Crafts, Racing, Dessert, Gardening and Memes.

Happy Monday!

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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 🙂

I hope your Monday is just the ginchiest! ❤

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?

M is for *Melatonin For S.A.D. A-Z Challenge.

Have any of you read the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson? There’s Netflix series of the same name…???

In the book, a group of people hole up in a haunted house and aim to do an investigation of sorts and all kinds of weird shit goes down. The brilliance of the story is that one never really knows if the hauntings of place and people are true hauntings or the results of a mental disorder. It’s creepy, thought provoking stuff.

When I read it I was shook! It reminded me of something that happens to ME, every Autumn.

DO I live in a Haunted House…..???? !!!

Ha. I wish I was so lucky!

No.

As the Summer light fades to a brilliant Fall, a change comes over me. I know its coming and try my best to stop it but somehow how it always gets me! S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder, known usually as Seasonal Depression.

Even with the typical treatment you hear about, light therapy, vitamins, diet and exercise, cognitive therapy…I turn from my normal cheery, positive self to a hate filled monster. The physical symptoms are bad enough, aches and pains. Low energy. Sleep issues. What bothers me the most is the change to ME. I fixate on people and things in a hateful way. I decide that they are JUST THE WORST and spend all of September and October despising everything and everyone, until I pop up again for air in mid November and realize I’ve been overtaken again.

It all feels so normal when I’m in it. I really believe the things I’m thinking are true and valid. Thank Goddess for self control and clarity. And to all of you suffering with a year long depression disorder. High Five for making it through the everyday.

BUT when I came up for air this past November, I found something very helpful. I don’t even remember where I heard about it … Micro dosing with melatonin. One takes a wee amount, in the late afternoon, like 1mg and carries on like usual. It doesn’t make you sleepy but it does help with
circadian misalignment which is a major part of SAD.

I haven’t tried it through the worst of my seasonal depression but I did notice a positive change when I did in November. I felt better over all, both physically and mentally. I felt lighter and brighter and the usual “last hurrah” of illness that strikes me in February, didn’t make an appearance. That’s pretty amazing since I’ve been dealing with this since I was a child. The true test will be this Autumn and I am ever hopeful! I’m going to take when I notice Summer fade to Fall in addition to all my other treatments. Check back with me here, around mid November for an update!

Now, I’m a nut. Not a doctor. So PLEASE, if you suffer so and think this all sounds very interesting do your own research. Here is a link to get you started.

Untreated S.A.D can turn into something a lot more invasive so I urge you to seek help from your doctor too.

Do any of you suffer with S.A.D in the Winter? What have you found helpful?

J is for *Joypop. A-Z Challenge.

There are a lot of interesting “J” words. So many ones to choose from. Journal. Jocoseness. JUSTICE. That’s a good one. Everyone loves justice.

Then there’s Joypop!

Joypop sounds so … cheery, doesn’t it? So cute. So tame.

Well.

Imagine my surprise to read this:

: to use habit-forming drugs occasionally or irregularly without becoming addicted

Not so cute now, ha!

And it’s not some new thing, brought into being by KIDS THESE DAYS, “joypop” has been around since 1953.

1953!

Dr. Gabor Mate does say lots of people use drugs and don’t become addicted…

Clearly, they are joypopping.

Hmmm.

What do you think about all of that?

Best of March!

OK! March flew past, so fast! I think the awesome warm up we all experienced in Edmonton really helped with that. One minute it was Winter and then next it was Spring! Things have since leveled out and it seems we’re back to average now. We still have to go through Second Winter but then we’re home trees.*

The best overall experience:

Blurry Coffin.

The End of Life Care Doula course I took, through Douglas Collage at NAIT. It was an inspiring, empowering, life altering experience. It was interesting to go as an adult learner and see what a difference that makes in an educational experience. I learned so much, not only about the subject matter but about myself and other humans as well. Well worth the money-I traded a trip for the course!- and time spent.

Best four year old:

Miss Sassafras.

This girl was so sweet, offering to bring me her friends since I don’t have any of my own. When I asked her why she thought I didn’t have any friends she said it’s because I’m always alone. Ha! She “bought” Grandpa and myself a bath bomb each and asked me to scrape the ice cream out the cone so she could eat it plain. And guess what? I totally did it! 🙂

Best baby:

Mr. O didn’t get into any of my stuff this time! He did take his diaper off during naptime which is why he’s in the tub. He also … took six big steps! Three in front of me and three more so Grandpa could see. He seems to like me better now, reaching for me and smiling at me more. Not such a Grandpa’s boy anymore. Suck it Grandpa! 😉

Best of things we celebrate just to eat the food:

This doesn’t look like much but it was GOOOOOOD! I made Colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day. I used garlic-y kale this time and it was so much better than with cabbage. Plop some peas on top and stick a sausage in the side and you’ve got yourself a tasty meal.

Best dessert:

Raspberry Rhubarb Custard Pie

Another thing that doesn’t look that great but tasted fantastic. So tart and creamy. My Hubs had one slice and I ate the rest. I REGRET NOTHING!!! No recipe, I mashed two together to rig up my own. Google “Custard Pies” and see what you come up with.

Best IDGAF meal:

Seven Layer Dip n Chips! This was after being in school for a week. It was an exciting, exhausting time PLUS I was trying to process an incident that happened that still has me perplexed. People are so strange…would you seriously just plow through your teacher like you were a bowling ball and she was a bowling pin and then say absolutely nothing? Yeah, me either. It was so fucking weird…anyway, this dinner wasn’t weird. It was delicious! Does anybody else just have chips and dip for dinner?

Best times with friends:

I have a number of those! My bestie took me out for breakfast and then we went antiquing. We went to Hathaway’s Diner and WOW, I was blown away. Service was sincere, friendly and efficient and the food was homemade with love and great care. I didn’t take pictures because I was too busy eating but trust me, go! I highly recommend.

Then this:

I’m playing school bus driver! Another friend picked me up in her gigantic school bus and we went for coffee. It was such a hoot! She just learned how to drive the thing and she does amazing. They use her bus to train other drivers because she keeps it in such good shape and has a lot of interesting things for the kids in her care. This friend of mine used to work with me at the daycare centre from hell and was the focus of some bullshit. I’m super, super happy for her that she’s a. free from the nonsense and b. living her best life with her usual care and integrity. She totally deserves it!

Best book:

I’ve read 14 books as I write this. I’ll probably finish one more before the end of the month. Not too shabby!

The best one?

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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. by Anthony Ray Hinton. This dude was wrongfully, unlawfully and racially convicted of a murder he did not commit and placed on death row. The state did everything they could to block his appeals and kill him even though it was SO obvious he was innocent. They would rather let an innocent man DIE than admit they were wrong. This book tells his story. It will enrage you. It SHOULD enrage you! It was a really good read too. Well written, honest, heartfelt and humane.

There is so much scripting of our lives, here on the old interweb SO just to keep things real I bring you this:

“Best” conflict or shitty thing:

A family dinner with a former girlfriend and a new girlfriend. Things didn’t go so well, and I was forced into making a choice that did not please all parties. I absolutely made the right choice, based in love for all and integrity and people made their own choices but still, it was a new experience for all of us and it was a wee bit tricky to navigate! How would you handle something like that?

This will be the last “normal” post for a WHOLE month, as on Monday I start the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. My posts won’t really change all that month, same type of content, different prompts. Prompts being the letters of the alphabet. It’ll be fun! See ya Monday!

*PS: Bonus points if you know where “home trees” comes from!

Death Cleaning-Altars & Knick Knack Niches.

This task was easier than I thought. Perhaps my previous clean up successes paved the way for positivity. I reeeeeally thought this job would be harder because I loooove my little keepsakes! ‘Twas super simple and satisfying though, woot, woot!

The before:

Bedside altar, phone “booth” luck and prosperity niche and glass case ‘o crap…

The after:

I was pretty ruthless. I only kept the things I really love and am enjoying now. Having said that, out of these items I have FAVOURITE favourites too.

The little owl my son made me, my Dalai Lama photo and my rocks.

Wow, hey? That surprised me. Something tells me I’ll be doing this whole process again and again and again.

And I think that’s just it. Death cleaning doesn’t have to be one big purge in your late 60s. You can do it, again and again as you move toward death. It’s not really any different than the developmental stages of aging where one sheds their inner nonsense as they grow older and wiser…one can shed their outer nonsense too!

I’ve cleaned three areas thus far and am finding the process to be a good one. I’m impatient to get on with it, because there are other things I can be doing and learning from but I keep telling myself that this is important too. I don’t want my kids or husband to have to deal with piles of stuff when I die. That’s not fair to them. So onward I march! Err…clean.

Up next in our series, my art room. A hot mess of another kind. This one is giving me heart palpitations…

Rambles, Cats, Billy Idol & WTF?

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening!

Happy Monday!

I’m feeling a little squeamish this morn. We had a busy weekend full of grandkids and other humans. Oh and draaaaaama! We had some drama.

So that’s always draining. I feel some ick but that’s OK because I know it will fade AND because I handled it all really well. High Five @ Me! I might just be growing up!

( I’m probably never going to grow up)

It’s totally a trap!

This next one has me laughing like a loon…

Bwaahaahaahaa!

Teehee. Can confirm.

Do you have any plans for today? Oh! Work. I hear work is a thing! Ive been off for so long I forget that the rest of the world doesn’t just laze about all day. ( I don’t actually laze about all day but I do struggle with feeling unproductive because I’m not at a j.o.b. )

Love & Squishy Hugs!