Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
My absence from blogging this year cannot be blamed on bringing a new puppy into our lives, rather on life itself. For the second time in a decade I relapsed into a daily struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome. You may not know anyone with the disease, and indeed most medical practitioners are ill informed as well. I now know way more than I ever wanted to know, with thanks in large part to a growing community of support and educators out there who want to share their findings and experiences on the internet. Along with the expert care of my naturopath, Dr. Tara Campbell, and her custom IV infusions each week, I am regaining the vitality needed to participate in life with some sparkle. I really hate it when I lose my sparkle!!! I just want to be able to enjoy a full day of activities like anyone else - I have even forsaken my hard core gym routine until my cellular repair system can keep up with the demands. I have always thought that the less I talk and think about these setbacks, the less I will bore others - and myself, and the less power it will have over me. The fact is ...... it is what it is, and I mention it only in the spirit of sharing so that others might know there are ways to cope and remain hopeful. There's a plethora of symptoms common to fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and CFS, and a diagnosis takes more patience than most folks have time. If anyone reading this wishes any support from me, please know that I am ready and willing to share my many resources and understanding of this sometimes debilitating disease. With healing meditation comes the vision of vitality, abundance and health. That is my wish for all of you!
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Monday, December 29, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Are your stockings all hung by the chimney with care?
Today's auspicious numerical sequencing not only informs us of the impending countdown to Christmas, but also of the far off reoccurrence of a comparable lineup of numbers. Enjoy today, and all your tomorrows of preparation for seasonal festivities. May the week's accumulation of snow make it through the warmup of the next five days. There's just nothing like a white Christmas for us hearty Canadians. Warmest wishes dear friends.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Lizzie MacKay, Boheme Circus, and Love Mae!
Monday, November 17, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
It's time I checked in to say hello and share some iPhone shots of my recent walks around our neighbourhood in Toronto. This is by far my favourite time of year, and it isn't just the cooler temperatures and colourful trees. There's something about the earthy smells and the occasional wood burning fireplace that bring me a nostalgic comfort I long for at other times of the year. Today was breezy so the falling leaves were dancing all the way down to the ground. Hallowe'en has a habit of being the defining day between fall bliss and the warning of winter, so wherever you are, get outside and sniff around before you have to suit up with hats, mitts and boots.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
And yes, I am a fallen blogger, so if you are here to check in, then bless you very much!!
The arrival of crisp cool air throughout the provinces signals my favourite time of year, and in my case, an awakening of sorts. The process of recovering from auto immune disorders and other health setbacks takes time and an inordinate amount of patience and positivity. Each one of us has our story of healing, but there is no greater elixir than that of nature, fresh air, and ...... a great glass of wine! So on this, the Thanksgiving Sunday of Canada's celebration, I raise a glass to YOU! For you are a like minded, caring soul who appreciates connecting with others and sharing your heartfelt truths and interests. We are each others teachers, and for that, and so many other wondrous mysteries out there, I am grateful!
Namaste, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Monday, September 22, 2014
SteelStyle Garage! Fall has officially arrived!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Two of my beautiful besties here are of the Baha'i' faith, and I have found great comfort in the teachings and holy writings in the prayer book they gave me..... wherein there is a reference to "Thy handmaiden who hath ascended unto thee ..... robe her in the mantle of Thy grace, bright with ornaments of the celestial Paradise ...... Cause her to dwell in a blissful abode, heal her griefs with the balm of Thy reunion, and, in accordance with Thy will, grant her admission to Thy holy Paradise. Let the angels of Thy loving-kindness descend successively upon her and shelter her beneath Thy blessed Tree." Thanks be to -'Abdu'l-Bahá. In girlfriend speak, may we continue to heap all the love and compassion on her and our memories of happier times, as Liz herself had the ability to incite passion and enthusiasm from everyone in her presence. May her soul rest in peace.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Think about this .... a single thought evokes a feeling. Change the thought, and feelings change.
Yes, it's that simple.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Another familiar landmark, the Kingston Penitentiary, now vacated, but hauntingly real as the back drop of some sailing races finishing up at the Olympic Harbour - which incidentally is exactly where my 20 years in Kingston began during the sailing olympics in the summer of 1976. I was hired by the Ontario Government to host visiting diplomats attending events in and around the city .... I just made it sound like a real job, but I remember it quite differently, though fondly. Just one of the many fond memories I hold near and dear about all those years living by a lake that plays host to hundreds of events each year..... those were the days!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
All that water
Sea to shining sea
And every lake that lies between.
Rivers run through deep ravines
And cities come with many trees.
There's beaver tails, poutine and curd
And year round hockey so you've heard.
A mayor on crack
How loyal are we
So strong and free
The Great White North
We have it all
We share it all
That's how we came to be!
Happy Canada Day Dears!
Monday, June 2, 2014
Just when I thought there ought to be such a group to help advance the status of collage in the art world, it turns out that the National Collage Society out of Hudson, Ohio has for the first time presented their 2014 Post Card Show online. http://www.nationalcollage.com/2014postcardshow/show.html
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Colette Copeland. Simply click on her name to go directly to her blog and Etsy shop. The frame came from Michael's with the clip attached, so it doesn't get any better than that for showing off this delightfully simple treasure.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I'm settling in after last week's adventure to North Carolina. After landing in Charlotte, and enjoying a quick tour of the downtown, we made our way to the beautiful hills of Asheville. There is something about the cool dry air of a more mountainous region that soothes the soul and calms the system. Reunions with good friends and some outstanding regional cuisine set the tone for a wonderful mini holiday in an area I had only heard about up until now. To be able to enjoy the comforts of a beautiful home, so well situated, and surrounded by local attractions and beautiful vistas, was indeed the icing on the cake.
As you can see there were visits to local shops filled with perfectly curated vintage goodies, and if you're at all curious about curiosities, click on the links and see for yourself. Visit Asheville's Screen Door, and Honeysuckle Hollow of Hendersonville, NC.
Thanks for visiting Zendoll Workshop as well. Your kind comments are a constant source of joy, and I plan to do my part with a little more consistency, so thanks for the encouragement dear ones.