Monday, February 20, 2017

just because it's Feb 20th

We are in the beginnings of planning our family
holiday for the end of 2017 with
our son and just got off the phone with him.
It was a longer conversation than we usually
have and I love that.

Just putting out a "pump" to watch his new you tube channel
It is a youth channel for anyone
crazy about the video game series

He makes head masks, full size puppets
with just paper mache, glue, paint, felt markers, 
glow paint and sometimes makes cloth costumes for
them too!  lots of fun and scary!

here is the link

This is Ziggy and Mantracker 

Why is this picture here you may ask?
Just 'cause.  This horse is very friendly, super athletic (good blood-lines)
and all-round easy to ride EXCEPT once he is on a canter or lope
you will require skilled riding to slow him down!

8 days left in February
4 weeks until SPRING!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Kirkville Poetry

February finally;
I am so glad.
Days are longer.
I am not so sad.

Exercising is
more effort
this time of year.

knowing once its done
I have won
and had fun, working out
and being out!

I look at holiday pics,
on you-know-where?
Feeling envious
I am not going anywhere.
Then I remember, the
energy it takes, to
travel there and
I say "let them pack",
I'll do
my walking,
my writing,
my reading, 
{lots of that}
as I sit back

Oh didn't you know?
I joined the local choir.
I sing once a week.
Every once in a while
there is a squeak!
That's me!

I visit my folks in
the Queen City,
My mother is
fighting old age.
My dad accepts it with

Hubby mucks about with
his horses;
good exercise, he says.
 Setting up training,
to keep them in line,
when it's horseback riding season
He hauls the water,
forks hay,
mucks horse shelter stalls,
buys bales,
moves snow with his tractor,
everything on this
Yorkton frontier 
is a factor!

It's easier to be a poet,
to tell of days going by.
Posting pictures
is easier than baking a pie (no like)
now I am getting silly
I can be a willy.

Be genuine be true!
in Canada we are!
I'm proud and happy to reside here 
thus far!

For now Kirkville!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

this is how it is

Do not shrink
Do not puff up
 Stand my sacred ground!

good one!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Let's Talk - my turn

I was 23 when I went
to the doctor.
Life and my job at SaskTel
just got overwhelming.
I couldn't understand my
feelings I just walked out of
the office one day crying.  It was all
too much for my mind.  All I can
remember was  feeling OVERWHELMED!
It was my own mother who finally sent me to the doctor.

I went on medication for
6 months
It helped me.  It put me back on track.

When my eldest son took his life 13 years ago, this unexplainably
 pushed me to a
twisted perspective like a fork in the road
which way do I go?
 Victim Services was
at our house.  Brian and I were really scared!  We had not seen our son for a couple of
days and I knew I had lost him before
knowing it officially happened. A mother's instinct.

They had a counsellor contact me by phone.
She said to me "Donna do not go into that
dark hole.  You don't want that. You are of
no value to anyone close to you if you fall."

 I could feel myself
swirling and spinning down into that 

I snapped out of it because her voice
resonated with me I guess.
My job, I told myself is to learn from it.  
I have learned alot about mental illness +
depression; as much as God allowed me to
handle it.  

I couldn't save my son
I could save myself and learn why this
happened.  I had 3 days to grieve before it was confirmed.
I just knew where my son was at and we were too late.

Surprisingly or not surprisingly whichever way you look at this
I never did take any medication.   I sure wish
my son would of had that opportunity
to have tried medication though.

We just didn't realize until too late.
Perfect parents we weren't and nobody
is !

Just ask for help.
  There are people
to assist you.  You will feel better if you
talk to a professional like a doctor or a trusting

Let's Talk!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

paint nite strikes again

this is the winter scene I painted last Tuesday evening
at the Tapps Bar and Grill

(I struggled with those cardinal birds)

a glass of wine and 
other people to paint alongside with
is always a great time

Friday, January 20, 2017


this is a photo I took in 2014 
it was quite a hefty dramatic event 
that Brian and I made happen out in our new yard just shortly
after we moved to our new acreage in the south eastern part of the province

 I took a pic
before the event began

do you know what it is?

our new home on this acreage had one piano 
sitting in the living room that desperately needed a piano tuner and repair work done
 we did not want it, but it came with the house.
I had my
piano I moved into the basement which was my grandmothers and
it is still in top working condition

I paid a mover from "The Brick" store to move it out onto our front
deck.  They were unloading and moving our new furniture and dining set into our
home and I gave them some extra $ to move this piano to the deck outside.
  I tried to sell it/donate it on Kijiji and locally with interest and's difficult to pick up
a piano and take it somewhere else.


Brian took his front end loader and picked it up off the
deck (this was tricky but it got accomplished without
ruining our deck)

we burned it
it was really something and quite
sad to see this burn {sigh}

 I did keep the very ornate music stand that was on
this piano. 

I have my grandmother's piano.
It is over 100 years old and plays beautifully
with a tune up every few years!

yes, it was a horrible misery to get this down into yet another
basement (eeks)  it was in Swift Current home too; to note, 
both boys took piano lessons from it as well;
is quite a treasure for me.

I have my grade six piano and I am so grateful my parents
gave me the opportunity to take lessons because I now appreciate and enjoy in my maturing years!