Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.


I have missed having a nesting robin family on our porch for several years now. But several weeks ago, a new nest was built, and a family of robins moved in.


It has been so interesting watch the parents come and go. The mom sits most of the time. I hate to disrupt her by opening the patio door and coming out on the porch – which I usually have to do at least once a day.

The mom flies off, often to the clothes line and chirps at me. I can just imagine what she is yelling at me!


Yesterday, I snuck a photo of her nest and saw three eggs.


Now the wait begins!

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is the Tuesday Slice of Life – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

I have just finished another daily writing challenge, for April. In some ways, it was good to be finished – after two months of daily writing/blogging, I now have a bit of a break.

But, it has helped solidify my writing habit. I want to write and the ideas have started to flow more readily. The March SOL and the April Blogging Challenge gave me sixty days of routine, of daily writing and support.

This past month also connected me with Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Her death still seems surreal.

I used her “Encyclopedia of Me” to post daily, choosing one of her themes daily to write about some aspect of my life.

I plan to continue to fill the book, jotting down lists, observations and memories as they come. Saturday was #MoreforAKR and it was a special day to celebrate this wonderful, amazing woman.

While visiting a church bazaar, I found my #MoreforAKR – I bought lunch for an elderly woman. We then spent a lovely half hour visiting together. I left with a smile and a few books.

Blogging A to Z: Z


Today is the last day of the April Blogging A to Z, so today is Z.

I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.


Z is for “In the ZONE”

The Urban Dictionary defines being in the zone as

“Being Completely Unaware of what’s going on around you as you are So Extremely into what’s going on right in front of your face; like anything more than 3 feet away just doesn’t register in the brain.”

What a feeling it is to be so lost in something that time falls away, you are caught up in something that engages you physically, mentally and spiritually.

I have experienced this a few times – and it is usually when I am creating something or so lost in a book, I don’t hear anything and have to be nudged to come back to the present.

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Blogging A to Z: X and Y

a_zchallenge_badgeX and Y – combined today for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge.

For Xtraordinary and Y for Yellow Umbrella

Today is in honour of Amy Krouse Rosenthal ( who’s Xtraordinary “Encyclopedia of Me” became the basis for the challenge). This would have been her 52nd birthday and in her honour, many in the kidlit world are doing more. #MoreforAKR emcourages all of us to do more, be more, love more, show more kindness.

The YELLOW umbrella is a symbol of Amy’s desire to bring people together, to do lovely things and make the world a better place.

Join in to honour this amazing woman, gone way to soon. Check here for links to many of her works and to learn more about today.

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Blogging A to Z: V – Vancouver…


Today is V – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

V is Vancouver, Vancouver island and Victoria

In May of 2008, my mother died. Two months later my husband and I escaped to Vancouver for two weeks and stayed for a while with my cousin, who had lost her mother (my aunt and godmother) the September before. It was a healing trip.

We toured all around Vancouver, to Whistler, Then on to Vancouver island and the east coast. The ocean and the mountains, the air, flowers and beauty of the area helped in my healing and grief process. I did not want to leave and still want to visit again and again.

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It is a must place to visit.


Blogging A to Z: U: U.S.A.


Today is U – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

U is for the U.S. of A.

As a Canadian, I am not immune to the politics of the south. What happens in the U.S. definitely has an effect on Canada. And now, with DT45 (sorry – but cannot say/write his name), the ripples are turning into damaging waves. Not only for Canada, but for the rest of the world.

I have already told my husband I will not travel to the U.S. while DT is in office. I feel lest safe about travelling there, and we usually go several times a year. (I will miss our yearly trip to Saratoga)

I ended up trying mind mapping and I apologize, as it got very negative. But I am afraid, that is what the vibe this Canadian is getting from the U.S government.

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Blogging A to Z: T – Travel


Today is T – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

T is for Travel

I really believe that travel expands our minds, our hearts and our beliefs. It really can transform us. There is so much diversity in the world and travelling allows us to see so much. Yet it also allows us to see that people are so much like us.

A Mark Twain said:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” 

Scary statistics – only 46% of Americans have valid passport and lowest number in  pro-Trump states.  Read whole article here.

Check here for 10 reasons to Travel

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Blogging A to Z: S – Struggles


Today is S – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

S is for Struggles

We all face challenges and struggles in our lives. We all fall or fail. But we define ourselves in how we face those struggles and the times we fail.

Nelson Mandela’s words come from much experience and speak of the power and wisdom of this great hero.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”      Nelson Mandela

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Blogging A to Z: R – Regrets


Today is R – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

R is for Regrets

I have to agree with H. Jackson Browne who I quoted in yesterday’s post on “Quotes“. I have definitely regretted the things I did not do:

-going to to Norway

-divorcing my ex sooner

-signing a publishing contract

There have been others as well and even though I have failed in some things I did, or gotten hurt, I don’t regret loving or leaving certain people, leaving jobs, or spending money on certain things (including a black sports car).

Life shouldn’t be about regret.

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