It's just a little past 1 o'clock in the morning. I'm sitting here listening for the sweet sweet sound of canning jars going 'pop!' as the lids seal. That's 5 so far, and each one gives me a little thrill. They're just 7 small jars of spiced crab apples, music to my ears. … Continue reading Tasty Things That Go ‘Pop!’ in the Night
You know the old adage "what's got you so bent out of shape?" The answer is undoubtedly "two weeks on the road, living in a Westfalia!" I am not only bent, I feel downright tangled. I might have to admit that I'm getting a little long-in-the-tooth for this. We put on a lot of miles … Continue reading Channeling My Inner Hippie
It's somewhere past 10 o'clock on July 2nd and I'm excited to hear the putt-putt of SweetEsther pulling into the driveway at last. The day before, I had put my husband on a plane, headed to Vancouver to bring our 1982 Westfalia home from the Volkswagon mechanic where she had spent the past month getting … Continue reading A Very Merry Un-birthday to Me!
"Little darlin', it's been a long, cold, lonely winter. Little darlin', it feels like years since it's been here. Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun, and I say, it's alright..." - George Harrison, The Beatles (1969, Abbey Road) Yesterday the sun came out in all it's summery glory. The Hubs and I spent … Continue reading Here Comes The Sun
Two weeks ago today, I sat with my mother, holding her hand, stroking her hair, whispering words of love and farewell as she passed from this world into the next. It was the single most beautiful experience of my life and there are no words to express the gratitude I feel for the blessing of … Continue reading What Comes Next …
2018 has been an adventure for us. Selling our condo, living with relatives for 2 months (eternally grateful for the hospitality and getting to make up for all the years of not seeing enough of a dear sister), travelling all over British Columbia like a couple of gypsies in a Westfalia, and finally buying our … Continue reading Holiday Greetings from the Great White North!
Or more accurately, today we make history! October 17, 2018, recreational marijuana is now legal in Canada. Wherever you stand on the issue, I'm just pointing out the fact. And then I'm saying that I think this is an appropriate move in the right direction. But that's all I'm saying (On that subject. For now!) … Continue reading This Day In History …
The view from my deck at 4pm today. The ash covers everything. My eyes and lungs sting. The region of Bulkley-Nechako in is a State of Emergency, Nearby towns are under evacuation orders. And nothing but hot dry weather in the forecast. The air is very heavy, both literally and metaphorically. I'm trying to unpack … Continue reading 4 O’Clock on a Tuesday in August
Today I turn 52. Typically, just saying that sort of thing would freak me out a little. Typically I would have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about it, getting all existential about it. So in my head. But this year is different. This year, nothing has been 'typical', it's all been one big … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Me!
I’m told this (Saturday, July 21) is day 10 of our odyssey. My husband tells me this and I choose to just believe him because, honestly, I’ve lost track of time. (This morning I realized I had screwed up my vitamins seriously, but I’m not going to worry about it. I had 14 days … Continue reading Day 10