What I Learned On My Summer Vacation. Part 1

posted July 7th, 2011 by Janet Graham - 2 Comments

This summer I am spending almost two full months at our cottage in Muskoka and for most of the month of July it will be my beloved and I on our own. This is a first for me and for us. I thought I would post weekly about what I am learning from this new adventure.

  1. The luxurious feeling of reading an issue of Vogue from cover to cover and the inspiration which comes from being completely relaxed while reading it. Specifically, being inspired to watch the 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci movie The Conformist, to check out Nomad Tanzania (www.nomad-tanzania.com), to read the Harry Potter books and see the movies, by the fierce attitude of the young star of these movies Emma Watson who fought hard to be educated during the many years she was filming, in essence her entire adolescence, finally announcing she would not renew her contract for the last two films unless changes were made to accommodate her desire to go to university, to read Patti Smith’s 2010 memoir Just Kids, by Tina Brown and her relationship with her husband and children and her fabulous career success including its ups and downs and her handling of them and her current challenge of reviving money losing Newsweek an old journalism brand and merging it with the money losing new media brand The Daily Beast, to see Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. And I was inspired to do all of this by simply allowing myself the luxury of reading a magazine from cover to cover… who knew?!?!?
  2. The pain of wearing new golf shoes without socks, for the sake of fashion. (A grand merci to my dear friend Martine for this great suggestion!!)
  3. The benefits of taking the time to attend yoga every day. And despite my best intentions, my failure to add 10 minutes of meditation to my daily regime. I think my conversion from a life which is all about “doing” to a life which I hope is more about “being” will be a little more challenging than I had anticipated.
  4. The bliss of reading, especially during the day. It feels a little sinful to curl up on the sofa with a great book on Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. This week it was The Sweet Life in Paris and The Help.
  5. The joy of participating in Nine and Dine with friends at our golf club. (Essentially,  Best Ball with wine, appetizers and dinner served on the tee box on the third and sixth holes. This is my type of golf!! Except for the impact on my game caused by the pain I was in. See # 2 above.)
  6. The comfort which comes from spending time at the cottage with my family (especially when the kids do all of the cooking!!).
  7. Astonishment at the turn of events in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case.
  8. The thrill of seeing the combined beauty, youth, joy and dignity of Kate and William. I am so happy for the Canadian designers she has chosen to wear for the trip. What a boost for their brands!! Good for you Kate!!
  9. The joy of gardening every single day!!
  10. What our “grand dog” Ben taught us about what can be accomplished with strength, courage and fierce determination!

I would love to hear about your summer experiences!! Please share your comments in the Comments section below.






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2 Responses to “What I Learned On My Summer Vacation. Part 1”

Comment from Laurie Clark
Time July 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Sounds wonderful!

Comment from Nancy M-L
Time July 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

Happy that you are so happy ! Now, do you understand how I spend so much time in Muskoka ?

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