With little time to write (I should be reading more of my course material), I thought I'd share a few pictures from my train journey and my home away from home for the week. The start of the journey: The train ride through the winter landscape: My study area: Let's not forget the food: I've … Continue reading Hoping a Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words
My bags are checked, including my cute little RAdically designed make-up bag, handmade by Guylty. (Which reminds me... I need to replace my phone case in the black design, which finally cracked after many phone-saves from dropping it.) I'm off to Ontario for a combined trip of family visits and a full-week in-residence course for … Continue reading Getting Ready for Take-off
The Fall weather can be perfect for enjoying the scenery outdoors. At the same time, there have been some interesting interactions with people (and creatures) around me. A recent conversation I had at a rugby park: Older man: "Is this boy's rugby?" Me: "Yes, it is." Older man: "Oh, well I just thought, because that … Continue reading Sights Seen and Voices Heard
This past week, I reached two milestones, one in life and one in blogging. Life: My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this week. A lot has happened in that time --- job changes, moving across the country, three house purchases, two kids, family deaths and marriages. It hasn't always been what we've … Continue reading Milestones: Life & Blogging
I wonder if I can trick myself into thinking it's still summer, if I go back a month to my Toronto trip. Worth a try, although it's hard to be fooled after standing in the rain on the weekend watching my son's first rugby game of the season. The original reason for going to Toronto … Continue reading 2018 Vacation #2: Toronto, Ontario
Isn't it time for fire season to be over yet? I mean, come on! It's September! Truly, what affects me in the city are just minor annoyances (although see below for how they totally messed up my plans yesterday), but I feel for the people where the fires have been burning. 2018 is now the … Continue reading Enough, already!
Three vacations in a summer! I can't remember when I last had that much time away. I'm a little behind in recounting my adventures, so I think I'll start first with my most recent trip, a mini-escape, while it's still fresh in my mind. Thanks to my Air Miles collecting, my hubby and I were … Continue reading 2018 Vacation #3: Parksville, B.C.
Yes, it's birthday week in my household, as well as in Armitage-land. My husband's big day was on the weekend, and my younger son (much to his chagrin) shares a birthday with RA. But all of those many candles did not create the smoke that has been blanketing the province of British Columbia. The cause … Continue reading It’s Not from the Birthday Candles!
Yesterday, before my flight home to Vancouver, I woke up thinking of a song that hadn't entered my mind in many years. Even though I am not particularly religious, I love good country gospel music, where passionate belief has sparked such creative beauty. "When I Sing for Him" is a song by Porter Wagoner, sung … Continue reading Coming Home
Last glimpse of the mountains on the flight out of Vancouver: The song I sang in my head during the turbulence, telling myself "Everything's Alright": https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ugYB3VxpivU The first glimpse of Toronto through the window: The song I sang in my head as we began our descent: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iTfB8Q6DpZ0