Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

MONDAY 29 JULY 2019

I regret that I have little to write today. It has been a hot day and all of us here are still recovering from the activity over the weekend so that nothing unusual was done, although Mother Evstratia, the nun visiting from Romania, came early and began weeding, among other things.  It was somewhat amusing […]

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SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019

Today we celebrated our annual feast, The Theotokos Joy of Canada, under perfect weather, beginning with a cool morning and ending with a sunny but cool afternoon, which was ideal for the celebration.  We had a large gathering of worshippers which included the Georgian congregation.  I especially enjoyed the Cross Procession where I rode on […]

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SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019

A heavy downpour at night was loud enough to wake up the entire countryside, but we did need it.  Volunteers came throughout the day to work on different projects.  We had the nicest visit possible with Father James and Presvytera Irene who drove up from California to visit us. It was even possible to squeeze […]

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FRIDAY 26 JULY 2019

  We have several areas where the grass must be cut: the upper and loser lawns, the western lawn, and the area around the memorial in the field.  Davey was busy today mowing in all of these areas in preparation for this weekend.  Lija phone today to inform us that everything is under control as […]

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TUESDAY 23 JULY 2019

Several volunteers came to help us prepare for this Sunday’s feast the “Theotokos, Joy Of Canada” in addition to upkeeping the monastery grounds.  They also picked blueberries, informing us that they are so huge and sweet that the slightest touch causes them to fall to the ground.  At the same time a group of challenged […]

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MONDAY 22 JULY 2019

Farher Moses accompanied me to Abbotsford as I had an appointment with the specialist who informed me that things are improving and, at the same time, somewhat deteriorating, if that makes sense.  He did assure me that I should be around for some time yet, which was comforting.  Before leaving the city, we briefly stopped […]

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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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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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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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