July 11, 2014
Until three years ago, I was a city girl raised in apartments for as long as I knew. Three years ago, I became a city girl raised in apartments who would start calling a house in the suburbs home. Needless to say, it's been a complete change of scenery, and the adjustment process for me hasn't been quite as smooth as I had hoped for. Sure, some of it has to do with more than just the location and type of house I live in now, but so far I have not - and I'm not sure I ever will - turned into a suburb-loving girl.
I have to admit though, that like everything else in life, the challenging parts of living in the suburbs come along with a few good ones too; one of them, that I've been enjoying every year since I moved here with my family, is the fact that we get to adorn our house, inside AND outside with as many green and flowering plants as our hearts desire. After long Canadian winters, it's honestly been one of the most enjoyable parts of living in this house. Each year, we've added a little more colour and variety to our garden and there's so much pride we get in seeing everything bloom and thrive for the entire warm season.
June 14, 2014
...or lazying around, in a "can't even keep my head up I'm so tired" kind of way?
Well, if you ask Mikka, there's no need to choose and you can actually do both, in a matter of just minutes.
Seriously though, this little lady and her canine brother Toby give me so much joy every day that I never knew was possible before having them. Even on a really bad day, they're the only ones that could make me crack a smile. How could I not when I get to experience this sort of shenanigans on a regular basis in real time?!
The two of them are what I'm most thankful for - along with my family and health - since they've come into my life, and so often I think how lucky I am to have them next to me to ease some of life's tensions. I've wanted to write more about them for about a year now, but each time I'm about to do it, there are so many feelings and emotions and things I want to say, that it gets overwhelming. I'll have to work on that.
June 11, 2014
Today has been a lovely start to a new year of my life. A slow morning and a day off at home spent with my two fur babies are mostly to thank for it.
There are many words in my head and feelings in my heart about this day, and these days in general, but right now, there's not enough time to sit down and collect them all on paper. Maybe someday. Hopefully someday soon.
May 26, 2014
Another one of my favourite things about spring are the flowers that pop out all over the place: on the ground, in the trees, and even in beautifully arranged pots. They're everywhere and, after the many grey days of winter, they make for the most wonderful burst of colour (aka happiness and energy!) that I could ask for.
I don't generally spend much time in the downtown area during this time of the year, but now that I'm there most days, over the last couple of weeks I got to pass by the most beautiful trees filled with pale pink blooms each morning. The first time I saw them was such a sweet surprise since I had no idea there were even any blooming trees around, and still now when there are only a few blooms left here and there between green branches, I'm just as happily surprised when I get a peek at them.
May 25, 2014
One of my favourite things about spring - besides, you know, everything (and especially the fact that winter is over) - is seeing the Canadian geese return home. I've noticed over the years that geese are quite the smart animals and they know exactly when to come home: they don't get fooled by those teasingly warm days at the end of winter that are always followed by yet another bitter cold spell before the real warmth arrives. So, seeing them, I know for sure that winter finally loosened its tight grip and won't return for many months.
This spring I had quite a special experience one morning when, on my way to work, I got to see - no kidding! - hundreds, maybe thousands, of geese returning home. Every way I looked, I could see more and more of them approaching from the distance. Though every year, I look up at the sky to spot the odd gaggle flying above my head, never in my entire life have I seen them in such great numbers. Sadly, being in a rolling car and with no camera on me, I didn't get to capture those special moments, but they are deeply imprinted in my memory and I hope that they will stay there forever, because it was truly an unbelievable sight to see.
I took this picture a few days later of one of the last gaggles I saw this year, and I know it will serve as a wonderful reminder of that experience.
May 24, 2014
April 26, 2014
Image via Death to the Stock Photo
I really like the monthly "... : currently" series that Elise writes on her blog and I've seen similar ones pop up on several other blogs too, so I wanted to try it out for myself. I titled my version 'breahing & reflecting' because in order to write it I literally had to stop, take a deep breath and reflect on my life at the moment. This is something that both my body and my mind are in dire need of right now - and something that I don't do nearly enough - and, I think, it is also the reason why I like this type of post so much.
Here it goes. These days I am...
feeling frustrated with the hectic schedule of my days
anticipating lots of spring flowers in our front yard (just like last year and the year before). Their green leaves are already a good few inches tall.
enjoying Pinterest a lot and spending considerable amounts of time on there
rediscovering one of my long-time favourite blogs, Jen Loves Kev; it's the kind of rediscovery that makes me fall in love with this crazy awesome world of blogging all over again
catching up on my IIN lessons and getting ready for the first test
noticing that it is almost light out at 5:30am when I wake up (don't even get me started! - see first point)
trying hard to put more time and energy into this space; I miss it so
commuting by subway again and not minding it at all
seeing gaggles (yup, I've looked it up and this is exactly what they're called :) I love it! ) of geese returning home