Monday, 30 July 2012

A Midsummer's Day

Ohmigosh - I haven't posted anything since March. How time flies! Here we are on a hot midsummer's day - a perfect time to catch up.

It's been a great year so far. Completed my CPM in June and was presented with a tiara from my wonderful accounting group at work. It sparkles!

Joined Sundowner's Toastmasters and am up to speech 5. Another fabulous group of people and a great place to learn public speaking skills (my number one fear is speaking in public) and share written words out loud.

JP and I visited our daughter in St. John's in June - a different island adventure for us. She's almost halfway through her master's in marine biology at Memorial University. Republic of Doyle is a fave of us all and exploring St. John's was a treat. Pale ale and roasted veggie and goat cheese pizzas at Yellowbellies were truly sublime. Whale watching at Bay Bulls and a museum visit to Heart's Content were simply amazing. A fabulous time and so good to see our Katie (and Jackson too).

Back home in Alberta led to more adventures - we ventured out with our tent to the wilds of Elk Island Park and Wapiti in Jasper for some camping. Haven't done that for many years and we'd forgotten just how much we loved being outside enjoying the best of the season here on the prairie.  Next trip will be to Waterton National Park - a new experience for us both.

Writing going well too. Was interviewed by Dialogue in June for their VIPP column and a new promoting payroll article is in the July/August issue. Working on a bimonthly column for an online payroll magazine - lots of fun.

This past week, we caught up with family - lunch with Janet and Susan on Wednesday at Olive Garden - love their soup and salad lunch. Caught up on their news. Thursday was spent with my sister Anne - delicious tea at the Wild Earth Cafe off 142 Street near our mom's place.

Saturday Heather and I got pedis at Spasation - decadent, divine and simply beautiful. More sparkles! Ev and Heather are moving into their own place soon - adventures for them in their life's journey but also for JP and I. Empty nesters - just us and the cat. :-)

So many changes happening but today, sitting on the deck in the sunshine by the pond, our gardens look lush and green and vibrant. Life feels that way too - everywhere you look, things are growing, changing, reaching for the sun and the stars.

Happy to be here, in this place, right now, with you.