puzzle pieces

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spring Action

Around these parts....

May and June are months so filled with activity, 
you often wish you could just stay in bed.

You get pulled along by spring activities and year-end functions.

If you don't go along with it all....there's a chance you may get left behind.

Which wouldn't be a bad thing,
 if you could sit and enjoy the scenery somewhere 
amidst all the running and shuffling.

But every kind of duty calls....so you carry on.
And you look forward to the day when you can just stop 
and smell the roses.

Or any type of bloom for that matter.

but is anyone else feeling the craziness of spring?

Missing all your posts and can't wait to sit down once again and catch up.
Hope your May was spring-y and your June is full of even more beauty....

*Note of Irony....
after my last post on how dear I hold the invention of my 
washing machine....it broke down one hour later. 
And stayed broke for quite some time.
Life has a funny way of pulling my leg.

I actually could laugh over the irony of it all.
Maybe I'm finally growing up.....;)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rainy Day Finds




I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness. 
- Adeline Knapp

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Breaking the Rules

I finally found out why ducks have been waddling down my driveway.

Out in the trees at the edge of our road, there 
was a hideaway found.

I've made it a rule never to put all my eggs in one basket.

Guess there are exceptions to every rule.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Start to Finish!

Race day was beautiful.
It ended in thunderstorms...but that was fine by me.

I did it!

My first 13.1 mile run.
I had never run that far before...even in my training.
Ask me 3 years ago and I would have said that distance was insane.

Now.........I say those running the full marathon were insane.
Who in the world would run 42km?!

(Ask me in a year or 2....)

I had wonderful cheer people along the course.....my own family as well as my sister, brother-in-law and niece and nephew.

My "GO" sign made by my niece which she flashed at me at the 17km mark.
(It was much needed!)

My pumpkin shoes which my cheer people said they really appreciated.
I was easy to pick out in the throng of runners;)

In action.
(It looks blurry because I was going so fast....bahaha.)

Heading for the finish....
(where I crossed without crawling)....and was given my finishers medal and surrounded by my sweet family who had drove all over the city to cheer me on in different places along the route.

(My Goal Time : 2:10
My Time: 2:08:52)

Nothing feels better than finishing something you started!

Friday, May 20, 2011

A new camera....

It seems I still can't be courageous enough to buy and settle with a camera.
(I have indecisiveness syndrome.)
But- I DID get a new phone...camera included;)

I took these this morning to try it out....on my Mother's Day gift I received. 
A sweet apple tree.

It's been so windy here, so the leaves look a bit rumpled. 
But it does have some blooms blooming.

(So happy to see more proof of spring, now that it's almost summer...)

~One day I will be courageous enough to settle down with a real camera~

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Title

I'm a tad tired of being puzzled.
I think I've fit enough pieces together since I began this blog almost 2 years ago, to make enough of a picture.
And I've come to terms and realizations in many matters.

So...I've been thinking of changing my name.

Truthfully - I have begun to see myself in a different light. As well as the place(s) around me.
It isn't all about me and what I do and where I live and what I think.
There is more than just me here.
I am only just one life in this big old world.

Not only that, I have come to the stark realization over the past while ~~
we only do get to go around this track of life one time!

Just once.
And I'm just one person.

So...new name;


Hope the new name change doesn't go and scare anyone.
I still, am me.
Now whether that's a good thing or not...you don't have to comment;)

A HUMONGOUS THANK YOU goes out to Navigating Northward for my new header.
I love it.
I sent her my favorite pictures and she put them together for me.
(I am so useless in the design department.)
I am so truly grateful you did this for me...
Thank You dear blog~friend!!!

Now.....go have a wonderful weekend!

And live life!

Real Life Adventure

(Photo taken by a friend during our recent adventure to Florida/Caribbean)

Don't you wish you knew what would happen if you chose a particular path....
Before you took it?~~

Wouldn't it be nice to know what the outcome would be....
Before it happened?~~

Then again...it wouldn't be real life.

And how much adventure would there be in 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The First Half

FOUR more days.
4 days until I run my very 1st Half Marathon.
And I'm a bundle of nerves.

I'm not worried about the race against others, 
for I only race against myself.

And that's where the problem lies.

I have a goal time set in my mind that I want to run that 21km in. 
And I don't want to fail.
I want to make that goal.
And if I don't...
Regardless of crossing the finish line or not...I'll feel unfinished.

Probably just one more thing I need to truly work on.
Another mind battle.....

In honor of this upcoming first Half Marathon Milestone, 
(and because I needed a new pair), 
I bought myself these:

(Before you look, you may want to don a pair of shades....really.)

Not sure they'll make me run faster or not.
But I'm thinking that every time I catch a glimpse of them, they'll inspire me to pick up the pace:)

{On this "Goal" note;
I have signed up for a 170km / 2 day Bike Tour in June in order to help raise awareness and funds for the Canadian MS Society. Click on the link  (top right corner) and it will take you to my Homepage~~where you can sign on to help me in my goal for MS research. 
Or if you feel so inclined, sign up to bike with me!}

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bumpkin vs. Slicker

When I was 8 years old, my family moved from the city of Calgary...
{~~home to my favorite hockey team, (Yay Flames!), the Calgary Tower, and the infamous Peter's Drive-In~~~}

to a not so bustling town in Central Alberta...
{~~Where EVERYONE knew your name AND what you were up to.}

Driving into town one day, I remember sitting in the front passenger seat .... watching in fascination as my sweet mother impatiently rode a (very slow) truck's bumper. 

"Country Bumpkin!" she muttered.
Being 8 (and from the City), I inquired to what that was.

"This farmer in front of me! They drive so slow out here. 
Now we're from the city, so we're called City Slickers!"

From that moment on I was determined to keep my status as a City Slicker. 
Never a Country Bumpkin would I be. 
This going so slow wasn't quite as much fun as the pace we had come from.
Fast forward about 30 years, and yours truly is trying to maneuver her way through a bustling city at rush Hour last week.
In near tears.
And horrified at the rudeness of fellow human beings as they drove their vehicles past and nearly into my own.
I was stunned. And appalled at the impatience.

When I finally did reach my destination in one piece (and the weakness in my knees passed), I couldn't help but chuckle and wonder:
 just what all those City Slickers thought of my driving that day.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stating the Obvious

you don't have to state the obvious.

It's just....

Like why in the world are these carrots labelled so?

No one needs to tell me he needs a good bath.

It's pretty obvious I wouldn't want this window washing job....

And don't tell me this is even close to pretty:

Simply obvious matters.

Like when I was standing (and cringing) in the middle 
of a corral 
surrounded by steers 
at my kids' 4H Day this week.... 
Another mom came up to me and stated,

 "You really don't  fit in here- do you?"


It's obvious.
No need to be stated.

Some things....
 just are the way they are.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This old house...

....is calling my name.

I pass it every time I drive to town, and by the looks of the orange flags which decorate the land surrounding it~~~may be torn down soon.

It's my dream house.
I don't know why, but it calls my name every time I pass.

I wonder what it would take to pick it up and carry it home.....

Monday, May 9, 2011


...is already here.
~~And I'm not quite ready for it.~~

{While I'm away....
check out my Mom's Giveaway here: Giveaway!}

Wishing you a wonderful day....

~ taken on one of my favorite running trails ~

Friday, May 6, 2011

Seeing is believing....

the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen."

~Somehow it's just so much 
easier to believe in something 
when you see it.~

(guess you could say I'm lacking in the Faith Department....)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Open closed doors~

You will never 
know what's 
behind a closed door....
you open it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

country hide and seek anyone?

The Counter~
who never peeks.

The Stalker~
who wanted to be "it".

The Tree Hugger~

The Fearless~ 
who will hide anywhere 
(and by anything).

The one with good intentions at the start~
then says he's too tired to play.

And the one who thinks if you keep 
your eyes shut~
you will never be found.

~~you're never too old to play~~

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Party Invite~ Country Style

I was wondering why the weekend was so quiet.

It looks as though everyone must have been here.....

Don't know how I missed this. 
It was parked off the side of the road only 8 miles 
away from my house.

(Maybe next weekend?)

You have to love how country-folks roll....

Sunday, May 1, 2011

same matter

{in order to get along}~~ You Sometimes
have to realize that people may just have a 
different view...... 
on the same matter.