So long, 2018

Well, that was really hard. Not that I thought chemotherapy would be easy — every iota of evidence pointed to the contrary — but I guess I thought it would be different?I thought it would be kind of predictable (which it wasn’t) and I thought I could keep myself entertained (which it couldn’t) and IContinue reading “So long, 2018”

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Summer News (June Edition)

Author’s Note: I wrote this as a draft at the end of June, but it’s taken me a bit to get up the courage/energy to post it here. This summer’s going to be a bit of an odd one. After nearly a year of doctor’s appointments and referrals, it became clear last week that theContinue reading “Summer News (June Edition)”

My Top 5 Fall (& Winter) Comforts

Fall is probably my favourite time of year, and in no small part because of how delightfully cozy it is. The nights are getting longer and cuddling up under a blanket looks more enticing each day beyond the equinox. Once the rain starts and that damp leaf mould perfume really takes hold, you can betContinue reading “My Top 5 Fall (& Winter) Comforts”

The First Full Day of Fall

As I write this, a cool wind is blowing the needles from the trees, and it definitely feels like fall; the days are getting shorter, the spice of leaf litter fills the air, and the rains are returning. It was most assuredly summer when we arrived here—white hot days and a hot pink sun broughtContinue reading “The First Full Day of Fall”

7 Things I Learned While Downsizing My Stuff

For most of my life, I’ve identified as a packrat. I was raised by packrats. For example: during my grandparent’s emigration from Bermuda in the 1970’s, my grandfather paid to ship 2 decades worth of National Geographic magazines and his collection hundreds of found glass bottles across the Atlantic. The boxes have never been opened.Continue reading “7 Things I Learned While Downsizing My Stuff”

Quarterly Goals: Spring 2017

Update on Last Quarter: Winter was a bit of a toughie, but I did pretty well on my quarterly goals. There were a few slip ups, to be sure—I canned nothing, revised only one short story, and my blogging fell by the wayside when my mood disorder flared up—but I still ticked most of theContinue reading “Quarterly Goals: Spring 2017”

Life Update: the First Day of Spring

It’s officially spring, and I couldn’t be happier about it. This past week was a doozy—a difficult end to a difficult winter. The Thursday before last, the hot water heater in my rented home experienced a critical failure. I came downstairs at 3am to find a stream meandering it’s way through the laundry room. IContinue reading “Life Update: the First Day of Spring”