Traditionally Speaking

December 15, 2018 § 1 Comment

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s been difficult to get excited about the holidays this year. Having had so many life changing events since February, baking cookies and stuffing stockings has hardly been on the radar. Nevertheless, things happen to everyone everyday and if life doesn’t end, then surely it must go on.

What I am finding though, is that there is comfort in traditions. Doing little things, like putting up and decorating a holiday tree can even be reassuring when the normal seems to have gone out of life. Writing and posting my seasonal greeting cards was a welcome distraction this year and less of the chore I usually find it. And of course, nothing beats retail therapy even if you are not buying anything for yourself.

So, while everything is still too raw to feel appreciation about the year, I am grateful for the traditions that help me focus on the good stuff and the promise of the brand new year to come.



December 11, 2018 § Leave a comment

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted. 2018 has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. So much has happened that I get overwhelmed when I sit down to write about it and I end up just walking away from my keyboard and pouring myself a glass of wine. Believe me, there’s been a lot of wine…

In February Hubby’s stepfather had a stroke while he was on a sailboat in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. His distance from medical attention did not bode well for his recovery as it took days to get him to a hospital. Since their arrival back in Canada, it has been a whirlwind of hospitals, doctors and rehab appointments in between caring for Hubby’s mother who is significantly older than her husband. Essentially, he was taking care of her and now Hubby being an only child, is taking care of both of them.

Then, on September 13 of this year, just when things seemed to be settling into a manageable routine, our neighbourhood was devastated by the onslaught of six…yes, not one, not two, not even three…but six tornadoes. We personally had damage to our roof, our pool, a fence, a couple of windows and we lost a 150 year old maple tree that blessed our front lawn. We were VERY lucky. People on our street lost their entire roofs, sides of houses blown completely off and in a tiny hamlet not far from us, an entire neighbourhood was decimated. Most of the city was without power for days. It was so surreal and if not for the completely altered landscape and patchwork roofs, you wouldn’t have even known it happened.

Those are just two of the major events that have happened this year. On a brighter note, the other significant event is that Son, 30, is engaged. No date yet but with three boys to raise, it’s not surprising. Yep, along with a daughter, I’m gaining three beautiful grandsons. The boys are 12, 8 and 6 so though it has been an adjustment, it’s been a joyful one…


The unconditional love I get from and have for these kids gives me strength and perspective. Bad times come and go, blessings are forever. Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season. And for Hubby, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! (He hates the pc bullshit that sucks the joy out of being festive.)

Oh, and Shady…you better still be at the same address, your holiday greeting card is in the mail.  😀

New Year Blog Upgrade

January 27, 2017 § 1 Comment

Hard to believe January is already coming to an end. Not sure I would have even noticed if it weren’t for the Valentine’s crap clogging up the store aisles the other day. There really is no end to it is there?  Before one holiday is barely over we are inundated with endless of displays candy, cards and trinkets for the next.

Anyway, that’s not the point of this post…well, maybe it is in a way. I have in mind to change the way I blog. I figure since I’m obviously still (sort of) doing it, I should get off the fence and decide to either put my heart into it or not do it at all. So, I’ll give it a real go and if I lose interest then meh, no biggie.

I’m thinking a weekly update covering various topics. No clue yet what those topics will be of course. Still working on that. For now I put up a new header and byline.

I’m interested to see what I come up with. For now the blog appearance and format will remain as is, I won’t remove what is already here.



How Was Your Day?

December 2, 2016 § 1 Comment



Forty Two Plus Three

November 4, 2016 § 4 Comments


Clearing in the snow
That is shining in the sun
Love being alone

Thinking Out Loud

June 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

I’m turning 45 this year.


I painted my toenails
Never cared before now


About taking a good selfie
I never learned quite how

I find myself contemplating
How much of life is just for show


Going on thirty years a parent

And I have only recently figured out
That while we look behind us for guidance

It’s our children that teach us
What we really need to know

I’m turning 45 this year.

And Just Like That…Summer

May 27, 2016 § 2 Comments




Red Flower Vine
(I have no idea what its name is)

Open Pool!

I have been taking advantage of the warm weather and spending as much time on the deck as possible. Though winter was late in leaving it seems summer showed up early.  I’ll happily take it. Who needs Smarch anyway?


Yeah, that’s how it is here…

April 6, 2016 § 1 Comment


Two weeks ago…



Le great big fuckin’ Canadian sigh!!!

I’m Starting Without You

April 5, 2016 § 1 Comment

The calendar says Spring started two weeks ago. For a few days it was warm enough that even the daffodils believed it and started sprouting. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a ruse and we were lulled into a false of gorgeous weather.

The temperatures have been near freezing and a good ten degrees below at night for the last week. It sure takes the wind out of those Spring project sails. Gardening, spring cleaning, setting up the deck usually wait until it’s consistently warm enough to melt all the ice and snow, take the plastic off the windows and be able to work outside without a parka and gloves.

Well, I had enough  and started my Spring cleaning in the kitchen today. It was a small project but I enjoyed doing it and was inspired to do some everyday and by the time it’s warm enough to open the windows and doors, it’ll be done.


This is my baking cupboard. The top shelf got cleared off, cleaned up and put back much the same as it was. Originally, I had all my mixing bowls and Tupperware crammed into that small cupboard on the left – and cursed it almost daily for how awkward and inefficient it was.

Switching all that with the dry goods makes for much better use of the space. Riveting stuff, eh kids? 😀 Hey, some have their Star Trek and World of Warcraft…I’m a nerd about my cupboards. There is just something about ordering my outside that brings me peace on the inside.

I’ve also finally started the long awaited project of cataloging my book collection. I’m somewhat of an amateur bibliophile. What started with half a dozen Calvin and Hobbes treasuries has, in twenty years, grown into a collection of about 500 books of vastly varied types.


Almost all my older and rare books were purchased from thrift stores or given to me as gifts from my treasure hunter father. Many of them acquired in lots or piles, hastily shelved to be looked at later and then promptly forgotten.

Now, I’m actually getting to look at them, make notes and do research. See, nerd…me.  😀

Happy Spring

March 22, 2016 § Leave a comment


And throughout the land
A collective sigh was felt
Sprouting daffodils


It’s still pretty chilly here and it’s not quite warm enough to get out and do yard work. Sure is nice to see the grass and the sun again though. In the meantime, I’ve been busying myself with making a few decorations in honour of Spring and the upcoming Easter weekend.



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