Pussywillow Postcard

Dear Sally, We interrupt this program for an official announcement: the pussywillows are out! Just like last year, the first personal sightings were in Vanderhoof. J & I stopped to see swans on the river and stretch out legs. We ended up discovering the pussy willows too. We cut a branch to bring home to her mom and…

Crouton Connections

Some of the best life advice I’ve ever heard was given to me in my high school outdoor ed class. My teacher was raving about food in the bush, the day’s topic of conversation being steak (a popular subject that came up weekly). I’ll save you the dopey expressions on the boys’ faces and the drool building in…

PP: Vanderhoof

Hi Mom.  Vanderhoof was lovely! Made a Saturday trip last week. Tires were fine, sorry to worry you. Didn’t make it to Woody’s for doughnuts b/c of delayed start (still bitter about the tires) but had a great time regardless. Saw Caryn’s horses, nice to smell them, haha! and just seeing the barn cats made…

PP: Scholarly

MOM! Paul! Remember my Titanic Paper? paper on the poem about the Titanic? Got it back… A+! See? No need to panic on those night-before scrambles! I’m actually really pleased, since it was the first paper I ever writ where I liked the material it was about by the end of it. It’s still early in the night in the photo ’cause the lineup…

Postcard Pretend: Explore

Dear Mom, Let’s pretend this is a postcard. You’ve been very hard to catch on the phone. So let’s resort to some new-school old-school communication techniques. If this was a postcard, it would say,   Dear Mom, Went on a walk with Kate yesterday. Followed a creek and discovered a new trail that’s nice and long….

Happy

“Can I just say…I’m Happy .?” my friend said, speaking slowly with a big smile as we travelled down 15th avenue. There was a touch of wonder in her voice. I too, was smiling. We had been laughing over funny texts from the week before, sharing in hilarity. I paused to listen. “You know, I had a…

This Place; These People

See, the thing about Adventures is that it’s easy to think all the special things are finished upon your return. I’m not sure that’s entirely true… “Secretly, my favourite part about going on trips is coming home”  my favourite cousin once told me.   I can understand that. I too, like coming home. I just got home from snuggling a…

Selfie Sunday: A Post on Perspective

A photo on our camera caught my eye this morning. It was a picture of my mother; a selfie. It piqued my interest and made me stop. It struck me. Captivated me. I love it. I could write a whole entry on what I read in her face at this moment, but that is a thought…

Mongolia, By the Way

I may have told you. Chances are I didn’t. You may have figured it out; (the few facebook photos would be a strong indicator.) But if your connection to me is mostly via the blogworld, you likely do not know. I AM IN MONGOLIA. 🙂 But that’s NOT ALL! No no, dear friends, I am…

Photo Friday: Back and Forward

I’m dreaming of summer! A lot of adventure and a little hard work. I’m excited.  There is a photo of me from last summer at the camp, at the wilderness “campus” per se…   We found ourselves with an unusual 10 minute break (waiting for a ride, I believe) when I took the opportunity to grab…

Maple & Mushers

There are several things I love in life. One is Canada. Another is Tim Hortons. Mostly because it reminds me of Canada. And Roll up the Rim? Even better. I also love cousins. And driving. So this? This here is pretty stellar: Last weekend we took a minor roadtrip to a hamlet a little North…

Kissing Cousins

Mongolia taught me to kiss. Shocker, I know; especially with my anti-hug policies and adoration of personal space. Touchy, I am not! But when you’ve got kids thrown into your life and communication is accomplished through action, primarily; limiting one’s self to awkward smiles and waves is a bit ridiculous. Wrestles, races, dutch blitz and…