The view from my sofa
I’ve had a lovely holiday season thus far. I’ve visited with family and friends. I’ve attended a few gatherings that remind me how fortunate I am.
This has been a tough year. Yet for all the challenges I’ve had they’ve provided insight into some of the areas I need to focus on. One of them is most definitely my health and well being. I’ve got to take back the level of health I was enjoying just a couple of years ago.
The gal pals from school.
I woke early yesterday. I didn’t have any coffee which is unusual for me. I’d meant to pick it up the day before. These days, however, if I curl up the sofa with my Canucks blanket tucked about my person then chances of stepping out into the cold again are slim to none.
I bargained with myself that I’d do it first thing in the morning.
Walking down through the 4th Street overpass yesterday morning shortly after 7:00 AM.
At 7:00 AM I slipped from bed and dressed to go for a walk. Two hours later I arrived back home. I’d walked the length of the Quay from the 4th Street Overpass down to the end of New West Waterfront Esplanade. I’d stopped at Angelina’s for breakfast then I traipsed over the Quayside Drive overpass and stopped at Safeway to pick up my coffee. Then toddled back home.
Walking along the Westminster Pier Park walkway watch the sun come up
I was in pain, though it was moderate. I know for the next little while any activity I do will leave me in pain, but you know, I just gotta do it. The alternative is worse.
I then went and had my hair trimmed up and decided to head to downtown Vancouver to use some of the gift cards I received for Christmas.
This is the first shopping trip I’ve made to downtown Vancouver this year which is really odd for me. My daughter and I decided to meet up and have dinner later in the afternoon as well.
Out by where I’m now working in Steveston
I arrived downtown around 1:30 PM. It has been so beautiful out and the mountains were just glorious! I decided to have a gander at the new kid on the block being Nordstroms. It actually looks very much like the one in Seattle. It is bright, open and accommodating. It is also outside of my price range.
Still they’ve made every attempt to make customers feel very comfortable regardless of their income. On the second level is a bar where I watched three men taking photos of their Ceasars! I suppose there is a novelty to this idea of having a drink while you’re out shopping right in the store.
Canada Place a couple of weeks ago at the Charity Breakfast
I smiled then wondered how much they’d given their wives to spend. They may well need another drink.
Nordstoms is competing with Holt Renfrew and The Bay in the downtown core. I’m sure they’ll do well.
I checked out Old Navy then it was on to MAC. I stopped in at various stores along the way. I’m on the hunt for some good work shoes for the docks out in Steveston. Uggs had a nice pair that was just a little too expensive at this time coming in at $255.
I’ll head over to the outlet stores in Queensborough to see if I can find a deal.
The mountains covered in snow yesterday at 4:30 PM
I made my way down Robson to Burrard then headed toward Mahoney & Sons on the water where I would be meeting my daughter. I definitely got my 10,000 steps in and I was feeling it. I was now in need of a bathroom. I went into the Royal Centre Mall and could not find a public washroom at all. The Hyatt Regency Lobby claimed to have facilities but I could not find them. I was running early so I stopped at the Elephant and Castle deciding to use their facilities, have a pint and rest for a bit.
Pulling out my notebook I began to jot down a few thoughts. A man sitting a few seats over asked me what I was writing about. He also told me I had bronchitis when I coughed. I smiled and told that no, I didn’t have this affliction.
Steveston a couple of weeks ago in the morning
He continued to ask me questions periodically to which I would reply. A text message made it clear I’d be here a little longer so decided to give up the writing quest and chat with the fellow beside me. I’ve always enjoyed conversing with people. I’m seldom intimidated and if the conversation gets uncomfortable, then I politely excuse myself.
He asked me what I thought God was. Quite the ice breakers.
I told him that to me God was an entity of pure energy that resided within all of us and a.k.a. love. He spoke of the big bang theory, the collision of light and dark matter. He spoke of time and our human failings. It was an interesting conversation. He told me God speaks through him and that life is about love and compassion. He went on to tell me that he was clairvoyant as well.
At the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre yesterday
Smiling he told me I’m an old soul. I’ve been told this in the past as well. He wanted to pay for my drink and buy me another. I politely declined. It really wasn’t necessary. He told me I’d write about him. I grinned and said yes, I most likely would. He claimed to have money and lot of it and he was having issues with his family.
We did not exchange names. There was something very familiar about him though and there was a sadness that resonated through him. He told me I still have some anger issues. This is true, though I’m aware and working on these aspects of self.
We spoke about dimensions and the need to get out of the 3rd dimension and into the 4th and beyond. Now, you may be thinking that he was a little out there. The odd thing is I’ve been researching all of these things for many years now.
The world contained at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre
Some of the posts I’ve written on this blog deal with these topics as well.
It was time to leave. I think he would have talked well into the night had I remained. I wished him well then went to freshen up a bit. As I left the establishment I noted he was no longer there.
Later when I got home certain parts of this conversation came back to me. He asked me if I could ask God anything what would it be. After a few minutes of consideraton I decided that I’d ask if I was done with the health issues I’ve experienced.
The answer was interesting. If I didn’t want them back then I was in the clear and would live a long life. And oddly this made sense.
Winter foliage on the Quay in New West yesterday morning
Now it’s about health and wellness. I’ve got a long road ahead of me.
The other thing that intrigued me was a comment that he made about the anger issues that are still ongoing. This is negative energy of which I’m aware. I described it as peeling back layers of an onion. You think you’ve dealt with everything only to find yet another issue that needs to be addressed.
“Before you go to sleep tonight, count to eight, then think about the relationship between you father and his dad. There may be some answers there. ” he instructed.
This struck simply because I never spoke about my family at all and this is indeed a relationship I know very little about.
Santa’s a little hung up on the Quay in New West yesterday
The conversation had been very much about the great beyond and our place in it. Dark matter will swallow light if you let it and in many ways he is right in that we are in this struggle currently on our planet.
If we give in to fear and anger it will consume us. Not a good place to be.
And as I walked down to meet my daughter for dinner I thought of how good it was to converse with a stranger about the state of everything.
And there have been several times in my life when those conversations have indeed steered me in a direction I’d not thought of previously. Sometimes they open the mind just a little more.
What a lovely way to commemorate those you loved. Located at the Quay in New West
And sometimes it’s just great chatting with someone you don’t know and will likely never cross paths with again.