December 9, 2017
December 4, 2017
I grew up around hockey players as
my dad was very involved both as a
coach and within the media. And my
younger brother played all his life too.
Our boys enjoyed watching the game
and playing for fun but none of them
expressed any interest in being on a
formal team. They played football,
soccer, did theatre, music and found
other creative outlets they loved to do.
We were just fine with that, especially
knowing that in this country, many teams
have to practice at 6 in the morning in
order to have ice team consistently.
So it was a bit of a shock when we had to
take our little guy to an early morning game ....
.... very early. We left home in the dark and
it was hard to feel warm as we drove thru
the snow. But the game was amazing, he
had a great time and played like a little
start and it was a great experience. On
the way home, he kept falling asleep but
perked up for the rest of the day and did
just fine. Us? We had to have a mid day
nap on the couch, with the fireplace on
and a cheesy Christmas movie playing in
the background. We were a little out of our
element but it was a fun time and worth it.
The children and parents in our grief program
made these beautiful candles for our memorial.
Our last class is always a mix of emotions as we
take time to remember each of the loved ones that
have died and are actively mourned. And then a
celebration to end the sessions. Very impactful.
Each time we end an 8 week grief program,
I like to treat my truly hard working crew.
They work so very hard, giving their time
on often cold Saturday mornings to work
with very vulnerable children, teens and
their parents, teaching each about grief.
It may seem like a simple card and a store
bought gift certificate would be not very
personal but I've learned this is one thing
they love and it fits well in our meager
budget. But the real gift is the words I
write for each of them, unique for all and
excitedly received. The gratitude I feel
could never be measured, so this is one
way I can show my appreciation. Their
reactions are priceless and worth the time.
November 30, 2017
November 29, 2017
November 20th was National
Day of the Child in Canada.
A day to recognize all the
children in our community.
A chance to celebrate and
create awareness everywhere.
A day I got to share with the
preschoolers in our preschool.
November 27, 2017
November 26, 2017
November 25, 2017
Last year at the Antique Mall, one of
the vendors brought in this amazing old
radio. I loved it but declined to buy it
because we have an old radio in our
garage, just waiting to be copied and
painted up with chalk paint. Now that
we have dh's workshop all set up, it will
soon be time to do some sanding and
then painting and waxing to get our
old radio to look like this master piece.
November 24, 2017
November 20, 2017
We all had this past week off from school and
work. Our original plans went sideways ....
.... but that's a long post for another day. We ended
up taking a few days off from the chaos to have fun.
Christmas shopping and yummy lunch with our
girls. It was so good to have a break and laugh.
November 17, 2017
As pretty as the snow is right now, I
much prefer a greener landscape.
In the Spring, we're going to start
to plant some cedars and firs so that
there will be green all year long,
once the leaves fall from the trees.
Our little garden bench, looking lost
and forlorn in the bitter cold wind.
Our perennials are now buried deep
beneath a white blanket until Spring.
And our tiny little teeter totters are still
happily "playing" away despite the cold.
Is there snow in your region?
Do you miss your garden like me?
November 11, 2017
November 1, 2017
October 31, 2017
Our little guy in his Baby Groot costume
for Halloween 2017. He had a great time
and ended up with quite a bit of candy.
We both had fun taking him out and loved
having our neighbors come down the lane
to our sweet little cottage for treats from us.
When we were building our new home, we
realized that the space under the stairs was
going to be totally a wasted space. So we
designed a desk alcove so that we had one
more spot to write and keep life organized.
I think this turned out pretty good, don't you?
I have two contracts with the two charities I
work for. One is full time and one is part time.
I often have to literally lay out my files and work
in order to keep it all straight. This was just
before we were off for our event. I wanted to
make sure my work was done before we left
so I could truly enjoy the evening. And that's
what this was all about in this picture that day.
We recently hosted a fundraising event for
our theatre production set for next August.
It was a great night, with yummy treats (see
above), music, a authentic screening of the
Twilight Zone and a dance part way though.
We made money, but more importantly, we
raised awareness of our production and since
then, more donations and offers have come in.
Worth the planning, the meetings, the big
discussions and all the sweat equity that night.
Our beautiful landscape when the sun
is shining on the freshly fallen snow.
A blue sky with few clouds and bright
sun to warm the Earth. Incredible shot.
Wishing the snow would be just this
amount for the entire Winter season.
But we know that soon it will be in abundance
and we'll somehow find ways to survive it all.