Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

Thursday, January 02, 2014

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. 

Friday, October 04, 2013

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...


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

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 don't really have the "I should have accomplished this by now..." list playing in my head.  You know that list of things you wanted by 40 that told the world you had reached the Xanadu of achievement and success.  Perhaps I could have been a bugle virtuoso. I suppose we will never know.  Pretty sure we all have things we hoped to fewer piles of miscellaneous things that need to put away on the top of my dresser, on the ottoman, on the kitchen table...pretty much everywhere I look.

Okay that last paragraph probably reveals two terrible qualities of mine. 1) I am not achievement oriented and 2) I had no direction in my 30's.  Crap.  Maybe 40 is like this mirror in the fun house...the reflection looks warped and strange but everything else looks the same.  You look away and look back only to realize that it's you as you are.

Or then again, maybe not.  What do I know...I was meant to rock the bugle.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Book: Into the Silence

I'm reading a fabulous book by Canadian Author, Anthropologist and Explorer, Wade Davis called Into the Silence. I usually blast through books but I must admit this one is taking me awhile. This book appealed to me right away, as I have a bit of a fascination with Everest and the adventures of those who have climbed the worlds highest mountain, or attempted that is the reason I pulled it off the shelf to begin with.  On a side-note  I will often skim as I read, but not with this book, I don't want to miss a sentence.  I read that it took Mr. Davis 12 years to write this book, researching every available recorded letter, journal, military document, and more.  Time well spent, because you feel as though you are being led, masterfully, down a dark trail; I felt immersed in the historical data of the great war, and kinda wished I had a teacher like Wade Davis when I was in school...he definitely brings history to life.  I don't want to provide an overview...merely a recommendation. Check out the link, and if you have a chance to explore this book through your library or through a purchase, I don't think you will regret it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rooperts Christmas

Yup...we had a white Christmas for sure this year!  I worked Christmas Eve so we decided to have a low key quiet Christmas at home - just the three of us.  Which usually means Pajama`s for 2 solid days, some crazy hair and complete comfort.  All of which I adore.  Roopert was pretty funny this year and I thought I`d share why. 
When we pulled the stockings out of storage - Roopy got pretty excited.  I think on some level he recognizes this giant sock that delivers new doggy toys and cookies on an annual basis and was pretty keen to have it magically deliver these items to him again.
When he came across his stocking and all the sniffs it contained, he would not leave it`s side.  This is why good little boys and girls should be in bed when Santa arrives.
Look, another stocking added and even some Santa gifts now there, still Roo will not move and is staring at Russ, trying to use his Jedi mind tricks to communicate his great need to get into that red sock bearing his name.  Off to bed he reluctantly went - but in the early morning (Kiki had us up at 6:00am) I think his excitement rivalled hers as his tail was going a mile a minute and he was practically sitting on his sock in anticipation. 
Finally he was able to get his stocking goodies out - I have a video of it, but I am so not tech savvy enough to upload it for you.  But then he sat like a dragon on his gold guarding it for the first part of the morning.  Followed quickly by chewing on every thing he possibly could for the greater part of the day. 
Merry Christmas to all!!!  Hope it was worth the wait!