Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Eight lines for the Writer's Workshop

A few days ago, our very own Mama Kat, whose Writer's Workshop this is linked up to, posted the pic below on Instagram announcing that she is now a great-aunt.


My first thought was "she can't possibly be old enough to be a great-aunt; she's younger than me!"

Then I stopped to think about it.

I have a 23 year old niece who (obviously) is of child-bearing age......

The two who will one day make me a great-aunt

And a 25 year old nephew who (obviously) could get someone of child-bearing age pregnant.....


Not that either of them is planning anything...........that I know of.

Somebody please get me a freaking drink!


Mama’s Losin’ It

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ready for a new season

I am absolutely more than ready for the change of seasons. 

First of all, the heat of summer can just bite me! I hate being sweaty and become a very cranky lady sometimes.  We’ve been having a bit of an “Indian” summer here and I’ve been cursing the thermostat.  I mean, really, 29 degrees Celsius on the eighteenth of September! It crazy, I tell you!!  (Thankfully it’s gotten better since then)

Also, this summer has been a really weird couple of months.  It started with my mother’s death at the end of June and the fallout from that and continued at work with my coworker fighting cancer.  He went into the hospital on July 9 with complications, leaving us worried about him as well as covering his job at the office. 

Sadly, he lost his battle with the disease last weekend leaving the entire office in a very odd state all last week; between shock, sadness, fond reminiscing and looking forward to celebrating his life with an “Irish wake” at his favourite bar on Friday night.

RIP my friend
So, yes, my summer season has been bookended by two deaths with plenty of stress and worry in between.  Is it any wonder that I’m glad it’s over? 

When my two weeks of vacation came at the end of August, I literally turned myself off and did nothing.  Okay, not nothing, but close to it.  In two weeks, I read seven books, played endlessly on my iPad, went to lunch, did a bit of shopping and made sure the kids had binders and pens to start school.  My to-do list?  It didn’t even get touched!  There are many things that should have been done but I didn’t bother with them and I don’t feel the least bit guilty about it.

When I got back to work, all of my coworkers commented on how well-rested I looked and they were right; I was.

Now I am looking forward; as they say, “onward and upward”.  Don’t ask me who “they” are cuz I’ve got no clue but “they” have the right attitude.  Bring on the good health, cooler weather, my favourite scarves, my pumpkin chai latté and comforting crockpot dinners! 

That’s not too much to ask for, right?