Stormy days and Sunny Days


A channel connects two lakes here, and it’s a perfect place to bicycle.

I live in a beautiful valley, it stretches north to south for hundreds of miles with different lakes lying in a row north to south. Beautiful to see and drive along no matter the season.

A valley is basically  a corridor and so winds travelling north or south is pretty much a daily occurence, the only variables are the direction (which can change from morning to evening) and the speed of the wind, from almost nothing to robust, blustery storms.

This week has included all of the above, but fortunately the wind has mainly been from the south (warmer), and of course with the wind we are the happy recipients of blue skies, and nights filled with twinkly stars despite the slight drop in temperatures. (minus 3 today when I woke up)

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overlooking Okanagan lake

Two days ago when I was walking around the neighbourhood, I enjoyed watching the straw coloured tall grasses (4 feet to 7 feet tall) whip and bend in the gusts of wind. The grasses seemed to dance and yet returned to upright undamaged over and over.

Reading some posts lately, some bloggers reminded me of these grasses, bending in the wind, they are survivors of tempestuous times.

These bloggers, myself and possibly you reader have had some storms in which you survived by bending and not being rigid.  Life’s weather is overpowering.

That has been the case for myself, I can’t help the irrepressible weather I have had in my life.

When life’s winds blow, we all must bend because we can’t fight the wind, so have no choice except to bend or break. Thankfully most of us will stand again, straight, tall and undamaged after the wind stops.  But first we must weather the storm.

I am very grateful to be enjoying the blessing of receiving my kidney transplant in April of this year. Looking back a year ago,  I had the hope, and the love and support of family and friends to weather the storm,  though sometimes it felt like the storm wouldn’t end. 

It did though, and I hope if you or someone you care for is dealing with a storm right now, hang in there, and let the people who love you support you until it’s over.

Sunny days ahead I hope for you and yesterday I enjoyed a calm sunny day here.  Thanks for reading 🙂


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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24 Responses to Stormy days and Sunny Days

  1. LA says:

    Beautiful pics and great thought process in your post. Well done all around

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  2. Yap Wai Meng says:

    Treasure your health! I like the place you live in – such beauty and wonder you take in on a daily basis!

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  3. Jackie says:

    Dave I hear your gentle kindness and human fragility in everything you write. At this time of year many of us have storms inside our minds borne of longing, regret and disappointment…that can bend our bodies too, but your words float down like a blanket to give us each a sense of security that all is well and beauty abounds to restore our souls if only we stop to look outside ourselves…

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  4. Beautiful photos. I am looking forward to being back in March. 🙂

    I wish you continued good health

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  5. Picturesque! Wishing you many more sunny days!

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  6. Many years ago I lived in Penticton. Great memories.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      I have been here a long time now, we moved from Vancouver in 1992. I occasionally visit Vancouver, but when I come home and look down on Skaha Lake and drive down the highway, I think “Home!”


  7. Lisa Coleman says:

    Your analogy is spot on. Beautiful photos! Here, palm trees bend during hurricanes and never seem to straighten. I don’t want to be a palm tree. 😉


  8. Beautiful words and post! And I love how you shared your experience and be an inspiration for anyone who reads


  9. Wow, certainly does look a beautiful place.


  10. I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!


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