Monday, August 22, 2016

there and back again



Home from an epic Maritime tour with these people.  Top photo was taken in Chilliwack just before the Jordans departed for Moncton.  Bottom picture is the six of us in Moncton just before the Jordans leave Moncton and head back to BC. 

So many activities and memories packed into two weeks.  Living as a group for an extended period of time was interesting.  I think we did pretty well considering the personalities involved.  It was not without challenges but there were moments we were each able to pull away from the group and recharge or defuse whatever we needed.  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

#tipsforliving



Yesterday was a strange day for me.  We moved our daughter out of our house to her own apartment.  She is excited to make the move.  On one hand I am excited for her and on the other I am heart broken.  Is that too strong of a descriiption.  No not heart broken - more reluctant to see her go just yet.  There is so much still to learn.  She is finishing up school this month; then she needs to find full time employment.  There seems to be a reluctance to leave our area.  The idea that you leave to go where the job is seems foreign.  Now, to be fair there is someone else in the picture complicating matters just a wee bit.  So, I struggle with wanting to offer "tips for living" knowing that they will fall on deaf ears.  I just gotta let her go and see how it all shakes down.  Gah.  Not liking it one little bit.  

counting down the days



How long ago was this photo taken?  I can't remember - before everyone used my fitness pal for sure.  I know this was the day we went to see Great Lake Swimmers in Vancouver.  I know we talked about the Honolulu Zoo.  I had knitted my first scarf because I am wearing it.

Soon - we will be altogether again.  All of us are different people now.  It will be a bittersweet vacation.  So much living has been lived.  Our children are growing up; some of them are moving out, some have moved out.  Our children are making their own decisions, good and bad ones.  My heart aches a bit for the past and yet I am certain there will be more good memories in the future.  

Friday, July 15, 2016

on distraction




Yesterday was a hard day.  An attack in / on Nice in France.  The announcement that an amber alert was cancelled because they discovered the body of a missing 5 year old girl.  I packed it in and called it a night early.  Devastated by the sadness and the despair and the tears.   Finding the balance of being aware of what is happening in the world around you; and fighting your own battles and overcoming darkness within your own circle.  Learning when to shut off the radio/TV/twitter feed and celebrate the successes and goodness in your own life without turning a blind eye to the struggles of others.  It is hard.  It has become seemingly harder as I have become older.  

I found a new app last night  Prismaapp It helped distract me last night.  I can see myself spending alot of time running my photos through the filters....so watch out.

It is also World Emoji Day today.  That too is a fun distraction.  

And it is Friday.  Pizza night.  Date night.  And generally Friday is a good selling day for the paper.  
My side project - my own company has announced we are opening in Australia.  This is very exciting.

Also I am reading about the You Economy  - interesting stuff here.  

I am committed to the fight.  The sun will shine again.  I will continue to move forward and take the time to love and appreciate my family and friends and celebrate the good in the world. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

summer list



Do you'all have a list of things to do in the summer?  Each year I make a list of things I would like to experience during the summer - they can be big or small - some cost $, some do not.  It forces me to be more mindful of the days - which is always a good thing.  Here is my list for 2016:

  • bare feet living as much as possible
  • coffee on the deck
  • dining al fresco
  • corn on the cob
  • make popsicles
  • try out two new summer salads/ meals
  • Bard on the Beach
  • read 5 books
  • write more... letters ... just write more in general
  • take photos with the canon-ae1
  • swim
  • sleep outside in the tent
  • salad pizza
  • drive to the okanagan with the jeep and the roof open
  • cherries
  • blackberries
  • apricots
  • exercise daily
  • hit director consistently 
  • toasted bacon and fresh tomato sandwich
  • outdoor concert or play
  • bake a new cake
  • make jam
  • dill pickles with Luke
  • east coast vacay with jordans and quissys

Canada Day 2016

Not only is it Canada Day.  It is a Friday.  Friday yeah! Which means a long weekend for me.  Mr W is officially on holidays.... but the crazy thing is he is working on a new collaboration project.  He is a teacher through and through and despite his grumblings... he enjoys the process.

It is also officially the beginning of the second half of the year.  Whew.  I have things to do.  I am going to bust my butt through the month of July because in August I will be away on vacation.  We are heading out on a bit of an east coast adventure.

I started the year strong but, second quarter I have been lollygagging.... I admit it.  My company has given us a second (or is it a 3rd?) chance at qualifying for an amazing vacation .... I definitely want to be on that trip....

Off to walk and get some active rest.