Holidays · Parenting

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgivingThis past Monday was Thanksgiving Day here in Canada.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Yep, I’m late.


I had all my kids at home for the Thanksgiving weekend.
It was great.
Yes, I fed them turkey and pumpkin pie.
And yes, they got to see their grandparents.

But, you know what?
My kids are all young adults now.

And young adults are loud.
And they like to tease each other.
And they like to tease their parents.
And they like to stay up really, REALLY late.
And they are really messy.
And I mean really, really, REALLY messy.

So, my weekend?
It was loud, messy, tiring, tease-filled and uh, fattening.

Yep, it was perfect.
And I loved every minute of it.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too.



Family Day…

Family DayToday is Family Day here in Ontario.

The media is pitching today as a holiday that we're supposed to spend with our family.

This sounds good in theory but my husband has told me that he is going to have to work today.

My youngest daughter is away on a school music trip.

My oldest daughter is at University about 150 km away.

My son will be spending the day with his girlfriend since they both have the day off of school and the cat just can't seem to be bothered to spend time with me even though I'm the only one who feeds him or cleans his litter box.

Which leaves me the dog. 

And you know what?

Sadie will happily spend the day with me.

So, I've decided we should change the holiday name.

Happy Family DOG Day, everyone!

Enjoy and uh, woof.

Christmas · Daughters · Holidays · Home

Close your eyes…

StressIt's that time of the year.

Tomorrow is December 1st, and I haven't really done a lot to get ready for the holidays yet. I need to get started on all the decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping. 

I really do.

There is also a lot of things that need doing inside my house today too, mundane things like taking out the garbage, doing laundry and cleaning out the fridge.

And then there's the five books I need to read for the course I'm starting in the new year, and I have some writing/work and editing I'd like to get done today too.

Honestly, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. 

As I was driving my daughter to school this morning I was grumbling about how it wasn't all going to get done without me going crazy.

'Everywhere I look there is something that needs doing,' I muttered to her.

She studied me for a minute and then replied.

'So, just close your eyes,' she said.

Thanks, hon.

That'll help.



Christmas · Decorating · Holidays

Merry Remembrance Day…

Lest we forgetI don't like it that the malls decorate for Christmas before Remembrance Day.

I mean, I get it, I know they need to make money at this time of the year to survive. But it seems like it's too early and getting things started November 1st just makes the holiday season drag on too long.

But, as I was packing away all the Halloween and fall decorations that were littering my house this past weekend, I started thinking about Christmas.

And then, I started worrying about how everything was going to get done, which led me to conclude that I should probably get started on uh, Christmas.

Because, let’s face it, no matter how much I try and simplify it, Christmas is a ton of work. And if I leave it until the week before then I get stressed and the holidays are no fun for anyone at my house.

So, I'm going to start thinking and planning for Christmas this weekend. It's AFTER Remembrance Day but it's still probably a little too early…

Which means I'm going to join those people I was just scorning last week at the mall who were humming Christmas carols.

Yes, I’ve gone over to the Christmas dark side.




Holidays · Parenting

I tried…

DSC_0079The left-over Halloween candy in my house sits in a bowl in the middle of my kitchen island. 

Five days ago I plopped an apple into the middle of this mountain of sweetness.

Today I noticed that the candy is slowly disappearing as my family eats up these addictive calorie-laden sweet little treats.

The apple however is still there.


Well, I tried.

Good mama, right?


Just say, yes.