of needing to move east. Nevertheless, Lynn took this photo in the tiny back harbour harbour portion of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 54

It’s still June out there folks. I don’t have a snappy opening line today. lol

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

We’ve headed back to Ontario this week, after having spent the last couple of Tuesday’s out on the east coast.

This is a wintery picture taken a few years ago at Walters Falls, located about an hour away from us. The black/white photo captures the old sawmill and dam. The actual falls would be just at the front of the picture. In addition, there is a lovely country inn located just to the left of the pic.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 53

Wow, the month of June is rushing by pretty quickly and I can’t believe we’re into the third week already.

Regardless, of how fast June is going, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Week 53, also takes us back to Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada. The picture is of an old abandoned fishing dory filled with a few fishing or lobster trap buoys. The funny thing about this is, it wasn’t located near the ocean. We found it at the end of a rural driveway out next the road.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Short and Sweet – Algonquin Park Bound

Lynn says and often with prompting from yours truly, that I have many fine and noteworthy traits.

One quality or aspect of my personality which really isn’t so fine, is I often have difficulty making decisions. Deciding what to have for dinner and although it is not necessarily a life altering decision, it can and often leaves me in a somewhat perplexed state. And hungry.

On occasion, the inability to make a decision falls out of my own mental wellness situation during those times. In other instances – who knows.

I can take far too much time, weighting all the pro’s and con’s regarding something I need to decide about, that I never get around to making the freaking decision. In these circumstances, I can often talk myself out of what I may have wanted to do in the first place.

So, why Algonquin Park?

In its infinite wisdom, Ontario Parks hence the government of Ontario(aka “The Doug Ford Dictatorship”) has made it free day use at all Ontario Parks(Monday through Thursday) from May 1 to the beginning of September.

So, if you decide to go to Algonquin Park “with the fam” for the day on let’s say a Sunday, a single one day pass is going to set you back $21 per car. Not much in the big scheme of things, but $21 is still $21.

Seeing as I don’t what to spend $21 on a Sunday, Lynn and I are going tomorrow(Monday when its free) and spend our $21 on something else.

What does this have to do with decision making or lack thereof?

Oh, and here’s a few Algonquin pics…

It took me a long time and much angst to to make that simple freaking decision.

My process to get to this point included these, plus a host of other considerations that are so trivial, I weep thinking about them:

  • what about the weather?
  • what about the bugs?(this is a legitimate concern for June in Algonquin)
  • when will we leave in the morning?
  • you have to work on Tuesday – so don’t be late getting home(not a concern for Lynn)
  • what to bring to eat?(food you dumb ass or buy something or do both)
  • what will we do?
  • I think that’s enough for now

I get that the post seems and has a slight funny/humorous tone to it.

But, my inability to make simple decisions isn’t funny.

Last night(Saturday), I couldn’t decide what get for take-out food for dinner. So, we didn’t have dinner. It felt me feeling exceedingly defeated, depressed and yes – hungry.

Now, I get that where we live, we don’t have a ton of decent restaurants. Other than major chain restaurants and fast-food places.

We got take-out a few weeks back from a locally owned pub/restaurant to help support them during our most recent lockdown – and it was the shittest burger and fries I’ve ever had. It was like they put no friggin’ effort in to making it.

I get that many restaurants struggled and are even now struggling to stay afloat during whatever pandemic restrictions they find themselves under. But, really if you want folks to patronize your establishment, even if it is was take-out during a global meltdown, a bit more effort wouldn’t hurt.

But, that can be another post for another day.

So, on a positive note – we’re Algonquin Park bound for the day tomorrow(Monday).

As much as it is an outing for hiking and exercise. I’m also giving seeing it as a “win” in the mental wellness column.

We’ll let you know how it went!!

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Bloom Where You Are Planted..Is That True?

Last week, I wrote a piece called “Flower In The Lily Pads.” You should go a take a read of it first, because it helps to set the stage for this post. And it would also make me feel good that you did. Two excellent reasons to read it.

The “Lily Pad” post was in a way, a somewhat simplistic look at blooming where you’re supposed to bloom. I gave a couple of examples along the lines of, if you’re called to write, then write like there is no tomorrow.

Although, the illustrations in the post from last week may not the best analogies, I think “blooming where you are supposed to bloom”, is entirely different than “bloom where you’re planted.”

Source: Google Images

Let’s start right off the hopper here, this isn’t a post to poop all over the phrase, “bloom where you are planted.”

But realistically, more often than not, we hear “just bloom where you are planted” as compared to “bloom where you are supposed to bloom.”

Nevertheless, I could go on at length, on the spiritual and biblical significance of the phrase.

Simply search “bloom where you are planted” under Google Images and you’ll get back more quotes, pictures and images to fill a lifetime.

A very simple and overview of the phrase from a biblical perspective suggests the following:

Bloom Where You Are Planted can mean various things depending on its usage

– to be fruitful, blossom, and to become all you were created to be

– make the best of what you have when life throws you lemons

– do what’s right, even when its hard

All of those three points have scripture to back them up.

Okay, I get that you’re likely thinking at the moment, “where is he going with the post or perhaps what is the point of this?”

And for very early on a Sunday morning, that’s a fair enough question.

My point is and it is more of a question to throw out there and it is entirely my own opinion of thought.

Does “bloom where you are planted” set a person up to settle for something less than they are meant to be?

To be honest, I don’t have a clear answer to that. Although, I do have in the pit of my stomach a nagging sense that it does.

Okay, is that is so what is the alternative?

Having given it far less thought than it deserves, because in reality I do think this is a fundamental question surrounding the human condition. So, my perspective leads me to think this:

Are we not supposed to “bloom where you are supposed to bloom?”

“Blooming where you are supposed to bloom” screams of life and living. That there is a true meaning and reason of what we are supposed to be; what is purpose for my life given the short time I may occupy space on this tiny blue planet. “Bloom where you are supposed to bloom” yells out or should yell out, “life isn’t meant to be lived shuffling along, always wishing or thinking – what if?”

It means, find out where you are supposed to bloom; get there and bloom the fu@k out of it.

On the other hand, “Bloom where you are planted” to me suggests, “just make the best of the situation;” “there’s not much if anything you can be about”; “be happy where you are.”And that in many ways from where I am, all of those statements or thoughts, reek of a defeatist smell.

So, there you go.

A question for a Sunday morning.

  • Bloom where you are planted; or
  • Bloom where you are supposed to bloom

Ideas? Thoughts?

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 52

It’s been a full year since starting the prompt. Perhaps in hindsight, I should have picked something to honour the occasion, but I guess that wasn’t the case. I do want to give a big thanks to all that have taken the time to participate over the past year.

Each one of you have added so much depth and soul to these pictures. So, thank you.

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 52 picture was taken on our first trip to Prince Edward Island back a few years ago. The picture, is pretty much as it looks. A older model Volkswagen van, decked out in colours and a paint job that could very well have been from 1969.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Flower In The Lily Pads

It sort of goes without saying and this is a gross understatement, but life does have a certain ebb and flow associated with it.

Things change and things stay the same. And often the more things change, the more they stay the same.

So, in this vain of “ebbage and flowage” so to speak, it has been an exceedingly long time(easily measured in months, if not years) since I’ve written or posted anything on a Sunday.

For those following along at home, this week starts a shortened pandemic/construction related crew change, where I now have Sunday and Monday off. The bonus is I’m done Saturday’s at 11:30am, which means I can be back home before 12:30pm. It’s like having an extra day off. Well, not really, but you get the idea.

In a post from last week, Lack of Wacky Motivation, I detailed where I was in terms of writing motivation or lack thereof.

So, on this warm and soon to be humid Sunday morning, I can proudly proclaim, I am focusing(as a minimum), to keep pounding away at the keyboard, even if it feels and ultimately is an exercise is self-inflicted agony. Which, it often is.

Moving right along, Lynn took this picture with her phone of a white water lily surrounded by lily pads, when we were on a trip to Algonquin Park last summer.

Now, I’m positive that there would be a few “folks” who would go “bat-shit crazy” simply over pictures of lily pads. I do however suspect, that there would be significant numbers that would be beyond hysterical(which is close to “bit-shit crazy”) for only the flowery water lily(sans lily pads), and a damn fine grouping who would be goofy for both.

The point is, the picture is of a single water lily within a grouping of lily pads.

But, the reality is, the white water lily blossom does make the picture so much more of well……… a picture.

And, from a botany perspective, the water lily blossom is exactly where it is supposed to be. In a pond surrounded by water lily pads. For those not sure, water lilies are not found growing in the middle of the street outside your home.

So, what is the point here?

It certainly can’t be a lecture delving into the life cycle of the (whatever the scientific Latin name is for water lily) – can it?

No – it isn’t.

Even if that one solitary flower in the picture wanted to bloom in the middle of Highway 400 – it couldn’t. It simply wouldn’t thrive at all. In fact, it would die.

My brilliant deduction is this – that solitary water lily flower is blooming and thriving because it is where it’s supposed to bloom. Pretty impressive conclusion I must say.

And that’s what we need to focus on within the context of who we are as weird and often wacky individuals. Figure out where you’re supposed to be; get there and bloom.

If you’re supposed to be an artist – be an artist. Jump into the fray and do it with the greatest passion and vigor imaginable.

If the place you need to be is “writer’s land” – write like you are the one to write the last great love story ever to be told.

The water lily grows and thrives because it is where it is supposed to be.

You need, hell we all need to figure the same out for ourselves.

It makes no sense whatsoever, to stumble through life, slowly dying, by being something you’re not supposed to be.

It might not necessarily be that whole and often quoted “bloom where you are planted” deal. I have an idea about that, but it is better served in a another post.

If you’re destined to be a water lily, we need to be in a pond or lake to bloom and thrive. Not the middle of Highway 400.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —