Inspiration for this blog came from my cousin Roy. His daily reflections of the events in his life have been thoughtful and interesting. Family, friends, colleagues are welcome to read my blog.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


It's Bell's Let's Talk day- all about mental health. Recognizing and acknowledging depression and anxiety are important to the overall health of our children. Dealing with it by obtaining the help needed. Preventing suicides in young people is paramount. As there will be coverage on the TV and radio today, use the opportunity to discuss the subject with children especially your teenagers who are more vulnerable. Our own Clara Hughes has done a tremendous job with her across Canada ride and the documentary of the journey. If you have family members needing your help, well no time like the present. If therapy is needed, then seek it out. Knowing positive strategies in dealing with difficulties like exercise, diet and positive activities along with family support help in maintaining good mental health. So today talk, read, plan and do!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


As North America continues to experience winter, some areas are harder hit than others. The blizzard of the year is slamming parts of the Eastern Seaboard as I write. Even though downgraded, it will be a big blast before it is over. Hopefully with the closures of roads and schools and businesses for a day, there will be less harm done. The emergency crews can clear the roads. If hydro is out, those crews can be working to restore it. Emergency preparedness is now part of our conscienceness. Charge your cell phones, buy water, have batteries, gas up your car- well you know the drill. Amazing how weather continues to effect our lives. No matter what the technology we have, Mother Nature rules. Which brings me to a point? Depending on technology is not a good thing. GPS is great but it still helps to know how to read a map. Texting is okay but picking up a phone or actually going and seeing someone talking face to face is good too. Having electrical appliances are fine but make sure there are ones that can be manually used. Campers usually have equipment in their homes that can be used in emergency. Backyard barbecues always come in handy. Wood burning stoves or fireplaces are more than decorations. Some people use the garden solar lights in an emergency for lights at night. No matter how prepared we want to be, emergency situations do bring a sense of concern and anxiety. Some people have to report to work regardless of the situation. So next time you have a day off due to weather, think of the emergency crews out there working on your behalf.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Once one vacation week is over, why is it human nature to be planning for the next one? The start of time off is so desirable. Returning to work is not! Even loving one's job does not take the sigh out of my mood! Maybe not missing having to bundle up every day and face the cold unless I wanted to do it. So when is the next time off! Oh yeah, a long weekend in February! Well it is a start!


Making a snow angel is one of those fun things to do with children. Lay down in the snow and move your arms and legs up and down- voila the little angel is made. No need for tons of snow to complete it. The question- who was the first person that figured it out! There are so many things in our lives that exist. No credit is given. No royalties. No residuals. A snowman is another one! Lots of snow fun can be had for no cost. Shovelling or snow blowing a driveway is not fun! That counts as work!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


As we hurry through life, taking time to rest soothes the soul. For busy working people, it is hard to take a day off as often Sunday are loaded with more than church activities. Perhaps restful activities like folding laundry, a peaceful walk or doing some correspondence  or calling a friend to have a chat. Even a long nap to have some needed sleep. Knowing when the body needs to rest and letting it rest. Working in a hospital setting I have never heard anyone say when an illness occurs or death is imminent- I should have dusted my house more or run a few extra miles or stay longer at the office! Knowing to rest and enjoy the time and especially the loved ones in your life-just because!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


We all like to be healthy and energetic and setting the world on fire. But if sickness prevails, admit it and do what needs to be done to get better. Rest-preferably in one's bed, plenty of liquids, light food and re-evaluate one's life. What brought on the sickness? A virus? The flu? Food poisoning? Let your body do its thing like gross purging- you know what I mean and we all heal. Yes, stay away from other others in case it is contagious! Healing physically comes with stopping and healing. Trying to forge on when unwell does not work! So taking my own advice and two days of rest, on the mending road. I really need to attend a social event tonight so will get another nap to reassure this body it is doing better! I hate being sick but having the ability and knowledge to get well overcomes it!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Numbers can mean something sometimes. A special birthday number. Number 1 in a race. " You are at table 10" at a wedding. Our bank account has the number of our balance. Depending on the number, it can have different meaning for different people.
Some numbers are lucky and others are not. 13 is supposed to be unlucky but I did live on the 13th floor of an apartment building once and was just fine. Starting school, retiring from the workplace, and being able to drink alcohol come with a special number! The number on the scale can be encouraging or depressing!
Numbers pop up everywhere!

They make fun decorations.
Birthday cakes have numbers all the time.
Balloons have numbers too. A street number, longitudes and latitudes, the speed of our car- well you get the picture- numbers are everywhere!