Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cats Under Christmas Trees


life in Southwest Saskatchewan is as it should be.

Cats under Christmas Trees.
Tis a joyful sight.

xo Catherine & Banjo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello December

Wishing you a month full of

xo Catherine

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Silently It Slips In

November is the month that sneaks up behind you
when you are so focused on October.

Friday, October 21, 2016

It's Very Simple

I hope this caterpillar became a butterfly.

"If you've had enough or if you want more - Change."

xo Catherine

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hello Old Friend...

I hadn't picked up my Canon 7D since January.
I attached my favorite lens (Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM)
and started shooting.

Hello old friend...

I'm sorry to have neglected you for so long.

xo Catherine

Monday, September 5, 2016

And ducks...

xo Catherine

Monday, August 29, 2016

Right Time, Wrong Place

Whenever I get near water and trees,
I feel a kind of peace, joy, calm.

Like I am 'home'.

I think I was truly meant to live in such a place.

Not dry, flat, Southwest Saskatchewan.

I think I could be very happy living near water...

hiking on paths with an abundance of trees... 

and chipmunks...

I would totally be happy living closer to chipmunks.

xo Catherine

Monday, August 1, 2016

Spring Babies & A Wonky Eye & August

August swooped in behind my back.
I wasn't paying attention.

One day I was watching spring babies...

And the next day...

Those babies were out of the nest.
Making it on their own.
Finding their way.

Stanley and I have been
'empty nesters' for over 3 months now.

We like it.  :)

And Banjo?

Well his eye is still wonky.
It seems to come and go.
He mostly sleeps all day.
I suspect he does not have much - if any - hearing left.
But he seems to be taking it all in stride.

And thus we move into August.
Where I can see on the calendar
that it's almost time for holidays.
I will try not hurry them along.
For then summer is over and fall will be upon us once again.

Wishing you a long and happy August!

xo Catherine & Banjo

Saturday, June 11, 2016

You Are Still Beautiful Banjo

On June 6th, Banjo went in for a
urinalysis and blood test
(due to strong smelling urine and a weepy eye).
As always, he was sedated due to his
intense dislike of going to the vet. 

Within a 1/2 hour of getting him home
his 3rd eyelid was covering most of his eye
and he fell down whenever he moved his head too fast.

June 7th test results came back.
While nothing showed in his urine,
his thyroid numbers were almost triple what they should be.
Antibiotics for the eye infection and doubling his hyperthyroid medication.
The vet said his off balance was probably still the drugs
since he is of an older age.  
He just turned 15.

By June 8th I just knew something was wrong with him.
He was still off balance and falling over,
and he was having a hard time chewing his food.
My heart was breaking.
What was wrong with him?

We gave him one more day and by June 10th,
he was back at the vets.
He saw a new vet as his regular one was off.
The scale would show that he lost 2.3 lbs in 4 days.

The vet looked at him for about 10 minutes and said,
"Horner's Syndrome".
(see video link below)

While head trauma is most often the cause,
(ie: being hit by a car)
in this situation, since you know Banjo is an indoor kitty,
it could be a result/combination of: 
sedation, middle ear infection, eye infection.

There are other possibilities
which would entail an MRI.
But I am not letting my head go there.

Xray's showed what is potentially (but inconclusively) 
infection in his middle ear - thus causing the imbalance.

So home we came with antibiotic pills 
big enough to choke a horse!
And continuation of the eye drops and doubling his
hyperthyroid medication.

It's a struggle trying to hide the medication in food
that he doesn't have to chew
(as he is still having problems chewing)
but I will continue on and keep hoping
that his equilibrium straightens out soon.

As for his 'wonky' eye,
that could take several weeks.

But he is still beautiful to me!

I will keep you posted.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Take-away Thought For The Week

We forget that.
The flight attendant tells you that every time you fly.

So give yourself permission to follow that sound advice.

Then once you are breathing, 
you can carry on helping others.

And that is my TAKE-AWAY thought for the week.

Wishing you a most wonderful weekend!

xo Catherine

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Little Piece of Heaven

Baby ducks eating organic oats out of my hand...

come on...!!!


Another perfect holiday in our
beloved Victoria.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hello May

Hello and Welcome May!

You are:

  • Tulips in my garden
  • Blossoms opening
  • Writing of 3 exams
  • Victoria for a week
  • 100 Days Global Corporate Challenge

I look forward to your warmth and beauty.

xo Catherine

Thursday, April 14, 2016

For The Love of My Cat

What we don't do for the love of our feline friends...

an easy access bird viewing station in my new craft/computer room
so that my almost 15 year old kitty doesn't have to jump up to far to watch the birds...

Love is like that.

Yup... I think he likes it.

Friday, April 1, 2016

5 Years Later

Today I celebrate my 5th Anniversary of Project Me.  A journey.  At the age of 46 years old, I was 193lbs, (almost my pregnancy weight) had an unconfirmed diagnosis of sleep apnea, my knees hurt, my back hurt, and all I could think about was that if I was like this now - what was I going to be like when I was 50?  I had enough.  I started on a Friday and April 1st.  I was serious this time.

I won't rehash my journey as you can click on the links of Project Me below and see where over 5 years, I SLOWLY lost 70lbs (took me almost 2 years), and changed my eating habits.  I had then improved my outside, but still hadn't worked on my inside.  Without the help of my doctor, our work EAP, a very special friend/co-worker, my new (at the time) manager, very supportive team members and of course my very patient and understanding husband (who was the conductor of my 'crazy train') and son, I could not have done it.  It took a lot of people to get me to where I am today - and I thank them all - from the bottom of my heart. 

I am 51 years old and I am owning my age.  I am at the best physical, mental, emotional and spiritual best that I have been in my whole life.  It has been a COMPLETE Lifestyle Change.

I completed my Corporate Wellness Certificate this January and in May, I will complete my Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate.  I am so excited for these opportunities!!  How awesome to work for a company that invests in me and allows me to take educational courses to control my destiny?  

5 years ago today, I woke up and decided "I Am Worth It".  And I know I am. If I inspire even one person to take control of their life, to get them to believe that they are worth it, I believe I have fulfilled one of the purposes of my life.

xo Catherine

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A New Beginning

I've never been one of those parents that wished my child out of the house the moment he graduated. Of course, I hadn't really expected him to still be living at home at 25 years old either.  But he was always an easy person to have around.  

He started making his bed and cleaning his room at 5 years old.  He started making his own breakfast at 6.  He's been doing his own laundry since he was 8.  He started packing his lunch for school at 9 and vacuuming since 11 years old.  He started working after schools/weekends when he was 15 and has missed 3 days of work in 10 years.  He empties the dishwasher and cleans out the kitty litter more often than me.

Even during his teenage years, he was very easy on us.  Oh there was a couple of times where I shook my head and wondered 'what is that boy thinking', but he wasn't a partier, or a smoker nor got into trouble at school.  He has been paying his rent, buying his own groceries, and cooking his own meals for the last six years so was never a burden on us. He was always a self sufficient, reliable young man.

But the time eventually always comes doesn't it?

My Kurtis is flying the nest.  He saved enough money and has bought himself a condo. 2.6 km away.  A 5 minute drive.  He takes possession in less than 2 weeks.  I am ready, but I am not.  Know what I mean?  

I will miss seeing him every morning before he leaves for work.  I will miss his hug and kiss that he gives me every day.  But it's time.  I know it is.  We both are ready I think. The last 25 years went quickly.  It will be a big change for us both.

I think if you can say you raised a kind, compassionate, responsible young person when you release them into the world on their own, then you can pat yourself on the back and tell yourself 'I did a good job as a parent' and be as proud of yourself as you are of them. 

And as I watch him take the last of his stuff out of the house, I will stop and listen to the emptiness of my empty nest.  I will then turn around and get to my task at hand...

turning his bedroom into an ultimate craft room for myself!!!!  Super excited!  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

With Purpose

Three locks on a chain link fence.
WaterFront Park, Okanagan Lake, Kelowna, BC. 
One with a little black heart drawn onto it.
I sat and wondered what they represented.

Secrets kept?
Hearts broken?
Troubles locked away?
Wishes wished?

I will never know.

But I do believe they were put there with purpose.

Perhaps if I had a key I could then figure it out.

Friday, January 1, 2016

It's About Love This Year

To have someone by your side
to support you unconditionally, with patience and love,
I know is more than many people have.

But when you think about love
it's more than loving someone else.
I think it's about loving yourself too.

I think everyone needs to give themselves permission
to love and look after their own self.
For YOU are the only YOU that you have.
Whether that is your health, your mind, your body, your spirit.

There are no words to say to the man
who stood beside me through a year
that I do not wish to repeat.

He engineered and conducted as I took a ride on the Crazy Train.
He held my hand and said nothing when I did not want to talk.
He wrapped me in his arms when I cried.
And he stood by me as I took control of my life,
putting myself first,
ensuring my mind, body, health and spirit
got back on the right track.

Through it,
there were many good times last year as well.
Celebrating both our 50th Birthdays.
Our 3rd trip to Victoria.
Moose Jaw Mineral Spa weekend.
Country Cruises.
And of course...

I am very happy to report that
Stanley and I have finally mastered
George and Mary's awesome dance moves from
"It's A Wonderful Life".

Our kitchen rendition is truly a thing of beauty...
(or is it more a thing of laughter... hmmm...)

There's two songs that captured my
heart and mind last year
that I share with you today:

This year I'm making it about LOVE.
Love of others.
Love of myself.

Who can truly say they have too much love?

Wishing you all a LOVE filled 2016.

xo Catherine

CREDIT: "It's A Wonderful Life" 


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