Two Things in Three Blocks.

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Today, just a little show and tell to share with you.  By the way, when I publish this post, I will know if the tech-problems on the blog are finally, actually fixed!  Or not.

Recently, we made a little discovery, here.  When we were in the process of getting our 13 year old son his first passport, we learned that his birth registration form had been transcribed incorrectly.  My maiden name had been misspelled with a “u” in place of a “v”.  It wasn’t our mistake, but we needed to correct it officially, if we wanted our son to have his own passport.

So, last week, I headed downtown to the Department of Vital Statistics.  65 dollars, and a couple of hours later, I got this bureaucratic error corrected.  I had parked my car only three blocks from the building, but that was a long enough walk to wind up with two things to share.

The first thing that got my attention was a small, diverse crowd that had gathered in an alley, by an old pub.  Turns out that I’d stumbled onto the ‘unveiling’ of an enormous picture of the queen of England.  This painting has a special history in this city because it used to hang in Winnipeg’s old hockey arena.

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Years ago, when the old arena was knocked down and a new one was built, this painting of the queen was put into storage. (I think it eventually wound up in the province of Ontario).

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Recently, two Winnipeg businessmen bought it back, and they plan to permanently hang it in a public place where anyone can view it, for free. A generous gesture, I thought.

There was one lady in the crowd who had heard about the unveiling less than an hour ago, and had dropped everything to show up and see it in person.  She told me that she had been collecting royalty memorabilia, and following their stories, for the last 28 years.

Anyhow, readers might know that Queen Elizabeth II is Canada’s symbolic head of state because Canada is a constitutional monarchy, and the queen is represented here by the Governor- General.

Fans of hockey and royalty alike seemed equally pleased to see this painting returned to the city.

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The other thing that caught my eye was this mural.

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I was intruigued by how the images painted into the mural seem to blend in with the real-life cars and roads!
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…and how the building’s real windows blend into the mural’s painted windows and walls.  Very cool, I thought.

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Murals are such a great way to beautify an old urban area, and there are quite a few in Winnipeg.  For now, I’ll say this might be my favourite Winnipeg mural.  Now that I am paying attention, though, I might find other contenders for first place.

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A Little Wanderlust.

Here are some of my thoughts and pictures from a long walk I took in Winnipeg, last Saturday.  Hope you enjoy…

~ Carina Spring

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In my last post, I announced that my blog’s technical troubles were finally resolved.  Turns out that my celebrations were, um… premature. Yes, after my gleeful announcement, I joyfully pressed “publish”, and soon realized that the email was not getting delivered to subscribers’ mailboxes.  Every time one problem gets resolved, another one pops up!

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Honestly, autumn has brought a few challenges with it, and not just with my blog.  When I stumbled on these words, yesterday, the mindset struck me as helpful:

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.  Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.  Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”

~ Jim Rohn

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Anyhow, on Saturday, when I went for a long-overdue haircut, I decided to walk home.  I have been going to the same hairdresser for 15 years.  Her salon is downtown, a fair few kilometres from my home, and in a different neighbourhood.  It was a gorgeous day.  Without thinking much about it, after my haircut, I strolled into the fresh air and started my walk.  It took several hours to get home, though I don’t know exactly how long, because I didn’t pay much attention to the time.

The sun was in my eyes and I carried my big purse over my shoulder, and I felt kind of free: no plans, no car.

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By the time I got home, around 5:00 pm, I’d taken a bunch of snapshots with my cell phone (those are the pictures in today’s post), and I’d accepted a friend’s spontaneous dinner invitation for 6:00 pm.

Hiking, even the urban kind, can be so relaxing. There is something therapeutic about walking by yourself, for hours, like a tourist in your own city.  Now, I feel a vague kind of wanderlust.  Like I want to wander. Everywhere.  Even if it’s only around here.

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When I was in my late teens, I figured life out by running  kilometres and kilometres at a time.  In those runs I found my strength, and I figured out that life was short, and that it all comes down to the present moment.  I think walks like this one are another way for me to better understand life.

Here are a few more snapshots that I took with my cell phone, if you’d like to see what Winnipeg looked like, from my perspective, last Saturday.  It’s a pretty diverse place.

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Yay… Finally!

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

~Melody Beattie

I can’t believe it!  After all of the emails, phone calls, and much research, the technical problems on my blog have finally been resolved!  All in one conversation with one talented technician who really knew what he was doing, and took the time to help.  In a matter of 20 minutes, the last of the problems were sorted out!  YAY… it’s finally behind me!

Now, I am looking forward to reconnecting with all of you, and posting regularly!

A water damn in the town of Winnipeg beach. The beauty of autumn in Manitoba.

Today is Thanksgiving, here, in Canada.  This has always been one of my favourite holidays.  We are enjoying the long weekend – it’s amazing what a difference an extra day off makes!   Our family celebrated on Saturday.  My husband prepared an amazing supper, and we all relaxed in the cozy warmth of our home.  Life may not always be easy, but we have a lot to be grateful for around here.

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I went for a bike ride to enjoy this beautiful Saturday. Birds, colourful trees, unbelievably blue skies.
The beauty of autumn in Manitoba.

Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving!