19 January, 2015

Most Depressing Day of the Year?

Today is apparently "Blue Monday" - a.k.a. the most depressing day of the year.  I'm not sure about the "most depressing day" thing, but it's more like all of January that gets me down. 


With all the hype of the holiday season out of the way, New Year's resolutions that have not started, cold and damp weather, bad roads and of course, lack of sunshine, all of January saps my strength. 


With the beginning of every January, I try to convince myself that I'll be okay.  By mid January, I've lost the "you'll be okay" battle with myself and have chance my mantra to "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger", "you can keep going long after you think you can't" and of course "suck it up buttercup". *sigh*


If I could call in sick for the month of January, the month would be manageable.  BUT, since that's not an option, I continue to trudge along in my cold weather gear with the knowledge that January only has 31 days and 9 of those days fall of the weekend, SO it's really only 22 days of work and having to leave my house.  I can do that...most likely...


Happy Blue Monday!






01 January, 2015

Happy New Year...

New year, new beginnings...


29 December, 2014

Nothing Since October? How Has That Happened?

I can't believe that I haven't posted anything since October.  Wow!  I don't know where the time went.  There are the usual excuses - work, family and the many, many craft/jewelry shows that I participated in.  There are times when the time passes so slowly and then there are other moments when the time just screams on by.  Apparently, October through December contained a lot of those latter moments.


Well, rest-assured I'm still here and all have been good.  I've been lurking, I just haven't had the time or energy to put anything to "paper".


J and I were fortunate to spend two glorious weeks on Bonaire at the beginning of December, with plenty of diving, sunshine and relaxation.  You may recall to Bonaire is one of the "finalists" in the places we wish to retire to in a few years, so it was good to spend time looking at the island from that perspective.  We toured many neighborhoods - discovered those that held potential and ruled out a few more of as well.  We looked a potential building lots, got a feel for home styles and made a wish list in the event we decide to explore the building aspect of things.


I think Bonaire is somewhere I could reside long term, I just wish it was a little more affordable.  That's not to say, we couldn't afford it, it just means we may not have the "cushion" I would ideally like to have.  I guess with great reward, comes a certain measure of risk.  What do you think?







22 October, 2014

Random Thoughts - Restless in Canada…


Where has the time gone?  And by time, I mean Summer.  The temperatures have been above normal for October, so that’s not the problem.  The problem is the lack of sunshine and copious amounts of rain.  It’s dark when I wake up and close to dark by the time I get home.  In a few weeks IT WILL be dark by the time I get home and soon, I’ll need to have the snow tires put on my car.  After that, everything goes downhill until April...

I’m experiencing a great deal of “funk” these days – especially as it relates to work.  I’ve got the “seven year itch”, but it’s only been 4 years.  Believe me, 4 years is like an eternity for me right now.  My job duties are in flux at the moment.  I’ve taken on extra/new duties, with the promise of a new hire to take some of my old duties away and as it just so happens, that new hire is still weeks off.   I’ve become so disgusted by this place, that I’ve given up caring about anything work related.  Enough said on that topic…

J and I participated in a new craft/art show this past weekend.  For it being “new”, we are quite happy with how well we did.  Others at the show weren’t as happy.  I’m amazed at how offended people become when their product doesn’t sell like hotcakes.  I hear things like “they obviously don’t know who I am” or “don’t people understand that my product is the best around”.    First of all, I don’t care who you are or how great your product is – if you don’t have what people want to buy, you won’t sell it.  It’s as easy as that.  Now, get over yourself…


J and I have recently taken up mountain biking.  Well, let me clarify, we bought mountain bikes, we bought helmets, and we have bought water bottles, BUT we haven’t quite made it to anywhere that would resemble a mountain.  We have plenty of old railways in our area that have been removed and made into bike and walking trails, so they are a perfect place to re-learn how to ride a bike and to build stamina.  They saying is true “that you never forget how to ride a bike”, BUT you do forget how painful you bum will be at the end of your ride.  Our goal is to continue to ride until the snow falls and then switch to training indoors on our son’s bike trainer.  I’m hoping to get myself into a semi-fit state before next riding season so that we can ride with our friends that are slightly more hardcore.  Fingers crossed…

There seems to be a sense of doom and gloom with the world these days.  Honestly, the world is a scary place - between ISIS and ebola, serial killers, random shootings, the economy, poverty, world hunger and just the everyday jerks, I'm losing my faith in humanity.  I'm not giving up, I'm just continuing to evaluate what's important to me, my happiness and doing what I can to make the lives of others a little bit brighter.

And on that note, I'll share with you my new motto.  It's works well for all occasions - repeat as needed.


10 October, 2014

Gobble, Gobble...

It's Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday here in Canada and that means:
A long weekend;
Fantastic weather. Sunny and warm is what the weather people are saying;
Local county fair should make for some great junk food fixins; and of course...
Turkey and all the trimmings.
On Tuesday, I will commence the self-loathing but until then...have a fantastic weekend!