A change is as good as a rest

Allison Lake, B.C.: This morning at 4:20 am

Waking up this morning, it took a few seconds for me to remember that I’m at my sister and brother-in-law’s home…  It was too early to be awake, but nonetheless, my mind began its usual morning meander down Memory Lane. I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep. So, I eased myself out of bed and crept into the living room.

And here I sit, wrapped up in a warm crocheted blanket, with my laptop humming… waiting for me to write. It is 4 am… not an uncommon hour for giving up my eternal quest for eight hours of uninterrupted slumber. In fact, it has been at least 15 years since I had the pleasure of even one truly great night’s sleep. I’ve tried everything…  a hot bath, warm milk, rigorous exercise, relaxing yoga, a roll-in-the-hay, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, sleepy-time tea, and big-pharma’ remedies too.  But to no avail. My brain does not ever seem to turn off; it is determined to rouse my sleep-deprived body as early as possible. For my inner child… every morning is exciting and she wonders what the day holds in store…  she can’t be bothered with sleep.

However, all this said… if I must be awake… what a place to be so. The sofa beside the floor-to-ceiling window pane is plush and comfy, and the view of the lake is beyond beautiful. Dawn is not far off and mist shrouds the high hills soaring straight out of the water. I can hear loons calling, fish jumping, and soft snoring behind the closed bedroom doors. This room smells of lilac and last night’s pita bread.

Jorge and I have been in British Columbia for just five days. The apartment in Kamloops is all set up, provisions are in the larder, and we are visiting the lake for the weekend…

Most of the people who come here are residents of the Princeton – Kamloops vicinity. Like my brother-in-law’s family, many have owned their homes here for decades. They were built as simple summer cabins, but some have now morphed into summer palaces. Barb and Craig’s panabode (I wonder how many readers know this housing description?) is not big enough to be called palatial, but the renovations are on-going and elegant.  Two new bathrooms, fitted by a master builder-artist, are the latest additions.

Life is so good… if I could just get a bit more shut-eye every night… it might be called… perfect.

Today I will show Jorge the trail that encircles the lake. I doubt we’ll walk the whole circumference, but he is determined to make his time in BC, one of rejuvenation. The cooler climate and long days make this a doable goal. I doubt I’ll turn into an eight-hours-a-night sleeper, but I expect to slim down over the coming weeks. Ah yes… a change is as good as a rest.

Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

22 thoughts on “A change is as good as a rest

  1. 4 am at Allison Lake is 6 am in Merida – you are just not acclimatized yet!
    There are still lots of panabodes and similar houses, cabins, garages, and bunk houses about in the traditional style. Have you seen any of their Contemporary models? Your parents wouldn’t recognize them as Panabodes.
    Welcome back to Canada, both of you.


  2. Dear Joanna…welcome back! It is lovely here and we are doing what you and Jorge are doing; enjoying absolutely every minute of every day until its time to return to the warmth and fun of Merida.
    This is simply a brief post to tell you of a ‘sleep pillow’ manufactured by Sleep Country, which incorporates a lavender scent into the pillow; the sleep benefits of lavender are known so this is just another ‘who knows’? Perhaps it will help with a few more hours of shut eye for you.
    Tony had had four more basal cell lesions removed from his legs and shoulder so isn’t doing much this week; couch potatoes both of us as we watch the PGA golf tournament, which we love. I met with an ENT specialist yesterday, she had a camera view of my throat and the tissues are somewhat compromised by the laryngitis I had in Merida. She also believes that I have ‘silent reflux’, which is also irritating my throat, so these issues plus aging have challenged my voice. But there is nothing sinister going on so great relief there.
    Happy times to you and the family and love from here to everyone, Jan and Tony



  3. Joanna You make me smile. Your comments are of wonder and amazement at the spirit and beauty of nature. We too return to our lake each year from Mexico. First usually ice on the and we wake early each morning to get coffee and watch in case something even more wonderful passes by. This year we were rewarded with a wolf, deer and flights of birds. Then one morning ice slides into the lake and again the most awe inspiring sights. Reflections, loons and the sounds of spring — frogs and hopeful birds. Life is certainly a gift. It is a good reason to get up early and soak it up and store it in your memory bank. Hugs to Jorge.


    1. Hello Bob… you are in Ontario, right? It is the same here… one fine day, the ice slides into the lake. I was not at Allison Lake to see that but it must be a very cool (in more ways than one) sight. Hope to see you and Connie in Merida next winter… maybe take a trip together?


  4. It sounds wonderful, Joanna! I’ll bet the rising full moon will be beautiful over the lake tonight. It’s always hard for me to sleep when the moon is full. As for sleep – have you tried a couple of tequilas before bed??? xoxoxo


    1. The weather is fabulous Nancy… daily walks are once again a part of our life. Good thing because we have to balance the extra delicious calories that we’re consuming… there are just too many Canadian treats!


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