Why is it that January seems to remind us to eat well? It's the month when fresh produce comes from afar as winter envelops this part of the world. It's hard to eat well and be mindful of the Earth. Most of our fruit and vegetables come from afar. I try to minimize both my carbon and ethical footprints, but this is not always easy, particularly in winter.
I spent part of the day helping to empty my late cousin's apartment. She passed away in late November. It is hard to see a person's life picked over. Some furniture went to young relatives; other to a place that resells it at a low price. And then the place was empty.
Loss is hard no matter what age the person is. We experience it again and again through dates on a calendar, through acts that remind us of people and through further losses. Peculiar that we can feel at the same time empty at the thought of the loss and full at the thought of the many ways that person has enriched our lives.
A moment to enjoy before the sun erases Jack Frost's work. He may be back tonight to paint again. How frustrated he must feel to have to start again each day. Or maybe he appreciates always having a blank canvas.
Last night I joined a group of people who get together about once a month to read through one of Shakespeare's plays (in chronological order). Last night, fittingly, we read Twelfth Night. A friend who has been a member of the group recommended the app, Shakespeare Pro, which contains all the plays and more.
I don't tend to read plays, but reading in a group made it fun.
Water - it flows from our taps in abundance. We expect it to be there. Early yesterday morning a pipe burst outside my building. Work crews dug and repaired. We were without water. As they repaired, a leak sprang further on the pipe. That's what happens with old infrastructure. So overnight they provided us with a trickle of water. We are now into leak #3. But this time we managed to fill a couple of buckets so we could flush toilets.
We expect our toilets to flush, to have water to drink. We are caught unawares when that is not the case. Yet so much of the world lives without running water. They cope. It is an inconvenience for us - and a reminder to appreciate the comforts of our modern world.