The Blank Canvas

I have been turned quite inward most of this calendar year.  Looking for answers, direction, motivation and the meaning of life.

There is so much I want to do but only so many hours in the day.  And of course, that need to do real paying work that saps up most of my time and energy during the week.

Before me in life, lay a fresh blank canvas.  I fear picking up the brush.  I fear dipping into the wrong color.  Worst of all, I fear touching down the paintbrush in the exact wrong spot, wrecking that fresh new canvas.

We are down to the last three weeks of Summer before life returns to “normal”.  Our son will be back in school, my partner back to teaching and the tourists will go home and Kelowna life will also return to “normal”.

The Summer heat has been above normal (mid to upper 30’s) and my first yearning for a cool crisp patio to sit and sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte happened the first week of July.  Fall is by far my favourite time of the year and I am eager for its arrival this year.  Even so, the heat has not bothered me (much) and the Summer feels as though it has whizzed by.

I have worked this year on clearing out our office so that I can start practicing in it.  There are a few stacks of boxes that I would like to get out of there before hanging out my shingle to start my holistic healthcare practice.

Come Fall, that is exactly where I would like my paintbrush to start the next major masterpiece of my life.  

Now to figure out which color to start with.


I wake up for the first Sunday in March to head out to blog at 7am and am met with 4-5 cm of snow on my car.  This, of course, after I broke out the shorts a few days ago.  Happy I was smart enough to put my jeans on but I left the coat at home.

The only comfort in seeing this much snow is knowing that this week should be the last few dustings of it before it’s gone until next Winter!

Buried in snow, buried in Chemistry homework, buried in housework, buried in work and I’ve fallen behind in my blogging (again).  Seems to be the flavour du jour these days:  being buried!

While I have slowly but surely been unburying myself with regards to my mountains of work, I managed to sew together another three blocks for my boxer quilt.  As of last weekend, I am also unburied from a crippling debt load!

As much as it sucks playing catch up, it’s actually nice to be busy again.  I spend too much time on the computer doing not much of anything which was a huge part of the reason I quit FB for all of five months before re-registering again to get sucked back into the void.

Unless Okanagan College adds more classes to their ABE Summer semester, I will be having a crazy Summer.  I had been registered for the evening Biology class this semester but it was cancelled due to low registration.  Brushing up on Biology was the whole reason I decided to upgrade my high school sciences which is tuition free.

Grabbing my shovel to get back at it!

Winter Solstice 2014

I am excited that the Winter Solstice is coming up Saturday!

For the most part, I get why people (particularly kids) get excited for Christmas.  My excitement about Winter Solstice comes from knowing that Mother Earth has reached the farthest part of her journey away from the Sun and will soon be heading back towards to the Sun, warmth, longer days and the rebirth of the Earth (in the Northern Hemisphere). 

What is the Winter Solstice?

The Solstice is however, the complete antithesis of what has now become Christmas in contemporary society. Also known as ‘Yule’, the Solstice is generally celebrated on the 21st of December, (although the astronomical date changes from year to year – this year the actual Solstice takes place on the 22nd, at 00.22a.m). The Winter Solstice is the shortest day, and longest night of the year, and is the traditional time to celebrate the truly important things in life: your family, your children, your home and looking forward to a wonderful year to come. 

Yule is a time throughout time that honours love and new birth, as well as the collective unity of man. Just as Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, Yule celebrates the birth of the Sun God – child of the Goddess in the Pagan belief system. Yule is primarily the celebration of the rebirth of the Sun. Many people associate the Winter Solstice, or winter itself with death, as it is the season in which nature is dormant, and in which many plants die off and crops are scarce. Conversely, the Winter Solstice, although it is the longest night, (boasting more than 12 hours of darkness), it is also the turning point of the year, as following this night the sun grows stronger in the sky, and the days become gradually longer once more. Thus the Winter Solstice is also a celebration of rebirth, and there are many traditions that stem from this perspective.  – Read more

I have the date marked on the calendar for me to take the turkey out of the freezer.  I have not yet fully planned out our dinner but know it will include two of my favourite recipes:

I am sure the roasted Brussel sprouts will make an appearance:

Skillet roasted brussel sprouts

We already have several pie shells in the freezer for making turkey pies to freeze which never last very long in our freezer.

My sons last day of school is a half day this Friday which means we will make gifts to send home to family and do some baking.  Last year we made the snowman paintings:

Crafty snowmen

Do you celebrate anything at this time of the year?  What types of activities do you do with your family?