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Monday, 23 January 2017


Winter is still in full swing around here (the dogs are in heaven!), but our mamas on the farm don't care: They have started having babies!
Last week we welcomed Fire, our first lamb of the season. 

His legs are black, except for a little spot on his left back foot that is white, just like our late Morgan horse Fire.
See the little white spot on his left foot?

Fire was a very special horse, and we were sad to lose him a year and a half ago. This little boy has the same markings, so he got the same name. He's a spunky little guy, so we think the name fits him perfectly!

Tom Snow is intrigued by the new addition
Our dogs are livestock guardians, they would never hurt our sheep or goats. Besides, the mamas are transformed from easy-going, docile sheep to brave mama bears with the courage of lions, and protect their babies fiercely. 

We also get baby bunnies year round, and just found a nest with 10 new babies:
Rich and Nina checking for babies
Found one - a day old!
This couple is still in love, but we think their baby making days are over - they fit right into the retiree community around here. 
 Never too old to enjoy food. Yum!

Life is good on the farm. I hope it's good for you, too!

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sparkle and lace + a link-up!

How's January treating you so far? I don't know about you, but it's usually not my favourite month (meaning I hate it). This year though, with exploring our new neighbourhood, the almost daily sunshine and a new hobby, I actually like it!  
What I used to do in previous years was treat myself to something in January to brighten up this dreary month. Just in case, I did the same thing this year haha!

I saw Naomi from Love Taza wear this incredible pair of sparkly shoes, and on a whim, I ordered them. They are a wee bit too big, but nothing that a bit of cotton-wool wedged into the toes can't fix. Other than that, I love them! As if mother nature knew that I wanted to wear them out, she warmed up considerably, and the snow is melting fast. Thanks, girl! 

Another reason why I wanted to wear them today is that I am co-hosting Jennie's popular fashion link-up Fabulous Friday. I have been linking up for close to two years, and I was honoured when she invited me to be a co-host this week. This special occasion deserves some extra sparkle!

I hope January isn't treating you too badly either!

Shoes: Asos
Dress: no longer available (similar)
Leather jacket: old (similar)
Circle scarf: gift (similar)

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Meet your host for Fabulous Friday, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots. Jennie is a 40+ frugal fashionista who enjoys trying new trends, loves All the shoes, believes life is too short for boring hair, and never met a polka dot she didn't like. You can follow Jennie here ∼
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My favourite look from last week's Fabulous Friday link-up is Ruth's casual boho-chic outfit. I'm a sucker for stripes, and I will always have a soft spot for flared jeans. Add to that her adorable hair, and we have a winner!

Linking up with Fashion Should Be Fun, Rachel The Hat, Sheela writes and Shelbee on the Edge


Monday, 16 January 2017

The gift of time

"I don't have time".
"I'm too busy."
"I wish I had more time."
"I need 48 hours in the day to get everything done."

Sounds familiar? I bet you have said at least a few of these statements. Maybe even today. After all, it's Monday morning, the weekend was way too short, and instead of doing laundry you binge-watched Netflix, and now you're out of clean underwear.  (Go commando, it's okay. I won't tell anyone.)

I have said these words thousands of times. Bemoaning the fact that I was caught in the endless cycle of work, housework, a bit of TV, eat, sleep, repeat. Feeling drained at the end of the day, with no energy to do the things I wanted to do. 

Well, that has changed. Since January 1st, I suddenly have plenty of time, and it's - hmm, how shall I put it?

It's overwhelming, thought-provoking, and enlightening. 

Knowing that it will only be for a limited time gives it a sense of urgency, the pressure that "I need to make the most of it!".
Luckily, I have Rich by my side. He reminds me to stop stressing, and to just enjoy it. He is the zen-master, highly skilled in relaxation and enjoying the moment. While he doesn't meditate in the traditional sense (i.e. sitting cross-legged on the floor, eyes closed and chanting "om" under his breath), he has been doing his own form of meditation for years. 

He meditates in the morning, still lying in bed, staring into space. "What are you doing?" I ask him every time I see him lying there. Silently I urge him to "get up, get on with the day, do something", because that's how I am. 
But Rich is completely relaxed. "Just thinking," he will say. But I know that he isn't really thinking - his mind is pleasantly calm and empty, and he just is

He also meditates during long drives. If it's up to him, he won't talk much during drives. I've asked him many times, "What are you thinking about?", and he has explained patiently, over and over again, that he doesn't think; he tries to keep his mind blank. 

Like I said: Zen master

But anyway, back to me. Or first, a question for you: What would you do if you suddenly had all the free time in the world? I know that the first few days are no problem: The novelty of not having to go to work is delicious, and you do everything you fantasized about when you were a slave to the clock: Sleeping in, lazing about, drinking endless cups of coffee/glasses of wine while you while away the hours reading, social media-ing or watching TV (or all of the above). 
It's heaven. 

But sooner or later, you will get restless. As enjoyable as it is for a few days, you can actually get sick of being lazy. (I know. Who knew?)

What I have been doing is a lot of soul searching, reflecting, and cultivating my "perfect" life. I'm trying to establish routines now that I hope to keep up once I start working again (which, btw, is on Feb 4th! Yes, I'll start work right here in Merritt, and I'm thrilled.)

I have been reading lots, and learning lots as well! Some articles you should read during your coffee break today:
↑ This article is mind-blowing. It has the potential to be life-changing (and I don't use that term lightly.) It shed a lot of light on what went down at my last job, and made me understand the vicious cycle we all trapped ourselves in. Like I said, read it!!

↑ I'm doing a lot right now to shape my destiny, and I'm really proud of it. Now it's your turn!

↑ My newsletter. If you want to find out how I survived the worst time of my life (and how you can, too!), you should totally sign up.

Other encouraging reads for when you're down:
↑ It will make you more courageous. She is incredible.

↑ Too awesome for words.

Okay guys, let's do Monday.

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