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A mere moment of gratification and celebration…

It meant so so much to me at the time and I had almost forgotten all about until I was reading the (currently sitting at 825) comments of yesterday’s poignant post on acupofjo  and I was reminded of this spectacular moment, courtesty of Adele, at the grammy’s last February…this

“…and I struggled.  I still do struggle being a mom.  It’s really hard…”

No amount of fame or money can help you here.  Parenting.  It’s bloody hard.

Thank you for your honesty, generosity and brilliance, @Adele.

A worthy petition

Hello,

I just signed the petition, “Tell Disney to stand against President Trump’s anti-family policies.” I think this is important. Will you sign it too?

Here’s the link:

https://www.change.org/p/tell-disney-to-stand-against-president-trump-s-anti-family-policies?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=petition_signer_receipt&share_context=signature_receipt&recruiter=38182702

Thanks,
Anne-Marie

 

 

And so I finally sat in bed all day

Yesterday (NYE), I finally woke up sick and, after not napping for 8 days in a row, I decided to stay in bed all day.  Unfortunately, not napping for my entire week off caused me to miss a new year’s eve fire pit at the corrals…ugh and bummer.  (In case you missed it, I consider napping on a day off the paramount luxury)

Yes, it was wonderful-sitting in bed all day long.  I almost finished the brilliant Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart, I made dinner but, after resting all day and colouring in my holiday pressie, I was more than ready to pan fry some Italian sausage and garlic roast some (kinda) local and organic Manitoba potatoes.

I woke up feeling much better this morning though I did sleep thru the fireworks display of #nye2016. Oops…

And then, I found this little gem about nye and everything made sense.

Happiest of new years to all of you!! #nye2016

THe ANger

I have read that in some cultures it is acceptable to scream it out or sweat it out when you’re pissed.  Many believe that this is the key to escaping your depression, your anxieties, your neuroses, your failings and your sadness and finding your way back to you.  Call yourself back to yourself in whatever ways suit. Literally, call your name out loud.

I’m thinking that not only is it acceptable, it may be one of the best or the only ways.  There’s a whole lotta hype about mental health these days and I’m so glad for that.  So glad that celebs are speaking out and the ‘regular josie/joe’ is, too.  We need to hear from everyone on this topic.  We need you to share your ideas, methods (mad or otherwise), successes, failures, etc. so that we can learn from each other.

For most of my life, I have sweated it out. In the form of sports-hockey mostly. When I abandoned hockey (strangely, due to anger), I had no outlet. No sweat or anger was leaving my body in any kind of healthy way.  Everything stayed inside and ate away at all of me.  My friend told me that she saw me, when not playing hockey, as a purebred racehorse, being pulled back by my reigns, clenching my jaw. She literally saw that image when she looked at me.

I am certainly not anger free but I am feeling lighter these days. Thankful for the last month of hell like no other, super moons and strange dreams.  And many conversations with my beloved.

When the anger starts to leave, that space will be invaded with love.

Peace.

For more info-Sweating it out, Drumming, Personal Rituals.

These are a few of my fav things…internet part une (1)

Saturday morning!  Yeah!  Time to check the www to see what my fav bloggers, artists, retailers (hee hee) have been up to. As I’m a serious fan (oxymoron?) of Joanna Goddard, I always start with a cup of jo to see her happy weekend post from yesterday and, of course, any days that I may have missed the past week. She has two little boys as well, and though my youngest is just slightly older than her oldest, I still love reading about her parenting exploits and checking out her tips for the art of wrangling any age of child. Just in case I have to…you know…help parent someone else’s kid or one of my own who has reverted back to his toddler days (this happens more often than you might expect!!)

Also, her beauty uniform and mothering around the world features are captivating and inspiring!!  Thanks, Joanna!!

Next, is usually over to Molly Yeh (or is it Yeah??!!) for some amazing cakes, treats and savoury wonders too!  She’s a fierce photographer as well so there is always immediate food swooning following by artistic swooning!!  Yum for Yeh and yeh for yum!

Then over to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, whom I absolutely adore!  And excitement abounds right now (more than usual) as her new Mercantile has just opened in Oklahoma!  Pawhuska, I believe.  For more facts, here is her link.  She is hiring, too! and I am sooo tempted-being the retail queen that I am. I pretty much live in the polar opposite of where she does but I am so desperately in love with her blog and have been for years, that who cares.  Really.  Who cares?  She speaks directly to my need for good food, pretty things, space and cattle! And, she’s on the Food Network!  So you’ve probably seen her there.  (I haven’t as I don’t have tv #Netflix)

Well, off to work now, but more of my favs to come…

Enjoy your day surfing but try to get some bit of fresh air and outdoor fun, too!!

Important #94callstoaction #youaremypeople #idlenomore

I attended one day of this summit yesterday in Banff, Alberta and, although, I have started processing the sad, moving and horrific information about Canada’s history and Canadian Residential Schools, I will never stop grieving.  That said, I learned many things about my people and when I say my people, I now refer to all of my people worldwide, including you.  You are my people. Especially, my friends descended from First Nations around the globe-you make up my people, you always did and you know that but now I will use the correct syntax henceforth thanks to my friend, Judy.

Please visit banffcentre.ca for more information or the Truth and Reconciliation Commision’s website or your country’s truth site-I hope there is one.  There are 94 calls to action. Please pick one and share with our people.

@banffcentre

#TRCbanff2016

http://www.idlenomore.ca/

 

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