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Just staying afloat #Sundaystills

Technically I’m not quite “playing by the rules” with the challenge as presented. But hey what’s new? I’m merely thinking outside the ordinary realm of “afloat”.

These days weeks a month have seemed long. Full of things I should have done and didn’t. Or the reverse, things I did and should not have done. Sometimes it’s definitely felt like I’m just staying afloat.

I know that all seems vague and enigmatic but so much of it deals with my biological family dynamics which are complicated. Definitely not living a White picket fence life here.

So I’ve worked on focusing on what I can control. Plus what makes me feel good about life in general. Because “this too shall pass” and things will even out. They won’t necessarily be the same but part of life is change.

Prairie landscapes fill my soul up

So my afloat post for #Sundaystills isn’t at all about the adjective in its traditional sense of reference to floating in water. The second meaning refers to staying out of debt or difficulty. Which maybe begs the question of quite how it fits and why I don’t just trays it like I did with the garden one I started.

So let’s just run with I hope to stay afloat and I am hoping that the road to hell isn’t paved with good intentions.

These two watching the bubbles stay “afloat” fill my heart up.


Linking to a new host site today as Terri takes a blogging break. Natalie over at natalietheexplorer has some stellar photos fitting the theme so well. It’s always nice to see new sites while most of us aren’t going many or any places these days so thanks to Natalie for touring us around Toronto’s harbour and for hosting. Maybe next week I can hit the mark on the theme.


I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

13 thoughts on “Just staying afloat #Sundaystills

  1. I think your take on the theme is appropriate. It does seem that in many cases, we are just staying afloat in many areas. For me, mentally and emotionally, all the negativity and hatred and bickering the last few years have drained me. I’ve had to learn to unfollow and scroll on by!


    1. Kirstin, I can totally understand that. I’ve just signed out of Facebook for at least a couple of months – can’t handle the “sides” of the battle line in vaccine refusal. For me this particular bickering is on a siblings level and so it’s really hard to “unfollow” but wish I could! Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you find some activities that help recharge your batteries. Take care. Bernie


  2. Hi, Bernie – I always love the thoughtful and creative direction that you take with #SundayStills posts. You are so right — some times we float, and other times we tread water until we can float again. Thank you for your continued honesty and insight.


    1. Thanks Joanne. Sometimes the words and concept flow and sometimes they sure don’t. Life hasn’t been flowing well lately so it’s nice when the words do! Thanks for the support. Oh and yeah. Bubbles rock!

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  3. What a lovely post and inspiring words. And such wonderful photos, too, Bernie! Focusing on what we can control is a great way to live a life! Even though we might not like the situation we are in, we can choose to accept it. Once we learn to accept what is, and then focus on what we can control, we win. Take care 🙂 Aiva xxx


    1. Aiva. Thanks so much for feeling that these words were inspiring. That really helped my mindset today recognize that I am indeed on the right path throughout this troubling time. Glad the photos spoke to you like they did to me. Happy children and beautiful landscapes with brilliant skies – what’s not to love. Thanks again for stopping by to read and for the lovely compliment. Take care. Bernie

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  4. I love your interpretation of staying afloat … I feel it is very respective of our days. Just keeping floating, just keep floating!!!


    1. Aimy, not sure I feel like I’m floating right not as it’s more like treading water in the rapids but it will pass and while things will change I will come out the other side of it. Certainly with regards to the pandemic it feels like we need to float around a lot of stuff and stay lose to avoid getting sucked into the current. Hope all is well with you and T. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It’s nice to connect with readers enough that they comment.


  5. Hello Bernie, Nice to meet you via Sunday Stills. I love Prairie landscapes. I remember my visits to SK and I was in awe of the open sky there. Fluffy clouds and blowing bubbles make me smile. Thank you for your contribution to Sunday Stills. Have a great week!


    1. Natalie, thanks so much for hosting and for the comment on my post. I did kind of go in a strange direction but it seems to have sparked a few supportive comments from readers about hitting the mark. Ah prairie skies – one of my happy places to be. Glad you also remember them fondly. So many people are pretty negative about Sask so it’s nice to find someone with fond memories. Take care. Bernie


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