homesweethomeLife in General

As the website title might suggest, I reside on Manitoulin Island. Probably one of the loveliest places you could ever hope to call home.

Manitoulin is the largest freshwater lake island in the world. Flanked by the waters of Lake Huron to the South and West, Georgian Bay to the East, and the North Channel to the North, the island boasts cozy little marinas around every corner, which make for a boater's paradise. Add to that miles and miles of trails through forests and along the Niagara Escarpment... and it appeals to just about any outdoor enthusiast Smile

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I guess, it's almost "Season's Greetings" ? My, my... where has this year gone?

I threatened with a more in-depth update a couple of months ago... so, here it goes: Back in the spring of 2016, my partner of 8 years and I decided to go our separate ways. He's a great man and I wish him nothing but happiness. 

I'm not sure if it has something to do with age... as in, I don't want to waste time anymore or, that I am just that much clearer on what I want and what I don't want... but, it was time to make some changes. I have also often wondered if I'm meant to live with someone 24/7. I really do relish my own space and time.

I haven't had the time (or the nerve) to put down any thoughts in a while.

Right now, my life seems to be a roller coaster extraordinaire.... and I'm just along for the ride. That doesn't bode well for the control freak in me. SO not my thing.

But, I clealy need a lesson or fifteen in developing patience and trust that everything will work out as it should. I have some awesome people in my life who help set me straight when I'm about to lose what little patience I possess and make me believe that everything will fall into place. And, for that, I am utterly grateful. I will leave it at that for now... these are stressful, but exciting times and I will be a little less vague very soon.

Yeah, yeah... it's grey and dull and foggy and wet right now. BUT!!! This is the beginning of the end, friends and neighbours Laughing

While I've been laying around miserable I have had visions of spring clean up - if that won't get me on my feet, I don't know what will. Although, now that I think of it, the clean up isn't exactly what I'm excited about. It's those first signs of green, those agonizing, head scratching moments when I desperately try to remember if I moved something to 'here' last fall, or if this is a weed. Gosh, I can't wait to find out. 

clapboardWell, let's try this again.. shall we? Embarassed

Turns out, there is already a 'Life on Manitoulin' blog/site - just with a different domain extension. What can I say? Great minds think alike. Or, if you prefer the German version: 2 Dumme, 1 Gedanke (which translates to 2 dummies, 1 idea). So, in the interest of not causing more confusion than absolutely necessary, the web address of THIS site has changed to '' :) I'll still need to rework the logo, etc.

Carry on :)

So, I've been laying around in pain for over a week now. It's really starting to wear me down.

I don't think we (meaning I) sufficiently appreciate when we are well, happy, and mobile. It's quite easy to view good as norm and ill or bad as cosmic injustice. I hereby vow to be truly grateful for any and every GOOD day from now on. This episode with my back was really rather scary. I definitely do not want this to become the new normal. Well, we'll see what the surgeon has to say. Stay tuned!

hercI'd like you to meet another wonderful creature: Hercules. Herc is of the canine persuasion and is quickly becoming one of 'those' dogs. You know... the kind that just melts your heart, the kind that seems to understand every word you say. That type of dog or, that kind of bond, only happens once or twice in a life time. Or, if you are really lucky, three times.

I'm laid up right now; degenerative disc disease gets the better of me several times a year - and this time it's a real doozie. My faithful shadow is laying stretched out next to me, one paw on me, always :)