A Wednesday

I spent a beautiful afternoon walking across the city on Wednesday. It was finally one of those spring days that I feel completely content to just be outside in, to drink up the air and sun. After what seemed like a long winter this was refreshing and very welcome. The necessity of errands drew me out of my den and weather-influenced good spirits kept me moving along the sidewalks and paths.

When I woke that morning and moved my laptop from beside my bed to my livingroom desk the mouse I used for several years fell and was damaged, leaving it unable to be clicked. I wrapped it in its cord and disposed of it. After mailing an overdue package to a friend of mine I set out to find a new mouse.
Initially I thought I would try out a trackball mouse. I have a laptop so I figured that would be the best option for travelling, seeing that I would not need a surface to use it on. At the store I tried a couple out but was quite let down. The trackball mice were both uncomfortable and lacking in accessable scroll buttons.
I spent some time looking at conventional mice before finding a nice wireless mouse. I’ve always assumed that a wireless mouse would not be best for use with my laptop, thinking that the receiver would be too clunky to be practical. However, this mouse had a very small receiver (about the size of a key drive). What made this mouse the one I would choose were the other features, though. The comfort of holding the mouse was a major selling point. It felt completely natural in my hand and the buttons were easily accessable. 15 different buttons and scroll directions has expanded the range and ease of tasks I can do with just a mouse (I can adjust volume levels, play / pause, move forward and backward on a playlist, launch a media player, return to the top of a website or go back in a browser, all with the press of just one button). The new mouse combined with ObjectDock and a new WindowBlinds skin has my computer feeling like a brand new environment.

With that major errand accomplished I wove my way through downtown Halifax, stopping at several stores and the library. By the time I made my way to the most enjoyable leg of my wandering I was carrying some fine books, a magnetic hematite ring and a bookmark depicting Green Tara, Mother of all the Buddhas. The hematite ring was quickly useful, allowing me to return casheer-spilled change to my hand through the wonder of magnetism.

I have a great love for cemeteries. Many are among the most peaceful places I’ve encountered. The interplay of nature’s trees and human stonework is a wonderful contrast and sometimes surprisingly complementary. On my way home I walked through my favourite cemetery here in Halifax and took some time to snap some photos in it (you’ll find those in my photo section). There’s a remarkable serenity I feel whenever I venture inside its gates. No matter my mood I always leave in at least a slightly better headspace. It’s as though the monuments to other lives that have passed give my own as sense of context and a motivation to do what good I can in the time I’m allowed in this life. The trees, as always, grant me a humbleness beneath their age, strength and beauty. I stepped through the cemetery and walked on through the city, enriched and contemplative as I finished my errands.

4 comments on “A Wednesday

  1. The image you paint of cemeteries is inspiring and beautiful. You communicated your sense of peace and I'm feeling motivated to seek out a cemetary in the city and see if I can find something similar.

    Thank you for this post!
    MW

  2. The image you paint of cemeteries is inspiring and beautiful. You communicated your sense of peace and I'm feeling motivated to seek out a cemetary in the city and see if I can find something similar.

    Thank you for this post!
    MW

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