What emerged over the month?
TRANSITION. This month was FULL and chaotic. Claire and Cole returned home from University only to head back out the door to work, summer courses and hanging out with friends – a whirlwind of activity we haven’t experienced since they left in September. Chloé and Caden had summatives, championship games, final assignments, leadership applications and interviews. The school year is winding down as we simultaneously make preparations for summer and the school year ahead. The secondary theme? Toronto. Travel to and from, as well as all things Raptors.
What were the big and small victories?
I welcomed the month and celebrated Beltane in the heat of Tucson. | I took an Astrology and Gemstones for Personal Growth class and followed up with a one-on-one session and it was life altering! Hello pink pearls and emeralds. | How I love Nordstrom and the Fashion Square in Scottsdale. Used my sister’s points and got a whole new wardrobe for summer! | After a 6-month wait, I met with the hematologist at St. Mike’s in Toronto. He gave me a completely different view than the hematologist here in Oakville. Much to consider. | Claire is employed! Back at Phantom Screens. Sometimes easy works out for the best. | Cole started the month unemployed and looking at every possibility for work. He literally pounded the pavement throughout Toronto. With much perseverance he has found gainful employment with flexible hours at The Butler Did It as well as the UofT Summer Camps. Bonus: he’ll be able to work through the school year as well! | ‘Friday Night Lights’ was enjoyed at Crescent as the Appleby Varsity Rugby team played and Chloé and Caden went with their cousins to watch. Me? I had dinner at the Granite Club with my sister! | Both Claire and Cole are taking summer credits – Claire online and Cole in the city. | Week in the Life was completed! | I hosted an Upper Two mums lunch at Alice Fazooli’s. Seventeen mums in attendance. It is always so much fun! | It was evident to all how passionate Chloé is about her Timpani drums at Senior Music Night. So much so, we will be “babysitting” the whole set of six over the summer. We are also arranging for someone from the TSO to instruct her in August! | Caden is a Peer Counselor and Senior One leader at school next year and Chloé got a SPEAK mentor position #proudmamamoments | Prefect, house council and other leadership interviews were held. Now she waits. | I think I have a plan for my future. Wheels are in motion. | Chloé had two invitations over the holiday weekend – she made the right choice. #relieved | We hosted a big family BBQ here at the house! So much fun to have everyone come out this way for a change. | Blyth Summer Orientation at the Old Mill is becoming an annual tradition. Such wonderful opportunities! | Best birthday gift ever? A Phantom 3 drone for our newest 16 year old. A bit over-the-top expensive, but he’s been so fantastic with his care for Tucker I was willing to splurge! | The Toronto Raptors made it to the Eastern Conference Finals! They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers while showing much grit and resilience. Well done! | I finished the rough draft of my Week in the Life project and it should be at the printer before June 1 – of this year.
What were the lessons?
Our news coverage is filled with the devastation of the wild fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Terrible. | Trump won the Republican nomination when his two opponents dropped out leaving only him as the only choice when he earned the delegate count by the end of the month. Glad to be Canadian? More and more every day! | Claire has had Invisalign braces for the last year. Tucker got into her trays and chewed up a few. She went to our orthodontist who gave her the bad news that her doctor in Kingston was not qualified AND the year was a complete waste as she has to realign her bite which requires more than just teeth straightening. Braces, the real kind, will be put on in June. Sometimes I hate being right, especially when she cries. | The sprinkler system was up and running until Tucker discovered one of the heads and dug it all up. | Due to really miserable hail and freezing rain, my Spring Photo Walk was cancelled as it really was not safe. | Mercury Retrograde tossed at us a few changes in routine, but really, this time around it was not as bad as some others. That being said, I was glad to see it go on the 22nd. | Mystery damage to Max (the kids’ orange Rav4). | Desire Map Book Club reunion had to be rescheduled for June. | It occurred to me that things were getting a bit out of hand with all of the activities scheduled through the end of the year and summer ahead. In order to pace ourselves better I elected to cancel our 2-week holiday in PEI in August. Instead, we are going to enjoy a staycation here in town.
Connection is becoming more and more important as my children, one-by-one, leave home. I’m enjoying my coffee dates, lunches and dinners with friends! I even enjoyed a Euchre night – a wonderful distraction. | Every five weeks is “maintenance” where I go to Euphoria for a haircut and glaze and a day at Zenbar for a massage, wax, facial and pedicure. I really enjoy this rare pampering is now part of my self care routine. | I truly enjoy listening to women speakers and had the chance to see Anne Lamott speak at UofT, and Claire came with me. Sadly, the Chelsea Clinton talk as part of the Unique Lives speaker series was cancelled. Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York is simply not an suitable replacement.
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE
Great quote: “Perhaps, we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when other see us they know exactly how it should be done” Rudy Francisco
What we watched and enjoyed: Big Brother Canada has proved to be entertaining this season. | As did Survivor. | Playoff basketball (Raptors) and playoff hockey (not cheering for any one team, but fun to watch good hockey being played) has been a lot of fun this year. | BLOODLINE returned and I managed to watch the full season in a day once I realized I didn’t want to wait to accommodate Claire’s social life!
Book found in my truck for the inevitable parking lot reading: Have I mentioned how much I love my Happinez magazine subscription? It really takes me a month to get through it all – the gorgeous photos and writing.
Book found on my nightstand: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B Rosenberg, recommended by the tarot card reader at Canyon Ranch (who also happens to have a degree in Psychology and Fine Arts – my kind of people!)
Music that had me moving and singing along: Ophelia by The Lumineers (of course – it’s being played everywhere – song of the summer?); Trap Door by Stars; We Don’t Know by The Strumbellas; For a Better Day by Avicii; Dance With Me by Leagues; Tearing Me Up by Bob Moses; Go! by M83; Bored to Death by Blink 182; Been to the Moon and Stop Where You Are by Corinne Bailey Rae (so glad she’s BACK!); Hell No by Ingrid Michaelson; Go Time by Digitalism; and Echo and Fade by Alert the Medic.
Weather: Changeable. We went from mild to hail to thunderstorms to over 30C with humidex all in the matter of four weeks. I’m grateful that now we’re in no jacket required weather. I have to admit, the tremendous thunderstorms are my favourite kind of weather!
RIP: Broadcast reporter Morley Safer, a legendary “60 Minutes” correspondent who officially stepped down Sunday, May 15, 2016 after a 46-year career there, died May 19, 2016. He was 84. | Harambe, Silverback Gorilla, 17, at the Cincinnati Zoo as a tragic result of a senseless event. Heartbreaking.
Unexpected: I enjoyed cheering for the Raptors. I am far more a fan of baseball and hockey, and this was a welcome surprise!
Discovery: In order to find balance and enjoy the best life possible, according to my astrological chart I need to introduce more pink into my world – pink pearls, pink tourmaline, pink quartz, pink blouses, pink pillows, pink paint. Oh and emeralds. It was an interesting trip and much new woo was discovered. Love learning!
Exhale: Another Mother’s Day Brunch was endured. Made ever so much easier by having Jason deliver us to and from the event!
Who’s on First? (aka Craziest Day of the Month): The 25th. It started out simple enough: Claire went to work, Cole to Toronto for a mid-term and interview with UofT Camps and I dropped Chloé and Caden at school. Pat arrived to put the house to right after the long weekend and I headed up to the new hospital for a visit to the endocrinologist. Chloé and her school softball team trekked up to Richmond Hill where they won the championship! Mid-afternoon I picked up Caden to take him to the Blyth orientation at the Old Mill where we met my sister and niece. Traffic? Brutal. But I did manage to snag a parking spot! My other niece played her championship soccer tournament at Appleby and made her way to our house where she met with Chloé, O’N and Claire. They got ready and headed out to the Beyoncé concert. Cole came home and packed up all of his things and “moved” into my sister’s house in Toronto for the summer. Caden and I had dinner at the Old Mill and my sister and niece took the train home while we drove home to catch the (excruciating) Raptor’s game (78-116 loss to Cavaliers). The concert ended and Claire brought the girls up to Auntie Beth’s to collect the car Cole had driven in, took her cousin to home #1 only to realize she was to be at home #2 (at 1AM). They made it back to the burbs by 1:45AM! The 26th was a very slow moving day for most of my family. All the while texts, Snapchats and phone calls were made though the day to keep everyone in the loop!
Online Courses: Fierce Grace Collective with Carrie Anne Moss; Creativity Workshop with Elizabeth Gilbert; Sacred Wheel Immersion with Allison Carr; Fairyologist with Doreen Virtue; The Moon Sisterhood with Anne Hayman; The Inside Story with Susannah Conway; Tell It and Being Seen with Liz Lamoreaux; One Little Word with Ali Edwards; and, FIT2016 with Cathy Zielske.
In-person Courses: Next Steps in Creative Writing with Brian Henry of Quick Brown Fox. A group of us meet every Thursday afternoon and Brian leads a constructive critique session of the works submitted for the week.
How was your May? What are you noticing in your life?