finding calm in the chaos

It’s not all fun and games at the House of Tex. Sure we get to swing hammers and mallets to tear down ho-hum tiles, but we also have to sort through 14 years worth of stuff. The stuff that a family of four accumulates over time. The stuff to which we attach sentimental value, even though we probably…

and so it begins

This guy makes it look so easy. The tiles just fall away like feathers, don’t they? He barely makes any mess at all. Break a sweat? Not this guy. Cool as a cucumber. In retrospect, I probably should have watched this video before attacking my own bathroom remodel Monday. Then I would have been in a position…

happy birthday canada!

Yesterday this beautiful country I call [my primary] home celebrated its 147th birthday. My day off looked like it might end up a washout when torrential rains swept in around 10:30 am. Not so, declared good Karma, Canada is too nice a country! The clouds broke up, the sky cleared, and the sun made her appearance…

should I stay or should I go?

Life is all about choices. We face countless decisions every day. Some of them are trivial. At a wedding reception: will it be chicken or fish; red or white? At the gym: will you take a group class or do your own thing? Others may have a bit more consequence. In a rush hour traffic jam: do you stay…

bottle caps, alien cows and a holiday road

Remember last August when I had to make the massive road trip from Toronto to Las Vegas because Mr. Enthusiasm had decided, on impulse, to purchase a 23 year old convertible? We delivered said convertible to Vegas because it seemed we would get more use of it there than in Toronto. Reasonable logic. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep two…

clarity, peace and joy

Last week was a challenge. I found myself being pulled in many directions, by competing priorities, and a desire to do it all. In a previous life I would not only have succumbed to feelings of helplessness and anxiety, but I would have embraced them. I wore my stress as a badge of honour. People would either…