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…

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

Well here’s a surprise: I made a new connection on the internets and she nominated me for the Sunshine Bloggers Award! What a compliment! Thank you to Sadie at Sadie’s Nest for nominating me! I especially love reading the glimpses of her life and drooling over her appetizer recipes. If you like food at all, you have to take a look….

Deep Fried Kindness

There is something about Kindness that touches me deeply. I type this with one hand and eating a piece of deep-fried goodness. It’s called bannock. I love bannock, in a variety of forms, but today it’s not what has filled me up. It’s kindness. Two heads appeared at the back door during dinner rush tonight with…

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…

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…

Adventure Like a Run-On Sentence

I wanted to write about the latest adventure with Elise-of-Upstairs, but something about deciding on a whim to fast-forward the plan to leave Friday afternoon to Thursday evening with an hour’s notice to drive 10 hours (at a very slow slow and safe pace) through the night and raging snowstorm to surprise our families and spend time with…

Waterslide

I’m finally trying it – Five-Minute Friday!  (On Saturday, no less. Breaking rules already!) It’s been well over a year since I read my first FMF post over at Conversations – one of my favourite blogs, and have been hankering to try ever since. Today’s prompt was “WHISPER.” ________ “I should go offer to trade.”…

A Charles Shultz Camping Trip: Part Two

Happiness is a smile in the morning. Happiness is the feeling of clean teeth. Happiness is chocolate milk on sale. Happiness is making memories. Happiness is sharing a swing set. Happiness is a day at the lake. Happiness is your best friend beside you. Happiness is your feet on the dash. Happiness is coming home.

Winter Camping

I went camping the other weekend. It kind of broke me. No, the -25degree weather didn’t shatter my bones or freeze my veins solid. It was something else. Something I’ve been missing…but let me explain.  My friend Kate came into work at 4:00pm on Friday afternoon. “Do you want to go on an adventure?” she asked….

Humgeen San Naedz: My Good Friends

Pulled from the files of July: Namely, the “Draft” folder.   I was asked a very good question yesterday. “Who did you leave behind?” It was an invitation to tell of the people I loved; who I will be grieving for; and I so appreciated the grandfatherly gentleman and his wife for thinking of it…

What Happens at Women’s Weekend…

A womens’ weekend with my Mom. A medieval-themed dinner program. A whirlwind shopping trip to the second-hand store. A surprising encounter with a friend. A brown fitted sheet. A green sheet too. Brown boots. Black tights. An impromtu feather. All this can only mean one thing… Robin Hood. I had a lovely weekend a little…

Elise-of-Upstairs

There’s this girl who live upstairs and she’s totally rad. She pokes her head through the door that leads to the world above – to the upstairs family in this Brown Castle.* She’s an emerging legend in the treeplanting world, an biking/climbing enthusiast, and a genuine, character-filled chick with Awesome basically plastered all across her…