A big month

And now I’m caught up! We’re into August. This month has been really fun. Challenging but fun.

To begin the month, I started the Great Cycle Challenge! This nationwide event is a fundraiser for the SickKids Foundation, kids cancer research program. I signed up (I think in May? June?) and started my ride on August 1.

I have committed to 75km, and to raising $500 (which I have surpassed as of August 12 thanks to generous donors!) You may be thinking to yourself, 75km is not that far – especially for your typical cyclist here in Goose Bay. For me, it is a challenge. I have no issue saying that I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life, and it’s not easy for me to bike like it is for many others, but in 5-10km increments I’ve been doing great – and will likely exceed the 75km I’ve committed to.

So far I’ve done 8 rides totalling 49.8km, and raised around $630!! If you’re feeling generous, the SickKids Foundation would appreciate the support.

My ‘proud’ selfies from my first 8 rides.. don’t judge me, lol!

In the middle of this, I gladly accepted an invite from Safe Alliance to perform at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre for Pride Coffee House! It was an honour to be asked, and a great joy to participate. 10/10 will do it again. While I was reading my poetry, the thunder and lightning outside the building got so loud, and it was intense but beautiful.

Photo Credit: Safe Alliance

Who knows where the rest of August will take me… but you can count on me talking about it.

Love,
M.

A July that flew by..

As I mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t receive my new computer until August so I was unable to post. This is my summary article for July.

I made a quick trip home at the end of July to spend a few nights home with my parents. Normally (as you would see in previous years of July posts) I would have a good dose of Salmon fishing photos to show you. This year I just could not bring myself to go out in boat.

Since the tragic loss of Joey and Marc, I don’t look at the ocean view from my hometown with the same love and respect. Joey never came home. Somewhere out there my dear cousin is missing, and I think a little piece of our hearts will never heal because of that.

I could say more, but it brings such a heaviness on my heart. I’ll leave you with some photos from my July.

M.

A summary of June

I’ll admit, I’m posting this in August. My iMac that I purchased way back in 2013 decided it didn’t want to work anymore, so I’ve been since early June without a personal computer at home. But today I received my brand new 24″ iMac and I’m delighted to say I’ll be back to posting regularly 🙂 I’ve missed you!

June was a month of adventure. I had just gotten back from the Royal visit in St. John’s, NL, and we turned around and went right back in to pick up a new truck for Jeffrey.

Here’s some photos of our trip, including an iceberg that I saw ten years ago that someone else captured, printed, and now hangs on the wall of the NL ferry! What are the odds…..

M.