August 16 – More Wedding Prep

It is days away from my son’s wedding and I am getting ready for the drive and the big day.  There is not that much I had to do – hotel reservations,  haircut,  outfit to wear,  gift, that sort of thing.  Husband Dan will get the Jeep ready.  Son Dan and Amanda have their  arrangements all made so there is little to be done for them.

Now, my biggest challenge is getting myself ready.   Son Dan is a good man and we are delighted that we are able to go to celebrate his marriage to Amanda.   Amanda is an amazing partner for him.   She is funny and intelligent and caring and bursting with the energy necessary to keep up with Dan and their three children plus run  her own small business! Most of all she is always saying that she is  grateful for Dan, as we know he is for her.  That is so huge for both of them and their relationship.   Many couples focus on the faults of their partners.  It is heartwarming to see a couple who constantly  focus on each other’s strengths.

So, we are happy for them and we look forward to seeing them and celebrating with them.  But, all is not roses.  There are a couple of challenges going into this weekend. 

The first being that we will be spending a weekend with my ex and his wife.  To be honest, I do not have an issue with my ex being there.  He is the father of my son (and his siblings).   We have been divorced longer than we were married.  Quite frankly the last few years of our marriage were so bad that I never wanted either of us to hold any lingering animosity or the such once it ended.   I do have issues with his wife.  For the past twenty years she has been on some mission to rewrite our history, discredit me, victimize my ex, and basically (with the help of my ex’s family)  brainwash my sons into believing her version of our past.   

The second challenge is that our Prime Minister called a federal election yesterday.  This should hardly be a cause for alarm at a wedding party for a loving couple and their beautiful blended family.  Except, this party is being held at a Saskatchewan/Alberta border city.   Chances are, this will get ugly. I do not care that I do not agree with the politics of most of the people who will be there. I seldom, if ever bother to argue politics with others. But, there is a time a place and I would easily get upset if anyone decided that this would be a good time or place to start a political rant.  

So…. I have my work cut out for me this week!  I am digging way deep to fill my heart and soul with enough peace and love and happiness to get through this weekend with a positive mindset.  I want to add to the joy of this weekend for Dan, Amanda and their family.  I want to have a good weekend away with my husband Dan. I want to enjoy this very special weekend! 💞

I just finished a nice meditation, which I enjoyed in my little  space under our big tree.  I am feeling good and feeling surrounded by an energy of peace and contentment.   Now I just have to build on these feelings and I will be the ‘Mother of the Groom‘ that I truly wish to be. 👍

Please wish me luck, and keep me in your thoughts and prayers.   All will be truly appreciated! I don’t know how many can relate. This is one of those situations that may sound rediculous but that can be totally challenging to find oneself in.  🙄

I have little Dom here this week to help me attain the right mindset. He definitely has the ‘peace’ vibe going right now. 🥱

Take care, have a great day and see you tomorrow! 💞

Election Day in America

The day has finally arrived! It is election day 2020 in the USA. I have my opinion as to the results I would like to see but as a Canadian, my opinion is pretty much irrelevant today.

I would, however like to take this time to wish all of our neighbours to the south the best of luck today.

I hope that in the midst of this global pandemic, that you were/are able to cast your vote in a safe and confident manner. I definitely hope that election day does not lead to another spike of Covid-19 cases in your country.

Regardless of election results, I pray that cooler heads will prevail. I hope that you will be able to avoid the unrest, violence and turmoil that we have seen far too often in recent years.

Finally, I just hope that whichever way this election goes, that the next four years are good years for you, your families and friends and for your beautiful country.

Take care & stay safe.

With love from Canada 🇨🇦

Canadian Politics

Saskatchewan Legislative Buildings

I do not discuss politics often.  In this day and age, it seems as if it is not so much a discussion as a drag down/knock out fight.  However, today I will make an exception.

In Canada, there are three main parties – the Conservatives on the right, the NDP (New Democrat Party) on the Left and the Liberals in the middle.  Although Canada is far from being as politically intense as our southern neighbours, there are Canadians who are to the extreme right of the Conservatives and the extreme left of the NDP. These two demographics seem to be growing – or at least growing increasingly vocal.

I am not a card carrying member of any party but, since I prefer compromise to battle, I tend to favour the Liberals – who happen to be currently in power.

I voted Liberal in the past two elections because I am comfortable supporting them and their leader. I like Justin Trudeau for three reasons. (1) He consistently displays affection, kindness, respect and appreciation for his parents. (2) He consistently displays affection, kindness, respect and appreciation for his wife. (3) He consistently displays affection, kindness respect and appreciation for his children.

I do not have a major issue with the left or far left. I just do not believe that all of their ideals, although important and well meaning, are practical as a be all and end solution for maintaining a strong country. In Canada, the left – even the extreme far left, tend to fight for their beliefs with protests and the like – mainly peaceful demonstrations. They take issue with the Liberal government and Justin Trudeau for not doing enough to support their causes and I can respect that.

I have a harder time finding respect for the right, specifically the far right. They tend to flat out oppose anything the Liberal Government does. They flat out oppose anything Justin Trudeau does. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals can be doing exactly what the majority of countries and their leaders are doing and it is all wrong – and all Trudeau’s fault. (He caused the pandemic, caused the many repercussions of the pandemic, caused the fall in oil prices, caused the increasing frequency and devastation of natural disasters around the globe, caused the ramping up of racial tensions, etc. … 🙄). Those on the far right seldom show any respect in their opposition and quite frequently spread questionable ‘facts’, use righteous indignation, or use questionable humor in their quest to destroy the credibility of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. This is politics as it is today and politicians know what they are getting into when they run for public office. I generally roll my eyes 👀 at such nonsense and move on.

Then there are those, from the far right, who attack and taunt anyone who supports Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. These people are not just small pockets of strangers. Some of these people are relatives and friends. To these people I am a libtard and a snowflake, unworthy of using my vote as I see fit, and too lazy to take care of myself and my family (hence my support for social programs, justice and the like). These are people who know that I am worthy of respect. These are people who know that I not only have the right to my vote, but who deserves that right. These are people who know that I have worked all of my adult life to provide for myself and my family, who has helped others in need and who has paid my share of taxes regardless of who was in government. None of this matters, to those on the far right (specifically people on the far right who know me) because I chose to vote for the Liberals and Justin Trudeau. 🙄

I do not fight often but I will fight for my right to vote as I see fit. AND I will fight for every other Canadian’s right to vote for whoever they see fit. (Even those who know me but choose to mock, attack and insult me for how I vote.) 🇨🇦