Monday Ramble, Time, Scary, Everybody Shhhh & Some Good Advice.

Yawn.

Happy Monday?

Happy Monday!

Hello Monday.

If you live in my part of the world -North America- you may be feeling tired this morning. Yesterday we set our clocks back -one hour- to Standard Time and that awful practice has a way of messing with ones body, big time!

It takes me about a week to start to feel closer to normal so today I am dragging my ass.

On top of that, I was woken up out of a dead sleep at 2am with intense uterine pain and had to get up and take Advil AND THEN, the melatonin I took at bedtime kicked in and gave me all sorts of strange dreams- wrestling a cobra while the owner sat by and watched it bite me and refused to help. Listening to ” hard jazz” in a seedy bar. Hanging out with an ex boyfriend and experiencing ex boyfriend behavior over and over and over again!- I woke up sluggish and weirded out, ugh.

But my coffee was ready for me and it was delicious. I chatted with my daughter first thing this AM and I’m anticipating some delicious homemade soup for lunch. Go me! πŸ™‚

Did you have a good weekend?

I had Miss. Sassafras and we went for a short hike to feed chickadees:

And then we went to visit this little guy:

And I got to enjoy both my favourite littles at the same time.

This movie scared the hell out of me as a kid!

Ugh! This is a trick that would work on me, ha ha.

Speaking of tricks (and treats) we had a good Halloween. 22 kids came! That’s a new record! I was happy with the turn out. It was busy-ish for about 45 min and it all died off before 8pm. Now that’s my kind of fun, ha!

Luke seems like a smart guy. I wonder if we can convince the others? This is how I knew I was “older”. I cant tolerate noise anymore. It’s a real thing! I’m not just being crotchety, loud noises just set my teeth on edge and put a cold steel rod in my spine.

This doesn’t though:

This feels like a nice reminder ❀

It’s supposed to snow today so I’m off for my last (most likely) snow free walk of the season.It’s going to be a while before I’m comfortable walking in the snow because of my balance issue so I intend to make it a good one! What do you have planned today? Tell me all about it!

Monday Ramble, Trees, Existential Dread & Krampus Saves Halloween.

Happy Monday!

We had a family dinner yesterday -the third one in two weeks- and it was a hoot! Lots of laughs, silly dancing and singing, kids and dogs -well, DOG- racing around my teeny tiny house, and of course delicious food! I’m still enjoying the whipped cream my daughter in law brought over!

I take my coffee with whipped cream from now on, ha!

Have you tried Coconut Whipped Cream? It comes in a can like the regular ready whipped stuff and it’s DAMN GOOD!

I’ve got troubling news 😦

My old boy, Mooshum is starting to have major mobility problems. Now he’s always been hitchy. We think he was hit by a car when he was younger and the injury healed screwy because he most likely didn’t get veterinary care. (He’s from an under funded community originally and was a free range dog) Plus, he’s part Golden and Goldens are known for their hip dysplasia and such. So there’s that. He’s also 14 years old or so. So there’s that too! But the other day things really went down hill for him after our walk.

He lost the ability to rise up and when he did finally get his legs under him, his limp was pronounced. It was obvious he was struggling and in pain. Gah! We actually had to lift him up to standing a few times. I’ve massaged him and laid my hands on him and given him some emergency meds. It’s all helped and he seems stable for now. BUT I think the time has come to talk to the vet about maintenance pain meds for my boy.

Then after that…well, we’re one step closer to his death, me thinks. I wont let him suffer. He’s one tough MOFO, that’s for sure but there will come a day…and that day is coming soon. 😦

Grief is the price we pay for love.

If there ever was a dog who deserves to die in his sleep, its this boy. I don’t pray but every night I ask the Universe to take him from us gently in the night over anything else. It is my fondest wish at the moment ❀

Beautiful Boy.

That Douglas!

The big freeze is on its way. We’ve still got some leaves on our trees but soon they’ll be gone! Anything after Halloween is weather that means business, but the weather has been most lovely these past weeks! I hope it continues. I want to take my granddaughter to this trail I found this weekend. We were stalked by hungry chickadees who had no problem landing on our outstretched hands. Squee! I’m coming back with seeds -or else! Have you ever been bit by a chickadee? I have, ha ha it was hilarious but I’ve learned my lesson!

Ha!
Get out of here Santa! And don’t come back until after Remembrance Day.

Ha! More like 8 years. Although I’m in the uphill climb now.

My personal circus and monkeys have calmed their shit. THANK YOU GODDESS! It’s still a challenge to live in this world but it’s a challenge for most people. So there’s that πŸ˜‰ We’re all in this together right?!

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I hope you breathtaking people have the most amazing week!

Love & Squishy Hugs!

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 dΓ©cor, 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 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.