Growing up

Today is the day that I have thought about for so long – with joy and fear and trepidation. Today my daughter is flying solo to her Mimi (grandmother) in Atlanta. “Not a big deal,” some might think but for my daughter and for me this is one of those many steps in life that…

Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, I am free at last!

The cast has been REMOVED! Four weeks and many (far too many to count) sleepless nights later, we have been freed from the lime green fiberglass cast that has been attached to my daughter’s arm.  I must admit, seeing her arm having atrophied just a wee bit, made me realize how really lucky we are. The break…

The Universe is Making Me Sit Back – and Chill

Well, not the universe really. It’s actually a wasp sting that has taken me down. Two days ago I was out and about enjoying one of those amazing fall days here in Canada with brilliant blue skies and autumn leaves more golden and red than the days before. I had already taken Miss Maizy for…

DiWhaaaaat?

Diwali! We are celebrating Diwali tonight. I only first heard of Diwali four years ago when we moved to Canada.  And until today, we have never been invited to a Diwali celebration! Woot woot! Okay, seriously, I am very excited. As I had no idea what Diwali was, I needed to do my research before bringing…

Speaking of being Grateful

As I write this post, I am watching CBC as a news conference unfolds about the shooting(s) that happened in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, today. I am attempting to put together my feelings and thoughts about the tragedy without sounding trite. I am aware how much this country has shaped my appreciation of freedoms…

Feeling Quiet and Grateful

I experienced a wonderful time with a friend of mine this past weekend. She had invited me to a weekend retreat months back and I knew it would be a wonderful idea to join her.  I, however, did not know at the time why it would be so wonderful. You, dear reader, are privy now to…

Aaaaannnnd . . . GO!

This has been quite the week.  The challenge? Simply put, I have been challenged to blog every day for the month of October. I am delighted to write every day, to be creative, but I have found it demanding. It demands much of my time, creativity and forces me to be more flexible (not something that is…

The Circle of Life

(I dug up an older post from when we were living in Switzerland. Reading it again brought back so many feelings including an amazing amount of joy over the good fortune we had to have lived there.) Two and a half years ago I moved here to Zurich, Switzerland from Stuttgart, Germany. At the time…

Unlike Jimmy Fallon

I do not have my tight pants on. On the contrary, I have my fat pants on but only for the weekend. And why, pray tell, do I have my fat pants on? Well, anyone who has ever enjoyed a Canadian or American Thanksgiving will know. The weekend is long and full of family, friends,…

Running Like a Nut in the Fall

I’ve mentioned it before, or at least I think I have. My kids love running. But not the traditional running. Nope. That would be too booooorrrrrring, especially for the little one. They enjoy trail running which is basically what I did growing up down south when we ran through the woods from one neighbour’s house…

The Joy of Shopping with my Passionate Daughter

On a brisk fall day like today, there is nothing better than a quiet afternoon with the little man off at an afterschool activity and time for my daughter and me to  walk through downtown with ice cream and shopping on our minds. My husband has been travelling all week which means I was doing…

It’s all about the bass – er, pretzels.

Let me preface this post with the following: I love German. I also love Saturdays. I love a butter pretzel. I love my children. There. We have it. I grew up in the southern U.S. in the 70’s and 80’s. Having grown up in the States, the concept of Saturday school was foreign to me. My…