Best Of April, 2019

Hello May! I should note that is does NOT look like this photo in Edmonton as I type this! No, no. It’s currently snowing sideways and everything is covered in snow. It’s all OK because it’ll melt quickly and we’ll be back to green grass and better days 🙂

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Why are the best months flying by? WHYYYYYYYY?! The days of nice weather are so fleeting here, these are the months when I wouldn’t mind it if the days dragged on the way they do in January.

Look at me, hey? No wonder I suffer so in September. I’m already mourning the loss of days that haven’t even happened yet.

I was super, super busy with all kinds of fun stuff last month. Visits with friends, walks in the nicer weather, lots of reading and Netflixing. I’ve been watching stuff on YouTube, too. I’ve been living vicariously through all the Through Hikers. I want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail SO BAD. Nobody I know like hiking much though and I’m not sure I want to do it alone. We shall see. It’s getting to be one of those things that’s starting to “bug” me. The call has become rather insistent.

This is a pretty random Best Of:

Best Thing That Completely Took Over My LifeBlogging From A-Z Challenge! I met the most interesting humans and it was cool to have reading and writing be the main focus of my life most days. Stay tuned for a follow up post regarding the experience in greater detail.

Best Book– I read 18 books this month. I’ve reached something like 47% of my Reading Challenge goal. Fire! (That’s what the cool kids are saying these days 😉 ) Of these books, 7 really stand out for me. They are:

Best MovieThe African Doctor. Oh my heart! This was a great story. It’s on Netflix. In French, with subtitles. I always feel so cultured when I watch movies with sub titles, heh…I also watched Brene Brown: The Call To Courage An excellent watch! I was nodding and crying and bolstered throughout 🙂

Best TV ShowSchitt’s Creek. I am IN LOVE with this series. It’s Canadian. It’s clever and funny and silly and ridiculous and heart warming and progressive and modern and…oh it’s ALL THE THINGS. Watch it!

Best Meal– Taste wise, this would have to be a Teen Burger from A&W, with onion rings and a root beer. Nothing beats that. For my heart, that would have been my 21 year old daughter’s birthday party, with my son in law and my scrumptious grandson.

Best Time Outdoors– I gave my Mountain Ash a haircut. It was the first time I’d been out doing yard work and I don’t know…it was kinda magical. At the risk of sounding like a total nut (oh wait. I’ve already established that ) I thanked my tree for her leafy coverage and listened to her for guidance as I trimmed her up. The wind was blowing, the sun was shining, the birds were singing…I was connected to the Earth.

Best Naughty Act– I’ve been feeding the birds, Crows in particular but of course the other big birds have been getting in on the action too. The Magpies and Jays. My goal is to develop a relationship with the Crows in my neighbourhood because Crows are cool. I’m gaining an appreciation for the Magpies who seem pretty intelligent too. They’ve started talking to me and while I’ve seen crows do that ALL the time, it’s a first for me with Magpies. Jays seem to be squawky and … I don’t even know. I don’t have a read on them yet!

I had a Raven come by just yesterday! A RAVEN! Squeeee! I was so surprised because while Ravens are my FAVOURITE I wasn’t holding out any hope to get THAT lucky. But lucky I was. It flew straight into the yard in front of me but was nervous of Claudette and settled on the fence instead. I tossed a peanut into my garage roof and it grabbed that and sat and yapped at me before flying off when a car came by. It came back later, sitting on my neighbour’s roof calling for more but I resisted the urge. I don’t want to turn them into pests! I was so struck by how much MORE they are compared to the other birds. Bigger, smarter, more personable. And that’s saying something because I find the Crows and Magpies to be marvellous creatures. I went to bed happy for the experience. What a gift!

Best Hot Drink– OK, hear me out. 7-11’s Spiced Chai Latte. I know, I know! BUT you have to just try it. It costs two bucks, and its spicy! One note mostly, cinnamon but still, it actually has some spice to it. ( I rarely get a good cup of spiced chai in this western world) It’s rich and creamy too, without being oily -Tim Horton’s I’m looking at you and your hot chocolate- and it comes out of the dispenser HOT! I pay 5 whole dollars or more for a drink at Starbucks and even after I ask for it extra, EXTRA hot, I still get something barely warm. Booooo!!! All in all, a quality product for a great price. 7-11 for the win!

So May! I’m looking forward to Mother’s Day and my son’s birthday. I’m excited about planting my garden and all the plants and life that is going to start popping up. I saw a bee the other day! And I’ve seen a ton of butterflies. My ants are very busy in my front yard and the other day a bird dropped a GIGANTIC worm on my deck *shudder. I’m just waiting on baby bunnies, dandelions and bumblebees.

OH! And it’s one month until Lune, my birthday month. Shit, I’d better start preparing for that! I have like, no presents and I need 30 of them! If you have a birthday coming up, I highly recommend you celebrate ALL MONTH LONG too. I think the older one gets, the more important birthdays become. Plus, one of my personal mottos is : Celebrate Everything. So there!

What are you looking forward to in May?

16 thoughts on “Best Of April, 2019

  1. I love Elizabeth Berg. Also Tana French, though her writing is very dark. I had to take a break from it. The other books look like good ones for some summer reading. On my list for May is getting the studio organized so that I can feel better about working in it, cleaning out the flower beds, planting the vegetable garden, and oh! it would be so nice if I could finish up at least one of my winter projects before summer is here!

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    • Hee Hee. I’m hanging my own head in shame thinking about my winter projects 😛
      A fine list! I’m almost done with my studio but it wont be long before its a mess again, I’m sure!


  2. What a happy upbeat post! My May is started this weekend by attending The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival – 20 minutes from my house.. A yearly wonderful event that raises my soul. I am also going to return to a regular walking routine and exercising – something that always makes me physically feel well and in control of my body!! Thanks for the great post. I will have to check out a few of those books, as well.

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  3. I love, love, love your post! And your pictures! Just gorgeous! We in Chicago had snow on Saturday which happened to be my birthday. I can say with certainty it has never snowed on my birthday before. I like to think it was confetti from Heaven! Or something to make it seem better, lol!

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  4. Your post is like a breath of fresh air. I was blessed to see Diana’s wedding gown as part of a traveling exhibit a few years ago. Your daughter is a beauty and your grandson is so adorable! I think I watched maybe a half episode of Schitt’s Creek and stopped. Sounds like it needs a revisit. Have you netflixed, “Russian Doll” yet? It’s out there but high entertainment. For May looking forward to LONG BIKE RIDES!

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    • 🙂 ❤
      I remember that exhibit! Diana was was great dresser.
      Thank you! Those two are my heart.
      Schitt's Creek brings up cringey feelings but it gets better once you watch a few episodes and get a feel for everything.
      I;ve seen Russian Doll but not watched it. I'll add it to my list!
      Oooooh I love bike riding! Do you have a favourite route? I cant wait to hear about your adventures!

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      • I will give SCreek another try. No favorite trail. We have a bike trail that runs a good 70 (or more) miles (haven’t looked where it goes from Grand Rapids) near here so I usually get on it and go. Do you have bike trails there or you ride on the streets?

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      • Wow, that trail sounds amazing! That is a long way! I’d be tempted to just keep on going 🙂
        I usually ride on the sidewalks, but will always try and find a good trail or deserted country road. We have a really cool river valley trail system that I’m going to start exploring more this season. I need to work up to it first though, it’s an epic ride to get there just from my house, ha ha.

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      • When I lived in the city I just rode in the streets, which side streets are like bike paths pretty much. Out here the few roads (with no sidewalks) are like highways, where people are zooming by. It’s a good 3 or so miles to get to the trail, so I wear a bright yellow vest when I ride, looking unfashionable but staying alive. The river valley trail system sounds awesome. Hills are heaven, flatland is enemy, lol.

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  5. I like to hike, but haven’t done any long term hiking in years. I would love to do it though. Like you, I’d like to do it with someone, not alone. But to have that time on a trail, in foresty silence, or open range, would be lovely… Wow. I’m impressed with your reading this last month! That’s a lot of books!

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    • I am a super fast reader. Plus, I don’t have a j.o.b. ha ha.
      I sometimes want to train a fierce protection dog just for beautiful hikes. It’s awful to be dependent on someone else for something so vital to my soul.

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