Mountain Running and Goal Setting...

Hello again! This past Saturday, Riccardo and I headed for the mountains for a little weekend getaway. A night of camping, a bit of trail work, and a 23.6 mile (38km) alpine run along the Heather Trail did just the trick. It was a challenging but extremely rewarding weekend. Growing up on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, I was always intimidated by the magnitude and mystery of mountains. Flat terrain, paved roads, and "short" distances were my comfort zone. This past weekend I came to realize the beauty in the rugged and undulating miles. Thanks to a couple of awesome ladies who let me join their training run (thanks again Jenn and Miruna), I came to the realization that, "Yeah, I think I could do a 50km." Perhaps after the Victoria MarathonI'll set my sights on my first ultra!

Colin Easthope showed me the Brandi Carlile tune below a few weeks ago. Oh the harmonies (swoon)! I thought it'd be just perfect to share with you.

Happy Friday. Enjoy!


Hello Again...

It's slightly embarrassing how long it's been since I made my last post. Nothing that I can think of has been keeping me any busier than the usual. I guess I just needed a moment away. A moment with less screen-time (although less certainly is a very relative word). A very long moment I suppose. But now I am back. I'm here. I have not disappeared into the ether that is the internet. As I always say (or have been saying since I moved to Canada nearly 2 years ago now) I will try my best to post more photos of the happenings here and there and everywhere I find myself.

I hope this little note finds you with a smile.

The whistled little Sam Tudor tune below has been making me smile for months now. 

Happy weekend! Enjoy!


Simply Thankful...

Thankful. Today my family and I sighed an enormous sigh of relief and praise. A startling reminder that in this fragile and unpredictable life it is best to be continually thankful for the blessings and moments that we are given together. I'm so very thankful for my loving family, good health, good friends, and the gracious Lord who is the provider of it all. It's a humbling and scary thought when you suddenly realize just how fleeting it all is. And, dear readers, I realize that this may sound like a rant coming from left-field, but know that my heart is so full this evening that I just had to say it; I am simply thankful.

On that note, to all of the folks who came out this weekend to the show in Williams Lake, my sincerest of gratitude. Y'all sure do know how to make a gal feel welcomed! I hope to see you again soon.

Keeping in line with all of the beautiful things that have filled this day, the song below is by three very talented and lovely ladies that I admire very much.

Happy Earth Day. Enjoy!


To Williams Lake We Go...

Guitars are loaded, suitcases are packed, and road-trip albums have been selected.

Colin and I are ready for you, Williams Lake! I do hope if you are in the area you'll stop by for the show Saturday night. I'm looking forward to it!

In other musical news, I know a few folks who will be seeing the fella below this weekend. Dancing around with Dad to James Taylor 's songs playing in the garage is one of my favorite memories as a child.

Cause I'm a one-eyed seed of tumbled weed in the belly of the rolling stone.

I know you just love that line, Dad. As do I.

Happy Weekend. Enjoy!



Islands, Easter, and America...

It's been a while so I thought I would post a few photos of recent happenings here in my neck of the woods. Trips to Washington, hikes on Bowen Island, and Easter dinner parties with dear friends are but a few ways I've been spending my days as of late. Jess and I even managed to do something truly Canadian and got a day of curling in; I've a newfound respect the sport.

Though it's been over a year and half since I moved to Canada, I feel that the settling-in process has been a slow one. I'm a nester; I like deep roots and a settled house. The dinner party we had on Easter Sunday made me realize that I'm getting there. Slowly, but surely. A house full of dear friends, good food, and laughter sure does help to make a place feel more like home. Jessica, I think we're onto something. Such dinners need to happen more often. 

Colin (who I'll be heading to Williams Lake with for a show this weekend) has renewed my love for First Aid Kit. The version of the song below would make Paul Simon proud.

Happy Monday. Enjoy!