Feel-good Friday: Poetry in Motion

The next time someone tells you to go fly a kite “does anyone still say that?”

d. king - Kits Point
d. king – Kits Point

just do it!

A kite is a victim you are sure of.
You love it because it pulls
gentle enough to call you master,
strong enough to call you fool;
because it lives
like a desperate trained falcon
in the high sweet air,
and you can always haul it down
to tame it in your drawer.

A kite is a fish you have already caught
in a pool where no fish come,
so you play him carefully and long,
and hope he won’t give up,
or the wind die down.

A kite is the last poem you’ve written
so you give it to the wind,
but you don’t let it go
until someone finds you
something else to do.”                                                                                                  – Leonard Cohen, The Spice Box of Earth

Speaking about flying high & feeling good:

It’s nearly time to raise a glass at the ever popular California Wine Fair featuring award-winning vintners , happening at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Monday, April 27. The fair is presented in partnership with California Wine, an organization not only committed to showcasing the fine wines of the Golden State, but also giving back to the communities.  Meet you there!

Feel-good Friday: Cruising

And perusing all the lovely boats in Coal Harbour over a beautiful Vancouver weekend.

Just chillin & checking things outboat2

Seeking something… boat1…like going on a big Safariboat3

This is the perfect parking spot


but I settled for this instead


and parked myself here for the better part of an afternoon20140928_115633

I hope this weekend is as good as last!

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Photos: d. king


Feel-good Friday: Picnic in the Park

It may be snowing in Calgary but here in Vancouver it turned out to be a picture PERFECT DAY for a bike ride and a picnic.  We’re so lucky.picnic1 - CopyNever plan a picnic‘ Father said. ‘Plan a dinner, yes, or a house, or a budget, or an appointment with the dentist, but never, never plan a picnic.” – Elizabeth Enright, The Four-Story Mistake.


It wasn’t really planned so it was perfect!

An ordinary picnic can be made extraordinary simply by doing it with the right furry friends.

You are so funny. No; you are!
You are so funny.  No…you are! 


Gotta enjoy it while we can!
Gotta enjoy it while we can!
We are brothers!
We are brothers and can learn from each other!               D. King
We enjoy the ride!
We enjoy the ride and the fresh air.

When was the last time you went for a PICNIC?

Let's see if you can fit in my purse.
A little too big for my bag?  Oh well.

Photos: Ping (Lynn) Li

Of course it didn’t end here….there was also happiness (thank you to whoever invented happy hour) sitting outside enjoying the view at Kits Boathouse.

Debbie & Rosa
Debbie & Rosa

Re-Fresh Friday: Relaxation & Adventure

The two best combinations that strike a perfect BALANCE.englishbay

Summer, I will surely miss your warmth.fromferryboat2

OTHER THINGS I WILL MISS are the long days, everyone is more friendly, the casualness of flip flops, all the neighbours I never get to see the rest of the year, sitting outside on any great deck in the city, picnics, sunsets, sunflowers, warm evenings, Drinking Rosé (yes, you can drink it after but it’s not the same), bumping into people you know while riding a bike, riding my scooter with a warm breeze and not having to wear a jacket (yes, I can ride it after but it’s not the same), camping in Oregon (yes, I mean it!), meeting for breakfast at the sailing club, sitting outside at the neighborhood bar/restaurant but mostly bar if truth be told around the corner where everyone knows your name (including the ones you don’t want to know) and especially not having to carry an umbrella.  I’ll stop here.  Jericho

Unfortunately the Lululemon Seawheeze half marathon (the company responsible for turning so many of us into clones) didn’t make the cut because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped although the scenery around Stanley Park was breathtaking and I managed to cross the finish line arm in arm with my sister.  That was special since I lost her in a crowd of 10,000 people within the first 10 minutes and met up with her again halfway through.  And I’m thankful that I didn’t get trampled on when I stupidly turned around to pick up her water bottle which fell out of her fanny pack.  20140611_143704

It’s too fast and too soon but we have something to look forward to.  Come on, what’s the best thing about Fall besides all that beautiful foliage falling to the ground….the CLOTHES!  So come on folks, Cheer up.BurrardbridgeMahonyandSons

Have a great long weekend. Meet back here in SEPTEMBER….which means Monday.

Solong to Summer
Solong to Summer

I know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st….but it’s not the same.

photos (except for the bicycle): Debbie King