Monday, 28 February 2011

At Camp: A Few Special Pictures

No cell phones, no running water, an hour or two of electricity in the evening. Wood stoves to cook on and heat the rooms with. Heaven!

Maybe not everyone's idea of heaven, but it certainly is mine. We just spent a long weekend in the cabin in the woods. It was wonderful!

For me, there is nothing like this break. I forget about work, phone calls, household duties, everything at home and relax.

We snowshoed in almost all 4 miles, in the dark of Friday night. The moon hid behind the clouds, but it was beautiful. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday included lots of naps, snowshoeing, playing cards and relaxing.

Some great pictures, too! I'll write more another day!


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams

Saturday, 26 February 2011

The Camp

A slideshow of pictures from our recent trip north of Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan

Friday, 25 February 2011

A flower by any other name...

Beautiful colour, pretty flower. My favourite is still the daisy, but this chrysanthemum is pretty spectacular.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

How Many Steps So Far?

I'm still wearing my pedometer, every day. Some days I wonder if I am going to manage getting to my daily goal of 10,000 steps. Most days, however, I feel pretty good about it and feel like it's not such a big challenge.

Since I've started counting my steps (see my first post on it)  I make a lot of conscious choices to get in more steps. I often park farther away from the grocery store, get off my rear end during comercials, when I watch tv, and climb the stairs, walk around, or even dance on the spot.

The harder days are when I have been on my feet all day, facilitating, and concentrating on getting in lots of steps and I still don't manage to hit 5,000. It's crazy. The time I need to spend walking is far more than I am used least if I want to get to a consistent 10,000 per day as my minimum.

I've been telling lots of people about my quest for more steps, and it is quite interesting to hear their responses. Many people realize that they are rarely hitting about 3,000 steps in their day.

I'm still enjoying my Nintendo pedometer, too. I like the feedback that I receive...for instance it tells me when I wasn't active, and on the other hand, when I was most active. It also tells me at what time I've hit my target. I don't get the feedback until the end of the day, but I could check it sooner if I really wanted to.  I'm also able to find out how many steps I've taken since I started recording on Jan. 4th.

I'm also hoping to find a counter to put on my blog, to keep track of how many steps I'm walking...maybe I can set a goal to wald a certain distance....?


Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ~Sandra Carey

Saturday, 19 February 2011


I found a fun site, THXTHXTHX a blog in which the author, Lisa Dietrich writes a thank you note every day... her exercise in gratitude.

I like it so much I am seriously considering a way to incorporate some thank you notes into my own blog.

It also looks like she's got a book coming out soon:,

There are some really great books that are coming from blogs, this may be another one.

Friday, 18 February 2011


If I have the belief that I can do it, I will surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Oil for Your Lamp

Mother Teresa once said: To keep a lamp burning we must keep putting oil in it.

We need to ensure we find balance in our lives, and that we keep putting "oil" in our lamps, to keep us healthy.

Simple Truths has a nice video that illustrates this. Oil in Your Lamp

Tuesday, 15 February 2011


A new leader has to be able to change an organization that is dreamless, soulless and visionless … someone’s got to make a wake up call. ~ Warren Bennis

Sunday, 13 February 2011

The Start of My First Painted Book

I'm making some books after taking a class with Martha Cole. Martha is an amazing artist. I put a link to her website in my last post: Her work is beautiful and I encourage  you to take a look at her portfolio.

I don't have any words written in my books, yet, but here are some pictures of the process thus far.

My book press

My first book's painted pages

more painted pages
Daisies for my pages..because it is a book about daisies


The first inside pages

The front cover
Lots more to do, and more books on the way. I'll post some pics when they are ready!

Saturday, 12 February 2011


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Martha Cole and Art
 Martha Cole is a Saskatchewan artist. Martha's art is vibrant, very conneted to nature and the prairies, and beautiful. Check out her website to see many beautiful pieces of just some of her artwork.
Over the years, I've had the good fortune to attend three different art classes that she's taught.

The first class, a number of years ago, was learning to paint fabric. From there I attended a sewing class and learned how to 'draw' with my sewing machine. I'm not what most would consider to be an artist, but I was able to learn a great deal.
The above picture is of a large piece I made, using my painted fabric, quilting it to resemble a flower and added beads and metalic thread in the middle.

Here are a few pictures I 'drew.' Some have the addition of coloured pencil.

I haven't 'drawn' with my sewing machine as much as I'd like, over the last few years, but I have to say it is a lot of fun.
Most recently I've taken a class from Martha in the art of the Painted Book. I'm going to post some of those pictures in a future post.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


The very essence of leadership is its purpose. And the purpose of leadership is to accomplish a task. That is what leadership does–and what it does is more important than what it is or how it works. ~ Colonel Dandridge M. Malone

Monday, 7 February 2011

Digging in the Snow

Cheeky, our dog, is enjoying the winter. She loves bounding through the snow, although sometimes her hips give her some trouble and she finds it difficult to pull herself out of the deep snow.

She also seems to have a great nose or maybe it's ears, as she often hears gophers and mice under the snow. It's not uncommon for her to start digging in the snow in the park by our house, right where I know there is a gopher hole in the summer.
Recently she did some digging when out for a walk with our friend and her dog, Conan.

I don't know what we'll do when she can no longer pull herself out of the drifts, they give her so much pleasure.
Maybe tomorrow she'll find a rabbit to chase. (Don't worry, she'll never catch it.)
Walking home from the park. It's beautiful!

Saturday, 5 February 2011


The only real training for leadership is leadership. ~ Antony Jay

Friday, 4 February 2011

Counting Sheep...

Here's a crazy thing...

I was up tonight, not able to sleep, and decided to watch a recently recorded episode of Dr. Oz. Of all things, the episode was about sleep issues and the dangers of not sleeping enough.

Lack of sleep causes:
  • Higher blood pressure
  • 50% more likely to be overweightobesity
  • Double the risk of heart attacks
  • 1 in 6 fatal car accidents due to fatigue
There are likely a number of things to consider in getting a better sleep. For instance, exercising right before bed isn't great, either. Tonight was ringette night. We play at 9:00 p.m. and to be honest, most nights that's when I'm getting ready for bed. On ringette night I'm getting my heart rate really going, making it hard to settle in for the evening.

But, that's only one night a week, and I'm sleeping poorly almost every night. Most nights I fall asleep fairly easily, but I have difficulty staying asleep and getting back to sleep.

I work hard at going to sleep at the same time every night. I don't watch tv or use the computer in bed. There are no lights on in our room, I've hidden the alarm clock and I've removed all other electronics. (these are just some of the many suggestions that they have on various internet sites.)

What's left? Well, I know that hormones are also an issue, but that's not something I have a lot of control over. I'm watching my diet, but I'm not going to take hormone replacements. Been there, done that, and got lots of headaches to go with them.

So, I'll keep watching for solutions and keep working at counting sheep!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Dr. Oz and Weight Loss

Dr. Oz had some tips on losing weight on Monday.

There are some good ideas, check out the video below.


If you do not look at things on a large scale, it will be difficult to master strategy. ~ Miyamoto Mursashi