Posted by: Kate | March 5, 2018

Hello March

Ah March. Usually this is the month on the coast where we brace for unsettled weather, but as my last post mentioned our entire winter has been unsettled this year. So who knows what March will bring weather-wise! I just hope I can get in to the garden soon. Things are emerging out there and my fingers are starting to itch for the dirt.

March is a busy month in our house – there are milestone birthdays happening which I will talk more about as we get closer to them. We have a Colin James concert to attend (so excited!) and some other fun things planned. This is our first year not thinking about Spring Break, which is just weird.

There is light now in the morning when I walk, which is nice. I realized, as I walked looking from one set of mountains to another (there are mountains to the east, south and west of me) that we are an odd town. We are surrounded by mountains on three horizons, yet  we are not a mountain town. Because we are at the ocean’s edge we are an ocean town. These are the lovely thoughts I have when I walk. Great discussions in my head!

I hope March brings at least a hint of spring to you, where ever you may be.

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Posted by: Kate | February 27, 2018

Unsettling

February has been a month of unsettled weather. There were a few warm days but also some snow, and rain and colder than usual temperatures. February in many years brings a week or so of warm weather, when I start to feel the hope of spring.

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This year I have found it hard to hope for spring. Although lighter in the mornings when I walk, it is a cloudy light, a weak light. There are moments of clear skies, but they haven’t lasted.

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To combat the unsettling mood of winter, I have been playing with art as much as possible. Scrapbooking, knitting, even painting – all help lift my mood.

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What do you do to lift those winter blahs?

Posted by: Kate | February 18, 2018

Olympic Spirit

I am a huge fan of the Winter Olympics. From slope style to ski cross and from bob sleigh to ice dance, I love it all. There is a sense of camaraderie and team spirit that is different from the flashy Summer Olympics.

Of course Canada has a strong team at the Winter Games – we identify as a Winter nation, after all. I have had fun this year showing some Olympics spirit!

I also use the two weeks of TV watching to knit. This past week has been about finishing up projects. To that end I got the boy socks off my needles and in the mail – they were well received!

Next up was a cowl that used up a bunch of left over sock yarn in striped goodness. The pattern is stripes and stripes on Ravelry. I really love it!

Of course, you need a coach in the Olympics; Hubert has appointed himself to that position.

Posted by: Kate | February 12, 2018

Family Day

People say Bush Boy is a total clone of Mr. Kate. They sound the same and have similar interests in cars and music. They also have similar builds.

It is a common occurrence for Bush Boy to have someone say “You must be T’s son…” and people often have trouble telling which one they are talking to on the phone.

Of course Bush Boy is his own person and while similar to his Dad he is not just his Dad. But, considering Mr.Kate and I are both adopted and during the pregnancy we reminded people we had no idea what this kid might look like – it’s pretty nice that you can tell by look that we are family.

Posted by: Kate | February 5, 2018

Another Milestone or Just a Stepping Stone?

Bushboy finished his first semester of Grade 12 and with that, he finished his time at school. Although technically he will graduate in June with his classmates, he is on a “co-op” semester right now and has no classes.

IMG_4380What that really means is that he finished all his required courses and doesn’t want to spend any more time at school than he has to, so he is now working at his job full time. IMG_4384These milestones that come upon us in life – they arrive and then pass and life continues. Yet, sometimes, everything changes. No more asking after assignments, listening to complaints about teachers, talking about classroom lessons. No more public education system. No more school band concerts. IMG_4388We are happy for Bushboy, as we can see his relief at being done. He never loved school, and is so very ready to move on to the next stage (which may involve more schooling but will be for something he desires and not just classroom work). IMG_4391And so it goes.

(Photos from Saturday’s walk in the woods. Just because.)

Posted by: Kate | January 28, 2018

Finishing Up

I have 5 current projects on the needles. (By current, I mean projects that I would actually like to finish on a bit of a deadline – this doesn’t take into account those projects that we start just for fun. There’s a few of those in my closet as well.)

  • Socks for my favourite kindergartner. He asked for them directly, so I need to get these done. Before his feet grow again! Second sock was cast on today.
  •  two different cowls for me. Would like to have these to wear this winter…
  • a sweater for the same kindergartner. He doesn’t know about this one, but again, would be good to have it done so he can wear it this year! It is more of a spring sweater, but still.
  • a blanket for Mr. Kate. This keeps getting moved to the bottom of the list, and I think he’s pouting a little about that.

I’m hoping by putting the list here I can hold myself accountable and get these off my needles!

Posted by: Kate | January 21, 2018

Winter Storms

This week brought the first serious winter storms we’ve had this season. Coastal winter storms don’t generally involve snow (although we do get snow it’s not usually stormy) – they involve a lot of wind and a lot of rain!

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We don’t face the freezing temperatures of the rest of Canada, but we do face a lot of dark, wet and windy days. It can be a struggle to get out there, but it always feel better once you do (or at least, it does for me). All week I kept up my early morning walks, although they were shorter than some weeks. Then on Saturday I ventured out into the wind before the rain got really heavy. Today I was lucky and caught the break in between rain systems. The wind finally died down at about 6am this morning.img_3251img_3252

There is a wild beauty about the coast that shapes your psyche when you live here. We don’t have that same stoic character that has to face the endless winter of the prairies, instead we have that wildness, that melancholic greyness that is blown out by a good wind storm.IMG_4379

Exhilarating and exciting and proof that I am alive. In all that bluster, I find my peace.IMG_0333

Posted by: Kate | January 14, 2018

The Power of the Walk

I realized last summer as my pants got a little tighter and the scale crept up, that something had changed. With the loss of Chika back in 2016 and with my job being busier, I simply wasn’t moving the way I used to. While I still was going for interesting walks on the week-ends, I wasn’t moving regularly during the week.

In late August I set out to change that, and I started getting up a half hour earlier every work day and getting outside for a 20-25 minute walk. I started in August because I knew that I needed it to be second nature to get up and out, before the bad weather came.

My pants are now a little loose, and the scale has crept back down to a number I am happier with. But what I hadn’t counted on (even though we all hear of the benefits) was what else walking in the mornings would bring me.

I don’t listen to music when I walk (especially not in the dark) and so I am left with my thoughts wandering all over the place. I find this centres me for the day, letting me work through things or just contemplate a new project. It has become my morning meditation.

I am calmer these days, and I put that down to walking. My skin and hair look good (or so people tell me). I just feel better.

Just 20 minutes out of my day has made all that difference. It truly is the small things that can effect big changes.

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Posted by: Kate | January 7, 2018

A New Year, a New Perspective

I am an observer of the world, as a writer, an artist a photographer. I love to look at both the big picture and the little picture. So I know that sometimes, to see something that everyone thinks they know everything about in a different light, you need to look at it from a different perspective.

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This year part of that is reminding myself to look at, well, myself from a different perspective. Who am I at this stage in my life? Who do I want to be moving forward? What do I see when I take a step back?

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Of course, a new perspective doesn’t mean all the answers are different. I will always be a person who needs nature to balance me. After the first  tumultuous day after my brother’s death my husband looked at me, hugged me and said, “Let’s go for a walk. You need to be outside.” He was, of course, right. Nature is always the right space for me to be in, and will always balance me.

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But I will remind myself to look and see what else I need and want to be the me I want to be.

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Posted by: Kate | December 31, 2017

Closing out 2017 and my Word for 2018

2017 was a year of wonder as well as a year of challenge. IMG_3696In November, my brother passed away from a drug overdose. He lead a difficult life and we had a struggling relationship. He hadn’t spoken to me for a number of years. Although I didn’t refuse to speak to him, I did refuse to see him in person or have him visit my family, which is what set off him not speaking to me. I don’t regret that decision – it was the right one for my family – but I do need still to let go of the tension we had. I haven’t thought how to forgive him yet for both recent and historic anguish, but I am working on it. Letting go is hard.

My mother was sick this year as well, and while she made a full recovery it was a scare as she spent time in the hospital. Our relationship is also changing, and keeping up with those changes can be difficult.

Bushboy is in his final year of high school. Not a moment too soon as far as he is concerned! This has meant planning and talking about options and lots of extra deadlines (Grad is so complicated these days). He also got his ‘N’ license this year and is happy with the old truck as his own now. Watching him turn into the man he is going to become has been an honour.IMG_3851I started to ride with Mr. Kate on his motorbike this year, and we are planning some trips for the new year. It is a wonderful way for us to share time together.IMG_0007We camped of course, and enjoyed our beautiful corner of Vancouver Island. Natural beauty always brings me joy.IMG_40522018 promises a lot of changes for our family, especially as Bushboy graduates and moves into the next phase of his life. Mr. Kate and I are also moving into a new phase with school no longer a part of our family dynamic. I also have some emotional issues, around my brother and the family I came from, that need to be put to rest. So my word for 2018?IMG_4105

PEACE.

I especially hope for peaceful transitions as we embark on these new chapters.

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Happy New Year (I also hope to be more active here again, although I love Instagram I have missed writing longer posts).

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