First Home, Full Circle

First Home, Full Circle

Our house sold in five days. It will be the first home for the young couple who bought it, as it was ours. During the summer of 1995, my husband (then boyfriend) Shane and I decided that we were finished with paying rent.  Vacancy rates were less than one percent in...
Making our Home a House

Making our Home a House

Our house is officially for sale.  We have spent the last two and a half weeks clearing, purging and cleaning.  Recycling, shredding and donating.  Collecting, sorting and giving away.  Patching, repainting and rearranging. It’s now cleaner, feels bigger and repairs...
Thank you for Serving

Thank you for Serving

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. – Laurence Binyon As I watch the Remembrance Day coverage on television, the distant...
He Taught You?

He Taught You?

I recently worked as a Poll Clerk for the Canadian federal election.  If you voted last week, you were likely served at your polling station by two people.  The first handed you the ballot.  The other probably had their head down, pen and ruler in hand, frantically...
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...