I’ve always known that I found fresh air and sound of water good for my soul – I mean who doesn’t ? Within the last two years, I find nothing calms and relaxes me like being near water; the crashing waves, the reflection of the sun, the presence of wildlife, and the distant noises of fellow tourists flocking toward the water just to soak it all up! Before we turn to move back into our realities – we scurry to gather up Seashells, our little mementos of the beach, and the happiness / happy times they symbolize. I can even remember my grandparents bringing me back Seashells and rocks from their vacations when I was a kid, like they were passing the happy memories from their vacations on to me without me even being aware of the significance. We all seek things that make us happy, make us remember happy and make us pass along happy. I have learned that happiness for me, comes from the small things – like Seashells. Join me in my journey where I seek the things that bring me happiness! The random, obscure and simple things!
Sometimes it is hard to remember that it truly is the small things that matter, particularly when you feel like all the big things are falling apart. Today I am having a particularly hard time with this – but I know it will pass, and then I will struggle it again. Sometimes all things, big and small, feel like they are colliding, like you are alone, like your wishes and dreams don’t matter, your feelings and thoughts are insignificant and you find yourself in a tad bit of a pity party.
I think the main plague in my life today is my job. I work for an extremely unorganized, uncaring organization and a boss that completely disrespects me and this finds me letting a lot of toxicity enter my life. I don’t really have much of a support network, so while I know the right thing to do to get me back to me is to leave this wasteland behind – but how to I do that? How does one leave what they’ve got, but don’t want, yet need it to survive (read pay bills, eat etc). How does one throw it all up in the air, give life a shuffle and pray that you meet your complete happiness? How do you plan a better path when you are too busy sinking mud where you got stuck off-roading ?
I do appreciate the small things – but sometimes the bigger things consume you – like a tidal wave. No time to re-engerize, no other cheerleader on the sidelines. Time to dust off the Pom-poms!!
Today, it’s a beautiful spring day here. I decided to work from home and enjoy some focus and peace! What better way is there to start the day than with your furry and faithful companion! Off to the lake we went to enjoy our coffee (me) and timbits (him).
It wasn’t that long ago that we used to walk there – but this lil old man cannot go as far as he once could – so a car ride it is!
He loves the wind through the window – just as much as I love his company!
I love to entertain. Nothing like company helps in getting those loose ends done around the house! But really, it’s more the planning, decorating, cooking and friends/family parts that I love! I decided to host Easter dinner this year at my house – with just a small group. I have been excited about it and been planning it for about a month now. I think it’s the fact that I have been watching what I eat that has made me so excited about making food that’s not on my regular list (a lil holiday indulge!). I’ll write about the food part soon! Today I focused on beginning to execute my plan (insert husband shaking his head here!). With our small group dinner being 4 days out – some may say it’s a little early to set the table, but for me it was another check off the list that keeps it all manageable!
Because I am a big foodie myself – I have asked that no one bring anything as I have everything covered! So I most certainly have my work cut out for me! So table setting and entry decor needed to get out of the way pretty early!
I love it when everything starts to come together – it’s not always according to plan – but sometimes a plan is just a guideline anyways!
After our last snowfall of the year last Friday, we found ourselves in spring temperatures finally. What’s a better way to celebrate spring than with flowers!?!
Spring brings such beautiful colours and always feels like it’s the opportunity for a fresh start! I created this Easter centerpiece for Easter dinner that I am hosting next weekend and I just love it! With a little handy work from the hubby – it’s just what I was looking for. Now, I’m not known to have a green thumb – so I sure hope it will make it to Saturday!
Who likes to think (read admit) that possessions can bring us happiness? I mean no one wants to be materialistic right? Right! But let’s be honest – we all have those things that yeah, we could do without – but would be upset about it if we had to. Today I was reminded when the doorbell rang – of one of these things!! My Manitobah Mukluks were here!! If you’re have never heard of them – or owned a pair, check them out. They are Canadian made, Aboriginal-Owned and some beautiful crafted footwear. They work to preserve the heritage and traditions of Aboriginal communities through their artistry.
They are some of the most comfortable things that I have ever worn on my feet! I have ordered mostly their slipper styles, by the ones today have the outdoor soles. Once I can get past that to me, they still look like slippers – I’m going to try to wear them out and about 🙂
Last year, we planned our summer vacation out on the Canadian west coast. It’s such a beautiful part of the country! Our first stop – Vancouver City – what a unique, eclectic and picturesque city. We chose to stay right near Canada Place (right downtown near the seawall). We had a great view from our hotel where you could see the large Alaskan cruise ships come into Canada Place (Alaskan cruise is on my list!) I found the hotel kept us centrally located – not far from Granville Island, close to Stanley Park – as well as still being close to the airport, and so much more!
True to British Columbia fashion, we did have at least one rainy day (we went in the middle of July). It didn’t dampen our travel spirts! With the mountains as your backdrop and the ocean at your feet – we were collecting Seashells !
For those of you that have had a dog – you know the joy and humour they can bring to your life. I spend quite a ridiculous amount of time having conversations with my K-9 companion – and I hardly speak his language! A year ago, I started becoming more conscious towards what I ingest, apply to my body and use within my home – not only did it impact my quality of life, but also the husbands and the mutts! I have taken to baking the pup some dog biscuits made with love! He watches every move – while I make a disaster of my kitchen and cross my fingers (for my sake and his) that they are edible by the time I finish! Can you see the excitement ?Continue reading
My husband is amazed that how when I wake up, before breakfast, I can already be thinking about dinner. It’s either where we are going, or what am I making. I love to cook and experience new places and cuisine. That is why part of every road trip has ‘secret stops’ that I have planned – because if it’s crazy to think about dinner when it’s just hours away – it must be certifiably insane to think about it months out! Yes – food makes me happy! I believe I had seen it on food network – but Tacofino is a place you absolutely need to hit up if you find yourself in Tofino (which btw – is another amazing place to visit!!!). Tacofino is a food truck (originally) that focuses on fresh flavors – with an a-mazing menu. It’s a tricky lil place to find off the main road – but absolutely worth the double-back if you miss it. We indulged in the fish tacos – which is what they were originally known for.
It is definitely a popular place with locals and surfers alike. We probably waited about 30 minutes in line – but that is part of the food truck experience if you ask me. They were so good – and yes, while eating them in Tofino, BC – I was already thinking of how I would make them back home!
I remember when my husband and I were driving from Calgary to Moraine Lake, we kept wondering (are those the mountains? Are those mountains!). Boy did we feel silly not thinking we would know for certain when there were mountains! No – we weren’t beamed down to earth that day – but it was overcast through portions of our drive – and let’s face it, we are from the Toronto area and our largest mountain is Blue Mountain – which doesn’t even come close to the Rockies !! The Trans Canada highway, once out of Calgary, is a flat drive – when the road begins to wind, and you can notice the elevation change, it is still just a bit before you enter the section that makes your jaw drop. You’ll feel the same! I remember it was one curve to the right and then it was down in a little valley – then – we were surrounded. Awestruck. The size of them was overwhelming and mesmerizing! We took the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Moraine Lake, a more scenic drive than the Trans Canada (heavily wooded and curvy). If making this trip yourself – be sure to plan extra time for the bump outs – they are these touristy little jut outs in the road that allow for you to pull over and looky-loo without making a mess of traffic or endangering yourself or others. The other really neat thing on the Trans-Canada is these animal bridges that exist.
In 2015, we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. Wanting to make sure we did something special, I took to an internet search – ‘Most Beautiful Place in Canada’. It was my inner photographer doing the searching – but the result could not have been more true. Moraine Lake has to be one of the most majestic places I have seen. Now – I am far from a world traveler, but this place will leave you breathless (literally – it’s 6,183ft above sea-level). The scenery was once on the back of the Canadian twenty-dollar bill (below) – but for nearly a week – it was our scenery everyday! The bench in this picture is at the top of the ‘rock pile’ which was just a small hike to enjoy this view. I spent every morning there – until the sound of the air-breaks would indicate the tour buses had arrived (I recommend getting to the top early in the morning – 6am in June). I would get my seven-dollar coffee (I also recommend bringing coffee!) and take it all in – can still feel the crisp glacier air on my face. I can smell the freshness of being so isolated from civilization deep in Banff National Park. I can hear ….I can hear ….nothing – absolute silience. Peace. It was one morning that everything came into perspective for me – everything stopped, yet everything started. So many things that had created mind clutter, became clear, became calm, became in perspective. By no means does this mean, that since this moment, my life is together. What it does mean – is I found a happy place. That place in my brain that I can recall, and have every sense go back to a morning on the rock pile. Where is your happy place? Your Seashell? Look for more posts from this vacation to come soon!