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Our Vimy Ridge Connection

Our Vimy Ridge Connection

The first time I heard of The Battle of Vimy Ridge was at my in-laws’ dining table. The family was sitting about after a delightful meal, with chairs pushed back and arms resting on full stomachs, when my father-in-law pulled out a small, worn, pine box. He spilled its contents onto the table. Three bullet … Continue reading

So Long North Shore Homestead

So Long North Shore Homestead

My car is packed to capacity with necessities and belongings that help us feel settled in unfamiliar surroundings. I have office supplies, books and writing materials. I have favourite things including my stir-fry pan, pictures of the kids, candles and a fleece throw. At the end of each “temporary life” season, I wonder how I … Continue reading

Wildflower Colour Explosion

Wildflower Colour Explosion

  After three seasons in Slave Lake with The Consulant, I was beginning to think I’d seen all there is to see around here. I used to drive with my camera in the passenger seat beside me but I don’t anymore. Last weekend, I was regretting that I’d left it at home on a shelf … Continue reading

The Family That Skis Together

The Family That Skis Together

Like all families, mine is not always at our best. All it takes is for one of us to show up a little grumpy and we all suffer. It could be due to stress at work, lack of sleep or simply hunger. I’ve learned not to set myself up for disappointment by attaching expectations to … Continue reading

Around Here (Slave Lake Edition)

Around Here (Slave Lake Edition)

Around here – Fog rests on the lake I see each morning, a late sunrise brightens only the treetops and bleaches the waves of Lesser Slave Lake to a glow, the caw of a lone crow echoes, and the humming bird feeder swings idle. When the sun shines on the tree out front it turns … Continue reading

Distracted by Beauty II (It’s Everywhere)

Distracted by Beauty II (It’s Everywhere)

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