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January 31, 2011

FLASHBACK 2010 – part one

(Better late than never, right?)

FEET — PIEDS

JANUARY

Wrote 21 posts on this blog plus 20 on my French blog, for a grand total of 41 posts — I was on a roll!

Faithful to my yearly ritual, I picked a rune: Ansuz — amazing how spot-on it ended up being. Wait till you see the one I picked for 2011 — YESSS!

Started this big 12-Notch plan with my usual over-the-top enthusiasm. I wanted CHANGE. I wanted ABUNDANCE. I wanted 2010 to be the most creative and productive year ever.

Of course, my plan was well organised and came with monthly goals, weekly baby steps, weekly updates, and a monthly trophy for reaching my monthly goals. I’m quite the Master Planner.

Did a whole lot of walking, that month. Could be it was a way to get out of the house for exercise… or could be it was a way to get out of doing the work I was supposed to be doing in order to move onwards and upwards towards a brighter future. In any case, I’m sure it’s what was best for me at the time — riiiiiiiight.

Saw the movie Avatar which had me imagining Cameron’s first draft… 😉

FEBRUARY

Wrote 8 posts + 8 posts on my French blog = total of 16 posts.

I stretched daily — it was my first goal.

My second goal was to come up with a decent about me page. A goal I reached in OCTOBER… and it’s still not completed. Must be my penchant for suspense, eh?

Ended up giving myself half a trophy and finding all kinds of excuses to justify my lack of action.

On February 27, I wrote 20 pages in my Journal about what poverty represents for me. It was — and remains to this day — an eye-opening and life-changing exercise.

MARCH

Wrote 4 posts + 4 posts on my French blog = total of 8 posts.

Though eliminating ones clutter is very feng shui and clears the way for the Law of Attraction, I must admit that physical work such as emptying storage units and moving personal archives around from boxes to shelves to more boxes has often been an excuse for me to not do what I should be doing in order to make my dreams come true — *sigh*.

But, I did end the month on a most positive note: got rid of my Pax The Singing Clown costume which was a constant reminder — as it hung in my closet — of my being “poor” and having to busk the metro for spare change back when I was in my fifties.

Pax The Singing Clown a.k.a. Poverty Pax

Goodbye “poor” me — Helloooo RICH moi!

(to be continued)

November 13, 2010

Boredom begat Madame Pipi

I would have loved to spare you these “BEFORE” pictures of my bathroom, but you would have missed my Frida Kahlo / Fernando Botero period, and that would have been such a shame.

MADAME PIPI MUDD LAVOIE

Yes, sweet souls, it was way too many years ago that I painted Madame Pipi during one of my numerous fits of boredom. The walls were already banana yellow, so I opted for the *green-yellow-red* colour combination, hoping this would give the room a Jamaican look.

MADAME PIPI VANITY AND SINK - LA VANITE ET LE LAVABO DE MADAME PIPI

I started by measuring and drawing nice neat squares. Afterwards, I proceeded to paint: one green — skip the yellow — one red; one green — skip the yellow — one red. And it’s in the midst of this repetitive and meditative exercise that I eventually had the spontaneous urge to create Madame Pipi.

Unfortunately, my Kahlo/Botero period didn’t last long enough for me to finish my masterpiece. After all these years of putting up with this creature, I’ve finally decided to get rid of her and adopt a more Zen decor. So whatever happens to me in July 2011, if I move out of here or not, it’s plain to see the room is in dire need of an exorcism, right?

More photos to come.
Bring on the change!

November 13, 2010

The importance of rewarding oneself

The beat goes on! Now that the renovations for the doors and windows are done, I need to give my bathroom a make-over. I also need to create my Theatre of the Absurd / playroom. This means a significant part of my living quarters will be a mess for the following two, maybe three weeks. Which is — I have to admit — something that bothers me quite a bit.

GETTING READY TO PAINT AND RENOVATE - PREPARATIFS POUR PEINTURE ET RENOVATIONS

Here’s what I bought last Sunday when I spent the weekend at my son’s place: a new counter top for the bathroom sink; baseboard heaters for the bathroom and the Theatre of the Absurd / playroom; all the stuff for painting; mini scaffold step ladder (not at all to be used for painting — it will become a prop for my Theatre of the Absurd… I’ll tell you more about that later); and the reward = a Christmas tree.

Once I got back home on Monday, it was clear I was going to put the tree up that same evening…

XMAS DURING RENOVATIONS 2010 NOEL PENDANT LES RENOVATIONS

Ta dah!

Why decorate 47 days before Christmas? Because at the end of each day’s work, I can reward myself by snuggling into my comfy armchair and letting myself be carried away to the magical world of Christmas.

Ain’t life beautiful?

November 11, 2010

Renovations = Change

As I begin to look back on 2010, I’m starting to notice how my desire for change has been acknowledged in more ways than one. Though I hadn’t thought of change in the form of new windows and a new patio door, that’s what I got recently and I’m really grateful for the gift.

I’ve been living in this housing co-op since 1982. And yes, I know, I dearly want to move out… as expressed in this blog post. But for the time being, and with everything that has happened all through the year, I’m living in the present moment and enjoying the abundance. I say “abundance,” because our housing co-op received a $19 113.47 grant from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation to replace doors and windows in all 5 flats — that’s a total of 7 windows, 5 patio doors, 2 balcony doors… and a partridge in a pear tree! 😉

So here are a few pictures of what has been going on in my little world between October 25 and November 4.

HOLE FOR HOME OFFICE WINDOW - TROU POUR FENETRE BUREAU A LA MAISON

Hole in the wall — looking into my home office.

NEW WINDOW IN HOME OFFICE - NOUVELLE FENETRE DANS BUREAU MAISON

Inside home office — window waiting to be installed.

INSTALLING NEW WINDOW IN LIVING ROOM - INSTALLATION NOUVELLE FENETRE SALON

Worker installing new window in living room.

WORKER INSTALLING NEW WINDOW IN THEATRE/PLAYROOM - OUVRIER INSTALLE NOUVELLE FENETRE DANS THEATRE / SALLE DE JEUX

Worker installing window in what will become
my Theatre of the Absurd / Playroom.

HOLE IN KITCHEN WALL FOR PATIO DOOR - TROU DANS MUR CUISINE POUR PORTE PATIO

Hole in kitchen wall… waiting for patio door.

WORKERS ON BREAK - OUVRIERS EN PAUSE

Workers taking a well-deserved break.
There were 4 guys in the team… all good-looking!

This post is in the “big purge” and “law of attraction” categories because renovations are all part of purging the old and attracting the new — I’m on a roll, people… YESSSS!

Stay tuned for more pictures — am now starting to make changes in my bathroom… and in my former home office that is patiently waiting to become my Theatre of the Absurd / Playroom. I can’t wait for THAT room to be ready and rocking!