Best of March 2020

Oh March. Get out of here!

Still I thank you for so many things. Like:

The best read:

Dinner. A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

This was the first book I read out of my seven “books to get me through the apocalypse” stash and it was great! Recipes and relatable stories. Wisdom…juicy tidbits. A good read.

Speaking of stashes. Grandchild number two likes to stash food in in his pjs! In the Best Laugh category I bring you:

Toddler cookie stash!

Best visitor:

My first spider friend!! It was a little skittish of me, the weirdo with the camera- so my shot isn’t that good but still…LOOK! A cute little spider! The first one of Spring. (written while under a snowfall warning, heh)

Nicest Treat:

Our grocery store bakery was handing out treats, no charge, to people as they shopped. How lovely is that?! Hubs and I enjoyed a Turtle Brownie and a Chocolate Peanut Butter one. Yum. Made my day!

Best People:

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Most everyone! I have witnessed the best of humanity these days. Over and over again. From perfect strangers, to close friends and better still , people I thought didn’t care one wit. It has blown me away. Who would have thought living through a bloody pandemic would restore my faith in us humans? Go Us!

I’m excited for April. One month closer to warmer weather. One month closer to the end of this latest batch of global suffering. One month closer to…who knows how many good things! ❤

What are some of your bests this month?

Tomorrow is the start of Blogging through A-Z Challenge. I’m looking forward to life being swept up in all the fun!

Love and distant squishy hugs!

The Best Of February 2020

Best Book – I read 12 books this month and the best one out of the bunch was:

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok. It was just so sweet and wholesome without shying away from some tough topics. A nice read overall. ❤

Best YouTube ChannelDr. Tracey Marks. Real insight and advice from a doctor. If you have a mental illness or know someone who does this is a great channel for inspiration, comfort and education. Dr. Marks talks about all sorts of things besides mental health stuff too. Basically her channel is about living your best life! There is something here for everyone.

Best TV ShowThe Circle.

It’s on Netflix and it’s so bad its good. The whole dealio with the show is these people are holed up in separate apartments, living out the game on The Circle social media platform. It’s one big popularity contest until the unlucky person of the week gets BLOCKED! Ha Ha Ha! Nobody meets in real life, (except for the blocked person who gets to meet one person before they leave! Which is like everybody’s worst nightmare! Can you imagine if the people you’ve blocked on the interweb came over to your house?! EEEK! ) ANYway, everything is done through social media and it’s just so wonderfully weird and…strangely heartwarming…and eye roll inducing! It’s great fun to watch. Think a mix of Big Brother and Catfish.

Best Cupcake:

Hubs bought Carolyn and I cupcakes to celebrate her birthday in the other realm and they were excellent! He was so sweet to think of us that way and I was worried that I’d eat one and have to toss the rest because they were too sweet-being from the grocery store and all- BUT they were delicious! Not too sweet at all and moist and fresh. So thanks Save on Foods for a great cupcake!

Sweetest Moment– Me and Hubs on the couch. It’s 9pm. I’ve got a three week old infant against my chest and a sleeping two year old cuddled up against me. I sat there, heart close to bursting at all the good in my life. Wrapped up in two little humans and my partner of 28 years. Rich. I am rich I tell ya. ❤

Nicest Surprise – I woke up craving a Sausage and Egg McMuffin one morning. Hubs had to go in to work on a Saturday and I was hoping that he’s pick up my vibe and bring me one! Sure I could ask him to bring me one but I didn’t know how long he’d be and I didn’t want to be disappointed by his answer, ha, so I kept my mouth shut and sent him telepathic messages….which he GOT because he rolled in the door an hour later with my beloved sandwich, a hash brown and the best cup of coffee I’ve had in a long time! YAAAY!

Best Evening Out– We were treated to dinner and a hockey game by one of the companies my Hubs deals with. Usually, we’re just given tickets and we go off on our own but this time dinner reservations were made – Bucco Pizzeria– for four, myself and Hubs, the salesman and his wife and we enjoyed a fun dinner with them. I was worried it’d be awkward but my warm and goofy ways melted the ice pretty quick. We shared a lot of the same interests and these folks were decent humans. Then we went over the arena and sat in our excellent seats to watch the game with them. We were completely taken care of and catered to and it was just a fun and lovely time!

Best Lesson Learned – A person can have more than one purpose in life.

For some reason I’d gotten it into my head that I had to find the ONE THING that was my purpose. I’d do that and then…it would change and I would absolutely HATE myself because I thought I was a flaky human being. So with this thinking in mind, I’ve spent 35 years hating myself every time my purpose changed and evolved alongside an every changing, ever evolving life. Yikes! Enough of THAT nonsense – My current purpose of the moment- My Grands.

Best Chocolate:

I got these in my Yum Box and they.are.incredible! If you like things like marzipan or Amaretto you’ll love these! Smooth and full of flavour. A decadent sweet treat ❤

Best Ted Talk:

Rita Wilson poses a great question and gives us a lot to think about!

Oh gosh there are so many good things I could add to this post but it has gone on long enough! Now its your turn: What are your February highlights?!

Best of January-2020

I wanted to call this The Hit List, as a companion to The Shit List because it rhymes buuuut I don’t know…Hit List makes me think of other things and I try to keep my brain out of those bad neighbourhoods, ha ha!

I was doing this last year but I fell out of the practice. Here I am again, ever optimistic.

Best of January:

Well number one, this adorable piece of my DNA:

Olivia Angel-Lael. (!!) She was 6lbs 14oz and hardly gave her Mum any trouble at all. Of course I saw her hours after she was born- I had her brother for safe keeping and we all trooped in for a visit right away – and I got to snuggle her again over the weekend. It’s hard to get a sense of who a newborn is but thus far she is very chill and doesn’t seem to mind her tornado two year old brother, as he bounces around all over her. OV loves her and often pauses his very important toddler business to stop and give her pets on the hands, tickles on the tummy and kisses on the head.

I’ve read 9 books this month, am at 7% of my reading goal, and this was the best one out of the bunch:

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. Number two in a series…I think…there is one before this one -Olive Kitteridge- its up to the author if there will be a third- ANYWAY, it’s a great story about one woman seem from many different angles along with a few other intertwining storylines and its just so damn human. A good read that inspired me to go easy on myself and others.

Best catalyst: The FLU.

I know, crazy right?! The flu brought with it a gift. It forced me to listen to my body and take time to just be. To do nothing. I didn’t want to be a miserable lump of ick the whole time and in order to do that, I just had to accept that I was ill, unable to do much and just sit with what I had. Be that books, tv, YouTube, or my sick ass self. It allowed me to do these things without guilt or shame and even though I was NOT having a time, it wasn’t all that awful. I was grateful for what I did have! I enjoyed doing nothing. I enjoyed the rest. I enjoyed the simplicity of it all. Not only that, it peaked my curiosity and I went on to learn everything I could about the subject and came away with a real appreciation for… well…everything! Finally, and maybe most importantly I didn’t experience any of that 900 days of January nonsense. The month flew by for me, woot woot!

Best purchase:

I drank a lot of tea this month – It was National Tea Drinking Month too!- and when my cheap kettle crapped out , I simply went back to the way I’d done it for 25 years before-boiled water on the stove in a pot- but I missed my kettle, even if it was crappy so when London Drugs had a sale, I treated myself to this. It’s glass. Yay! No more plastic leaching, ha ha. And isn’t that light so pretty?! I feel so indulgent, lol I’m still blowing my nose with toilet paper though. What is wrong with me?!

Best Game: June’s Journey

June’s Journey is a hidden objects game that takes you through stories as you move through each level or scene. It’s a fun little time waster that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve wasted time! Plus, it’s good for your brain and it’s full of stupid tropes you can laugh at.

Best Ted Talk:

SO GOOD!

How was YOUR January? What would be on your Best Of list?

Thank You 2019!

Thank you for my word of the year: Trust, a word that really came in handy when situations got foggy or hard or were simply unknown. I was able to let go of it all and put my trust in the greater good. It was a word that encouraged me to set aside anxiety, to set aside the Universal Remote and relax into uncertainty.

Thank you for these two human creatures:

Two great little kids who bring me nothing but love and lessons, silly fun and a squishy heart.

Thank you for my dream animal encounter:

This Raven left a group of people who were feeding him, all the way down the parking lot to our truck, to hang out with ME.

Whaaaaaat?!!!

I AM THE CHOSEN ONE!

Ha Ha Ha. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!

THEN, his mate flew in from a tree somewhere, for a visit too!

They were both super bold, not aggressive just unbothered by our humanness. At times they was SO close to me I could have reached out and touched them. I didn’t though, out of respect for the moment. I thought the female was going to hop on my shoulder t one point, she just kept moving closer and closer! But I guess she was respecting the moment too.

We chit chatted in English and Raven for quite awhile, close to 30 mins before they fly into the trees for a snooze. Dream come true!

Thank you 2019 for the MIRENA IUD:

For all your hormone-y goodness that helps me live a normal life every month. Life changer. This seems funny to me to include on this list and hell, it may seem weird to you but when one has lived as I have lived, one is inclined to give thanks where thanks is due!

Thank you 2019 for March 18. The first day after Winter I was able to go for a walk without a jacket and be comfortable! Three more months to go ❤

Thanks for BOOKS. GLORIOUS BOOKS!

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And libraries too ❤

I read 133 books in 2019 beating my Reading Challenge by 8 books. Woot Woot! My goal for next year shall be…hmmmm….135 bookeroos!

Last but not least:

Thanks 2019 for all the lovely humans who pass by my little corner of the Universe by way of this place on the Interwebs.

That’s YOU!

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If you’ve ever read, liked, commented or met me in real life, you’ve had a positive impact on me and I thank you! I feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by so many intelligent, kind, fun and thoughtful people and I appreciate you SO MUCH.

Here’s to a kind and compassionate 2020.

May we be peaceful, happy, well, safe and free from suffering.

Love & Squishy Hugs.

2019’s Biggest Lesson

Remember when I went to Tanzania, started to write about it, then never finished?

Ha Ha Ha!

It’s coming. Truly.

Truly,truly, truly!

I brought something back from Tanzania that was far greater than stories and photos and I will actually share that with you today.

For real.

No kidding.

I’m not even lying.

I’m not really a goal oriented person. I’m happy to live my life, floating along this way and that. Travelling to Tanzania was the ONE thing in my life that I wanted to do.

I wanted to see the animals and the landscape. I wanted to bask in the beauty and the wonder of a place that was so different from my home. I imagined doing so would bring magic and meaning into my life and the experience was most magical. My time there was positive and special and full of meaning and emotion.

And then* poof* it was gone.

I lived every moment of that time. I was the most mindful muthafucka there ever was ! I squeezed out every last drop of experience I could. I let the whole thing sink into my very being and when I got home life was the same as it ever was.

One minute I was there, the next I was not. One minute I was surrounded by magic, the next it was like I’d never even gone. (Did I go? I mean I know I have the photos…)

After the post trip depression cleared and I got my working brain back I was struck by the greatest piece of wisdom I’ve gained this year.

I think I’d come back from a fun weekend with family. It might have been Miss. Sassafras’s dance recital, when my mum in law was in town and my family enjoyed dinner together and lots of love and laughs.

It might have been when I had my goodbye chat with Carolyn. When it became really clear that she was not going to outwit cancer, she was not going to live with it as a chronic condition. She was going to die. And she was going to die soon.

It might have even been a day when I was sitting on my porch in the sun having a chit chat with a wild crow.

I don’t know. But it came and it grabbed me and it stuck. I am ever grateful.

The Big Moments are fleeting. They do not last.

You might think they will because they GIGANTIC but they slip right through the hands. They may be grand and spectacular but in the scheme of all things, they are just small compared to this:

The seemingly small bits in the everyday that become HUGE. These are the things that add up, to make up a life. These are the things that matter. That count. These are the things that stick with you and glow far brighter than the big moments.

A smile from a loved one. Their smell, their laugh. Going out for coffee with a friend, your partner making you a cup of tea. Family dinners, neighbourhood walks. Birds chirping, the furnace roaring to life in the dead of Winter.

The small bits of the every day are the things that sustain us , without us even knowing and become what matter most in the end.

Go and do the big things

Then come home and make a good life, in all it’s perfectly ordinary, spectacular glory. Really focus on that.

Home, family and friends.

That’s where it’s at.

According to me 🙂

What’s been your greatest lesson of 2019? What did your Inner Wise Owl tell you? Won’t you share?

❤ Love & Squishy Hugs.

Best of July.

Hello August. Goodbye July. You were wet and stormy but you were still GOOD no matter what anyone else says because you were not anywhere close to being below zero! I will take wet and stormy over cold and snowy, any day!

Best concert:

(Ha! Like I regularly go to concerts every month)

Backstreet Boys! What a hoot! I bought these tickets as a joke (a very expensive joke, back when I still had a job) and never gave it much thought after that. Colour me surprised and delighted when the entire evening turned out to be SO DAMN FUN! Myself, my friend, my daughter in law and my daughter met up for dinner where we ate like the beasts that we are and then enjoyed a few hours of non stop singing, laughing and dancing. It was a blast! I know waaay more songs than I thought I did and I really enjoyed the whole thing. They put on a great show and it was so out of my ordinary. It felt good to hang with my adult daughter and be adults! And it felt good to hang with my daughter in law as women, instead of mum and grandma. And of course, it’s always special to be with my Friend.

Here we are, after she got sick of me taking 9 million selfies.

Ha!

Oh! And before the show, we came across a lady who rode her bike straight into a pole. She smashed her face and cut up her lip badly. We were all a little stunned by it! I can so relate. I once rode into a parked car. My daughter gave her the shirt off her back to stem some of the bleeding but she was definitely going to need some stitches. Ouch! It was the most random thing to see…

Best Victory:

I, Lael, she who is afraid of worms. She who is SO afraid of worms she sometimes cries and runs away from particularly big ones, used a very long stick to save a very long worm from certain death on the sidewalk! I was so proud! Take THAT fear.

Best Cosy Moment:

I can still feel his baby body on my lap. Sitting on a stool at Miss. Sassafras’ house, during her birthday party. Kids happy and running around, holding OV, body heavy against me because he’s sick, while he eats watermelon and we share ice cream cake. His cold hasn’t caught me yet…but if it does…it was worth it. 🙂

Beep Beep

Best Book:
I read 16 books this month! Wow. I’ve read 90 books out of the 125 books I’ve challenged myself to this year. I’m 72% of the way there. This month the best book I read gets FIVE STARS! That’s a perfect book my friends.

The ClockMaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. I thought it was beautifully crafted and intricately detailed. The story was utterly captivating. A good summer time read.

Best fruit:

Nectarines!

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I’ve developed a nectarine problem. I just cant stop eating them! They are the perfect fruit. What am I going to do come Autumn?

So, July intentions: did I get my ass on my bike? Yep! I got three rides in!

Did I explore more of the city? A little bit. Mostly close to home.

Did I read outside? Yep! So much that my butt is telling me I need a better outdoor seating situation 🙂

Did I eat my meals outside? Noooo, unless you count all the times I crammed strawberries and peas in my mouth while out in the garden…heheh. It’s been pretty buggy out there. I don’t feel too bad about not meeting this one!

Intentions for August:

More of the same really. Outdoor reading, biking, exploring. I really want to visit the Devonian Botanical Garden before they close it in September. I want to take Miss. Sass for a walk across the river/lake in Jasper…August is our last full month of Summer so I feel this sort of frenzy to DO ALL THE THINGS!

One goal I’d love to smash is this: meditate every single day.

Do you have any intentions set out for August? How was your July? What was the best thing you did?

Best Of Lune.

Best Book:

I’ve read 9 books this month. Not my best month but I’ve been playing outside every chance I can get so it’s ALL good! I do intend to do MORE reading OUTSIDE from here on out because that’s a special pleasure that comes and goes through a short time frame 🙂

My favourit book this month was:

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

A descriptive, interesting, engaging tale about life during the Black Death. I found it a little long about 3/4 of the way through but then when it ended I was left craving more! Good thing there’s a second one!

I also enjoyed these two:

Aprons and Silver Spoons by Mollie Moran was fast paced and fun to read. Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird really got me thinking good.

Best Movie:

That;s easy. It’s also the only movie I watched this month, ha.

Always Be My Maybe !It was smart and funny and sweet without being saccharine. It held my attention the whole way through and left me feeling happy. You can find it on Netflix, I believe. Go watch!

Kindest human interaction:

It’s a toss up between the lady who asked me ” Are you OK? Do you need a ride? ” when OV and I were playing in the pouring rain OR when Hubs gently rubbed cream on my roasted sunburnt back, without me asking…

Coolest thing I got in the mail:

My first box of Universal Yums! A monthly subscription box of snacks from around the world. This month the country was Colombia. Colombia? I am enjoying your snacks! You make the BEST queso tortilla chips! And I love your coconut toffee.

Best Lune moments:

I bought myself 30 small and medium gifts as tangible reminders to celebrate everything but the best and most valuable things were moments engaging with loved ones. Even in sadness.

1. Learning about the new developments in my friend’s health, the sorrow and the conversation and the love and wisdom that followed. 2. Having my entire family over for dinner! All the kids, blood and otherwise, all the spouses, former and current. 3. Seeing my mum in law and enjoying her feierce love for me. 4. Spending the week with my Hubs doing nothing much but having fun nonetheless. 5. Chatting with my daughter every day. She calls me and says ” What’s more annoying? Me as a kid or me as an adult? as way of apology but you know, I am grateful and appreciate that she WANTS to talk to me. I’ll take her daily phone calls, joyfully. ( The answer is always ” You as a kid!” ha ha. She was a tornado, that one! )

I’m happy for July because I’m hoping the weather sort of evens out a bit…but I’m enjoying the ever changing nature of the way things are now. We get rain every day and we get sun every day so if you plan it right you can enjoy it all and life never gets boring! The days are flying past so I’m making a few intentions to keep my butt on track:

  1. Read my books outside when it’s not raining.
  2. Get my ass on my bike!
  3. Eat my meals outside when I can…
  4. Check out a new part of the city every week.

What are your best June memories? What are your intentions for July?