Sunday, April 20, 2014

I'm Home

I have lived in all 3 prairie provinces of Canada.

I was born in Manitoba,
moved with my family to Alberta
and then to Saskatchewan
moved back to Manitoba to marry Wayne
intended to move back to Alberta
but stopped in Saskatchewan over 25 years ago
and stayed...


Although I would move to Alberta in a minute
in the light of day, Saskatchewan just feels right to me.

We spent the weekend in Calgary, Alberta
and even though I love the shopping, restaurants, mountain views
and the chance to visit friends and relatives
what I miss about home when I am in Alberta is:
  • that in 'rush hour traffic' it only takes me 6 minutes to get home
  • that Saskatchewan is the 'sunshine capital" of Canada
  • that we seem to be in less of a hurry to get somewhere when driving
  • that we do not participate in day-light savings
what I miss about home when I am in Manitoba is:
  • everything

Of course, having visited a few different places in British Columbia, but never having lived there, I must admit...I wouldn't mind experiencing living there for awhile.  I think that is why one of the things on my 'bucket list' is to visit every province in Canada.  I think it's important to be well versed in your home country.  In the end, it's important to have pride in your home, otherwise, why live there - right?




"After you leave home, you may find yourself feeling homesick,
even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper
and a more efficient dishwasher." ~  Lemony Snicket





33 comments:

Lin said...

I have yet to find the place that I like to live. While I like Chicago, the traffic and the cost of living here is nuts. I also don't like living so close to other people. I hope we can retire someplace that we like to live...not where we HAVE to live to make a living.

TexWisGirl said...

it is great to feel like you're in the right place. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Oh how I would love just to visit ONE of the provinces in Canada... That is neat that you have had the opportunity to live and/or experience so many of the areas.. I hope you do get to visit all of them sometime...

Sounds like you had a wonderful week/weekend... Sometimes --after traveling (like we do), there just is no place quite like home...

Hugs,
Betsy

Crafting Queen said...

Glad you found a play you feel at home. I have lived in three countries and many different areas in this one,and for the first time I feel at home. Have a great day and hugs to Banjo.

Ann said...

I've moved several times but all within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I'm pretty sure my roots are firmly planted where I'm at now

Tamago said...

I love traveling, but I miss home at the same time while being away! When I visit my hometown in Japan, I miss my home in Georgia. However, when I come back to Georgia, I have a little homesick for a while. Guess I have two homes in mind :-)
I'd love to visit Saskatchewan some day!

Sandra said...

I have lived in 3 states in the USA, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. i was happy in the first two but even happier in Florida... i love where we live to. i would like to move to the other side of FL but it will not happen.

troutbirder said...

We've been in every province and a few territories and like them all. But most especially the friendly Canadian people. They make all the difference....

Fuzzy Tales said...

The first time I drove through Vermont, I felt that sense of "home." Why can't the US take Quebec and we take Vermont? Fair trade...and they could deal with the politics. LOL.

Brian said...

We love the idea of no daylight savings time!

Magia da Inês said...

Foto linda, muito iluminada.

Bom início de semana
com tudo de bom!
Beijinhos.
¸.•°♪♬♫º°。

laura brown said...

Never forget, home is where the heart is...

Noodle

Carolynn Anctil said...

Lemony is right. I love BC and I'm also really feeling at home here in Saskatchewan. I'd like to experience Quebec, at some point, I think.

Welcome home!
Yes - coffee soon.

It's me said...

Home is where the heart is darling.....love Ria...xxx !

Elisabeth said...

Well Catherine .i'm 63 years old now and was born in the town i live and never moved out of this Town .This is the place where i belong .
Hugs Elisabeth

Bobbybegood1 said...

What a great post. I just love it. I agree with you about being well-versed in one's country. But not everyone has the freedom to travel. I will tell you a secret (I really would like to move to Montreal). I have always love Canada. It seems such a magical, mystical place.

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Catherine,
It's happy to have a home where you've got good feelings and enjoyment of life.
Wonderful shot!! Well done with the light and your choice to make in black and white.

Best regards,
Marco

Pantherka said...

At home is always the best ... :-)

BeadedTail said...

Of course you love it at home because that's where Banjo is! :)

sharon said...

Alberta is beautiful, esp in the summer with it's green fields. I've lived all over the United States and abroad because dad was in the Army. But right now, Oklahoma is my home.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh you would like to come and live here in BC, especially the Okanagan. Ask Carolynn, she will put in a good word for us.

Jen

Eileen said...

I've only lived in Saskatchewan, though I'm fortunate to have travelled a fair amount. I've yet to make it to the Atlantic provinces but have been to all the other provinces and one territory.

It's much easier to love where we live when the weather is so much improved!

Have a great week!

Pam said...

It's always nice to come home isn't it?

Lisa Gordon said...

I think that it is wonderful when "home" truly feels like home.

Willow said...

That "Lemony" quote reminded me a bit of things one of my moms favorite author Erma Bombeck use to say :)

Susan said...

When I moved to St. George, Utah, after living in California for 47 years, I wondered if I would ever get used to desert and the people. The culture is so different here. But having been here for 17 years now, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, well, except at the beach!

Linens and Royals said...

East, West, Home is Best. Said someone famous. That reminds me, I haven't been to Tasmania yet.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
Lovely thoughts... when we are in Atlanta and it takes me half an hour to proceed 1 mile; I miss the Heart of Georgia where we live! So much about big cities and shopping and the aggressive driving.
British Columbia sure is pretty; we've only been in the Vancouver area for work and conference but our daughter is born there; Prince Rupert in the north... We met her biological Mom in Vancouver; FOND memories.
Home is where you build a NEST with LOVE.
Hugs,
Mariette

Sylvia said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, Catherine !
Enjoyed reading your thoughts ...
Have a nice week,
Sylvia

kittykye said...

You need to come visit Ontario! I love this province. I find it weird that you've never been here. :D
I've been all across to the west coast (via plane), and Doug and I plan to travel east in the near future. But I'd love to actually get an RV to drive and make stops all across the prairies sometime. Maybe when we retire :)

Becca said...

It's wonderful to feel so happy about your home! It'll be two years this May that we've been in Seattle, and it's been so comfortable and more like home to me than anywhere.

Penny said...

I have made it to all provinces but one but only lived in two.

Linda R said...

Hummmmm... I wonder where I will end up. :)

Hugs~

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