Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

FRIDAY 6 JULY 2018

While driving on the monastery road on the curve beyond the cherry trees, there suddenly loomed before us a machine that looked like some military war weapon, which meant that I had to back up all the way to the trees, and I do not like backing up whatsoever. It turned out to be a […]

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THURSDAY 5 JULY 2018

A group of professional medical people came to make an assessment of Vladika’s condition here at the monastery. They made some positive suggestions and promised to do whatever they can to make things easier for him and less burdensome. Later in the day, the “foot woman” came to tend to our feet. It is not […]

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WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018

Two groups of women came to do cleaning, weeding, and other jobs that we ourselves are no longer capable of doing. Many thanks for their enthusiasm. We drove in the Jeep across part of the field to look at the blueberry bushes and, much to our delight, the crop looks good. I picked a couple […]

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TUESDAY 3 JULY 2018

Both sun and heat have returned and it feels like the middle of summer. I apologize for writing about the cherries again, but Thomas picked two more large containers of cherries that are even riper than the last, but I think that they are beginning to get mouldy and now we will wait for the […]

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MONDAY 2 JULY 2018

A heavy rain during the night has given our plants, shrubs, and trees the moisture that is needed to survive well. I had noticed the price of cherries in the stores [cherries probably from California or elsewhere] and I realized that we had picked hundreds of dollars worth of cherries, our own organic cherries, eaten […]

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SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018

The church was occupied from eight o’clock in the morning until after twelve noon. As usual we had Matins, then the Liturgy, followed by the singing of Many Years for Vladika Lazar whose nameday it was the other day and for Leonty, as we commemorated the Martyr Leonty today. Then we had prayers for those […]

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SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

Although it has been an overcast day with some showers, there was much activity here at the monastery, as the Georgians gathered early for the Divine Liturgy served by Father Thomas who had flown in from Toronto. I am certain that the people were amazed at the beauty of the large icon that he had […]

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FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018

We received good news when Vladika Lazar went to the Wound Clinic, for they told him that it was not necessary to return, that the wound had healed sufficiently. We felt elated to hear this. Some ladies came and painted most of the balcony floor in dark green which looks good and it was needed. […]

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SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2018

Today’s Liturgy was served in Church Slavonic with two litanies, one in Romanian and the other in Georgian. A number of people were about to leave for Europe, so prayers for travellers were read. Vladika Lazar served together with Father Alexey and Father Evgeny. Later in the afternoon, after almost everyone had left, some of […]

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SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018

We baptized seven year old Jason this morning and it was so uncomplicated, for he did all that he was told and, with his perfect behaviour, this service was a delight. During the reception after the baptism, while speaking to his mother about family details, Iwas astonished to discover that her grandfather came from the […]

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TUESDAY 19 JUNE 2018

The heat kept us inside and the dreams we had in winter of enjoying the summer heat have suddenly vanished, and thoughts of winter’s cool and even cold breezes have come to mind. We had a touching memorial service this morning and a memorial meal that followed and, aside from driving Vladika to the therapist, […]

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MONDAY 18 JUNE 2018

The monastery grounds are gradually returning to their former beauty, but without a few willow trees that had to be hewn and some pillar cedars that got to be too leggy. The lower lawn looks great again, and Yuri and Liudmila are out in the early evening, watering the flowers, shrubs and berries. In this […]

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THURSDAY 14 JUNE 2018

At mid morning Maxim arrived with his parents who have just recently come from Vladivostok for a visit. They could stay briefly as Maxim had an early appointment elsewhere. Later in the afternoon, Sasha came by with his father, also from Vladivostok so that we had two groups of visitors from Russia’s eastern maritime region. […]

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TUESDAY 12 JUNE 2018

We baptized a one year old baby this morning and, at first, all went well, but as the service progressed, she began to cry more and more. That in itself is insignificant but it does make it somewhat difficult to be heard over the baby’s crying. Nevertheless, the whole family was pleased and many photos […]

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MONDAY 11 JUNE 2018

It was an exhausting day even though I scarcely did anything. Let me explain. Thomas drove me to the Complex Joint Clinic which is situated in the Vancouver General Hospital, a return trip that took about four hours. At the clinic, I underwent several tests and finally got to speak with the surgeon himself, an […]

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SUNDAY 10 JUNE 2018

At the end of the Liturgy we had a memorial service for Michael Apostolidis who reposed six months ago. His widow, Glyko, has, in the meantime, moved to an apartment thanks to the help of some of the parishioners and she seems to be settling in. It makes it difficult for her, since her son […]

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FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018

I drove Vladika Lazar to the Wound Clinic this morning where he was told to come only twice a week, as his wound is healing rapidly. This was great new for us and an encouragement for Vladika who will possibly be visiting the clinic only once a week in the near future and, eventually, not […]

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THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018

Poor Vladika Lazar, in addition to recovering from a stroke and a cancer operation, has been spending hours each day in preparing some of our books for Create Space, so that books can be ordered on demand and printed and mailed instantly. This can be a taxing and tiring job, but our spirits were boosted […]

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WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2018

The old willow trees along the water that were damaged during the winter storm were looked at carefully and the process of cutting the damaged branches began. Some of these branches are huge and they dipped right into the water. Since this wood will be of no use in the fireplace, it will be chipped […]

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TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018

I will not apologize when I say that I arose late this morning, not that I slept in, but rather I lay in bed for as long as I could. Having regained much of my energy there really was not much that I accomplished. Yuri, the pest control man, came and checked all the “stations” […]

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MONDAY 4 JUNE 2018

All of us here at the monastery have been showing signs of tiredness after the hectic weekend, but this is not a complaint, in fact, it is an expression of the joy and contentment we have felt following the spirit filled events. Moments from the Liturgy and especially from the Healing Service keep coming back […]

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SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2018

The weather forecast for today was for showers throughout the day and we did have them, but fortunately they did not bother us, perhaps they were even of some assistance, since the mosquitoes are less evident during the rain.The Divine Liturgy was meaningful as it always is and the Agape meal was prepared with abundant […]

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SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018

Lija arrived with enough provisions, as they say, enough to feed an army. Even though feeling unwell she prepared supper for us and a number of dishes for tomorrow, since we will be having two potluck meals. Kirill put up an icon on the large cherry tree next to the monument in the field, while […]

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THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018

In the morning we went to examine the trees that were planted yesterday because there was a slight possibility that the coyotes could have dug down to the roots, having smelled the bone meal that was added before transplanting, a problem we had experienced before.  Andy was already in the field and he told us […]

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WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018

The mosquito season has begun in earnest and all that we can do is to wait until summer’s heat rids us of these annoying insects. It has been noisy at the monastery with Davey repairing the cover of the old pool while Andy trimmed the tops of the cedars and hauled away limbs and branches […]

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TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018

Andy has been lopping off the tops of the pillars cedars, as there was much destruction in winter with the ice storm. Moreover, they have become too tall and the uppermost branches tend to bend over to create something unsightly. We also got the two vehicles reinsured for another year and tomorrow we can paste […]

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MONDAY 28 MAY 2018

I made my monthly visit to the chiropractor this morning for a spinal decompression which is actually painless and almost restful. In any case, it has helped me over the years. I happened to mention to him that some people enjoy standing on their head for a few minutes each day and he reacted very […]

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SUNDAY 27 MAY 2018

Upon entering the church this morning I was struck by the abundance of greenery everywhere. In previous years it was more sedate, but this year we saw large branches of maples leaning against the iconostas and elsewhere, giving a true feeling of Green Sunday, as it has been called, that is, Holy Pentecost. I was […]

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SATURDAY 26 MAY 2018

Father Moses frightened me when he telephone to ask about the two baptisms we were to have had today. “Did I forget, or am losing my memory?” I asked myself. As it happened, there were no baptisms to take place and I sighed with relief. Everyone who came for Vespers stayed for a light supper […]

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FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018

As most readers of Daily Diary are aware. I usually prepare Sunday’s prosphora on Fridays so that, in the event that the prosphora does not turn out successfully, another one can be baked on Saturday. Today I had a helper in Liudmila when a large prosphora was baked, beautifully round and with no blemishes on […]

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THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018

Yuri and Liudmila came today to help in the production of the skin creme that the monastery is proud of, for it truly is an excellent product. As I grow older, it becomes more difficult for me to make it, so this assistance was gratefully accepted. There are only the labels to be applied to […]

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WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018

A nurse, who specializes in foot care, came in the morning to look after Vladika and me since both of us cannot tend to our feet properly. She is a sweet and kind older woman with thirty years of nursing experience and, after each visit, our feet feel significantly better. She told us that she […]

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MONDAY 21 MAY 2018

As this is the last day of the Victoria Day weekend, the highways are jammed with cars returning home from a brief camping or visiting trip. This is the kind of day when it is best to stay off the highways. Lija and Olga arrived early in the afternoon to do cleaning for us but, […]

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FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018

Four women showed up before seven thirty in the morning to work in the gardens where they weeded, trimmed, hoed, mulched and did many other things involved with gardening. Even a small birch tree was transplanted and, if it takes root, it will be a joy for us to look at it through the large […]

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