Day 5 of Beauty: Water, Light & Sky

I’ve always  to live on an island. I like islands a lot. They’re defined, yet infinitely diverse. As a kid, I would design my own imaginary islands and archipelagos, drawing maps and adding beaches, coves and volcanoes where necessary, or blueberry patches, treeforts and south-facing pastures. The treehouses came with floorplans and rope ladders,  the pastures…

Day 4 of Beauty: Land of the Blue Sky

What’s beautiful where you live or have lived?  My photo challenger asked. Looking through photos, I realize I have lived a lot of places. Of course, everything is relative, so take that as you may. One of the most exotic, by my own standards, was the city of Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. This is not the…

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…

The Camel of all Vegetables

We stared at the box. Two cooks and a box of leeks. A conundrum. “Well…” I started slowly, and lifted my right hand to hold my bottom lip, elbow cradled in my left hand as it folded across me. I tapped my chin. A thinking position. “I hear leek soup is good.” Becky acknowledged the half hearted…

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…

Feesh!

I’m writing this high on happiness and short on time. I need to fall asleep to be awake again in 5.5 hours. But I need to tell you – I went fishing. Not just off the dock. Real fishing. In a boat. Where all we did was fish. It was fun. Before I left, I…

A Day Off: Pulling a Roosevelt

  Back again? Still interested in the Day of Solo Exploration? Are you ready to enter with me into the dark woods of shifty shadows and skeletal trees, invisible strings, and deep padded moss the colour of jealousy ogre snot avacado-limes? I’ll warn you: There’s even an almost-surprise almost-attack by a creature of great size…

A Day Off: The Prelude

Big news: Recently, I had a day off! But I have to pause and say I wanted to start with the words “Friday, I had a day off.” Then I realized I have no idea if it was Friday or not because I hardly have a clue what day of the week today is, let…

ThrowBack Thursday: B is for Backpack

To aid in combatting my constant struggle against perfection and lack of discipline (particularly in finishing things) I have decided to embrace the Throw-Back Thursday. In order to enlighten you to my shenanigans of the past year, each Thursday will highlight something of the past year of my life. This one I wrote just over a fortnight ago…

PP: Tall Ticket

  Dear Mom, I MADE IT ON THE BUS! I AM PROGRESSING EASTWARD! Sincerely,  Your toothbrush-loving, Harry Potter accompanied, cheek-smushed-against-window-sleeping daughter, ~Anna PS: yes, I got a seat near the front.  PPS: I am terrified of bus bathrooms. 

Manitoba Ho, Part 2: A Saga

I am jet lagged in my own city.            Yes. My Own City. It seems the world turned into a crazy dream in which Life said to me “Just Kidding!” in a most unfortunate way. I last posted perhaps 19 hours ago. Since then, I have eaten, slept, and made my…

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…