No Rush

I love slow weekend mornings when there is no rush to go anywhere.  The to do list is there, but just for a little while it is nice to pretend that it doesn't exist.  I have discovered lately that when I rush around doing things not much more gets accomplished than when I take it a bit slower. Weekend mornings are a nice time to catch my breath and spend a couple hours first thing unwinding from the week.. yoga, leisurely coffee and some backyard bird watching before starting anything.  
I am weary of winter already yet there is much more to get through.  I miss my long walks outside, working in the garden, the warmth of the sun on my face.   I find myself more tired than usual and wanting to do nothing but curl up with a book for hours.  Last weekend I spent hours working on a puzzle in the warmth of the sun shining through the kitchen windows.  Like a bear, I feel like hibernating till spring comes.  I was surprised to see a rabbit in the backyard this morning.  Perhaps he was …

Wild backyard

It is no secret that I love birds.  They bring the backyard alive with colour and sound.  My daughter caught this big bird having a snack (mourning dove perhaps - they are slow).  Though I don't like the thought that I have basically provided an all you can eat buffet for the hawks and falcons that are around I realize that is the way in nature.  Everything has a purpose and it is all interconnected.  

Same Moon

When I awoke this morning to start the day it was still dark outside.  Through the window I could see the brightness of the moon in the clear sky.  I ran to get my camera although I am not sure why I bothered since I can't take a good moon picture.  Perhaps one day.  Anyway.. I love to look at the moon and wonder about it looking down on us all over the world.  Just a little every day miracle.

And each one there Has one thing shared They have sweated beneath the same sun Looked up in wonder at the same moon And wept when it was all done For bein' done too soon For bein' done too soon For bein' done

~ Neil Diamond

Inspiring words

After listening to Oprah's speech on the Golden Globes last Sunday I found myself both moved and inspired by the strength of her words. No doubt many out there felt the same way. What inspired me most was Oprah's message to speak your truth and live your truth whatever that may be - which is something that is so difficult for many of us and has been very difficult for me.  This post is not about "me too" although, yup, like so many out there "me too". I am using Oprah's message to remind  me  that it is not only okay for me to speak up for myself, it is healthy for me. 
I started this blog as a way to speak up and out without actually speaking out loud.  To write about things that I enjoy, things that inspire and move me, things that bring me joy, or just make me think about what is important in my life has played a big part in healing my soul since "me too".
And so, I am going to get back to blogging regularly. It helps hold me accountable t…

A New Year Has Begun

As the New Year begins it feels rather like opening a notebook to a brand new page - a blank canvas of sorts - to create something new and fresh.  I believe this is why New Year celebrations are so popular.  We all want that chance to start afresh, with new hope for the year ahead.  Reflecting on the past year is a way to take stock of where you are on your life path, and to think about what intentions you want to set for the coming year.  
 As I look at my blank page, the year ahead, I wish not to re-write my life, but instead to create more  experiences that enable me to grow and evolve as a person. Though the past year has been one of many challenges and sorrows, intermingled with the tears were some of the most wonderful moments of joy and laughter.  What has evolved from the challenges is that we are taking less for granted, appreciating each other more, and have grown closer.  My intention for 2018 is to continue to be grateful for the many blessings in my life, to continue to …

Time Marches On

Dear Greg,

A year has passed since you left this earth for whatever lies beyond this life.  Time has marched on  like it does, never stopping for anything or anyone.  Mom misses you very much and misses your conversations about hockey and music.  She says you would be happy with the young Leaf's team that are showing promise.

I hope that you are in a better place without the troubles that life brought to you in your later years. Whenever I hear Neil Young I pause for a moment or two and remember you.  I was pleased to be able let you go at our old cottage as it is a place that has remarkably remained almost unchanged since we were carefree children there. I am sure you were happy about that.

I choose only to recall the happy times we had together.  Our brother, leading us on explorations, teasing us mercilessly, taking us for boat rides, catching frogs, getting us up to no good. Whatever else there was, I have chosen to forgive and forget because in the end it really doesn't m…

Towards The Sun

Be strong, be brave, keep your chin up, think positive, keep smiling, one day at a time, one foot in front of the other.  These are all things that we say on the days that are tough, when things are too hard and when your whole being aches with the hurt, fear and a million other indescribable feelings.  We keep going, we keep smiling, we get up each day and start it all over, one foot in front of the other, one step at a time even when it is the last thing we want to do. No matter what pain, fear, challenge, or fight you are facing, let each new day be a reminder of the magic that can happen when you look towards the sun.

There is magic in allowing our feelings to pass through us, magic in giving in,  There is power, more than we think, in being vulnerable enough to feel what we feel. ~ Melody Beattie