I have him all packed in my heart ❤️ 

I lost my best bud this summer – June 25th, 2017.  He was 12 – and the best ‘person’ in my life.  Unfortunately, he experienced liver failure and we lost him too quickly (because forever wouldn’t have been long enough either).  It’s 4 months ago today and still very raw.  I guess if I was to reflect, this is when the summer started to kind of go to ….crap!

Just the best. ❤️

I Got Lost Again ….

It’s a terrible feeling – when you slide back into old habits and fall out of the new path and the clarity that you had found, yet again!  Why is it that the corporate world can suck us back in and make us forget what really matters all the time?  I mean why can’t salads do that?  Ha! Imagine if the hard things were easy!!

So yes, I got lost again ….I got sucked in to a division closure, the termination of 205 people, the restructung of the team I had left, after we acquired a little over two years ago.  I did choose to remain a part of this vortex that sucked me in, so I am not a victim, but I am tired.  While I don’t mean to make the loss of jobs of others about me, this was a department I built.  This was my blood, sweat and tears.  My missed family functions, missed dinner dates, missed Saturday’s from exhaustion.  It was however,  yet another reminder that it is the small things that matter.  While I felt guilt, I felt the pain of altering these people’s lives – what I did know that I needed to be their small thing, so I stuck in there, fought for what was right for them, help them with their resumes and network where I could.  

So now, with all the empty desks, the quiet, the loss of several people that I connected with each day – I find it only natural to have a sense of loss.  I’m just not exactly how to get myself out of it.  

How do I get back to the things I enjoy in life?

How do you take a leap of faith to your happiness, yet still be responsible to your obligations?

How do you know what will make you happy?

How do you exit a job that you feel is sucking the life out of you – before it’s too late?


So while I am still kind of lost – I am back to taking inventory of the moments that I enjoy ! 😉

A daily reminder …

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!!

It is the small things !

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!

A car ride to the lake!


He loves the wind through the window – just as much as I love his company!


We need to do this more often ….for both of us.

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest – When it is Over I Will Rest!🌹

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!

Every dinner party should have a signature cocktail!


Even with a small group – personal touches go a long way! Why not tell mum and dad where to sit! 😊

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! 

Wake up and Smell the Daffodils!

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!

 

My Manitobahs’

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.  

Packaged so nicely



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 🙂

Planes and Cars and Ferries – Oh my!

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!

You always need to bring something from home …this was his view

This was my view !


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 !

Nosey Parker

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 ? 

Look at that eye!

Continue reading

Yes, I think with my Stomach!

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!