Had to share this right away. See it through, it is wonderful. I especially liked the finale.
Had to share this right away. See it through, it is wonderful. I especially liked the finale.
So much is going on.
I have been learning hard stuff to hear, working though old gross stuff. Stuff that I would rather not deal with but can no longer be ignored. Feeling deceived. Saying goodbye to past dreams and letting go.
Going up to Birch Hill soon to do final clean outs before the replacement "me" moves in to my old home. Grateful for the journey, finding the magical lot, getting to pick every little detail creating the space, seeing the hard work we did come to fruition and enjoying it with the wee man clan. How I loved the forest and my special studio, baths listening to the creek together, sunsets on the front porch and all the other memories I have of being there with my boys. I am glad they still get to enjoy their rooms the space they know.
Life in town is a nice change, and my lil green house is starting to feel like home; but still letting go is never easy. Today is the day to look back once last time, and smile for the good memories. I know it will never be the same. From now on I will try to only look ahead. I have so much to be thankful for, and I am excited for what is to come.
Everything happens for a reason.
So... I will move on knowing that everything I do is for my kiddos. Using that knowledge to be strong and trust my heart is on the right path.
There are so many ups and downs in life, this fun quote made me smile.
Well friends, I am sure I have shared this quote before in Octobers past but I couldn't resist sharing it once more. You can find this and lots of other beautiful autumn inspirations on my Autum Love Pinterest board.
Anne of Green Gables was one of my favourite stories growing up and I spent many a summer on Prince Edward Island. Wonderful relatives owned the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Park Corner and my ex's Grandmother grew up with Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Georgie always had lots of fun tales to tell and songs to sing and was the best story teller I have every met. The first time I visited PEI was in October when I was living in Halifax going to school at Dalhousie. Georgie welcomed us in their old house in Kensington where we spent a weekend. The huge trees all around were in full colour and absolutely stunning. It was easy to see why L.M. loved Octobers on the island, it looked so much like the PEI in the Anne of Green Gables movies.
Here is a really sweet interview of Georgie speaking of her Aunt Maude despite the terrible title of the clip. She was living in the nursing home when this was filmed in their cozy little room, and you even see ole Brucey boy come in at one point. They have both sadly since passed but I am grateful to have found this to share with the boys who loved them both so much.
The rest of my years visiting, it was always in the summer. I have lots of great memories of long days at the beach and fun times with a cottage full of family. At Park Corner we played and took the horse and buggy past the Lake of Shining Waters, through the fields and dunes down to the shore.
That first visit to PEI Georgie had the same dishes as my Grandma when I was young. I always loved looking at them and making up stories. The pattern is Romantic England by J&G Meakin from England and they are really resilient ironstone. She gave me a nappie from her set to take with me, this is the pattern.
When they sold the house years later she gave me what was left of her set and since I have been collecting it when I see it and we use it everyday. Seeing it brings back memories of my firecracker of a Babcia (Grandma in Polish) and Georgie. The two of them would have made a fabulous team had they ever met. It reminds me to be strong and to cook and bake for my family with love like they did. I really have no need for fancy china or the trendy new dinnerware because my hodgepodge of iron stone has a special place in my heart.
The maple trees around my new little green house in town have yet to turn, yet autumn is definitely in the air this October 1st. I am getting over a rotten sinus infection that set me back almost a week and looking forward to lots of days out enjoying the fall air and sunshine.
If you are interested in Prince Edward Island and would like to peruse my posts from visits over the years there are a few below. Since 1994 we went every second year in the summer...
Yummy Beer and Superman (our 2012 adventures)
Live (our 2010 adventures)
Apres Holiday recovery (2008 with lots of photographs)
Enjoy October and crisp fall, orchard visits, walks, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes friends. Now that I am moved and on the mend I will try and catch up with writing here.
After another hectic school morning, working a busy shoot, quick groceries, downloading at home and grabbing lunch I am making the 2 p.m. coffee fix as I leave for school pick up.
What I would like to do is kiddos time, unpack the house more, bath and early bed and what I need to do is quite different like many school week nights.
Anyone want to do the find new sneaks for teen, make dinner, make a batch of plum jam, supervise homework and rush to hockey practice part?
I wish I looked that good though. This story with the original illustrations always got me good with the fairytale sigh.
I started a big photo job this week working on web page branding with a very special vet clinic...Central Animal Hospital has been our go to vet for our furry family for over ten years. I am so honoured to be able to capture their state of the art new clinic and wonderful staff. More to come, this is just a sneak peek I couldn't wait to share of our lovely vet.
I watched this message by Find Your Sanctuary this morning and it stayed with me all day as I unpacked and hung pictures. Their words, their voices and their unique beauty and wisdom.
Then tonight a friend came for a movie and we watched The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, his pick, and I thought about this video that was still on my mind and said nothing.
It was a really charming story and I managed not to cry as there were lots of funny parts as well and the most beautiful Indian wedding.
Enjoy watching, enjoy BEING...
Thank you to these beautiful women. Already I can relate to many things they have said about their babies and such...I intend to hold on to this advice for much longer than today.
Today it is Wednesday, also known as Hump Day. I wasn't all that excited to jump out of bed to face my house full of boxes and packing again. I am not a morning person, I prefer to be a night owl. Besides morning snuggles and chats, one of the only things I look forward too before coffee is putting on Eye Effects 3. It's a little thing, but it slips on like silk and is cooling and nurturing. Eye Effects 3 makes my eyes ready to face the day. When the weather is warm you can keep it in the fridge for a spa-like treat.
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The big move is next week and I have to admit I don't enjoy the relocation process one bit!
In between packing and organizing I am still trying to balance some playtime with the kids and of course, some work. Besides teaching SUP with SUPendipity, I am still doing social media and photography work. Here are a few images from some shoots this summer.
A little shoot for a social media client that Tom was rather interested in. BackCountry Blooms in Lumby grow the most beautiful assortment of flowers. Molly and Amie, the gardening divas behind the operation do bouquets, weddings and also cut flowers by the bucket so you can create however you like. The flowers are unique and last extremely well.
Recently I had a Gypsy inspired longtable dinner and here are some quick Instagram images of what I got from BackCountry Blooms and how I used them...
I am far from a floral designer but the flowers were so stunning it was easy to combine them in fun ways in mason jars and assorted vases. At the end of the night I sent all the girls home with some as a take away gift.
FarmBound is another dual client. Social media and photography, I love how they work together. FarmBound also happens to be another Lumby business run by two hard working female entrepreneurs committed to supporting farmers and bringing amazing locally grown goodies right to you. They are now even servicing beyond the North Okanagan and doing Northern BC as well as the UCBO Campus. I adore helping with them with social media and getting a food box at my door step so creating some images of my weekly delivery was a joy.
Working with people is fantastic but sometimes having food to shoot still life style is so calming. After I captured the images I needed of the basic FarmBound box I couldn't resist spending a long while more just taking images of the produce.
Vegetables are fascinating to look at closely.
Then I had a delicious idea. I took some of the fresh herbs from my FarmBound box...
And some of these lovely organic raspberries...
And added them to a pitcher of alkalized water with sliced organic lemon from my FarmBound produce box for a fresh infused raspberry, mint water to fight the summer heat....
One last bit of veggie porn. This purple kohlrabi is absolutely gorgeous, I had to give it a bit of velvety love in photoshop...
Ah, I am so grateful to be able to work in a way I can be a present Mom and also work with dynamic and inspiring local businesses. Today I shared the offerings of two awesome local clients and soon I will share some images of the wonderful families I had the honour of documenting.
And now I need to get back to packing...
Last night I woke up partway through the night with a really upset tummy and this morning Ry was throwing up. We have no time to be ill so today has been about kicking this bug and getting back to life.
I love ginger, the little plop at sushi is such a treat or ginger cookies or ginger ale. I keep good Pukka ginger tea at home for any ole time, but when I feel queasy I crave fresh ginger tea.
Today was a ginger tea and toast day with sour dough bread from the Okanagan Bakehouse. Ginger tea is easy to make and effective so sharing my fave fresh version quickly...
It is in one of my go to cook books Mad Hungry but I found the version online so this sicky can pick up the kiddo from hockey camp, cut and paste it to you and get back to sipping.
Use this to soothe anyone suffering from the flu or a cold, or an upset stomach. It's also delicious with an Asian meal, hot or poured over ice. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books). Read the Mad Hungry review from Snicks here, it's an awesome collection of recipes.
Put the grated ginger into a teapot and pour in the boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep for 4 minutes. Strain and serve the tea with a teaspoon of honey in each cup. Stir and serve.
Well friends, the months of house hunting are over and I have found a little place to move to at the end of August.
It's been quite an adventure and not enjoyable. I even had a rent to own contract and came very close to taking over a 1968 double wide trailer that was in serious disrepair in attempts to find a place to make a home for my boys. It would have been a huge project and got extremely complicated but I tried to make it work. My life coach Jodi then made a very good point about holding onto what I really wanted and how I really wanted to feel in a home and it made me doubt what I was doing but still persisted because I felt stuck. The end of that week after I picked out many of the things to start that reno, the property owner bailed on our contract. I was disappointed and angry about all the time I wasted planning, but that morning when I logged onto the rental site this little home was listed. The trailer was not meant to be.
I called right away as it was the first adorable home I saw for rent so far that was within my budget. It was also in the area I really wanted to be. The area I had been envisioning. Through that week I spent hours everyday looking at other options too until the owner was able to show this one. This week I got to see it and was completely surprised by how perfect it was for me on the inside and suitable for my boys. The landlord was amazing and although it's a 1930's house it is in very good shape.
Of course, because it's a full moon, immediately after the showing my truck wouldn't start yet again. The third time that week, and Ry and I waited for two hours for a tow truck. A gracious friend lent us a car to get home as the truck was no quick fix and that night Ted fell very ill. The next morning he went to the vet and in for emergency surgery right away as he had ingested a bunch of thread and it was serious. Another fellow also had first dibs on the house but I held on to the hope it would work out, and I harassed the landlord a fair bit too in hopes he would pick me.
As the Blue Moon rose in the sky things began to feel alright and settled. The truck was being dealt with and Honda Canada, and a customer service angel named Jane gave me wonderful help and Bannister Honda was efficient and fair. While over at Central Animal Hospital, Ted was operated on and saved from his awful situation and out of pain. Like most I had a really restless sleep under the Blue Moon last night and kept holding on to the hope the little green house could be mine to rent and make home for the boys in. I pictured my furniture in it, them playing, and where I would hang special things, what I might plant in the rock garden or put up the Christmas tree. Everything about it felt right. It isn't fancy or luxurious it is just homey. I can teach art there and ride my bike to the library or for work meetings, it's in town and a fresh start.
Today after getting the truck and the very drugged up cat I headed back to Lumby. I quickly got Ted settled and reunited with his brother, then went on email and was sooooo thrilled to have a note from the landlord offering the place to rent. It is such a huge relief as the fear of homelessness was getting near. Now I get to stop house hunting and have more playtime with the boys while I start packing for the move and also get some really nice time with my sister who is coming with her family for a couple weeks. It has been much too long since I got to snuggle my nephew Chase.
So many of you supported my house hunting journey and sent me good thoughts, thank you. This week cost me a small fortune in unexpected bills but it all ended well, and I am beyond grateful.
Like Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) once said:
"Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy. your search for happiness will never end."