My Sister

I remember the night my sister was born. I was almost 5 years old, and I woke up because I could hear loud voices. Mom was on the phone to our neighbour, and the next thing I knew, Mrs. Somerton was there, and my parents were gone. I didn’t know what was going on, but it felt scary. Many years later I found out that because of a serious medical situation, my sister was born by emergency c-section on Valentine’s Day, a month before she was due. It was a while before I got to meet her, but I remember feeling so glad that I had a baby sister.

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Top Ten Reasons To Travel with your Grown-up Kids

“Travel with your Grown-up Kids” is a new series I am starting.  I will be sharing experiences of travelling with our kids and their partners. I thought that by starting off with this “top ten list”, it might encourage some of you who still have “littles” that things do get easier! Enjoy. Continue reading “Top Ten Reasons To Travel with your Grown-up Kids”

Trained like an Elephant

Do you know how elephants are trained? When they are babies, a heavy rope or chain is put around their neck and tied to a tree. The elephant tries to get away but can’t. The elephant finally realizes that there is no way it can get away, and it gives up. Soon, just the feel of the weight of the rope is enough to make the elephant stay where it is.

Photo by Elizabeth R. on Unsplash

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Dear Younger Self

Dear younger self. Here you are on the day of your Christening, with all your grandparents. Nan Torraville is holding you. She will be gone before your second birthday, but you will feel her presence with you all your life. You are named Michelle, but you will be known as Shelly.

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Treat Yourself Right.

Treat yourself right. What thoughts does that conjure up for you?

Over the past 5 weeks, I have been reading The Joy Diet, by Martha Beck. Each chapter has a theme with exercises to work through. The first weeks were easy focusing on doing nothing, seeking truth, finding desire, and creativity. Then came the tricky ones, Risk and now Treats. Continue reading “Treat Yourself Right.”

The Goal Is Freedom

TGIF…. When I first started writing for Ruth Ann’s blog, I do so under the tagline TGIF, Think, Grow, Inspire Fridays. Ruth Ann’s encouragement that there was something in the conversations that we were having that should be shared with others. From the feedback she showed me, it seemed she was right. It was a great gig, all I had to do was put words down on paper, email it with a couple of pictures attached and Ruth Ann would do the rest.  I wrote TGIF for about 6 months before I started my own blog, and the stories still live at Everything Unscripted. Continue reading “The Goal Is Freedom”

24/7 Fitness Club

This post has been sponsored by 24/7 Fitness Club.

24/7 Fitness Club is located at 121 Pine Glen Road, Riverview. Ray and I have been members there since February 2019, and we have trained at the location when it was under different management. We love the friendliness of the staff and other members.

It can be hard to walk into a gym, even when you are used to training. You can read a post that I wrote just over a year ago here. It’s still a challenge, but I am learning to be kinder to myself again. I’m sad that United Performance Gym is no longer, but I’m happy to have found a new “home gym” at 24/7 Fitness.

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A Week of Doing Nothing

A standard greeting in Newfoundland is “Whatchat?” Translated as “What cha at?” Or “What are you doing?” The standard response is “Nuttin”, Nothing. Come to think of it, that’s a standard greeting and answer, just about everywhere, with appropriate variations on spelling and pronunciation. Continue reading “A Week of Doing Nothing”