May 13, 2008 · easy now

I forgot my camera so I haven’t any real proof… but you have to believe me, today’s walk in the park was spectacular. Just me and my darling doggity and the lushness of the Earth in the full blush of spring. I have the sneaking suspicion that if you opened my veins right now and looked at my blood (which I would, you know, prefer you didn’t! Just thought I’d add that) you would find that it is sun dappled green, alive and fresh, smelling of sunlight and simple joy. And my dog… my darling Finnegan, I could not love her more than I do. She has brought me back to nature in so many ways, and for that I shall forever and always be grateful.

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April 6, 2008 · cheeky chickadee


Today, I charmed the birds out of the trees. Literally. Next step: training them how to help me get dressed in the morning and help me with household chores.

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February 11, 2008 · auspicious directions


I’m not gonna lie to you. I’m not particularly looking forward to going out there this morning. It is bright and shining, but oh my word, so so frosty! With 70 km/hr wind gusts and a windchill of -29 degrees or something ridiculous. Ouch.

I’d much rather stay indoors and obsess about feng shui which is what I’ve been doing for much of the weekends. I borrowed a couple of books from the library about Chinese Feng Shui last week and I’ve mapped out the whole house. I am eternally grateful that Johnny WestGroup and I have the exact same Kua number even though we were born in different years. This means we have the same auspicious directions and makes this whole feng shui thing much easier. I think my head would have exploded by now if our auspicious directions had been different because this feng shui thing? Holy confusing Batman! But the thing that thrills me most is that even though Finny J.’s Kua number is different from ours, her directions are exactly the same! How fortuitous is that?! How often does THAT happen, that all the members of the household have the same auspicious directions?

So that’s the good news. The bad news? Those four auspicious directions are the four most neglected corners of our house. Oy! Balance must be restored forthwith!

I’m in the process of decluttering and I’ve got to say, it’s kinda painful. I’m not really a material girl, so how is it I’ve accumulated so much junk that I’m ridiculously attached to for no apparent reason? sigh. I suspect this is gonna be a long process… but already the house is starting to feel lighter, brighter, better.

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February 8, 2008 · snow shadows


tons of snow. lots and lots of snow. two winters’ worth so far, according to the radio. and more on the way. we wade through it slowly, me scouting for the tracks of skiers, Finny scouting for squirrels. yesterday the sun was high and bright, setting things a dazzle. From the deep cover of a row of tall, tall pines, I snapped at the shadow prints cast across the snow while Finny gnawed the snowballs off her fringes and feathers.

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