“if you keep a green bough in your heart, then the singing bird will come” – chinese proverb
December and now January have been very rainy, dark with only the odd day of sunshine. After the busy days of December, January can sometimes feel like a very long month-my younger self kept busy with working on my resolutions and the writing of thank you notes for holiday gifts that may have come my way. Adult me no longer writes out a resolution list though I still send out the odd thank you card so my January days unfold waiting for me to colour them in.
I find that soothing rituals add a richness to days that make one want to hibernate; I enjoy waking up, opening the blinds and sitting with my steaming cup of tea looking out our living room windows (whatever the weather!) and planning my day. If I’ve booked meet ups or have appointments or I’ve picked up some work, I plan moments around those blocks of time. I always make sure there are pockets of time to take a walk, phone a friend or my parents and hopefully a moment to buy a hot chocolate! I’m known for tweaking our space with other found moments; keeping clutter at bay, organizing our home with the template of our Mexico spaces in my mind’s eye and making sure there is space for creativity. A new ritual goal for me is to carve out time to break open my adult colouring book (a gift from my Mom), I can see myself sitting at my desk in our livingroom with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, I’m sure it will bring back those happy memories of colouring for hours as a child. Until then, I will be Mexico dreaming, chasing down the green (keeping my eyes out for snowdrops, crocuses, the blooming winter heather and all matter of blooming bushes) and counting down to those early days of Spring-like weather and wouldn’t you know it, today is one of those days! The sun is out and this morning I heard a Northern Flicker calling out for a mate, drumming his beak on a metal balcony railing near our apartment building, it looks like the dark days of January are waning and perhaps I can indulge in some Vancouver dreaming!
Journal Entry: January 06th, 2000
Today has been a quiet day. Yesterday we caught the Mismaloya bus and headed for lunch in the jungle. I had heard about a new restaurant called “El Nogalito”, located in an outdoor tropical setting.
There is a nice long walk by a small river to get there; we were surprised and scared when two or three wild cows with very long horns came out of the dense palms with a Mexican farmer, right towards us, as we began our walk, but thankfully with skill they bypassed us! We also passed several homes, it looks like a new community is being built in this peaceful area. The restaurant is very simple, the food pricey and the presentation could have been more thoughtful but a Sol beer rounded out our chicken fajitas. The setting, however, is very beautiful, there is lots of green foliage, flowers and the beginning of the river-while eating I could hear it rushing over the rocks.
We saw many tropical birds in colours of black and yellow, black and dark blue (blue jays) and I saw a small, golden-eyed brown owl. I flushed him out of his hiding place so Terry could see him, too. The restaurant had some resident parrots and love birds as well. We also saw a very pretty lime green iguana. All in all, it was a very nice outing.