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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

What’s Your Struggle?

What’s Your Struggle?

Right now, I am struggling to stay focused on my writing goals. It’s that time of year again, when I pack up a few of my favorite things in preparation to head north in support of The Consultant and his work. This is the fourth summer of our temporary lifestyle and, it is starting to … Continue reading

Distracted By Beauty

Distracted By Beauty

My cousin raised her family just outside of Sidney by the Sea, on Vancouver Island. I fly out to visit when she and her husband move into their newly built home in a coastal setting I’d die for. The stunning view from her kitchen window is of Saanich Inlet and the Olympic Mountains. The moment … Continue reading

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 2

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 2

Two years ago, I met a writer and poet named Louise Mathewson at a journal writing retreat where I shared my writing dream. After the retreat, I arrived home to an email from her with advice that read something like, “I keep a sticky note on my computer that says, ‘Writing is my Job.’ It … Continue reading

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 1

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 1

I am in a unique situation. The Consultant goes to work every morning, seven days a week, at 7:00 a.m. and returns home somewhere between 5:30 and 7:00 each evening. I have no formal job and find myself in unfamiliar surroundings with a full day ahead of me to use as I wish. People who … Continue reading

The Big Trade Up

The Big Trade Up

It feels like we won the lottery. After two summers in Fort McMurray, my husband, The Consultant, has started a new contract in a different town. We are in Slave Lake, Alberta. This is location number two in a series of temporary homes we’ll experience over the next few years. Compared to last season, this … Continue reading

The Heart of the New West

The Heart of the New West

It seemed as though just about every area of Canada had experienced disaster but us. There were ice storms to the east, tornadoes and fires to the north and more fires to the west. We in Calgary, Alberta may have been feeling lucky, or even a bit smug that we live in such a blessed … Continue reading

Why I Am Grateful to Fort McMurray

Why I Am Grateful to Fort McMurray

Reflecting on the year 2012, I am most happy to have completed one full summer in Fort McMurray. This is the first chapter in, what I have chosen to call, “My Temporary Lifestyle.” With The Consultant bidding on and attaining contract work, we never know for sure where we’ll wind up or for how long. … Continue reading

Around Here (Fort McMurray Edition)

Around Here (Fort McMurray Edition)

Once in while we need a reminder to pause, appreciate and take stock of life. Mine came this morning, when I checked my inbox to find a new post by Cakes, Teas and Dreams. Via Ali Edwards – Capture Life. Create Art., we have been asked to respond to a journaling prompt about what’s happening in … Continue reading

The Empty Nest North

The Empty Nest North

I am becoming a woman I can’t see. I am an empty nester and in, what experts would call, transition. You know, that period where one changes from one state or condition to another.  I know, I am transitioning from dedicated, hands-on mother to… someone I am yet to know. My son and daughter are … Continue reading