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Brother mine

Bits of life and laughter, brought to me and you and the world, courtesy of my brother 🙂

Forrest: “So, how was your day?”

Me: “Just cleaned up a bit and doing some reading, An Introduction to Human Prehistory.”

Forrest: (Laughs)

The following morning, out gathering ingredients for breakfast: Orange juice, local blueberries, bananas, peaches, better than butter, and pure maple syrup for a double stack of pancakes at the window. This is what happiness is!

Getting ready to catch the early ferry…

Forrest: (Running around in boxer shorts) “I’m ready! Are you ready?! Let’s go!”

Me: (In pajamas, laughing heartily on the inside) You are not ready. Pants might be a good idea?…


Forrest steals my chips and a pickle.

Dad: “There won’t be any left for Sami.”

Forrest: “She’s used to it. I visit and eat all her food!” (Laughs)

Your laugh is contagious, bro. ❤

Love you lots,



Quiet brilliance

I’ve finished reading my book, and found my feet again. And my hair is driving me nuts! 😛 Anyways… I awoke on Saturday having no idea what time it was and later discovered I had by conservative estimate slept 14 hours straight. I felt amazing. Saturday was amazing. I felt so alive and so loved. Also, Twink got a haircut and while Mom is probably still laughing, I think he looks very dapper 🙂

Sunday, I bought a tiger onesie (Rawwr!) for the supposed Halloween celebration at work  where everyone who has one will be wearing one!

Today was just about average. Except I’m really happy I still have some energy and time to blog and drink tea and just generally revel in everything I’ve accomplished until now, today, and so far this year, which everyone keeps reminding me is almost over.

I’m glad to have JHTK on board and helping me stay on top of all things BB-related with humour and vision. The future looks bright!


We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love.              –Angela Montenegro, Bones


The Sammy Shuffle: part 24

I unknowingly bought my first pair of jeggings a few weeks ago. I needed a new pair of black pants, and that’s what I got. I’m not crazy about naming/labeling/categorizing everything in the bloody universe, so if you want more detail on any of my textiles, it’s best you just come see me 🙂 My approach to this is similar to other people’s approach to dogs, asking, as everyone in my family is want to do on pretty much a weekly basis, “I met a nice dog the other day! He was about this big, long black fur and had one white paw… Do you know what kind of dog that is?” Without more details, it’s an entertaining lucky guess or series of guesses.

So, I bought the pants after trying them on and feeling like I’d joined the Sisterhood. And, whereas for many (myself included), the difficulty mostly lies in getting pants on, it turns out these are harder to get off. They’re stretchy, just not at the hem that encircles your ankle, which is a problem if, like me, your ability to ‘point’ your toes is mostly non-existent, your balance is pretty awful and you lower limb flexibility is hilariously compromised, despite everything.

As I told Mom later, “It’s been ironically helpful. I have to make myself extraordinarily calm and focused and zen, or else these pants do not come off!” There’s a 5 minute mindfulness/mediation session included with every episode of pant removal as I work to relax those muscles and reward myself with a less thought out jump into pajamas at the end of the day.

Good night, friends 🙂



via Daily Prompt: Enamored

Simplicity. Fun. Sunshine. Peanut butter. These are the things I am enamoured with right now. But love is definitely in the air. Every time I turn around there’s another melee of emotion happening.

I think I’ll quit while I’m still reasonably far ahead and go for a jaunt around the neighbourhood.

Stay true to yourself and the rest will follow! 🙂



via Daily Prompt: Homage

I couldn’t think of anything to write for this post/prompt at first.

There is however, a fantastic little episode from Outlander’s first season “The Gathering” which brings vividly to life the formal occasion where tenants and kinsmen pay homage to Column Mackenzie, chieftain of the Mackenzie clan.

Recommended, and that’s all I’m gonna say! 🙂


DND, thanks!

via Daily Prompt: Synchronize

I like to be able to do something, start to finish without interruption. It is how I work best. As a result, the current obsession of today’s world with being connected all the time, synchronized across platforms and devices and time-zones, and being notified every 2 seconds on everything from the status of a friend’s avocado toast to the latest humanitarian crisis can drive me a little crazy. Rather than throw everything out the window, I tend to just turn everything off and open a book.

The only things I’ve done this morning are read, eat and type. My playlist is on a loop and  and it’s sunny and perfect 🙂



I read. I laughed. I cried.

via Daily Prompt: Lurch

This prompt brought books to mind for me: the story of Jake the lurcher from James Herriot’s Dog Stories, and the comedic reference to Augustus Waters’ driving capabilities from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Enjoying James Herriot is a given. Who doesn’t like well-told short stories about quirky pets and their owners in small-town 20th century Britain?

However, I was more than a little wary of reading The Fault in Our Stars, after hearing the two young protagonists each had a cancer diagnosis. Cancer has had an impact on my life, through friends and family members; it is a disease that does not discriminate, at all. As a friend of someone diagnosed as a child, I can only tell you the immediate and bone-deep dread I felt on hearing the news. My life changed in an instant and I felt physically sick. I cannot even come close to capturing the experiences of my friend or the others who rallied in support of them, so I won’t try.

Cancer is scary. It makes me scared. And though people have tried to share insights and wisdom and humour and find pieces of that silver-lining, give meaning and hope and make cancer less scary, processing that is still a very personal thing. And for me, nothing really resonated and nothing made it less scary.

So, I was wary of this book. Very wary. But, I decided to go ahead. Try it and see what happens… I couldn’t put it down. For me, personally, this book managed to accomplish what other representations had not. I laughed, I cried and thoroughly enjoyed the book I was terrified to begin. Which brings me to one of my favourite moments, where Augustus is sharing with Hazel the comment made by his driving instructor during his final drivers test:

‘Your driving is unpleasant, but isn’t technically unsafe’

Goodnight, friends!


Between worlds

via Daily Prompt: Trance

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything                                                                                                           –Plato

One day, I came home from work, lay down and clapped my headphones on my head, played the Outlander OST from Youtube and I swear, it was one of the most restorative and unbeatable 45 minutes of the summer.


Devil’s club

via Daily Prompt: Prickle

During high-school, English, Biology and French were my favourite subjects. I had some wonderful teachers. I was in Ms. C’s English class for Grade 8, 9 and 10 and never wanted to leave when class was over 🙂 I never have been fan of novel studies, I prefer novel reading, or novel enjoyment. In Ms. C’s class, that wasn’t a problem.

One of my favourite reads was Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. I could relate to the characters and found the mythology and West Coast forest setting both comforting and inspiring.


The protagonist, struggles from the get-go and at one point, in survival mode while in an uncontrolled fall in unforgiving terrain, reaches out blindly and grabs hold of a passing Devil’s club plant in an attempt to halt his descent. He survives the fall, but does not come through unscathed, with the plant’s fearsome spines embedded in his palms.

In constructing this post, my thought process went something like this… 🙂

Prompt: Prickle > ?

Me: Prickle > ? > creepy > pokey > big spines > ouch! > English 9 > novel study > Touching Spirit Bear > Devil’s Club > big spines.

And that’s all for today!