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Top Dog 2018

I am a list maker, dedicated to the art of a nice clean list. I always have lists on the go for various aspects of my life. I have decided that I would do my blog and general life review of 2018 as a list based one.

Top 5 Trips 2018

  1. Newfoundland
  2. Jasper
  3. Vancouver Island
  4. Palm Springs
  5. Fernie

Big debate in my head whether or not 4 and 5 should be switched around. Skiing and time with friends versus true R & R and hiking in the warmth. Tough call which proves what a life of blessings I live.

Top 5 Blogs 2018

  1. Written with Tears’
  2. Enchanted Event
  3. Haiti happens
  4. Resiliency
  5. 60 Countdown

And one more because I like this one as it’s all about making positives in a negative situation.  Oh and the end result of  Not on the list  was that my man fixed it for $0!

As an interesting aside I recently read that 60% of new blogs are not active one year after the first post. I have two blogs; the house one that is 12 years old (like a finely aged scotch)and this one that is 5 years old. Numbers are steady with readership and I’m fine with where it’s at. I have done an average of 148 posts per year which is a pretty fair chunk of words.

Top 5 TV Shows

  1. Rick Mercer Report
  2. This Hour has 22 Minutes
  3. Heartland
  4. Still Standing
  5. Anne with an E

I am sure most readers can pick out the obvious thread here in that they are all CBC shows. Yes I am Canadian, Yes I am proud of it and Yes I watch Canadian when and where I can. The other thread is that, you will note if you know them, most of these are comedies. Laughter is such a good medicine and this is a great spot to get a dose of it. Still sad that RMR is over and I am looking forward to reading his book and watching what he does next; he told me on the plane to wait and see as he wasn’t retiring.

Top 5 Gratitudes

  1. Little A and our role in her life on a regular basis
  2. Our son’s wedding where they were surrounded by family and friends in a beautiful setting
  3. A partnership that stays solid despite our respective “hearing” loss
  4. Rural life and this old house we’ve turned into our home and even the zillion projects that go with it
  5. A full life; a profession that I am committed to, a volunteer life that challenges me, friends to sustain me and provide plenty of laughter and my good health that I work to maintain

I have provided a link to a study that shows how gratitude actually improves our brain function. It talks about how important it is to list, daily, the things in our life we are grateful for. It can be little things, like someone bought you a coffee, sunshine or big things like retirement. Which leads to one more item not listed above which is the readers who stop in to laugh, ponder, gasp and perhaps even comment on my writing.


I will also be doing a blog post about my word of the year, self-care, in the next 3 days. I have decided that it would make this post way too long. Suffice to say I have learnt a few things this year and that’s been a good thing. There is always “work” to be done in keeping a balance in life but that’s the good thing about aging as it allows one to see the chaff from the wheat much easier.

I know that my year, although it’s had a few challenges to throw at me (us), has been kind of us. I also know that many others, near and dear to me, have had devastating years and that life seems harsh, unfair and unbearable at times. Life is such a roller coaster that one literally just needs to hang on and remember to breath.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

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