A Day In My Life – The World Can Take Care Of Itself 


I’m done being supportive and encouraging. I’ve neglected myself for long enough. I’m taking August off to take care of myself. 

It’s stressful times for oil families in Canada. We’ve been through the ringer and back. And just when we think things are getting better, they get worse again. It’s been this way for almost three years. The stress is starting to make me feel ill. Literally. 

Summer holidays is when every parent realizes how underpaid our teachers truly are. On top of doing what we normally do every day, now we have to entertain the kids that are home during summer. This is not an easy task. I don’t know who said it first, but the saying is true – trying to clean your house while the kids are home is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. No truer words have ever been spoken. 

I’ve been dealing with grown-out hair roots for months because I’ve been too busy to get my ass to the salon. I avoid mirrors and live in hats right now. I wear the same active baseball mom capris every day with oversized t-shirts. I’ve only worn one summer dress this year. It’s time for me to take care of myself and feel better about myself. Because that hasn’t happened yet this year. When you’re busy, taking care of yourself is always the last on the list. 

But no more. I’ve dealt with enough bullshit in the past few months from everyone and it’s time for me to take a step back. I have a hair appointment soon to fix my roots. I have a stack of books that are about to be read. And my headphones are about to get used so much that the money I paid for them will be worth it. 

I’m tapping out for the month of August. The world will just have to take care of itself because I’ll be busy taking care of me


Heavenly Vacation


When I think of a vacation, I dream of expensive resorts and first-class service. But sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics. And that’s what we did this time. 

We spent the week at a family cabin in northern Saskatchewan. And it was truly a piece of heaven. 

A couple of clouds didn’t keep us away from the swimming hole. Even with a bit of spitting rain, we stuck around and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon on the beach. 

The spectacular view from the park was well worth spending time on the playground with my son. 

Every morning, while sipping on coffee, I started the day with a little bit of reading. Because it’s what I do. I’m a reader. 

Daily bike rides were common. Sometimes two or three times everyday. 

And on the rare occasion when my son could entertain himself, I’d spend some quiet time on the back deck reading in the sunshine. 

And then there was the gorgeous drive home through the prairies. Everything was glowing! I’ll never get tired of looking out over this beautiful land. 

It was great to spend time with family and it was a week full of swimming, biking, jogging, boating, reading, bonfires, and golf. With a lake in the front yard and a golf course in the back, we were never bored! 

This is my idea of heaven.