Monday Ramble, Leaves, Eating ALL THE THINGS!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything fun? Tell me all about it!

Mine started off with a bang! Well, actually mine started off with a baby and a friend. I met my pal for coffee and got to meet (and cuddle) her new baby boy. He is the sweetest little guy and while I’m not interested in having any more of my own body, biology had me aching for him. I miss him still, lol. Give me all the babies!

Saturday had me shopping for home security stuff because on Thursday evening, two young people broke into the neighbours house. They walked up to the front door boldly like they owned the place. I dashed out quickly to investigate but they got themselves into the house lickety split! Another neighbour took over from there and they were caught but still…UGH! So the Hubs and I did some stuff to our doors and my house is now near impossible to get into -without making a huge racket- I feel slightly better about it and am grateful the assholes inspired us to upgrade some things but still…it makes me SO mad. Over the next couple of paydays we’re going to light this place up and get a few cameras. Just try and get in here…just try it! It sure does feel satisfying when I lock my doors now, ha! “Ker-chunk” go the deadbolts. I love it!

II made this lovely thing:

Parmesan Zucchini Bread. You can get the recipe HERE. It turned out pretty good! I was so proud of how pretty I made it. We were supposed to have it with Chicken Corn Chowder for dinner but we ended up having A&W at 3pm SO I couldn’t bring myself to make the soup after all! The Gouda Buddy Burger was technically my second lunch so yeah…you’ve gotta draw a line somewhere! I did have a slice of bread, slathered thickly with butter for an evening snack though. Yum! My brain is going crazy with all the cool combinations I could do using this recipe as a base. I seem to get really creative in the kitchen this time of year. I made Peanut Butter Banana Brownies the other day….

Fall is such a cheerful time. Haa!
@ me & Sarah.

Seriously, that’ll do it! Will swoon for food.

The weather is still most lovely here! I think it’s supposed to be 16C today and the leaves are still their colourful, gorgeous selves on all the trees..It looks like this is the last real day of awesome weather so I’ll be spending today finishing up the garden stuff.

I hope your Monday is AMAZING and please, enjoy the heck out of your week ❤

Monday Ramble, Autumn, Earth & Farming.

Happy Monday! And Happy Mid- Autumn! While the rest of those in the Northern Hemisphere are celebrating the start of Fall, those of us in the know and anyone paying attention, realize today is actually, truly, really the middle of the season. More on this in another post!

Hermit mode: Activated!

The dying light is having its usual effect on my brain but I’m doing pretty good all things considering. How are you doing?

I’ve got some Halloween decorations up and that’s really helping my mood. I ADORE Halloween. We don’t get many kids but still, I want to keep the tradition alive for the ones who want it. Plus, Halloween decorations match my home décor, so it’s like I’m giving my house a whole refresh too!

What? You don’t keep up your owls, spiders and tombstones year round?

I’m all excited because the Hubs- who has been home ALL LAST WEEK- is back off to work. It was nice to operate at a slower pace but it’s also nice to go back to my usual routine. I did somehow score a HUGE win out of things; he’s onboard with trying snowshoeing this Winter. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! This man hates hiking and while in the spirit of honesty I pointed out that snowshoeing was really just hiking on extra equipment he’s pshawed me away and said he’s “in” so…yeah, I’m holding him to that!

I may just get him into thru hiking yet!

If there’s anything left to hike through.

WORD!

But then there’s this to worry about:

I mean, it’s not a lie.

Have a great week ❤

Monday Cleanse, Music, Essential Oil.

Happy Monday!

It’s raining here today but I don’t mind. The garden needs my attention something FIERCE but now I don’t feel guilty about ignoring it, ha!

Besides, the slugs and cabbage worms own it now. Going out there is like living in a squidgy horror film. EW!

What did you get up to this weekend? I ran errands and lazed about on Saturday and then on Sunday, I went for a walk in the river valley with a friend and out for breaky after! It was a great way to spend a Sunday.

I came home and fucked up the baby blanket I finally got on my needles *sigh* so I’ll be starting THAT all over again. I added stitches and created holes because I was tired and wasn’t paying attention. The colour is SO pretty though and the yarn is SO soft. I was too eager to get it on… That’ll learn me!

We had a meteor zoom by us last week! So cool! I was a little sad that it didn’t completely wipe out humanity but alas life is full of little disappointments. We must bravely soldier on!

I feel ya Sir, I feel ya.

This is right up there with coconut oil!

Lavender is nice too…

My neighbour kids are torturing us learning an instrument this year:

Wouldn’t harmonicas be WAY cooler?!

I hope this day finds you hale and hearty. I hope your week is a good one too.

I really appreciate all of you. Thanks so much for reading.

Love and squishy hugs!

Monday Ramble – Weekend Recap, PCT ? Funnies.

Hello! Happy Monday!

Did you enjoy your 5th LAST weekend of Summer?

I’m already in Fall mode because it’s Fall. I don’t care what the calendar says. I think I’m going to start decorating for Halloween soon!

I hiked 10 km yesterday and on Saturday the Hubs and I celebrated our 25th wedded year with dinner out at Pampa. A Brazilian steak house. The food was good but my guts are STILL dealing with the consequences of my gluttony, ha ha!

I think I’ll eat like a vegan this week.

Lately I’ve become obsessed with the PCT- Pacific Crest Trail.

The PCT is a route from the Mexican border, through California, Oregon and Washington , all the way to the Canadian border, in Manning Park, BC.

It’s a trail that takes months to complete if a person wanted to hike it all at once.

I am one of these people! Crazy. I know.

It’s been calling to me. Every once in a while I go through these phases and then ultimately I decide – nah, that’s not for me. It’s too dangerous. Too long. I’m not skilled enough. I don’t have the guts. How am I going to sleep outside by myself? What about those passes?

And so on and so on!

But the damn thing keeps coming back! This time in the form of one lovely human – Mary Mansfield. She’s through hiking RIGHT NOW and documenting the whole thing on her YOUTUBE channel. You can find her HERE. She’s the perfect person to re introduce me to the trail because she’s cheery and positive like I can be (mostly!) , and she’s a bad ass in a quiet way that I respect and admire. It’s like through her, I can see myself there.

So…I’m thinking, instead of going to Europe for my 50th birthday: maybe I’ll hike the PCT.

Maybe.

I do have inflammatory arthritis so it all depends on what the bod decides. BUT I’ve started doing training walks to see how it reacts to constant miles. I’m on week two of 5 miles, 3 times a week and it’s going well! My aim is to get to 20 miles, 5 days a week comfortably in all conditions and then we’ll decide from there.

I’m excited! It’s super fun to have a goal in mind, with a laundry list of things to learn and achieve. I think it’s just the thing to get me through the Fall and Winter too. I might even appreciate the brutal Edmonton Winters because they are just the thing to use as a training tool for the High Sierras!

Ha! If only I could stop eating fries.

This made me snort laugh!
Right?! I think I’m going to leave the Kale for the nine thousand slugs in my garden. Note to self: don’t plant 6 kale plants for 2 people.

It’s a beautiful sunny day here and I’m so grateful to have it before me.

Have you ever hiked a great distance? Do you have any training advice for a newbie?

Love and squishy hugs on this glorious Monday! ❤

Monday Ramble, Sun, Storms, Food, Bears, Death.

HellOO Friends!

Thank you SO much for your patience with the dead air here on HeartStyle and my personal inattention! Something happened last week that switched my brain into sad mode, so … I was sad and let those feelings reign.

This weekend wasn’t sad though. I woke up on Saturday and it was SUNNY! It’s been storming for AGES here and the day felt like waking up to Spring all over again. So I read an excellent book and went for an excellent walk and bought a Slurpee that was SUPPOSED to be excellent but was not.

Because instead of Lime, I got MELON. Yuck! I should have known by the colour. The sign said Lime but it was lies. ALL LIES!

OH well, it was cool and I was hot!

On Sunday, we went to K-Days here in the city and that was fun. We walked around and ate all the things:

These are just what I took pics of. I also had a brisket sandwich and a Butterbeer cone and a Beaver Tail…I may have to go back for the fried chicken skin! We got into K-Days for FREE thanks to our library cards. So thanks EPL! We had fun and I appreciate the treat! ( K-Days are formally known as Klondike Days and it’s basically an exhibition and fair)

Sooooo, what made me so sad?

One of my husband’s drivers was killed in a crash while working.

He was on his last trip of the week, heading home.

He was young and married to his beloved. He loved motorcycles and cats.

His death was so shocking to everyone. Like a lightening strike out of the blue. And so damn sad. The rainy, stormy weather at the time definitely matched the hearts of all who learned the news.

This experience taught me a lot. My end of life doula skills came in handy in supporting my husband and hopefully through him, the driver’s wife, but sudden death is a whole other thing all together. I knew that….but I did not KNOW that. I’m forever grateful for the lesson.

And you know, it felt “good” to be sad. To allow myself to be sad. I didn’t know this fellow but he was still a part of my everyday life through my hubs. It felt like feeling sad was a way to honour that he had lived. It felt like a very important thing to do.

Today the rest of us are alive, and the sun is shining again.It’s supposed to be HOT. No thunderstorms for the next little bit but just in case:

I kind of like the idea of yelling Bring it on ASSHOLE to a tornado, ha! That’s a whole mood right there 🙂 As is the last don’t too…everything changes.

This is also a MOOD! Although you know, I was outside with tons of people yesterday and I loved it! I think fairs are one of my favorite things. The delicious smells, the clacks and clicks and clangs of all the rides. The music blasting. The little kids. The people dressed in all sorts of different get ups…Mind you give me TOO much of that^ and I’m right back to this meme again, ha ha.

Well. THAT answers that question. 🙂 Have you ever seen bear poop? It’s pretty neat stuff, especially during berry season. I accidently touched it once when I was checking to see how old it was. One of my many claims to fame 😛

I haven’t tried that new aging app thingy because all I need for that is the mirror but still, this made me laugh. Then cringe. Then ponder…

Only if you’re lucky. My newest, fondest wish is that I die peacefully in my sleep. That’s my wish for all of us. Happy being alive day, to YOU ❤

Love & Squishy Hugs.

Monday Ramble, Mermaids, Spiders & Rad Snails.

I love me some Monday! Especially after a great weekend.

I’ve lived in Edmonton for 9 years and not once have I been to Terwilliger Park. I know right?

We went yesterday and had a time. Terwilliger Park is a multi use park with an off leash dog area and there are trails and dogs EVERYWHERE. If you don’t like dogs, don’t go to this park. For me, a dog lover extradorinare, I was in HEAVEN.

There is none of this “Oh no Fido, don’t jump up” nonsense. One minute you’re strolling down the trail and the next a very young and exicted Golden Retriever puppy is barreling into you with LOVE. I also met some sort of Poodle cross who ran straight at me for a very muddy hug/ taste and countless other less exuberant hounds, of all variety. A dog lover’s dream, come true!

There a ton of good trails to explore too, some wide and flat, some narrow and twisty. We did a lot of exploring and as usual I ended up barefoot at one point because my Birkenstocks are not so great in the mud. There are wide open fields and cozy little nooks. There spots to get down to the river- which was moving fast. Be careful!-and there is a bridge that takes you into the rest of the river valley, which we’ll be exploring soon. This is a great park and I cant wait to go back!

Check out my Instagram for flower pics!

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

I don’t know who owns this image-not me- but it’s awesome! Isn’t it cute?? A wee wizard! I had a tarantula growing up. They are interesting creatures. Not scary most of the time…until they get out and then that’s another story! Can those things move!! I shiver still, at the memory…

I hope you had a great weekend! Get up to anything fun? Tell me all about it!

Monday Ramble – Suffering, Love, Food, Family, Dogs.

Happy Monday?

Happy Monday!

Life is so strange. One day you can be so sad it comsumes your every thought and effects how your brain operates. The next, you’re laughing and playing with a four year old, having the best time.

That was my weekend. I know life is just like that. There is suffering and there is joy and the two are not mutually exclusive…it’s just always so weird when I experience it!

My friend is dealing with cancer that’s metastasized and it’s doing awful things to her body. I just learned of said awful things and …ugh. I don’t want her to suffer but she is, and she will further. In the midst of all that, we had a beautiful conversation about death and life and love and our friendship. I was sad and full of heart at the same time.

The next day we had Miss. Sassafras and four year olds are always such a hoot! She wanted to through rocks in a pond so that’s what we did (after hiking through Mill Creek Ravine and dragging around trees! )

The day after thaaaaat, we had everyone over for dinner and that was really fun. I got my wish and EVERYBODY was over. All the kids, all the spouses- former AND current-. YAY us! I made FOUR chickens, which everyone found hilarious for some reason, and my daughter in law brought us a cheesecake from The Italian Centre. Woot Woot!

I’ve got Hurricane Baby coming today and my heart is just full of all the things! Soft and sweet, hard and bitter. It’s a challenge to wrap the mind around it all 🙂

Ha Ha Ha!
Bloody dogs and their barking!
Something to consider….

Seems I was thinking about dogs!

I hope this day finds you all well ❤