Today is New Years Day — a perfect day to post this page. The universe has given me many gifts and I like to show my gratitude. This list will always be a work in progress. Here is who and what I appreciate (in no particular order).

  • Tobias… my darling little boy helps me see life with the wonder of a child.
  • Bryan… I could not ask for a better partner in life. Thanks for making me coffee every morning and helping with the laundry and the dishes and supporting me always.
  • Mom… she constantly inspires me with her love, grace and creativity.
  • Bruce… for teaching me to love nature. You hike with me in spirit.
  • John… for encouraging me to read. I miss you and our book talks.
  • Dad… for the fishing excursions. I wish you were here.
  • In-law parents… Nigel you have shown me much love. Vicki you are like a second mother to me.
  • The Puppy… well Thomson isn’t really a puppy but he certainly is a character even when he sleeps on his head.
  • Shelley and Claude… for being good friends and loving my children like you do.
  • My friends from OAC… you’ve been there for me in more ways than you can imagine.
  • Roslyn… for finding me, as well as having faith in my writing and cooking abilities.
  • Writing… a gift and passion that has transformed my world.
  • Those who read my books… thank you.
  • Passion… it is what drives me to follow through on inspiration.
  • Inspiration… without it this world would be dull.
  • Home… I love our Victorian Gem and I feel like I belong here.
  • The garden… for the beauty and calm that it provides.
  • My neighbours… Judy for pointing out the weeds, Debbie for her big heart, and Anna for her determination and the banana bread.
  • The snow… I love to get lost in watching it fall on a winter’s night.
  • Books… some educate me and some let me lose myself in other worlds.
  • Wilderness… your beauty grounds me and makes me feel at one with the world.
  • Hugs… and the encompassing love that comes with them.

And the update…

  • Kaia… my sweet-pea of a daughter who reminds me that miracles do happen.
  • Mandi… for being a steadfast and honest friend
  • Kristen… for making me stretch my culinary limits. Having the home-canned peaches in the winter was a treat.
  • Tobias… for being such a big boy and a help to Mommy with the baby… you rock!
  • Bryan… for being a great Daddy to our children.
  • Laurie… for being such a wonderful friend and de-skunking Thomson. I owe you for that one!
  • Running… an activity that has connected me to so many inspiring people.