Saturday, October 3, 2009

Five days since I've posted and I am feeling angry and frustrated. I am living in building that is toxic to me. New carpets being layed in two apartments with toxic glue, oil paint with a really strong smell and pesticide spray. It just goes on and on. The manager is very kind and tries to minimize the effects for me but I have been having headaches and nausea and having to go out for several hours every day just to get away from it. I wish I wasn't so senstive to smells and foods, it sure makes for a frustrating time when I don't feel well because of the toxic stuff we are subjected to. Pretty hard to avoid it.

On the up side I have been doing some crazy quilting, starting to get the hang of it and I have written a three Haikus

Yesterday I went to Duderave which is a small area in West Vancouver. I went there for a weeks holiday when I was about thirteen years old. There is a pier there and it's a quiet little sort of English village and is only about a block long. There is a hardware store, a bakery, coffee shops, restaurants, a grocery store, a couple of funky little store and a needlework shop which is what I went t there for. I sat out on the pier in the sunshine, with a nice breeze cooling me and watched the waves crashing as the tide came in. Although, I live by the ocean, so to speak, there are no waves. It was so restful, I could feel all the tension draining out of me. I sat there and did "nothing". I am going to go back again, it takes a bit to get there, three buses and the seabus but it is worth it. I would love to live there but it is a very expensive, high end area, so it's not likely.

When I was on the seabus there were two ladies from Scotland and I offered to take a picture of them together, their camera wasn't taking them very well so I offered to take one with my camera and send it to them. They gave me their address and it is in West Lothian where Susan Boyle comes from and one of the women's brother worked with Susan. Small world. In case you haven't heard of Susan Boyle she was on Britain's Got Talent. Check her out on Susan Boyle Episode l. She has a lovely voice and sings I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. Anyway, I had a nice chat with the two women, they were going to do all the touristy spots.

We are having a beautiful Indian Summer, what a wonderful few months we've had.


  1. It is a small world.... I wonder how long it would take to connect everyone in the world to everyone else. Three degrees of separation? four? Five?

    I am sorry about the toxic soup you are currently living in... I hope it ends soonest.

  2. Hi Leone - catching up on your recent blog entries. I'm struck with how much you are doing, and also with the assurance and clarity you evidence in your work. I hope that when you have a day busy with external things you can be easy with that and not disappointed with yourself, as you seem to be producing a lot of creative work. Very inspirational to me!

  3. I am so glad you liked your ATC card.
    Thanks so much for stopping by. Thanks too for your reassurances re the cancer. He had 2 biopsies this summer and they were negative. Now this.
    You have been busy! I'd love to do more crazy quilting - I have saved lots of great materials.
    I'm sorry to hear about the troubles with your home. Nothing worse than being made ill by others!
    Do take care.

  4. I'm sorry that you're having a hard time with the renovation(?) work of your building. Hope the seaside trip helped to regain the balance you needed. I'm glad that though you followed through with your creative work, you also found time to relax and recharge. I should do it (relax & recharge) more often. :)

  5. Something to make you smile?


  6. So great to hear you are creating so much, poetry, quilting and also finding time to relax and recharge. I also love the beach, just listening to the waves seems to do the job. I have heard some say that the sea is charged with negative ions and they are attracted to each other making positive ones, hence the feeling of feeling positive after a visit to the beach!
    So sorry about you feeling ill from toxic chemicals, I am rather sensitive to lots of things too, I hope this will pass soon. take care Angie.