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Aug
05
2019
 05Aug2019 - Osprey Watch at St Patrick's Island
Mon Aug 5 00:00:00 MDT 2019
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Few days prior, while on our daily walks through downtown's St. Patrick island, we can't help notice a nest atop an art Installation in that area. Yes, a feathery creature, an osprey took residence atop this $500,000 7-storey street light art installation! The Bloom sculpture was placed on the island years ago as one of the phases of revitalization of inner-city space - and now serves both as a public art, and home to these ospreys.

So this weekend, I brought my entire camera gear including a Canon 100-400mm telezoom lens and headed back to the site, hoping we can catch some action. Our 2 hour watch gave us lots: from their nest housekeeping, to feeding, and to their pooping. Eeeew... gross, you might say! But these guys routinely shoot their poop out over the edge of their nests to keep the nest clean. It is a good 10-feet of chalky projectile into the air (as urine and feces are excreted together).

tip-transparent So note to ourselves: Next time you see an eagle in a nest, watch out when it cocks out its tail !

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Aug
03
2019
 03Aug2019 - A New Transition In Our Lives
Sat Aug 3 00:00:00 MDT 2019
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It is our temporary transition - testing the waters for a downsized urban living. And, it is also a true moment of self-reflection - of finding out what is important in our lives, what is meaningful, the things we want to keep, what we don't, and things to do with our added free time. No driveways to shovel, no yard to maintain, nothing to mow, no big expanse of space to clean (and clutter with all the things we accumulate through the years). Am sure there will be process to this madness, if you want to call it that way.

Our first step to decluttering was a hard one. There are many reasons why we keep things, either out of necessity or of sentimental reasons, or, it maybe part of growing a family. However, with the kids now moved out, this could be a new beginning. In this age of plenty, at this stage of our lives, it is surprising what our thought-process has become. The reality of coming to terms of what is absolute necessity and what is not, is actually harder than you think. But there comes a point in our lives, we just need to let things go. We lose something to gain something else.

We started selling off stuff 4 years ago. A vey long process. Then the culmination? The greatest freedom we've ever had was when we managed to pack all our left-over things in 2 30-footer storage units. Yes, two! Really? You'd ask! That's when we realize, we are still quite ways to become a minimalist! But then again, this is a process, right? This is indeed a lifestyle change! So, one baby-step at a time.

One baby-step at a time. We've executed our first step to a minimalist lifestyle - compressing everything you have into a handful items you can absolute pack into a small space while exercising a big degree of freedom void of encumberance. And we will get there eventually.

One little step to freedom...

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Jul
14
2019
 14Jul2019 - Warm Routines on Drums
Sun Jul 14 21:22:57 MDT 2019
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Warmup Routines on Drums


- I take a different approach to my warmup routines by over-emphasizing on hitting everything on my rack. It helps me buildup muscle memory when I need to hit something without a need to look at it 


So now that we sold our house in just 2 weeks of posting on the market, reality is starting to sink in. While I am glad that we sold it in relatively just a short time, there's also sadness that I can't avoid as there's obviously things that I will surely miss. We're in a panic to sell big items like my entire music studio gear (excluding a selection of guitars of couse).


My music studio will definitely be the place that I will surely miss. This is where I usually spend hours relaxing, or sometimes in seclusion, or on some cases, as my sanctuary for destressing. At times I use it as the extended man-cave; a place of retreat. This is my space. This is my refuge when things gets stressful and chaotic. My wind-down at times.

 

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Jul
01
2019
 01July2019 - SOLD OUR HOME - Starting a New Phase In Our Lives
Mon Jul 1 00:00:00 MDT 2019
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SOLD OUR HOME!

It's been awhile now since we became empty-nesters. However, more often than not, there's still those odd times we terribly miss our kids at home. The quieteness can sometimes be deafening. Empty rooms. Big spaces. Silence.

However, an empty nest is also both a welcome and exciting time for us when after years of prioritizing our kids, now we are free to look after ours first -- and the greatest excitement it can bring can also mean the joy it gives when kids come for a visit (or, a checkup on us?), or simply a call to us. Nothing compares to the joy of hearing chats and laughter fill up empty rooms once again, or the thrill of anticipating them walk through the doors when they come visit you - something we're sure every parent look forward to.

On the other hand, an empty nest can also mean that your favorite boots or the dress that you just bought will still be there right where you left it or realizing that your trip to the grocery store is now less frequent, your driveway is no longer a parking lot of cars, you no longer hear those complains when they peek down your grocery bag when you've forgotten to buy their favorite items. You now seem to have fewer loads on the laundry, no more dirty dishes piling up your kitchen sink, no more fear of tripping over piles of shoes on your front door mat. Your favorite TV channel remains tuned while you end up sleeping in your couch with the remote on your other hand. You can now play whatever tunes you like, no matter what time, no matter how loud, or no matter how old the tune is. You can even just wear your underwear while you sneak for snack - but oh, you really don't have to sneak anymore!

But no matter what it is, you remain the parent you are. You will miss your kids!

So, we welcome this new phase of our lives. We will downsize and start the hardest part of this phase, that is, purging things you've accumulated all these years! There will be frequent visits to the clothing donation bins, visits to the city landfill, get rid of this, or sell that. Ultimately, there is a reason for all of these madness - we look forward in anticipation for the best to come! Stay tuned!

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