Fall colors

The days grow shorter and the leaves are beautiful colors of orange, yellow and red. The Suns warmth is fading and I know winter is coming. Yet, the vibrant colors of the changing leaves, the bountiful harvest of the field, and the gracious gathering from the garden are all reasons to rejoice and be thankful.
So why is it then that my mood doesn’t reflect the vibrant trees? Why is it I resonate more with the tired grey grass and the wilted lilies? I feel a sadness as I morn the going of summer. I think I was meant to live somewhere warm… All year…seriously. Oh dear I already miss the touch if the warm sunshine.
I shouldn’t feel bad, for today was a perfect fall day. Warm by fall standards, no wind, the leaves crunching beneath my sons feet for the first time. A smile crosses my face. And yet I feel tired, unmotivated, bored, impatient like the evergreen trees waiting for the first snow to touch their branches and show off their true beauty. Yes I feel like I am waiting for something,
My fall color isn’t red or orange or yellow, it’s blue. I guess summer means so much more to me then I thought. So I’ve decided that’s it okay for me to be sad that fall is here, to be sad to see summer go. We need to morn for loss before we can move on. And I know summer will be back if only I can get through the winter. I will hold onto that thought but I hate waiting. I am not nearly as patient as I wish I was. But for my sake and the sake of my family I have to shake this mood. Like a fall tree dropping all its leaves on the ground. Bare, stripped away and ready to start anew. Yes that is what I need to do, let it all go and see the true joy of the colors of fall. That and take my vitamin D. (There’s a lot of truth to that too) : )

Soakin’ up the Sunshine.

Well August is flying by and as I look at my calendar I see we are on the count down till school again. Boy that was really fast! But there is still at least two weeks left of summer, and so I know me and my kids are going to soak in as much sunshine as we can. Summer Sun I’m not ready for you to fade away yet. Winter in Alberta is too long. I really hope we don’t even get snow till Christmas.

But I’m not going to worry about that for at least another two weeks, because it’s still summer, Thank Goodness.

Summer List

Well its the middle of July. The kids have officially been out of school for two weeks, we’ve had our first camping trip and the weather is finally starting to give us summer. With the summer months in the country being such a short period, only 8 weeks with no school and half decent weather, I like to try to make the best of it.

Last summer I was home with all three of my kids full time, and wanted to make the most of it. I wanted my girls to think of summer as a fun time that they spend with their family. And it’s important to me that this endeavor doesn’t cost a small fortune. So what do you do with three kids, a small budget and the sunshine? So I started a list of all the places, splash-parks, friends and family I want to visit and made it my goal to cross off as many things on the list as I could. You know I found a lot of great little places within driving distance of home that filled all my needs. Fun, Sun, Cheap and Neat.

This past weekend I started my Summer List 2013. And it feels great. It gives me something to work toward, and I know the kids will have a good time this summer. Even on a day as simple as visiting a friend at a playground. They will remember the fun summer time brought. And I know as the years go by and the kids get older the list will change. They will have things they will want to do, their own friends to visit and places they want to see, and that’s just fine. I hope the over the years the Summer List will always include simple family fun.

What do you have planned for summer??

May Madness….

Well I can’t believe it’s the last day of May already. For our family May had been very busy both with the kids and on the Farm.

We started out the month with a few really nice days, and right away my husband was anxious to get into the field to seed, but first we had a little celebrating to do. My baby boy turned One at the beginning of May and we had a great family dinner then a beautiful afternoon in the park complete with Farm themed cake and cupcakes. I still can’t believe my baby is one years old. His birthday was a special day and he was surrounded by love which is a beautiful thing. When there are days I am feeling blue, these are the moments I need to recall; pushing the kids on the swings in the sunshine and sitting on the living room floor sharing in the giggles of a new toy.

So after his birthday the month just seemed to fly by. When the clouds would part and the sun would come out my husband disappeared into the tractor to seed barley and canola. And when he wasn’t fixing equipment there were cows to look after and fence to fix. Even though the rain slows his progress, I welcome it somedays, cause it’s the only time in spring I get to see him.

On occasion my girlfriend and I would get a run in as well, which feels really good, but I am surprised how hard it was in May to fit in just a hour a week of fitness. I think I finally have a few babysitters at my disposal now so I can be organized to get ready for the two mud runs I’ve registered for this fall. AHHHHHHHH. What am I thinking??? I’m not a runner. But I hear its great for getting a flat tummy, so sign me up baby.. LOl.

This month I also had the honour of joining a couple as a Doula for the birth of their baby girl. We also had; Playschool Field trip and Graduation for my middle Daughter, A Doula Training workshop, Hypnobabies Course which was truly amazing information, My sister-in-law planting the garden, yard work, the trampoline out, a trip to Leduc, dealing with Deanna’s dental appliance(Which is a whole other blog post)  and my son gaining his confidence in walking. Oh yes, he is walking around the house so I know he’s officially not a baby anymore, but more a toddler now.

My oh my, no wonder I felt a little silly some days, it was truly a busy month in our house. And as June begins, I look forward to a wonderful summer with friends, new babies(even a cousin for our kids, WOOT WOOT) Camping, more running and workouts and just soaking up the sunshine. Maybe a few days of sprinkler fun and swimming pools when all the kids are here. I think I would be even happier if I could get some painting projects and reno projects done too.

I hope as you look ahead into June, July and August you see Sun and Fun too.

The Mad Hatter

Hats, they are so great! They can be really cute, fun, or practical. They can keep crazy hair under cover, shield the sun, or keep your head warm (In Canada we call those hats Touques) They come in many colors, fabrics and styles. My husband is a full fledged farmer, and almost never goes anywhere with out a baseball cap. I have many friends who have hoards of really great hats, kinda the way I have hoards of really great shoes, you see, I look HORRIBLE in Hats! Every once in a while I see a hat and think, hey maybe that would look cute on me, proceed to try it on, and then rip it off as fast as I can, hoping that no one saw that atrocious display. This can pose a big problem for me especially for the fact that we live in Canada, and 8months of the year requires that your ears be covered. I have yet to find a touque that a:looks cute on me, b: keeps my head AND ears warm, and c: Isn’t so Itchy I’d rather get frost bite then feel like my head is stuck in a straw bale. Grrrrrrr.

And then there is the issue of summer hats. Oh where do I begin…..   My mom found this great hat in Mexico, the kind that you can scrunch up in a suitcase and when you pull it out it looks cute and keeps the sun off, well I obviously didn’t get the hat wearing gene from my Mom. Boooo! I tried to find a hat like that in Mexico, I wore it for the week and when I got home proceeded to put it in the Sally Ann Box. Good thing it was cheap. I’ll donate it and someone else will love it.

As you can see in the picture I did find a hat in Vegas that I liked, a month later it went missing, and I mourned the loss. I kept my eye open for another like it. Skip a year ahead….. OMG I found a hat like that one. Quick buy it, actually, buy two. Yeah! I own one cute hat, perfect. Then fast forward a week, Hey Lesley-Ann, guess what I just found in the camper???? My Vegas hat. LOL. Figures. Bet if I hadn’t bought those hats, I wouldn’t have found it. She agrees with me. Too Funny. 

Well today I am packing for a winter trip and once again hats is an issue. I’m missing my pink winter touque the one of 10 I have that I actually think looks good on me. Do you think I could get away with wearing my daughters leopard print touque with the pink bows? It looks great on her!!?? Oh good she missed the non-hat wearing gene from me! Phew. Dodged that one.

Maybe I should buy one of those jester hats that are suppose to look silly and then it wont matter if I look ridiculous cause that’s the point. Oh goodness I don’t like hats, but ask me about my shoe collection and we’re more then okay!Image

Autumn Arrives

What an absolutely perfect Autumn day in Canada today. It was warm and a light breeze and the colorful leaves in the trees are breathtaking. I was out and about today, headed to the city, and was driving the beautiful back country roads. I believe that fall can only truly be appreciated on these back roads, where the coulees and hillsides are full of changing leaves and the fields are being harvested by combines driven by people like my husband.  The ditches turn a burnt orange, not from the grass, but from the leaves that fall there. Many times today I thought how wonderful it is to see these fall landscapes in person, not just on a calendar, and these areas are picture perfect in my mind. My neighbor brought me a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers the other-day in many colors. As a florist, fall was always my favorite time of  year for all the many colored sunflowers. Yes the many beautiful  signs of autumn are all around us, but in Canada, another sure sign that summer is over and Autumn has arrived, is the furnace kicks in around 4am. I heard it the other morning as I was putting the baby back to bed after a nighttime feeding.  And as strange as it seems, for me the sound of the furnace means the seasons have definitely changed.

This time of year also means putting away the fans we used twice this summer and hauling out the room heaters.  Are we crazy to live in a country where houses need heaters 9 months of the year, and cars HAVE to have a block heater? Where we complain how hot it is in August and wish we had air conditioning for like one week each year? Can we really justify the price of airconditioning? I have a friend who did! He said it was +33 Celsius in his house this summer for more than two days. Lol. So…. in went the air conditioner, just in time for the change of season.

Yep we live in a country where warm jackets hang on our hooks all year, and I’m still not sure why I bother to put the toques and mitts away for summer. But my mom often says how blessed we are to experience the different seasons, to see the trees change colors, and the fresh white snow in winter, and then the new grass peaking through the snow in spring. The changing seasons in Canada and particularly in our province are beautiful and breathtaking if you take a step back and just look.

When I was young the changing seasons even inspired me to write a poem and I submitted it into a contest. My poem was accepted to be published in a book compiling all of  the winning poems. So I guess you could say I’m published??? I wonder if I could find that book now on Amazon.ca, Wouldn’t that be strange.

Anyway I got sidetracked. I’ve made myself a warm drink and am cuddled in my housecoat thinking of all the beautiful things I saw on this fall day, and then I am reminded of another reason I enjoy Autumn. In my Family it is birthday season (if there is such a thing) In my immediate family there are 6 of us who have fall birthdays. Including, ahhhh, my own! But I’ll just focus on everyone else for now. It really is true that the older you get, birthdays are not such a big deal. Maybe it’s that we enjoy our kids birthdays more as we see the joy in there faces and feel the love in our hearts for what we created. Maybe it that we understand that life will continue around us no matter what age we are, or maybe there are less “milestones” after that coveted 18/ 21. I know there are “big” birthdays, but as an adult, your birthday isn’t about the gifts you get, or the icing color on the cake, or even where you go or what you do, but whats most important is who you are with. Your loved ones, your friends, your family.  I hope that I can teach my own children that it’s not the gifts that matter, but the people who bought them.

Well I’m raising my coffee mug, to a toast, to a wonderful season and hopefully a great harvest for my husband too.  And to his birthday too and my mom’s and my dad’s birthday and his dad’s and, well you get the point. Autumn is a great time of year, even if it means summer is officially over.