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September Milestones

September Milestones

As my paddle dips into the calm surface of the lake, I think about how the same day, week, or month can hold different meaning for different people.  September marks the anniversary of many milestones in my life – both happy and less so.  I know it does for others...
Making a Change

Making a Change

Fifteen months ago, my husband submitted his application for a new job opportunity.  He has been working in the same office for the last nineteen years – he enjoys his job (and is good at what he does) but we decided we were game for a change. I remember how I felt as...
Because It’s Hard

Because It’s Hard

“I am writing a book about my mom’s journey with ALS and how it changed my life. Thinking about that time, putting myself back in touch with the emotions is harder than I expected it to be.  After weeks of work with Tammy Plunkett of Big Sky Author Services,...
For the Love of Dogs

For the Love of Dogs

Late last week, my mother in law said goodbye to her dog Henry. It was almost two years to the day that his litter mate Jasmine died in her arms.  Though it was not unexpected, it was a very difficult day for her. Five days later, friends of ours had to make the...
The Cemetery, a Beautiful Place

The Cemetery, a Beautiful Place

Many years ago, I was part of the horticulture crew at a beautiful old cemetery.  Our small team was responsible for the planting and care of acres of ornamental flower beds. We worked from April until the ground froze or the budget ran out.  I loved the work. Weekly...
Polly, George and Tessie

Polly, George and Tessie

Like my nephews and niece, I had lost four of my five grandparents by the time I was 19.  At the time, I was too young and distracted to appreciate their experiences and knowledge. Too young to take the time to sit and listen to their stories. I wish I knew then what...
Nobody Sees the Weeds

Nobody Sees the Weeds

I am helping a friend’s parents with their garden this summer.  The large heritage property, built circa 1865, is framed with many flower beds. Two of my favorite things – plants and an old building! There are three of us helping the owners to maintain the grounds. ...
Grandparents’ Love

Grandparents’ Love

My sister’s middle child, my nephew, graduated from high school last week.  His prom was two days later.  As I was choosing a card to acknowledge this milestone in his life, I couldn’t help but notice all of the “grandson” graduation cards.  After all these years, it...
Seventy Five Years

Seventy Five Years

Yesterday, June 6 2019, marked the 75th anniversary of D Day – a massive Allied invasion that started the Battle of Normandy and was the beginning of the end of World War II.  Canadians stormed the beach at Juno 14,000 strong.  Canadian forces saw 359 casualties and...
Mom was Right

Mom was Right

Mother’s Day is difficult, and has been for the last ten years. I lost my Mom to ALS in 2009. She’s no longer here to thank and to spoil every second Sunday in May. Truth be told, I would probably put a card in the mail and call her. Unless she made the effort...