Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

Photos my own. Early May 2017. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

It’s May, finally beautiful, and here in Edmonton the “other life” begins–the life of being awake, active, and mobile. With the roads clear of snow, sunrise at 5:25 a.m. (which means it’s light before 5), and sunset at 9:36 p.m. (light until after 10), life will go on for the next five months.

Nearly 5 hours of light are added to our day from December to March and nearly another 5 hours from March to June.

Since there is so much backlog from the dark, confined months of winter, especially jobs such as errands and home upkeep, and with festivals and book events in full swing, life can be a little crazy. Deadlines and obligations make time move faster, and the already short season of good weather can whiz past barely noticed unless we make a point to pause, breathe, and appreciate the moment.

Bleeding hearts. Photo credit: Martina Blaskovic.

I have guitar and book events happening almost every weekend from the May Long (Victoria Day) to June 24. Throw in a few significant birthdays, visits from out-of-town friends, and work projects for good measure.

So I’m taking time out to smell the flowers on my writing retreat.

The idiom “Stop and smell the roses” (alternate form “Stop and smell the flowers”) means to relax, to take time out of a person’s busy schedule to enjoy or appreciate the beauty of life (source: Wiktionary).

This is a scheduled post, as I have no Internet for five days. I will be posting a write-up and pictures from the retreat when I return home.

April and May Update

Spring is Springing

Idioms A to Z on Its PH, the daily reads and writes

Some much needed pampering for Mother’s Day.

See also

Edmonton Attractions & Events

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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2 Responses to Taking Time to Smell the Flowers

  1. Enjoy the May! Happy vacation time.. 🙂

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