Between Celebrations

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The week between December 25 and New Year’s Eve is a time of respite. After the excitement generated by the joyful lead-up to Christmas, December 26 signals a time to take a breath, and welcome the coming winter months that entice us with a stack of books and copious amounts of tea.

The streets and stores have quieted, waiting for New Year’s festivities to begin. Even Granville Island has taken on a charming calmness.

Granville Island in December

A colourful day-planner is close at hand, open to January 2019, with Karen Lamb’s call to action, “A year from now you may wish you had started today” on the first page.   Usually, I use my on-line calendar to keep track of my important events and engagements, but this year I decided that the act of writing would add to “living the moments.”    Especially now, that 2019 is the last year of a remarkable decade, to be replaced by 2020.

Granville Island in December

As we await the coming of 2019, may we enjoy these in-between days.  There will be time for busyness.  But for this special time, I am resting up for the adventures and conversations that await us in a New Year.

Happy New Year!

Granville Island – Christmas from Rebecca Budd aka Clanmother on Vimeo.

29 thoughts on “Between Celebrations

    • Thank you for the wonderful moments of 2018. Your photos, travels and insights have inspired me to continue participating in a marvelous blogging community. Hugs!

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  1. I saw a few people on social media describing the time between Christmas and New Year as rather dreary. On the contrary, like you, I think of this time as a special kind of quiet. It is a beautiful lull in which we can pause, reflect and breathe, ready for the next chapter and the year ahead. Enjoy this time of rest and I look forward to a magnificent 2019 together! Hugs xxx

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    • So am I, Liz! There is so much more to explore and experience. We live in a world of technology that offers freedom from location – libraries, art galleries, even mountain tops are accessible. I love Edmund Hillary’s quote: “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” Here’s to another year of “extraordinary things.” Hugs coming back your way.

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  2. Rebecca, these quieter in between days are precious and to be treasured … a welcome lull from the festivities and the clamour of new year. I wish you a wonderful 2019 filled with adventures and joy … and look forward to reading about some of them! Take care, my friend! Hugs xx

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    • The year 2018, marks the year that you and are connected over the “blogger miles.” I am delighted that we are entering 2019, where many stories are awaiting our arrival. Thank you for introducing me to Scrivener and your amazing book, “The Story Teller Speaks.”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37544434-the-storyteller-speaks

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  3. The time between is indeed strange. Like a time capsule of the previous year. I’ve been organizing the photos I took so I can clear the memory card for 2019. 😉 May the coming year be filled with light, love, and laughter.

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    • Oh I do love that idea – “clear the memory card for 2019.” Since starting to go through my father’s photos that date back to the 1930’s, I have come to understand photography’s power to crystallize a specific story, or event. Even though I don’t have any idea who the people are who stare back at me, the photos are evidence that they lived, and added to the story of humanity. Just as we are, in the time that has been given. I am so glad that we are entering a fresh new year together. Hugs!

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  4. Hey, Rebecca… you make me envious, having that close, ergo easy access to such beauty, so close. The good and the bad of it for we who are not, is the awakening of having lived in like places for a good part of my life, now physically so far removed. As well remembering the last time being on Granville Island some nine or ten years ago at the very place you show in your photos. Would you be so kind as to send me, un soupçon, of the spirit this wonderful place, to start the year of 2019? Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

    Jean-Jacques Fournier

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    • Happy Happy New Year, Jean-Jacques. I’m delighted that I may have enticed you to visit our fair city again. Vancouver awaits your return. We have had a green Christmas, with the joy of rain, with brief sunshine, accompanying our walks. Your words come to mind, although they were meant for summer, they fit these in-between days:

      The Rain – a summer rain –
      I walk the rains
      Never gloomy
      Nor be pained,
      By summer rain
      Wants clear the air
      And feed my brain,
      To find ones way
      Bountiful worth,
      For life’s short lane!

      Jean-Jacques Fournier

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  5. Although I didn’t have Christmas, I was able to attend fireworks for New Year. The rain was pouring down like at midsummer, but fireworks were still spectacular. I was actually glad that these between-days allowed to me to recover from the most recent accident and I had no obligations and no urgent things to do.
    2019 might be better than 2018, I at least hope so.
    While being tied to bed I read numerous books recently. Many of authors who are told creating bestsellers and being very outstanding have actually written lots of bad and boring literature. It looks like there are many more bad books out there than the good ones. The proportion was approximately 1 good book to 20 very average. I have no idea how some of writers are described as excellent when it is a torture to read some of these books till end. I hope editors will review more decent literature in 2019 because the book store shelves have a lot of literary garbage created by bestselling authors.
    I wish you great and adventurous 2019! Lots of inspiration and plenty of new ideas!

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    • I am so sorry to hear of your accident and send my most positive thoughts your way for a speedy recovery. I appreciated your thoughts on books and reading. There is so little time in our days, which are filled with work and family responsibilities, that can be devoted to reading. Choosing what to read is an art. Indeed, the search for purposeful reading can becomes complex adventure. So many books, so little time becomes even more meaningful, the older I become. I have just started Passionate Minds by David Bodanis, which is introducing me to Emilie du Chatelet, a remarkable woman who lived courageously. I am looking forward to our ongoing dialogue!! Happy New Year!

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    • Happy Happy New Year – I am so pleased that we are entering a fresh year of blogging together. Thank you for your friendship – life is the very best when shared with kindred spirits.

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    • Thank you, Resa! So glad that you enjoyed Granville Island. I call it the “stomach” of Vancouver because of its marvelous choice of fresh fruits and vegetables. Over the summer, the walls of the parking lots were given new life by the mural artists so I spend much of my time in the parkades with my iPhone (I’m not the only one!) 🙂 Artist have a gift of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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    • I have lived with a day-timer over the years, first paper, then digital and now back to paper (although I still am on digital). This type of day-timer reminds me to introduce fun and moment of reflection. I am delighted you are enjoying your day-timer.

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