Distracted by Beauty II

Distracted by Beauty II

Beauty is everywhere. Just look.   I recently stopped everything to watch this sunrise.   I am reminded to slow down.   Stop if I must.   And notice.   Somewhere between this little bug under the butter cup and the sun rising below these clouds.   There you are. Stop. Look. Do you see … Continue reading

Making BIG Memories

Making BIG Memories

Oh, how I wish I’d followed through on plans for this one dream – to take a big trip with Mom – just the two of us. Over the years, we took a few little ones here and there but I wanted something adventurous with special bonding time. We’d even talked about what that trip … Continue reading

Full in Slave Lake

Full in Slave Lake

  My situation never seems quite right. When I’m in Slave Lake, I miss Buddy and Princess. When I’m in Calgary, I miss The Consultant. Whenever I start feeling the “empty” in empty nest, it usually takes a trip to Calgary to visit with my kids, family and friends in order to make it all … Continue reading

The Best Part of Our Temporary Lifestyle

The Best Part of Our Temporary Lifestyle

This temporary lifestyle is growing on me. Living in this cabin by Lesser Slave Lake has me immersed in nature. It reminds me of visiting Grandma and Grandpa Johnson’s as a little girl before we moved to the big city. As I walk along Devonshire Beach Road, here in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, I … Continue reading

Writing Family Matters

Writing Family Matters

How many times have you been sitting around the dinner table when a senior family member tells a tale of some past experience and you’re so drawn in, you forget you ate dessert? Before you know it time has flown by, grandpa is ready to go home and you are left craving more. We are … Continue reading

It’s Moving Day for My Blog

Good Morning Everyone, I have decided that today is the day I’ll move my blog to self-hosted. It’s the next big step for me in blogging and means I will own my space and my content. As a follower, you shouldn’t have to do a thing but, just in case, I will be at www.kathiostrom.com. … Continue reading

What I Knew One Day in July 1990

What I Knew One Day in July 1990

The moment I saw my baby’s face, I believed in love at first sight. My eldest niece and one of my nephews are about to become parents for the first time. Thinking about how their lives are about to change, makes me revisit that time in my own life. Becoming a new mom was my … Continue reading

Simply Do the Right Thing

Simply Do the Right Thing

Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must … Continue reading

Return to Dance

Return to Dance

I’d just added finishing touches to the Chicken Cacciatore dish I was creating. There was a cross-breeze through the open kitchen / living area of the cabin, so the heady aroma of tomato and fresh basil filled the room and wafted out the windows. As the classic Bill Withers oldie Just the Two of Us came … Continue reading