10 things I'm grateful for right now

1) Paint on my fingers
2) The scent of food cooking in the oven
3) Melting snow
4) A warm house
5) Laughter coming from the other room
6) Music playing
7) A room to create in
8) My breath
9) Living without invasive disease
10) A life filled with healthy relationships

2014 word of the year


It was my first consideration.  I like how it is about removing impurities from a substance.  it also makes me think of work...the refinery which is not so cool.  So this one is a no go. 


my word for 2014.  A great article - the best time to plan a tree by Dieter F. Uchdorf made me realize that my word needed to be NOW.  
The Best Time to Begin Is Now       An old proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
     There is something wonderful and hopeful about the word now. There is something empowering about the fact that if we choose to decide now, we can move forward at this very moment.
Now is the best time to start becoming the person we eventually want to be—not only 20 .....years from now but also for all eternity.So whatever your goals or words for 2014 may be - i wish you an adventure as you work towards achieving/experiencing and or exploring this new attribute in the upcoming weeks and months.

So long, farewell...

Special Day...Goodbye to Chewie... My little red car that could and did and was my first taste of freedom.  I will be forever grateful for this little sedan.  I hope the new owner enjoys her and enjoys the freedom that comes with a reliable vehicle. 

Our truck has had a good run - while Russ was heading out for a canoe trip this summer the transmission died and the truck has been parked ever since.  Time to send it off...I think we had 6 years out of a $1500 purchase.  Can\t complain about that.

Hello my new beautiful friend.  Please be kind to me. You have a lot to live up for as I've come out of 2 really great relationships and have super high expectations. So let's make some memories...

25 Days off in a Row

I'm currently enjoying day 6 of my 25 days off work in a row.  Busy week getting the house ready for our vacation and preparing Kia for her last year of Junior High.  Gasp.  Grade 9!  Eegad...only 4 more years of public school await her.

Russ and I both turn 40 this summer.  Correction, I have already turned 40, but Russ is hot on my heals and next week will join me.  We decided to do something fun to mark this milestone and have been preparing for "40 in Florida" for over a year.  It's hard to believe that it's only a few short days away.  It's a simple objective really...go away, act like children, enjoy every minute.  The more prepared I get the more excitement I feel!  Hopefully by the end of day tomorrow I will be positively giddy, as my check list is complete.

Life is so precious, I am grateful for every breathe.  I feel beyond grateful that we can have a fun family vacation like's been a long time in the making.

Fathers Day Weekend in Jasper


40 days till 40

Not that I'm counting or anything.  Clearly.


Really, this age thing is trippy. Wow, maybe I'm actually turning 50 dropping words like "trippy".  I didn't think it would bother me to turn 40.  Like I am above such petty things like age. I have literally said, outloud, "Dude (or probably the name of the person unlucky enough to be in conversation), my Mom died at 43...I'm like so beyond the 40 drama!"  or "I am so not one of those people who care about turning 40".

Turns out I'm totally full of crap.

But then, if you know me, this comes as no surprise.

So, ya.  I'm freaking out.

One pressing reason is that it seems like the warranty on my body is up.  Teeth, skin, blood pressure, body are all looking their age and starting to revolt in their own creative ways.  Stupid body that I have done such a bad job of taking care of that now it has no other options but to look exactly the way I've been treating it!

Good news is that I…

Mantra of the moment


I think society has confused busy with successful.  They do not mean the same thing.  Over programmed living can put a stop to doing the things that truly matter most.  Eating meals together at the table.  Spending time in discussion.  Self care.  Seeing and being with those we truly care about.  My mantra - focus - bigger than the "one" word - mindset for 2013... Does this busy maker add value to my life?  If not, I'm not doing it.