Tuesday, October 14, 2014


"Forever on Thanksgiving Daythe heart will find the pathway home." Wilbur D. Nesbit

Canadian thanksgiving was celebrated over the weekend.
We enjoyed family, friends, food, and then a long walk along the river.

So much to be thankful for. 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

essential oil - wild orange

I love essential oils and have used them often over the years. Recently I have been using more than just my go-to lavender and peppermint (and a few others). So I thought I would share some of my new oils with you. Today I am diffusing this uplifting oil in my office... Wild Orange.

The oil is expressed from the peal of the orange. It can be diffused in a room to lift your mood and energy levels, which comes in handy in my office. Plus it freshens the air in such a lovely way. I have people come in from down the hall asking what that great scent is.
There are other way you can use this oil as well. You can put a drop in some water and drink it to promote overall health. You can mix a drop with peppermint and frankincense in the palm of your hand, breathe in and then rub into the back of you neck. This can help to energize the mind and body. It can also be used as a disinfectant, and probably several other things that I don't even know about.
Definitely one of my new favourites!
If you haven't heard of doTERRA oils, may I suggest you read up on them. They are some of the purest oils I have found.
(Info comes from the doTERRA information sheet on Wild Orange)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

pumpkin hunts and hayrides

My favourite season has not let me down. We have been drowning in Autumn...
surrounded by the most beautiful colours and smells, blessed with warm temperatures and sunshine.
And the leaves are holding on just a bit longer this year.

This past weekend I organized and Hayride and Pumpkin Hunt for the neighbourhood.
I think I may have been born to do this very event. I loved every minute of it.
 And these beautiful creatures came to visit and help us along.
What a treat to have such lovely horses on this day. They were so well trained,
and gentle with our little ones. We all loved them so much.
 And each hayride was full of families and friends, enjoying the beautiful day and making memories.
That's really what it was all about. Being together and making memories.
(Love this little pumpkin.)

Monday, September 22, 2014

but then fall comes...

“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does
one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend
that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair
and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been
and things he has done since last he saw you.”
Stephen King, Salem's Lot   

Fall makes it's official appearance later today, and we are well in the swing of the season.

Fish Creek Park, Calgary
Also... I haven't seen Salem's Lot in years. May need to dig it out online and watch it again.
I do love my scary movies. And Stephen King! 

urban areas & nature... a good match

Though I love my mountains and foothills, I also enjoy my urban life.
Especially when nature runs through the city somehow (or maybe the other way around), and the two together join forces to make something quite beautiful.
Fish Creek Park, Calgary

Babbling Brook Park, Calgary

Lake Bonavista, Calgary
Fish Creek Park, Calgary

Monday, September 15, 2014

as long as i live

As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.
I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.
I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens,
and get as near the heart of the world as I can. 
From The Muir Journals

Revelstoke, British Columbia
 I can read John Muir every day and never tire of his words.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

oh mother nature...

... you forgot about Fall and went right into Winter.

Calgary, Alberta

We had a little snow storm in Calgary. Just 15cm or so. In September. You know... no big deal.
And my Willows have suffered.
But looking on the bright side, this will let quite a lot more sunshine into the back yard.

Calgary, Alberta

Friday, September 5, 2014

they play today

Walks that happen toward the end of Summer always feel different to me. Summertime walks are filled with vigor. Walks in the Fall tend to be slower, with a sense of awe for that which is around you. But the end of Summer walk is different... it's that in between time that seems almost suspended. Slower than Summer, but not quite as slow as Fall. You know that time, right?

And it's difficult to be in the now at the end of Summer. I'm anticipating Autumn. I'm waiting for a yellow leaf to fall... for a cool breeze to flow over me. I'm in search of something that has yet to arrive. And when I do see a sign of Fall, it's like 'oh, there you are.' Almost magical.

Lake Bonavista

I can still swim in this water. It's not too cold yet. And the grass is still green and lush. But there are leaves that are turning. And I noticed a formation of geese flying south. Soon.

But maybe I need to learn to appreciate the end of Summer more. To watch our little duck family as they spend their final days together. To enjoy the squirrels playing in the sunshine. They know... they know that cooler days are coming. They know what needs to be done. Yet they play today.