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on hiatus

23 Oct

I have been busily collecting information and madly writing for my new blog, and haven’t had time to look at Prairie Journals for a while. The new blog focuses on well-being, and looks at things we can do each day to make our lives a bit better. Since I thought of it, I have been completely consumed by the idea – never a bad thing in my book.
I’d love to have time to keep two blogs going, but I’d also love to quit my job and lie on a banana lounge all day; sometimes life gets in the way. So for the moment I am leaving Prairie Journals, but will continue to follow the blogs of the lovely people I’ve met along the way.
Thanks for reading.
I’ll update this site once my new blog is up and running, so you can follow along if you like.
Happy reading, book bloggers!

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get grateful on sunday: 5

19 Sep

“Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Ten things I am expressing gratitude for this week:

  • I have been loaned a nice red bicycle, which will allow me to get out and see more of the surrounding area. A lovely thing about a small town versus a big city is that you can ride a bike in relative safety
  • I’ve been trying to save money recently, and what do you know, in the mail this week I received a refund from an LA hotel that overcharged me a couple of months ago
  • As much as I enjoy time by myself, I do miss my friends back home since I’ve moved overseas. This week though I met two lovely people in town who gave me their phone numbers so we can hang out. Yay, friends!
  • I love seasonal vegetables. They are so cheap and yet you can make so many healthy and delicious dishes from them
  • I’m grateful for the other people out there who are making interesting and unconventional choices in their lives, reminding me why I don’t want a house in the suburbs with kids and an SUV. That’s not a criticism of those who do want that; it’s just not for me
  • My first haircut in this new town turned out fine! I was also complemented on my beautiful hair instead of being sold something for dryness/oiliness/dullness
  • It has been lovely weather for walking, being crisp and cool at first, and then just right once I’ve warmed up a bit
  • I’m grateful for animals, for the dogs I see each day, the random kitties who cross my path and the big old cat who greets me as I enter my building
  • I love my Lavazza coffee, the thing that gets me out of bed every morning
  • It was nice to hear from people at home who remind me that I’m important to them and that my presence is missed while I’m so far away

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend 🙂

a random act

16 Sep

I committed a random act of kindness today, baking cupcakes and taking them into my boss’s office for her to share with her staff. As luck would have it, one of the staff members had quit just before I arrived, so I think some chocolatey goodness topped with vanilla frosting was just what the doctor ordered!

Library Loot

9 Sep

This is my first Library Loot post. I usually buy books rather than borrowing, since book shopping is just about my number one hobby, but living in another country means it’s not such a good idea to buy too much stuff unless you want to pay big dollars to have it sent halfway around the world. That’s where the local library comes in very handy!

My library loot this week is focused on my efforts to complete Canadian Book Challenge:

The Outlander by Gil Adamson

Gil Adamson’s debut novel from 2007 sounds like it will be awesome: a young widow, who has murdered her husband, attempts to escape several pursuers and their bloodhounds across rugged wilderness of Alberta. I’ve already started reading this, and it’s gripping to say the least.

February by Lisa Moore

I am extremely excited to read this book. I picked up Moore’s earlier novel Alligator a few years ago just because I liked the cover, and it ended up being one of my favourite Canadian novels ever. February tells the story of Helen O’Mara, a widow whose husband died during the sinking of an oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland in 1982. I’ve never been to Newfoundland or the Maritimes (they’re on my list of places to visit!) but as book settings they appeal to me so much. Just can’t wait to read this.

Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell

Hmm, no pressure to like this one or anything. It’s only been called “One of the finest Canadian novels ever written” amongst many other things. Set in the prairie of Saskatchewan, this classic tells the story of Brian O’Connal as he grows up during the Depression. As I’m currently living in prairie country myself, I can’t wait to read the descriptions of the landscape.

Tatsea by Armin Wiebe

I came across Tatsea as I was looking for a novel set in northern Canada for the Canadian Book Challenge, and I’m really glad I found it. A ‘McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year’, the story’s subarctic climate will hopefully give me some insight into the hardships endured in that harsh climate by the native people of Canada.