Cupid’s Arrow

A writing challenge from The Daily Post.  My attempt at a little poetry!  xoxo

Valentines visit once a year,
Their absence – surely is to fear.
How blessed am I today?
For I have been given quite a display…
Of love! To hold in my heart so dear.
Flowers from The Husband

My favorite flowers from The Husband!

Cake and flowers from The Kids & Dogs. (probably The Lizard, too).

Cake and flowers from The Kids & Dogs. (probably The Lizard, too).

Valentines from work friends.

Valentines from work friends.

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A Super Rad Day

The Boy is a man of few words.  He does some crazy stuff though and I love it when he is happy and thrilled when he shares the adventure with me.

Catching air, that's his shadow at the bottom of the picture.

Catching air at Sunshine, that’s his shadow at the bottom of the picture, in the trees.

Today he was out snowboarding and all the stories made me cringe in fear (especially the one about the tree).

But to see his joy at showing me this picture…well, if that feeling could be bottled and sold, we’d be rich.

 

The Daily Good:  This picture! xo

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Random Thursday Post

The switch to the electronic shelf tag happened some time ago at our local big box grocery store..  Personally, I am not fan.  I like the paper signs flapping around, particularly when they wave me over to the sale items.   I understand the need for the change and I am sure it is a brilliant method of reducing the price scanning errors.

Ahh…yes… Price scanning errors.  If the price scans different from the shelf tag, it is yours for free (under $10).   I look at this as a game of tactical warfare and relish the victory of free product!

shelf tag

The electronic shelf tag.

Which brings me back to today.  Standing in the looooong cereal aisle of the grocery store, I was not drawn to any one product.  No signs, no colourful papers called out to me.  The electronic shelf tag just sat there. It was Work to watch the electronic numbers move – or not – to tell you if the product was on sale – or not.  Also, I am short and cannot easily read the higher shelf tags.  Add in the glare of the lights on the plastic screens…bah!  In the end, I did not buy anything. I still need cereal but I will go to the more expensive store where I can see a paper shelf tag waving to me.  Sad but true.

The Daily Good:   This week I have been reminded that everything happens for a reason and there is a reason why everything happens.  Tonight all the stars aligned and my family of four adults were in the house at the same time and sat at one table for supper.  It was a wonderful time of talk and laughter!  I am blessed.

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The Lizard’s New Clothes

Leonard the Lizard is shedding. I find this process fascinating. Lenny sheds about every 4 or 5 weeks. As his shed time draws near, his colour changes from orange-yellow to a muted, milky tone as his old self begins pushing up and away in preparation to reveal a fresh suit of armour. For a day or two leading up to the shed, Lenny will not eat as much as he usually does. Of course he is never one to turn down a sloth-like hornworm but he is less inclined to go after the nimble jumping crickets.

A leopard gecko shedding.  This is not Lenny but this is what Lenny looks like when he sheds.

A leopard gecko shedding. This is not Lenny but this is what Lenny looks like when he sheds.

I’m not sure how long it actually takes him to shed his entire body. His outer shell breaks away quite dramatically. One morning I got up and looked in his cage and he was normal looking. After about 10 minutes I looked in the cage again and his skin had split open and it appeared he had two heads. When I returned home from work, the shed was over.  Rarely do we find the old skin as he eats it for the nutrients it contains. We choose not handle Lenny during his big shed. Over the next few days when we hang out there will be bits of old skin sticking to his toes. He will clean that off over time.Tomorrow Leonard will be vibrant in colour and savage in his hunt for food. It will be a feeding frenzie!  The crickets are only getting a temporary reprieve tonight.

The Daily Good:  Today a familiar face returned to my work world. While I would not say she is a personal friend of mine, she is a memorable acquaintance. She is an elderly woman who has been caretaker to husband for many, many years. The pair were always together laughing or bickering or just reading the paper. Those of us “around” the couple saw his health fail over the last few months and he passed away a few weeks ago. Seeing her back in action today was a very good thing. We chatted briefly and her comment that stuck with me was “He’s not here anymore but I am getting on with it.” Bravo!

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A review..

I read this yesterday: 

Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen

When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?

These questions gave me a headache.  And I kept thinking about them all day.  When I was sixteen things were blurry (for many reasons).  I do know for certain that when I was sixteen I had no idea what my life would look like.  And thus I began a review of Monday, January 21st.

8AM @ work thought:  When I was sixteen did I think I would be working at a job when I was forty-something?  Yes.  More importantly though – did I know what I would be doing?  No.  (I still wonder what I will be when I grow up.)

7PM @ home vacuuming up dog hair thought: When I was sixteen did I think that one day I would have a husband, children, a house in the suburbs and a couple of cars?   I was hopeful.  Did I know who or when or how this would happen?  No.  (I have been blessed!)

11PM @ bedtime:  When I was sixteen did I think that I would be “den mother” to three dogs and a lizard?  Yes – to the dogs.  The lizard is a total surprise. (For the record the dogs do sleep on the bed, the lizard is in his cage.)

Final thoughts:  When I was sixteen did I think I would be thinking about when I was sixteen when I was “old”?  No.  (And when I was sixteen I thought forty-something was old.) 

Perhaps forty-something is really just Sweet Sixteen – Part 2. 

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Writing Challenge: Starting Over

This is a writing challenge from The Daily Post. Here we go…

Patti, #3 of 3 dogs

Patti, #3 of 3 dogs

It is January.  Is it time to start over? And what would you “start over”?  Job, love, diet? It feels like so much pressure!  What if you fail? What if you choose the wrong task?  What if…

It think it is the what ifs that paralyze people.  I know I have been motionless for periods of time out of fear. The fear of rejection, or rebuke, or even praise.  For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction?  Oh dear…

To live is to be in motion, finding your footing as you go.  When I think of the words Starting Over I am not going to start with a marathon, I choose to take it one step at a time.  Tomorrow I will start over with a clean slate for the day.  Why? Because it is a fresh day! (And it is Friday!).  When I open my eyes after a decent six to eight hours of sleep, my day will be new.  At that moment I will choose to move forward with openness and intention.  Into the light my friends…into the light…

I am a realist, too.  Sometimes I open my eyes, stretch, move my feet towards the bedroom door and step in dog puke.  But that is not the norm.  It is memorable though.

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It’s Tuesday! Whoa….

Where did the weekend go? I’m not sure what I did. I had some plans, things like house stuff, a dog walk, maybe a movie. The reality is far more uneventful. I built some shelves, bought a few groceries and had a glorious 2hr nap on Sunday. That nap did me zero favours on my early morning Monday but it really was fantastic.

The other fun thing was receiving my new iPhone late last week. I spent a few days getting familiar with it and now I am an iPhone user. This post is being typed on the new device; I am nervous about the autocorrect….

The Daily Good: Impromptu date with The Husband. He has been home for a few days and I was able to drag him to Ikea with me. Where else can you get dinner for two with dessert for $4.20??? Romance! xo

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Longest week ever? Maybe…

This week felt the longest week ever!  The first official 40 hour work week of the new year.  Oy.  I have never been happier to see 5PM!…   There were some really great things about this week such as Happy New Year greetings, the delicious surprise of a new Banana Chocolate Chip cake recipe and twinkle-Christmas lights under the first real snowfall of 2013.  But for me, those 40 hours felt like 400.  Here’s to Friday – Cheers!!

The Daily Good:  A coworker had a visit from her son today.  He’s one and bit years old.  And he is really, really cute!  As she walked around holding her son, the look of pride and love and pure joy on her face was truly beautiful.  To see that look is one of the “Good for the Soul” moments.

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The new is old again…

It is snowing! While given this is YYC, the snow itself is not surprising.  But the volume of snow falling is surprising.  Of course this was not part of the weather forecast I heard at 6PM; secretly I hoped the snow would come tumbling in.  I love this kind of snow.  It billows and blows and obscures my view of the urban neighbourhood I live within.  My family is safe and warm.  I am thankful to be at home, snug in my jammies, furnace alive and well, gas bill paid and dogs curled at my feet.

The Daily Good:  I left the Christmas lights up and the timer on.  They are now twinkling through their snow cocoons!  One of my all time favorite things.

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First Monday of the Year

Mondays are a challenge for me.  I am up very early for work and slowly fade until I hit the proverbial wall around Noon.   It is also a high carb day (the perfect reason to have pancakes for supper) meaning it will certainly be a “feeling fat” day tomorrow.   The plus side of the early morning Monday is that I can set the tone for my week at work.

The Daily Good:   Hugs.  Today I was the recipient of several “Hello and Happy New Year” hugs.  How lucky am I?

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