Time to look back at the highlights of 2013:
- I turned 54 in February!
- I took a photography class in February/March. It really has improved my pictures.
- Dianne’s Excellent Northern Adventure in March – I was flown around the north (all the way up to Uranium City) doing readings. An excellent adventure indeed!
- Wild Birds Unlimited opened in Saskatoon in April. My new favourite store that’s not a bookstore – although I have bought books there already.
- I ran my first non-stop 5K in June and did it in under 45 minutes!
- Went to the horse races for the first time in July. I even ended up ahead!
- A five day writing retreat in Muenster in July – wonderful!
- Started looking into my family tree in August. Fascinating stuff.
- Received an Honourable Mention for one of my photographs at the Saskatoon Ex. Not bad for my first time!
- Spent five glorious days tenting at Kimbal Lake in August.
- Was diagnosed with sleep apnea in September. Might not sound like a highlight, but getting the CPAP machine that now allows me to really sleep – priceless!
- Attended the CANSCAIP (Canadian Society for Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) Conference in Lumsden in October. Fantastic!
- Read Getting Things Done by David Allen. Finally, an organizational system that works for me! Love, love, love it and highly recommend it.
- Added 20 new birds to my photographed life list, and 5 new butterflies!
Here’s to making even more memories in 2014!
Yesterday I returned from five days camping at my favourite lake (Kimball Lake in the Meadow Lake Park). It was wonderful. The pictures above spell out more than my name, they spell out some of the activities I enjoy every year I go there.
D – chopping wood. I love the sound it makes. I love the feeling of power there is in wielding an ax. I love that my brother-in-law Don splits the big logs, and the only chopping I have to do is for kindling. I love that I didn’t chop me!
I – hiking. There are lots of well-marked hiking trails in the Park. This year I did my annual hike around Raspberry Lake as well as the Hay Meadow Trail at Greig Lake and the White Birch Trail at Flotten Lake.
A – my tent. It’s easy to set up and just the right size for me and my stuff. Easy to set up and take down. Best of all, I LOVE sleeping in a tent.
N – sitting by the fire. The crackling wood, the evening glow, the warmth, the smell of burning wood – what’s not to like about a campfire? Plus you can make letters with kindling!
N – the trees. Even when they’ve split and fallen from lightning or disease or old age. And being at the lake wouldn’t be complete without the sound of the wind whispering through the trees.
E – playing Bananagrams. It’s a great word game I love to play with my sister (and my nieces) each year at the lake. We also play a card game called Nerds. Bananas, Nerds – if you think we’re a bit crazy, you could be right!
The other thing I love at Kimball Lake is the beach and the water. Especially first thing in the morning when I have both to myself for an early morning swim.
(This will be my screensaver to get me through to my return next summer.)
I saw my first new-to-me bird of Spring 2013 this evening! Birds aren’t stupid, and they’ve taken their time coming back this year. My second anniversary of when I became a birder is coming up on May 10, and I’ve now added 30 birds to my list in my second year. Yay!