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 πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜›

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 πŸ™‚

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 ❀

Ramble, Secret Cats, Worms, Reading & Chocolate.

Squee! I have some exciting news BUT I cant really share it just yet. So instead, I’ll use this cute meme I found to drop this weird and obscure hint and if anybody guesses well…it’s not like I told…

If it all goes well, someone I know and love is going to be growing chonky! ❀

Ha Ha!

I remember when I first started wearing glasses. I felt so self conscious. Now I’m so used to them that it’s the opposite for me : I think I look better with them ON, as opposed to off. But yes, blurry vision can have it’s perks πŸ˜›

They really don’t! Every morning after a rain, I see them on my patio or in the lawn, trapped by the rays of the blazing sun. Do they not know, the light is bad for them? Did they not learn that in worm school? Were they never taught basic survival skills by their wriggly mums? Or maybe, just maybe the worms I see on the surface are like, bad ass rebel worms. They KNOW about the light, they just don’t care…

I have giant issues with worms. I appreciate their work but they gross me out. Seeing piles of them on my yard is revolting. Even just posting that photo is giving me the squirmies. Yuck.

Of course, my yard is home to a large worm population. Of course it is! The worms in my yard are SO big they make noises when they move. *shudder.

This ^ makes me laugh like a lunatic every time I see it.

I hope you had a great weekend! I did nothing but garden really, oh and read!

I finished this:

The Huntress By Kate Quinn.

Twas a good read. Interesting and exciting , the story pulled right along. I had to set it down a few times because it was stressing me out, ha ha. But it wasn’t majorly disturbing to get through. Nothing too traumatic. It felt a little rushed at the end with some of the storylines but I appreciated how justice was served quickly. The main issue was resolved and that’s always satisfying in a book. Especially one on this subject. ( World War Two ) I had just been reading about the Night Witches so it was really cool to read a fictional account of these real life women!

I gave myself this:

I am a handmade pepper mill.

And this:

And then I had a chocolate accident, ha ha.

I used to make fun of these things because the commercials were sooooo cheesy but then one year, one of my work kids gave me a box and I tell ya … that shut me up right quick. These things are pretty damn good for mass produced chocolate ( as you can see by all the empty spaces πŸ˜› )

All in all, it was an active, relaxing, delicious weekend.

How was yours?

Monday Ramble- Weird, Bugs, Gardening.

Ooooh, Happy Monday! I feel like I’ve been gone forever but it’s not that way at all. It’s a beautiful sunny day in Edmonton, warm and practically WINDLESS. This is huge. I am grateful. Usually, we’re getting blown all over the place.

Last week felt like a write off, I spent a few days recovering from my Baby Love and then … I tore my bicep! That rendered me completely immobile.

Pro- tip? Don’t do that! I’m better-ish now but wow…that was an ordeal! I’ll you more about it on Wednesday when I also tell you about my experience trying cannabis for the first time in 35 years.

In spite of that extremely painful and debilitating injury I had an excellent weekend. We celebrated my son’s birthday, I saw both my kids, both my grandkids- and one extra child who is hilarious- but missed my daughter in law. I gardened (with much help) and I sat in the sun and enjoyed the natural world. Most of the natural world! The ‘Skeeters are out. I am covered in bites already!

Seems legit.

How about you? What did you get yourself up to?

My granddaughter says I’m “weird” because while she’s convinced the little house that just showed up one day really does belong to fairies, she doesn’t believe they brought it themselves. “Fairies can’t lift houses! Grandma’s weird!” Ha Ha Ha. She’s found me out. And Fairies can SO lift houses … with magic OBVIOUSLY! Maybe they built it themselves, right there. She’ll be getting a letter via Fairy Mail that tells her a thing or two, me thinks πŸ˜‰

No shame in my game regardless!

This one makes me laugh because I’m a little bit of Human A and a little bit of Human B πŸ™‚

I’m putting in some kale, cabbage, beets, zucchini, peppers, two kinds of mint, and some English Lavender. Oh! We also bought Bee Balm, a Hollyhock and some Pansies and Marigolds. This is all in addition to the tomatoes and cukes I just planted and the rhubarb and asparagus I already have. My rose bushes are doing great, my Honeysuckle came back and my wee Cedars are trying to thrive after a hard winter, the poor babies. My peonies are starting to bud and my helpful ant friends are doing their thing to encourage that.

My back yard is very close to being complete and then I can get working on the front. I have so many ideas and it was SO tempting to just buy out the garden centre! I want a Peony Tree and Elderberry shrubs. I want Wild Cranberries and a plum tree. I want a Burning Bush and Day Lilies and Globe Cedars and … OK. I want ALL THE THINGS. Maybe I should be a landscape designer and put ALL the things in other people’s gardens…it’s a thought…

Progress pictures to come πŸ™‚

Monday Memes- Germs, Swearing & Rudeness!

Happy Monday! It’s a long weekend here and I am “enjoying” this little one:

I say “enjoying” because after FOUR WHOLE DAYS with a 14 month old, it’s actually “enduring” ha! Toddlers are a lot of work! How did I ever have my own? How do any of us? Even my bestie- a child care PROFESSIONAL- is a little in awe of us. She thinks we’re brave…

He goes home today and while his current nickname is The Terrorist, he’s been most excellent for someone with such high needs. He’s napping now so I can say that ;P I know five seconds after he leaves I’ll miss him <3. And how lucky am I to have full and easy access to him? Pretty damn lucky!

I bought a flat of strawberries on Friday. I froze them all up -made some jam too!- and am thinking about all the yummy things I’m going to make with them:

Ha!

I love me a man who swears and this human is a particularly fine one πŸ™‚

My birds are so hilariously bold now! The Crow visits me every so often and calls to me to come out. I am very well trained! The Blue Jays sit in the tree and stare in at me, if they cant find me in one room, they fly to another window and the Magpies seem pretty content to just ignore me. I bought some seed for the little birds so we’ll see how they react. As it is now they like to take me out at the knee in the yard by flying straight past me as I walk by…little asses! So far no Mockingbirds though πŸ˜›

Rude!

I hope your Monday is going well and if it’s not I hope it goes quickly for you so you can start fresh on Tuesday!

Love and Squishy Hugs!

Crafts, Racing, Dessert, Gardening and Memes.

Happy Monday!

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

I’m excited for today! It seems like it’s been AGES since I wrote up a Monday post. Plus, I just adore Mondays.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to?

Mine started on Friday when I took the “day off” and did my very own thing. I went to the Spring Craft Sale at the Butterdome.

WOW, what an event! There were so many quality artisans selling their wares and I bought some nice things for Lune- I’ll showcase them as I open them soon – I had a great time, chatting with the vendors and popping in and out of the stalls, in awe of all the talent in this world.

On Saturday, I puttered around the house and spent the afternoon watching The Kentucky Derby,

THAT was a whole THING! What an ending…yikes! The Hubs and I went out for dessert and spent the night watching Netflix.

And then on Sunday, I enjoyed a lazy morning , drinking coffee and playing online Mahjong, and spent the afternoon, weeding, interspersed with a grandbaby visit! ❀ I saw two worms *shudder AND my asparagus is poking up! Woot Woot! I thought it’d never grow. It had me worried…
but worry no more!

Today, I’ll be out weeding again and I can’t wait! A day spent outside just feels so good. Like a day fully lived.

Here are our Monday Memes:

I’m a little late with this one but still…it has me laughing like a lunatic!

Haaahaaahaaa!

This one appeals to the introvert in me :

Teehee

And lastly, some silly fun!

I’m looking forward to the rest of the week. I’ve got an event to attend with friends and our weather is supposed to start warming up too. Maybe I’ll see my own worker bees πŸ™‚

I hope your Monday is just the ginchiest! ❀