Seasons in Life

Christmas Magic

Christmas Magic

Once upon a time I believed there was something magical about Christmas Day that went beyond anything that Santa Claus could bring. I distinctly remember looking out the window on a cold Saskatchewan Christmas morning when I was a child and seeing sparkles in the air. I realize now that it was likely ice crystals […]

Signs and Seasons

Signs and Seasons

The signs are everywhere. Change is in the soon-to-be-frosty air. Winter is coming. We’ve started putting to rest the garden. The last of the tomatoes are either eaten, canned, or in the dehydrator; the spaghetti and butternut squash has all been harvested and the gourds are sitting on my deck; all that remains are a […]

Country Roads and Wild Flowers

Country Roads and Wild Flowers

Gerry and I took a drive up into the grasslands yesterday, stopping now and then to take photos. Each time I stepped out of our vehicle I was struck by the silence, the sweet spring smells, the warmth of the sun on my shoulders, and an overwhelming calm fell upon me. Nature does that if […]

Handle With Care

Handle With Care

I’m home alone sitting in a silence surrounded by boxes and a general pre-move mess. Gerry and I worked hard over the weekend sorting and packing. I feel good about the progress made but today my body is weary from the weekend’s activities. I am thankful for a day to rest. There are many details to keep track of as […]

A New Normal

A New Normal

It’s a damp dark, blustery, fall day here in the Pacific Northwest. I had an early morning appointment at the dentist then a consultation with a tax professional. There are many details to consider as we prepare for retirement and returning to Canada. Maya is curled up in her little bed beside my desk. She, […]

Veggie Tales

Veggie Tales

“What is this?” The fresh-faced checkout clerk holds the sweet potato and looks at me quizzically. Many people don’t know the difference between yams and sweet potatoes (Or what the grocery stores label as yams and sweet potatoes. I understand that they’re mislabelled everywhere and most of us don’t realize it.) so even seasoned checkout clerks […]

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