Thirsting after the right water – DJM8

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fall in the mountains

For the first time in a long time, my son wasn’t with me on this given weekend. When that happens, something in me changes. I no longer have to hover. Dictate. Worry. Decide. Constantly cook. My duties as a parent are relaxed… which then puts the short term focus on me. A different me emerges. Probably because it’s […]

Journal 2 – yoyo living teamed up with sunset downtime

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I never was very good with a yoyo. As a kid, I tried to buy the best one out there, in hopes that I would become an overnight sensation. I remember the feeling of holding a ‘good one’. Even the colour was prettier, graphics more advanced! All this held great promise of course. Good gear helps, but […]

Journal 1 – a new story to be told

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Do you ever get the feeling that you’re about to embark on something spectacular, but can’t put your finger on it? Let me rephrase that a little… I feel changes in the air, but I don’t know yet what they are. But my optimism, gifted to me by my mom, ensures that I have the […]

When Paska and telephone poles saved Easter

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For the most part, when a special day comes across the calendar, I’m ok with it. Things are just different without your parents still around.  I’ll admit, I still have to tough out Christmas in a big way. But the rest of the holidays, I think I do ok. Anyway, this Easter didn’t go as smoothly […]

Hello friend! What would you like to say?

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Say you had this place.. this magical place where you could tell your stories. How your day went. What you learned. What you wished to learn. What you wished to teach. Anything you wish! And you’d know you’d have an audience without even asking. Your audience would be kind, appreciative, supportive, but best of all, engaged. There would […]

A chat with the river, during a new bridge trail bike run

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(to get the full vibe, press HERE for sound effects) Some days feel like too much effort. My son just remarked today, “It’s hard, you don’t understand!” Well, I kinda actually do. I just have more grown up hard things to contend with. But we all have to deal with something.   Call it running […]

The bike ride sunbeam that kept me company

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The day was ‘family day.’ And it was GORGEOUS out. Not wishing to stay locked indoors, I suggested to my son we go for a ‘family bike ride.’ Fun, right?! Wrong. He had no interest.  Ah, drat. Well, I refused to miss out on that gorgeous day, so I geared up, and was on the […]

What if undesirable tasks came with prizes? – djm2

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BAKERY - Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils-2750

The morning started off like any other… I woke up, snuggled the cats by my feet, (ok, one was leaning against my chin… love that!), then puttered into the kitchen, rubbing my eyes, hopeful to fire up the perfect brew in short order. But when I entered the kitchen, it wasn’t its usual clean and pretty self. The sink […]

Funky Junk’s best DIY of 2015 – then and now

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Best Junk of 2015 Funky Junk Interiors.11 PM

Well junkers, this is a good time to look over the entire year in one big scroll. So what went down in 2015? Ohhh…. well… I purged, painted, collected old wood, made cool stuff with old wood, organized better, created more storage. Then I saw a little more of the world, then came back home […]

6 survival tips for those that HATE exercising

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6 survival tips for those that HATE exercising   1. Want to be younger? Oh, go take a walk! Literally. DAILY. You’ll feel 10 years younger in a week or so.  * It’s true. Movement will make you much more limber. I actually feel a difference the first time out. . 2. So you don’t like working out? You aren’t suppose […]