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Our Paradise

A slight shift in a word and it allowed my perspective to change. This permitted me to

relax and embrace the days as they unfolded.

For the last 35+ years we’ve been doing ski trips, mostly with the same couple. Drive out to the mountains; usually leaving late after work and arriving tired. Ski hard, drink beer, eat good food, hot tub, sleep and repeat for however many days we were lucky enough to have away from work.

This year has been quite a shift from that format. We settled in for 14 day stay. In essence we’ve had a vacation not a ski trip.

We’ve had a great mix of ski time, down time, friend time with hot tubs, beer and good food included. We’ve slept late, watched a lot of I Can’t Even, snow shoed and been good for the local economy. Well at least the Bean Pod for our daily fix of Mayan hot chocolates as evidenced in Above and Beyond. I’ve read, redone the recipe binders, we’ve worked on puzzles and taken walks. It has been very rejuvenating.

We managed 8 days of resort skiing and one CatSkiing Epic Adventure in a 14 day trip which is definitely less than I anticipated but all I could handle, truthfully. If I ever needed a physical reminder that core strength and an ideal weight were important skiing does that. I’ve got some work to do in that department and to get my right hip issues sorted out.

Spending 14 nights with our friends was not an option and so we sourced out an AirBnB spot. I think that the location and amenities helped make the stay so enjoyable. I’m not sure that a stay downtown in a one bedroom apartment by the train tracks would have been as successful. This farmhouse is located away from the train and highway and has the added bonus of looking across a pasture down (or is that up?) the valley. This is a huge positive for a prairie girl.

But now the review mirror has the mountains in it. The prairie beckons to my heart just as the special little ones do.



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.

11 thoughts on “Our Paradise

  1. Hi Bernie. Actually wanted to comment on your latest post, but your comments are off. I definitely identify with your post. I sometimes wonder if anyone is reading, and then get comments on posts that I did not think were that good or that would even resonate with anyone. I always tell myself that my blog is my Alzheimers hedge, but I am happy when someone actually comments to show they are reading. Happy posting. Allan


    1. Comments off again– it’s that darn new editor. Thanks — will change it once I get to a real computer as I haven’t figured out where it is in the new editor.


    1. It was wonderful. Such a relaxing time but also some great skiing. Our little home away from home also played a huge role in the success of the two weeks. Thanks for stopping in and commenting Ellie.

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  2. Good for you Bernie. It is always great to get away from it all and settle on a more relaxed schedule. The accommodation and location make such a difference. Glad you had a great time. Cheers. Allan


    1. It was a great winter vacation — not the location most Canadians pick, seems most want to leave winter behind. It was a nice warm winter there and fun to enjoy things outside.
      Thanks Allan for stopping in and commenting.

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    1. Better plan on heading through Fernie on your way to the Island then! Hot chocolate with a sass attitude! Or you could order a Mayan dark chocolate bar on line from the Bean Pod — so goodly!!


  3. Thanks for the updates of your time away. I was beginning to wonder if you were coming back!! I am glad you are getting the hang of this thing called “relaxation”. You deserve it.


    1. Yes 16 days away is a LONG time for us. We were so comfortable but I did miss my littles, the dog and my family/friends. It was so good to spend some quality time with our ski friends out there.


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