A Wider View

Gerry spends the better part of the day cutting down tall cedars next to our patio and deck, and tending to the aftermath. It’s a big job done on a hot day and the mosquitoes are merciless.

The view from our deck is more expansive this morning, but there’s the issue of looking into our neighbours windows (and vise versa) without the trees for privacy. Something will have to be done. I’m not sure what just yet.

I’ve ordered new window coverings—top down bottom-up blinds like the ones we recently installed above my kitchen sink and in our den—and we’re waiting on cedar paneling to build a barrier on the lower patio. I’ve got to figure out something for the upper deck, the place I like to spend summer afternoons with a good book and a glass of cold tea. I’m open to suggestions.

Meanwhile, there’s this. I’ll just enjoy it for now.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I wonder why the trees had to be taken down. Chopping down trees is a tricky thing (live oaks here weigh tons), and I’m surprised Gerry tackled it by himself, or so it seems. I’m sure you have good reason.

    Enjoy a good book and another glass of cold tea this weekend.

    1. Our neighbourhood is working on fire smart initiatives given where we live (in a semi-arid area of British Columbia where fire risk during the summer can be high). Tall cedars in close proximity to houses present a risk. Yes, Gerry did tackle it by himself despite encouragement from his wife to seek help. He said it felt good to get out and work like that. I don’t understand it, but I believe him!

  2. Those hills look familiar. Are you near the South Thompson?

    1. Yes, we are in Kamloops. Where are you?

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