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“I Know This Much Is True”


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Yes, I “borrowed” the title of my blog today from a Wally Lamb book, but after the month that I had, I thought I deserved to take a loaner on such a great title.  If nothing else, I probably learned more life lessons in one month than I have in the last decade.  Lucky you, you get to read some of my deep thoughts…and here they are:

  • Approval from the morally bankrupt is meaningless, at least to me
  • If you aren’t seeking someone’s approval, then you can’t be disappointed
  • We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails.  Profound, but I can’t take credit for it – I saw it painted on the wall of a hospital room – basically, we can’t change people or circumstances, but we can control how we react to them
  • A family can be better and stronger without certain people in it
  • If you wait long enough, anything can happen
  • People who are set in their ways cannot change even though I believe change is possible if you want to badly enough
  • Doing the right thing can be hard, but it’s easier when you have your sisters with you
  • Sometimes, knowing that you did the right thing has to be enough
  • Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today – Moms are right about this
  • I’ll never be someone who misses an opportunity – it brings me some semblance of peace
  • Sometimes, you have to know your limitations.  I learned mine on Friday when I did the Zombie Room Escape – we didn’t escape and I am terrible at logic problems.  It was fun though and the Zombie was loud, but very nice
  • You can age gracefully
  • It’s ok to fall asleep at a play or a musical – but it is a little embarrassing when you are with a very geriatric crowd and they aren’t the ones taking the nap
  • West Jet is just more fun than Air Canada – not profound, but true

That’s all for today’s deep thoughts.  Today, I am grateful for my family, friends and frousins.  Nothing major, just that.  I do have to start doing some research into energy/fatigue – I’ve been completely exhausted this last month, and I need to do something about it.  I’ll be researching Dr. Oz’s solutions and more – if I can stay awake to do it.

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Change Is In The Air

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I knew that 2015 was going to be a year of change.  I had that feeling on December 31st.  I just wasn’t quite sure what that meant for me.  So far, it has been difficult, but sometimes, not to sound like Polly Pureheart, those difficulties spur you to explore the unexpected.  One day, when my mother wasn’t having a great day, I told her that I would cook for her.  She would just have to be there for me and tell me step by step what to do.  After checking her life insurance policy, she agreed.  Not nice Mummy!  I spent the afternoon making soup for the first time, spaghetti sauce for the first time (beef stinks when it’s cooking – I’ll try to keep my chick-a-fish-a-veg-atarian self away from Elsie the Cow for the rest of my days), baked chicken breasts (not the first time, but only about the third time making this dish) and egg salad (BLAH – too smelly for me to ever eat).  You know, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  It’s just weird how someone just knows how much of everything to add without a recipe (my mother, not me).  So far, she’s survived the experiment.  I made the soup – pictured above, at home for myself.  It was ok day 1 but on day 2, I was about to gag on it.  It did have a lot of Oz approved foods – fresh onion (pre-biotics to super-charge my probiotics), carrots, celery, cabbage, snow peas and a package of dried vegetables and barley.  I probably won’t make it more than once a year, but it was nice adding something to my limited recipe book.

This will also be a year of trying new things.  It means a Zombie “Escape the Room Challenge” and Axe Throwing.  It means doing things that I’ve never tried before, even if they are outside of my comfort zone.  It means committing to a cut off time for work.  It means that in the interests of decluttering, that I actually un-friended someone from Facebook.  Not a big deal, but it was time to do a little tune up.  Why have someone there who clearly I haven’t had a conversation with in years?  I’ll be doing a little more of that in the future – but it was a start.

I also recognize that in order to live in a relatively healthy way, I have to learn how to cope with worry.  I dealt with being sick for most of January (which I wrote about).  This didn’t worry me, but it kept me from being able to write as often, or as clearly as I may have wanted to.  It left me a little fatigued, but that’s partly stress.  A huge work project finally came to an end, which caused me a lot of sleepless nights – but it went well, so that’s a relief.  Last, but most importantly, my family and I have to cope with a challenging situation – I can’t get into details, yet, but it’s not easy.  Luckily, we are supporting each other and for that, I am grateful.  Here are some of Dr. Oz’s tips for coping with worry (from

  • “Get More Sleep: One common complaint of distress is lack of sleep. It can put your brain on edge, which forces it to go into survival mode.
  • Meditation: The well-documented effects of regular meditation include lowered blood pressure, less heart disease, decreased chronic pain, and increased mental clarity.
  • Yoga: Dr. Oz recommends doing the 7-minute sun salutation yoga exercise every day. Not only does it keep him in shape, it keeps his mind focused and clear.
  • Teas and Other Calming Foods: Some foods and teas have natural components that help soothe the brain.”

I’ve signed up for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s latest 21 Day Meditation Experience in March.  I also have 3 other meditations streamed.  As I’ve mentioned, I will always struggle with it, but so many doctors recommend it, that I’ll never stop trying.  I’m already a tea lover, so that’s never an issue, but I am going to see what foods help cope with stress.  I’ve also got to give yoga another try – maybe a laughing yoga class, because I have such a hard time taking it seriously?

Today is Family Day in Ontario, and as always, I like to end on a note of what I am grateful for.  Today, in honour of Family Day, I am grateful to my family, frousins and friends that are like family.  I’m lucky to have all of you.


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Goody Two Shoes for One Great Shoe

I’m sorry about my absence from writing and I’m sorry to my Shoe for her belated birthday blog.  I finally feel ok enough to write again – that cold, and a huge project that I’m working on at work, ironically, have sapped my energy.  My dearest friend is called Shoe because she called me that at one point.  I was the friend who was comfortable and didn’t give her blisters.  Over time, someone, I become her Sock, since she’s older than me and Shoes came before Socks.  Odd I know, but it works as nicknames for us.  Today, in honour of her belated birthday, I thought I’d re-write Adam Ant’s Goody Two Shoes for her so please bear with me – I promise to get back to health related topics next week.

Goody One Shoe

With the Door to the Hyundai open
So much you can’t hide (the McCafe cups)
Put on a little make-up, make-up (cause you only wear a little)
Make sure they get your good side good side

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in your throat like a frog
Send a subway token, token
Write it on a pound of Purdy’s chocolate box or pound note

Goody, goody, goody goody one shoe
Goody, goody, goody goody top shoe

Don’t drink don’t smoke – what do you do? SHOP
You don’t drink don’t smoke – what do you do? SHOP
Subtle innuendoes follow
There must be something inside the shopping bags

We don’t follow fashion unless it’s Banana Republic or Loft
That would be a joke
You know we’re gonna shop them, shop them
So everyone can take note, take note

When they saw you shopping
Crying words that you mean
Opening their eyeballs, eyeballs
Pretending that you’re spending green, spending green

Goody, goody, goody goody one shoe
Goody one, goody one, goody goody one shoe

Don’t drink don’t smoke – what do you do? SHOP
You don’t drink don’t smoke – what do you do? SHOP
Subtle innuendoes follow
Must be something inside the shopping bag

No one’s gonna tell you
What’s wrong or what’s right (except sometimes me)
Or tell me who to eat with, shop with
Or that I’ve won the big fight, big fight

Look out or they’ll tell you
You’re a “superstar” or Queen
Two weeks and you’re an all time legend
I think the games have gone much too far

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in my throat
I’ll Send a subway token, token
Write it on a pound of Purdy’s or Louis Vuitton tote

Sorry Shoe – there just aren’t sentimental Shoe songs so this is the best that I can do.  I hope that you had a great birthday and that this is your year.  No matter where we are in life, I will always be your devoted little Sock.

Don’t drink don’t smoke – what do you do?
You don’t drink don’t smoke – what do you do?
Subtle innuendoes follow
Must be something inside (he’s hiding)

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Happy Birthday to Kiwi’s Mom


Today is my frousin GK’s (also known as Kiwi’s Mom) Birthday.  Some people may think that aging is for the BIRDS, but not my frousin.  Mysteriously (yours), she thinks that birthdays are a time to SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHER.  Well, GK TOUCAN play at that game.  I know, you are all thinking, am I HERON her right, or is this blog filled with bird puns.  Yes, it is, because my frousin loves birds, none more than Kiwi, her little budgie who I affectionately call “50 Shades of Green”, so this is my tribute to you!

It gets HAWKWARD sometimes telling someone how glad you are that they moved to Toronto.  I know it can feel like a BIRDEN to be away from your roost, but you’ve adapted so well!  We’ve all tried to PIGEON and help you get to know the big city, but you’ve managed to do so well on your own, flying here and there without any help from anyone.  You’ve found a lovely NEST to call your own and made it such a precious little palace.  You find fun things to do, and even though you are always out and about, you manage to SPARROW some time for your frousins.  We always have a h-OWL with you!  You are so much fun to be around and a delightful shopper as well.  I never realized how much there was to DODO in TO until you FLEW here and reminded me.

You are always so caring and so PHEASANT to be around and the closeness and respect that you have for your parents is so nice to see!  You enjoy your family and you don’t take them for granted.  You’d share your last worm with them, even AK who is ever so slowly, learning to share.  Sorry AK – not trying to RUFFLE YOUR FEATHERS, just tweeting you, I mean teasing!  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say how much I can admire someone who has made so many life changes in such a short period of time.  You are no CHICKEN – you are brave and capable!  You had to give up FLYING SOUTH FOR THE WINTER (ok, 3 weeks in January) but you’ve really made an amazing life for yourself here.  You’ve been everywhere from FINCH to King Street and back again!  Remember, you aren’t ROBIN anyone, so just enjoy and be happy.  I know winter can be FOWL, but we still have a lot of fun planned.  I promise we won’t ever have to FLY THE COOP at another concert after listening to “Isn’t She DOVE-ly” ever again! Just stay healthy and don’t get the BIRD FLU, but if you do, CHICKEN soup should do the trick.

GK – I hope that you enjoyed this little tribute to you and birds that you love so much!  I WAS JUST WINGING IT!  I could continue RAVEN about you, but that would take all NIGHT-INGGALE.  In case you weren’t HERON me (yes, I know I already used that bird, but sometimes you have to PARROT yourself), today, I’m grateful for GK, the BIRD-day girl : )

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It’s Snot Fair


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We all hate being sick and I’m feel rather babyish right now.  I’ve tried everything to get the sleep that I need to get rid of this nasty virus that I have but to no avail!  I toss and turn all night, coughing and sneezing.  My sinuses feel like they are about to explode.  My lungs feel raw – like someone sanded them down with an emery board.  My nose is beyond red – in fact, I think the skin is falling off.  My eyes are small are weepy.  Ok – they are always small and weepy, but still!  I’m just an ugly sick person.  I’ve gone on about this before, but this time, I look even worse!  I look like I have two black eyes and I can’t even blame it on Jian Ghomeshi – sorry – too soon for that one?  It’s all just snot fair!

Today, in keeping with trying natural remedies, I not only bought RICOLA (image me in my newly raspy voice yodelling this) but I remembered that I also have a nasal irrigation system!  Pretty hot huh?  I bought this last year on the advice of two of my work friends and it really helped with last year’s cold.  I used it tonight.  Don’t be afraid to try it, but read the directions and follow them exactly and for heaven’s sake, speak to a pharmacist just to make sure it won’t cause you any problems.  You have to use distilled water.  It was the first time I ever sought out Dasani water, I’ll tell you that.  You basically squirt half a bottle of liquid up one nostril, then do the same to the other.  I’m not going to lie – it feels like you jumped into a pool without plugging your nose, and it’s a little weird, but it worked for me last year.  So far…there is just a teeny little difference, but I’ve only done it one time.  Here is a more professional definition of this sexy little cold remedy from Dr. Oz’s

“Nasal irrigation is a technique some people use to help with chronic sinus or allergy problems. Essentially, it is a process using a saltwater solution to flush out the nostrils (or nasal cavities). There are several products used to do this, the most basic including bulb syringe, squeeze bottle or neti pot. The fluid flows into one nasal cavity through to the other nostril. The idea behind nasal irrigation is to help thin out any mucous and debris in the nose and help the nasal cilia (tiny hair-like structures in the nose that defend against infectious materials) to work better. Overall, nasal irrigation has been shown to be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms. It may be used instead of, or in addition to, other treatments such as antibiotics or nasal steroids.” (University of Nevada School of Medicine)

UGH – just hearing about nasal debris makes me shudder.  I’d rather do this though than take medicine that doesn’t work and I refuse to take antibiotics until further notice.  We become too reliant on them and you have to have a bacterial infection for them to be effective.  To get some sleep, I’m going to avoid cough syrup and stick with herbal tea and honey.  The honey does seem to help a little and according to, it naturally suppresses coughs.  I also found the following information on the good Dr. – “One of the many soothing properties of raw honey is its ability to help provide sleep relief. Honey may help facilitate the action of tryptophan, which helps make people sleepy. Plus, if you are suffering from a cough that keeps you up at night, a teaspoon of honey could help soothe your throat while you sleep.”  It’s also supposed to boost immunity.  Wish me luck and even though I’m feeling miserable, I will very soon be healthy and…

Gratefully yours,


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…my throat that is from a really annoying cough and nasty cold.  It’s the kind that when you sneeze, it hurts your chest because it’s so strained from coughing so much.  So what natural treatments have I been using to treat this annoyance:

-I’ve been trying to sleep – it hasn’t worked, mostly because I’ve been coughing so much.  Last night, I slept for a grand total of 2 hours.  I had to get up to have some tea and honey.  I even stayed at home all day from work from my annual sick day – I’m one of those annoying keeners that has to be on their death bed to not go to work and today, I felt that way.  Plus I’m so hoarse talking is painful.

-Obviously tea and honey.  Honey is somewhat soothing, but I’ve had more honey in the last 3 days than I usually have in the course of a year.

-Water – I’ve been drinking as much as I can to help sooth my irritated throat.

-I turned my humidifier on and have had it going on all day.  I can’t sleep with it running – it’s too noisy.

-Echinacea – but I think I’ll stop for now.

-Chicken soup – also soothing, but not a cure all.

So what do I think the magic cure is?  Time.  I know that we are all used to the quick fix, and I was trying everything that I can think of, but being smart, staying in and trying to drink a lot (not alcohol) and rest is really all we can do.  I am breaking down and taking cough medicine, mostly to get some rest.  Sorry – I was that I had better news for you and for me.  On a brighter note, I did manage to reach my goal of getting through the holidays and through my sisters’ birthdays with hardly a sneeze.  Now I must go and hack up a lung.  I still remain though, even through sickness,

Gratefully yours : )

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Humanity and Positivity


Today’s outpouring of support and humanity in Paris was truly one of the most inspiring things that I’ve ever seen.  People held pens in the air and signs that said “Je Suis Charlie, supporting the right to free speech and freedom of the press.  A Muslim woman held a sign that said “Je Suis Juif” and said she was doing so because hate is wrong and that the city must stand together.  World leaders linked hands and walked down the street showing no fear, but likely causing a security nightmare.  It actually brought tears to my eyes to see people, for one day, forget about hate, forget about ill feelings, forget about race and colour and religion and realize that “Nous Sommes Charlie” – we are all the same.  A few people should be called out for not showing up – our Canadian Prime Minister  and Barack Obama, you should have been there.  Not that either is reading my little blog, but I thought I’d put it out there.  The important people showed up though – the people of Paris, the most beautiful city in the world.  I’ve had the opportunity of travelling to the City of Light three times, and will go there again and I encourage you to go there too if you have the means and the interest.  Don’t be afraid to travel – that’s how you learn about other cultures and how we learn embrace differences.

I feel weird talking about myself on a day like today, but yesterday was a little positivity experiment for me.  I wasn’t allowed to complain once.  I may have slipped and said it was cold – but is that really a complaint or is it an observation?  It’s not hard to be positive on a Saturday when the stresses of commuting and work are almost non-existent and you get to hang out with some of your favourite people (more on that in my next blog).  I avoided the news at all costs, because other than today, there hasn’t been a lot to celebrate in the media.  It was a little harder than usual to not complain because I wasn’t feeling 100%, but it actually felt good to hold my tongue and to be more mindful about what real problems are.  It really made me think about what was truly worth complaining about and how many times a day that I’m tempted to whine.  I’ll be trying to have another complaint free day next Sunday – wish me luck.  Thanks to Dr. Oz and Deepak Chopra for also inspiring the experiment.

Today, it’s hard not to be grateful when you see something so positive come out of something so horrific, so today, I’m grateful to the people of France for standing together and showing the world the meaning of Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité.


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