Is this us?
I’ve finally started watching the TV series This Is Us. I’m extremely late to the game, I know. I am enamoured, engaged, and busy evenings for the rest of the winter. It’s easy to see why it has been at the top of pop culture consciousness for half a decade. I love this family, I…
It’s not always the what and when and where
It’s Christmas break, and I’m doing that thing I always seem to do when I have time away from work: making unrealistic lists of stuff to do with the kids, stuff to enjoy, stuff to catch up on, stuff to start, stuff to finish. And then jumping into my to-be-read pile with my stocking candy…
Flight to Victoria
If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you might remember the sensations that come with takeoff: the acceleration pushing your back deep into the seat, the little stomach drop when you tip up off the ground. Then there’s this moment when gravity seems to catch on to what you’re attempting, and tugs you down despite…
I’ve been hearing phrases lately that I last recall hearing as a teenager. “Everyone is doing it.” “No one will find out.” “It won’t hurt anything.” These kinds of arguments were usually reserved for PSAs with stilted acting warning thirteen -year-old me not to do drugs. But now I’m hearing them from family, coworkers, neighbours,…
There is progress here, and upward evolution. For the land and for me.
I turn 38 today. I’m not one to hide my age, or get terribly overwrought about it, but it does inspire some reflection. What exactly have I accomplished with those nearly 14,000 days on the planet? Quite a bit; lots of it good, some of it hard, most of it worth it. The trouble is,…
You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone
After a few minor crises with teenage daughters over the last week, I’ve come to a shocking realization: I’m through the sweet spot. It happened without me really noticing, as happens with good things in our lives that we come to take for granted. I knew my oldest were getting up there, and that diaper…
This question came through the blog this week, and as it is a perpetual concern, I decided to share my answer with everyone. Q: We’d like to know how to get rid of weeds in the lawn – weeds and these vine things. My husband can’t bend down to physically dig out each bunch and…
How do I explain this; how do I put it into words?
I woke up this morning to the radio news telling me Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer. We’ve had many significant losses in the music department these last few months, many of which have touched my heart and my history, but this one cuts me to the quick. I am not a fan girl type,…
Things I don’t know
Sometime in the last several years, someone decided I was a fount of knowledge. I’m not entirely sure how this happened, as I am usually pretty upfront about my lack of credentials (if the ‘umm’s don’t give me away first). I’m a self taught gardener, the only formal writing teachers I’ve had were in my public…