Three Random Thoughts #8 – Potential, Fire, & Yarn Surprise

I am sitting looking out at the side of the Okanagan valley. Thanks for visiting !

At this time of year the valley is looking green. Plants, seeds, and gardening seem are in vogue right now. The valley’s gardeners all have awoken from their winter hibernation. Unlike bears, the gardeners are starving to see little green buds popping from flowerbeds.

My cherry tree has blossomed beautifully and the bees were buzzy at task when I checked this morning.

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you like today’s Three Random Thoughts. – David


Photo by Samson Katt on

Untapped Potential

In January of 2021 – CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) had an article online about literacy for adult Canadians. I just read it this week and it was quite saddening. Here is the article.

The article also said that some Canadians leave high school with literacy skills but they diminish after high school because they stop practicing them and as a result they fail to retain them.

I was shocked thinking that some adults struggle with ordinary tasks that involve reading.

It’s not just Canada either as I checked the statistics for other countries, Canada is actually one of the top countries for literacy but South Korea is #1.

Regardless of the percentage in a country, the sad part is thinking of all the Untapped Potential when people are working and living below their real ability, and for me, who loves to read, the idea that people are not enjoying the wonder and enjoyment of the imagination when reading.

I imagine many people feel shame about their literacy weakness and are good at “faking it” and possibly what could be worse is when their weakness in this area is copied by the next generation.

I owe a huge debt to my parents who encouraged my love reading; starting with comic books way back when.

No matter how well you read, I encourage you to read. I am starting a new book ” – see photo.

What are you reading?

Cover image for Pianos and flowers : brief encounters of the romantic kind / Alexander McCall Smith.Pianos and flowers : brief encounters of the romantic kind / Alexander McCall Smith.
What are you reading?



Just before the rain, my son and I spontaneously decided to have a quick fire at Skaha lake beach. We had the beach to ourselves and the clouds were ominous.

Regardless, we had a nice fire and my son braved the lake also, he actually swam briefly and then cautiously warmed himself beside the bonfire which sparked occasionally. It was our first bonfire of 2021, but I am sure it won’t be our last.


Yarn Surprise

In a past post I showed a few trees we were surprised to find while on a bike ride in downtown Penticton, this week I found this other tree near a park downtown.

A few hard working folks have continued on brightening people’s hearts with yarn surprises around the city; I thought it would be nice to share.

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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4 Responses to Three Random Thoughts #8 – Potential, Fire, & Yarn Surprise

  1. Jane Fritz says:

    Literacy is such an important skill to promote, David. There’s so much joy to be had from reading (and writing), not to mention advantages for things like employment and understanding instructions! Great message.


  2. Another great post, Dave. I love the yarn bombing!


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