Monday, September 15, 2014


If only I was ______ enough
(pretty, slim, rich, successful, clever etc)
Life wouldn’t be so tough

Do you compare yourself and then feel shame?
It’s time to stop this destructive game,
Stop with the comparison trap
It’s a guaranteed way to feel like crap,

No one is perfect, it’s all an illusion
Stop torturing yourself with such delusion,
You’re good enough and better in fact
Now quit with the comparison act.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Writer's Block

I am writing this post for "100 words on a Saturday's" prompt of using a quote from the list of writing quotes. I chose the quote below.

The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.

Myrna washed the windows until they shone. She scrubbed the kitchen and the bathroom. Then she vacuumed the rugs. A fresh scent of lemon filled the air as she dusted the furniture.

There was a knock on the door and her writer friend, Gloria stood in the doorway holding a basket containing a notebook, a thermos, two mugs and some fresh carrot muffins.

“I thought you could probably use a break,” Gloria said.

“That’s so nice of you, Gloria.”

“Having trouble with the novel?”

“Yes. How did you know that?”

“Your house is so clean,” Gloria said with a grin.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Atta Boy, Tanner!

Yesterday the day started with a loud honk of a car horn in our driveway, followed by a frantic knock on the door. I looked out to see the angry face of my neighbour glaring at me.

“Your dog is in our garbage. My husband can’t park his school bus,” she stated in an accusing way as if I’d led him over there deliberately.

I apologized and ran across the road to retrieve Tanner. There he was munching away on rotten leftovers in tin foil, blissfully unaware that he was causing the neighbour to have a conniption fit.

I yanked the stinky rotten food out of his mouth and carried it in one hand while I led him back by the collar to our house.  YUCK! How could he eat that stuff anyhow? What a strong stomach! Amazingly he didn't get sick. What a dog!

Our red Siberian husky, Tanner is almost 17 and has aged a lot lately. He sleeps a lot and we can't take him on long walks any more since his back hips are arthritic making it difficult to walk. He has cataracts and doesn’t see that well.

I’d come to think of him as being old, frail and helpless. This incident has proved otherwise. Seeing Tanner being a bratty imp, still full of devilishness, despite the ravages of aging has reminded me not to be judgmental based on appearance.

How often do we put limitations on a person (or an animal!) and judge them just by how they look? 

Don’t ever underestimate others’ potential by their appearance whether they’re old, poor, overweight, disabled, a different skin colour, small or whatever the difference may be.

I love this photo of Tanner from Winter 2013. Huskies look so good in winter time. It really is their setting. He looks a bit more aged now but is still a beautiful dog. 

I know his time is growing short but he inspires me how he is content in his life, enjoying a good nap and some food. And he still has a spark of the devil in him which keeps us on our toes.

Even an old dog like Tanner is still full of tricks and should not be underestimated just by how he looks. He sure proved that to us yesterday. Atta Boy, Tanner!

Friday, September 12, 2014

From 15 to 50

 Linking this to the Fiction Challenge ‘From 15 to 50′

with the following prompts: 

Word prompt: Perspective
Phrase Prompt: ‘Three in a row’
Picture Prompt: (Copyright Shailaja Vishwanath at The Moving Quill)

(50 words exactly! Phew!)

The pots stand three in a row, largest to smallest, in perspective.

“I get the biggest,” Oldest sister, Nora says.

Middle sister, Carol takes the second largest.

Youngest sister, Mary, gets the smallest.

Her bean plant thrives while ours die.

“Bigger isn’t always better,” she says with a smug smile.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You Matter

Several years back, some friends from our church suffered a terrible blow when their adult son shot himself dead one winter night. How incredibly sad that this man had reached such a low point that he saw no way out other than taking his own life.

While I can’t even begin to comprehend the deep despair a suicidal person must feel, it's clear that people have become more disconnected and isolated from each other.

In the frantic pace of today’s world, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle and feel that no one cares. Families are fragmented and communities are not as close and supportive as they once were.

Is there anything that we as individuals can do, even in a small way to connect with others and assure them that they are valuable?

A movement started at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work called “You Matter” is doing just that.

By acknowledging someone, showing appreciation or even doing a random act of kindness towards a stranger, you may change someone’s life more than you know.

Here are 60 ways to show a person that they do matter.  

We all are important and every life is significant and of value. 

We are all connected.

I am participating at Write Tribe’s special blogging challenge today as part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Day.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Throughout my life I’ve had moments of great weakness where I gave up too soon after a failure or I accepted someone else’s negative definition of me as the truth. I’m not proud of those moments but will admit to them and hope that I’ve learned and grown since then.

I'd like to share my wisdom of age and experience with young people like my sons in the hopes that they will discover their inner resilience earlier than I did. I think my inner strength or resilience was there all along but often I didn't trust it enough to tap into it.

Just like a piece of sandstone that has undergone intense pressure and heat to become a hard igneous rock, I would like to think I’m stronger now after a lifetime of hurts and disappointments.

Of course I’m far from perfect and still go through my weak moments but hopefully I’m more resilient now than when I was younger. I still get hurt but am able to weather it better than when I was younger and more inexperienced, convinced the world was ending if I failed or someone was mean to me. Now I know I will get through it and that I’m a good person with lots to offer, worthy of self love and respect.

To me Reslience is:
  • Believing in yourself during difficult times.
  • Trusting your inner wisdom to guide you.
  • Not being swayed or manipulated by others’ opinions and not taking what they say so personally. Their opinion of you is not a reflection of you, it’s a reflection of them.
  • Realizing you aren’t perfect and will fail sometimes. Everyone has failures, even those who give the illusion of perfection.
  • Picking yourself up after failure and starting again, smarter and stronger this time.
  • Realizing that failure and disappointment are tough to go through but they also makes you grow and that makes you that much more resilient.
I am taking part in the Write Tribe Blogging Challenge to be a problogger, blogging daily.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gratitude List for September 7

I am participating in Laurel Reagan’s weekly Gratitude Link up. 

I do think these gratitude lists are the best thing for getting our mindset in the right place. When you think in a spirit of gratitude, there is no space for self pity, negativity, envy, jealousy, guilt, and self doubt. It’s not to say that those bad emotions never come back for a visit, but it’s easier to keep them at bay by thinking with gratitude.

I am grateful that...
  • We got through our first week of September with new school schedules and routines.
  • When I went back to Weight Watchers, my vacation didn’t make me gain too much weight.
  • I am grateful that the humidity has gone and we are finally having some of those cool golden days of fall that I love so much. Today the boys and I took the nicest bike ride on the back roads and then a lovely walk with Loup, our Malamute in the woods.

  • Choir started up again last Tuesday and I’m starting my 11th season which I can’t believe. I love choir so much. Also the concert band found a new director so that will be starting up soon and that makes me very happy as I wasn’t going to join if there wasn’t one.
  • Sharon and I have some musical gigs coming up this fall for our group Tartan and Tea which I’m looking forward to doing.
  • Being able to do all my musical endeavours make me very grateful. Music is such a wonderful gift to share with others and something you can enjoy your whole life unlike some sports and other activities.