Sunday, 11 March 2018

warmth, thought, & funny lady

1 The sun streams through the window and warms every inch of Zoe. She luxuriates in the warmth and soon is asleep in the middle of the floor.

2 My dear friend is home. She's been away visiting her mom and yet took the time to say hello and catch up a bit. So thoughtful. I really am blessed to have such a good friend looking out for me. 

3 My coworker is hilarious! She is master of jokes, voices and stories. I often wonder what life must be like at her home with her two littles. 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

A&W, watch it, & insight

1  The kids pop by on my dinner break with a bag of goodies. Blt chicken lettuce wraps and a root beer! Seriously good tonight. I really appreciate that they could stop in and I could get some kisses from Izzy and a quick hi from Kesler as a bonus.

2 This morning was filled with phone calls and texts for all sorts of family and  friends. It feels good to be relied on but I had to remember to save time for me. 

3 I had someone say to me that I am often very accurate in my judgments and assumptions and that I would need to challenge these to move forward. I am thankful for the insight.

Friday, 9 March 2018

surprise, hopeful, & see the stars

1 The kidlets get a fun surprise on Monday when I pick them up from school unexpectedly. Kesler sees me, makes eye contact and says "Hi!" then he runs right to me and grabs my hand. My heart just loves that he's making a connection. Miss Izzy sees me and says, "I thought I saw Grampa! I know I saw his car. But it's okay that it's you. I love you so much Grama." Sigh, life is better with the littles in it.

2 The sun finally comes out and warms the earth. The birds are coming to the feeder and Zoe takes up her spot on the deck eyeing them, making little bird sounds, hopeful that one day she might escape and go hunting.

3 The hot tub is smokin' hot and we indulge in a soak. The clouds are gone and the sky is clear. Time for star gazing and relaxation. Oh, and of course a glass of wine, or two.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

sometimes, lucky, for me, & fixed

1 Sometimes we just don't know what is next for us. Sometimes we struggle, fall down, rise up and fall again, making little, small steps towards whatever we are searching for & sometimes we make giant strides. Sometimes we go too fast. And sometimes it's time to slow down. Time to listen to your inner self and begin to know yourself. Sometimes it's about you.

2 Spring really is coming, isn't it? A co-worker came in to tell me that her tulips are showing above the ground, and I gotta say, I felt jealous. I didn't plant any bulbs this year but the soil Mr P brought in to our yard last fall was full of winter bulbs. Will I be so lucky and have spring tulips pop up in the back yard?

2a I think I should by a pot of paper whites or tulips just for me.

3 When you listen to your friend at work who suggests that you widen the nose pieces on your glasses because you have a huge sore spot and you have a "Duh, why didn't I think of that?" moment. I am grateful. Thanks Sam. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

littles, sunshine, and walking challenge

1 The day begins with a visit with the littles. their mom has an appointment so I pick them up, deliver her and we spend the morning at our house. Izzy's not feeling well so she starts her time here with a short nap while I make gluten free pancakes and hot chocolate for them. Kesler is busy with Lego as always and playing with the headlamp in their bedroom.

2 The sunshine is finally here. No more gray skies, at least for the moment. The wind is still crisp and cold so it's important to stay bundled up.

3 I'm doing a walking challenge for the next few weeks. 2km outside walk each day for 21 days. It has been so cold that I've done a bit of walking outside but them hop on my treadmill or go to the gym with Nick for a bit of bike riding. Either way, I am getting it done!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

traveling, b&b, woodpecker, and swans

1 We find our way to the Kootenays once more. This time we are cleaning, donating, taking photos and making lists of the needs, wants and extras that may or may not happen.

2 Our B&B is delightful. Warm, cozy and just what we need in between all the work we are doing. Our hosts are Todd and Gordon. They spoil us both days with amazing breakfasts. Omelets and pancakes.

2a This woodpecker was busy on a tree right outside our living room window but as soon as I moved the blinds for a photo he zipped away. He found a secluded perch to survey his kingdom.

3 The swans aren't totally white and that comes as a surprise to me.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

sunny days, celebration, & book reader

1 Sunshine for two days. I could get used to this.

2 Sunday at it's dinner at one of our favourite sushi places, Tokyo One.  You order from an ipad and if you do an "all you can eat" it's even better!!  Tonight, we celebrate Chris's 32 birthday and they will have a gender reveal. The Brown's are having a new baby in July. Boy or girl, what's your guess? I did see a sneak peak and baby was smiling!

3 I dive into my book for book club surfacing now and then for a tea or fresh air. I am reading "The Pearl that Broke it's Shell" by Nadia Hashimi. If you're interested in learning more,

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

back to school, offers, & doing what is needed

1 The littles have been sick with flu for a couple of weeks now. I'm sure they're both itching to get back to school and seeing their friends. So they are finally well enough to go back to class and I'm betting it'll be a "busy" day. 

2 He's waiting for the official offer. It must be difficult to be in limbo for so long. I wonder what the offer will be but even more so I'm so curious what he's going to choose.

3 We clean out parts of his house and looked through his things. It felt so sad, and I just wanted to forget about it and not do anything. But after a conversation with my sister, it seemed much easier. Day two we cleaned, fixed and sorted. He'd given away so much and had so little. My heart hurt thinking of things he'd done without but was not able to ask for and that I didn't know about. 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

service, thoughts, and snow day

Somewhere in my dreams tonight
I'll see you standing there
You look at me with a smile
"Life isn't always fair"
You say you were chosen for his garden
His preciously hand picked bouquet
"God really needed me,
That's why I couldn't stay"
It's said to be that angels
Are sent from above
I've always had my angel
My brother - whose heart was filled with love
Wherever the ocean meets the sky
There will be memories of you and I
When I look up at that sky so blue
All I see are visions of you
"While there's a heart in me, you'll be a part of me."
 1 The service was quiet, respectful, and something Danny would have loved. My family and friends were there and we supported each other. It was overwhelming at times, and I could see how his death affected so many people in a positive way. I hope we can take Dan's positive attitude and make it our legacy too.
1a I am sad my sister didn't come but am glad she's alive and recovering.

2 I'm lost in my thoughts again. Thinking about the past, what might have been, and hopeful for the future. We did a personal development course on the weekend which created this introspection. It's good to look inside and see the things we bring to the table. See the things that shape our decisions, and adjust as needed. Remind me to tell you the story of the beans.

3 The snow comes again. The flakes are huge and stick to the ground once they've landed.  I like the look and smell of fresh snow but like most people I think I'm ready for spring to arrive. Sigh, it's only January.

Monday, 15 January 2018


When I think of what a brother should be I just think about mine.
He was a gentle, sweet guy and tender hearted.
I couldn't have asked for a better brother.
Dan is four years younger than me but it always felt closer.
He was so sweet when he was little it was hard to ever be angry with him.
Danny has that special smile that went right into his eyes. His hugs were just right.
I saw him before Christmas and it was one of the best visits we had had in ages. We laughed and hugged and hugged some more. We said I love you.
Always in my heart 

May the music of the angels
Be the sweet sounds that you hear.
As you're rocked in Heaven's cradle
May you never shed another tear.

I'll wear your memory proudly,
My only true friend.
May my love for you reach Heaven above
Until we meet again.