Canada is 150 years old this year. And looking very beautiful! We’ve been in Vancouver where the weather is divine (you know the range: 60 to 80 degrees) and the town booming. Seems a bit easier to feel fabulous here. Maybe getting away from the stormy vibrations in the USA right now is just the thing to make one feel fabulous again. As my granddaughter reminded me, it also stays light very late into the evening here. Here’s a look at the view at 9 PM on Wednesday when we arrived.
I have used several of my favorite traveling habits here in Vancouver. When I get to any large city I go out and walk and walk versus hitting the gym. Walking for miles beats the treadmill with CNN shouting breaking news what seems like every 5 minutes. While on my marathon walk I made stops in two best bets to lift my mood. The first was to stroll into the most upscale and expensive department store in my wanderings.
While I know that loving a swank department store clearly puts me in my waning 60s, I can’t ever forget how as a young woman when money was tight, and my career busy, I would wander and picture myself wearing some of the most amazing clothes. Loved just looking at those crazy priced multi-thousand dollar dresses and day dreaming of entering a restaurant and turning heads. While I have grown somewhat beyond the clothes obsession of my youth, and for sure know I am very unlikely to make heads turn now, I still get joy out of wandering those expensive racks and wondering where I could ever wear these options.
Another treat is visiting a cathedral or an inspiring old church. The hush, the few people reverently praying, sometimes choirs or organ masters practicing, wonderful messages about welcoming people, large open spaces and small areas featuring a saint or special area of prayer filled with lit candles all comfort me. It is like a spiritual cashmere wrap and blast of serenity.
We have also spent time wandering the botanical gardens here – lush and greener than green, and seen some intriguing art at museums. We actually thought we knew everything we probably needed to know about Monet but learned a bit more when we went to a new exhibit at the art museum here. One surprise – and likely many of you already knew this – but we did not: there was an actual painting that Monet titled Impression which is how the term impressionism came to be. We did know that impressionism was a derisive term when introduced, but seeing the actual painting that named a movement we all know so well was very interesting. My theory was once again confirmed that one never wastes time in a museum – there is always something fresh to see or hear.
While here I returned to another adventure that always works to up my mood: going shopping alone for lingerie. Cathy once wrote a hilarious blog of our jointly shopping for lingerie – that was for me a one-time thing—and of course am glad it was Cathy I shared it with. But my preference is to find someone friendly and knowledgeable in the lingerie department to help me and share with her what I have been considering for months but just haven’t gotten around to buying. Staying fabulous has to include holding firm to buying lovely underthings. Promise me no matter how you feel about your financial situation or your aging body, you will, at least once a year buy something pretty, shaping and charming that will remind you how special you are every time you put it on. Cotton briefs and a one size fits all bras does not help one to feel or think fabulous.
We’ve just learned that our next stop on our “get out of the Tucson heat tour” Portland, Oregon will be over 110 degrees when we arrive. Talk about news that threatens my uplifted mood!! We spent several hours mulling through options that tried our patience. But with all my good vibrations from this wonderful trip, I kept my thinking positive.
As for the impending heat wave in Oregon, did someone say there is no climate change? The big lesson for us fabulous over 60s is this: your memories of how weather was have to be tossed out the window. So maybe you did vacation in Oregon every August in the 70s and there was a chill in the air. That is no guarantee that weather is still with us. Since we are always saying that being fabulous is about being flexible, check the weather first wherever you are going. Do not rely on anything but the present – literally – weather is a moving target. Practicing dealing easily with changing weather may help us deal with other things that are changing as well. That would be a great support for being fabulous all the time.