• sustain (səˈsteɪn)

    — vb 1. to hold up under; withstand: to sustain great provocation 2. to undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer: to sustain a broken arm 3. to maintain or prolong: to sustain a discussion 4. to support physically from below 5. to provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities: to sustain one's family ; to sustain a charity 6. to keep up the vitality or courage of 7. to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of: to sustain a decision 8. to establish the truth of; confirm


Today I solved a problem that has been plaguing me for months.  I subscribe to This American Life.  I love it. Every night I tuck myself in bed, turn off the light, and start an episode.  Within ten minutes, I’m passed out – sawing logs. I can not stay awake.  It’s nothing against the podcast. … Continue reading



This week found another bedroom stripped of brightly-coloured paint.  The white is a nice change from the 10 years of “wordpress blue”.  I could not persuade the oldest to de-colour her bedsheets, comforter and assorted blankets.  The mish-mash of patterns and spectrums look oddly in place and have slightly grown on me.  We still need to … Continue reading



This summer we were childless for the first time in almost 20 years.  So we did what any normal couple does when their kids are out of town for six days.  We completely emptied the littlest’s room, and we cleaned, painted, sorted, trashed, organized, fixed, and then prettied it back up for her return.  We finished … Continue reading



Over the (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, we had a rare day in which the four of us were together to share a meal and and enjoy each other’s company. Originally we planned a full pajama-turkey-eating day, but it was too beautiful outside to stay inside in our pajamas.  Once the turkey was cooked and the bread … Continue reading



We live in a society where success is defined by what you have.  The more expensive your stuff is, the more successful you are.  This doesn’t need to be our truth.  To me, success is having a bit of money in the bank, peace of mind, food on the table, a roof overhead, a place … Continue reading


take back the night

Last month we went to our first Take Back the Night walk.  I was deeply moved by the camaraderie, the beating of the drums, the powerful chanting, the strength in numbers, the lit-up faces, and the intentional conversations.  The girls and Josh felt it too.  Plus there was a pug. Ella had really late classes on campus … Continue reading



I don’t know what else I can say that I haven’t already said about this girl.  She is the kid that every parent wishes they had.  That must sound cheese-y and something every parent should say about their child, but in this case, it’s fact.  I am in awe of her.   It is a gift … Continue reading


post rain

It stopped raining after dinner, so the littlest and I negotiated a not-too-long stroll through the neighbourhood.  As with every outing this summer, we ended up in the cemetery to spot our friends – the deer and skunks.  They did not disappoint. It just occurred to me that I never write about my knitting anymore. … Continue reading


Parenting Good

That moment you realize you raised two people who are better people than you are.  Going  to check that off the list.  What craziness will I get up to next?

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evening strolls

I have challenged myself to get outside for a minimum of 30 minutes every day for 30 days.  I figure that’s a pretty easy commitment.  So far over four days, I have clocked two days at a beach and two evening strolls in my neighbourhood. It’s not really adding to my to-do list – it’s taking my to-do … Continue reading


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