It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

We’ve really ramped up the Christmas festivities this past week. I feel like it’s a dry-run for when Grandma gets here. But by dry-run I definitely don’t mean alcohol free; that would be total insanity. Partaking in the Glühwein is as much a part of Christmas as snow and Santa Claus. But then again, if…

Never let your guard down

There’s something about this time of year that puts me on edge, reminding me to remain vigilant and alert. After all, it was this time last year when I had that fateful night, getting trapped on a train headed for the trainyard. Still such a vivid memory. Danger, or more accurately, the risk of entrapment…

Seeking clarity in new adventures

Every now and then I am able to step outside of the moment I’m in and hear our conversations with a new ear. Conversations I’d never have imagined we’d have. Conversations our simple Bragg Creek life didn’t include. Like: “Hey, where’d you get this American peanut butter?” “Germany.” “Oh, awesome.” “Right?” Some conversations are odd…

Time to lighten up a bit. 

Things have been a bit serious on the blog as of late. Life provided much fodder for reflection and contemplation. I feel it’s time to lighten things up again, and what better way to do that than to focus on some of the absurdity that surrounds us. That is, of course, a subjective opinion. What…

The beauty in being needy.

As a grown up, neediness isn’t an admirable quality. (If this is news to you, perhaps some self-help reading is in order.) Really, as soon as you are capable of putting your own pants on, the goal is to move away from neediness. We guide our children towards greater and greater independence so that they…

This too shall pass. 

This last week has filled my cup. The stars aligned to allow me to take a quick trip to Canada for some wonderful time with my Nana. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Time focused on family and the sort of friends who might as well be.  Nana and…

The saga continues. 

In last week’s episode of The Not-So-Young and the Helpless we found our characters in a bit of turmoil and despair.  This week’s episode picks up where we left off, moments from delivering Diego to his hockey camp.  He chose to not go. Insert deep sigh.  A sigh of relief from Diego; a sigh of…

Falling way out of rhythm. 

Did anyone say something about finding a new rhythm? Settling into a new groove? Whoever said that should be smacked. This week proved that nothing could be further from the truth.  I have lost the reigns. I’m no longer in control. I cannot be trusted.  Not once by twice this week I put our family…

A new rhythm. 

Slowly but surely we are getting used to our new rhythm. My body seems to have adjusted to the early mornings once again and I still believe it is the very best shift to work.  Im not going to lie, those early days were tough. I think my co-workers were a bit worried about me….

Employed!!!

(Warning, this is a wordy one, settle in for story about my journey to employment. But I promise good photos too.)  After 15 months as a full time HausFrau, countless resumes sent out, plentiful self-esteem-killing rejection letters, I finally have a job.  It’s amazing how good it feels, after months of self doubt, to have…

Dwelling in our new tranquility. 

Some of my posts have been a bit wordy lately – I had such great conversations back in Canada, it got me all verbose again. Anyhow, this post is the opposite, heavy on photos, not so wordy.  It is a well known fact that the outdoor space in Switzerland is quite spectacular. Until now I…