Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

MONDAY 01 JULY 2019

This is the first day of July and also Canada’s national holiday which is called Canada Day.  In my youth it was known as Dominion Day and that name has always remained with me.  We used to sing God Save The King [later it was the Queen] before classes commenced in the morning and even […]

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SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019

Some time ago, Naiana asked for a blessing to look after the gatehouse chapel and also the outdoor chapel under the high stairs. Since then she has faithfully tended these special places, and today she was there with “broom and bucket”. Kirill took care of the laundry and several other tasks while Andy and Vladika […]

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FRIDAY 19 JULY 2019

This morning I was at the Cancer Clinic’s pharmacy to pick up some medicine and I was amazed to see a most beautiful white poodle sitting behind the reception desk.  Apparently  it belongs to the hospital and it visits people who would like comfort  from a receptive animal.  I just stood in amazement and admiration […]

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FRIDAY 12 JULY 2019

We celebrated the feast of Saints Peter and Paul today, a feast that ends the Apostles’ Fast and brings us fully into the summer season.  We had a small number of people in attendance for the service but good enough considering that it was a working day.  Father Moses and I sang at the kliros, […]

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THURSDAY 11 JULY 2019

I baked two prosphoras, one for tomorrow’s Liturgy, and the second one for Sunday.  They both came out well without any cracks in the crust, so the baker’s advice of lowering the temperature was wise.  The Thursday Narcotics Anonymous meeting must have been successful with almost thirty people in attendance.  I was not present although […]

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WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 2019

I got my hands dirty from weeding, at first in Vladika Lazar’s little garden, then the pots and containers in front of the main building.  These areas were watered first, so that pulling out the weeds was not difficult.  If only it were possible to regain the strength I had even a decade ago, but […]

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MONDAY 8 JULY 2019

Peace and tranquility reigned throughout the day, leaving me with a feeling of great joy.  As a matter of fact, this emotion was so powerful that it almost brought tears to my eyes. If life could only continue in such blessedness.  No doubt what aided in this matter was that I walked everywhere without the […]

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SUNDAY 7 JULY 2019

It was overcast the entire day with some light rain, although some of the forecasts led us to believe that we might actually be free of any rain, but as we all know, forecasts are not necessarily accurate.  James and Yulia were present at the Liturgy before heading home to southern Washington and let us […]

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FRIDAY 5 JULY 2019

Work continued on the barrel on top of the gatehouse chapel and it is looking better each day.  The roses and other shrubs at its entrance have become overgrown and they must be pruned back.  The side road leading to the cottage has a stretch of tall pillar cedars on one side and a huge […]

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WEDNESDAY 3 JULY 2019

Today’s weather was perfect, that is, overcast with a cool breeze that did not leave us feeling exhausted.  In fact, it was so good that I went to Vladika’s little garden and began to weed, for it was getting to be overgrown not so much with weeds as with various flowers getting out of hand.  […]

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TUESDAY 2 JULY 2019

I went to the Insurance Corporation Of British Columbia to get my driver’s licence renewed for another five years and this time I was able to apply for a single card with both the licence and the personal services card with my own personal health number which I would use whenever visiting a doctor or […]

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SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2019

This is the last day of the month and the middle of the long weekend, since it is Canada Day or, as it was called in my youth, Dominion Day.  Of course this meant that many people would be away camping for the weekend with good weather blessing them, yet enough came to church, including […]

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THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019

We were visited two times today by David and Anna, our dear friends whom we love to have with us as often as possible.  David and Vladika Lazar have cooperated on many occasions and travelled together, while Anna is my goddaughter who naturally is close to my heart.  Our conversations become lively and full of […]

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WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2019

As I am composing this entry I can hear thunder but I see no lightning as the shades are drawn.  There is something both majestic and frightening about such thunder storms, but this one cannot compare with those in the Prairies where they can leave one awestricken.  After taking Father Moses to see his doctor, […]

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MONDAY 24 JUNE 2019

Yesterday was an exhausting day which meant that I slept soundly all night and, even so, I felt that I could have slept for the rest of the day. There were so many recollections of yesterday’s services and conversations with people that all day long my mind was filled with joy.  Today happens to be […]

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SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019

Although it is officially summer, today’s weather was not seasonal, but rather cool, not that we were complaining.  Half a dozen volunteers showed up and one could immediately feel the energy that was emanating from them.  It was scrub here, vacuum there, clean everywhere and the entire day was dedicated to work.  In the morning […]

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FRIDAY 21 JUNE 2019

I was reminded that today was the summer solstice and now the days will be getting shorter.  It is a somewhat sad thought, yet summer and its oppressive heat is still to come.  Liudmila left piles of the obnoxious morning glory vines that she had pulled out and also unwrapped from around the raspberry canes […]

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THURSDAY 20 JUNE 2019

Vladika Lazar left for our local college early this morning to attend a seminar but when he did not return by two in the afternoon I began to worry which ultimately was not necessary as he had stayed on for the afternoon session, after which some of the people gathered for a lengthy discussion. There […]

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MONDAY 17 JUNE 2019

Each one of us has been complaining about arthritic pains, so there must be a change of weather in the near future.  I used to think that it was all nonsense, but now that I do have arthritis in various joints, I tend to agree that weather changes somehow bring on the pains.  Father Moses […]

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SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019

Today is Father’s Day, although we do not celebrate it.  Many decades ago in the United States some people felt sorry for themselves for not having feast days, and consequently they began Mother’s Day which grew in great popularity.  Then followed Father’s Day and a whole string of other “days”.  Before long we can expect […]

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SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019

Most of the baptisms we have are at eleven o’clock and I had  forgotten that today’s baptism was at one in the afternoon, not that it made any great difference other than throwing me into some confusion. The baby, Valerie, was a delight to behold and to baptize, with not even a squeak out of […]

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TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2019

It was hot today, reaching 30 degrees and I had to water the plants in my little garden twice, otherwise some of them would not have survived another day.  Dima, Elena and Olga came bearing food for us and, although I was not especially hungry, I enjoyed what they had brought, in addition to their […]

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MONDAY 10 JUNE 2019

Not realizing how dry the soil was, I hastily watered the plants near the cottage, some of which were already withering.  This reminded me of how this task of daily watering will continue throughout the summer, at times having to water the plants twice each day.  But, if I happen to complain about that, I […]

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SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2019

I had the opportunity to meet and converse with a number of people who were here for only the second or third time in addition to those who came for the very first time. Of course it is difficult to carry on a long conversation after the Agape meal with people milling about, some simply […]

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SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019

How tempting it was to sleep all morning but it was not to be.  Someone called early and talked for a long time, so the temptation to sleep more had completely vanished.  Besides, it was Saturday and there was much to be done.  Kirill’s chihuahua Mimi spent part of the day with us.  I must […]

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FRIDAY 7 JUNE 2019

Vladika Lazar dropped me off at the superstore before going for his physiotherapy.  For the last three years it was an ordeal to shop there due to its size and the pain in my hip that was caused by having to walk great distances in this megastore.  Today, on the other hand, I spent an […]

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THURSDAY 6 JUNE 2019

Not having expected to see many people come for the liturgy on this feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many did come.  At the meal following the service, our friends Anysim and his son Xenon sang the Lord’s Prayer in their Old Believer way.  Hearing them sing, […]

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WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE 2019

I came across several photo albums that belonged to our dear friend George who died a few years ago and, while glancing through them, I found many photos taken here at the monastery that we should show our readers.  A photo can often say more than words.  We miss George, a true and faithful friend, […]

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TUESDAY 4 JUNE 2019

Breakfast this morning consisted of old fashioned slow cooking rolled oats, using a method that Princess Elena Vladimirovna Andiysky [eternal be her memory] had taught me about fifty five years ago, if not more.  She used it for preparing buckwheat kasha, but it works just as well with rolled oats.  Take a heavy sauce pan, […]

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SUNDAY 2 JUNE 2019

A couple of mysteries arose overnight, with an abundance of bread left on the kitchen table, while the Lithuanian cold beet soup vanished, as did a huge cheese cake.  Moreover, the icon hanging on the cedar tree next to the holy well was lying on the ground. Either someone tore it off, or a raccoon […]

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