Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wishcasting Wednesday

Trouble with my computer has limited my time online and blogging. I have missed that. After report cards are finished this weekend, we are planning to replace it! Yeah!

But the question Jamie Ridler posed today for Wishcasting Wednesday was nagging me all day. In fact, I had to get up at midnight to answer it! It is an important one, and one I plan to focus on for 2012.

What do you wish for your health & wellness?

The major wish is to lessen the pain that I experience everyday. The pain from the arthritis in my knees and hips has increased and I am limited in what medication I can take. I have names of several professionals and I have made appointments to get help.

The next wish is to lose weight. (This will help the arthritis as well.) I want to dance more regularly.

The third wish is to meditate and try yoga. Hopefully this will lower my blood pressure and stress.

As Jamie says:
"You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It’s easy. Answer the wish prompt above on your blog . Support wishes by visiting other participants. It’s that simple. There is great power in wishing together."

Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Sharing

Several weeks ago I began to follow Multitudes on Monday. Each Monday I listed 10 things I was grateful for from the previous week. Many of those things were very personal and I did not reveal some. I am choosing now to create my gratitude list in a new journal and fill it with more personal and meaningful gratitudes.

In its place I want to share my reading for the year, as I finish a book or books for the book challenges listed on my sidebar.

In the first 2 weeks of January I have already read 5 books and enjoyed all of them.

Mystery and Suspense:

I discovered Louise Penny last year when her book "Bury Your Dead" was chosen as the "One Community One Book" for Waterloo Region. I read it, loved it and then read her next one "A Trick of the Light". As I learned more about her, I realized she had 5 other books in her series about Gamanche and the town of Three Pines.

I have now read the first 3 and am thoroughly enjoying the series. Just finished "Dead Cold" and "The Cruelest Month" over the weekend. Can't wait to read the next 2!

Each book involves a mysterious death in Three Pines, Quebec, which Gamanche and his team must solve. The townspeople are interesting and each book is building the relationships and the characters of all these people.

Books to Movie/ Off the Shelf:

While away, I read "Sarah's Key". It was excellent, yet very disturbing. The other explores a very dark chapter in France's history during World War II. The author De Rosnay, uses a back and forth, present to past, technique for this book. I can't wait to see the movie.

While at the airport, I bought another book by Tatiana De Rosnay - "A Secret Kept" and enjoyed it as well.


As part of our social justice book club, the book for January is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I read it while away and found it an excellent read. It was an informative history of the science of growing cells.

Sunday Weekly Wrap-Up

I have taken a long two week break from blogging. I did get away for a birthday cruise

and had a lovely time.

(The beach at Roatan)

This past week was a slow return to work and responsibilities. I now feel ready to get back into posting and blogging.

Art/Life Courses

I have started 2 courses that will run the whole year. Both focus on digging deep into ourselves and using art to help in that discovery. They are both very worthy courses.

(Check my sidebar for connecting with them)


This past week began with the making of January's Full Wolf Moon Dreamboard. I introduced the concept (rather than resolutions) to my third grade class and they so enjoyed creating their own dreamboards.

Jamie Ridler had us ask: "What am I hungry for?"

As I created my dreamboard words and inages were easy to find

In the month and year ahead I seek to pursue good health and to just "go for it". Art, books, and photography are necessary for me.

It is a wonderful life and I have to hold onto that.

I also have to really focus on decluttering this year.