Frozen Opportunities

Winter is driving me crazy by the time we get to February. We’ve had snow on the ground since November – there’s still a couple of months of winter to go quite possibly. Those who can escape south for a week or two. Those who can’t (us among them) endure the cold and dream of summer. Meanwhile,…

F is for…Freedom

Goodbye January. Hello February. When I was cleaning the house and thinking what to do with my blog this month I started coming up with ‘F’ words to go with February – good ones, honestly. Some were to do with the weather here like frost and flippin’ freezing, but no one wants to concentrate on…

Let the socks fall

It’s only the third week of the year and in some respects I feel like I’ve already fallen behind. People are posting their achievements on social media – whether it’s to do with their job, a new project, their studies, fitness, or whatever – already! Meanwhile I’m just thinking about getting started, and not sure with…

Christmas Quiet

Most of this month I’ve been strung out like a string of Christmas lights with a bulb that’s on the flicker – threatening to blow a fuse at any moment. I love Christmas, but the stuff that we’ve built around it can become overwhelming. It becomes an all consuming thing – the shopping particularly. My…

Slave free cake?

‘Tis the season. I love the build up to Christmas, now that it’s getting nearer – not in August, September and October. I like to get the house ready, the music, the films, the food and all of that. I love to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Let’s face it though, this season does induce…

Take the trail

About an hour from here there’s a nature park we like to go to. It’s on a thin piece of land that stretches out into the Bay of Fundy. It’s not far away and it’s free which are always reasons for a place to be popular in our family. There’s a road around the park and marked…

A Birthday Wish for October

Like L M Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, ‘I am so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers’. It’s full of colour. The crazy busy-ness of September is done (it’s just normal-busy), the humidity is gone, apples are ripe for picking, veggies are harvested, beautiful just-right-sunny-blue-sky-days, walks among the flame coloured trees,…

Hope in the Shape of a Rose

We have a small rose bush in our front garden. It was given to us as a house-warming present over six years ago.  Each year, until this one, and to my amazement, it has come alive again after the long cold winter and bloomed all summer long. This year it didn’t. I’m not certain why – I’m…

Time out

For the first time ever the two older ones are at home, but in and out and doing their own thing, stopping for the odd conversation, while the youngest two are both away on the same week. I get home from work and there isn’t anyone apart from the dog and the guinea pig who…

One for my Dads

My Dad adopted me when he married my Mum. We came as a pair. I was still very young, under two years old, so Dad has always been my dad. I didn’t know any differently until I was told several years later. There is no way I would ever have guessed as I was never treated…

Nowhere else I’d rather be

On the first hot, sunny and long weekend of the year, many in the city were outside enjoying the weather. Frederictonians are quick to dive in to the almost summer time. A steady stream of trucks towing trailers (that’s caravans in Brit-speak) and cars with canoes strapped to their roof racks head out-of-town. Nothing wrong with that….

Life Lessons in the Coffee Aisle

Here was my dilemma in the grocery store this morning. I had to buy coffee for myself – I can only drink decaf in order to avoid terrible headaches. I have in my hand some fair trade decaf ground coffee, yet I see that Nescafé instant is less than half price of what I’m holding in my hand….