Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Living the Dream

Recently I was intrigued by a couple of posts I read prompted by someone overhearing a person who when asked how they were, replied "living the dream." Now doesn't that give you pause and possibility?
Let me tell you my perspective on this uplifting phrase. I live in a country where I'm free to go to church and bible study classes, always have enough to eat and drink and feel safe in our community.
It's a young country, full of diversity and this year Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.
CWF photo
I love gardening, bird watching and all wildlife. Acquiring certification of a wildlife habit for our property from the Canadian and National Federations was important to me. It took time and knowledge to create a good ecosystem but not long to realize that the food chain was out of whack from the building of subdivisions in our pocket village. Our neighbourhood has been overrun with rabbits for quite a few years because they have no natural predators. Coyotes slink around the sheep and dairy farms yet foxes that used to live among us disappeared. That is, until last fall and now there are sightings on many streets. Yes, some cats have disappeared despite the warnings to keep them safe but the good news is, the rabbits have been brought back in check through that wonder of a food chain balance, and this makes me happy.
The babies I posted about last spring that were born in a depression of soil in the middle of my tea garden. I protected those babies from our dog, the crows and visiting hawks like they were my own but once they were old enough and scattered, my wildlife habitat responsibility was over.
Having a pet is remarkable on several accounts and for women it gives an opportunity for mothering and nurturing. By the way, I get this same satisfaction from gardening when nurturing my plants with home made compost and watering during drought conditions.  A daily walkabout creates interaction by being vigilant for pests or disease and overall it's a therapeutic exercise.
 Flowers inside or out bring me pleasure,  particularly throughout winter when the days are grey and the ground is covered with snow.  I'm blessed to be able to purchase fresh flowers from the grocer or floral shop and then have fun displaying them in creative ways.

Since retiring hubby and I fortunate to spend the month of February in Florida most years.
Here we are at a butterfly conservatory two years ago, and yes he will accompany me to a tea room if I ask.
I'd say I'm living the dream.....πŸ’œ How about you, care to share if you are?

34 comments:

  1. What a nice picture of you and your husband. I'd say this post speaks of contentment and that is a big part of living one's dream. I feel the same way about life, just have some different interests from you, but all good. It's a sweet time of life. I hope you have good weather in Florida and another good month there.

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  2. Hello, Judith! Yes, you are living the dream. Your flowers are lovely and Topaz is a sweetie. I hope you enjoy your month in Florida. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  3. Yes our dreams do come true and it is because we spent our younger years preparing for these golden years as they say. We are most fortunate to be able to live our dream. We have a few rabbits that get to live a dream life here, but they have to be fast and smart to avoid Boone and the hawks and cars on the road. Don't know where the fox went. Reading your post today has given my day a good start. Thank you for positive thoughts.

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  4. Interesting post, Judith. Good photo of you and your hubby. Hope you enjoy your stay in Florida. I lived there a few years growing up and I loved it.

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  5. We are so very blessed aren't we! I loved hearing how the Lord has blessed you and your husband, and the picture of the two of you is so sweet! I am glad that the ecostructure in your area has been changed closer to the natural one with less rabbits in your area.

    So lovely to read your post today, living the dream :)

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  6. I always say that I don't need to buy a lottery ticket because I have won the lottery - born in Canada and blessed with all the good of this country - things such as so many around the world can't even dream of. We take our clean water, abundant food, leisure time, democracy and much more for granted. We really are living the dream!
    The picture of you and your husband is so nice to see.

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  7. Your life sounds wonderful, Judith.

    I think in many ways I am living the dream. I love my country, our province and community, live near family and good friends. I make an effort to live in the moment and live a life of gratitude. I am blessed!

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  8. Awe...sweet picture of you two. I hope you enjoy your time in Florida. As you must know the weather is so unpredictable here in Florida so pack for cooler nights and hot days. LOL! We don't have seasons for sure. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  9. I always say that I don't need to buy a lottery ticket because I have won the lottery - born in Canada and blessed with all the good of this country - things such as so many around the world can't even dream of. We take our clean water, abundant food, leisure time, democracy and much more for granted. We really are living the dream!
    The picture of you and your husband is so nice to see.

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  10. What lovely photos and post , I am living the country valley dream with lots of wooded areas a river and wild life gardens and feathered friends all around me with the odd farm close by so I can hear or visit the farm animals , to be with my two best friends Papa and Miggs and yes even our grumpy old cat Harley lol ! Just wish Papa was already retired with me but that's just the way it is for now . We are lucky to be Canadian and thanks to my parents who came over here from England back in the late 50s for us kids to have a good life in such a wonderful country . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  11. I loved seeing the photo is you and your hubby, Judith. My late Belived was a good sport and would accompany me to many a thing, too! I am blessed to still have my one son here to nurture and care for. Like you, I'm a plant lover, and have been since I was a young bride. I just bought myself a bouquet of roses at the grocery today and last week bought a fiddle leaf fig for myself and one for my youngest son and DIL. Caring for my grandchildren ,when I get the chance, is also living the dream.
    I know you'll enjoy your time in Florida!

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  12. Yes, I'd agree that you are living the dream! Lovely to see a photo of both you and Mr. Lavender Cottage. A real man does visit tea rooms! Are you leaving for Florida soon?

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  13. Glad to hear you are living your own dream! How great. I am not sure that I am, but I am working on it!

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  14. I love your dreams of living, Judith.

    Funny I was just listing all the things I am thankful for in my morning prayer and found so many dreams that I am living, too. I definately am.

    ♥♥♥

    Enjoy the Sunshine State! Come by and see me on your way home if you drove!

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  15. You really are living your dream Judith! Such a nice shot of you and your fellow dreamer ;) Not sure that I'm ever going to live my dream, but I am thankful for all that I have. My dream is to move farther north, but not sure my husband is on board for that. I may never move out of town.
    Enjoy your stay in Florida, and I hope the weather is sunny ... there have been so many cloudy days here lately!
    Wendy

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  16. Sweet dreams are made of this! Happy and safe travels, Judith!

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  17. I think I'm living the dream, too, though we are still raising kids! Such a wonderful time in our lives, and I think recognizing that, as you do, leads to great contentment!

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  18. My dear Judith, what a lovely picture of you and your husband. And your flowers in the turquoise jars are simply splendid! Flowers add such beauty during the cold, dreary months of January.

    I truly hope you enjoy your time in Florida. May it be a time of relaxation and sweet moments.

    Hugs to you!

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  19. This is such a lovely, thoughtful post, Judith. Yes, I'm living the dream, too. I have a wonderful marriage and family, and a job that is very fulfilling. I've had adventures and continue to do so, however small they may seem. We do live in the most wonderful country in the world, and there is such beauty here, along with freedom, clean water, access to education, freedom to worship as we choose, and so much more. I am grateful.
    Lovely to see you and your husband. Mine will go to tea as well! Enjoy your trip to Florida!

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  20. Yes, we are very fortunate to be living our dream, both retired, and presently healthy, have a wonderful family, fantastic friends, and don't have to worry about most things that others worry about. We always look on the positive side and there is always something good to find in everything that happens. We worked hard to get here, and will enjoy every minute of it.

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  21. This was a great post. It made give pause and send some gratitude out there for what is most a life that is a dream come true. I'm sure looking forward to our country's celebrations this summer. Enjoy your weekend Judith.

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  22. What a lovely post, Judith, and I too liked especially the sweet photo of you and your husband! You in Canada and we in Finland are fortunate to live in some of the most peaceful countries in the world and to have many satisfactions in life.
    Mr Woodland and I love to go to "hot chocolate rooms" together. :)
    Enjoy your time in Florida!! Big hugs!

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  23. Yes I'm another who is so grateful to be living the dream. So happy and proud to be in Canada, we are so very fortunate. Both retired, no debts, healthy and happy,lots of hobbies we love.. what more could one ask for? Have a safe drive to FL. and enjoy the warmth and all the green! :)

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  24. Yes, I am living the dream. I am retired, I have a lot of time to do whatever I want. I have always been a creative person, but in the past did not have time to do everything you wanted. Now is the best time of my life.

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  25. Do you know that I have lived in Canada 1969-1972, Thunder Bay and Nakina ON. It was a good time. Canada is a good country and I love it very much.

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  26. I agree - pets and plants allow us to express that nurturing need we have. And February is the perfect month to escape winter. If I could miss one month on the calendar, it would probably be February. Even though it's the shortest month, it seems to have few redeeming qualities. :-)

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  27. Oh yes, I'd say we are all living the dream, here in America, as well! I love and cherish all the freedoms we have, and don't take any of them for granted! You and I seem to love a lot of the same things--I especially love your flowers! How pretty! I miss the flowers right now, in the dead of winter, but I love to see the birds come to the feeders, so I'd say it's a fair trade off. :)

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  28. I liked hearing more about your habitat there Judith and some of the things you do to keep it going and growing. A special peek into your real life that I enjoyed. I've always had a fondness for bunnies, although I'm sure they can wreak havoc in a garden. Not being a gardener, I only know this from reading Beatrix Potter -- haha! But I'm sure that they need to be kept in check, and having a balanced ecosystem ensures everything is working as it should.
    I am needing to get some supermarket flowers, too. xo Deborah

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  29. What a gorgeous photo of you two enjoying the conservatory in FL. Like you, I enjoy gardening and our rescued pets. I feel blessed to have realized a long time dream of buying a home in the n. GA mountains where I attended jr. college 40 years ago. My husband and I enjoy the peace and beauty here. God bless your weekend.

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  30. A lovely post.
    Your thoughts and photo's, especially the one of you and hubby.

    Enjoy your time in Florida.

    All the best Jan

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  31. I *loved* seeing these pictures showing you living your dream! I have come to think of you, Judith, when I see things that are lavender, things with butterflies, and things to do with gardening. I am increasingly grateful for those who share beauty through their life, their attitude, their kindness ... all of which I always find here! :)

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  32. Hello,Judith,
    A beautiful post! How lovely to see the last photo! You are a wonderful couple!
    I have been a long follower of "Lavender Cottage". I think I have known that you are living the dream. So I like to see your blog,which is beautiful and dreamy! I have some responsibilities with my old age families. Sometimes I am tied up with them. However, I am a positive lady. I am good at managing my time for my some hobbies! I love my life and my country. Yes, I am also living dream. Happy day to you,Judith!

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  33. Yes, I think you're living the dream !I especially enjoyed reading about your life and seeing a picture of you and your husband. I had to laugh when you mentioned he will accompany you when you visit a tea room , because my husband seems to enjoy visiting the occasional tea room with me too.

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