Summertime and the living is easy!

Summertime and the living is easy!

  • Aug. 3, 2020 5:40 p.m.

Summertime and the living is easy!

I am not sure who wrote that, but I like it.

I was thinking about those words this morning as I opened the page of my day with my usual morning walk.

As I stepped into the canvas of another beautiful summer day, it seemed the world outside was filled with promise and endless possibilities.

Overhead the sky, unmarred by clouds, hung soft, baby blue soft, making me think of human babies and puppies and kittens, all soft and warm and lovely.

Of course, when I got home my husband, who did not mean to be, but was, the bearer of bad news, immediately rained on my parade with the ominous words, “there’s a storm coming.”

I chose to ignore him.

“Live in the moment” I chastised gently.

Thankfully, so far, the physical effects of COVID-19 have detoured around my loved ones and myself although I am, for sure, feeling the trickledown economic effects of the nasty virus.

For the first time in more years than I care to recall, I find myself unemployed.

Financially, that does not paint a pretty picture, but weirdly enough I have enjoyed so many delightful experiences this summer, I find myself feeling quite rich, indeed.

I am sure that will change when the reality of less dollars and cents being deposited automatically into my bank account regularly hits home, but for now I am living the words, summer- time and the living is easy.

And it is great!

And, amazingly, I have found a whole new world out there!

I found this world it when I started walking. They say the longest journey begins with a single step and I decided, when I was not doing the usual get-up, get-to-work routine, I would replace it with a get-up, go-for-a-walk routine.

It turns out my walk has had a ripple effect, kind of like when you throw a pebble into a pond, and the ripples just keep on, keeping on.

First, my heart and lungs have thanked me for it. Oh, they haven’t come right out and said, “thank you, Treena, you have made us healthier, but I just know they are grateful. Also, I wear one of those Fitbit things and after my walk, I can brag about how many steps I have taken to my kids. My kids are my role models. They are all physically fit and work hard to stay that way. They truly inspire me.

Another cool ripple effect of my walk is all the other walkers I have been privileged to meet along the way. It’s like the road I walk down slowly comes to life in the morning, reminding me of the corn field in the movie ,”Field of Dreams,’ when it came to life with all those ball players, except, of course, the walkers I meet every day are very much alive.

And as we walk along, another day in beautiful Alberta slowly unfolds before us and in the background, the sun shimmers on blue waters and the birds sing in the trees and life, itself, just seems simple and good.

And as I head home to begin another day, I feel quite rich and lucky for no other reason than it’s summer and the living is easy!

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta premier Jason Kenney declared a public health state of emergency Tuesday and sweeping new measures as COVID-19 cases in the province continue to rise. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Kenney declares state of public health emergency as COVID-19 cases rise

High schools shift to online learning, businesses face new restrictions

The Lion’s Fountain sprayed serenely in the middle of Cranna Lake in Lacombe on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Zachary Cormier/Lacombe Express)
City of Lacombe updates stormwater pond policy from 2012

The approved policy outlines the monitoring of three publicly managed ponds

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced the province surpasses one million COVID-19 tests Friday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
COVID-19: Central zone active cases up by 100 in last 24 hours

Most central Alberta communities under province’s enhanced measures list

.
Alberta confirmed more than 1,500 COVID-19 cases Sunday

Central zone active cases slightly up

Kyle Charles poses for a photo in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Marvel Entertainment, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, hired the 34-year-old First Nations illustrator as one of the artists involved in Marvel Voice: Indigenous Voices #1 in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
VIDEO: Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

Kyle Charles says Indigenous women around the world have reached out

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
VIDEO: How do the leading COVID vaccines differ? And what does that mean for Canada?

All three of the drug companies are incorporating novel techniques in developing their vaccines

Ilaria Rubino is shown in this undated handout image at University of Alberta. Alberta researcher Rubino has developed technology allowing mostly salt to kill pathogens in COVID-19 droplets as they land on a mask. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Alberta
Alberta researcher gets award for COVID-19 mask innovation

The salt-coated mask is expected to be available commercially next year after regulatory approval.

Russ and Luanne Carl are sharing about their experiences of fighting COVID-19 this past summer. (Photo submitted)
Stettler couple opens up about COVID-19 battle

Luanne and Russ Carl urge others to bolster personal safety measures amidst ongoing pandemic

This 2019 photo provided by The ALS Association shows Pat Quinn. Quinn, a co-founder of the viral ice bucket challenge, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at the age of 37. (Scott Kauffman/The ALS Association via AP)
Co-founder of viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dies at 37

Pat Quinn was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 2013

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti speaks with the media following party caucus in Ottawa, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Exclusion of mental health as grounds for assisted death is likely temporary: Lametti

Senators also suggested the exclusion renders the bill unconstitutional

Claudio Mastronardi, Toronto branch manager at Carmichael Engineering, is photographed at the company’s offices in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. As indoor air quality becomes a major concern in places of business, HVAC companies are struggling to keep up with demand for high quality filtration systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Business is booming for HVAC companies as commercial buildings see pandemic upgrades

‘The demand right now is very high. People are putting their health and safety ahead of cost’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Long-awaited federal rent subsidy program for businesses hurt by COVID-19 opens today

The new program will cover up to 65 per cent of rent or commercial mortgage interest

Most Read