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Thursday, May 21, 2015

HOLIDAYS ARE FOR RELAXING


Look for the woman on the dock in the above photo, she has a fishing pole in her hands. She has the place all to herself. I spotted this woman not to long ago, fishing leisurely along the Siuslaw river. She must be a dedicated fisher-woman I thought. So I walked down the long non-skid metal ramp in order to get a bit closer to her  -- hoping to get the "skinny" on why she was out near the river in a non-populated area. 



She told me that she just bought her fishing pole and was learning how to use it. It was a beautiful day and the river was calm so why not try it out. She was perfectly content as she plied the waters with her pole. 

Now, if you are wondering how to spend your holiday this weekend just try a relaxed approach like this woman. Find a hammock or a picnic table and make it simple. Walk a trail in the city or in a natural area and take your camera or a notebook and record your findings. Or just sit on a bench or rock in some quiet area and notice your surroundings. So many ways to have a good holiday without the rush, noise, and shoulder to shoulder people. Make it your own special holiday. Enjoy.

15 comments:

  1. Great ideas, Barbara! I hadn't planned to take a holiday, since retirement tends to have all days similar. Oh, banks and post office are closed on holidays, otherwise, what's the difference?
    But to have a special time to relax, to actually not spend hours at working pursuits, now that is perhaps what I need to try. If only I could get caught up on my work that I've set for myself!

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    1. Barbara -- I too have that feeling of never being caught up with my projects. But then one day I realized after many years of being behind, that I probably would never catch up at my stage of the game. So by having a "no plans day" every once in a while I put my mind in a resting phase. I find that not concentrating as much as I usually do that on those days of mind rest a path clears the way for significant thoughts and ideas. It took lots of practice to implement. You might want to try it a couple times and see how it works for you. :)

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  2. Fisherman seem to have no agenda beyond fishing. Good for them.

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    1. Fishing is sorta like OMM. Getting lost in nature or something like that. I think people that fish can come home refreshed as they have left their problems slide aside. Maybe? I like that no agenda idea. thanks -- barbara

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  3. This is some great advice. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

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    1. Michelle -- You and your wonderful family including your bees and dogs have a lovely long weekend. Is school out yet. -- thanks -- barbara

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  4. Unusual to see women fishing at all in the UK, seems to be a men-only occupation. personally I can sit beside the water without any excuse.

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    1. John -- unusual to see women fishing in the UK? I wonder why that is so. From what I have seen in the U.S. men far outnumber women who fish. Now that I think about it very few women are found along our riverbanks fishing. Thanks for noting that -- barbara

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  5. Good advice, Barbara. We might do a hike this weekend, though. I love still lifes, and the Van Gogh one is special.

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    1. Hattie -- Spending my time outdoors has always been a #1 activity throughout my life. You seem to spend lots of time in the great outdoors in many different settings and countries. I'm guessing that the outdoors has great meaning to you. We have van Gogh in common -- has been a favorite of mine since I discovered him in my late teens. thanks -- barbara

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  6. Lots of women fish here in the South. My grandmother was the fisher in our family - she taught me and all my cousins how to snore for worms and fish with a cane pole. She also taught me how to take them home, dress them, and fry them up with some hushpuppies and cole slaw on the side. Aaaah, the memories. I wonder if the fish are biting this morning? ;))))) Happy weekend friend.

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    1. Starr -- What a wonderful traditional meal of the South especially as it relates to your grandmother.
      Would be nice to share your story on one of your posts -- for all to read. I was impressed with your fishing skills right up to dressing the fish and serving a meal. I soooo enjoyed this post. Good weekend to you too -- barbara

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  7. Yes, slowing down, stopping, "enjoying one's surroundings." The atmosphere becomes magical when one does this...Do you all have to worry about ticks? Here, on the east coast they are becoming kind of scary. I got one yesterday, but we got it off in time...

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    1. Rita -- Yes, we have ticks here -- also had them big time in KY. And Michigan too. They seem to be everywhere nowadays. There are many kinds of ticks I have been told. The ones in KY were just bothersome -- not lime carriers. At least that is what I was told. I guess I better check on the kind of ticks we have here!!!!! thanks -- barbara

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    2. Rita -- Yes, we have ticks here -- also had them big time in KY. And Michigan too. They seem to be everywhere nowadays. There are many kinds of ticks I have been told. The ones in KY were just bothersome -- not lime carriers. At least that is what I was told. I guess I better check on the kind of ticks we have here!!!!! thanks -- barbara

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