Home sweet maple syrupy Home – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I really didn’t remember how precious home is and its really the little things that seem to mean the most. The fact that I can have hugs as often as I like and lets face it, mom hugs are just the best. We had a bit of a stand off because she was trying to make me food and take care of me and all I wanted to do was exercise my domestic muscles. It`s so good to feel useful again. So we compromised but I still felt weird when she cleaned and folded all my laundry. read more

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Doozers Rock

I have spent the last few days running around getting basics. It`s a funny thing when you look in your cupboards and they are completely bare. I ended up putting one thing on each shelf just to spread it out a bit. So there is a cup here and a fry pan there. I went out and bought stuff like salt, tea and ketchup. It`s so strange when you have to start all over with the basics. You really wonder why you really need them. Then you imagine a French fry without ketchup and you remember that it is a staple. read more

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A Friend Is as a Friend Does

I was feeling a little down and very much alone in my big empty house. Sus has gone on a side trip to Vancouver so I have me and only me to contend with. I realized my “people” hadn`t really had much contact with me since my return. I know they are busy but I had to wonder what happened to my “welcome commitee” especially after they begged me to come home. I understand that it is hard for non-travelling types to understand or even fathom the shock of coming home. I also think it is difficult for people to be around someone going through this. read more

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Caring is Sharing

I just finished trying to put up my Christmas lights. I decided not to do the tree this year because its enough trying to get this house filled up with furniture not to mention trees. It will be a classic Christmas for me with green glowing mini lights around my front windows. The problem is that I decided to use masking tape to attach them and its a lot harder than I thought. I completed one of the smaller side windows. I may try again tomorrow or perhaps bribe some help with some special eggnog. I think that idea sounds a lot more fun. read more

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Creating the Costume

So the next big party is coming up this weekend and I decided to help in the decorations. I spent some time with Mel and Thad doing a bit of painting. We were going to go to the clubhouse but they suddenly got tickets to the hockey game. I headed over with Ritchie and kept him company for a while while he worked on his string art. Then despite the Tim Hortons coffee, I got too cold and went home. read more

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Warm Hearts Melt Cold Feet

Last week Sus went home back to Denmark. It was pretty emotional for me but even more so for Aaron. We went for Death By Chocolate and had a sushi nite for her final farewell. At the airport, I cried. I surprised myself a little when I felt my heart tugging. I don`t usually get so worked up over these things and certainly don`t let myself get so attached. I think more so it was the fact that I have a special bond with Sus and I could feel her. She is my Danish sister and loves me unconditionally. I am lucky to know her. I know we will cross paths again probably sooner than later. read more

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It`s About Time

It`s late. Almost 1am on December 31, 2005. I am eating scrambled eggs with salsa and cheese…energy food. I have so much left to do before I am allowed to sleep. The past few days have been a bit of a blur…working, RDNs, visiting, and not sleeping nearly enough. My friends are throwing a huge New Years bash called ReVerb and I tried to help out as much as could. I wanted to dressup but I have no idea what I should wear. read more

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The Big Three O

I have spent the past few weeks working and spending time with people I care about. I have made an ongoing date with each of my nephews when we do things like play chess, have ice cream or donuts, and play video games. It`s pretty awesome to be spending quality time with them and it`s good to see how we can grow together. I also have started doing pilates regularly again which is a step forward with my health. I am already feeling a lot more flexible and my strength is improving. read more

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Slippery Slope

It`s been almost 3 months since I have come back home and settled in. I know that`s not much time but the way I live, it is. I guess I am coming to the realization that one who deals in extremes, is often out of balance. This is turning out to be not the healthiest place for me. So since I have come home, I have had a hard time “grounding” myself. I find it more than easy to just get swept away by the moment. read more

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Power of Integrity

Integrity is defined as this:
Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. The state of being unimpaired; soundness. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.

Over the past few weeks, I have challenged myself with doing what I say and saying what I do. It`s not easy but it`s REALLY not easy when you don`t see it happening around you. I have let myself get let down. I have believed in the wrong people or perhaps I just expect too much. It`s just one of these things that has been eating away at the fabric of my relationships. read more

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